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Dave 56
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Aug 14, 2019, 8:50 PM

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Staffs Senior League. Premier Division. KO 18:30. Admission £2. No Programme. Crowd 54.

Redgate Clayton 1 v 0 Alsager Town Reserves

Given the dreadful weather in this part of the world, I was a little surprised that the game was on but the pitch was fine although very soft. The ground is fully enclosed and railed off with dug outs. Tea and pies available in the clubhouse.

Both teams had won their opening fixture and this was a close game. Alsager were awarded a first half penalty which the keeper saved and the goal for the home side was also first half. Reasonable match, plenty of yellow cards and several good goal scoring opportunities squandered, particularly by the home side.

New ground on my door step and home in 12 minutes.



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NeilH
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Aug 14, 2019, 9:26 PM

Posts: 358
Location: Cambridge
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Cambs League, Senior A
Orwell 5 Gamlingay United 5
played at Eddington Sports Centre, Cambridge
My first opportunity to see a game at this new facility that opened in February, not far from where I live. A very open game saw Orwell create some good chances early on, but they didn't take them. Playing with a strong wind behind them, Gamlingay opened the scoring with their first attack on about 15 minutes. Gamlingay then extended their lead before Orwell pulled one back. Right on the stroke of half time Gamlingay scored again. Gamlingay made it 4-1 very early on in the 2nd half and it looked like game over. Orwell took a while to get their 2nd but after that they took control and took the lead with about 5 minutes to go. To their credit Gamlingay kept going and equalised in the last minute.
The venue is essentially a sports field on a high-end development, with a functional dressing room block providing some cover but a reasonable distance from where the pitch was positioned this evening. Fortunately no rain to contend with. About 30 or so watching including a few hoppers who were good company. A five minute bike ride home.


Dribble!
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Aug 14, 2019, 10:40 PM

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Location: Ipswich
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Dedham Old Boys 0 Lawford Lads 4
Essex and Suffolk Border League, Premier Division
The Old Grammar School Ground


F & N
Attendance: 35 h/c


Some doubt that the game would be on as I drove the few miles down the A12 but the pitch was in great condition and as we got close to kick off the rain stopped.
Large sports ground, cricket, football and tennis in the middle of the village, famous for being Constable Country.
Nice clubhouse but bar not open but teas and coffees were available at half time. Pitch was roped off on one side, with a few trees and park benches to sit on. the other side had two tent like, portable dug outs. Very little car parking and would suggest you park in the village and do not drive down the Drift to the ground.


Dedham started well but after just a few minutes a Lawford player got badly injured, resulting in an ambulance being called, as he was close to the touchline he was helped off and as it was not a break and his team mates did not seem to be affected by the injury the game carried on.


Lawford took the lead from the spot after the home team number 3 was adjudged to have handled on the line, somehow even after his protests he was not sent to the sin bin.
Second half and Lawford took full control of the game adding 3 more goals, with third being the pick of the lot, the fourth was also from the spot ( in injury time) a good game and both teams showed some good touches and eventually the Dedham number 3 did end up in the sin bin, he might need to get his own chair as I think he will spend plenty of time in the bin this season..
Good to see Mr Miles at the game.







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gcnc
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Aug 14, 2019, 10:40 PM

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Welsh League Division 2
Treowen Stars 0 Abertillery Bluebirds 4
Admission (inc. 16 page programme) £3
Attendance h/c 81

A rather one-sided contest with the visitors three up after twenty minutes and consequently able to take things a little easier in the second half as the weather deteriorated. Treowen's central defenders struggled all evening against the pace of the Bluebirds' front two, whereas at the other end it was the defenders who had much the better of things. The visitors looked well equipped to do well enough at the higher level, following their Gwent County championship last season, but for Treowen, perennial strugglers in recent years, it might be another long season.

