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Monday 14th October 2019


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Oct 14, 2019, 3:14 PM

Posts: 1073
Location: Ipswich
Team(s): Ipswich Town

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Ipswich Town under 23s 3 Cardiff City Under 23s 1
Professional Development League
Playford Rd Training Ground

Admission: Free
Programme: nil
Attendance- 50 h/c

Two young teams on show with little or any 1st team experience however this meant this was a well contested game, Cardiff started on top, hit the post and dominated the first 20 minutes but that is about as good as it got for them.

Ipswich started to take control and just after the half hour took the lead and within 5 minutes added a second.

Second half started as the first half finished with Ipswich on top and it did not take long for the Town to add a third, Cardiff, huffed and puffed and did get one goal back but the result was never in any doubt.

Last New ground; Rochdale Games in 2019/20 Season; 54, New Grounds this Season; 26, Next scheduled game: tbc

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Oct 14, 2019, 6:40 PM

Posts: 11476
Location: Pontypool
Team(s): Newport County

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Dragon Park, Newport
Friendly International
Wales U19s 2 Austria U19s 0
Free admission & printed teamsheet Attendance h/c 140

Took an extended lunch hour Wink and caught the first 75 minutes of this one, the second of two matches between the sides over the weekend, the first having been won by the visitors, 3-1, on Friday afternoon. A goal in either half was enough for Wales this time, however, in weather conditions which steadily worsened as the game progressed and was decidedly 'Welsh' by the end!

Given the nature of the game, the visitors decidedly muscular approach was rather surprising, the Austrians totting up eight yellows plus a straight red for an off-the-ball incident just before the interval. Plenty of talking points, therefore, for those watching who sheltered in the covered seating on the one side, the only area of the ground open to spectators.

Man City Transfer Target!

Oct 14, 2019, 10:22 PM

Posts: 8336
Location: Stourbridge, Charmouth
Team(s): Stourbridge, Welton Rovers

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Re: [gcnc] Monday 14th October 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Also at:

Wales U19 2 Austria U19 0 (Friendly) Att: 140 h/c

Also at this. I think gcnc is spot on, but is too generous to the Austrians: not only over physical, they whined, dived and feigned injury throughout. Didn't like them one little bit. The off the ball incident that earned a red card was spitting, apparently. Ground is perfectly suitabl for this sort of affair: everyone was very friendly and helpful. Splendid company from Garrincha's Dog, as ever. Very wet by the end.

Next stop:

Stourbridge 0 Lye Town 4 (Birmingham Senior Cup) Att: 278

Oh dear. This was an experimental Stourbridge side, but it consisted entirely of first team players. Well done to the Flyers - this was a very well deserved victory. Put the world to rights with Bradshaw in between the goals, so another very enjoyable evening. Hoppers' corner was otherwise unoccupied. Very wet by the end.

First Team Star

Oct 14, 2019, 10:46 PM

Posts: 1852

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Hope that you run it past the boss first and didn't take any liberties with your lunchtime arrangements! Cool

First Team Star

Oct 14, 2019, 11:14 PM

Posts: 1521
Location: Beside the Spinnaker Tower
Team(s): Hemel Hempstead Town FC, Trust Portsmouth FC and The Reds of Cincinnati

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Coleshill Town 1-2 North Leigh (Southern League, Division 1 Central)
- played at Pack Meadow, Packington Lane, Coleshill, Birmingham from 7.45pm

Att – 65 (official); Entry - £9; Prog - £1.50; Cheesy chips and a cuppa for £3
Weather – it won’t stop raining .. so, the 4G came in handy
Travel – M3, A34, M40, A46 and A45 'ish .. checking into overnight accommodation on the way.
Colours – the Colemen in white tops and blue shorts .. and the Millers in all yellow

Blimey it was wet today .. haven’t seen this much water over a few days, for quite a while now .. not that tonight was a problem, as the thought of driving north easily kicked in, when a plastic surface and ground available for our teams to enjoy .. in a tucked away north east corner of the M6 / M42 interchange .. with a nice sized car park when found .. small cosy Clubhouse tucked away in far-left corner of enclosure, Rollalongs for the team changing, refreshment and official’s boardroom .. scaffold covered terracing and an adjacent low-level seating stand to compliment .. a larger (exposed to elements) stand opposite with the dug outs and your normal dark green perimeter railing’s around, all lit up by decent three bulb per pylon floodlights .. the rain sheeting across the beams of light for most of the match .. and roads outside beginning to flood by game end.

