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Karb
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Oldbury United 2-4 FC Darlaston
West Midlands (Regional) League, Division Two
Hingley's Playing Field, Bluebell Road, Old Hill
Admission £2, No paper, Attendance: 35ish


An unexpected free few hours, as the junior Karb's were all otherwise occupied, so made my first visit to the Hingley's Playing Field. Railed off on three sides, a small covered standing area behind one goal, and some slight further cover beneath the canopy of the changing rooms. Some light refreshments available.


Game kicked off at 2:57 and, by 3:03, Oldbury were already two goals ahead. There was even time in between for Darlaston to have a goal chalked off for offside. If their number 11 would only learn to look along the line, Oldbury might have added one or two more. Time and again he was caught offside. Eventually, Darlaston got going, and by half time they were on level terms. Second half was dominated by the visitors and, overall, they deserved the 2-4 scoreline.
Good game, played mostly in a good spirit, and I thought the ref dealt well with what little he had to do.
A nice easy drive back, and was back in the house at 5.02.



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Essex & Suffolk Border League - Premier Div.

Kelvedon Social 5 (1)
Wormingford Wanderers 1 (0)
F & N
Att' 40 (ish)

A keenly fought first half saw Kelvedon take the lead on 27 mins, however after the break 3 goals inside 12 mins saw put the home side well in control, they added another in the 65th min with Wormingford getting a goal back in the 86th min...


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Talgarth Town 2 Presteigne St Andrews 3

King George V Playing Fields: Spar Mid Wales League Second Division

After watching a fixture in the top flight of this league last night, when Radnor Valley defeated Llandrindod Wells, it was the turn of some Second Division this afternoon in the shadow of the Black Mountains. On a fine day, the King George V Playing Fields is a picturesque venue for watching football given the views of the surrounding countryside. The hosts were making their return to the Spar Mid Wales League after a couple of seasons plying their trade in the Mid Wales League (South). The Royals have fluctuated between senior and junior football over the years, in a variety of guises, whether it has been Talgarth, Gwernyfed or more recently as Talgarth Town. The Breconshire club have experienced some mixed results in pre-season, although news from the club has been relatively quiet during the summer, and their last outing resulted in a 3-0 defeat at local rivals Hay St Mary's on Tuesday evening. New Presteigne St Andrews manager Shaun Harris has been busy rebuilding the squad at Llanandras Park as he looks to challenge for promotion this term. The East Radnor men experienced a mixed set of results during pre-season but concluded their fixtures with a 2-1 victory at Pegasus Juniors Reserves last weekend. This was my first visit to the ground since last September and there were no noticeable changes at the King George V Playing Fields.

The visitors took a very early lead when a third minute corner was met with an emphatic header at the far post. Midfielder Joel Layton fired narrowly wide from a 25 yard drive just four minutes later before a far post header from an 11th minute corner was cleared off the line by the Talgarth Town defence. Presteigne St Andrews broke quickly from their own half in the 22nd minute but the move concluded with a shot that went wide of the Royals' goal. The visitors lobbed the advancing Martyn Norwood in the home goal four minutes later but saw the ball land on the roof of the net. The East Radnor men headed over from a corner on the half-hour mark and were certainly experiencing a profligate afternoon in front of goal. Norwood parried a long distance strike ffrom nearly 30 yards out on the stroke of the interval before Talgarth Town equalised in stoppage time when a young forward latched on to an equisite through ball from veteran midfielder Scott Powell and chipped the ball over the advancing Simon Hamer. The Breconshire men then took the lead for the first time in the match when they netted following a quick from from their own half three minutes after the break. The visitors saw a header from a left wing cross thunder against the crossbar in the 50th minute before Jack Biggs fired over from the rebound. Presteigne Andrews saw a low just just evade the far post in the 59th minute before equalising seven minutes later with a 20 yard effort that beat Norwood at his near post. The visitors were enjoying a greater share of possession once again and fired narrowly wide of the near post in the 72nd minute before Biggs netted the winner six minutes later. The recent signing from Hay St Mary's found some space 20 yards from goal and dipped his shot over the Royals' goalkeeper and under the crossbar to secure all three points for new manager Shaun Harris.

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Matches: 26
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Dave 56
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With nothing taking my fancy in nearby Norway, I hitched up a new pack of dogs to the sled and headed South for :-


Highland League @ Kynoch Park. KO 15:00. Admission £4 (OAP). No programme. Free teamsheet. Crowd around 150.


Keith 3 v 5 Forres Mechanics


Kynoch Park has been described before, lovely old ground with a large seated stand and a covered terrace on the opposite side. Plenty of grass banking around the ground, all neatly railed off and of course floodlights to.


A lively start with Keith going close in the first minute and two minutes later finding themselves a goal down. Mechanics also hit the post and had a free kick which was so far wide it ended up in the ladies loo, much to the shock of the person who was just coming out. Luckily she went back in to retrieve the ball. Forres added two more before half time, which was a fair reflection on the balance of play.


Early in the second half the visitors added a 4th and it was game over we thought but two goals in a couple of minutes, one a penalty put Keith back in it. However Forres scored again to make it five but still conceded a 3rd just before stoppage time. Great game, with lots of good attacking football well refereed.


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UCL Prem Div
At Hamilton Park,Sandhills Avenue
Nirvana v Yaxley
In £5
Prog £1
Raffle £1
Food/drink available (£2.50 a can of Fosters Mr.KK!)
Att 45 circa
H/T 0-0
F/T 0-0

The opportunity to catch up with old acquaintances made up for a drab nil all.
Yaxley had a man sent off with about 30 left 2nd half however Nirvana couldn't make their advantage count.
Shelter next to seats now has it's roof back on.



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Staffordshire Senior County League Div 1.

Penkridge 2- Milton United 2 (HT1-0)

Attn 17. Free admission. Programme a quid.


There are team which come to play; team which come to park the bus and team which come and frankly have no idea what they are doing. Then, there is Milton United who came to kick, foul and headbutt, along with the odd punch and trip. Indeed, they came to do anything other than play football.

And it almost worked as one red and six yellow cards later the visitors left with a point they hardly deserved following their anti football effort. Indeed, it could have been all three if it had not been for a last minute equaliser by Jack Lees for the homeside.

Penkridge took the lead on 18 when John Hodnet got on the end of a low cross to tap home from close range after a nice one two on the edge of the box between Joe Pickering and Jack Lees. Pushing forward for the rest of the half, the home side should have gone in at the break further ahead but for last gasp defending and some weak efforts.

The visitors finally got onto the score sheet on 55 minutes with the softest of soft penalties after a visiting forward backed into a home defender and went down. It was very difficult to see any contact but the man in black did which really is all that matters.

The match which had been boiling over all afternoon finally erupted on 67 minutes when the visiting number 15 received a straight red card for what appeared to be a stamp. A further yellow card was waived in the direction of another visiting playing (taking their total to 6 for the game I think) following a headbutt. Most of the crowd and home players were at a loss to understand why this offence was not met with another straight red. To be fair, the home side did receive at least 3 yellow cards mostly for pushing the visiting player away after being fouled or for dissent.

Incredibility and completely against the run of play the visitors took the lead on 77 with their first shot of the match when a forward curled a shot home from the edge of the box. Nice shot but the lead was hardly deserved.

With time running out, Penkridge threw just about everything forward and were rewarded two minutes into additional time,

Penkridge will see this as two points lost rather than one gained. Milton will look forward to an expensive season if they continue to “play” this way what with fines being what they are.

One final grumble....the league have introduced rolling substitutions. It's a stupid idea which make the game feel like a Sunday morning kick about at times.


HantsLondoner
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National League

Eastleigh 2 Dag and Red 2

admission S/T (otherwise £15/£12) programme £3-00 attendance 1614
last season's mid-table v last season's play-offs
Kick-off delayed 10 mins because the ref didn't like the stae of the right-hand corner of the pitch. Some energetic forking sorted that out, although that area looked pretty bad and it's only August! Good job they had the pitch relaid during the summer, and then proceeded to have some friendlies cancelled because it wasn't playable Blush
Anyway, the game was worth the wait, a surprisingly open first half, then the home team tried and hang on the their lead, and fail due to a dodgy penalty.
In the first minute a long Daggers cross spent an age in the air, Obileye didn't bother to jump for it, so Hawkins forced Stack into a save. A long ball down the other end then saw Williamson force Cousins into his first save. After 7 mins a free-kick from distance by the visitors' Whitely got a deflection and was well turned over by Stack. From the corner Doe headed just wide. But after 13 mins the visitors did take the lead - a through ball to Whitely was deflected into his path by Togwell's head, he was adjudged onside (but he was offside when the ball was kicked, before Togwell touched it) and he rounded Stack to open the scoring. The visitors had the better of things and Hawkins headed just wide. The home side replied with a good run and cross by Williamson which just evaded McCallum in the centre. On 37 mins a Daggers break down the right - Okenabirhe's cross from the right was fumbled by Stack and Ferrier put the rebound in, only to be given offside. Yeates cut in from the right and forced Cousins to push away his fierce shot. On 43 mins the home team got an equaliser as a nice through ball by Hollands was controlled well by Williamson and he came up with a good finish. Just before half time Togwell volleyed over from close distance from a corner, but the ref had seen Obileye pulled down. Williamson took the penalty and scored - HT 2-1.
After the break Eastleigh tightened up and looked to preserve their lead. Daggers were frustrated by some solid defending and timewasting. Ferrier's main effort in the second half seemed to be retrieving the ball after it had gone out of play to encourage the home team to get on with things. A Boyce back-header kept Stack on his toes, and prevented the own--goal, and
Okenabirhe had a shot blocked. But on 78 mins a scramble in the home penalty area led to a forward falling over, and the ref gave a penalty, well converted by Whitely. Both teams tried to win in the last 10 mins, sub Zebroski cut in and shot just wide for the home team; Daggers' Ferrier headed wide after Obileye missed a cross, and Ferrier just missed a cracking cross from Whitely. A good cross from Eastleigh's Matthews was desperately headed away, and Wood's deflected shot was saved by Cousins, but a draw it was, probably a reasonable result for both sides. Some reports of a bit of crowd trouble at the end, there was some mutual goading going on throughout the game, there were fewer stewards than usual because Saints were at home.



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Retford FC 3 Tideswell Utd 0
Admission £3/£1
Programme 50p
Tea £1
The ground has a new changing room block behind the far goal and hard standing on the railway side of the ground. Three sides of the ground are railed off with the far side roped off. At the moment there isn't any cover. The railway runs along one side of the ground and during the first half 4 balls were kicked on to the lines. It must cost the club a lot of money on balls as getting the balls back would be illegal.
The match saw the home team play the best football and they scored on 25 minutes and again on the stroke of half time. Tideswell lacked a cutting edge and didn't seem to have anyone who could unlock the Retford defence.
The second half then saw Retford score a third goal and they looked comfortable. Tissington were awarded a penalty. This was missed and the game finished 3-0 . I wish Retford all the best for the future and I look forward to them being able to develop their new home.


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Bostik League North division

AFC Sudbury 1-1 Canvey Island
att 383 £10 entrance £2 programme

fair result canvey took the lead with a volley from a cross in the first half and Sudbury scored near the end with a free kick from just outside the box.

Plus a very pleasant train ride from Marks' Tey to Sudbury


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South Midlands Premier
LONDON TIGERS 1-2 LEIGHTON TOWN
Admission Free Programme £2.00 2x Tea £2.00
Attendance about 30

A win's a win, but this was not pretty. Leighton barely got out of second gear for most of the first half and Lorrel Smith's opener just before half time was a lot more than we deserved. The Tigers weren't prepared to lie down and roll over like they did last season and were the much better side for most of the second half as well and were good value for their equaliser. The winner was somewhat fortuitous as the goalkeeper was lobbed, but the ball travelled agonisingly slowly towards the goal and whereas a more organised defence would have cleared it without any trouble, it ended up being booted into the net.

Free admission (for this game only - I wonder what the normal price is) and the programme wasn't particularly good value, apart from the "Hall of Fame" page which proudly listed various ex-Tigers plying their trade in the rarified atmospheres of the Azerbaijani, Cypriot, Georgian and Lithuanian Premierships as well as Scottish Division 2. On this evidence, I think some of our lot would struggle at even those levels.



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£53.00 spent.


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Evo-Stik Southern Div 1 West Kingsley Road
Bideford AFC 1 Didcot Town 0
Admission: £9 Programme: Didn't bother Attendance: 236

Biddy versus Diddy! On a short camping break in the area so chose a tick at Bideford for the season's opener. Kick off was delayed as visitors were delayed by traffic.
Both are established at Step 4 and I was hoping for a good game in the warm sun that we were blessed with today. I wasn't disappointed.
First 10 minutes was all.with the visitors who cut swathes through an unsteady home defence but some excellent last ditch tackles and a flying save by the home keeper kept things level. The home side steadied themselves and started mounting attacks which produced a string of excellent saves by the visiting keeper in return. HT 0-0.
2 Minutes after the restart it was 1-0 to the home side from a stone wall penalty. Rest of the game was evenly split with more good saves by the visitors stopper . The visitors then had the last 15 in the ascendance but poor final balls from promising approach play saw a relieved home crowd. Good game.
The ground is actually a public sports field but railed in a sort of oval fashion with a small 10 row stand straddling the halfway line on the side of the dugout and changing rooms. A 2 storey clubhouse at one end and a long 'shed' with 4 terrace steps and standing at either end and seats in the middle down the other side backing onto the main road.



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Bodedern Athletic 4 Mochdre Sports 1, Welsh Alliance Division 2, Att: 40, Admission: £3, Prog: No

A convincing first win of the season for Bodedern in pleasant August sunshine despite driving through several heavy showers along the A55. Actually getting to the ground was slightly hindered by a large Eisteddfod taking place in the village resulting in several blocked roads and a one way system. Eventually I lost patience and turned right where I shouldn't or else I might still be driving round now. Bodedern's current ground is rather basic but perfectly adequate for their level, tightly enclosed by stone walls and hedges with a small seated stand in one corner which had been brought with them from their previous ground behind the school. The game wasn't the greatest but Bodedern always had the upper hand and although Mochdre briefly came back into the game at 2-1 there was only one winner.