Treowen's Bush Park must be one of the highest grounds in the Welsh League, set on the hillside above Newbridge. The famous 54 steps from the car park, dressing rooms and clubhouse up to the pitch certainly seemed steeper than last time I was there! But there are great views from the top, making it another of Gwent's scenic hilltop grounds. Probably one to do on a fine day - it would be bracing to say the least in the depths of winter. At the top of the steps is a hut which doubles as an admission kiosk and tea bar, and on the opposite side of the pitch a covered section which was handy as the rain returned this evening.

Glad to get a programme after a number of recent no shows at Welsh League and Gwent County games recently!


LLD
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Aug 14, 2019, 10:46 PM

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East Region SJFA - Premier League South
Stoneyburn Juniors 8-0 Syngenta
at Beechwood Park, Stoneyburn
Attendance - 60 (h/c)
Admission - £5, no programme, limited food options available

A very local game for me this evening, about four miles from my front door.
The main attraction was a chance to see another of the four new East Junior clubs operating this season, having seen Linlithgow Rose CFC at West Calder last week.
Syngenta are a well established and successful youth football club based in Grangemouth. Previously they have fielded an amateur adult team, but this is their first attempt at a junior side. They hoped to join the senior East of Scotland League but were knocked back for membership.
As the scoreline suggests they aren't very good. Stoneyburn are one of the East Region's smallest and least successful clubs, but they absolutely bossed this game from the word go, scoring five before half time.
A further three followed in the second half, but quite honestly this should have been well into double figures.
'The Fulshie' look like they've put together their best team for a while, but that's not saying much. They're no world beaters, but in four goal Ryan Robertson they do have a bit of quality in the forward area and they might be good enough to win what is a pretty weak division.
Syngenta have a young side that lost a bit of discipline as the goals stacked up tonight. They managed to beat Lochgelly Albert - last year's wooden spoonists - on the opening day but on the evidence of this game, they won't taste victory often this season.
I enjoy a visit to Beechwood Park, where the small but hard working Fulshie committee battle against persistent vandalism and small crowds to put out a team season after season. They'll have enjoyed this one no doubt and more power to their elbow.
They have become regular programme issuers in the last two or three seasons, and it's an interesting read. Tonight, printer problems resulted in a rare non issue.
There were no pies either, and instead I had to console myself with a homemade macaroon bar. Unsure whether English readers will be familar with this delicacy, but it's similar in sugar content and calorific value to tablet. Not one for the diabetics.
Stoneyburn is a pretty grim former pit village, even by West Lothian standards, but don't let that stop you ticking off the local juniors.



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ARL
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Aug 14, 2019, 11:07 PM

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FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Replay
White Ensign 3 Woodford Town 1 (aet 90 mins 1-1)

Adm: £6, Tea £1.20. Didn't buy prog.

After spending five hours in the car yesterday going to Ardley and back, it was nice to have a game within walking distance of my house. This was an enthralling cup tie, with White Ensign taking an early lead with a header from a corner. Woodford knocked the ball around well and often looked as though they could shift up a gear at any time, but it never quite happened. However, they broke through to equalise midway through the half.

The second half could have gone either way with chances at both ends, but extra time it was. The first half of extra time passed largely without incident, but it exploded in the second period. A hard challenge from a Woodford defender brought a free kick just outside the box and a straight red card for the defender. Full punishment was enacted as the free kick was curled beautifully into the top corner for a 2-1 Ensign lead. A nicely-worked third goal put them fully in control, and although they also had a player sent off, the final whistle went barely seconds afterwards for a notable win against Step 5 opposition in their first ever FA Cup tie.

