Junior Team Star
Nov 13, 2019, 5:39 PM
Team(s): Chesterfield FC
Post #26 of 30
Spartan South Midlands Division 1 Cup - 2nd Round (Level 6)
Ampthill Town 0 - 1 Stotfold
Adm £5/3, Programme ?online, Tea £1
Attendance est. HC 43 and 2 dogs (one elderly Jack Russell - wearing her personally embroidered dog jacket named 'Bunty' very sensibly, stayed inside the clubhouse)
A dry evening for this cup match saw Stotfold sporting their new mint green away strip. The visitors scored in the first minute, and the home side had their equaliser in the second half disallowed, I'm still not sure why. I was glad it didn't got to penalties due to the cold weather.
The clubhouse is very smart with a tea bar near the entrance and a licenced bar through another set of doors. The partially seated main stand is a solid brick built structure with a good view of the pitch due to it being raised.
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
Chelsea Transfer Target
Nov 13, 2019, 11:02 PM
Team(s): Halifax Town
Post #27 of 30
Hartley Wintney 2-1 Westfield
FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round Replay
First visit of the season to what has been one of my more regular midweek venues over recent years. It's now possible to do a full circuit of the pitch, plus seating and standing cover has now been extended. There is also a second turnstile, still awaiting its first use.
Westfield looked the better side early on and were good value for their lead. Hartley got back into it by a penalty to leave the scores level at half time, with the eventual winner arriving early in the second half. Westfield's chances weren't helped when they were reduced to ten men following a reckless challenge. The result was nearly made safe late on with an effort off the inside of the post and across the goal.
Chelsea Transfer Target
Nov 13, 2019, 11:39 PM
Location: The Premier League town of Bournemouth
Team(s): AFC Bournemouth, Verwood Town, Sunderland
Post #28 of 30
Wiltshire Senior Cup 1st Round
Downton 3-2 Warminster Town
Attendance 60 h/c
Admission £5 including programme
Was tempted by Holt v Malmesbury Vics in the same competition but chose the easier option 15 miles from home rather than drive straight from work for a bracketed tick at Westbury. This looked an intriguing tie, leaders of Wessex League Division 1 vs a team in Western League Division 1 who had already knocked three Wessex League sides out of the FA Vase this season. A howler from the visiting keeper gave the hosts an early lead as a shot dropped out of his hands like a bar of soap and ended up in the net. The hosts added a second before the break but the visitors got back in the tie early in the second half with a goal the home keeper could have done better with. The hosts soon restored their two goal advantage but the visitors pulled another goal back to make for a nervy last 10 minutes but the Robins held out to book their place in the next round.
First visit to Wick Lane for a few years, only change since then is I'm sure before there was a hedge behind the far goal screening off the small training pitch behind but this has been cut right down making the whole end more spacious.
Nov 14, 2019, 1:18 PM
Post #29 of 30
Devon St. Luke's Bowl Second Round
Holsworthy 0-0 Sidmouth Town (4-2 on penalties)
Another, wet, cold and windy Tuesday night at Upcott Field produced a war of attrition between two sides plagued by inconsistency. This was certainly one for the non-league die hards and not for the football purists. A rain soaked pitch received countless bucket loads more which left parts of the pitch resembling the Everglades in Florida.
Much of the game passed by in midfield battle with loose kicks forward in a very generic forwards direction in the hope that a half-chance might drop to a waiting, drenched striker. Holsworthy had the better of the chances in the first half and at times played some good, short passing mvoes in the final third in very tricky conditions.
The heavens opened during the second half and the first 10-15 minutes of the half turned into a kicking competition between the two keepers. There were a few chances of note, with Holsworthy forward Harry Stevens missing from close range and wing-back Ollie Kennealley scraping the bar with an effort from the edge of the area.
Holsworthy had enough chances to put the game to bed, and it looked like it wouldn't be their night when forward Adam Smith got his marching orders for a later challenge on the Sidmouth goalkeeper with around 15 minutes remaining.