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Western League Premier
Street 4 Longwell Green Sports 0
Admission: £4 (concession), Half-time raffle £1
Programme: £1 (36pp colour, plus 2pp loose insert containing a couple of match reports that apparently arrived after commiting to printing. Excellent value, up there with the best I’ve seen in this area)
Teams: announced, slowly Angelic
Refreshments: £1 chips from the hatch, £2.30 J2O and crisps from the clubhouse
Attendance: 88 (h/c) (91 per FullTime)

A cross-country run on byways rather than highways in order to avoid any potential problems with holiday traffic on the A303. I approached the southern edges of Street using a backroad from Kingweston and finally the B3151 which displays some stunning glimpses of Glastonbury Tor in the distance. The football ground (The Tannery Ground) is brown-signposted off the B road, and lies down a private paved track running off Middle Brooks; drive slowly or you’ll miss the entrance. Plenty of on-site parking.

It’s an open, spacious venue, with a second full-sized pitch running at right angles to the main pitch behind the near goal – this pitch has both dugouts and what appeared to be a small wooden stand. There’s a turnstile block, a long, white stuccoed building containing the changing rooms and clubhouse, and a separate building up the far end housing the “Kickers and Dribblers” pre-school nursery and playgroup. Sly There are three stands down the clubhouse side, one with seats and two covered standing areas, and a further larger seated stand on the far side.

A friendly club this – had a long pre-game chat with their programme editor, who added considerably to my scant knowledge of Somerset football – and well worth a visit if you’ve not been. Mad panic before the start when a sudden gust of wind scattered the raffle tickets to the heavens, but four of us managed to track all the errant “paperwork” down, including retrieving a £5 note from under a van in the car park!

As for the game, Street, (who finished 2nd last season, but I understand hadn’t quite completed the work to get the ground grading up to scratch had promotion been offered), should have won it by a country mile but squandered rather a lot of chances before declaring at 4-0. I timed the first goal at 1m 36s and it had become obvious even by then that the opposition defence was a bit fragile. A penalty and a further goal on the stroke of half-time made it 3-0 at the interval, and with a fourth goal on 51m, Street could really have gone on and doubled that. One was left feeling they needed to have been a bit more ruthless in front of goal – they had the vast majority of possession and territory, yet couldn’t convert their chances. Longwell Green rarely ventured out of their own half after the break, and limited themselves to the occasional 40-yarder just to keep the home keeper honest, but in the last 10 minutes, however, they did manage to force four corners, and missed a sitter from the last one which would have least given them a consolation goal.


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Burscough Dynamo 3-5 Mersey Royal
West Cheshire League Division 3
No admission charge
Att: 17 (h/c)

Dynamo have moved up from youth football for this season, and are developing their own ground at Abbey Lane. It's a huge recreation area to the south of the town, although only 2 football pitches are currently marked out. There is a long drive to an ample car park next to a large changing room building. From there the pitch on the right (nearest the A59) was being used by the reserves in the Wigan & District League. This pitch had no furniture, but parallel to it is a roped off pitch where I saw this match.

Both teams seemed very young (unless I'm getting old). The majority of the players seemed to be teenagers. Royal had a poor season last year, and look to have brought in the kids to turn things around. On this evidence it might work. They bossed the first half and led 2-1 at the break, but dozed off at the start of the 2nd half to find themselves 3-2 down before the hour. Then came a second turnaround - Royal equalised on 77, then took the lead on 80 and stretched it on 85. Definitely worth the win, but Dynamo played their part in a watchable game.


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UCL Prem.
Kirby Muxloe 4 Wellingborough Town 1
Add-S/T
Prog £1
Att 57
Carling £3.35 (no cans ere Shepdyn!)

Dire first half and no shock when Doughboys took the lead on 30 mins but levelled up on the stroke of half-time by Baker who added another just after the break and KM should have hit 10 after that. Always nice to run into WT people who we now see as old friends due to the time spent together at non events!


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2pm
North Riding League, Premier Division
Yarm and Eaglescliffe 3 Grangetown Boys Club 4 (att 13 h/c)
Free admission, no progs


One of a handful of games that kicked off the new North Riding League, formed by a coming together of the former Teesside League (effectively forming the premier division) and the Eskvale and Cleveland League (making division one).

These two did well to be placed in the top flight though. Yarm and Eaglescliife are a new club, and Grangetown are long-established but sat out last season.

Yarm are based on a 3G pitch at Conyers School, shared with St Mary's 1947 (last season's St Mary's Yarm renamed). It's a typical 3G set up, with a designated area for spectators along one side although unfortunately it's behind the dugouts.

Just as well it was a 3G given the volume of rain that fell before and during the game, and luckily the entertainment made up for the miserable weather. The home side were ahead early, but Grangetown hit back and deserved their 3-1 half time lead.

Another Yarm goal, early in the second half, kept it interesting, and the visitors made hard work of things before finally netting a fourth. Yarm pulled another goal back with a few minutes left, but couldn't manage an equaliser.

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Infinity (0) 4
Overton United (1) 1

Hampshire Premier

Att 31

A Tweet last night confirmed the homesters were on their own ground today, last week they were at the 3G in Eastleigh. The home chairman said last week the facility had a wedding booked so they had to change venue.

The ground is in Knowle village near Fareham and is very pleasant, railed on one side with dug outs. Very nice little tea bar which does hot food, there is a local shop selling a range of snacks only two minutes walk away. The club have started to issue a basic programme for one pound, an A4 sheet fold in half twice to form a mini 4 page issue. The club also ask you to have a go on the football card for a pound.

The game was very good, Overton scored the only goal of an even first half. The second half was a different story with the homesters scoring three in seven minutes midway through the half. They added a fourth just before the end.

An excellent day out despite a 75 minute delay on the A34 at Sutton Scotney. Everybody were really friendly and helpful. The club put the teams on a white board for those with notebooks. Knowle is served by a regular bus service, number 20 from Fareham to Whickham, two an hour each way. From Fareham it comes into the village past the ground stopping in the centre of the village. The village itself is built on the site of a former hospital.

Just Petersfield left for the league.


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Radford 3-6 Borrowash Victoria
EMCL
Admission £5
Programme £1
At 40

Radford were outdone by the speed and energy of a young Borrowash side. In the early minutes Radfords Sweeting was played in, he ran in towards goal rounded the keeper and he placed the ball wide of an empty goal. Radford were punished minutes later when from a corner Kirk Francis stooped to head the ball into the home goal. Five minutes later Borrowash were 0-2 up when Mark Greene scored On 20 minutes Radford pulled a goal back when Meakin slid the ball to Jake Morris in the area and the striker made no mistake from 15 yards out. Tom Lewis was causing havoc for the Radford defence and it was him who fed Simeon Lawrence to put the Vics 1-3 up. on 38 minutes Vics were awarded a penalty and it was Greene who made no mistake from the spot kick.

Radford did not give up and came back at Borrowash in the second half. On 57 minutes Radford were awarded a penalty which Joe Meakin blasted into the corner of the net. Liam Motson came on as a Radford substitute and was upended in the area for another Radford penalty on 70 minutes. Once again Meakin scored to put the scores at Radford 3 Borrowash 4. Vics went on the attack and from a corner kick the ball was headed out to the edge of the area to Josh Ross who hit a scorching volley past the stranded Radford keeper.
With just a couple of minutes left on the clock Mark Greene raced through to score his third and Vics sixth of the game.


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FAW Trophy Round 1
Mumbles Rangers 1 Pencoed Athletic 6
Free admission and 4 page programme
Attendance (h/c) 32

A very pleasant afternoon spent at Underhill Park in the shadow of Oystermouth Castle on the edge of Swansea Bay. Though both sides are technically at Step 5 in the Welsh pyramid, the comparative superiority of the South Wales Alliance over the Swansea Senior League was evident as the visitors strolled to an easy victory. Four goals in the first thirty minutes and two late goals in the second half following a Mumbles Rangers penalty displayed Pencoed's dominance.

Underhill Park is made up of two sections. The much larger section incorporates the team's regular pitch as well as Mumbles RFC in winter, and between the grounds there is a cricket square which was in use today. So today's match was actually played on the pitch usually used by the team's second team which is found on a small rectangular section of park just large enough for a standard pitch. Surrounded by hedges and, outside that, by the large grand houses of the wealthy Mumbles area of Swansea, this gave the venue an enclosed feel - a more attractive venue than the first team pitch in my opinion. Though the grass was a bit long, everything else was in place for an enjoyable afternoon. The FAW Trophy regulation requiring the pitch to be roped off in the absence of railings had been done efficiently in the club colours.

More notably the Trophy rule requiring a programme had been kept - only four sides of a folded A4, but very welcome from a rare issuer. Emails to the club secretary earlier in the week had confirmed that they would issue and sure enough he turned up with a box of 50 that he was struggling to give away! Conversations with him before the game revealed that the football, rugby and cricket clubs were now formally involved in the running of the park and were joining forces to develop it. These plans included a 3G provision for Mumbles Rangers in the near future.

Al-in-all a really pleasant afternoon at a friendly club that seem to be moving forward. Good too to catch up with David Collins of the always excellent Welsh Football Magazine, meaning good football conversation at the match and on the train journey home.


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Toolstation Western League, Division One -
Calne Town 2 Bristol Telephones 3
Attendance 55
Admission £5 with free 24-page programme, badge £3
Sausage roll £1, coffee £1, pint of Bass (not in the ground) £2.75

Bremhill View is well appointed, with one side containing a lovely old-fashioned stand (30 yards long, straddling the halfway line, with four rows of black and white seats and one row of standing at the back for anyone 5 foot 8 or shorter), the tea bar, loos, changing rooms and a hospitality cabin. To the left is a pretty tree backed end, to the right is the road end with a net behind the goal stopping wayward shots, and the other flank has the dugouts inside the ground and Bremhill View Social club outside and next to the car park. The social club was built by the football club but lost in a less than amicable committee split and the social club doesn’t serve football spectators, so if you want a beer you're directed out and 100 yards past the ground to the right to the North Star Club where they'll happily serve you.

Bristol Telephones bossed the first 20 minutes of the match with some lovely exchanges and, despite both teams connecting with the woodwork, Calne took the lead against the run of play in the 42nd minute with a diagonal left wing cross to the far post headed across goal and in from ten yards out by Stuart Windsor. Telephones levelled three minutes later with Dhani Golding heading a free kick from outside the box in at the near post.

The second half was rousing, with a number of more woodwork hits, a goalline clearance and a missed open goal plus three goals. Billy Gleed latched onto a lovely through ball to go one-on-one and score for Calne on the hour, then James Batchelor rang the changes for Telephones with a 76th minute 20 yard belter which hit the bar, crossed the line and bounced out with the ‘lino’ correctly giving it, then Lee Pitman capitalised on an acrobatic overhead miss by a teammate by thumping the loose ball high and in three minutes later before having an 83rd minute penalty saved by Craig Edwards, at which point Calne found themselves down to ten men having used all their subs only for sub Jamal Chevolleau to leave the match injured.


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Scottish Cup First Preliminary Round
Burntisland Shipyard v Colville Park, 0-7, H.T. 0-2, Att 111 (h/c), Admission £5, Programme £2, Pie and Irn Bru £2
At Recreation Park, Burntisland

Conditions were perfect for Shippy’s first home Scottish Cup tie since 1994 with the sun splitting the skies over the Costa Yahoorsir. The final result may look disappointing for the home side but at least it was an improvement on their performance at this stage last year when they went down 14-0 to Bonnyrigg Rose.

Nobody was really surprised by the outcome. Shippy have strengthened from last season but they are essentially a young, inexperienced side. Colville Park may be Amateur in name but they are thoroughly Professional in how they go about their business. They have a team which would probably thrive at level two of the West Juniors or in the Lowland League. However, this was their first competitive match of the season whilst Shippy have a few under their belt already.

A crowd of over one hundred (111 according to Leeds Phil’s head count) was quite decent considering all four Fife teams were at home in the SPFL and Kelty Hearts were playing their first home Scottish Cup tie just up the road. The small shelter, which must hold 100 people if the SFA are to be believed, was not really needed as the crowd spread out around the barrier. The pie hatch in the pavilion was open dispensing the usual fare. I like watching games here – there’s something quite homely and appealing about it despite the basic amenities.

Colville Park are no longer connected with the Country Club that gave them their name. They now play out of Dalziel Park and are sponsored by the Electric Bar in Motherwell. They took the lead inside five minutes and the result was never in doubt. Although only 2-0 up at half time it could easily have been double that. As the Shippy tired the goals started to mount up – another ten minutes would probably have seen Colville get double figures.

The Amateurs now play Preston Athletic in the next round, to be hosted at Benburb’s park. Having seen Preston already this season I expect Colville Park to beat them as well.

Basic 12-page programme would have been fine for £1 but was OTT at £2. It was in the style of the Shippy programmes from a few years ago when they first joined the East of Scotland League and issued regularly. They haven’t done so now for several years. Sold out twenty minutes before kick off.

A few hoppers in evidence – two from Yorkshire who I didn’t know, Leeds Phil, Buncranaboy and Know Your Market, plus several of the local guys. No sign of Chris1963 – having gone to the trouble of confirming the match details from the SFA for him I thought he might have turned up!


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Nat League North : Bradford PA 0 York City 5
Attendance 1133. Entry £10 ticket. Progs yes - didn't buy, teamsheet 25p.
Tea £1. Pie £2

I think it's been a half century or so since these 2 teams first met in a competitive league fixture (if you accept that today's BPA is a direct descendent of the original 1907 club) - and for the first twenty minutes it looked like they were playing as if we had gone back to the late 70s, with YCFC being a decent Div 3 team and BPA playing the role of a West Riding Div 3 team.

York players were bigger, fitter, had more skill, could pass to people wearing the same coloured shirt. The proverbial men against boys.

First goal after 4 mins - keeper misses cross, simple header into net. Second a few minutes later as a York player drove unchallenged into what was pretending to be the heart of the BPA defence and slotted home with ease. A few minutes later, a run to the dead ball line, cut back across and a tap in from 6 yards.

After 25 mins it was 4-0 and people were scanning record books.

Come half time, BPA found a way to block the midfield a bit and York, understandably relaxed and rested players.

A comedy 5th own goal, a comedy sending off for the York CH for two dubious yellows and a comedy sponsor's MOM award to the BPA central defender who had been at the middle of a defence that did well to ship only 5.

Portents for the future? Tricky. If BPA don't find someone with at least a bit of physical presence, they're going to struggle. Ex league striker Oli Johnson anonymous throughout. York? Didn't break sweat. Surely other teams will give them a harder physical test than this.

