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Nov 9, 2019, 10:21 PM

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Location: New Brighton or Hawarden (both in Wales)
Team(s): Warrington Town are #1, Leeds Utd, Stranraer, Matlock Tn, Warrington Wolves

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What a game this was

JD Welsh Cup Second Round
Goytre United 6 Cefn Criwbr 4
Admission £5, prog on line only
Tea £1, snacks available, bar open (outside ground)
Att. 50 apps.

A goal fest as Step Two took on visitors from three levels below them. The visitors put in a fine display. Twice in the first half they equalised but went in 3-2 down. The hosts then ran away with it to lead 6-2 but Cefn never gave up and pulled two back.

This was always Plan A and once given the game on I headed further west from the Brecon Beacons. The ground is fabulous. Fully enclosed and railed it has a covered stand with three rows of seats down most of one touchline. There was also some covered standing in one corner by the tea bar. They were made use of as it got very showery throughout the game. The floodlights went out at one point but were brought back to life before the light faded.

I arrived just before one so had time for a swift half in the Brit Pub at Cwmafan a couple of miles away. Very pleasant with The Cold Black Label Pirate Bay being superb.

Home for eight and no snow on the return trip thankfully, as had been the case around Oswestry heading south in the morning.

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Nov 9, 2019, 10:35 PM

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Location: Hertfordshire
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My first football game for a few weeks ..due to foreign holidays, illness...and earlier this week a reluctance to leave the house after dark when it is so cold and wet....
Hitchin Town 1 - 1 Bedfont Sports (HT 0 - 1)
FA Trophy 1st Round (delayed fixture after Bedfont were required to replay their previous fixture due to ineligible fielding of a player)

Admission £12/8, tea £1, Programme (on paper - Yay) £2 Att 218

A very wet, miserable, muddy affair.

Neither side excelled in the first half, with Bedfont managing to score in the 43rd minute.

Hitchin played a better game in the second half, managing to equalise in the 72nd minute. The Bedfont GK really had to work hard to stop Hitchin taking the lead with some fantastic second half saves.

A replay is scheduled for Tuesday coming.

2018 -19 season. 7 new grounds.
2019 -20 season 24 new grounds.
Newest ground visited The Van Elle Welfare Ground, Pinxton FC, Derbyshire, Central Midlands Football League South, Level 11

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Nov 9, 2019, 10:36 PM

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Location: Ayrshire, Midlothian
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Re: [pokal02] Saturday 9th November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

SFA South Region Challenge Cup - Round 4
Camelon Juniors 2-1 Linlithgow Rose
Carmuirs Park, Camelon
Admission £7/£4
Attendance 400 (+3 in the grandstand over the fence)
Scotch pie (excellent) £2, Coffee £1

I had to travel back from east to west by public transport today so chose the Edinburgh-Glasgow line via Falkirk Grahamston with a break of journey at Camelon station, from which there is a 10 minute walk to the ground.

Camelon is a banlieue of Falkirk, the kind of the place where you still see racing pigeons flitting across the sky and CB aerials adorn rooftops.

Carmuirs Park is one of my favourite grounds, especially with a decent crowd in it as there was today. It is a proper old (ex-) junior ground with six or seven steps of concrete terracing on three sides, though you need to watch you don't break your ankles given the uneven nature of the concrete railway sleepers which serve as terracing on two of the sides.

I am intrigued to learn that Camelon will be playing Edinburgh City under lights on Wednesday night at Carmuirs Park in the semi-final of the East of Scotland Cup. Intrigued because there aren't any lights. Well there's currently one atop a post surrounded by scaffolding behind one goal, but beyond that there are two posts, with lots of cables protruding, without lights behind the opposite goal and two posts with cables but no lights behind the terracing on the touch line across from the single light.

The grandstand in the garden over the fence housed three spectators today and alongside it there is now a flagpole with an SFA saltire flying.

It wasn't a high quality game. Linlithgow are a shadow of the team from a few years ago and on this showing are likely to get a hammering from the big boy Falkirk team in the forthcoming televised Scottish Cup tie. Camelon were better but not by much. The Rose took the lead early in the first half with the Mariners equalising at the start of the second half. A stonewall penalty 10 minutes from the end was enough to secure a win for the home side by which time many of the visiting fans had demonstrated they were less than gruntled at the performance of their favourites.

A word about the referee - he was terrible. He'll go far.

