Sunday 18th October 2020

Dave 56

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Stafford Champions Shield. KO 10:30. (F&N). Crowd 36.

Chase Wanderers 4 v 0 Woodseaves


Comfortable win for the premier division side who cruised to a 3-0 lead by half time. Second period largely pedestrian until the 4th goal on 88 minutes. (result showing as 3-0 on full time).

Grass bank along one side provided an excellent view for most of the spectators

Beacon Western Division. KO 14:15. (F&N). Crowd 144.

Dudley Rangers United 2 v 2 Blades


One of the best Sunday league games I have seen. End to end football, great atmosphere and a very large crowd. I spoke to the park keeper who said he had never seen such a crowd at Windsor Drive. Apparently this is a local derby and the players knew each other.

Home side scored first but Blades came back to take a 2-1 half time lead. Rangers levelled with a dubious penalty, the challenge taking place right in front of me. The defender seemed to get the ball and the direction of travel indicated this. With the score now at 2-2, both sides pushed for a winner but the draw was a fair result.

Only a couple of yellow cards, the ref remaining calm and letting the game flow. Great entertainment this afternoon.
 

Digdagdog

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Bath & District Sunday League D3 1015hrs ko
Timsbury Recreation Ground (new tick)
Colchoneros 4(1) Puckle Vale 3(2)
F&N Attendance: 12

Sleepy little village between Bath and Radstock/Midsomer in the heart of the old Somerset coal mining area, This is home to Timsbury Athletic in Somerset D1 although this game was played on the 2nd pitch which is at right angles to the County pitch (which is partially railed). A pleasant location.
The hosts (named after the nickname for Athletico Madrid fans) were of a more 'mature' nature (their keeper was more like me with a sprinkling of salt-and -pepper and shaped like a capital 'D'). The visitors, younger and noisier.
It was a very good game for Sunday League. Both sides playing out from the back and lots of short passing. The away side led with a scrappy toe-poke of a loose ball on 16 and the hosts reciprocated on 23 with a shinned equaliser from a corner. The visitors led again on 39 with a lovely low shot into the corner hit first time from a cross.
The equaliser came from a penalty on 56 and the lead was taken on 66 with the best goal of the game; a silky through ball and an outside of the boot finish past a diving 'keeper. They went 4-2 up on 78 when the visitors' 'keeper dropped a cross and it was poked home. Fair play to the away side, they plugged away against a visibly tiring home side and scored a fierce cross shot on 83. They had another similar chance on 86 but it shaved the post.
Looking forward to doing more of these. Home via Paulton/Midsomer/Radstock/Trowvegas in 45.
 
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Dave the Glassboy

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Kidderminster and District League Premier Division
Namaste Tigers 2 Wombourne Pool Bar 2

Played at the Areley Kings Sports Ground, which I've passed many times on the way to Stourport.

Three full sized pitches side by side, this was on pitch 1 which is closest to the entrance. There was a Third Division game on pitch 3 which seemed to have attracted a bigger crowd than this game.

Hot drinks available for 50p

Elsewhere on the complex is a pitch which is mostly fenced and with dugouts but no idea who uses that one.

Second week in a row I've seen a team in this league lose a 2-0 lead but this time Namaste managed to hold on to the draw.

Women's FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
Worcester City 0 Stourbridge 5
Admission £3, physical programme on sale

It's been just over 11 years since I saw Archdales play on this venue and the two stands have gone up since as well as the installation of a 3G pitch at a right angle to the main pitch. As I recall there was just a covered standing area last time I was there.

Stour continued their winning and high scoring run, albeit that Worcester's cause not helped by having a player sent off on the half hour mark. Three goals scored up the slope in the 1st half and two downhill in the 2nd.
 
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Gorleston Ladies - 0 Long Stratton Women - 4
Emerald Park
Norfolk Women's & Girls Football League Division One

Having seen these two sides meet in pre-season and play out an exciting 4-4 I was rather looking forward to this game, plus possibly my last visit to Emerald Park. The game didn't quite live up the earlier meeting, well LS did score 4.
LS were down to 10 players after 12 minutes but coped well and went ahead after 21 minutes and then 2-0 up after 32. LS started the second half very well and added another two goals in opening 10 minutes. G then started to play some of their best football but couldn't despite having several chances.
 