Horsfall looked nice in the August sunshine - and with a 4 figure crowd had a genteel atmosphere -as athletics stadia putting on footy matches often do. A bit grimmer on wet Wednesdays in November, I guess.

Oh and a word for an excellent book/DVD in the BPA shop "Breaking Ground" - a report on the archaeological dig (yes really) that went on at the old Park Avenue stadium 2 years or so ago. Some fab pictures of back in the dayness, and also of mighty trees growing out of remains of terracing.


CleethorpesOggy
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Evostik South
Cleethorpes Town 4 Gresley 1

A first outing at step 4 for the Owls and a convincing win!

I didn't know quite what to expect from this level but I suspected that Clee would win this one. So it proved with an impressive display. The home side dominated the match and were not flattered by the scoreline.

Gresley battled very hard and were always competitive but the home side carried far too much quality. On this showing, I think Clee will challenge for the top 6.

A big test awaits at Frickley on Tuesday!


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Please James , you'll have Ashers accusing you of bullying.




July 1, 2018 to June 30,2019 = 90 / 76 / 14. (You know my rules) @ 15 /10 /2018.(Only 6 x 0-0's).
Benelux. Bel = 0-0-0- ( 0-0-0 ) - ( 5-0-2-1 ) Lux = 0-0. Neth = 0-0-0 - ( 2 - 1 ).
Scotland Senior 0-0-0-0-(0-0)-(EastofS -1 NofS 0 - SouthofS -2 -( Junior. (0-0-0)-(0-0-1-0)-(0-0)-(0).
N I = 0-0-5. ROI =0-0-( Leinster-2 , Munster-2, Ulster -0.) Wales =0- (0-0).
Scan Den=1-1, Faroes=8, Fin=0-2, Ice=0-3, Nor=0-9, Swe=0-1. Baltics Est= 0, Lat= 2, Lith=1.


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Heyside 1 Old Alts 0. Manchester League Premier Division at Crompton House Church of England School f & n Att: 12.

Heyside edged this game, their first in the Manchester Premier League, despite playing the last half hour with 10 men after one of their forwards was dismissed for a poor challenge on the young Old Alts keeper. Both teams hit the woodwork and it was looking like a 0-0 before Heyside's late winner.


The fully enclosed 3G pitch with floodlights is found at the back of the school. There is a steep grassy bank at the side of the ground with hard standing next to the reception and changing rooms which affords a good view of the game. No protection from the elements though!


HertsHopper
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KINGS LANGLEY 3 - HEREFORD FC 3
Southern Premier

Att:661
Admission £11
Tetley's Smooth £3.50

My first trip to Gaywood Park, which sits at the north end of the village and is slightly nearer to Apsley train station than it is to Kings Langley station. The London Midland service can be seen whizzing by from the ground.

Hard standing behind the south goal, concreate steps on one side and plastic seating on the side opposite the dugouts, with a dinky 20 seater stand behind the north goal. They opened up the training field for parking and refreshments and had a lively DJ on site for what felt like a cup final day.

Langley took the lead after just three minutes then sat back and said to the Bulls ''what have you got'' and the answer was not a lot and that's how the first half went.
Second half Hereford started better but Langley made it 2-0 after a great ball in from the right wing which the forward controlled and fired in low and hard.

It certainly is a funny old game as the visitors got three late, barely deserved goals and looked to have nicked it, only for a 95th minute equaliser to end this lively opener.


Phil21
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Championship

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Queens Park Rangers 1
Programme £3
ticket season ticket, I bought a three year deal when Wednesday annocued it and it was a good deal and this is 2nd of 3 of them years


KevinW
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Premier League
Selhurst Park Stadium – Official Attendance: 25,448

Crystal Palace (0) 0 ……… Huddersfield Town (2) 3


New systems take a bit of getting used to. I don’t think the Palace players have quite got the hang of Frank de Boer’s philosophy just yet, and maybe they never will – what a shambles.


Jim S
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Yes! Cheers mate.


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League Two
Grimsby Town 0 Coventry City 2

Entry: £18
Attendance: 6,767

Opted out of earlier considerations of Rochdale or Rotherham, and instead made the three hour journey from Bradford all the way to Cleethorpes to tick a ground that may be on its way to being replaced by another twenty-first century plastic bowl. And I'm glad I made the trip, because Blundell Park is a throw-back to the old days: creaking old buildings, crowbarred tightly into rows of Victorian terraces, and loads of passionate fans who obviously live in the local neighbourhood and support their local side.

And I was also taken by surprise with how pleasant a place Cleethorpes is on a warm and sunny August afternoon, with some good pints dug out of a couple of nearby pubs, and spectacular views of Spurn Head on the other bank of the Humber. Blundell Park is an attractive twenty minute walk north along the promenade, with a footbridge spanning the railway line just behind the football ground.

Unfortunately, it was the standard on the pitch that let the day down, particularly the controversy that surrounded Coventry's first goal. I got the feeling that the Grimsby players and fans had a right old sulk because of that, with Cov taking advantage and grabbing a second.

But other than that, it was a good day and a fine tick. I'd advise anyone who hasn't ticked Blundell Park yet to do their best to visit while they can.





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Please James , you'll have Ashers accusing you of bullying.


I presume he was watching Headington go top of Division III, but probably found something wrong with the win. Watching a Brazilian and some bloke from a country I've never heard scoring a "super" goal on debut, must have seemed strange.


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 ... no wonder I got the old - "post you are attempting to access doesn't exist" message! Laugh

...anywho this is what I was trying to post ...

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Championship

MadStad

Royals 1-1 Cottagers

Att:
17.4 k-ish shade over 2k visitors

Match: Kalas red carded on 39s Shocked - difficult to see properly, from faraway and back row of ED Stand but looked like deliberate trip/haul back on Barrow as he wriggled clear of the challenge on the edge of the box.

Wrecked the game as a contest - Fulham subbed on another defensive player took off Kebano and put 9, or more at times, men behind the ball and defended resolutely.

We had neither guile, flair nor fortune to break them down/unlock them. In truth the longer the game went on, the more threatening they looked when they felt brave enough to break out - which they are well capable of at some pace.

We did deservedly based on possession take the lead around the hour - neat move for once resulting in quick ball across; laid off for Kelly to drive low into the corner.

One too many pfaffing around at the back moments (as we are so prone to Unsure) led to their goal in the last 10'.
A witless free-kick of ours, was driven sideways which Joey VdB tried to first time back to Mannone but merely scooped it straight into our former-loanee Piazon, who duly beat a slumbering Gunter to the ball and placed it under Vito for the equaliser. Mad

Probably a fair result, as the Red card was viewed by some (not just visitors) as harsh and we simply didn't do enough to warrant the three points.
It was frustrating as the game was in our complete grasp having taken the lead and but for one stupid feck up, we'd have taken a routine though very one-sided 1-0!

Even more galling was that few amongst the home fans could see quite why Stam had brought Joey on for Evans in the first place - sure George was tiring and is hardly the most energising of midfielders going forwards but Jaap had more offensive options off the bench. Admittedly VdB's first contribution was to win the ball that led to our goal Angelic but his introduction caused on the face of it an unnecessary change in formation.

Then again w/o the daft gift we subseqently presented them, no-one would have been griping about the odd subs & wasted opportunity - harrumph!

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SWAY 1
Liss Athletic 5
Hampshire Premier League, Senior Division
Att : c45
Admission : Free. Programme : No. Coffee : £0.50p
Jubilee Field Sports Ground, Station Road

Sunny afternoon in the New Forest and a game which saw the home side making the early running before falling away quite dramatically as Liss increasingly took charge.

Two straightforward penalties were awarded to the visitors after 33 & 36 minutes. In between them, there was what looked like an even more definite foul in the area, but that one got away! Mitchell Frost confidently fired home both spot kicks and the score remained 0-3 at the break.

Within seconds of the restart, a hopeful punt on the right from James Knight drifted towards the keeper who came out to gather it. Somehow, he tripped and watched from the ground as the ball looped over him and into the net. Seriously embarrassing! There was no let up from Liss as they continued to search for more goals. Next up was Josh Benfield who produced a terrific shot after 62 minutes to make it 0-4. A brief recovery came from Sway courtesy of yet another penalty which Ryan Brading put away, before Benfield was on hand once more with a close range drive about 10 minutes from time.

Newly promoted Sway were pipped by Liphook last week, but the manner of this defeat will have provided a bigger headache for the Manager!

The set-up here is neat & tidy with a brick clubhouse/dressing-room block behind the near goal, a small stand with 4 tiers of benched seating that might accommodate around 80 spectators at a squeeze and dugouts on the opposite side near a gap in the hedge leading to the cricket field where a match was taking place. Other features included a fully railed pitch in good nick, a concrete perimeter pathway and a good sized tarmac car-park with marked spaces. The ground is bordered by medium to quite large sized trees and is overlooked by a few houses behind the far end. The teams were written up on a white board which suited myself & fellow hopper Simon from Norwich who provided excellent company today.

There are apparently plans to enlarge the clubhouse and put in a proper bar. It's cans only at present. Not sure how receptive the cricketers might be to this plan as I think they have their own facilities. Would make sense to develop a co-operative project perhaps, but time will tell.

Pre-match pubs visited were both in Southampton. "Red Lion" (JDW) in Bitterne - Langham Best Bitter (4.5%) and the "Hop Inn" in nearby Woodmill Lane - Bowman Swift One (3.8%)


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SOUTHWELL CITY DEVELOPMENT 2-1 KEYWORTH UNITED DEVELOPMENT
(NSL Division 2)
@ Centernary Sports Ground, Fiskerton Road, Brinkley, Notts

Adm / prog: none
Att: 19
Hot Drinks: £1

Caught up with Rob Hornby and we visited one of the new grounds / venues in the NSL this season. The venue is as expected basic, though no problem on a pleasant August afternoon.

The standard was typical for this division, though was more than watchable. Southwell took the lead on 33 minutes, and looked to have sewn the game up on 77 minutes, but within a minute Keyworth responded to make it 2-1.

50 photos of the venue and game can be viewed online @
http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p1021075439



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Huws Gray Alliance League

CPD Porthmadog 2 Gresford Athletic 0

Y Traeth, Porthmadog

Attendance - 224 Admission - £5 Programme - £1.50

A solid opening day victory for the home side, helped by a large dose of over-zealous refereeing which saw the away side reduced to 9 men with 2 second half red cards.

Port missed a first half penalty, but goals on 64 and 91 minutes secured a valuable 3 points.

Y Traeth pitch looked as good as ever and provided a promising start for the home outfit in what will undoubtedly be a very competitive league.


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Maidenhead United 2 Hartlepool United 1 (Vanarama National League)
Adm. £15 Prog. £3 Team Sheet 20p Att. 1,491

Couldn't resist this fixture, due to the contrast in backgrounds and history of the two teams. I wish all grounds were so close to the station. My previous two visits were to see the Magpies play Eastbourne United and Truro City!
The match was a 12.30 kick off for BT Sport so I got home nice and early. No chance of a double as Holyport were away.
The part timers were always the better side. The prolific Dave Tarpey gave them the lead in the 33rd minute with a well taken goal, then added a second after the break. The monkey-hangers were gifted a penalty in the 87th minute slotted away by Amond. A few nervy minutes for the home side as Pools fought for a point they didn't deserve.
Ex-TNS manager Craig Harrison has now lost more league games than he did all last season. That's what happens when you play in a proper league!
Maidenhead will do well to hold onto Tarpey who was last season's top scorer and has 3 of their 4 goals this season.
Finally a gripe. Why is it so difficult getting from Paddington to Euston? It's about the same distance as Victoria, but you can get to Victoria 15 minutes after the train arrives at Euston. It takes up to 40 minutes to get to Paddington. With infrequent and slow trains that stop at Edgware Road for ages. A fast walker could do it quicker than that. It didn't help that one of the bits of the Central Line was closed today either, so I had to walk to and back from the wrong station as their were no signs saying it was closed.



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aiwa
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Maidenhead United 2 Hartlepool United 1 (Vanarama National League)
Adm. £15 Prog. £3 Team Sheet 20p Att. 1,491

Finally a gripe. Why is it so difficult getting from Paddington to Euston? It's about the same distance as Victoria, but you can get to Victoria 15 minutes after the train arrives at Euston. It takes up to 40 minutes to get to Paddington. With infrequent and slow trains that stop at Edgware Road for ages. A fast walker could do it quicker than that. It didn't help that one of the bits of the Central Line was closed today either, so I had to walk to and back from the wrong station as their were no signs saying it was closed.


The London Transport website says it takes 10 mins to get from Paddington to Euston SQUARE on the Circle Line (although there was a line closure today). Euston Sq is a three minute walk from Euston BR.


Loiner
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West Riding County Amateur Division 1.
At University of Bradford Sports Park 4G, Laisteridge Lane, Bradford.
West Horton v Overthorpe Sports Club 2-1.
No costs!
The pitch is used for multiple sports, caged, but accessible. There is also a "cage" enclosing 4 allweather Tennis Courts.

West Horton have a good number of player from last season's Palastino FC who played in the now defunct Spen Valley League. In fact they were wearing Palastino FC kit.

The game livened up after a goalless first half when the home side scored on the hour. Overthorpe levelled ten minutes later, but West Horton managed another on 75' which turned out to be the clincher.


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Llanidloes Town 3-2 Knighton Town
Mid-Wales League 1st Division


A game of two halves. The first was played in good weather, but not particularly entertaining. The key incident was the early sending off of the visiting keeper for kicking out at an opponent. Few chances at either end, just a penalty for the hosts (for the kick). Second half was the opposite. Poor weather, but an entertaining game. Knighton generally played the better football, twice equalising, but not maintaing parity for long. More chances all round and a winner which only just crept over the line.

Liked the ground, with decent covered seating on both sides. One of which has the clubhouse attached behind it. Hardstanding all round and floodlit. It's clearly well-cared for.


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SWP Premier
Falmouth Town 0-7 Tavistock
Att c120, adm £5, prog £1

A ground well-documented on here and well-photographed on the Internet. Quirkiness and character abound - don't think I've ever seen a ref lead the teams out from a door on the top row of the stand then walk them down the centre aisle to the pitch before - and its frayed edges simply add to the charm. It's a real blast from the past but sadly on borrowed time, this season supposedly its last, so get down to deepest Cornwall if you haven't been here already. But don't expect to get a pasty in the ground...burgers rule here. Criminal!