Since my last visit to Burroughs Park a new terrace cover has gone up at the clubhouse end, making an already well-appointed venue even better. One of the neatest and tidiest grounds you will find in Essex.


osborne
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Aug 14, 2019, 11:13 PM

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Eastwood CFC 1 Sherwood Colleries 2. East Midlands Counties League.
Admsission £6/£3
Programme - free.
Tea £1
The 3g surface meant this game survived the heavy rain that we'd had all day. Thankfully the rain stopped as my Dad and I arrived at the stadium. The first half was very even but Eastwood missed the best chance of the half to go into the lead. The second half saw Sherwood take the lead, only for Eastwood to equalise. They were only on level terms for 3 minutes as Sherwood scored from probably the best move of the game. Despite lots of Eastwood pressure, Sherwood held on for the three points. I suspect Sherwood will be around the top of the table come the end of the season.


barcud-coch
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Aug 14, 2019, 11:34 PM

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Hay St Mary’s 0 Builth Wells 2

Forest Road: MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League First Division

This was my first competitive fixture of the season at Forest Road after having watched a handful of pre-season friendlies involving both the first and reserve teams in the preceding weeks. The Saints had experienced a mixed bag of results during their pre-season campaign but concluded their fixtures with a 2-1 win over local rivals Kington Town of the Herefordshire FA County League Premier Division. The Breconshire club had been affected by player unavailability during many of these matches and were unable to field a settled team during the pre-season campaign. The Saints finished third in the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League Second Division last season, behind champions Montgomery Town and Four Crosses, but were given the opportunity in the summer to take the step-up after Churchstoke decided to apply for voluntary relegation from the top flight of the league. The Breconshire club commenced their league campaign with a 7-1 victory at Llansantffraid Village on Saturday afternoon. However, the manager of the Montgomeryshire Saints resigned from his position following what he reported as a difficult pre-season for the Treflan club. Hay St Mary’s opponents this evening, Builth Wells, would present a much tougher proposition after finishing in fifth place last term and lifting the League Cup for the first time. The Wyesiders commenced their league campaign with a hard-fought 3-2 home win over Central Wales Challenge Cup holders Berriew and were looking to build upon last season's successful return to the top flight.

There was a lively start to this local derby with both teams creating opportunities in the opening stages of the match. Matty Tong lifted the ball over Builth Wells custodian Stuart Turpin in the third minute but his shot was cleared by a covering defender. The visitors responded in their next attack when the impressive Josh Price was played in on goal but struck the side netting from a tight angle. Jack Biggs pulled an effort wide of the target from the edge of the Builth Wells penalty area in the fifth minute, following a neat passage of play by the hosts, whilst Saints custodian James Barker was forced to turn away a low shot just a minute later. The Wyesiders opened the scoring in the 18th minute after breaking down the left and Jack Hammond was on hand to convert past Barker from close range. Builth Wells appeared to be content with their narrow advantage going into the interval but Mark Jones nearly doubled the scoreline when he went close with a low 25 yard free-kick four minutes before the half-time whistle. Jack Biggs went close to an equaliser in stoppage time with his drive narrowly flying over the visitor's crossbar from the edge of the penalty area. Recent signing Adam Farmer was presented with a good opportunity to double the Wyesiders' tally but he was unable to keep his shot down after a deep cross was headed back across goal. Barker was forced to make a smart save on the hour mark before Mark Jones struck the outside of an upright after a deep cross to the far post. Josh Price probably should have handed Builth Wells a buffer in the 76th minute when the ball was played across the face of the Hay St Mary's goal. The visitors finally netted the goal that their second-half pressure deserved when Tom Bethell's 82nd minute free-kick from just outside the left edge of the penalty area found the far corner of Barker's goal. Matty Tong was presented with an opportunity to halve the deficit six minutes later but could only fire at Turpin when through on goal. Barker came quickly off his line in stoppage time to deny Mark Jones a goal before substitute Harry Hopper went close with a 25 yard half-volley prior to the final whistle sounding.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 147
Matches: 30
New Grounds: 4


codofthenorth
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Aug 14, 2019, 11:50 PM

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Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 3-0 Stirling University....Central Taxis EOS League First Division Conf B....Adm £5...Cuppa £1....Pin Badges £1.50.