(This post was edited by PaulC on Nov 9, 2019, 11:14 PM)

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Nov 9, 2019, 10:54 PM

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Re: [pokal02] Saturday 9th November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

With the trains in these parts still chaotic following the recent floods, Plan A of a trip to Scotland was abandoned on Friday & Plan B of Leicester soon followed. When Wakefield tweeted that their game was going to be played on the 4G at the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre I decided that a bus trip to Cudworth was in order to watch

Wakefield AFC 3 Burngreave 2
Sheffield County Senior League Premier Division

A very entertaining game ensued in which Wakefield should be somewhat grateful to the referee for their fortunate win. The visitors, resplendent in an old Sheffield Utd away strip advertising Telextext Hoiidays, took an early lead and went ahead again equally early in the second half. Then on 77 mins the ref decided to penalise the Burgreave keeper for holding onto the ball for too long. The time was not noticeably longer than at any other point in the game and there had been no warnings. The away skipper kept up his protest for too long and was sent to the sin bin where he remained for the rest of the match as he was not allowed back on after the 10 mins !

Wakefield scored from the freekick, but the ref was not finished. On 89 mins the home keeper made a complete horlicks of a clearance and then blatently fouled the forward who was about to latch on to the loose ball in the six yard box. No penalty was the decision - met with much disbelief by the Wakefield supporters near me. By now another Burngreave player had been sent to the sin bin and despite valiant efforts the 9 men went down to a deflected goal in added time.

The aformentioned tweet said that a "voluntary" admission charge of £5/£3 was in place but there was no one at the entrance to the cage and no one came round inside either, although I did spot a couple of people with a programme - no idea where from.

The 'crowd' was around 30 so, although there is apparently a " huge demand for a professional club in Wakefield", it would appear there is little demand for a club called Wakefield playing in a Barnsley satellite village.

(This post was edited by mick on Nov 9, 2019, 11:05 PM)

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Nov 9, 2019, 11:40 PM

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A phone call to Reception at Weetwood Sports Park about 1pm confirmed that both matches scheduled on the railed grass pitches were on, so I opted for the West Yorkshire Premier offering.
Headingley v Horbury Town 0-3
C 20 watching mainly from Horbury.
The first half was uninspiring with very few chances and the Photographer for the local paper taking himself off to the other match at half time. The second half was much better and well executed finishes on 68', 73' and 80' gave the visitors a deserved victory, which moved them to second in the table.

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Nov 10, 2019, 1:15 AM

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Re: [Loiner] Saturday 9th November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

FA Trophy
Woking Park
Westfield 1 Hartley Wintney 1
Admission: £8 Paper available Attendance: 122

An absolute belter on a soggy but playable pitch; this was always my original choice. New tick; functional but OK - I never ventured up to the clubhouse/bar but the whole experience was positive. These two were Combined Counties foes but now sit at Step 4 (Home-Isthmian) and Step 3 (Away- Southern).
Both teams attacked relentlessly and it made for an absorbing contest. HW should have led with their early raids; in particular Albert should have headed them in front on 16 when Ross, in the home goal, went for a ball he shouldn't have. Inches past. Both keepers were busy; eventually (I think) Nkoma edged the home side in front on 42 with a close finish. There was no doubt that the home side were working the harder. HT 1-0.
More relentless rain meant a wet second half; both sides created chance after chance; in particular the home side making Jilliams in the away goal the busier; they had two goals chalked off for off-side.
Finally on 82 a shot from Webb (hit straight at the previosuly excellent Ross) went into the roof of the net through the home keeper's hands for what was probably a deserved equaliser.
Final whistle and no ET; quite surprised at that but meant I was home by 1910hrs via a wet M3/A303 but then local diversions in Wiltshire for flooding.

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Nov 10, 2019, 1:17 AM

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Re: [Digdagdog] Saturday 9th November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

We left our accommodation in Whittington where the frost had just gone off my car. It was cloudy & very cold. Not long into the journey we were surprised to hear on BBC Wales radio that snow was causing road problems in Welshpool.

We parked up at Altrincham ice rink which cost £5 but unfortunately not to see any hockey. We then went to the ticket office at the station to purchase a ticket but were advised we had to purchase metro tickets on the station. With someone from the metro with us at the time he was able to watch me put in two £10 notes & my dad one £10 note but the machine wouldn’t accept any of them. This gave me my usual chance to whinge about not having a proper ticket office etc. I know I could’ve paid by card but having a choice I didn’t want to. Surprisingly but to be honest he did the correct thing & purchased two tickets on his works card & gave them to us for nothing. That saved us £4.80 each.