The game saw the visit of the champions, now minus their 53 goal hit man and their midfield creator who've apparently both moved to Plymouth Parkway. Falmouth's squad has undergone wholesale changes in the summer, many of the new boys joining from nearby Penryn as part of the player exodus that forced that club to quit this league's western division 1 a few weeks ago.

Despite the scoreline, I'm not entirely sure what to make of the two teams. Yes, one will be up there and one looks like it'll struggle, and Tavistock could play and were particularly ruthless as Falmouth caved in late on. But Falmouth had their moments in the first hour and I also overheard some of the locals remark that they've seen better opposition in this league, which kind of cemented the view I was coming to by that stage too. Who knows, but 7-0 does rather speak for itself.


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Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier
Long Melford 0 Thetford Town 2
Admission £7 (inc free programme) Attendance c75 (h/c)

A well deserved win for Thetford who started brightly and created a number of chances in the first half but got no closer than a shot that hit the bar. Soon after the break they took the lead when a well-worked move down the right was flicked home at the near post and five minutes later a similar move resulted in the second. Long Melford created little, their best chance being a free kick which was tipped over the bar, and all was lost when they had a player sent off following an off the ball clash just before the end.

Stoneylands is a very basic ground with just a small seating stand on the halfway line and some timber framed cover behind one of the goals. Nevertheless I was impressed to learn from the programme that Long Melford are celebrating their 150th anniversary this season which must make them one of the longest established clubs in East Anglia.


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Great to see you posting again after all this time, Ostrich and to know that you're still with usCool. Anyway I was at:

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
Premier League
Attendance 25,011
Ticket £25 - Programme £3.50
Food - gave up queuing.

Cherries lose on Premier League opening day for the third successive season making next Saturday's match vs Watford crucial to avoid losing our opening two matches for a third successive PL season, especially with Man City and Arsenal to come in the following two matches. Cherries had lots of possession but barely a clear sight of goal. A set piece looked the only way West Brom would score and so it proved on 30 minutes when Josh King needlessly gave away a free kick on the right hand side which was floated in for new 6' 5" Egyptian signing Ahmed Hegazi to tower above the Cherries defence to head home what proved to be the winning goal.

No great changes to the Hawthorns since my last visit in 2012 except the scoreboard wasn't working and the old main stand, which must be the only one in the Premier League that is smaller than our stands at Dean Court, had the first verse of 'The Lord's My Shepherd' written twice across the back wall. I learned from a recent documentary on BBC Radio 5 Live that Albion fans started singing this song on the terraces when they became one of the first clubs to play a match on a Sunday, singing hymns as they guilt over not being at church - football fans must have been more God fearing back in those daysBlush.

My Cross Country train, which should have gone all the way back to Bournemouth, was terminated at Reading as there was no driver to take us the rest of the way home so hundreds of people had to pack onto the GWR three carriage service to Basingstoke and get a South West stopping service train from there. Train on way up was also crowded presumably due to people going to London via Reading and Paddington to avoid all the trouble at Waterloo this month.


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LWC Drinks Cornwall Combination League:
WEST CORNWALL 4-3 HOLMAN SC (H/T 3-1)
Admission: Bucket collection
Attendance: 41

West Cornwall made their bow in the Cornwall Combination League with a 4-3 win over neighbouring Holman SC.
West Cornwall, based at Cornwall College in Pool, gained promotion from the Whirlwind Sports Trelawny League last season and started this match in great style, taking the lead with a superb lob after only 2 minutes. The home side made it 2-0 after 8 minutes after a shot rocketed off the post leaving the forward to tap home from close range.
The fast pace then slowed considerably but not enough as Holmans came more and more into the game and had the ball in the net but was ruled out for offside.
After half an hour the score became 3-0 and West Cornwall (I wish they had a nickname for ease!) seemed home and dry. The visitors pulled one back after 35 minutes and there was no more excitement in the first half.
The glorious sunshine continued in the second period and six minutes in, the gulf was put back to three goals as the homesters scored a fourth. Both teams went close: WC hit the bar with a fine volley but the visitors pulled another back from the spot after 65 to keep a competitive edge to the match.
After 76 minutes a Holmans free kick was slammed into the defensive wall. A high hit and hoope cross was flicked overhead by the striker and into the net for 4-3.
West Cornwall were awarded a penalty following a foul and had the chance to make the game comfortable. But they failed badly and the ball ended up in the trees having being sent wide of the mark.
Nevertheless, despite a minor scuffle which only warranted a talking to from referee Luke Wilkes, the home side held the momentum and their nerve to gain three points and a winning start to their senior league career.
West Cornwall's pitch is located at the back of Cornwall College on Trevenson Road in Pool. For people who like to watch the game from the vantage point of their car this is one that won't be possible. Parking in the car park of the college and taking a walk through the ground will bring you to the grass pitch behind the 3G. The ground has had a few alterations from before due to the new status of the club. There are two concrete dugouts on the far side of the pitch and a simple post and rope border around the length of both sides. The old wooden structures on the near side are still there but a concrete base in between them would appear to show signs of maybe a stand in the process. Maybe a revisit later in the season will see something else new!



174 grounds (13/01/18).
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Isthmian Premier

Leatherhead 2-1 Lowestoft

Att 305 (30 visitors) Admission £10 Prog £2

A great start for Sammy Moore on his player/manager debut for the Tanners.

The pace of Kandi and the poaching instincts of Jack Midson, scorer of Levreds pair, did for the visitors. The ex-Wimbledon striker could well have bagged the match day ball had he not spurned the many chances that the Suffolk side presented him. The Lowestoft central pairing of Jarvis and recent signing Leacock (ex-Derby), looked sluggish from the off and were exposed as early as 6th minute when Midson sped between them to collect Kandis through ball and finish.

Dudzinski was clearly the busier of the two keepers and pulled off a couple of fine stops to not concede further before the break. Much the same followed in the second period and Midson doubled his tally on 78 mins as he gratefully put away the chance presented to him by Lowestofts chaotic defending.

The visitors grabbed a consolation at the death when dead ball specialist Adam Smith floated in a free kick from the edge of the area.
He picked out Cole perfectly, who rose to head past Oualah.

Fetcham Grove is a one of the Isthmians most delightfully picturesque venues and together with the locals usual cordial banter it's always worth a visit. Hoping for a better outcome though when we return next month to do battle with the tenants Kingstonian.


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By 09:00 the blue sky had gone & was now replaced by cloud & just before my departure there was some light rain. I drove to Colchester railway station arriving at 10:23 & the board advised the 09:30 & 10:03 were delayed. Apparently it was due to points failure. Luckily the 10:33 which I caught was only a few mins late. Arriving in London I popped into the British Library. I then caught the train to Kings Langley station where posters were up for Saturdays game. I came here towards the end of last season but the game was postponed.


Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division
Kings Langley 3 (2, 51 & 94+)
Hereford 3 (77, 79 & 88)
KO: 15:00 Att: 661 (announced) Cost: £11 Progs available


Venue: Gaywood Park, Hempstead Road, Kings Langley
3 floodlight poles each side. Hardstanding all round. Fully railed with infill. Behind near goal is grass area & behind 6ft green wooden fence is the 2nd pitch. The small clubhouse is to the side of this pitch looking down. On the grass was an ice cream van along with food & drink places under parasols. It looked well organised. Beyond are trees. Near side has in one half 3 rows of terracing. The remainder of this half has 1 row of terracing. Behind most of it is gravel banking & a small area has grass banking. At the top it levels out & in corner are temporary looking green buildings. In other half is scaffold strewn covered stand with 5 rows of faded red seats & some blue seats. From 6yd box to 18yd box are 2 rows of terracing. Above & in corner the vegetation has been cut down. At back along this side are bushes & trees. Other side has a covered Atcost stand in each half by the half-way line. Both have 5 rows of terracing. Either side are grass areas with trees both sides & bushes far side. Down through the vegetation behind the fence is a river. I did see a boat on it. Across the river are industrial units & trees. The railway line also runs along this side but can be seen better behind far goal. Behind far goal is grass area. Directly behind goal is a tiny covered Atcost stand with 5 rows of seats. In front of the fence are bushes & trees. Behind it is a meadow.


Plenty of work being done on the ground & nice to see some new terracing being installed rather than the flat hardstanding.


Match:
Mostly cloudy, brief warm sunny spells along with cool spells & a breeze at times.
Within a minute HER had a corner which was going in but it was cleared off the line. The 1st half wasn't very good with KL often just kicking the ball upfield. HER dominated possession but literally did nothing. On 18mins KL player got kicked in the face & had to go off injured. A lot of abuse by HER fans around me which was blue & a local old bloke told a guy to cool it & at various times HER fan threatened he'd be beaten up although not to his face but he must have heard it. They then started on the gk who tapped is own rather large stomach. Nowhere near as big as the 'pregnant' bloke dishing out the abuse. Before play re-started the KL gk went down & this may have been a missile thrown by a HER fan by the reaction although it may have just been an injury. The gk certainly could timewaste. On 42mins another punt upfield saw the HER gk rush out & head the ball away straight to a KL player who didn't shoot but chose to pass & the shot was blocked on the line. The board showed 6mins of injury time. On 46+mins HER had their only shot of the half which the gk saved but was fortunate that it then hit the post. The whistle blew for h/t at 51:19. Shots 3-1. As the players left the field KL official had a go at the ref & this was followed by a HER player.


2nd half saw HER again dominate possession. I was over the other side this half. KL added a 2nd goal. On 59mins HER blazed a close range shot over. KL broke quickly on 65mins but shot was poor. After 74mins HER had managed just 2 shots. HER pulled a goal back & 115 seconds later a long throw was headed in to the delight of their fans. A minute later a bad tackle by KL player saw play continue with a shot but no action was taken by the ref. KL broke again on 87mins & gk saved the shot with his legs. A minute later HER fans went wild when an amazing comeback was complete with the gk rounded & shot in to the empty net. Near the half-way line on 94+mins KL player hoofed the ball into the penalty area & player headed it across goal & from 6 yards out KL headed in the equaliser to complete another remarkable twist. There was still time for a possible winner when on 96+mins HER shot low & the ball hit the post & then the ref blew for f/t at 51:29. Shots 5-8.


Amazing game which I did enjoy in the end.


It was then back to the station & then onto game 2.


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I then got off the train at White Hart Lane station as I made my way to Haringey Borough. I'd looked at the ground in July but my only game here was in Sep 2001.


CONIFA - Niamh Challenge Cup
Barawa (Somalia) 2 (28 & 85)
Ellan Vannin (Isle of Man) 6 (5, 6, 9, 43, 46+ & 48)
KO: 19:45 Att: 56 h/c Cost: Free Saw no progs


Venue: Haringey Borough FC, Coles Park Stadium, White Hart Lane, Tottenham
Drama before the game as a little kid appeared to have fallen from the approx. 12ft high stand landing on the concrete. The IOM physio was checking him over & was then being advised what to do over the phone. Within 10mins a paramedic arrived & then a further 10mins later the ambulance arrived. There was a slight delay at the start due to repair of one of the nets.


Match: This was game 2 of 3 in the tournament as on Wednesday Barawa beat Chagos 3-0. The last game is Sunday at 15:00 also at HB.
Before the game IOM had a lion mascot but then changed into normal gear for the game. They had a handful of fans.
The sun soon went down helped by some clouds. Mildish in 1st half but a bit cooler in 2nd half. Odd spot of rain in 2nd half.
I'd read on a forum that IOM would win both games by a lot. Although within 90 seconds BAR had a shot saved by the gk & a clearance off the line. IOM scored a tap in after gk saved the original shot. 71 seconds later they scored a 2nd. 172 seconds later a header made it 3 so perhaps it was going to be a rout. On 13mins a header was headed off the line & on 18mins the gk made a save. BAR player made an impressive solo run but lost the ball but another player got it & slotted home for a goal. On 37mins IOM shot just over before gk kept out a free kick. 2 late goals in 145 seconds sealed the game with the 2nd one a powerful low 25yd free kick. Shots 6-17.


The DJ played some Somali ? music & everyone was ready to start 2nd half except for the BAR gk. After quite a few mins the ref again tried to hurry them up & eventually a different gk was used. Apparently the one in the 1st half was injured. A 6th goal was soon added but IOM then declared as BAR took over having numerous shots. On 72mins a shot went just over & then a minute later a cross was blasted too hard & the diverted shot couldn't be controlled but it went over. The gk kept out a free kick on 82mins. BAR deservedly added a 2nd although DJ thought it was 3-6. During this half he was trying to get the crowd to chant BAR & also Luka ? IOM then hit the post on 87mins. On 92+ they broke with 2 v gk but shot was saved by the gk. Still play continued & on 94+ it was 2 v 1 & this time pass was made but again gk saved the shot. The ref blew for f/t after 51:58. Shots 13-7.


I won't be at the game tomorrow. Afterwards the DJ carried on playing the music & also started singing & the Somali women came down from the stand cheerfully dancing.


I then made my way back for what had been an eventful day.


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Evostik Southern League Division 1 West - Cirencester Town 0 Taunton Town 2 - Admission £10 - Programme £2 - Attendance 212

Dropped my son off at Watford to see his beloved Liverpool nice and early for their lunchtime kick off so I headed down the M4 and had originally decided on going to Larkhall, but when I saw the sign for Cirencester, I suddenly had a change of heart. Wrong choice !!!!!!

Hearing that the Larkhall v Evesham had ended as an exciting 2-2 was just what I didn't want to hear after witnessing a pretty uneventful afternoon at the Corinthium stadium.

Two goals from Lewis Powell in the 12th and 75th minutes gave the visitors the points, with Cirencester looking a poor side to me with plenty of new signings who obviously haven't gelled yet. Add the new pitch, a 3G, which I hadn't realised about until I was at the ground, and I regretted my choice almost straight away. The home side lost sub Aidan Bennett to a late red card for a rash challenge that led to a bit of a scuffle.

For the future, I must try harder to avoid these 3G pitches until mid winter and only visit them as a last resort after now seeing three of my six matches this season on this wretched surface.


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SWAY 1
Liss Athletic 5
Hampshire Premier League, Senior Division
Att : c45
Admission : Free. Programme : No. Coffee : £0.50p
Jubilee Field Sports Ground, Station Road

Sunny afternoon in the New Forest and a game which saw the home side making the early running before falling away quite dramatically as Liss increasingly took charge.

Two straightforward penalties were awarded to the visitors after 33 & 36 minutes. In between them, there was what looked like an even more definite foul in the area, but that one got away! Mitchell Frost confidently fired home both spot kicks and the score remained 0-3 at the break.