As I was working out East, a short trip to the Ballast made sense. A couple of dry days and only a small amount of light rain during the game made it a pleasant night on a mild evening.
The game kicked off at 7pm and by 7.04pm, the home side were ahead after the keeper fluffed his clearance.The Hillfield No11 duly rounded him and slotted home. Hillfield dominated most the first half and added two further goals on 40 and 41 mins.This pretty much decided the game as a contest.
By half time,the Cruise Liner 'Crown Princess' anchored by the Forth Rail Bridge had weighed anchor and headed off out to sea....the tops of all three bridges visible from the ground.
No further goals second half and after a few subs,it was Stirling who had the lions share of the ball and took the game to the Swifts for the last 15 minutes....the Stirling No17 looking half decent down the right flank.
The ground was well documented last year,largely portacabins but theyve made a decent clubhouse selling a number of souvenirs and refreshments.The ground is still marked with that plastic mesh fencing,the locals seem a chatty bunch and credit to them,it takes an effort carting the fitting to the pitch and back every game.

Steady run back over the Stirling Straits as the rain took over with big time.



So Many Grounds....So little time!!


Steveb
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Aug 14, 2019, 11:59 PM

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6.30pm
York League, Premier Division
Hemingbrough United 1 Thorpe United 1 (att 43 h/c)
Free admission, no progs


Hemingbrough United have returned to their ground in the village after a couple of seasons sharing at Selby Town. Their return follows the addition of portable cabins that have been installed to provide the required changing room capacity. The pitch itself itself is just roped off, but has permanent dugouts.

Decent game, as is usually the case in this league. The visitors scored first and both goals were before half time. Thorpe looked slightly the better side but a draw was a fair outcome.

Journey home, via a fish and chip shop in Selby, was considerably easier than the tortuous rush hour journey heading east, when it took over two hours to travel less than 70 miles on the M62.

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timmy tabby
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Aug 15, 2019, 7:47 AM

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....To conclude a trilogy of midweek fixtures played on 4g surfaces in August. A superb contest between.....

Cray Wanderers 2 v 3 Folkestone Invicta - Isthmian League Premier Division
Prog 48 pages £2.00* - Admission £10.00 - Att 240

* Cray have adopted the laudable policy of giving away free team sheets for those who purchase a prog. Otherwise they charge 50p.

.....Entertaining from beginning to end and although a harsh outcome from a Cray perspective in that a draw would have been an equitable outcome, you could comprehend from their performance why Folkestone are so highly rated this season and are tipped to be amongst those challenging at the top of the table come the distant end of season months. Cray to an extent were the architects of their own defeat conceding a shocking early goal and then for the first half barely able to string two passes together.

A contest of distinct phases which ebbed and flowed, but as previously mentioned, being gifted a goal so early gave Folkestone a considerable lift. A case of simply not looking up when passing back towards Carey in the home goal saw Taylor direct straight into the path of the lurking Dos Santos, who accepted the gift and his precise angled drive found the far corner. For the opening half hour, Folkestone were well on top and the likes of McCann should have increased the lead but were guilty of some wayward shooting over the angle. Heard was unfortunate to see a well directed header over Carey find Carlse perfectly positioned on the line to head clear. However, at this stage, there was little impression that this was going to be a meaningful contest.

Gradually though Cray managed to pose some form of threat, though it was considered a surprise when Federico sent over a low cross from the right but Pritchard square on goal would perhaps feel a little peeved that his rising effort struck the underside of the bar rather than found the roof of the net.

The flow of the contest was moving in Crays favour and they levelled when the Folkestone defence failed to clear a Federico cross which Coker latched onto and with a shot similar in terms of direction and power to what Dos Santos used earlier found an almost identical position right in the far corner well beyond the fingers of Roberts.

Cray maintained their advantage for the majority of the second half and went ahead within minutes of the restart with Coker running onto an excellent pass down the left by Pritchard and his low shot, which was clearly not going in the direction of the goal took a telling deflection off of Newman wrong footing Roberts who was unable to keep the ball from crossing the line. As Coker celebrated, the self appointed Dubious Goals Committee quickly convened and unanimously agreed, that even though Cray will award the goal to Coker, it will be recorded for posterity as a clear oggie.