We visited the Lowry Gallery which was most interesting. We then made our way back to catch the 98 bus from Shudehill with a helpful driver who let us on despite having left the bus stand. For me the cheapest option was apparently £5 for a day ticket while for my dad it was free.

It was then a short walk which became a bit longer due to being at the wrong stand. Then it was my error as I tried getting in at the wrong entrance so we had to walk to the other end. After getting in it was stupid we then had to walk back to where I’d tried to get in to take our seats.

Emirates FA Cup 1st Round
Salford City 1 (82)
Burton Albion 1 (77)
KO: 15:00 Att: 2,724 inc 653 BA fans (as per SC website). I was a bit surprised as I thought the attendance looked to have touched 4,000 as there didn’t look that much space to get too many more in. Cost: £10 for me, £5 for my dad inc £1 booking fee. (after printing off the eticket at home it advised you must have a barcode but I received some replies from SC fans confirming its not a barcode but a QR code.) Progs available

Venue: The Peninsula Stadium, Moor Lane, Salford
Very bland venue which is all covered & all at the same height. Trees behind both goals & some behind one side. 4 corner floodlight poles with a thin red light around them. Advert boards around pitch & railed behind both goals. Our side had 6 rows of red seats on the metal steps. Behind one goal up a step are 12 rows of metal terracing with a church behind trees. Behind other goal appears to be the same. The other side has areas with up to 7 rows of red seats.

Match: 11th out of 24 in EFL 2 (v) 14th out of 24 in EFL 1
Light rain got a bit steadier for the first few minutes. Still cloudy & cold but undercover & enclosed made it less cold.

My 1st game between league teams for 2 or 3 years at a guess & somehow I managed to stay awake in a total borefest in the 1st half. This game had 0-0 written all over it. On 28mins BA scored from close range but a moment later the ref spoke to the lino & disallowed it. They shot wide on 30mins. SC were the better side at the start & for a chunk of the 1st half but did nothing up front. BA didn’t look very good despite being a division higher. Shots 2-4.

H/t lasted under 17mins which gave me time to visit the big clubhouse which is like a small hangar. On the tv screens were the latest scores on the BT sports channel.

Unsurprisingly the 2nd half was better. BA headed wide from close range on 51mins. SC made the gk make a good save low down with his arm on 55mins. On 67mins they had a chance but the shot couldn’t have been much worse if he’d tried to miss the target. BA had their 1st shot on target on 73mins which was saved & the gk then tipped over another shot. A minute later they scored & were now the better side. Out of the blue SC equalised with a cracking 25yd shot. It was end to end as the game finished but the only chance went to BA & really they should’ve won it but the shot went over on 89mins. Shots 6-7.

The bus back had just arrived which we got on as it took a while for everyone to get on. The rain had started which it continued to do until we reached Huntingdon. We stopped at Corley Services for KFC. A14 J26 to J31 was closed so a bit of a diversion.

A good trip despite the cold.

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Nov 10, 2019, 2:39 AM

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Southern Combination Premier Division - Broadbridge Heath 1 Eastbourne Town 5 - Admission £6 - Programme £1 - Attendance approx 100

Decided on a first visit to the new ground at Broadbridge Heath, with the insurance of nearby Horsham if the rain was going to be a problem. Fortunately it didn’t and the pitch held up very well with Eastbourne Town extending their lead to 10 points at the top of the table.

It was very much the Tom Vickers show for much of the match. He opened the scoring just before the half hour with a peach of a free kick from 25 yards which he curled over the wall into the top left corner. The hosts equalised in first half injury time when a near post Jamie Taylor corner was nodded home by Max Howell.

Back to Mr Vickers who put Town 2-1 up on 48 minutes with a header from a Simon Johnson corner and then just after the hour, he notched his hat trick goal with another long range free kick which swerved and dipped over the keeper. Within 5 minutes, it was 4-1 as Daniel Bolwell’s corner was cleared back to him and he sent an angled drive into the far top corner and in injury time, a close range Daniel Perry effort found the net to give Eastbourne Town a comprehensive victory, which showed exactly why they are likely to win the league by a distance and have a good FA Vase run too.

Nice new facilities for Broadbridge Heath with the only complaint being that they need to get a hard path into the ground from the car park because today it was a case of trying to avoid the mud and puddles, which was a bit tricky.