Sorry about the typo. Should have read "0-2 at the break"


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... no wonder I got the old - "post you are attempting to access doesn't exist" message! Laugh

...anywho this is what I was trying to post ...

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Championship

MadStad

Royals 1-1 Cottagers

Att:
17.4 k-ish shade over 2k visitors

Match: Kalas red carded on 39s Shocked - difficult to see properly, from faraway and back row of ED Stand but looked like deliberate trip/haul back on Barrow as he wriggled clear of the challenge on the edge of the box.

Wrecked the game as a contest - Fulham subbed on another defensive player took off Kebano and put 9, or more at times, men behind the ball and defended resolutely.

We had neither guile, flair nor fortune to break them down/unlock them. In truth the longer the game went on, the more threatening they looked when they felt brave enough to break out - which they are well capable of at some pace.

We did deservedly based on possession take the lead around the hour - neat move for once resulting in quick ball across; laid off for Kelly to drive low into the corner.

One too many pfaffing around at the back moments (as we are so prone to Unsure) led to their goal in the last 10'.
A witless free-kick of ours, was driven sideways which Joey VdB tried to first time back to Mannone but merely scooped it straight into our former-loanee Piazon, who duly beat a slumbering Gunter to the ball and placed it under Vito for the equaliser. Mad

Probably a fair result, as the Red card was viewed by some (not just visitors) as harsh and we simply didn't do enough to warrant the three points.
It was frustrating as the game was in our complete grasp having taken the lead and but for one stupid feck up, we'd have taken a routine though very one-sided 1-0!

Even more galling was that few amongst the home fans could see quite why Stam had brought Joey on for Evans in the first place - sure George was tiring and is hardly the most energising of midfielders going forwards but Jaap had more offensive options off the bench. Admittedly VdB's first contribution was to win the ball that led to our goal Angelic but his introduction caused on the face of it an unnecessary change in formation.

Then again w/o the daft gift we subseqently presented them, no-one would have been griping about the odd subs & wasted opportunity - harrumph!



Decided against going to Madejski for the 4th time in 8 months. Don’t like the ground personally and decided to do the match between 2 teams I’d never seen play before.

Moneyfields 2-1 Kempston Rovers, Moneyfield Park, Southern 1 East. Att 112

Admission £8, programmes sold out by 14:45 much to the consternation of guy in front of me

A 20 minute walk from Hilsea station for a ground I’d seen umpteen times from the railway but never managed to do.

There were a number of early niggles between both sides with the visiting supporters complaining about Moneyfields heavy handed tactics. I thought however that was just the usual biased nature of supporters and didn’t think anything was untoward. Moneyfields went ahead on 9 minutes and scored a second on 37 – a free header from a corner. Shortly after that it all started – following a tackle the KR left back lashed out and got a deserved red card. A minute or so later a stupid booking for mouthing at the referee was quickly followed by a poor tackle by the same player. Half time 2-0 and on red cards 0-2. Kempston had totally lost their discipline and the half time whistle couldn’t come soon enough.

11 v 9 then for second half and assumed there would be a few more goals but Moneyfields didn’t seem to know how to play against 9 men. On the hour mark a poor back pass put the keeper in trouble allowing the deficit to be reduced and Kempston were looking just as likely to score as the home side.

With 15 to go the score was 2-1 and Moneyfields pulled one back in the red card stakes and only then did they play more sensibly just keeping possession and passing the ball around. Even so there were chances to equalise.

Ground – probably well known to many on here. Stand tucked away along touchtime right in the corner cannot give a good view at all. Small bit of shallow cover along same side and that’s about it. Excellent for trainspotters – only the one ball went over the netting at the railway end.


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Wilts Senior League Ludgershall Sports (2) 3 Royal Wooton Bassett Dev. (0) 0 Att 24hc f&n No Refreshments (although there was a non functioning tea hut) also a social club, also closed which explains why pubs in town seemed to be busy).
Routine opening day win for hosts who were stroonger in all areas. 15 yr old stroppy no. 9 sent off for W.B. whose attitude that off a highly strung teenager put in 2 bad tackles in 5 2nd half mins 2nd of which earned a red, which instiled a dugout melee in an otherwise peaceful 90 odd mins. the youth of today... Unsure



Have no Plan A and apply it rigidly..

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Also at:

Retford 3 Tideswell United 0 (Central Midlands League North Division) Att: 67 Villan h/c

Very little to add to Osborne's summary. The ground was better than I had expected, all very neat and tidy, and the natives seemed a friendly and welcoming bunch. Game was OK, but didn't think much of Tideswell. The 4 page prog was welcome - team line ups, welcome from the club - pretty much all one needs, really. There was a burger van present, operated by one of the players' partners - excellent cup of tea, courtesy of Rhyd. Also providing good company were Villan and Mr Smallman. An enjoyable day, and the holiday traffic was not too dreadful.


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....Start of the Level 4 divisions in their geographical guises and as usual several new grounds to visit and a few venues not visited for 20+ years to entice. Time to start with a visit to a club, I am pretty certain I had not heard of until approx 2 years ago....

Peterborough Sports 3 v 0 Kidsgrove Athletic - Northern Premier League Division 1 (South)
Prog 24 pages £1.00 (teamsheet offered by a home official but only after the teams has been written out in the trusty Black N' Red) - Admission £8.00 - Att 192

.... Another club on a sharp upward trajectory with two consecutive promotions and perhaps they are being modest when they consider that this season will be one of consolidation at their new level with what was a win that would be best describe as 'gifted'.

Perhaps not surprising that the club has done just enough to obtain the grading for current level, with an off centre stand and an equally off centre piece of cover behind the goal. Spent the afternoon in the company of 'Kevin from Potters Bar' who views this board regularly (unsure whether he posts) and therefore decided to stand in the sun on the far side, though by the end the back was grumbling at being stationary for too long. Social Club just outside the ground doing a good trade, though IMHO was a little dark and dingy. Ground easily located two miles out of the city centre. Once Lincoln Road has been located, just keep walking. Interesting walk en route through a vibrant multicultural area and the first time I have ever seen a restaurant dedicated to Lithuanian cuisine.

In terms of the contest, fundamentally there was nothing overly poor about Kidsgrove's display but it was one of those afternoon's where if they were still playing now, I doubt whether they would have scored. They created plenty of opportunities but their efforts lacked power and although Butcher in the home goal was often the busier of the two keepers most of the saves he had to make were routine efforts to enhance his catching abilities. Can only remember one actual decent save from Butcher, this being in the final minutes, when he had to push a downward header from Cropper around the post.

What clearly assisted the accrual of the three points for the hosts was being presented with an early goal after a particularly misplaced pass from Pickerill straight into the path of Jones. His first effort was blocked by Parton in the Kidsgrove goal but the rebound went straight back to Jones who placed his return just inside the far post.

Noted since Peterborough Sports first appeared on the radar the scoring prowess of Avelino Viera who has netted prolifically over the past two seasons. Though on this occasion, a goal eluded. He though he had doubled the hosts advantage when he converted a rebound after Jones' effort was blocked by Parton but an offside flag prevailed. A decent cross in from the right by McGeorge reached Jones on the far side but on a gusty afternoon, the wind just affected the flight too much and Jones stretching was unable to direct his header goalwards.

The difference between the two teams though was the crucial mistakes made by Kidsgrove at crucial times. If the error leading to the first goal was one of those seen frequently at this level, the mistakes leading to Peterborough Sports 2nd and 3rd goals were of a level rarely seen at any level. With many of the crowd still emerging from the Social Club at half time, the hosts doubled the lead courtesy of a pass across the face of his own defence from Austin where he completely failed to take into account the position of Ashman that he was attempting to pass to. Easy pickings therefore for Viera to intercept, he did take the ball one step too far and Parton was able to block but Jones following up converted the rebound back into the unguarded net.

It was left to Davidson to give us the afternoons defensive comedic moment, should have been a simple header back to Parton, but in the key of a litany of defensive disasters for the visitors he headed past his own keeper allowing Webb to walk the ball into the net to conclude a convincing win. However, it would be beyond the realms of possibility to consider that the hosts will be gifted three goals again this season.

Arrived Peterborough mid morning and after a lengthy sojourn walking out to the eastern periphery of the city to purchase some stout footwear for this seasons traipsings, it was soon back to the two JDW's for imbibing purposes. Also to celebrate the return of this boards flightless bird back after too long an absence, a quick half in The Ostrich, though this establishment gave us an ale from the days only unsampled brewery (Stamford Small Batch) it was clear why it is no longer in the GBG. Post match it was just a short walk back to the National Inventory listed Hand and Heart for a journey back in time to an establishment ossified in 1969 in terms of decor and the Prog emanating from the landlords record player. Much longer trip to the Bimble Inn to conclude for several ales from the likes of Hopshackle, Flipside which were memorable for being so average.

No problems in either direction via Great Northern and for the benefit of Routemaster Graham, the eyes were only momentarily closed on the return journey, which given the amount of walking taken over the course of the day was quite surprising.....


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Cleethorpes Town 4 Gresley 1

A first outing at step 4 for the Owls and a convincing win!

I didn't know quite what to expect from this level but I suspected that Clee would win this one. So it proved with an impressive display. The home side dominated the match and were not flattered by the scoreline.

Gresley battled very hard and were always competitive but the home side carried far too much quality. On this showing, I think Clee will challenge for the top 6.

A big test awaits at Frickley on Tuesday!


We're not very good. Had a moment in the match when we made it 2-1 but they took the best player off for no reason and we crumbled. Tests will be much harder than what you saw yesterday. Glad to get the longest trip out of the way on a day when we could make the most of the local attractions.


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Sky Bet Championship

Brentford (1) 3 v 4 (2) Nottingham Forest

Admission Season Ticket Programme £3.50 Attendance: 10,169 (1,658 away fans)

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New Grounds 2017/18 Season = 8
Last New Ground : Oxford City 5th August 2017


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Eastern Counties Premier Division
Godmanchester Rovers 4 Great Yarmouth Town 1
Admission £6
Programme £1
Attendance 102

A good first half led to a niggly second. All the refs fault due to his reluctance to issue a card. This led to both sides pushing to see how far they could go and Yarmouth getting all the 50-50 decisions in the second half. This frustrated Goddy and me too !!! Never mind the Yarmouth officials who winged that they were hard done by. Complete joke.

No changes for spectators here but there is a new hospitality room for officials inside the clubhouse. Cheese burgers were £2.50, small but perfectly formed and tasty. Programme same as last season - it cries out for a photigraph or two.


Beaver Hateman
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Aug 13, 2017, 10:34 AM

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Re: [Turbine View] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Indeed, the youth of today. You just need to reach out to them. They need a hug, and to know you understand, more than anything else. Let me explain:

Another Saturday where nothing grabbed my attention. To use the current vernacular, all options were: Meh. See, Turbine View, this is what you need to do. Get down and dirty with the kids, or da yout, as they are currently known. By speaking in langauge that they understand I've already grabbed the attention of our younger readers i.e. Those under 40. It's not only Rik that can lay claim to the title of Peoples Poet. All the Punks, Skins and Rasta's are currently holding hands......

Anyway: CB Hounslow (2) 4 Epsom & Ewell (1) 2

Not a fan of first games (I know!) at a ground. I like them to mature a bit, iron out wrinkles etc, but with all the games that did marginally pique my interest taking place in West London, this was one of them. The real story of the day was one of the Spoons I managed to get to. Strange that in the area that spawnwed me there were so many omissions. I will make a maiden posting in the Wetherspoons section on this forum to avoid getting too far off topic. You have been warned.

Anyway, up until 13:00 a destination still hadn't been decided upon. I had the option of CB, H&Y or my first love, Brentford. Decision made when, as I supped a pint of Twickenham Pale Beauty in the Hounslow Spoons, Dave from Hainault announced himself, walking stick in one hand, and pint in the other. As usual.

The decision was made because with such good company ensured I would enjoy myself at CB Hounslow, regardless of what happened on the pitch.

A short ride on the 116 and a 15 minute walk saw us at The Lair, CB Hounslow's new home. I used to watch Hounslow Town at their old Denbigh Road Ground whenever I wasn't following the Bees around the country, so have a fondness for any team that carries on the Hounslow name.

The Lair saw it's fair share of hoppers, though not as many as I thought, and nobody I know by name. The ground is a smart, tidy and perfectly adequate venue for the level, all club officials were friendly and helpful.

The game itself saw E&E take the lead. A beautiful curler from the left side of the penalty area, but tainted by the fact that I can't enjoy any team in blue and white hoops experiencing any positive emotions. However, this annoyance was soon assuaged as CB raced into a 4-1 lead.

The game eventually finished 4-2 and then the journey home began. A bus to Hatton Cross, then an interminable tube journey to Finsbury Park eventually saw me back in Badfort for 19:30. A friends wife came up with a quote some time ago as we travelled from Badfort to the Ealing Beer Festival via the Central Line: Where is this place? Flipping Wales? I know how she feels now.

Nonetheless, a good day all in all.

And for the youth element: It was sick, Bro. But stop all that hand holding. Silly sods.


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Re: [Karb] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Somerset County league

Clevedon United 3 staplegrove 1


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moistureman
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Aug 13, 2017, 11:04 AM

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Re: [adji] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

FAW Trophy 1st Round. Lucas Cwmbran 5 Machen 1. This sports ground is looking a lot shabbier now than in its Girlings heyday. Lucas outclassed their divisional opponents scoring three good goals in the process.Machen will need to tighten up in defence.


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Re: [Beaver Hateman] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Irvine Vics 0-0 Irvine Meadow......Ardagh Glass League Cup.....Cuppa n Pie £2.....Prog: £1
Took a drive down the A737 for a revisit to Victoria Park for this local derby against the Medda....hadn't been here for years so good to refresh the memory cells to the delights of this ground. With both sides fresh from 3-4 and 5-1 wins, surely there must be goals on show today......but then again,maybe not!
Although a 0-0, no shortage of effort and missed opportunities on the park and a decent enough game on a dry bright day in Ayrshire. I suppose a draw was a fair result though both sides will probably reckon they should have won it.
The ground itself has changed little from what I remember, a two sided ground (three at a push) with a bit of small terraced lean-to Stand's down the length of one side. The opposite side is the embankment to the rail line and its frequent train service, where only the Official video cameraman was situated.Behind the near goal there the changing rooms and a decent refreshment hut that sells the award winning 'Kandy Bar' pies...Scottish Baker of the Year 2016/17!! The end behind the far goal is basically a level grass field and no one seemed to mind if you went and spectated from there.Half a dozen police officers were in attendance, but had little to do except confiscate a few bottles of beer and pour them away.
These Club's meet again in the Marymass fixture later this month when the town's annual festivities should be in full flow. A good run back north taking in the delights of Largs and then a run over the scenic hill road down into Port Glasgow. The big queues on the Erskine Bridge had dissipated after a monster queue Northbound in the roadworks this morning.