The enthusiasm and ability that had typified so much of Folkestone's early play evaporated and Cray were unfortunate not to extend the lead with Nelson's header striking the top of the bar and then a venomous free kick from Parker which caused the crossbar to vibrate, Roberts in the Folkestone goal rather nonchalantly raised his hands above his head to catch/push over but the power of the shot saw it fly through his fingers.

The final segment of this absorbing contest was in Folkestone's favour and the catalyst was one of the best strikes seen for many a match. with Dos Santos penetrating forward and unleashing a curling shot of rare potency with the outside of his boot which left Carey clutching at the damp Bromley air as it flew past him just inside the post. The sort of effort that elicited one of those intake of breaths and then a collective wow as to what was witnessed. On the balance of play, a draw would have been the best outcome but one of the marks of a successful team is an ability to contrive a win from a draw and Ter Horst took advantage of an example of statuesque defending to find the corner from just inside the level and even at this early stage, Folkestone's 100 per cent record from two games looks like the foundations of a successful season.

The new seated stand behind the goal is now open at Hayes Lane but seemingly only available for Bromley home matches. Very impressive structure but on walking towards the ground and the structure is truly of tardis proportions with it stretching back a considerable distance as it ostensibly hosts a gym and conference facilities that will help pay the considerable costs.

As is so often the case Cray matches become social occasions and an all too rare occasion to catch up with the boards Dilligaf. Sorry to blight the hopes of one of our number who had a prophesy of a 07.59 posting. Please forgive me for the early click of the post reply option and hope that this has not been too much of an inconvenience .

Slow meander home enduring another bout of c2c late night engineering work. At least the abode was reached on Wednesday (just) rather than Thursday....


mxhornet
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Aug 15, 2019, 7:48 AM

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Narborough - 4 AFC Lynn Napier - 1
Anglian Combination Division Five North
Chalk Lane
Attendance - 10ish
Free admission, no programme

A year on from this fixture last season when it was switched to Necton due to pitch problems caused by dry weather, I did wonder as I travelled over if I was in for a postponement due to waterlogging as Norwich had been very wet mid afternoon but no problems as the pitch is on sandy soil and drains well. Elsewhere other AC games did get postponed. The pitch was "fully" railed this time last year too I heard but just the posts remain now, only other football furniture are the two permanent dugouts.
Also no repeat of last season's 5-4 scoreline, in fact at half time it looked like I might be in for a second 0-0 in a week. However the home side opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half and then added to their tally after 63, 77 and 85 minutes before Napier who had been reduced to 10 men after 75 minutes got a late consolation (2 minutes in to stoppage time).
Also in the sparse crowd was youngster, other hoppers who had signalled their intention to come along were reported to have opted for Costessey Sports v Dussindale Rovers @ Breckland Park.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


prorege
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Aug 15, 2019, 8:19 AM

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East Juniors Premier League South
Kirkcaldy and Dysart JFC v Bo’ness United Juniors, 1-1, H.T. 1-0, Att c.50, Admission £5, Programme £1, Coffee £1
At Denfield Park, Kirkcaldy

One new teams for me in this game . . . Kirkcaldy and Dysart were formed by a merger of Kirkcaldy YM and Dysart Amateurs, and one name-change . . . . Bo’ness United Juniors are a rebranded version of Linlithgow Thistle Amateurs.

Both teams were unbeaten going into the game and remained so afterwards. However, that says much about the standard in this Division as both teams were poor. Don’[t be fooled by the “Premier Division” title, this is in fact the bottom division of what is left of the Junior structure in the East.

Thankfully two poor teams doesn’t necessarily mean that a game is dull. This may have been error-strewn, ill-tempered and thoroughly agricultural but neither team could be faulted for effort, aggression or swearing capability. Blunder followed on misjudgement; Gouge followed on forearm smash; Even the occasional outbreak of skill followed on body slam.