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Nov 10, 2019, 6:14 AM

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Re: [Windy] Saturday 9th November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Cornwall Senior Cup 2nd Round.

Saltash United 8 Launceston 2. Attendance 143

Given the rain in the morning, I had severe doubts this would survive. In the end the rain cleared by 1030, and pitch not only passed but looked spectacular, a real credit to the ground staff. It held up well in the heavy showers during the game as well.

Onto the game, and Saltash started off slowly but scored a bizarre goal in the 7th minute only for Launceston to equalise within a minute. The rest of the first half was all huff and puff with a Saltash 2nd goal coming in the 21st minute.

There were a few raised voices coming from the Ashes dressing room at half time and it clearly worked. Saltash climbed up the gears and scored in 48th,60th, 65th, 68th, 75th (a screamer in to top corner) and 89th with Launceston getting a 2nd in 69th.

Saltash are battering teams for fun at the moment. Next is the FA Vase v Bridgwater but rumours abound this could be brought forward to Tuesday as rain is forecast Wednesday. The fixture pile up has started, and thanks to Phil H league sec forward planning at least we've played 15 league games!

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Nov 10, 2019, 7:43 AM

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SFA South Challenge Cup Round Three
Camelon Juniors v Linlithgow Rose, 201, H.T. 0-1, Att c.400, Admission £7, No paper, Bride and Coffee £3
At Carmuirs Park

Also ended up at this but didn’t have any plan when I felt home. I had headed for Linlithgow where tickets for the Scottish Cup tie against Falkirk went on general sale at 11.30. I didn’t know how long I would have to queue for or if at all, so had no fixed destination in mind. A Junior game twixt Harthill Royal and Lochore Welfare looked interesting but that fell victim to overnight frost.

So, I took the easy option of a 1,30 KO at Camelon for this interesting looking Cup tie. Calemon have a predominantly young team and have been doing very well this season. They hammered Linlithgow just two weeks ago ni a League game at Carmuirs Park. The Rose sacked their Manager around a month ago and brought in ex Stennie boss Brown Ferguson. He has a big job on his hands to weed out the wasters and imposters recruited by his predecessor and building a new team that is fit for purpose. I suspect the League is a right-off for Linlithgow, so this Cup tie was especially important to them.

Linlithgow’s deficiencies led to a string of bookings for poor challenges although Camelon were not shy of a cheeky high and late challenge themselves. I actually thought the referee did ok – he was helpless when a mass brawl broke out around him and on that occasion hesensible calmed things down without resorting to multiple cards.

Linlithgow barely deserved their lead and justice was done when Camelon turned it around in the second half. We all expected the inevitable late Coyne penalty to level things up but thankful;ly it never came.

The pies and bridies from the fantastic Patrick’s of Camelon were as good as ever. The banter was keen with Linlithgow fans ,living up to their reputation as the Auchinleck of the East with their sense of entitlement.

Regarding the floodlights. They have already bene in use at Carmuirs Park. The club have acquired a set of portable lights which are brought in for games and are more than good enough. They were first switched on around a month ago for an Under 20 match at the ground.

Programmes are occasional occurrences at Carmuirs Park. They usually only appear for big Semi Finals and visits from coachloads of paper obsessives from the South. Otherwise they manage fine without them.

The 1.30 KO meant a 3.15 finish so I was able to enjoy Open All Mics on Radio Scotland as I headed home. I did think about heading over to Dunipace for the second half of their game against Bonnyrigg Rose but opted not to.

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Nov 10, 2019, 9:20 AM

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FAW Welsh Cup Round 2
Abertillery Bluebirds 4 Llanidloes Town 3
Admission (inc. 16-page programme) £3 Attendance h/c 97

Another soaking wet Saturday morning in South Wales and with snow falling further north in the Principality it seemed like a day for staying local and finding something definitely on. This one certainly fitted the bill, and with it being a 'south' v 'mid' encounter and step 4 against the clear leaders of a step 3 league, on paper it looked attractive too. It didn't disappoint either with the home side never going behind against the visitors who were probably technically superior.

Bluebirds led 1-0 and 2-1 before going in 2-2 at half time. It became clear as the second half progressed that the next goal would be key, and the home side got it thanks to a wicked deflection. Before Llanidloes could get their third equaliser of the day the home side had scored again, and though the mid Wales side scored from the penalty spot in the last minute, it was too late.

This is the last season that Bluebirds will be at the Sports Centre 3G, next season returning to their picturesque base at Cwm Nantygroes. It is doubtful however that today's match would have survived if had been scheduled for there.

