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Sep 12, 2017, 10:25 PM

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Pegasus Juniors 2 Fownhope 1

Old School Lane: Herefordshire County Challenge Cup First Round

This was the first time I had seen Pegasus Juniors in competitive action this term, although not my first visit to their home ground, having recently witnessed two Midland Floodlit Youth League fixtures here and a first team pre-season friendly back in July. Pegasus Juniors had struggled somewhat on the pitch recently, following the departure of their first team player/manager at the end of last season, which resulted in virtually all of the playing personnel departing for pastures new as well. The Old School Lane club find themselves marooned at the basement of the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division table having lost all of their opening eight fixtures. The Hereford club then suffered a 3-1 extra-time home reverse at the hands of lower-graded Droitwich Spa in the FA Vase on Saturday to continue their losing start to the campaign. Fownhope were likely to provide tricky opposition in such circumstances as the villagers went into this evening's cup tie at the summit of the Herefordshire County League Premier Division table. They maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign with a 4-2 home victory over defending champions Hinton on Saturday afternoon. The winners of this evening's tie would travel to West Midlands (Regional) League First Division club Kington Town in the next round of the competition.

The visitors made a promising start, on a wet and windy evening, when they saw a header fly over the target following a cross on the left in the seventh minute and then fired over from close range after catching their hosts on the break some three minutes later. It was Pegasus Juniors that broke the deadlock when the Fownhope goalkeeper flapped at a 12th minute free-kick and Wilf Munn pounced to turn the ball home from close range. The hosts saw Ben Price's 20 yard effort deflected behind for a corner four minutes later before Alex Hunt doubled the lead when he swept home a low cross from the right at the far post. The second goal seemed to subdue the Herefordshire County League outfit and they rarely tested Stuart Turpin in the home goal before he had to hold on to a 20 yard drive some six minutes after the interval. Pegasus Juniors nearly extended their lead in the 66th minute but saw a header fly narrowly the wrong side of the near post following a low cross from the right flank. It appeared that the Hereford club were heading to a comfortable victory, as Fownhope failed to create to many clear goal scoring opportunities in the final quarter, until they headed home an 89th minute corner to halve the deficit. The visitor's custodian turned away a fierce 30 yard free-kick in the 92nd minute before villagers nearly forced extra-time, when they broke upfield a minute later, but saw a goalbound shot cleared off the line for a corner.

2017/18 Statistics
Goals: 231
Matches: 53
New Grounds: 11

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Re: [barcud-coch] Tuesday 12th September 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Windsor 3-0 Oxford City Nomads
Hellenic Premier

This didn't kick off until 20:00 due to problems in switching the floodlights on over on the covered terrace side of the ground. Both sides played some decent football, but neither making the most of their chances. Goalless at half time, Windsor managed to win with three goals into the wind and rain. Nomads best chance came at the end, a long range shot saw a flying save. Both keepers did make a few good saves.

As ever the pitch at Stag Meadow is excellent, and definitely worth a visit on a wet day (or even a dry one). Still not convinced by their kit.

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Sep 12, 2017, 10:54 PM

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Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg

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Re: [barcud-coch] Tuesday 12th September 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

National League

Eastleigh 0 Maidstone U. 1

admission S/T (otherwise £15/£12) programme £3-00 attendance 1820 official
both teams mid-table on same number of points
Horrible conditions but both teams still tried to play football. In the end the visitors played it better and could have won by more.
A lively start as Constable shot yards over for the hosts, followed by the visitors' Sam-Yorke making space for himself well but Stack pushing his shot away. On 9 mins the ref gave an Eastleigh penalty for a foul on McSheffery but changed it to a free-kick outside the box after consultation with the linesman. A good home move and Green cross saw the ball zip past everybody on the wet surface. Halfway through the half a free-kick to the visitors fell to Okuonghae, who blasted over. Reason, playing against his old club, then produced a slow turn and fired wide. Matthews curled a shot wide for the hosts, and near to the break produced another good run and his shot went only just wide. Right on the whistle a cross saw visiting keeper Worgan miss his punch but the ball go wide. Attempts by both sides, but HT 0-0.
The wind and rain got worse and both sides looked decent when they kept the ball on the ground, but when the ball was in the air, it was anyone's guess. Maidstone kept the ball on the ground more. On 50 mins Sam-Yorke ran through the middle and fell to the ground near two defenders. The ref was perfectly placed and booked Sam-Yorke for diving, even though he was injured and was subbed. McSheffery rifled the ball into the roof of the net but the whistle had already blown for offside. Ter Horst then cut in from the right for the visitors and his curling shot was only just over. Matthews then did much the same for the hosts. On 68 mins Hines was allowed space at the edge of the home area to whack a shot against the post. The lesson was not learned and two minutes later Hines scored with a similar shot. The home team brought on more forwards (in contrast to the Aldershot game) to try and equalise but Maidstone looked comfortable and had several chances to extend their lead. Pigott had a shot saved, Lewis rounded Stack but shot wide, Ter Horst forced Stack into a good save, Pigott also got round the keeper but missed the target, and Stack blocked another shot from Ter Horst well at the end.