Which all went well for the Millers, as they set off on the front foot .. scoring two quick goals, when the host defence were still waking up .. first on 4 mins when forward gauged bounces the better and wacked in a left footer to bottom left .. then on thirteen, when a through ball beat the off side trap to see the same result of shot .. and with more goals expected but not materialising .. it just left a bad challenge before the break, for a defender to see straight red, that sent the teams into the dressing rooms and a tough ask required from the Colemen in the second.

.. and to be fair, they made a good fist of it, making several telling counter attacks and defending well as a team .. getting their reward in the 80th minute, when a right sided cross was stabbed home from close range .. just unfortunate that time wasn’t on their side and frustration set in, with a few handbags exchanged at the final whistle .. still an enjoyable encounter .. if just a tad wet around the edges .. Tongue

Grounds = 634, Leagues done = 15 (37 to go); Games (19/20) = 95; New Grounds (19/20) = 78; Goals (19/20) = 413; Ave goals/game = 4.35; Last new ground = Yaxley; Next = Tues 19th Nov 2019

(This post was edited by hemelhopper on Oct 14, 2019, 11:19 PM)

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Oct 15, 2019, 12:06 AM

Posts: 19396
Location: Surrey
Team(s): Tranmere Rovers, South Liverpool (the South will rise again), Cammell Laird

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Leics Senior League Cup 2
Rugby Borough 5-0 Friar Lane & Epworth
Around 30 in attendance
Adm £3, no paper

Horrible conditions all the way up the M1, slight degree of respite during the game followed by similar heading back south. Like hemelhopper up the road, however, no concerns about a postponement here on the 3G - though the turnstile block was waterlogged thanks to what looked like an overflowing drain. Entrance tonight was through the clubhouse.

The ground is part of the much bigger Rugby Town Juniors complex, about three miles out of town but only a few minutes and a few roundabouts off j18 of the M1. Essentially a 3G cage with one of the better kit stands nicely elevated in the near corner and ample spectator access down the near side and behind the near goal. The lengthy main building (including the clubhouse bar) runs down the near side and its overhang provides a further slither of cover.

I reckon this place now ticks all the boxes for step 6, a level that reigning league champions Borough aspire to. With a 100% league record you wouldn't back against them doing it this season, and tonight's walloping of one of their nearest rivals further underlined their credentials. With the wind and rain at their backs 2-0 at half time should have been at least double that, thanks to careless finishing. When it eventually got to 3-0 I began pondering the relative lack of quality on show, only to be swiftly corrected by a cracking fourth goal - a brilliant surging run down the left flank producing a perfect low cross which was swept home at full pace from six yards by the inrushing attacker. A fine free kick finished things off before the home keeper made a blinding point-blank reflex save right at the end to preserve his clean sheet.

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Oct 15, 2019, 2:27 AM

Posts: 693
Location: Burnham, Buckinghamshire
Team(s): Barnet (when in Barnet), Truro City

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Midland League Premier Division
Romulus 3 Sporting Khalsa 1
Admission £6 Attendance: roughly 70

As soulless a location as you could wish to find, on a night of constant sweeping rain, the only thing missing is an athletics track. The stadium is nestled within hoofing distance of the hard shoulder of the south-east-bound M6 but tonight at least a decent sized main stand provided some cover from the unceasing elements.

The first half saw the ball bounce steeply and repetitively on the saturated plastic, the second was given over to a hat trick from Colbourne, a right footed left winger who Khalsa did not have the intelligence to stop from cutting inside, with the result that two similar strikes from the edge of the area flew past their keeper's left hand and into the bottom corner. Bizarrely, Khalsa managed to concede with all eleven of their players on the pitch, equalised when they were down to 10 men with one in the sin bin, and then promptly conceded two more when he came back on.

timmy tabby
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Oct 15, 2019, 6:06 AM

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Re: [kidology] Monday 14th October 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

....Talking of 'soulless venues' but with the added attraction of an athletics track, it is time for yet another Cricklefield Stadium foray. Though it must be said that in the number of times that the walk from Seven Kings Station has been made, this was one of the most entertaining of forays....

Barkingside 1 v 4 Basildon United - Essex Thameside Trophy 1st Round
Prog 12 pages £1.00 - Admission £5.00 - Att officially 70. Unofficially deduct at least 20 from the official figure.