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Epsom & Ewell 1 Langney Wanderers 1 (E&E won 3-2 on pens)

£7 adm £2 prog Att 130

FA Vase victory for Step 6 Epsom against their Step 5 opponents on a pleasant Sunday afternoon at Fetcham Grove.

Few would have seen this coming. Langney had taken a ninth minute lead with a header after E&E failed to clear a corner. The visitors then went on to dominate the game in terms of shots and possession although the home side defended well and the chances created largely only required routine saves from Conor Young in the Epsom goal.

Epsom’s best chance came almost immediately after half time when a Charlie Penny free kick went narrowly over the crossbar.

All the while the deficit remained just 1-0, there was always hope for Epsom and they came into the game more in the latter stages with substitute Currie-Wilson showing a willingness to run at the home defence. One such run resulted in a free kick on the edge of the box which Charlie Penny drilled low and through the Langney keeper who should have dealt with it better.

There was no extra time played and an exciting penalty shoot out resulted in a win for the underdogs. Langney’s players seemed to take exception to the celebrations and raced over to the Epsom team for a brief spot of handbags.

The Epsom programme remains superb value for money at £2. Highly recommended.
 
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Tales From The Riverbank3

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......Sunday household tasks completed early and a day most of which was spent travelling to and from, though at the moment anything to escape the travails of the real world....

Epsom & Ewell 1 (3 pens) v (2 pens) 1 Langney Wanderers - FA Vase Second Qualifying Round
Prog 32 pages + 4 page update £2.00* - Admission £7.00 - Att. 130


** Have not digested all of the contents but the best purchased this season. Truly a labour of love for the editor and as the game had to be rearranged a new four page update provided with revised editorial.

....Or a contest that should read 'Why are Langney Wanderers not travelling to Saltdean in the next round of the Vase??'

Somewhat puzzling contest where the visitors held the ascendancy for the vast majority of the match but could not achieve what should have been the relatively simple task of adding the second goal that would have ended the match as a contest. Langney Wanderers may be down amongst the divisional strugglers of SCFL 1 but their approach play was nearly always superior to their opponents but when they saw sight of posts, bar and net they were truly ineffective. The home defence harried and frustrated but was often trailing the pace of the approach play, therefore they were reliant on Ben Ashton to maintain their interest in the tie.

The curious aspect of the match, is that overall Ashton did not have to make too many difficult saves rather he was effective but was helped by a plethora of weak crosses and shots that provide the basics for any keeper at any level, to set the scene Trey Masikini for the visitors was the recipient of a excellent pass forward from Ian Kalu-Lagwai but the cross from what was a promising position lacked power and ended up as an easy gather for Ashton. The home keeper was beaten soon after with a cross from the left being glanced past him by Mohammed Al Mekwari which gave the visitors a more than deserved lead. The rest of the half following a distinct pattern in the direction of the home goal but with moves constantly breaking down or as was the case with Masikini a shot that once again lacked power and became a straightforward save for Ashton.

There was more presence from E&E with a free kick from Charlie Penney just clearing the bar, but the second half was very much in terms of the visitors continuing to dominate an extension of the first. An effort from Ellis Cormack struck from the edge of the area rebounded off the bar, but that was the nearest that Langney Wanderers could get towards that elusive second goal. In the final half hour it was a question of which of the visiting forwards would find themselves in a promising position but would end up shooting lamely or tamely in the general direction of Ashton who overall did not have to make any save other than the routine.

With just a single goal margin it just needed a single spark for the scores to level and with eight minutes left and with the hosts previously showing little in the way of threat going forward an equaliser was obtained. Penny had already given warning of his prowess from dead balls and a free kick pierced a flimsily constructed wall and was helped over the line by Alieu Sasha's desperate attempt to save. A frantic last few minutes saw E&E nearly score an unlikely winner but Ijah Currie-Wilson's shot was fractionally too high. At the other end the tale of weak shots straight at Ashton was typified with a Jackson Wade effort after sterling work from Kalu-Lagwai down the left being the most comfortable of near post catches for the E&E custodian.

And so to penalties which did not start well for either team with Penny's spot kick which sent Sasha the wrong way being the only one of the first five taken that found the net. Both teams though regained their composure but the contest was concluded by Tommy Smith who blasted his penalty past Sasha and then in what seemed to be an act of goodwill was going to hand the ball to Cormack but then at the last minute unsportingly dropped the ball at his feet. Clearly had an effect as Cormack sent his penalty high over the bar allowing a mass bundle of a celebration by the home players that would almost certainly lead to a member of SAGE to throw up their hands in despair and mean that there is the potential for the hosts to progress further.