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Re: [Dr Love] Tuesday 12th September 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Sydenhams (Wessex) League Cup 1st Round
Shaftesbury 3 Whitchurch United 2
Admission: £3 (concession)
Programme: £1 (20pp colour, does the business)
Teams: whiteboard by the players’ entrance
Refreshments: £1 Yorkie from the clubhouse, £2 for 2 x fishcakes from The Golden Fish; which is worth bearing in mind for evening games, turn right out of the car park towards the town and it’s 50 yards on your left before Tescos.
Attendance: 45 (h/c)

Shaftesbury and Whitchurch served up an enthralling, action-packed cup tie, played in foul conditions with gusty wind and rain swirling across the pitch for a large proportion of the match. Luckily, Cockrams is bordered by large conifer hedges and the rain was coming in from behind the main stand so the sparse crowd was adequately sheltered. If you haven’t been, I believe it’s doable for an afternoon game by public transport using the X2 bus from Gillingham railway station to Shaftesbury town hall, the ground being a brisk 10 minute walk down the main street and up past Tescos. Car parking at the ground can be a bit tight so a free alternative is the long-stay facility just off the large Ivy Cross roundabout down the Gillingham road. It’s a 15 minute amble from there through the back streets to the ground. The clubhouse is situated outside the ground; inside it, there’s a stand either side of the pitch, the main stand with plastic tip-up seating. The pitch slopes very slightly end to end.

Whitchurch started strongly and Cherrett could have made a name for himself as early as the third minute but skied the ball well over whilst trying to lob the home keeper. That set the scene for a high-tempo game with both sides creating viable chances. Cherrett’s long throw-ins were causing the Rockies trouble, and the away team’s corners, unpredictable in the gales, were often creating mayhem in the home six-yard box. Maylen opened the scoring for Whitchurch on 36m with a direct free kick from the edge of the area, but Shaftesbury were level within a minute, Colohan easily knocking in the rebound after Cotton in the Whitchurch goal had done extremely well to tip a deflected shot onto the crossbar. Six minutes later, Ormiston restored the Jam Boys’ lead taking route one through the middle.

Shaftesbury were soon level after the break, Beckley drawing and rounding the keeper after a superb through ball from Beal. The Rockies kept up the pressure, but there were chances galore at both ends. As the clock ticked down, a horrible misunderstanding between Hewlett and Card in the Shaftesbury goal all but allowed Whitchurch’s Yeomans in, but the ball rolled just past the post, then at the other end Schroeder swivelled and shot just wide. 2-2 as we entered injury time, with penalties beckoning, but it’s a matter of historical record that in watching hundreds of soccer games over the years, I have only ever witnessed one penalty shoot-out. And thus it was no surprise when, in the 92nd minute, Beckley went down the left channel and neatly lobbed the keeper to give Shaftesbury the win. Laugh

Best game of the season so far – much credit to both teams for serving up a footballing feast on a filthy night, and a good word too for referee Krasimir Petrov who kept the game flowing throughout. Finally, Sydenhams have given each Wessex League club brand-new super-duper electronic substitution boards - these, however, are so bright, I actually found them rather difficult to read, even from the far side of the pitch. The dugouts were lit up like a disco! Sly

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Sep 12, 2017, 11:07 PM

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Re: [Dr Love] Tuesday 12th September 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Midlands League Premier
Trevor Brown Memorial Ground
Boldmere St Michaels 3 Long Eaton United 2
Admission: £5 Programme: Issued but not taken Attendance: 70-ish

A foul night to watch football with a brisk wind and incessant pouring rain for most of the game, the conditions provided, for the most part, a somewhat error-strewn game from two teams lodged in the bottom 3 at kick off on a plastic pitch; the home team not having won a League game.
I wondered whether I had made the right decision to leave the comfort of my hotel and venture the 9 miles across town during the first half-hour as one pass after another went astray and I found myself increasingly drawn to plane-spotting as the ground is under the BIA flight path.
The home side took the lead on 30 with a neat cross and finish, so that eased my worries of a 0-0. The away team struck back on 38 with a fine chip over the keeper after a fluffed clearance from the stopper. HT 1-1.
The way they started the 2nd half, I thought it was only a matter of time before the home team scored - however it was the away side that tucked away another failed clearance on 63. They then absorbed home team pressure, apart from a couple of forays up field but finally buckled after 82 with a fine finish from the move of the match resulting in a low cross, control and shot.
Continued pressure resulted in (somewhat inevitably in the conditions) a mistimed sliding tackle in the area on 88, the penalty duly dispatched.
I really like the ground even though it has a 4G pitch. Entrance in one corner with a low roofed clubhouse at one end with a verandah extending halfway to the goal at an elevated level. There is a substantial 5-row stand of seats opposite the dug-outs on an elevated piece of ground to give a good view. The area between the stand and the clubhouse has picnic tables and is for those who need a coffin-nail.
I didn't check it out because of the weather but it looks like access can be gained to the other end and behind the dugouts. A friendly welcome and I had a delicious hot dog and tea from the canteen bar.