Good company for the afternoon in the person of Les from Caldicot, and there were a few other familiar faces among the attendance which included a good sized contingent who had apparently dug themselves out of the mid-Wales snow to get there.

(This post was edited by gcnc on Nov 10, 2019, 9:46 AM)

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Nov 10, 2019, 9:32 AM

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Welsh Cup 2nd Round

CPD Porthmadog 4 Gresford Athletic 1

Y Traeth, Porthmadog

Admission - £6 Programme - £1.50

My original plan to head to AFC Bridnorth was scuppered by the weather with north Wales waking up on Saturday morning to a covering of the white stuff. Luckily for me, it proved a wise choice not to venture as firstly, the AFC Bridgnorth game fell foul of the weather and secondly, the road was unpassable in the Welshpool area due to the weather and also an accident.

So it was a choice of staying local and to head off to Y Traeth for the 2nd consecutive Saturday and an altogether stronger performance from the home side who now progress into the last 32 of the competition, a fact that more than made up for the cold and dismal conditions.

Eagerly now awaiting the draw for the 3rd round of the competition which is non-regionalised as well as including the 12 sides from the JD Cymru Premier.

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Nov 10, 2019, 10:17 AM

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....Another sodden Saturday where well laid plans went awry. Original plan was Colne v Buxton in the Trophy and was up with the early morning November lark en route to catching the 07.30 from Euston before there was the realisation that the second most important object (next to the wallet) had been left on the dining room table. About turn with a pre dawn walk back from Chafford Hundred to pick up the mobile (an essential in view of all the wetness around) and then could not be arsed to travel on the 08.30 to Preston knowing that it would be full of East London's finest en route to Burnley.

In view of the above, had to completely re-plan the day and this seasons Trophy meanderings continued with a really worthwhile contest between...

Tamworth 3 v 5 Gainsborough Trinity - FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round
Prog 40 pages £2.50 - Admission £14.00 (surely one of the highest for Level 3 but this was for a seat) - Att 551

... For a day where there was some definite highlights but some instances to test the patience.

Looked at the respective league tables to see Tamworth top of SPL Central and Gainsborough next to bottom of NPL Prem and after seeing a woeful display from Stafford Rangers who are in close proximity of Gainsborough in the lower reaches of the division at the start from this angle there was only one expected outcome. Our wonderful game though does come up with the power to surprise and mystify and it was a true mystery by the end why Gainsborough are where they are in the league table, but more telling why Tamworth are where they are.

What assisted the visitors was an opening two goal salvo in the first eight minutes with the Tamworth defence in pre match lethargy mode. Firstly, a corner from the left was tamely headed out by Rashaan Frances but only as far as Brodie Litchfield perfectly positioned on the edge of the area and his crisp strike through a massive hole in the Tamworth defence found the post via the inside of the post. The lead was swlftly doubled by a low cross from the left by Litchfield finding Curtis Morrison on the far post and his rising shot had too much power and accuracy as it sped past Jas Singh in the Tamworth goal.

The open nature of the contest continued with Tamworth quickly pulling a goal back from a penalty awarded after Lloyd Harrison in the Gainsborough goal flattened Rhys Hoenes as he attempted to round him. From this angle, this was one of those borderline Is it a Red Card or Yellow Card moments under current rules and also from this angle, Harrison was a little fortunate to remain on the pitch but was beaten as Hoenes' penalty sent him the wrong way.

From the visiting perspective conceding was a minor irritation as they adapted themselves and took advantage of the inability of the hosts to join a number of passes together. Simon Russell's drive from the edge of the area nearly added a third but ended up over the angle before the third duly arrived with Ross Hannah easily making progress down the left and laying a low cross perfectly for Morrison to convert from close range past an underprotected Singh

With the rain by now teeming down we had a very gloomy Tamworth day and one of those afternoons where you realise that 4g pitches are not for the purists they do allow players to maintain a high tempo and not have to concern themselves with a deteriorating pitch. The second period was as entertaining as the first and there was an initial thought that the visitors would be unable to maintain their momentum. This looked a distinct possibility as a cross from the left by Henri Wilder was met by a looping header by Bilal Yafai to reduce the deficit to one. However, the visitors were unfazed and hugely effective breaking out of defence. Hannah despite his aged limbs was very influential with his pace. One effort that he shot into the ground rebounded up and clipped the top of the bar before a fourth was added by Hannah heading in from close range after a cross from Shane Clark eluded the home defence. Soon after Hannah turned creator with a deft touch inside for Russell to angle past Singh and just inside the far post to give Gainsborough a 5-2 advantage. The goal glut continued with Daniel Creaney's side footed half volley nestling just inside the near post from Gregory Kaziboni's low cross and with Tamworth pouring forward in attack there was a momentary belief that the first five all draw in almost fifty years of viewing could be achieved, however this period of Tamworth pressure coincided with the only period of the contest where defences showed a degree of defensive competence and the visitors held on for what was a deserved and somewhat unexpected win.