There may be few certainties in current everyday life but the staging of a Sunday contest saw many of the usual attendees to be present and in almost perfect conditions for mid autumn it was a pleasant social afternoon at Fetcham Grove.

With both Grays and Leatherhead Sunday Engineering Works cut off entirely from the rail network, it was known in advance that this was not going to be the easiest of journeys. On the outward journey a reasonably quick service between Waterloo and Surbiton allowed the catching the TFL service No. 465 which I know some of the wiser have used in the past as it means that travel is covered by their Freedom Passes etc. Fairly swift journey until the driver took exception to two non face covering wearers and stated that he would not proceed the journey until they departed his service, the threat of a visit from Surrey Constabulary and a fine made sure that the two recidivists departed. Still time to have a swift £1.69 Dorking Brewery DB1 pint in the Leatherhead JDW, however the quality matched the stupidly cheap price and was just about drinkable. Penalties meant that the return journey would be delayed by an hour, however the Watford supporting legend that is Hornetini Teech!!! clearly took pity that the above hour would be spent drinking poor quality ale and kindly offered a lift to Selsdon. Remainder of journey knitted together of sorts, however it was nearly 20.30 when The Riverbank was reached after a day of travelling that gave the impression that there is clearly madness in the method....
 

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......Sunday household tasks completed early and a day most of which was spent travelling to and from, though at the moment anything to escape the travails of the real world....

Epsom & Ewell 1 (3 pens) v (2 pens) 1 Langney Wanderers - FA Vase Second Qualifying Round
Prog 32 pages + 4 page update £2.00* - Admission £7.00 - Att. 130


** Have not digested all of the contents but the best purchased this season. Truly a labour of love for the editor and as the game had to be rearranged a new four page update provided with revised editorial.

....Or a contest that should read 'Why are Langney Wanderers not travelling to Saltdean in the next round of the Vase??'

Somewhat puzzling contest where the visitors held the ascendancy for the vast majority of the match but could not achieve what should have been the relatively simple task of adding the second goal that would have ended the match as a contest. Langney Wanderers may be down amongst the divisional strugglers of SCFL 1 but their approach play was nearly always superior to their opponents but when they saw sight of posts, bar and net they were truly ineffective. The home defence harried and frustrated but was often trailing the pace of the approach play, therefore they were reliant on Ben Ashton to maintain their interest in the tie.

The curious aspect of the match, is that overall Ashton did not have to make too many difficult saves rather he was effective but was helped by a plethora of weak crosses and shots that provide the basics for any keeper at any level, to set the scene Trey Masikini for the visitors was the recipient of a excellent pass forward from Ian Kalu-Lagwai but the cross from what was a promising position lacked power and ended up as an easy gather for Ashton. The home keeper was beaten soon after with a cross from the left being glanced past him by Mohammed Al Mekwari which gave the visitors a more than deserved lead. The rest of the half following a distinct pattern in the direction of the home goal but with moves constantly breaking down or as was the case with Masikini a shot that once again lacked power and became a straightforward save for Ashton.

There was more presence from E&E with a free kick from Charlie Penney just clearing the bar, but the second half was very much in terms of the visitors continuing to dominate an extension of the first. An effort from Ellis Cormack struck from the edge of the area rebounded off the bar, but that was the nearest that Langney Wanderers could get towards that elusive second goal. In the final half hour it was a question of which of the visiting forwards would find themselves in a promising position but would end up shooting lamely or tamely in the general direction of Ashton who overall did not have to make any save other than the routine.

With just a single goal margin it just needed a single spark for the scores to level and with eight minutes left and with the hosts previously showing little in the way of threat going forward an equaliser was obtained. Penny had already given warning of his prowess from dead balls and a free kick pierced a flimsily constructed wall and was helped over the line by Alieu Sasha's desperate attempt to save. A frantic last few minutes saw E&E nearly score an unlikely winner but Ijah Currie-Wilson's shot was fractionally too high. At the other end the tale of weak shots straight at Ashton was typified with a Jackson Wade effort after sterling work from Kalu-Lagwai down the left being the most comfortable of near post catches for the E&E custodian.