2016-17 Games: 109 Goals: 446 GPG: 4.09 New Grounds: 74
2017-18 Games: 144 Goals: 640 GPG: 4.44 New Grounds: 100

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Sep 12, 2017, 11:12 PM

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Re: [HantsLondoner] Tuesday 12th September 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

UCL Prem Div
At Wigston Road
Oadby Town v St.Andrews
In £3(NHS concession)
Prog £1
Scorecast ticket £1
Bar and snack bar open
Att 88 according to Chairman
H/T 2-0
F/T 2-2

OT scored their first league goals of the season leaving only the Palace above them with nowt in the 'goals for' column.
The Andrews came good in the second half to claim a point.

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Sep 12, 2017, 11:35 PM

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Re: [Dr Love] Tuesday 12th September 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Northern Premier League Div 1 North
Attendance 99
Admission £10 - Programme £2

Hosts took an early lead after being awarded a penalty for a shove in the box converted by former Conference striker Richard Brodie. That was as good as it got for Skem as the visitors came back to win comfortably. In slippery conditions the ball was like a bar of soap for the home keeper who spilled a shot into the path of Oliver Crankshaw who had an easy tap in to level on 12 minutes. He then found Kurt Willoughby's close range shot too hot (or slippery) to handle in the 20th minute, the spin on the ball taking it over the line despite a defenders attempt at a last ditch clearance. While the keeper was at fault for the first two goals he had no chance with the last two, both great long range strikes from Ryan Ellison in the 38th minute and Willoughby in the 54th minute for his second. Richmond Red also in attendance.

For a relatively new ground I quite liked it set in a rural location with trees behind 3 sides only spoiled by the other side which has industrial units behind the elevated arena stand. To the right of this extending behind the far end is a grass bank fenced off to make it inaccessible to spectators. Behind the near goal where you enter the ground is a ramshackle cover in front of the clubhouse. The side to the left has a two step open terrace running the length of the pitch with a wooden fence behind.

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Sep 12, 2017, 11:40 PM

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Maidenhead 1-0 Tranmere
Att 1,483 (308 in the away end)
Adm £15 (I bought online and printed at home), prog £3

Fans of old skool would have loved this - a proper town centre ground with all the nooks and crannies, a sloping pitch, the tannoy regaling us with the original themes from Sportsnight and MOTD, crowds huddled together under cover out of the rain, chanting from both sets of fans and even a decent pint of Rebellion brewery's Roasted Nuts (albeit served craft style) in a proper old clubhouse.

A game of few chances but easy on the eye with two teams knocking it about well. A game we should have won on any other day but our service into the strikers was poor and, when they got it, it didn't stick. One brilliant save by Davies on the stroke of half time from a 20 yard curler by a home player, and almost a worldie for us in the second half as Buxton waltzed past about five players but saw his shot saved..... and that was about it in terms of likely goal action. Then, out of nothing, they go and nick the winner with a couple of minutes to go.

Fine margins yet again but boss Mellon is coming under a bit of pressure now. Really need to find a way to start scoring.

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Sep 13, 2017, 12:20 AM

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I had doubts about going anywhere tonight but saw the local forecast on tv (Look East) just before I left which suggested the winds would be a bit later. Spots of rain arrived just before kick off & it was blustery but not too bad. The local radio station (Town 102) even said it would be unlikely that the Orwell Bridge would need to be closed.

Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Division 1
Halstead Town 3 (10, 19 & 65 pen)
Little Oakley 2 (31 & 86)
KO: 19:45 Att: 118 (announced) Cost: £6 Progs available I believe

Venue: Milbank Stadium, Rosemary Lane, Broton Industrial Estate, Halstead
Close to two years since I last visited here. Behind near goal for most of the length behind the hardstanding is a steep step of terracing. The clubhouse looked smarter especially the furniture. A new pa system has been installed.

Match: 10th v 15th out of 21
HT scored direct from a corner & when they added a 2nd goal it looked a big win might be coming. In fact the 2nd goal was HT's last shot of the half. LO header hit the post & the ball appeared to go in off the gk to put LO back in the game. On 34mins a 30yd chip saw the gk just tip the effort over the bar. Shots 3-7.

HT hit the bar on 49mins. The clearest penalty you'll ever see was awarded for a foul which saw HT regain their two goal lead. Again LO scored & also had a couple of chances to equalise. HT also nearly added to the scoreline in injury time but their double effort was missed. Shots 6-6.

I thought HT just about deserved their win. At h/t I met Halstead Humbug & I watched 2nd half with him. Disappointing journey home when diversion off the A12 at the last junction for Colchester added on a lot of miles & minutes.

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Colne 1-2 South Shields...Evostik North...Adm £8...Prog £2
With a band of rain moving in from the West later in the day it was good to see an early statement on Twitter declaring the game on.
Arriving at the ground the parking spaces were at a premium as there was football training as well as cross country taking place. ...found one of the few remaining slots,didn't want to risk the grass parking area with rain forecast.
Went into the ground at 7pm and picked up one of the last programmes. The rain started just before kick off and was with us pretty much all night....this may have put off some supporters but the crowd of 201 was vocal enough for both sides. Shields opened the scoring on 31 minutes through Michael Richardson and held it till half time, despite having to replace their injured keeper before the break. Colne cancelled out the lead on 47 minutes with a flick on from a corner and playing with the slope they had a chance here.
The winner for South Shields came when a ball was played in low from the corner, into a crowded 6 yard box and Dillon Morse got the touch to send the ball over the line, with 55 minutes on the clock. Full time 1-2, a good advert for the Evostik League and the wet conditions made things interesting. Not a bad night up East Lancs...still waiting for the strong winds to arrive.

