First Team Sub
May 20, 2019, 9:51 PM
Post #1 of 3
Before tonight's match report I wanted to thank those that have sent messages of support including several who read this forum but don't post, whilst testing and waiting to find out about prostate cancer. I have today been told I do have it but only in a mild form, with just 3 monthly monitoring by blood test. It may be that no treatment might be needed as it might not spread and apparently a large percentage of men over 50 have this and are not aware.
Thank you all for the good wishes, it has been greatly appreciated. I feel fine and can now get on with football!!
Derby Summer League. KO 19:00. (F&N). Crowd 45
Biggin 2 v 5 Doveridge
Lovely afternoon for a drive through the Peak National Park and yet another splendid setting for a football match. One pitch and a small container for changing rooms, dry stone wall on two sides and hills for a back drop.
The visitors are second in the league and will likely fight with Osmaston for the title. However the smaller teams always seem up for the challenge and tonight was no exception. Biggin opened the scoring on 17 minutes, a lead they held for a further 10 before a well taken free kick levelled things up. Doveridge scored again 3 minutes from half time.
The visitors were awarded a penalty 90 seconds into the second period which was converted to give them a 2 goal lead. They then had their no.5 sent off for kicking an opponent but it made little difference as they added goals 4 & 5. Biggin did complete the scoring with a late consolation.
Chelsea Transfer Target
May 21, 2019, 12:03 AM
Location: The Premier League town of Bournemouth
Team(s): AFC Bournemouth, Verwood Town, Sunderland
Post #2 of 3
Firstly, would like to extend my best wishes to you at this time, Dave.
South Devon League Division 2
Buckfastleigh Rangers 4-0 Ipplepen Athletic
Attendance 93 h/c
F + N, Chips £1.50
Both sides were going for the title but only one team turned up and it was an easy win for the hosts inspired by a hat trick from their #11, all good finishes with two goals in the first half and the 3rd early in the second half. The 4th goal was scored by #10 about 15 minutes from time and they celebrated with a team photo after the game but surprisingly no trophy presentation. Watched in the company of Tim and Pilgrim 46.
Duckspond is a gem. No stands but next to the clubhouse is a steep 11 step open terrace about 20 yards wide behind the the goal with tea bar at the top, whose overhang provides the only cover. The ground is overlooked by a steep hill eroded by a sheer black rock cliff face the other side of the A38, an elevated bridge section of which is visible from behind the far goal which has a grass bank too steep to climb but you can watch from a footpath behind a mesh fence at the top. Pitch enclosed by a wooden post and metal rail with green paint peeling off and a few advertising boards and two dugouts with a childrens play area behind. The ground also has floodlights, four pylons each side, but not in use for a 6:30pm kick off.
(This post was edited by cherryhopper on May 21, 2019, 12:06 AM)
May 21, 2019, 8:37 AM
Location: Outer Cheltenhamshire
Team(s): Cheltenham Town
Post #3 of 3
Let me start by wishing all the best to Dave56. Glad to hear the news is not bad
SudWest, Landesliga Ost
FSV 1920 Offenbach 0-2 SV Buchelberg
Admission €5. Attendance 300. No Programme
Monday is a more complicated day. I had found a match in tier 7 of the German pyramid in Offenbach an der Queich. Offenbach is a small town with no railway station, so we have to make our way to Landau (Pfalz). Even here, the only hotel the booking agents could find was over-priced, so instead we end on the outskirts of Speyer, (which is by no means cheap either). It does allow some time to take a walk around Speyer before heading out to the game, and of the choices around this is the more interesting destination.
From there, we have to change twice on the local trains to get to Landau, but including the bus ride, our journey time is still around one hour. From the quiet centre of Offenbach, it is a short walk to the grounds.
This consists of two pitch, one grass within a running track and one artificial pitch. There is a grass bank between the two with benches at the top allowing one to choose which pitch to face. There are also a couple of steps of terracing at the track side at the bottom of said fence. Nothing except a path which completes three sides only of the artificial surface. The top goal is inaccessible. The match was on the plastic pitch and I believe this is their regular venue. They have a small wooden hut behind the goal serving beer and sausages, and a check on the German web sites shows recent games here, but that they played the start of the season on the grass pitch, but have not used it since the winter break
There is a plush building in a corner which looks out to both grounds, but does not provide a good view of either pitch. This is independently run, but depends on the sports events. We took a beer and food there and they helped book a taxi for our way out of town, which was required due to the shortage of bus services late in the evening.
For an end of season game which means nothing to the league tables, this was a feisty experience and watched by far more people than is common at this level. The official attendance is shown as 300. You could tell that a fair proportion of those there had made the trip to support the visiting SV Büchelburg
For a long while, it appeared we were more likely to end up with a red card than a goal with seven yellows being shown before a goal. This game in the 79th minute, and from an Offenbach corner. This was cleared downfield and passed out left to Hasan Coksun. Defenders running back tried to get in the way of his shot, but instead deflected it past the goalkeeper.
The final ten minutes brought a flurry of substitutions, a shower of rain a further yellow card and a lobbed shot from Gianluca Calabrese to make the score 0-2. SV Büchelburg deserved the points, as they had shown more prowess throughout the game.
Our taxi showed up a few minutes after the whistle and just got us back to Landau in time for a train, which made for a straightforward return journey, save for another rainstorm catching us during the walk back from hotel to station.
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