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Aug 13, 2017, 11:32 AM

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Southern League Premier
Weymouth 0 St Ives Town 1
Adm - Freebie (otherwise £11), Prog - Freebie (otherwise £2 pretty decent effort) Att - 665

A real Brucie bonus 3 points wise. We weren't really expecting much from this game and at the beginning of the day would've been more than happy with a point from this 400 mile round trip.

Weymouth are supposedly aiming for a play off spot this season, however on this showing they aren't gonna be anywhere close. We started off well and could've been ahead on the stroke of halftime when we hit the bar from a free kick. I was a bit concerned that we wouldn't be as good second half, yet we were even better. Our goal came direct from a corner kick, however we should and could've got at least another 2 or 3 more and it would've been totally justified.

We're not going to be pulling up any trees this season and will no doubt take a heavy beating here and there from teams at the top, however I don't think finishing around 10th place is out of our reach.

The Bob Lucas stadium hasn't changed at all since I visited in December. Still proper old school with those lovely floodlights in each corner. As I mentioned from my last visit, it could do with a lick of paint in places.



The Programme is dead. Long live on-line!!

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Rock Rovers v Church Stretton Town 4-2
West Midlands League Division Two

F+N

Following in the footsteps of Bob the Hat; no ground changes since last week! Cool

An entertaining game saw CST 2-1 up by half time. RR equalised just after half time and took the three points with two goals from Nathan Thomas. First a direct free kick following a foul on the edge of the box; second a penalty, that myself and the lino on half way thought was a little harsh. The ref obviously had a better (and closer) view.

Crowd count at 40 in the first half, but a short, sharp shower on the stroke of half time put paid to some of those and only 26 remained for the second half.

Made a change not to be sat on a motorway. However, with the A530 still closed just north of Nantwich (until 28 August) still had to make a detour!



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Aug 13, 2017, 12:13 PM

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Re: [martin55] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Peterhead 3 Elgin C 0
Scottish Div 2 Adm £14 Att 691
Monthly mag for £2.50 and free colour teamsheet

This was in the end a comfortable win for the hosts. There was little between the sides early on but McAllister took advantage when Bronsky got beat by a ball which he should have cleared and the home striker fired in from an acute angle. The visitors next clanger was to concede a needless penalty on the stroke of half-time for shirt pulling and McAllister again did the honours. Peterhead dominated the second half and Elgin again shot themselves in the foot when their keeper threw down the ball to clear it but Smith blocked the kick and the ball obligingly span into his path for a simple third. Not even the straight red for Riley (studs into the chest is not really the done thing) could spoil the home fan's day.

Balmoor Park is a twenty minute walk to the west of the town centre up the hill past Morrisons. There appeared to be sufficient parking at the ground but there are plenty of street spaces too. Admission is via ticket which is purchased at a small hut next to the social club. Both ends are uncovered with flat standing and the sides have seated stands, with half of the east stand being allocated to away fans. There's a small club shop which has some old programmes for sale and an array of badges. The usual fayre is on offer but I didn't partake as I'd had the largest chunk of Victoria Sponge in my life at a cafe in town whilst trying to find somewhere in Peterhead to park Mrs Colpic for two hours to enjoy herself, not an easy task and frankly I think I failed.



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Aug 13, 2017, 1:40 PM

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Re: [Tim] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

As mentioned by Tim I was also at


Central Midlands League North Retford FC 3-0 Tideswell Utd. ATT H/C 67 ADM £1 +50p programme tea £1 burgers also available from van


Not a classic but reasonable for level. Visitors disappointing & rarely threatened even having a 2nd half penalty saved. Hosts comfortable winners. Missed 3rd goal due to trek needed to visit facilities circa 100m behind goal in changing room block. Had to leave door ajar to provide some light in order to hit the target!!! The venue is known as The Rail due to previous occupants & being adjacent to the main line. Although a number of balls went over the fence I did not notice any collision with the many trains that passed!! Good afternoon in good company as mentioned by Tim & no travel problems. Weather largely behaved although dark clouds around half time caused me to get my coat from the car which I had parked outside the ground opposite the social club about 200-300 yards away. The sunshine soon returned thereafter.



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sheffgeoff
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Aug 13, 2017, 2:14 PM

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Re: [villan] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Evo-Stik South

Bracken Moor, Stocksbridge

Stocksbridge Park Steels 0 (0) Spalding United 2 (1)

Yellow Shirts / Blue Shorts Blue Shirts / Yellow Shorts

Attendance 104

Admission Ten Game Season Ticket, Programme £1.50, Team Sheet Free, New Steels Badge £3

Sausage Sandwich £2, Tea £1

Disappointing start to the season for Steels. Spalding deservedly won this sedate affair with a close range effort from Cenk Acar (20') and pefectly struck volley from Gary King (72'). In between Steels won a dubious pen which Joe Lumsden failed to convert. At least the weather behaved and the view across the south Pennines was stunning.


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Re: [sheffgeoff] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Saturday 12th August 2017 @3pm
SCEFL Div 1
CROCKENHILL 2-6 FOREST HILL PARK
Wested Meadow
Admission:£6
Programme: with admission cover price £2
Attendance:20


The old charm of Wested hasn't changed. Rickety main stand with wooden bench seats, railed on 3 sides with many overgrown areas and 2 other DIY areas of standing cover. Still no floodlights and a 3 person committee, it's a passion with little reward for Chairman Steve. The clubhouse, bedecked with historic photos and scarves from all over Europe, had on offer filled rolls, snacks hot drinks and a bar.

On the pitch of long grass the home team have problems galore, especially in defence as FHP took them to the cleaners in the second half. Only captain number 10 "Bullitt" (Steve McQueen) comes out with any pride.

It looks like an early contender for the "nil points" trophy and time at Step 6 is surely limited due to no chance of lights due to the stubborn NIMBYS. Still a joy to visit though.



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New Grounds 2018-19: 2
Total Grounds : 653


Sm1d
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Aug 13, 2017, 3:22 PM

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Re: [richiejenn] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Hebburn Town Res. 2-1 Darlington Res.
Total Sport Alan Hood Charity Cup - 1st Round
Att.26hc
Admission £2

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Re: [richiejenn] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Felixstowe 4-3 Stowmarket
ECL Prem Div
Adm £6,£3 kids free
Att 452. We are hoping for 300, but when it was announced that Titus Bramble had signed for Stowmarket it was almost certain that a crowd record for a league match would be broken.
I was of the opinion this was a good time to play the most expensive squad ever to grace our league, it was always going to take time for them all to gel.
Fairly even for half an hour then the visitors took the lead, but by half time we had equalised and only some excellent goalkeeping stopped us adding a couple more.
Stowmarket got on top at the start of the 2nd half, and by 61 mins were 1-3 up.
They should have seen this game out but everything changed from 68-73 minutes. Firstly we got one back, then they surprisingly took of TB and then a substitute who had only been on the pitch to 3 minutes got sent off for a stupid tackle.
Felixstowe were now buzzing and drew level on 81 before getting a deserved winner 2 minutes from the end.
Normally at the final whistle fans go home, but not here, loads just wanted to stop and talk about the wonderful match they had just witnessed, and take it from me, games don't get much better than this.
5/8/17 at 5pm, total dismay
12/8/17 at 5pm, total jubilation.
Roll on the rest of the season, if it's half as good as this, we're in for a treat.

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Rebel Yeller
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Aug 13, 2017, 3:50 PM

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Re: [youngster] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

CCL Premier
Chertsey Town 0 Guildford City 1
Entry £6. Programme £1.50
Weather: Slightly overcast but quite warm. More sun as the game went on.
Attendance : Around 90. Not brilliant for first game of the season, even at Step 5.
No draft beer in the bar...cans only.

I've seen this game before, as have all of you.

Two pretty average, but evenly matched teams. Game played at 100mph from start to finish. Not a single player able to put his foot on the ball and see what was going on. As for shooting, whenever a player with the ball looked up and saw the goal, he shot, no matter where he was. So many balls out of the ground, including one over the trees onto the cricket pitch (and match) next door. Bet that caused a few ructions!

Guildford were marginally the better side and probably deserved the win. They had the ball in the net in the first half, but it was disallowed for offside. Both sides hit the woodwork twice. The Guildford goal was a penalty in the 81st minute, when a Chertsey player needlessly barged over a City player on the very edge of the area. Goal thumped in by Keiran Campbell.

The programme (quite good actually) went on about two teams being promoted this season from the CCL. If I were a betting man, I'd stake a fair bit of my pension that, on this showing, it won't be either of these two.


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Re: [youngster] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Isthmian League
Dulwich Hamlet 1-1 Staines Town
Adm £11, Att 1096

A fine place to watch football. Plenty going on, with a very young and friendly crowd and good away following in glorious sunshine. Quality beers on offer if you like craft lager and similar and the grass-fed burger was very expensive (£7 w/cheese) but so, so good.

The same can't be said of the game which was forgettable at best. Dulwich opened the scoring early and looked the better side albeit vulnerable from set pieces, and Staines equalised through a very good diving header in the second half.

Pre-match pints in the East Dulwich Tavern, a very friendly football-screening venue with six real ales on tap.

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Re: [youngster] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

HELLENIC LGE PREM DIV: BURNHAM 2 HIGHWORTH TOWN 6

ADM: £5 PROG: £1 ATT: h/c 40

After traveling to the far North West & East in midweek, I hadn't wanted to go too far yes'day so a two hour jaunt up the M4 fitted the bill. The Gore is a ground I'd been putting off for some time but I'm glad I finally got there as it's a decent 'Southern League' venue. Just a shame then the players don't seem to realize they've dropped down to step 5 level. They got a reprieve from relegation last season & seem set to struggle again this time such was their shocking defending. Fair play to the keeper who single handed kept the score down to single figures. The visitors appear to score when they feel like it & based on this performance, will be challenging for top spot.

The ground is easy to find & has plenty of parking space behind the goal. Shame not more locals take an interest but I guess with clubs a mere one junction away, much higher in the pyramid nearby, fans are attracted elsewhere by more success. I liked the ground with it's 200 seater stand all down one side & a small covered terrace on the opposite side. Plenty of trees give it a rural feel until you start plane spotting as it's on the Heathrow flight path. Friendly gateman & if you need paper to cuddle, probably best to arrive early if they do a low print run. Traffic behaved well for August & pleasant day out with a good game to watch.

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Aug 13, 2017, 4:46 PM

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Re: [The Moose] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Rayners Lane 0 Enfield Borough 2 - Spartan South Midlands League Division One (att: 41)

It had been too long since my previous visit to Tithe Barn. Being located at Ruislip Manor on early shift meant that I would struggle to get to too many venues. This fitted the bill nicely, especially after my relief didn’t turn up until 2.40pm.

From the tube station I caught a bus a bit too far down Alexandra Avenue. It should only have been one stop but I went to the second; meaning a walk through the rural Newton Farm Ecology Park round to the ground.

The teams were out on the pitch as I peered through the gaps in the trees. The match was just underway after I paid my £5 admission; along with another quid for a decent enough programme.


The ground had been slightly upgraded since my last visit. Floodlights were now installed and the two small covers on the far side had been joined up in the centre to give it a continuous feel. The trees on three sides looked as stunning as ever and no doubt benefitted from the recent rain.

The match was Lane’s first ever in the SSML. They expressed surprise at being moved from the Hellenic League by the FA as they hadn’t applied on this occasion. Borough had been promoted after a third place finish in Division Three in 2016-17.

It was Dave Fox’s first competitive game in charge of the home side, as his team took a step into the unknown. The match quickly developed into an intriguing contrast of styles. Lane were the more direct of the two; while Enfield were generally calm on the ball and preferred a passing game.

The hosts missed a glorious chance in the first goal mouth action; but the free header at the back post was squandered. They looked to play centre forward Bruno Tavares in whenever possible and he caused a bit of panic on occasions.

At the other end the visitors came close on several occasions. Home keeper George Hall had to deal with a series of crosses; while the flag of the linesman saved Rayners Lane. Surely there were goals in this one?

The Borough centre backs soon gained control before their side went ahead with a quality goal. Forward Thomas Opoku picked up the ball in the left hand channel and turned on the after burners to outpace two defenders and slot home past Hall.

It was a pleasant afternoon sitting in front of the clubhouse on the picnic benches; especially so when news of Chelsea’s capitulation was coming through. At the interval I bought a decent pint of Robinson’s Trooper for £3.

The second half followed a pretty similar pattern. Referee Lee Randall had warned players several times for indiscretions before brandishing the yellow card on several occasions; mainly for pulling back opponents or their shirts.

Tavares continued to try his best to break through, but he didn’t have the pace to get past the excellent Reiss Gabriel and Richard Emin. Borough doubled the lead with around twenty minutes to go through Issac Stevens.

Borough never looked like relinquishing their lead. I’d been impressed by the way that all of their players looked to play football, and didn’t panic in possession. It had been a reasonable game throughout, and it would be interesting to see how the season pans out.

I walked back to the station and took the tune home to watch the majority of the Brighton v Manchester City game, chuckling my head off at the Billericay result. There is a football supporting God after all!


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Re: [Karb] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Peterhead 3 (23, 45+1pen, 57), Elgin City 0

att 694

Visited Huntly, Deveronvale (Banff) and Fraserburgh on the way


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Re: [John Treleven] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

League 2
Port Vale 2-3 Wycombe Wanderers
Admission £20

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Aug 13, 2017, 7:12 PM

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Re: [RussWWFC] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

A drive up to Kirklington Rd for a first visit in this league. KO 3.00pm.


Northern Counties Eastern League Premier.


RAINWORTH M.W. 1 (1) v (0) LIVERSEDGE 1.


Scorers.


Home. J Waddle (17)


Away. D Morton (80)


Admission £5. Programme £1. Pin Badge £3. Attendance 51.