So Many Grounds....So little time!!

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Sep 13, 2017, 1:06 AM

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Gwent County League Division 1. Newport Civil Service 2 Abertillery Bluebirds 2. F&N. Bluebirds playing the more fluent football, wasted countless chances ,finding themselves 2-0 down early in the second half to well taken goals from Aldoori and Palmer, before sharpening up and eventually equalising a minute from time through Owen Goodenough. Then on to EFL Division 2. Newport County 1 Cheltenham Town 0. £20, £3 prog. Wet, windy and a first half winner from Padraig Amond after a miscued shot.The new pitch held up well through the deluge.

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Bostik Isthmian League Division 1 South
Ashford Utd 1 Ramsgate 0
Admission £6 (concession) Attendance 202

This really was a match of two halves. Ramsgate were well on top in the first half with Ashford keeper Kamurasi coming out on top in at least four one-on-ones with Ramsgate forwards. After the break it was Ashford who were making all the chances and just after the hour they finally made the breakthrough when a good run and cross led to a close range finish by Day. After this Ashford rather tediously went into game management mode but successfully played out time without any real alarms. The win takes newly promoted Ashford above Ramsgate in the table but both teams are still languishing near the bottom.

My first visit to the Homelands Stadium. It looked to be fairly new (maybe the 3G pitch and customary green fencing gives this impression) and I was surprised to discover that its been in use for nearly 30 years. Quite an imposing main stand with plenty of cover which was handy as the rain started shortly after kick off. I also hadn't appreciated just how far out of town the ground is – certainly not one to try to visit in the evening by public transport.

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1.05 pm - UEFA Youth League - Chelsea 5 Qarabag 0 - Admission free - Teamsheet free - Attendance approx 100

7.45 pm - League 1 - Bristol Rovers 2 Oldham Athletic 3 - Admission and programme complimentary as press - Attendance 7,908

A very unusual day in that I saw two matches - both were 0-0 at half time but ended up with five goals in the second half. I'm pretty sure that the odds would be pretty high for that as a double bet !!!

Matches at Cobham are normally behind closed doors as was this one, but I had the relevant documentation to gain admission. The first half was a bit of a mess with niggly challenges and stoppages almost every minute with the referee not helping matters.

That all changed when Qarabag's Ibrahim Gadirzade was sent off three minutes into the second half for a second yellow card. From then on, it was a Chelsea procession to see how many they could get. Callum Hudson-Odoi opened the scoring direct from a free kick and then Luke McCormick scored an 11 minute hat-trick with one shot into the top right corner, one a half volley and the third an unmarked header. Sub Charlie Brown scored the fifth with another unchallenged header.

On to Bristol Rovers for the evening where it was a topsy turvy second half with Oldham going 2-0 up, then pegged back by goals after 83 and 85 minutes but then getting the winner within another 2 minutes. Can't be bothered to go into the detail as it will be well covered etc in the papers and on Sky Sports News.

More UEFA Youth League to come tomorrow ......

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Dulwich Hamlet 0 Hendon 1
Isthmian Premier League
Admission: £11
Programme: £2 - lots of reading as ever
Golden Gamble: £1 - nice to shake hands with Mishi and put a face to a name.

While Mishi will probably not agree, this was a fantastic evening; more so for those favouring the boys in green. Wave after wave of home attacks thwarted by a pinch of luck, heroic defending and an outstanding goalkeeping display from Tom Lovelock. Hamlet played some lovely patient quick passing football on a near perfect playing surface, but it wasn't to be their night.

There's a certain inevitability about a winner at the death from the side under the pump. The away fans can sniff it, home fans know it's coming. It seems the only ones who haven't read the script are the home defenders. Hendon were down to 10 men in the 90th minute when Dave Diedhiou was correctly shown a second yellow by the excellent referee. Substitute Josh Walker broke away, seemingly holding the ball up on the edge of the box before swivelling and sending a curling shot in over Preston Edwards and into the net via the far post. Cue a small but ecstatic away following going barmy.

The gate last night was 659; which was surprisingly low; albeit massively higher than most clubs could only dream of? Have the BBC started showing repeats of This Life on a Tuesday night, or were the majority of the beautiful people in the pub watching the Champions League? Maybe they stayed in to groom their beards?

Top evening out after a distinctly 8 hours at work, that actually seemed quite enjoyable after watching Yorkshire bowl at The Oval in the final session against Surrey. Beers taken in Hermits Cave in Camberwell and the Phoenix in Denmark Hill; both gentrified to bits. I lived around the area when I first moved to London in the spring of 1999. The areas have changed beyond belief. Fodder by way of a battered sausage and chips outside the ground. £6 minimum for a burger inside Champion Hill? No thanks. Same with the dinky cans of craft ale in the bar; surely the biggest rip off to hit the country for years? I still belong to the "Oww Much?" rather than the "So, is that all?" brigade thank you, but it would be a dull world if we were all the same. An unusually poor selection of real ale on offer in the bar last night, which was slightly disappointing. I've had some top brews in there over the years. Well done Hamlet for selling a tea for just 80p. Other clubs could definitely take note of that.