The outward journey went largely without issue, with a fifteen minute delay that could be largely lived with. One of the better aspects of the day was finding the JDW currently closed for refurbishment which meant that two visits were made to The Kings Ditch Micropub and the first visit to the excellent Tamworth tap. Both purveyors of ales of quality and first samplings from the Tamworth Brewing Company.

Return journey was when the problems commenced with the 18.20 departure being cancelled (I recall that London North Western has form for previously cancelling this service) meaning that instead of being back into Euston at 19.48 it was over two hours later when arrival was made via a torturous slow journey through Northampton. At least the weekly sleep debt was lessened though....

(This post was edited by timmy tabby on Nov 10, 2019, 10:47 AM)

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Nov 10, 2019, 10:21 AM

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FA Cup First Round
Salford City 1-1 Burton Albion

Entry: £10
Attendance: 2724

A lively match in wet conditions, with a good atmosphere too. Burton were the better side, but Salford never stopped running and deserved their late equaliser for the replay.

The crowd seemed particularly cosmopolitan too, and I was stood next to visitors from Finland, Eire and Germany among other places, plus there were plenty of Brighton fans dotted around prior to their Sunday match at Man.Utd. Certainly the crowd felt larger than the sub-3000 stated. Plenty of other football colours visible too, what with this probably being Saturday’s top match in Manchester (with all respect to Bolton Wanderers!)

This part of Salford is more your 1930s dull suburbia than the edgier terraces and high-rises you see on the opening credits of Coronation Street. Salford Crescent is the closest railway station, about two miles away, and the only pub I saw on the route was the Racecourse Hotel - dilapidated and coated in scaffolding on the outside, but with a properly gorgeous old wooden interior of panelling and stained glass.

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Nov 10, 2019, 10:30 AM

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Northern Premier div 1 south/east
Stamford 2 Chasetown 0
Att 242 ( around 20 away )
Adm £10
Parking free on site#
f&d £5 burger , yorkie , coffee
With our annual early exit from the trophy achieved even earlier than usual a free Saturday . Had intended to drive down to the thames valley and take in the FA Cup tie at Oxford City but the predictions of torrential rain in those parts all day made me nervous . So a late change of plan and a drive out to the much drier east to visit Stamfords new build some 37 years after visiting their Kettering Road ground .
Easy drive up , stayed dry all the way . Pleasant drive through Stamford , a lot more interesting than i expected then onto the ground with it's edge of town location . The ground seems to connected to a neighbouring fitness centre with the two sharing most of the infrastructure . As far as new builds go this is a decent effort . Certainly not as bland / soulless as some i've come across and i can see no obvious reason why you couldn't stage step 2 football here . The pitch was also in excellent condition .
Stamford who went into the game on the edge of the play offs were the better side throughout and cruised to a comfortable three points against their mid table visitors who offered little other than effort . It stayed dry throughout , though it was very cold . The rain started just as the game finished and was soon lashing down making for a challenging 85 mins drive home . Nice to get this ground that's been on my to do list ticked off .

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Whitley Bay Sporting Club 3 Heaton Stan A 5
Northumberland Minor Cup Rd.3


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Pendeen Rovers 5 Penzance 1
Cornwall Senior Cup 3rd Round
Admission £3 including programme