GROUNDS VISITED.(351) NEW GROUNDS THIS SEASON 2018/19.(8)
GAMES THIS SEASON 2018/19.(14)
GAMES SINCE LAST 0-0. Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers. 22/09/18.(4) BEST RUN OF NOT SEEING A 0-0.(61)
LEAGUES COMPLETED. League 2. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division.
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Re: [Loiner] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Greenwich Borough 1 Whyteleafe 1
Bostik South
Admission - pay what you want, programme £2

I decided in a concession type contribution of £7 for what wasn't a bad game where the hosts had most of the possession but less of the clear cut chances.
Greenwich's leading scorer for the last two seasons has joined Cheltenham, and they certainly lacked sharpness up front. Whyteleafe led not long into the second period, and conceded an own goal about 10 minutes later.


LondonBuck
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Aug 13, 2017, 7:31 PM

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In Reply To
League Two
Grimsby Town 0 Coventry City 2

Entry: £18
Attendance: 6,767

Opted out of earlier considerations of Rochdale or Rotherham, and instead made the three hour journey from Bradford all the way to Cleethorpes to tick a ground that may be on its way to being replaced by another twenty-first century plastic bowl. And I'm glad I made the trip, because Blundell Park is a throw-back to the old days: creaking old buildings, crowbarred tightly into rows of Victorian terraces, and loads of passionate fans who obviously live in the local neighbourhood and support their local side.

And I was also taken by surprise with how pleasant a place Cleethorpes is on a warm and sunny August afternoon, with some good pints dug out of a couple of nearby pubs, and spectacular views of Spurn Head on the other bank of the Humber. Blundell Park is an attractive twenty minute walk north along the promenade, with a footbridge spanning the railway line just behind the football ground.

Unfortunately, it was the standard on the pitch that let the day down, particularly the controversy that surrounded Coventry's first goal. I got the feeling that the Grimsby players and fans had a right old sulk because of that, with Cov taking advantage and grabbing a second.

But other than that, it was a good day and a fine tick. I'd advise anyone who hasn't ticked Blundell Park yet to do their best to visit while they can.

Done all of the above, stewards friendly also.



620 GROUNDS - Buckingham Athletic (57/92)
569 WETHERSPOONS - Bletchley
1 WETHERSPOONS HOTEL


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Re: [timmy tabby] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Full groundhop mode continues..
THE ATHLETIC GROUND
WELLS CITY 2 Hengrove Athletic 2
Admission £6 Inc prog
Tea £1 from a teapot!


A very pleasant day in the wonderful city of Wells Smile
New Wetherspoons ticked, although only one guest beer on, it was a decent one. Exmoor Silver Stallion.

Very conveniently located ground with a wonderful heritage stand.
It appears the cricket side of things has decamped leaving the clubhouse isolated across a slightly overgrown patch of grass. New fencing now enclosing the football pitch.

A very good match, the away side scoring after 2mins followed by a straight red card for a home player for a bad tackle. Half time was 0-2.
Despite this, a spirited second half performance saw Wells claim a draw!

Easy return trip, with a bus stop just a couple of mins walk away and a 376 at 1702. Smile

Very enjoyable.



620 GROUNDS - Buckingham Athletic (57/92)
569 WETHERSPOONS - Bletchley
1 WETHERSPOONS HOTEL


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Callington Town 4-0 Cullompton Rangers (SWP)
- played at the Ginsters Marshfield Parc, Launceston Road, Callington from 3.0pm

Att – nudging 60 (h/c); Entry - £5 incl simple prog; Cuppa - £1 at the Clubhouse bar
Weather – dry with an odd period of sunshine
Travel – having stayed at Plympton overnight after the Ivybridge game .. it was over the Tamar Bridge and up the A388 .. with the return home east via A30, A35, A31 and M27 .. in just under three hours and thirty.
Colours – Cally in all red with bottom of shorts edged in black, complimented by black socks .. Cully in an all blue with white stripes to shirt

So after drying out from a rain drenched Erme Valley .. it was a nice leisurely breakfast and an arrival well ahead of schedule in downtown Callington .. taking in the waft of pasties from the home of your local and original Ginsters .. who not only sponsor the home team shirts but have numerous advertising boards about a ground .. found amongst the back buildings of local Community College, with plenty of parking.

Now from memory Cally are one of SWP-Phil’s league teams under pressure to make some improvements before this season’s end, to retain Step 6 status .. and looking around it looked like all was progressing on track .. the concrete had been mixed and footpaths recently laid, with new access and handrail in place to move from pitch side up to a timber clad Clubhouse, sitting proudly on high next to the official’s car park. Today’s spectators passed by a ticket booth adjacent main changing room block .. to see a small covered main stand of forty plus seats available behind the dugouts to left side .. with most visitors sitting on chairs around tables, up on the Clubhouse deck .. the rest of us dotted about a full railed barrier to grassy pitch, with the odd lump of topsoil and seed being managed .. and floodlights standing proud. Up the far end goal the final piece of path was lacking and apart from various holes and gaps at perimeter boundary, there were just a sprinkling of temporary metal fence panels amongst trees to secure some of the site .. but on the whole, our hosts are getting there and I would suspect all should be ready for final inspections come next Spring to maintain status .. which for viewing a game (and the Cornish countryside), is a delight for any venturing soul in this part of the world.

Today anyone turning up a minute late for kick off would have missed Cally’s opener after their first attack .. the missed bit included me (head down looking at phone) but our scorer looked as though he dispatched ball from distance and also probably scored the quickest goal of any Cally start to a season. The game then settled and became competitive with both keepers playing their part in keeping the score the same .. especially our host hands, for on 30 mins he pulled off a great reflex save, tipping ball over when everything looked goal bound .. certainly a game changer, for it was only five minutes later that forward play by team mates saw a striker drift by the left full back and see his driven shot, hit hard and low, bounce off the inside of right post and into net .. 2-0 at the half.

The second was very much the same tempo but a game that was quickly put to bed, for on 47 a cross in from the right found lone forward at back post, who cleverly placed his header back across the keeper to find netting .. then two minutes later a break saw a converge of players and the forward won race to stab home .. leaving a game to be played out with only some official decisions not helping our visitors afternoon, when a few yellow cards were shown.

All in all, a very enjoyable 24 hours spent in the South West .. and I hope to return for another couple of games next month .. FA Cup draw permitting .. Wink



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Scottish Cup 1st Prelim : Burntisland Shipyard 0 Colville Park 7. Admission £5; Programme £2. Attendance : 111


Burntisland Shipyard FC are one of those clubs whose name was etched on my memory from an early age and, like Prorege and Leeds Phil, I've been waiting for years for this home Cup draw. Sadly, Shippy were totally outclassed by the two-time Amateur Cup holders who looked a very confident outfit and who dominated from the start.
Burntisland is just across the Forth Bridge, turn right toward Fife and in ten to fifteen minutes you're there. We didn't venture down to the seafront so probably didn't see the "good bits". The ground is pretty basic, hidden away in a housing estate, but it's now got cover, they issued and comestibles were available so all boxes ticked. All the local gen was provided by prorege whose advice we took pre-game to tick the GBG Foresters Arms in nearby Aberdour, which was fine but had no Scottish ales on.
I'd left home just before 8 and collected Ratty from M6/J10 and KYM from Clayhead-land and we breakfasted at the Carlisle truckstop - indoors to shelter from the rain. Ratty's breakfast consisted of a huge gammon steak, two eggs, beans and a mountain of chips. No further fodder necessary for at least a couple of hours, and we later dropped him at Whitburn as he wanted to save Burntisland for the hop.
I gather there may be an issue with the availability of the Indoor Oriam for that hop but I'm sure official sources will bring any updates as and when they're in the know.
Onwards from Burntisland/Whitburn to Glasgow Speedway for the 19.00 start there, reported on in the appropriate section.








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Lostock Gralam 3-2 Garswood United (0-1 HT) at The Park Stadium
Cheshire League Division 1
Admission: Free, Programme: None, Tea: Comp (see below)
Attendance: 28 (h/c)

Wasn't entirely sure where I'd be going on Saturday until Lostock Gralam messaged me on twitter asking me to do the team photos for them after seeing the ones I took at their last game away to Middlewich, which gave me a convienient opportunity to tick this ground off. Almost didn't make it in time as my grandad decided to block the driveway while he was away ringing bells at a wedding, meaning that I couldn't set off until 1340, but luckily decent traffic got me there with half an hour to kick, leaving me plenty of time to do the team photos and have a mug of tea which they generously provided me for no cost.

The game got off with to a relatively slow start with both sides seemingly a bit nervy, Lostock settled in earlier but kept getting caught offside, having two or three goals in the first half ruled out for such an offence. Garswood took the lead on the 37th minute after the Lostock keeper brought down an away attacker in the box for a penalty, which was duly dispatched by Josh Keddie. Garswood started the second half the brighter and they doubled their lead around 10 minutes into the second period through a rather dodgy own goal, a throw in from the right was headed toward his own goal by a defender, to which the keeper didn't react to, allowing the ball to cross over the line. After this I thought Lostock wouldn't be able to get back into it, but after a few changes by both sides the home side started looking the better and in the last 20 or so minutes the tide began to turn. Lostock halved the deficit with 15 minutes left, a strike by Harry Short from outside the box into the bottom left hand corner after a cross. They then got the equaliser soon afterwards through another penalty after a poor challenge by a Garswood defender, which was then scored by Matty Herd. Lostock clearly had the upper hand now and kept pressing, but with time running down it seemed like the game would end all square. However, with a few minutes before the final whistle, the home side snatched all three points with a cracking powerful shot by Robbie Jones from 30 yards out which flew into the top right corner, and resulted in Jones being mobbed by the rest of the Lostock squad in celebration.

Decent enough ground for their level, located behind the Slow and Easy pub on Manchester Road. Pitch is fully railed off and there is a small section of cover located on the halfway line. Tea bar is adjacent to the changing room block, serves usual range of food and hot drinks. A few picnic tables outside the tea bar could provide some seating on a nice day. No hard standing apart from the cover as far as I could see. Lovely day with the sun out pretty much throughout the match which made for good lighting for pictures. Female ref for this game who dealt with the match quite well I thought, both benches still did the usual berating though.

Some match photos here.



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Re: [prorege] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

 Sold out twenty minutes before kick off.

A few hoppers in evidence – two from Yorkshire who I didn’t know, Leeds Phil, Buncranaboy and Know Your Market, plus several of the local guys. No sign of Chris1963 – having gone to the trouble of confirming the match details from the SFA for him I thought he might have turned up!


Maybe he showed up to find all programmes had gone and went elsewhere/back home. It has been known to happen Tongue


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Scottish Cup First Preliminary Round
Burntisland Shipyard v Colville Park, 0-7, H.T. 0-2, Att 111 (h/c), Admission £5, Programme £2, Pie and Irn Bru £2

No sign of Chris1963 – having gone to the trouble of confirming the match details from the SFA for him I thought he might have turned up!


Sorry about you having gone to all that trouble, but I would have been there had the kick-off been earlier than 3 pm. As things were, the 3 pm start meant it would not be possible to get back to London by train the same day and I didn't want to fly back. As Burntisland are regular entrants in the Scottish Cup I will probably wait until another year when they have got a home tie (I'm assuming they will always do programmes for this competition) and the train times are more favourable.


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CoCoPops League
CB Hounslow United 4 Epsom & Ewell 2
A short ride on the 116 bus and a 15 minute walk saw us at The Lair, CB Hounslow's new home. I used to watch Hounslow Town at their old Denbigh Road Ground whenever I wasn't following the Bees around the country, so have a fondness for any team that carries on the Hounslow name.
The Lair saw it's fair share of hoppers, though not as many as I thought, and nobody I know by name. The ground is a smart, tidy and perfectly adequate venue for the level, all club officials were friendly and helpful.


Also at The Lair for the Dragons' first league game at their smart new ground, and it is certainly a vast improvement on the dump where I last saw a CB home fixture... the Osterley Sports Club!
I caught the tube out to Hounslow West and then walked it to CB's new home on Green Lane, which took twenty minutes.
Admission is usually £6 for adults, programmes were available, and the attendance was around 90 {rough headcount}.



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North-West Counties League, Division One, 3 pm

Prestwich Heys 3 Cammell Laird 0 (H/T 2-0)

Entry - £5 adults

Programme - £2 for glossy 24 page colour issue. Old issues (including some 4 page issues for PSF's) available free in clubhouse.

Crowd - given as 104 on league site but my rough headcount was 60-65

As explained earlier, I decided not to go to Burntisland so I had to choose an alternative fixture instead, and this wasn't easy. One game I did consider was Denbigh Town v. Holywell Town but when I checked the train times it became clear that as buses were replacing trains between between Crewe and Chester, this would probably not be a good idea. Eventually, after much indecision, I decided on a trip to Manchester to tick a relative newcomer to the NWCL, just as I had done at Charnock Richard the previous Saturday.

On arrival at Manchester I caught the 135 bus which is very frequent (once every 10 minutes) and goes to Bury. The journey takes about 25-30 minutes to the closest bus stop on this route to the Prestwich Heys ground which is about ten minutes walk away. I did notice a much less frequent bus route going past the ground though.

The football ground is in Sandgate Road and is a spacious venue with a very flat pitch. It is neither particularly old (photos in the clubhouse show an older ground being used for an Amateur Cup tie at home v Finchley in 1967) nor does it look new.

The pitch is enclosed by a traditional post and rail which is painted in the club colours of red and white, and the ground perimeter is enclosed by a slatted concrete fence which forms an almost perfect rectangle. The ground is surrounded by trees and some new-looking houses. There is no litter or graffiti anywhere and the pitch was in immaculate condition, so the ground is obviously well looked after. A small home-made type of stand is situated on the west side and contains two rows of red plastic tip-up seats on wooden steps. Further cover is provided by a roof over flat concrete standing behind one goal, next to the turnstile. A collection of semi-temporary buildings next to the stand house the changing-rooms and a small clubhouse.

The game was a very one-sided affair. Looking at last season's league tables, the visitors probably haven't improved since then although their twitter sounded very enthusiastic ahead of the match. I can't see them making a quick return to the top division, while the home side could well improve on last season's 8th place. It was an enjoyable day and the fact that neither of the big two Manchester clubs were at home meant that the return train journey wasn't too crowded.