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Re: [Ostrich] Tuesday 12th September 2017 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

....Original choice was Canvey v Heybridge but a quick Twitter check at lunchtime revealed a PP due to one of the floodlights being out of action. Quick think and it was decided to take a trip to the New Lodge Circus with the thought that I gather more than enough material to do a 'hatchet job'...

Billericay Town 4 v 0 Brightligsea Regent - Isthmian League Premier Division
Prog 40 pages £3.00 (some of the pages round the wrong way meaning the proposed centre spread photo of Adam Cunnington is in two parts) - Admission £11.00 (no cash admission on gate. ticket at the office before hand. If necessary arrive early) - Att 898

....And needless to say, I could only come away and enthuse about the evening.

The link between money men, ego's and our beautiful game, as old as the Hill-Wood's at Glossop, taking in Messrs White, Price, Woodward et al. Impossible to dispense with and if Mr Tamplin ever gets bored with his toy or the Environment Agency sting him for a huge fine due to another seepage pollutive substances into the River Lea, I am sure he will be remembered as that is what narcissists crave. He will leave behind a tastefully revamped ground, with work completed just over 6 months. fully seated stand along one side and a large seated stand on the near side. Both ends have had new roofs and there are also new floodlights. Also evenings like this will leave memories for many who may not have ever considered going to a game at this level. They may disappear as quickly as Tamplin may do one day. But a la Rushden and Hornchurch a nucleus of support will remain to create (sorry to say) AFC Billericay.

What also contributed to a very good evening out was an excellent contest. At current pace, Billericay give the impression that they will have the ILP title sewn up by the end of February, of course not surprising when you have a budget of zillions compared to your tuppenney ha'penny rivals, but what impressed was their defensive ability (but then Rob Swaine is probably the best non-league centre half in these parts) and the fact that they played together as a team. Gather 15 mercenaries together and there is a possibility that they play as individuals, clearly not the case here.

Another aspect of the evening that Brightlingsea at least for the first hour matched their opponents. Clear that they raised their game, but there was no attempt to 'park the bus'. Admittedly they were on the backfoot for most of the first half but when possible they attacked in numbers. The flow of the evening was set by a drive from Evans for the hosts that in cricketing terms was 'fairly middled' and would have stretched the net if it had been a yard either side of Cowler in the Brightlingsea goal but was struck straight at him. Cowler though made a faux pas flapping at a Konchesky free kick and was fortunate to look behind to see a defender clear Swaine's rebound off the line.

For obvious reasons, wanted the visitors to spring a surprise win, but could not help but applaud Billericay's opener, a perfectly executed bicycle kick from Cunnington from close range. The sort of goal that is so rarely witnessed in this era. Brightlingsea responded with a number of corners all aimed right into the heart of the Billericay penalty area but the likes of Swaine and Konchesky cleared and at half time the hosts held a rather uneasy lead.

There were small cracks in the home defence and an effort from Love heading for the far corner brought out a flying save from Julian. The outcome of the contest could have been different if the visitors had not spurned what was their only genuine opportunity of the evening when Love on the left put over a perfect low cross for Richardson on the back post, however the shot was rushed and instead of the net bulging the ball's trajectory took it instead into Blunts Wall Road.

The hosts required a second to allay the fears of dropping two points and this was achieved by the now much abused phrase of 'a worldie' from Robinson. Struck perfectly from 25 yards rising all the time and leaving a completely beaten for pace Cowler grasping at the damp Billericay air. At senior non-league level, Jake Robinson is clearly a 'class act', though there was a hit of offside with his second, but the flag stayed down as he had an uninterrupted run forward and he placed his shot wide of Cowler and into the far corner.

In the final minutes, it was clear that the Brightlingsea effort was fading quickly, Bricknell hit the post and the hosts were running down the minutes in game management mode. Enter another of the well known names attracted by the financial largesse on offer in the form of Jermaine Pennant with a perfectly flighted and dipping free kick from 20 yards which garnered the hosts 4th of the evening. A conclusive win but one that came about as a result of hard work and not a little ability probably not seen at this level since the equally expensively assembled Hornchurch and Grays teams of 04-05.

Good atmosphere as well, heard from a seasoned regular that with it being a midweek game against lesser opposition and with Chelsea on the telly that some of the plastics who arrive with the same arrogance as the club supremo were absent. Those present were the 300 regulars of yesteryear and those who were fully appreciative of a good contest. Surprisingly numerous gruppe from Brightlingsea as well who contributed to the cacophony.

Obviously not converted to the #togetherwesailasone
but came away dare I say impressed....

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Sep 13, 2017, 8:07 AM

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Location: Longton, Stoke-on-Trent - Ar Bay a Brummie
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Harrowby United 4-0 Clifton All Whites

FA Vase, admission £5, sausage roll £1.20, tea £1, att: it's a secret

My original plan was to take in the Padiham v Thackley game but Satchmo Navaterre informed me that the M6 was carnage and I'd forgotten Man United were at home too, a no no for M6 use by my rules. So I headed east for a relatively easy run to the suburbs of Grantham.