When I saw the flyer on Pendeen’s Facebook page about admission including programme, I knew there was only one place to go. However, apparently the East Cornwall League team produce programmes for all competitive first team games, and a tidy 8 pager in colour with welcome, team squads, last match report and league table is included. It is a gem of a ground too, located around 10 miles from Lands End, in an unspoilt village. The breeze block built changing rooms are along one side, with tea bar included, and a welcome overhang providing cover. Brick dugouts are attached either side of the building. From under the cover of the canopy, you could see far out to sea, and the white of the waves were prominent on this very windy afternoon. There was a stone clubhouse building behind one goal, although apart from being opened to allow use of the toilet facilities, there was nothing else in it. The far goal was uncovered grass standing, and cars were parked along the uncovered side, many people opting to remain in their cars and watch the game due to the cold, strong wind and squally showers. As for the game, Pendeen held their own in an uneventful first half against their neighbours from 2 divisions higher, and 7 miles up the road. The best chance of the first half fell to the Penzance no. 7 when he fired a shot just over the bar. Pendeen took the lead 10 minutes into the second half, then it was backs to the wall defending, however Penzance’s shooting was awful, most shots high or wide. Pendeen added a second with 15 minutes to go, and a third 5 minutes later, however when Penzance scored with 5 minutes left it did feel as if a comeback could be on. Those thoughts were squashed on 90 minutes with Pendeen’s 4th goal, and a 5th with the last kick of the game in stoppage time sent the home team’s players and supporters into raptures. A truly brilliant day out, at a fantastic little ground, well worth the 530 mile, ten hour round trip.

Divisions completed: SW Peninsula League Premier Division West, Welsh Premier League, JD Cymru South Division, JD Cyrmu North, Airtricity Irish Premier, Gibraltar Divisions 1 & 2

(This post was edited by nervous rec on Nov 10, 2019, 12:04 PM)

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They had three bus-shelter stands (at least) back in their County League days; obviously all sadly gone as I remember it as a beautiful little ground.

This might be a more appropriate description, actually. It was a proper structure and there were three of them, I recall.

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Cambridge United 3 Leyton Orient 1 (EFL Youth Alliance) Att: 42 h/c f&n

Orient were on the end of a first half demolition job, in which they were three down in half an hour: it could have been worse, as home number 7, until then a clear man of the match contender, then missed a penalty - he contributed nothing else and was substituted not too long after the break. Cambridge cruised through the second half, with Orient's goal being an injury time consolation. Reasonably entertaining stuff.

U18 gmes are played at Clare College Playing Fields - no football furniture other than a rope on one side, but all very pleasant and as well maintained as one would expect.

Whittlesey Athletic 2 Raunds Town 1 (United Counties League Division 1) Att: 78 very approximate late h/c

The first half was as bleak and dismal as the weather and the surroundings, with very little football content. Things did improve after the break, with a brief flurry of goals as Whittlesey improved considerably and Raunds appeared to be the victims of a half time doping of some sort. Not a game to live long in the memory.

Feldale Field is not beautiful, but most were very glad of the home-made scaffolding and planks stand, which proved to be surprisingly warm. There is little else to admire, but the natives were very friendly and a fine mug of tea could be had for a pound. Admission was a generous £2 for a codger, which compensated somewhat for the almost total lack of reading matter in the £1 prog. Fine company from The Wall, Mr Smallman and a brace of Hotchkisses, amongst others. League recompleted.

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Cove Rangers 1-0 Stirling Albion
SPFL League 2
£12 in
Att: 825

I booked this trip way back in July when the fixtures came out, knowing that the 3G would ensure that the game went ahead. After flying up from Manchester in the morning I received a text from my wife saying that it was snowing at home, so definitely a good week to be away. No sign of the white stuff or even the wet stuff in Aberdeen, just a lovely crisp, bright autumn day. Darn cold, mind.

Arriving in town early I killed a couple of hours in the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, which was really interesting (and free). I then decided to walk to the ground, which took me about an hour (Chris1963 would be proud of me). I saw a game at their old ground way back in the 80s, but at that time I couldn't have envisaged the transformation the club would go through to end up in the SPFL, with a winning team and excellent crowds.

The new ground is a bit sterile, but a good size for the current crowds. Home & away supporters enter through separate turnstiles either side of the main stand, but then segregation isn't enforced once in the ground. The main stand is tall but narrow, and there are 3 small areas of cover opposite, the middle one seated. The rest is flat standing, and very wide all round the pitch.

The game would have been a home banker a month ago, but Stirling have improved considerably to haul themselves off the bottom of the league. They put in a strong performance, and can think themselves unlucky to go away with nothing. The only goal came on 88 minutes, and was a fortuitous penalty given when a defender fell on the ball, handling it in the process.

I caught the bus back to town afterwards, which only took 10 minutes. A night in an airport hotel, then a flight home this morning completed the trip.

