Monday 28th September 2020

Dave 56

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Leatherhead
Northern Prem. South East. KO 19:45. Admission £7/£3. Programme online. Crowd 222.

Market Drayton 1 v 3 Chasetown


Chasetown controlled a good first half, taking the lead on 15 minutes. MD hit back with a penalty but where behind again just 3 minutes later. The home side had very little to offer up front and the visiting keeper was largely untroubled.

Second period a little more even and less eventful until the visitors scored in the 90th minute. Good size crowd considering they had only 78 on Saturday.

Several familiar faces in attendance including some from North of the border.
 

HFCJohn

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Hendon
Southern League South Premier Division
Beaconsfield Town 0-2 Gosport Borough
Att: 120
Admission: £10


A first visit to Holloways Park after a late finish at work left me not really wanting to battle my way across the North Circular to Haringey, I'll look at that one next week. The ground is fairly well appointed, good table service in the bar where pints and tea & coffee were available. No hot food, but that was all okay with me.

Winless Beaconsfield hosted unbeaten Gosport and there was a healthy smattering of ex-Hendonites around. Ollie Sprague, Bayley Brown and Jefferson Louis lined up for the hosts whilst one of my favourite players of the past decade, Elliott Charles, lined-up for the visitors as the lone striker.

The first half was pretty even, the best chance falling to the home side's poacher-in-chief, James Ewington, after he latched onto a neat ball through by Louis. He took his effort early but steered it just wide of the far post.

After the break Gosport set about trying to wrestle control of the game and their cause was helped by the dismissal of Sprague for what looked like a pretty poor challenge from the home left-back. The red card was out immediately.

The rest of the match was largely one-way traffic with a couple of good saves from the home goalkeeper and plenty of errant finishing from the visitors. It took the introduction of Patrick Suraci to make the difference, within 30 seconds of his introduction his low strike had taken a wicked deflection past the goalkeeper into the net and then he made sure that the points would return to Hampshire with a superb strike that arrowed into the top corner with 2 minutes remaining.

Gosport look a decent side, they'll have to improve their finishing against the stronger sides in the division. Beaconsfield look like they could be one of those in for a bit of a battle to stay in the division.

Home within 22 minutes.
 

Green Onions

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Frenford 4 Barkingside 1

£4 adm £1 12 page prog.
Att 100 approx.

A lot of neutrals in the healthy attendance at Frenford’s newly refurbished home.

Both sides wanted to get the ball down and play and it made for an enjoyable evening on the 4g surface

Barkingside took the lead with a stunning finish but the hosts were on level terms by the break thanks to a well worked team effort. Frenford then ran away with the game in the second half and by the time the ref blew for full time (at a refreshingly early 2132) it was simply a case of “how many?”.

Frenford finished the evening on top of the league. Their ground (12 mins walk from Redbridge tube) is probably good enough for step 5 but further progress may cause problems due to a lack of space for development. It’s only a three sided ground and quite tight around the perimeter. Two ‘standard off the shelf’ seated stands along one side provide the covered accommodation.

A smart but basic venue. Decent night out.
 

Tales From The Riverbank3

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....Another at 'The Drive' for Frenford 4 v 1 Barkingside - Eastern Counties League Division 1 South. For the record, the official attendance was 112 but this differed from the two unofficial headcounts that we heard about during the course of the evening. Not surprisingly for the hosts first match at their realigned ground under their new floodlights, there were rather a lot of dare I say the more dedicated of ground enthusiasts those whose listings of 'ticks' start numerically at four figures x 2 and then up to infinity and possibly beyond. Prog was basic but welcome, there were concerns on entry (I am sure that there was a perplexed look on home officials faces when they saw the length of the socially distanced queue outside the pay booth at 18.55) that they had not printed enough, but in the end supply and demand were balanced

Those present almost certainly little warmth towards a functional almost cage like three sided venue with both seated areas situated well off centre, though the hosts with a 3g pitch which is utilised morning, noon and night and the fact that they are back playing in Redbridge rather than far away at Bowers means that they have more people watching means that the hosts are pleased to be back in their own territory.

Quite an enjoyable contest and another example of the team taking advantage of the chances created winning comfortably as there was little difference between the numbers of opportunities generated. Barkingside had the better opening with a shot from Jacob Dingli that was somewhat too high heading towards the five practice goals outside the ground, though it was no surprise when James Peagram was put through by Dan Jones and from distance found the net fairly middling his shot with the first of several cracking goals of the evening.

Frenford responded positively but would have been collectively disappointed with a weak header from Rhys Fyatt, this miss was atoned with the low cross that saw Dylan Jones sliding into convert. On the balance of play, parity at half time was about right.

The balance in proceedings was maintained for much of the second half with an excellent cross from the left by the visitors James Holland which invited but did not receive a final touch, being offset by an awkward effort from distance by Fyatt, which skidded off the surface and Duncan Smith in the visitors did not look convincing in keeping the effort out with a combination of hands and knees.

The turning point of the contest came half way through the second half when Archie Hammond was set clear in the inside right channel but placed a clear cut chance wide of the far post missing a great opportunity to restore Barkingside's advantage. Within seconds Harry Daly took aim from well outside the penalty area and unleashed one of the strikes of the season thus far perfectly placed just under the far post angle and Frenford were in front. From thereon as Green Onions has correctly stated 'ran away' with the contest Fyatt from feet out side footed the second after a telling low cross from Kyran Chieozie and to conclude a second excellent strike from Daly from a none too promising angle but with precision direction he found the far corner. Outcome a tad harsh on the visitors, however the mantra 'if you do not take your chances' was as is so often the case applicable to this contest.