The game largely fizzled out and went straight to penalties, with Holsworthy converting all four and Sidmouth blazing two of theirs into the car park.
First Team Star
Nov 15, 2019, 9:00 PM
Location: Beside the Spinnaker Tower
Team(s): Hemel Hempstead Town FC, Trust Portsmouth FC and The Reds of Cincinnati
Post #30 of 30
So, after an overnight stop .. we were on our way again for another double .. and the first stop
Salford City U18’s 4-3 Chesterfield U18’s (EFL Youth Alliance Cup)
- played at Platt Lane Sports Complex, Yew Tree Road, Manchester from 12.00pm
Att – 15 (h/c); Entry – none; No team sheet .. but a cuppa available from vending inside.
Weather – a cool breeze and dry; Travel – M62 and M60 .. found my way in from Stockport
Colours – City in red tops and white shorts .. Spireites in blue tops and red shorts.
The old Manchester City training ground .. looking a little sad but all the facilities there, even a domed pitch .. and now managed by Manchester University .. for a game which I thought may be played on the 3G but the teams were found warming up on the northern grass pitch for this lunchtime game .. with many a passing car and commercial van able to watch some play, as they sat at the traffic lights adjacent.
No furniture at this pitch venue, with just a barrier down one side .. so, we all leaned up against a wall of nearest building and watched a very enjoyable game .. shame the visiting keeper got sent off around the 40-minute mark as it changed the game .. for he left the field with his team leading 2-1 .. the resulting free kick from last man hack, resulted in the equaliser .. having seen earlier goals go in on 5 (pull down and dispatched), 15 (miss hit redirected) and 17 (corner left found great strike into right netting) .. 2-2 at the half.
Second half was all Salford .. their no 10 pulling the strings and everywhere .. plenty of chances and goals on 59 (cut in from left with shot deflected) and 70 (a break allowed one on one to round the keeper for tap in) .. all finished off by a visiting consolation goal going into stoppage from left side and helped in off the cross .. a great game.
It was then back in the car and down the M6,
Tamworth v Alvechurch (Southern League, Premier Central)
- played at The Lamb Ground, Meadow Street, Tamworth from 7.45pm
Att – 447 (official); Entry - £12; Prog - £2.50; Ground Parking - £2 (would of parked outside if known); Refreshment – a Cuppa for £1.50 (lukewarm and a distinct taste of urn .. the worse this season)
Weather – dry and cool; Travel – M6 and A50 .. coming in from the northern back roads passed St George’s Park.
Colours – Lambs in red and black .. Church in all green
Plenty of time to head south and see a guaranteed game on the 3G again .. a few games called off locally but a good opportunity to break up the trip South and watch our table topping hosts Tamworth .. who looked the part early on, going 2 up inside the first thirteen minutes .. the first being netted on 6 minutes .. but then somehow everything died away, mainly due to the decisions of tonight’s referee .. the flow of game stopped and started, with neither team allowed to get going .. a shame.
Still it gave me a chance to wander about and take in surrounding’s .. the expensive use large car park available .. turnstiles down the far end .. which on entering found the very impressive main seated stand to the left and open terrace behind right goal .. opposite was the Clubhouse, more refreshment and good covered terracing .. whilst up the far end, where I perched during the first half, a simple selection of brick supported steel posts for roof and covered terracing .. seemingly a gathering point for many a steward .. nattering away with the odd fan who decided to walk up to that end. Elsewhere good hospitality adjacent and behind the main stand .. with all ticking along nicely .. so it should be straight forward to recommence their National League North season's ahead, if they continue to play at the level presently being attained .. as I was able to hop back into the car and head on south, with just the M27 blocked .. before arriving indoors just after 1.0am .. another memorable trip enjoyed.
Host match report - http://www.thelambs.co.uk/info/reports.asp?repID=2213
Grounds = 638, Leagues done = 15 (37 to go); Games (19/20) = 102; New Grounds (19/20) = 82; Goals (19/20) = 441; Ave goals/game = 4.32; Last new ground = Bourton Rovers; Next = Tues 10th Dec 2019