K and D led at half time and were just about worthy of it. Bo’ness equalised just after the break and went on to dominate the second half but they couldn’t find a winner. Kirkcaldy rallied near the end and almost grabbed a winner with the best bit of skill on the night, a wonderful hooked shot that the Bo’ness keeper did well to keep out.

Denfield Park never changes much. The “new” pavilion is the around six years old now. The pir servery has migrated to a portacabin next to the entrance gate. The YM began issuing programmes again last season after a 12 year hiatus. The new club have continued the venture – Secretary Matt Lawson repeating the style he used at Rosyth and Ballingry when he was involved at those clubs. Only 15 printed might suggest a sell-out but it was far from it.

Denfield Park’s finest feature is the strangely addictive smell of the linseed oil used in Linoleum manufacture. Thankfully Nairn’s works adjacent to the ground still produces the once-universal floor covering and the aroma lingers on.

Parking is easy. Ground is about 15 minutes walk from the railway station. No safe pubs nearby.


Wiretown.Editor
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Aug 15, 2019, 8:24 AM

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Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East
Thame Rangers 2 Milton United 3
Admission £5, prog £1
Tea £1. Snacks available and bar open.
Att. 38 h/c


An excellent game from the off. The visitors got two counterattack goals in the first half. The second was all Thame who will rue many missed chances plus some fine saves from the Milton keeper. They did level it up and the balance of play suggested they would win but not so as a third counterattack goal came two minutes from time.

A ground share with Thame United but new for me. Fully enclosed and railed with a low rise stand on the clubhouse side. Four rows set well back from the pitch. The back row was standing in the main section of seating. There was a second section set well apart but all under the same roof.

The bar had XT 4 on hand pump. Tried a half. Not quite in the finest of form.


Andy D
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Aug 15, 2019, 8:30 AM

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Old Altrinchamians 1 Stockport Georgians 5, Manchester League Premier Division, Att: 20, Admission/Prog: No

Diverted here when Broadheath Central's game was waterlogged. The home side took an early lead but were then overwhelmed by an excellent Georgians side who were more clinical in front of goal and quicker to the ball, especially in the first half much to the displeasure of the Old Alts manager who had steam coming out of his ears by half time at which point they were 4-1 behind. The second period was more even with just one more goal added as the home side seemed to respond to the "encouragement" given at the break. No changes to the railed pitch at Crossford Bridge since my last visit, in an area enclosed by trees with the M60 droning in the background and Sale Harriers athletics track backing on to the opposite side. On a damp evening with occasional showers, the midges had a field day.



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Narborough - 4 AFC Lynn Napier - 1
Anglian Combination Division Five North
Chalk Lane
Attendance - 10ish
Free admission, no programme

A year on from this fixture last season when it was switched to Necton due to pitch problems caused by dry weather, I did wonder as I travelled over if I was in for a postponement due to waterlogging as Norwich had been very wet mid afternoon but no problems as the pitch is on sandy soil and drains well. Elsewhere other AC games did get postponed. The pitch was "fully" railed this time last year too I heard but just the posts remain now, only other football furniture are the two permanent dugouts.
Also in the sparse crowd was youngster, other hoppers who had signalled their intention to come along were reported to have opted for Costessey Sports v Dussindale Rovers @ Breckland Park.


As the horny one said, no longer railed off, I suppose either a health and safety thing or the local Pikey’s fancied some scrap. I think I’d have struggled to last the 90 minutes on my own, so was certainly glad of the company.


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Old Altrinchamians 1 Stockport Georgians 5, Manchester League Premier Division, Att: 20, Admission/Prog: No

Diverted here when Broadheath Central's game was waterlogged. The home side took an early lead but were then overwhelmed by an excellent Georgians side who were more clinical in front of goal and quicker to the ball, especially in the first half much to the displeasure of the Old Alts manager who had steam coming out of his ears by half time at which point they were 4-1 behind. The second period was more even with just one more goal added as the home side seemed to respond to the "encouragement" given at the break. No changes to the railed pitch at Crossford Bridge since my last visit, in an area enclosed by trees with the M60 droning in the background and Sale Harriers athletics track backing on to the opposite side. On a damp evening with occasional showers, the midges had a field day.