When I arrived a kind soul removed a Stella bottle from the path of my car, parking is a bit of a squeeze. Tidy ground with Stan's Stand an old wooden affair and some flat covered standing by the tea bar. The cover came in handy and we had many heavy showers.

Harrowby were the better side by a margin but Clifton did deserve a goal at least really. The local rumour mill suggests that only 1 of Harrowby's players is local and the keeper from Barnsley is on £100 per game.

Good tick and a straightforward journey home in foul weather although I'm not sure a wet and windy night deserves a name!

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Sep 13, 2017, 8:55 AM

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Location: Kingdom of Fife
Team(s): Fife teams

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SPFL Development League (2pm KO)
Hibernian v Hamilton Accies, 3-1, H.T.0-0, Att c.100, Admission by donation, Programme 50p, Teamsheets free, Pie and Coffee £3.50
At ORIAM (Indoors)

Lots of interest to see in this match which was played at a high tempo and intensity at the ORIAM. Hibs had a trialist centre half and had their Lithuianian international centre forward playing up front – he came on as a subbie for Lithuania against Scotland last week. Accies included on-loan striker Botti Biabi from Swansea – first time I’d seen him since he left Falkirk for South Wales a couple of years ago.

All that was lacking in the first half was a goal. The football was excellent to watch but neither side could apply the finishing touch. Ryan Fulton (ex Liverpool) in the Accies goal was the busier of the two goalies but looked very accomplished.

Hibs took the lead in the 48th minute with a fine goal. Scott Martin drove forward from deep and released Ollie Shaw who finished with some style. Accies were quickly level with the powerful Biabi heading home a pinpoint cross from the right. But Hibs were not to be denied – Lithuanain Matelevicius made it 2-1, and sub Jamie Gullan added a third.

3-1 possibly flattered Hibs but there was no doubt that they deserved the win.

Parking is becoming even more difficult than ever at the ORIAM. The main car parks near the arena were all manned by flunkies in high-vis jackets and were either full or out of bounds. Therefore it was a case of being banished to the wilds of the Car Park at the far end of the Uni, a good 10-15 minutes walk from the ORIAM. Please be aware of this if you are planning to attend an afternoon match there during term time.

Queensferry Crossing was in benign mood so plenty time to get home for me tea before . . .

SPFL Development League East (7.30pm KO)
Raith Rovers v Cowdenbeath, 3-0, H.T. 1-0, Att c.100, Admission Free, No paperwork, Raith Suite Bar Open
At Stark’s Park

This proved to be a stroll for the Rovers who were seldom out of the Cowden half for the full 90 minutes. The visitors worked hard in defence but had nothing to offer up front. Sadly that seems to be the same story with the Cowden first team at the moment and there was nothing much on display here to suggest that they can freshen things up from the stiffs.

Osei Opuku stood out for the Rovers but he was ably supported by Jonny Court. It was Osei who scored the first goal, with substitute Smith getting two in the second half.

Given that it was free admission then I cannot complain about the lack of team lists or tannoy announcements. Raith’s U20 twitter feed provided their details and Cowden Andy was on hand to provide the visitor’s details.

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Sep 13, 2017, 9:17 AM

Posts: 1147
Location: New Brighton or Hawarden (both in Wales)
Team(s): Warrington Town are #1, Stranraer, Matlock Town, Warrington Wolves

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Evo-Stik League Premier Div
Warrington Town 1 Stafford Rangers 0
Admission pass (otherwise £10), prog £2
Food & drink on sale
Att. 201

Not much between these two sides but Town's defence was the more solid and slightly more creative in attack. The games only goal came early in the second half and was well worked with some great play from Tony Gray. The visitors seemed very unhappy with the referee but no doubt much of that was sour grapes. He did tend to blow for some fairly innocuous challenges at times but on the whole did OK despite constant nagging from the Rangers dug out, the liner getting even more and for decisions he had no input on. I don't think I can ever recall a pair spending so much time outside their technical area during a game. One even ran down the touchline to close to the corner to pass a player a towel to wipe the ball for a long throw in. The liner told him to get back to his technical area (ha). They did not moan about that breach of rules, even after using the towel. They never threw it in though (the towel that is)

Things always look better when you win but this was a solid performance from Town. It keeps us top and promises to be an interesting season.

The bad weather and Champions League football on TV combined to keep the attendance down unfortunately.

Post match was at Costello's in Stockton Heath. The usual Dunham and Lymm brews on sale and the couple tasted again met with approval

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Sep 13, 2017, 9:18 AM

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Location: The EAST
Team(s): Felixstowe & Walton Utd

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Leiston 0-0 Harlow
Bostik Prem Div
Adm £10
Att 244

Chose this as the forecast said that the wind and rain wouldn't reach the far East until 22-00, that was correct, but sadly I'd have preferred a windy encounter to this.
Harlow had the better of the 1st half but cant remember Garnham in the Leiston goal doing that much.
Every time Leiston got in a good position the final ball was over hit, very poor for players of this standard. 2nd half was just littered with mistakes, but just as I was heading for the exit in the 92nd minute Leiston put a good move together, superb cross, he couldn't miss, suffice to say he did. Yet again Matt Blake failed to impress, top scorer in this division last season, but he's always very average (at best) when I watch him, on three occasions he had the simple task of laying the ball on a plate for a teammate, but either went for a shot from a stupid angle or just delayed the pass too long.
I'm sure both managers will be pleased by the way their players defended, but the home team certainly need to practice the basics.