.....And also good to see this grand competition receiving a revival with the most majestic of silver galleon trophy. Now under the auspices of the ECFA, for which a few blazers were in attendance. The problem is that the ECFA do not publicise the competition on their website and locating fixtures is not the easiest of tasks as the respective ECL & Isthmian League's do not publicise it either on their websites. A shame as the sparse crowd had their fivers worth on this occasion and both teams were relatively strong.

With the weather set wet, there were of course pre match trepidations, however apart from a couple of muddy areas in either goal mouth and in the centre circle that in fact never impinged on the flow of the contest, the trepidations were unfounded.

Hugely entertaining first period that had our gruppe trying to delve into the deepest recesses of memory to recall an equivalent Cricklefield occurrence. The visitors were clearly taking the competition seriously and found gaps aplenty in a flimsy home defence. Difficulty though was then converting the chances as Charlie Howson in the home goal had a quite superb half of flying saves and crucial blocks from the likes of Adam Vyse, Kurt Smith et al. He was beaten when a deep cross from Smith picked out Vyse on the back post and the latter treated us to a controlled side footed volley into the corner, which to be realistic was not expected.

The surprising aspect of the first half was that despite the vast majority of play being in the home half, a quick break out of defence by Joe Gent down the right saw a quick cross into the middle and almost certainly off of Ben Clarke's knee, the ball found the net for the Barkingside leveller. The visitors though should have been in front during the latter stages of the half but a decent cross in from Smith was perfect for the unmarked Vyse, but whereas a straight downward header would have sufficed, the latter had the merest of glances which travelled wide. In the final minutes of the half Howson astonished all with a remarkable reaction save at the back post keeping out an angled drive at the back post that he surely saw very late.

Another surprising aspect of the contest was that there was a much higher level of parity between the two teams in the second half, but the visitors were able to take their chances. This was perhaps more standard Cricklefield fayre with the unevenness of the pitch becoming more apparent, especially with the goal that restored Basildon's lead Vyse on the far side chipped over Howson from an acute angle, from the trajectory of the effort, it gave the impression that it was not the cleanest of strikes, even though the Basildon Twitter operative described the effort as 'outstanding'. The term outstanding could most certainly be levelled against the visitors third with Conor Mead lobbing perfectly over the onrushing Howson and a fine finish from a narrow angle from Ernest Okoh gave the visitors a scoreline that was slightly flattering, especially taking into account the fact that Clarke Bogard in the Basildon goal made several decent saves as Barkingside had spells of pressure.

Thankfully, the rains had ceased for the return journey with TFL Routes 25 & 169 providing convenient connections between Seven Kings and Barking and the rest of the journey was without problems and indoors through the puddle laden streets of RM17 circa 22.40....

southend statto
First Team Star

Oct 15, 2019, 8:12 PM

Posts: 2049
Location: East Anglia (South Division)
Team(s): most of my local sides

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Re: [timmy tabby] Monday 14th October 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

"The problem is that the ECFA do not publicise the competition on their website and locating fixtures is not the easiest of tasks" - well publisced on their website - under the cups and competitions tag -

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Oct 21, 2019, 5:31 PM

Posts: 1574
Location: Coventry
Team(s): Solihull Moors

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European Qualifier Moldova 0 Albania 4 Ticket less than £10, sorted and printed out by the excellent hotel myself and A Pheasant stayed at. No sign of a programme. Attendance 5000 (estimate). Played at the 10,287 capacity Zimbru Stadium which was on the right as we travelled in from the airport to our hotel.

A flying visit to Chisinau (only 20 hours from touchdown to takeoff) to take in what as effectively a dead rubber. Moldova were even more awful for this game than they had been against the almost equally hapless Andorra. At least here they were up against decent opposition. Albania were three up by half time and could have had a long more than the one they did eventually score in the second half but you could see them ease off as the game progressed.
Our seats were in the upper tier of the stand opposite where all the dignitaries and the press box are situated.
The seats throughout are in yellow and green in a two tier stadium which contains four rows in the upper tier opposite us and 13 in the lower tier and a small but vociferous band of Albanian fans were segregated in one block to the far right of the goal to our right and they created a great atmosphere with constant singing and doing the Poznan as well.
The second half was frankly tedious with Albania content to cruise and Moldova nowhere near good enough to do anything about reducing the deficit.

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