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Lakenheath 2 Cornard United 2
Eastern Counties League.Division One North

A sensible decision on my part to head east and watch a game in the dry for a change! 'The Nest' ground is situated off Wings Road in a rather sleepy town on the edge of Suffolk apart from when an RAF plane flew overhead! The ground is in an old chalk quarry and is nicely enclosed by the overgrown banks from the old quarry.A small stand on one side with hard standing on this side and behind one goal.This also goes round half of the far side.
A reasonable game which Lakenheath managed to blow a two goal lead and let Cornard get a late equaliser from the penalty spot.
I only hit the rain on the way back around the delights of the A14 roadworks around Cambridge!

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Whittlesey Athletic 2 Raunds Town 1 (United Counties League Division 1) Att: 78 very approximate late h/c

The first half was as bleak and dismal as the weather and the surroundings, with very little football content. Things did improve after the break, with a brief flurry of goals as Whittlesey improved considerably and Raunds appeared to be the victims of a half time doping of some sort. Not a game to live long in the memory.

Feldale Field is not beautiful, but most were very glad of the home-made scaffolding and planks stand, which proved to be surprisingly warm. There is little else to admire, but the natives were very friendly and a fine mug of tea could be had for a pound. Admission was a generous £2 for a codger, which compensated somewhat for the almost total lack of reading matter in the £1 prog. Fine company from The Wall, Mr Smallman and a brace of Hotchkisses, amongst others. League recompleted.

I was also at Whittlesey, admission for adults was £4 which was very reasonable for this level. My decision to go there was based on my suspicion that the pitch was very well drained, due to the Hop game there on Sunday 28th July having gone ahead despite the forecast that day being so dreadful that I decided to stay at home instead of risking the trip. In fact the pitch was not only perfectly playable but was also very firm indeed, as were the other pitches in the large complex.

Prior to the game, I had a look at the old Manor Field ground, which I had ticked for the Hop game in 2014 (although I'm not sure whether the home club were called Coates Athletic or Whittlesey Athletic back then) and it is completely unchanged. There were players warming up for a 2 pm kick-off there, which I later found out was Whittlesey Athletic Reserves v Cardea.

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FA Trrophy 2nd Round Qual
Atherton Collieries v Morpeth Town 2-1 (adm £8, prog £2 , att 216)

After a lot of dithering, I eventually settled on a revisit to Alder House on a cold, grey day.
The home team went ahead through Josh Thompson on 31 and Tom Bentham on 51 before Josh Henderson pulled a goal back on 83. Henderson was also sent off in injury time following an incident with the goalkeeper.
I was quite struck how Alder House has changed very little despite Colls' rapid rise up the pyramid in recent years, and, to be positive, has retained all its idiosyncrasies. On the same theme of being a throwback, the GBG listed Wheatsheaf had a very traditional atmosphere, was very busy and sold all its cask ales at £1.95.

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Fleet Spurs 2 Westside 1, Combined Counties League Division 1, Att: 15, Admission: £6, Prog: Online (apparently although I have yet to find any sign)

Another Saturday, another wet day. Back in the 1980s when I started this nonsense, it was commonplace on days like this to stop off at random telephone boxes to check games. The modern equivalent is stopping off at motorway services to check online and I made my now regular stop at Rownhams Services (and then Fleet Services) to check the status of various options. My stop at Fleet confirmed that the four games on my radar in the area were all still on despite the rain so headed to the first choice, Cove. Despite assurances that the game was still on, a quick stroll on to the pitch suggested otherwise so I beat a tactical retreat (wisely as it turned out, Cove was eventually off) to Kennel Lane, home of Fleet Spurs. Their pitch was much better and held up well. The game was particularly unspectacular, the home side taking a first half lead with a 40 yard chip over a stranded visiting 'keeper which was the only highlight before the break, pegged back early in the second period by Westside before a spectacular angled strike sealed the points for Spurs. As the rain eased, the game became niggly, the main culprits being the visitors who didn't seem to take too kindly to being behind. Fleet's ground matched the game, a very basic set up of a railed pitch with a large new clubhouse/changing room block down one side which provided cover via a long overhang with two sections of wooden steps creating some bench seating and one row of green tip-up seats on the back row. Possibly the highlight of a cold, wet day was a large cup of hot chocolate complete with cream and marshmallows for £1.50 sold from a well stocked canteen.

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FA Cup 1
Carshalton 1-4 Boston U
Att 1,859, adm £10, prog online

Incidentally admission here is only a fiver before 2pm.

I don't think it was - it was food at the snack bar that was half price until 2pm.

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