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Sep 13, 2017, 10:30 AM

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Location: South East London.
Team(s): Dulwich Hamlet

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Sorry it was so brief, 'occupational hazrd' of doing something on a match day!

The reason our midweek attendnaces are so low is simple...we have a huge amount of families on Saturdays, lots of women and young children, so that accounts for a huge drop.

But, as you say, our midweek crowds aren't to be sniffed at. It's more of lads/dads night out rather than the much more family orentated Saturday experience...but still amazing in its own way. When Gavin Rose took over as manager in 2009/10 our average home Isthmian League attendance was 180, some midweek nights barely creeping into the three figure mark, around 120, or 130...I think i'll cope with how 'low' they are now! Wink

As for the game...yep, sucker punched, we should have put the game to bed, but unfortunately that's football. I'd be more worried if we lost one nil and didn't make any chances...

Despite our mid-table position I still expect us to make the play-offs, and we are hampered by our budget, which the Football Club itself don't set, but the people who run the whole club, and we have three players out injured, who we haven't got the money to bring in replacements...

Grounds visited: 716
Last new ground: Brightlingsea Regent FC; The Taydal Stadium, Brightlingsea, Essex. (Bostik League Premier Division)
Last game: Tuesday 20th March 2018-Lowestoft Town 1, Dulwich Hamlet 3. [Bostik League Premier Division]
Football matches watched this season: 108
2017/18-New English grounds: 9; & foreign: 6

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Sep 13, 2017, 11:44 AM

Posts: 1110
Location: Beside the Spinnaker Tower
Team(s): Hemel Hempstead Town FC, Trust Portsmouth FC and The Reds of Cincinnati

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Hemel Hempstead Town 3-1 Bognor Regis Town (NATS)
- played at Vauxhall Road, Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead from 7.45pm

Att - 341 (official); Entry – used season tic but £12 is the norm; Prog £2.50 and a cuppa for £1
Weather – strongest breeze and lashing’s of wet from time to time
Travel – M3 and M25 .. then M25 and anyway possible to avoid A3 road closure signs (the M3, Jct 4 to 4A closure never happened)
Colours – Tudors in all red .. Rocks in white tops and green shorts

Well I’m sure one of these days the good folk of this country will take trips out on to the M25 to just sit stationary watching other people sit stationary .. and it probably won’t be that long either, as it took one hour from M3 intersection round to Ricky this night, where two lanes were unfortunately shut down on the other side .. providing many with a view of on-going events, leaving plenty of open road ahead on our side, once passed .. how the Bognor Fans were coping, as they arrived not too long before kick off, I do not know but good on each and everyone of them for making the trip up from the South Coast in their coach .. joining a limited throng on this foul night of weather.

No changes along Vauxhall Road .. the small stands keeping their roof structures on, as Aileen passed by .. with enough cover elsewhere for all on hand, watching a very even contest during the first half .. Jordan Parkes did his top left free kick again on 26 minutes .. the Ref gave a penalty decision on 35 for trip and a Rocks equaliser .. the home fans denied their shout for one during latter stages of first half .. then the second saw some silky skills by Rowan Libor on 55, when he tapped in the second .. finished off with a good header by Charlie Sheringham on 80, as he sealed the deal (see link below) .. the Rocks never giving up but just not getting to grips with this one .. which allowed closure on a minor Tudor blip of four games without a win, as the last week has now brought three wins on the trot .. providing a tight-knit affair at top of League table .. with the hometown Club now placed in eighth, just three points off the leaders .. the National League South is going to be a competitive one this season and I suspect anyone will win it .. Tongue

Hemel 3rd goal -

Grounds Visited = 448, Leagues done = 11 (36 to go); Games in 17-18 Season = 92; New Grounds this Season = 54; Goals seen this Season = 345; Ave goals / game = 3.75; Last new ground = Kettering Town; Next Game = Sun 25th Mar 2018

(This post was edited by hemelhopper on Sep 13, 2017, 12:57 PM)

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Sep 13, 2017, 11:50 AM

Posts: 1432
Location: Tilehurst, Reading.
Team(s): Crystal Palace and Epsom and Ewell.

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Bostik League South, at the Elmbridge Sports Hub.
Walton Casuals 3-0 East Grinstead Town, att 126, admission £10, programme £2, coffee £1.50.

A lot of hoppers at this one. I hadn't realized until I got there, the new ground is 100 yards away from the old, which now sits behind the main stand, so a brucie bonus of a new ground! Vince from Groundtastic in attendance, Leatherhead Dave, Luke Sussexhopper, and a number of other hoppers I know to speak to but not by name boosted the crowd to over 100.