And so to penalties which did not start well for either team with Penny's spot kick which sent Sasha the wrong way being the only one of the first five taken that found the net. Both teams though regained their composure but the contest was concluded by Tommy Smith who blasted his penalty past Sasha and then in what seemed to be an act of goodwill was going to hand the ball to Cormack but then at the last minute unsportingly dropped the ball at his feet. Clearly had an effect as Cormack sent his penalty high over the bar allowing a mass bundle of a celebration by the home players that would almost certainly lead to a member of SAGE to throw up their hands in despair and mean that there is the potential for the hosts to progress further.

There may be few certainties in current everyday life but the staging of a Sunday contest saw many of the usual attendees to be present and in almost perfect conditions for mid autumn it was a pleasant social afternoon at Fetcham Grove.

With both Grays and Leatherhead Sunday Engineering Works cut off entirely from the rail network, it was known in advance that this was not going to be the easiest of journeys. On the outward journey a reasonably quick service between Waterloo and Surbiton allowed the catching the TFL service No. 465 which I know some of the wiser have used in the past as it means that travel is covered by their Freedom Passes etc. Fairly swift journey until the driver took exception to two non face covering wearers and stated that he would not proceed the journey until they departed his service, the threat of a visit from Surrey Constabulary and a fine made sure that the two recidivists departed. Still time to have a swift £1.69 Dorking Brewery DB1 pint in the Leatherhead JDW, however the quality matched the stupidly cheap price and was just about drinkable. Penalties meant that the return journey would be delayed by an hour, however the Watford supporting legend that is Hornetini Teech!!! clearly took pity that the above hour would be spent drinking poor quality ale and kindly offered a lift to Selsdon. Remainder of journey knitted together of sorts, however it was nearly 20.30 when The Riverbank was reached after a day of travelling that gave the impression that there is clearly madness in the method....
Conor Young was the Epsom goalkeeper. Not being pedantic but just in case you keep records of line ups etc as I know some people do.
 

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Coupe de France, Round 5
FC Troarn 1-4 US Avranches Mont St. Michel
Admission €5. Attendance ~800


My favourite type of fixture is the big game for the little club, when the locals come along in force to support them. This is the glory of the Coupe de France. I would imagine that of other sports in France, only in Rugby could you also get a similar draw for local clubs, assuming they can play against bigger teams in the cup matches.

Having reached the fifth round, the third tier clubs enter the competition. This season, the second division clubs are not entering until the 8th round, (in the past, it has been the 7th), while the first division clubs enter one round later.


For a team like Troarn, from the 8th tier, the cup has been the main feature so far, as they have played four games before today, In the first round, their opponents were the underdogs as they travelled to play Departmental 2 team Chemin Vert, (tier 10), winning 2-1.

From then on, it was battle against the odds, as they have played two teams from Regional 2 (tier 7) and one from Regional 1 (tier 6). By comparison to the four cup games to date, Troarn have played only two league games, one win and one draw. They are not behind on league fixtures though. The league has a very relaxed fixture list and does not schedule fixtures on cup dates.

The ground is railed off with a concrete post and rail, the type common in France. The rail is square to the pitch with no track. Spectators can move all around the pitch although the path opposite the stand is quite narrow. The stand itself sits centrally on the more open side. Other sports facilities are in the general area, and the signs suggest that the whole facility is known as ES Troarn, but the football team itself appears to have recently been named FC Troarn.

Generally the ground would be fairly open and anyone would be able to walk in without an admission charge, but the gates are closed today, meaning everyone enters at one point. This is easily achieved as most tickets have been sold in advance. I had been promised one for collection at the gate, and this did cause a little confusion, (there was not one waiting), but it was soon sorted out, and they refused to take my money. There were two gazebos selling coffee, beer and chocolate bars, so I divested myself of part of my savings there.