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Re: [Chris1963] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Connie South
Hungerford Town 0 Hemel Town 2

Hungerford will be miffed they didn't get anything out of this game. They dominated spells of the first hour and Hemel keeper Laurie Walker rightfully won the MOTM award for three terrific saves to keep the Crusaders at bay.
Hemel however opened the scoring on the hour with a superb overhead kick from Jordan Parkes, and two minutes later wrapped it up when Charlie Sherringham headed across goal into the far corner.
Hungerford to their credit continued to press but by now their hearts really wern't in it anymore.


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Re: [Chris1963] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

SLYNE WITH HEST 2 BURSCOUGH RICHMOND 5
NO ADMISSION OR PROG
ATT 37

My original plan was to tick off a new ground at Prestwich Heys(just read report by chris 1963 so obviously worth a visit next time round) but had to stay local.
So with sun shining a trip to Slyne was ideal as beautiful location in a valley surrounded by countryside. No change to ground since last season.
Slyne started well winning a penalty when one of their strikers was through on goal. taken out by keeper who escaped any card. A decision which baffled many as there wasnt another defender between the keeper and goal line. penalty converted but within 5 minutes Burscough equalised with a stunning volley into the roof of the net from 15 yards out .
After 40 minutes the slyne keeper let a low shot/cross go completely under his body and luckily for him it hit the post...unluckily for him it rolled into the path of a waiting forward for a very easy finish.
In the second half the slyne defence failed to deal with a pacy Burscough attack and conceded three more though scoring a goal to bring the score back to 2-3 at one stage.
A good start to the season for Burscough, with 7 points out of 9, who only came into the West Lancs in 2011 and have won 2 promotions.


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North-West Counties League, Division One, 3 pm

Prestwich Heys 3 Cammell Laird 0 (H/T 2-0)


The football ground is in Sandgate Road and is a spacious venue with a very flat pitch. It is neither particularly old (photos in the clubhouse show an older ground being used for an Amateur Cup tie at home v Finchley in 1967) nor does it look new.


I went to the old ground (Heys Road) for a North West Counties League game in 1985, and a game on the current ground in 2008, when the club were in the Manchester League. Heys Road was revisited in 2013 for a Miles Kenyon cup tie, Prestwich FC then being the home club. My lists suggest that Prestwich have moved away

Anyway, back in England for a few days, and it was the first home game of the season, so

Cheltenham Town 1-0 Crawley Town
Admission £16. Programme £3. Attendance 2834


The faces on the pitch change. but much remains the same. Cheltenham deservedly picked up the points, but made hard work of it against a physical Crawley team. Both will have to up their game from this to avoid a season of struggle. Good to see the same trolls on the home forum have switched their stance from "why are we signing players from Greenwich", to "put him on a three year contract before the current transfer window closes".

Anyway, Mohamed Eisa scored his fourth goal in three games for Cheltenham and it was the only one of the game. Job done.

With the advantage for the week of going by train, I travelled post game to the Deya brewery near the station. An unusual set up in an trading estate, the beer was splendid. Good to see a small brewery that is different from the norm, selling intentionally cloudy beers.



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Re: [andy smith] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Managed to sneak in a double, via train!

Maidenhead United 2 Hartlepool United 1
National League
Attendance - 1491
Admission - £15
Programme - £3

Early kick off meant an early start, couple of scoops in the Three Guineas at Reading before moving on to Maidenhead. Classic old ground, good atmosphere and the hosts fully deserved this, Dave Tarpey in particular was excellent.

Hartlepool very ineffective, could be a long hard season.

Very quick getaway at the end to make the train to Slough.

Slough Town 1 Kettering Town 2
Southern League Premier Division
Attendance - 760
Admission - £11
Programme - £2

Legged it from Slough station with a few minutes spare to kick off, really impressed with the ground. Cover on all four sides, main stand is excellent.

Kettering took a first half lead and then got a second very late in the game. Slough scored a consolation in injury time and it was the best goal of the game.

Back to station, all connections made and finally finished at the pub in Alfreton for 9.30pm.

A great day out, will all be on the blog later.



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Re: [leohoenig] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Deya is one of the current on-trend breweries. Alongside Cloudwater and Verdant.



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Arlesey Town 0-1 Marlow
Southern League Division One East
Attendance: 101


My low scoring season continued (17 in 11 games now) and low scoring could be the problem for these teams this season; neither offered much up front. Marlow had the better of the first half and scored the only goal after 39 minutes with a mishit shot that the keeper should have done better with. The second half got off to a false start when, moments after kick off, everyone spotted the home goalkeeper emerging from the dressing rooms with a look of panic on his face. There was a re-start, no harm done and, astonishingly, no moaning from anyone. Marlow continued where they had left off but gradually Arlesey got on top until the closing stages when they were dominant. They couldn't find the net though.


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Scottish Cup First Preliminary Round
Burntisland Shipyard v Colville Park, 0-7, H.T. 0-2, Att 111 (h/c), Admission £5, Programme £2, Pie and Irn Bru £2

No sign of Chris1963 – having gone to the trouble of confirming the match details from the SFA for him I thought he might have turned up!


Sorry about you having gone to all that trouble, but I would have been there had the kick-off been earlier than 3 pm. As things were, the 3 pm start meant it would not be possible to get back to London by train the same day and I didn't want to fly back. As Burntisland are regular entrants in the Scottish Cup I will probably wait until another year when they have got a home tie (I'm assuming they will always do programmes for this competition) and the train times are more favourable.


That was their 1st home tie in the Scottish cup proper for 23 years. They were very,very close to jacking it in completely last season.
It is not compulsory for clubs to issue in the Scottish cup. However you may get a couple of more chances of games with programmes this season. They might issue when they play Kelty Hearts at home, I think they have at present a cup tie and league game at home to Kelty. Plus 11th March they are scheduled for groundhop day with an 11am kick off.


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A drive up to Kirklington Rd for a first visit in this league. KO 3.00pm.


Northern Counties Eastern League Premier.


RAINWORTH M.W. 1 (1) v (0) LIVERSEDGE 1.


Scorers.


Home. J Waddle (17)


Away. D Morton (80)


Admission £5. Programme £1. Pin Badge £3. Attendance 51.


I only live about 200 yards from the ground but organ duty for a wedding meant I only saw the last half hour. My friends told me on arrival that although we were 1-0 up I hadn't missed much.

The biggest worry was the attendance of just 51. Our community just isn't interested any more since the pit closed and we became a dormitory village, and the days of sizeable crowds at the Wrens' Nest have long gone.
Hope you enjoyed your visit, we try to make all visitors welcome.


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Scottish Cup First Preliminary Round

That was their 1st home tie in the Scottish cup proper for 23 years. They were very,very close to jacking it in completely last season.
It is not compulsory for clubs to issue in the Scottish cup. However you may get a couple of more chances of games with programmes this season. They might issue when they play Kelty Hearts at home, I think they have at present a cup tie and league game at home to Kelty. Plus 11th March they are scheduled for groundhop day with an 11am kick off.


Thanks for the advice about Kelty - hopefully these games will be played at an earlier time than 3 pm, although some luck may be required for the weather. Is the Burntisland pitch reliable in wet weather? (as for the Hop game, the morning kick-off would be a problem for me)


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Re: [Chris1963] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Conference
Leyton Orient 2 Maidstone United 0
Ticket £18.00 (+£1.50 booking fee, basically meant a saving of 50p against the on the day price!)

Having spent the morning at the Olympic Stadium watching the athletics, this seemed an obvious choice being just two miles away and so it was a pleasant afternoon stroll through the Olympic Park to head for Brisbane Road.

I went for a seat midway down the Brisbane Road stand with a very good view save for a pillar which didn't obscure either goal.

Cracking game of football even with a lack of first half goals. Orient took the lead on the hour and settled it in stoppage time.

Short and almost straight walk to Leyton underground station and I was back at Euston by 17:45.



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Re: [Chris1963] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Normally EOSL games kick off at 2.30 p.m.


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Scottish Cup First Preliminary Round

That was their 1st home tie in the Scottish cup proper for 23 years. They were very,very close to jacking it in completely last season.
It is not compulsory for clubs to issue in the Scottish cup. However you may get a couple of more chances of games with programmes this season. They might issue when they play Kelty Hearts at home, I think they have at present a cup tie and league game at home to Kelty. Plus 11th March they are scheduled for groundhop day with an 11am kick off.


Thanks for the advice about Kelty - hopefully these games will be played at an earlier time than 3 pm, although some luck may be required for the weather. Is the Burntisland pitch reliable in wet weather? (as for the Hop game, the morning kick-off would be a problem for me)


Saturday 7th October, 2:30pm.


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Re: [LeedsPhil] Saturday 12th August 2017 or Reply Privately

Northern Premier League Division One South Scarborough Athletic 0 Hyde United 0 Admission £6 (concession) + 40p ticket charge. Attendance 1385 Programme sold out by the time I arrived.
Surprised that I didn't see any groundhoppers here and as I haven't seen any posts on the game it would appear that I may have been the only one in attendance. Booked a train weeks ago and paid for my match ticket on line.
Had a tremendous day and managed to do all 7 Scarborough GBG entries plus the York Tap on the way home. Not too keen on a rather ordinary Wetherspoons but all the others are well worth a visit.
The ground is an easy walk from the railway station, indeed the line runs behind the line. If you prefer a taxi, the cost is £5. The ground is very reminiscent of Maidstone's new ground with minimal raised terracing - four rows at the far end. The other three sides feature flat standing; not a problem with the size of the crowd today but would be if the attendance were much bigger. There is a massive bank behind the open terracing on the far side, from which it is possible to get a panoramic views of proceedings but this area is patrolled by stewards. The stand features four blocks of seating and there is room either side for further development. I was told that the club own the bank and they could also expand on that side if necessary. Refreshments were obtained from a burger van with a good variety of options.
The less said about the game the better - a truly execrable goalless draw between two very poor sides.


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EPL - Palace 0-3 Huddersfield, att 25,448, admission- ST, programme £3.50.
Oh dear.
I was already a little worried when I'd heard Frank De Boer was looking for a sea change in our playing style. Playing out slowly from the back with three at the back is all very well if you have world class defenders and those in the middle to pass into. If you haven't and are up against opposition who hunt down like animals in packs, then you are in trouble.
After half an hour of roll ball out to full back, full back get's closed down, or tackled, crowds roars disapproval, the tactic was changed to play long/er. Unfortunately we were already two down, and game was pretty much lost.
Huddersfield looked well organised, enormously fit, but tackling was let's say 'industrial'. Those tactics will be punished by over fussy refs in the PL, but today Jon Moss seemed to have decided it was 'Yorkshire charity day' as one after another scything tackle was merely punished by a wagging finger, we thought he'd left his yellow card on the train, until wonder of miracles he suddenly discovered it, but then sent it back into the lining of this outfit to gather dust again.
We largely dominated possession during the second half, but some good keeping from the visiting 1, and some rather rusty early season finishing left us with nil on the board, whilst the Terriers new French 9 Mounier was given the freedom of South Norwood to run through our non existent defence to add a third, to be met with seats being exited.
Too early to say what will happen from now. De Boer needs to wise up quickly about how hard the PL is, and get the basics right first. Do that and we should be ok. Huddersfield looked very workmanlike, and still seem to lack quality, outside 2/3 players. But I like Wagner, and wish them all the best. Looking forward to revenge in the new year!



2018-19 - 33 games (Dulwich/Palace) 97 goals, average gpg 2.93, 11 new grounds, last new, Bristol Telephones.
2017-18 - 122 games (N Cyprus/Karp), 392 goals, av gpg 3.21, 48 new grounds.
New Grounds in 2018 - 34. 2017 -44. Grounds in Total - 1183.
RL Grounds - 33 (Last - Macron Stadium, Challenge Cup SFs (5/8/18), Speedway Tracks 50.

(This post was edited by WestBerksPalace on Aug 15, 2017, 11:29 AM)


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Cardiff City 3 Aston Villa 0
Championship
Admission : Season ticket, programme £3
Attendance : 23,899 including 4,803 from Villa

Outstanding performance from Cardiff whose front three dismantled the Villa defence of seasoned internationals. In truth Cardiff should have won by a greater margin. They had 12 shots on target to Villa's 1 and spurned several one on one chances. Messrs Terry, Chester, Hutton and Taylor were out sprinted and left trailing on numerous occasions by the Cardiff forwards.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing - a free transfer and an absolute revelation - opened the scoring with a header in the first half, Kenneth Zohore ran down the right to the bye line before dinking over a ball for Junior Hoilett to nod into an empty net and Mendez-Laing rounded off the scoring with a stepover and curled finish.

Lots of noisy support for Villa early on. That noise stopped around the half hour mark, they booed off their team at half time and the fans started flooding out when Cardiff got their third with twenty minutes to go. The vast majority of them had left before the end. Those remaining had to listen to the Cardiff fans asking if they could play Villa every week.

Villa looked completely devoid of confidence and self belief. It will be interesting to see how their season pans out from here. Cardiff look to have power and pace in abundance this season. If they can continue their early season form I would be very surprised if they spend any of this season in the bottom half of the table. The question will be how near the top they can get.


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Potton United 5 - 0 Bourne Town
UCL Div 1
Admission £5; prog £1

After a fairly even first half, with a single home goal, Potton dominated the second to gain a comfortable win.

With a 250 crowd at their FA Cup match last Friday, today was back to a more normal Step 6 handful. Apparently they have arranged the next round Cup match for Friday evening also, so could get another decent attendance for that.


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Saturday 12th August
Southern League Premier Division
Basingstoke Town (0)1 Frome Town (2)3 Att'ce 296
Admission £12 Tea £1


Despite the M25 delaying us for the best part of an hour the lad and I arrived at the ground at 14:30, enough time to have something to eat and grab a cup of tea before taking our seats in the stand which gave us an excellent view of the action. As has been well documented on here Basingstoke's time at the Camrose is due to come to an end at this season's close, and in my view those still to visit will be missing out on a treat if they don't make the journey here.

This was an entertaining game between two sides playing good football. The homesters were apparently missing around five of their regular first team players and several of their number looked quite young in comparison to their opponents. Yet over the ninety minutes the undoing of Basingstoke was due to not to the inexperience of those on the pitch but rather the fact that Frome defended well throughout whereas they did not.

An unfortunate own goal early on gave Frome the lead and the afforementioned defensive frailties of Basingstoke led to the second. A penalty reduced the arrears before Frome added a third, again partly due to individual errors. For we neutrals though this was a very decent match and well worth the visit.

The roads behaved themselves on the return journey and we were back indoors by 19:30.



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