The large main stand is impressive, seating about 500, with a lot of leg room, and spacious club rooms/bars behind it. A burger van being on the lower concourse to the side of the pitch. But sandwiches and crisps/chocolates being available from the bars behind the stand.

However, its ALL flat standing around the pitch, and no terracing or other cover/furniture. The athletics track is visible behind the goal to the left of the main stand. Massive car park outside the turnstiles.

Entertaining game on a foul night, the stand could do with side screens to stop the wind blowing through it, it was very cold! Walton looked an impressive young side, and the first two goals were long distance strikes, which the shaky away keeper could perhaps have done better with. another added in the second half, rounded off a good performance. although EG had chances to to score themselves but their end product was very poor.

Apparently Walton and Hersham also move in soon, so I will revisit later in the season for them.

2017-18 - 85 games (Balham), 269 goals, av gpg 3.16, 33 new grounds.
2016-17 - 103 games, 329 goals, av gpg 3.19, 41 new grounds.
New Grounds in 2018 - 9. 2017 -44. Last new -Coventry Copsewood - 24/2/18. Grounds in Total - 1157.
RL Grounds - 32 (Last - Belle Vue, Wakefield Trinity RL (1/7/17), Speedway Tracks 50.

(This post was edited by WestBerksPalace on Sep 13, 2017, 11:53 AM)

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Sep 13, 2017, 1:01 PM

Posts: 1140
Location: West Yorkshire
Team(s): Bradford City

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FA Vase - First Round Qualifying:

Padiham 5 Thackley 0

Admission £6 (£3 conc) - Prog £1.50 (not great) but the steak pie, peas & gravy for £2.50 were superb!

Like Cod of the North, I was also in East Lancashire last night. My original choice was Colne but the lure of the Vase proved to be too strong. With both games passing pitch inspections, I picked up my usual midweek gang of my Dad and Ian J in Skipton and we headed west to Lancashire, arriving in Padiham just before 6.00pm, which is normally way earlier than I would arrive at a ground. After checking that there was no change since the pitch inspection, programmes were purchased and we made our way to the delightful Hare & Hounds, a real beer drinkers pub, with ten hand pumps. The Bowland Brewery's Hen Harrier was so nice that I had to have two pints! Top beer and only £2.70 a pint. Ian J tried their Pheasant Plucker (careful how you say that) which was also available in the clubhouse.

We entered the ground at 7.00pm and I immediately noticed that a stand has been erected on the top side, since my last visit. No seats and it's not very deep but certainly welcome in the driving rain. The stand in the bottom right hand corner is no more, succumbing to strong winds earlier this year. Still, a very tidy ground and easily in my top ten of all time (probably climbed a few places, now I drink real ale) and it played well despite the rain.

The final score flattered Thackley, such was Padiham's dominance. They made huge inroads down the left and made a dream start, scoring in the sixth minute. The pick of the goals was the second in the twentieth minute, an absolute bullet of a strike, which flew in to the top right hand corner. Padiham put the tie to bed five minutes before the interval, when they made it 3-0.

Thackley started the second half well and they were camped in the Padiham half for pretty much all of the opening eight minutes. Padiham's first foray in to the Thackley half led to the fourth goal being scored and they completed the scoring just before the hour mark. The Storks had an effort cleared off the line and Thackley's keeper pulled off an impressive save to keep the score down during the final thirty minutes.

As COTN said in his report, the strong winds never came but the rain varied from slight to strong throughout the game, which meant I chose not to have my traditional walk around the ground. As well as West Yorkshire's finest, pie aficionado Roy from Darwen was present to witness a rampant home side march in to the next round. Bradford City v Rotherham is next for me on Saturday, with Ossett Town v South Shields or Barlick v Charnock Richard on the horizon for next week.

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Sep 13, 2017, 1:54 PM

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Location: East London

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£24 for a seat in the rain!
Prog £3 which inexplicably did not feature a certain former player on the cover? Crazy

Utter dross from two very poor teams, not worth paying good money to see.
Mr Scally, hurry up and get rid of that Pillock in charge before you have no supporters left. Mad

The sooner this ground is vacated the better, it's always been one of my least favourite venues of all time. The smell of manure just about summed up the evening. Frown

Current totals/visits...
612 GROUNDS: Wigan Athletic (56/92)
561 WETHERSPOONS: Ashton-in-Makerfield

(This post was edited by LondonBuck on Sep 13, 2017, 1:55 PM)

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Sep 13, 2017, 2:12 PM

Posts: 12142
Location: The North. 'Ich hassen lehmkopfs'
Team(s): Crewe Alex and obviously England.(Unlike a lot on here)

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Crewe 0 v Cambridge 1.
Div 4.
Progs/team sheets/food all available.
3,042 ( 134 from Cambridge).No sign of DavyC (?).

It was just about worth my £6 to watch the Alex. I knew it was going to be a funny night on hearing the tannoy announcement to keep your ticket stubs in case of an abandonment. Apparently thunnder and lightning were forecast , it was such a shame it didn't occur in the second half.

Poor game, Cambridge having done their homework , we didn't have any time on the ball at all, they were like effin mozzies. Well deserved their win.

Back to drawing board.

I have impeccable credentials , sorry to be so curt but I have had my wrist slapped.
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