Normally playing in Green, they sponsored team kits provided for the match are in white. That is the fourth game in the Cup this season, (three in the previous round and one in this) where the home shirts have been white with the CA sponsorship. The away team are in blue today, which is the normal shirt colour. The sponsor's name is changed to PMU

US Avranches added the words Mont St-Michel to their name in 1990, and now show the Mont on the club badge, along with two lions for Normandy. They have been in the third level league since 2014, as well as for a period in the nineties which ended when the league became fully National, as opposed to two regional groups. Their line up features a number of changes from the one that wn the Normandy derby, beating Quevilly-Rouen 4-1 on Tuesday. However, all of the eleven starters have played in the first team this season, and includes the return of top goalscorer Samual Essende, who played just three minutes as a late substitute in midweek. The midweek win took them to the top of the league

As for the game, Troarn did their best to make sure that the visitors did not have an easy team, and Avranches, as always appears typical for a National League team did not take their chances well. Essende scored the opening goal on 19 minutes, and added a second shortly before the break. In the first period, Troarn had a good share of possession and Avranches did need to defend some of their attacks. They then gave the whole ground a cheer early in the second half when the visitors missed two opportunities to hoof the ball clear, allowing Le Mechec to score from close range.

Looking somewhat offside, Essende completed his hat-trick on 64 minutes. He did not celebrate this, which leads me to believe that he too felt this one was gifted by the officials who brushed away the protests. Avranches were now in complete control of the game for the final half hour, and could have added more than one more, but only one more came, from Kouassi Kouakou with ten minutes to play. Right at the end, Essende surprised himself by ballooning the ball over an open goal.

At the end of the game, we had the double honour guard that I had seen two weeks ago as well. Firstly the winning team formed two lines, (along with a home youth team) to applaud the home team off the field, then the home team files onto the end of the lines, closer to the club house to return the compliment.

 

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Aston 4-1 Benjamin Smith
(Long Eaton Sunday League Premier Division)
@ Aston-on-Trent Playing Field, Shardlow Road, Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire

Another Sunday morning with my daughter at a pleasant rec with a play area behind the far goal. Easy run up with it taking around 35 minutes. After a dire first quarter, this turned out to be a comfortable win for the hosts, though in truth they should have had at least double the goals they scored. Awful finishing and the woodwork being hit several times kept the score down.
 

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Stafford & District Sunday Premier Division.

Woolpack V Woolpack United. H/T 2-0 F/T 5-0
Attn around 30.



A local derby of local derby this with both clubs being based in the same pub and playing on the same pitch. So much so, that the players knew each other by name.

Now in a game so local you would have thought this would be a game which could boil over but no, it was played in an excellent spirit and was a credit to both teams and the league. A thumbs up must also go to the Ref who handled the match well, and to the club linespersons who not only kept up with play but also knew what they were doing. First rate.

The match itself looks one sided from the score, but the "visitors" gave as good as they got for the first 17 minutes and only went one behind with a deflected shout from within the box. The second some six minutes later however, would have graced any ground being a wonderful turn and shoot which left the defence heading the opposite way to the ball.

The both sides carried on attacking but it was the homesides which went further ahead on 77 when a flowing move down the wing and cross was hammered home from 12 yards out. Two goals in the last five minutes including another deflected effort game the score a slightly more one sided look than the actual match.

Overall, an excellent piece of entertainment. I am surprised how good the teams in this league (okay, I've only seen four of them play so perhaps I have avoided the poor ones) so am likely to see a few more matches before winter kicks in.
 

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FA Womens Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
2pm @ Alrebury Park, Alresford Town FC
Southampton Womens FC 1-3 AFC Bournemouth
Attendance 120 est
Advance Ticket £5 - Programme online only

Excellent scalp for Cherries winning away to higher league opposition. All the goals were in the first half, Gemma Hillier gave Cherries a 6th minute lead soon cancelled out when Hannah Samuels drew the hosts level but it wasn't long after that Molly Clark restored Cherries lead and just before half time Cherries were awarded a penalty which looked a bit harsh, thought the home defender got the ball but a spot kick was awarded and was despatched by Abby Jones. Cherries have been drawn at home to Buckland Athletic in the 3rd Qualifying Round. My second visit here in less than three weeks after seeing the independent hosts hammered 6-0 by Southampton FC Women in a league game on a rainy night at the end of September. Ground is quite scenic in daylight with hills at the start of the South Downs visible to the north behind the no go side opposite the stands.

This turned out to be my only game of the day after a second consecutive Sunday League venue cock up. Arrived at Watergate Lane for the Bulford WMC v Durrington derby in the Salisbury Sunday League at the 11am kick off time to find no sign of life only to later discover on Fulltime that the game was played with the hosts winning 5-0. Their Twitter feed hasn't been updated since last season, the visitors' not since pre-season so unable to find out where Bulford have moved to but obviously not playing where it says they play on Fulltime:mad:.
 
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