Slightly circuitous outward journey via Upminster and Romford wishing to avoid the area around Ilford Lanes where the rate of infection is contributing to a large spike in cases in Redbridge, however decided to catch an EL1 service on the return journey through the affected area which from the lower deck of a very quiet service saw far less activity than has been seen previously. Momentary moment of absent mindedness meant that the intention to fill in the time before the 22.25 departure at the Barking JDW for a very swift pint was met with the realisation of the new early closing arrangements. Indoors at 22.55....
 

The vulture

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Groundhog
Southern League Division One Central @ Pack Meadow :
Coleshill Town 0 Corby Town 1.
Entry £9
Att 204


In the opening half Corby looked dangerous particularly from set pieces put into the 6 yard box. Coleshill went closest with a rapid break resulting in a fine drive being tipped over. The only goal of the game came from a half-volley rifled in from about 20 yards after 36 minutes, a terrific strike. HT 0-1.

After 58 minutes a fine curling effort from Coleshill hit the bar and just 2 minutes later they were reduced to ten men after a straight red card. The ten men battled really well but the hardworking, well organised Corby side remained in control and came close on several occasions to grabbing a 2nd.

Journey home as ever blighted by unannounced road closures.
 

bee007

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Barnet
....Another at 'The Drive' for Frenford 4 v 1 Barkingside - Eastern Counties League Division 1 South. For the record, the official attendance was 112 but this differed from the two unofficial headcounts that we heard about during the course of the evening. Not surprisingly for the hosts first match at their realigned ground under their new floodlights, there were rather a lot of dare I say the more dedicated of ground enthusiasts those whose listings of 'ticks' start numerically at four figures x 2 and then up to infinity and possibly beyond. Prog was basic but welcome, there were concerns on entry (I am sure that there was a perplexed look on home officials faces when they saw the length of the socially distanced queue outside the pay booth at 18.55) that they had not printed enough, but in the end supply and demand were balanced

Those present almost certainly little warmth towards a functional almost cage like three sided venue with both seated areas situated well off centre, though the hosts with a 3g pitch which is utilised morning, noon and night and the fact that they are back playing in Redbridge rather than far away at Bowers means that they have more people watching means that the hosts are pleased to be back in their own territory.

Quite an enjoyable contest and another example of the team taking advantage of the chances created winning comfortably as there was little difference between the numbers of opportunities generated. Barkingside had the better opening with a shot from Jacob Dingli that was somewhat too high heading towards the five practice goals outside the ground, though it was no surprise when James Peagram was put through by Dan Jones and from distance found the net fairly middling his shot with the first of several cracking goals of the evening.

Frenford responded positively but would have been collectively disappointed with a weak header from Rhys Fyatt, this miss was atoned with the low cross that saw Dylan Jones sliding into convert. On the balance of play, parity at half time was about right.

The balance in proceedings was maintained for much of the second half with an excellent cross from the left by the visitors James Holland which invited but did not receive a final touch, being offset by an awkward effort from distance by Fyatt, which skidded off the surface and Duncan Smith in the visitors did not look convincing in keeping the effort out with a combination of hands and knees.

The turning point of the contest came half way through the second half when Archie Hammond was set clear in the inside right channel but placed a clear cut chance wide of the far post missing a great opportunity to restore Barkingside's advantage. Within seconds Harry Daly took aim from well outside the penalty area and unleashed one of the strikes of the season thus far perfectly placed just under the far post angle and Frenford were in front. From thereon as Green Onions has correctly stated 'ran away' with the contest Fyatt from feet out side footed the second after a telling low cross from Kyran Chieozie and to conclude a second excellent strike from Daly from a none too promising angle but with precision direction he found the far corner. Outcome a tad harsh on the visitors, however the mantra 'if you do not take your chances' was as is so often the case applicable to this contest.

Slightly circuitous outward journey via Upminster and Romford wishing to avoid the area around Ilford Lanes where the rate of infection is contributing to a large spike in cases in Redbridge, however decided to catch an EL1 service on the return journey through the affected area which from the lower deck of a very quiet service saw far less activity than has been seen previously. Momentary moment of absent mindedness meant that the intention to fill in the time before the 22.25 departure at the Barking JDW for a very swift pint was met with the realisation of the new early closing arrangements. Indoors at 22.55....
I know someone else who was also at Frenford last night but unable to obtain a programme(sold out). Does anyone have a spare please.
 

Dave the Glassboy

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Southern League Premier Division Central
Stourbridge 1 Nuneaton Borough 1

Stour's unbeaten start to the season continues albeit with dropped points for the first team. Both goals in the first 15 minutes. Draw probably a fair result based on the play.
 

willesden

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Scarborough Athletic, Hull City & Hendon
Haringey Borough 0 Leatherhead 1
Isthmian League Premier Division
Attendance: 288
Admission: by free season ticket
Programme: Free Online
Beer: £4

A proper battle expertly refereed by Jonathan Bolland who took his time over any incidents and kept cards to a minimum. A fully deserved victory for the Tanners who must have been smarting from their hiding at Bowers & Pitsea two days previously.

The winner came from a deflected shot from the edge of the box from Dan Rowe three minutes after the break. Boro huffed and puffed and missed probably their best chance in stoppage time when a low cross should have been put away by two different players. Leatherhead defended well throughout while well marshalled by Will Salmon with keeper Zaki Oualah only having to make one save of note.

The usual pleasant social night out at Coles Park. I introduced a local first timer and he seemed to enjoy himself sufficiently to state an interest in next Monday's match.
 
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