Also here, unexpectedly. Gave up on getting to Leeds for Headingley AFC when a late start and worsening traffic made getting there for kick off somewhat of a challenge.

A major change since my last visit (1997) with the pitch being rotated 90 degrees due to the widening of the M60 (in 2004, I think).

As the pitch was completely dug up and relaid since my last visit could I count this as a new tick? AngelicSly



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Andy D
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Aug 15, 2019, 12:20 PM

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Old Altrinchamians 1 Stockport Georgians 5, Manchester League Premier Division, Att: 20, Admission/Prog: No

Diverted here when Broadheath Central's game was waterlogged. The home side took an early lead but were then overwhelmed by an excellent Georgians side who were more clinical in front of goal and quicker to the ball, especially in the first half much to the displeasure of the Old Alts manager who had steam coming out of his ears by half time at which point they were 4-1 behind. The second period was more even with just one more goal added as the home side seemed to respond to the "encouragement" given at the break. No changes to the railed pitch at Crossford Bridge since my last visit, in an area enclosed by trees with the M60 droning in the background and Sale Harriers athletics track backing on to the opposite side. On a damp evening with occasional showers, the midges had a field day.


Also here, unexpectedly. Gave up on getting to Leeds for Headingley AFC when a late start and worsening traffic made getting there for kick off somewhat of a challenge.

A major change since my last visit (1997) with the pitch being rotated 90 degrees due to the widening of the M60 (in 2004, I think).

As the pitch was completely dug up and relaid since my last visit could I count this as a new tick? AngelicSly


If you like. Especially as where we were standing was probably just off the footprint of the previous alignment.



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Aug 15, 2019, 12:27 PM

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As the pitch was completely dug up and relaid since my last visit could I count this as a new tick? AngelicSly


If you like. Especially as where we were standing was probably just off the footprint of the previous alignment.



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Aug 15, 2019, 12:43 PM

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BEADS 3 Stockton West End 5
North Riding FL - Premier Division
6.30pm ko
Att.22hc

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pokal02
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Aug 15, 2019, 3:03 PM

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Whickham 2-0 Thornaby
Northern Lge 1
Att 173 Adm £6


Raining heavily as I arrived in Newcastle at 3:45 but fortunately got patchier in the next few hours and more or less stopped by KO.

The ground is easily accessible by bus (including late evenings) with the 97/97A stopping virtually outside the ground and the 6/6A in the main street 200 yards or so away. Thc car park looked fairly small with few side streets around.

They share with cricket so it's a 3-sider with a covered stand with about 200 wooden bench seats behind the near goal - just hardstanding on far side and behind far goal.

With Thornaby having followed up an 8-1 defeat with an excellent 2-0 win at Bishop Auckland, I wasn't sure how this one would go. The first half wasn't the most exciting with Whickham shading possession. The home team scored in the first minute of the second half, eventually making the game safe on 75 mins.

Back in Newcastle hotel via the aforementioned 6A bus by 10:20.


totallyuntamed
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Aug 15, 2019, 3:39 PM

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Somerset County League Premier Division Clutton 2 Stockwood Wanderers 4 Programme £2 (in lieu of admission charge, you had to approach who I presume was the secretary for a copy) Attendance 34
Immediately behind The Warwick Arms pub on the A37 on the left heading towards Bristol, I managed to miss the entrance to the ground which is unsignposted and runs from the back of the pub car park. Beyond this is the pitch which is railed off on three and a half sides while on the far side where a thick hedge pushes very close to the touchline a rope has to suffice. The pitch is considerably lower than the surrounding land which means that there is a substantial bank at the dressing rooms end of the pitch with stone steps leading down to the pitch which is used by the players. On the far side are the dug outs with a substantial covered area of standing which straddles the halfway line situated behind them. This was well populated on a rainy night. The rest of the ground is open grass standing. There is a sizeable clubhouse here at this well organised club which features ample tables and chairs, a bar as well as a refreshment hatch where hot drinks and rolls could be purchased. There is a regular bus service, presumably to and from Bristol, which has stops on the main road both of which drop off within sight of the ground.This was another entertaining game played in a good spirit and much more of a match then the previous evening's, with the lack of athleticism of the home keeper eventually proving decisive. There has been a distinct lack of dissent in these two games although whether that is because of the introduction of sin bins or because there is less of it in this part of the world I have no idea. Certainly the one open show of dissent was not punished by what I thought was the mandatory 10 minutes off the pitch.
If you can stomach the absence of appointed assistants this is a league well worth trying, particularly if you are in that neck of the woods. A trouble free journey home and I was back in Coventry in under 2 hours.




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Ipeland
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Aug 15, 2019, 3:54 PM

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Newton 2-4 Chester Nomads (2-2 HT) at Millcroft
West Cheshire League 1st Division
Admission: Free, Programme: None
Attendance: 29 (h/c)

Original plan of Capenhurst v Upton was rained off but this match survived so headed further up the M53 than anticipated to the western edge of Birkenhead. The action started early on in the match when Newton won a penalty within the first minute which they promptly skied. Nomads hit back and opened the scoring around 5 minutes later from inside the box before getting a second around the 20 minute mark. Neston mounted a comeback and brought the scores level by half time with two goals in the last 10 minutes. Second half was less eventful with Nomads retaking the lead in the 50th minute through a header before converting a penalty 10 minutes later to give them a 2 goal lead back. Newton tried to get back into the game but due a combination of poor decision making and shooting it came to nowt. Millcroft is a decent ground for Step 7, homemade stand with large wooden steps adjacent to the changing rooms and attached to the clubhouse (seemed deserted for this match), enclosed and fully railed off pitch but no hard standing so squelchy after all the rain. Car park is small but there's a good amount of street parking.



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Aug 15, 2019, 6:54 PM

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Wearside League

Richmond Town 3-2 Darlington Town
Admission £3 incl prog
Tea £1
Att: 96 h/c


After a day going around North Yorkshire back to football matters and a must visit ground for the stunning back drops alone. Photos really don't do it justice. Even on a damp miserable night like last night. Pitch fully railed off with over furniture a overhang from the changing rooms/tea bar some 30 yards away from the nearest goal.

And was I pleased the home side won. Darlington Town were quite frankly an embarrassment to the Wearside League with their non-stop petulance and dissent not clamped down at all by the referee who could have sent 4 players off, let alone countless others to the sin bin for dissent but instead showed just the 1 yellow card for an awful challenge.

First half Richmond just couldn't score and went in 1-0 down thanks to an own goal but the consensus was if they could score 1, they would go on to win and 3 goals in 10 minutes gave them a great chance to do so. Then 10 minutes from time the visitors pulled one back with a sweet free kick and could have levelled matters, but fortunately karma won out and the hosts were deserved winners.

Even more amazing was there was not 1 road closure and random diversion on the way back from North Yorkshire to South Hampshire and we were back home just over 4 1/2 hours travelling time later (5 1/4 with pit stops)



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Aug 15, 2019, 7:24 PM

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Brandon United 0-2 Bedlington Terriers

Northern League Division 2, admission £5, programme available, chest hair restoring coffee £1.50, att: 80(hc)

This ground is high up with views across to Durham and beyond from the main stand. Some breeze block and wooden seating behind one goal and you can imagine they could have squeezed in plenty of spectators here in the past. Plenty of parking in the car park but at this time of year your car may disappear in the pampas grass.

A very tetchy game with Brandon being extremely good in the moaning stakes, they need to concentrate on playing or they will end up in the Wearside League. It held the attention but was below par football for this league.

Game finished at 955pm and home for 0055 with just 1 road closure on the A38 on the way home.



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