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Saturday 20th July 2019

 



Cleeve
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Jul 20, 2019, 5:59 PM

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PSF
Oracle Components v Bedmond 4-0 (ht 2-0)
Venue: Goffs Churchgate School, College Road, Cheshunt; kickoff 1300hrs (actually 1250hrs)
Entry: Free, no programme
Attendance: h/c 8

This will be Oracle Components' first season in the Herts Senior County League (Div 1), meaning that they will meet Bedmond again in competitive mode. So this comfortable win should have been a good omen for them. However, while Oracle looked competent and cohesive, their opponents looked more like a scratch side of reserves, youths, trialists and a lot extra ballast. Possibly not their first team!

There are five pitches behind the school, none with any football furniture, and our game was played on the most north easterly pitch and adjacent to the A10. There were two other games in progress, so there were few free parking spaces on site. Facilities that were open were just the changing rooms and toilets.

Oracle's home ground for this season will be the 3g pitch at the Goffs Academy site on Goffs Lane, next to Broxbourne Borough's ground.

PSF
Codicote v Cockfosters Reserves 3-3 (ht 3-3)
Venue: Kimpton Recreation Ground, High Street, Kimpton; kickoff 1500hrs
Entry: Free, no programme
Attendance: h/c 23

The early start to the previous game still didn't allow me to see this kickoff but I got here in time for the first of many goals. It was a even game throughout with both teams scoring at will in the first half and spurning all their chances after the break. An entertaining affair in a lovely setting.

A narrow entrance off the High Street, sign-posted for Kimpton Rovers, leads up to a pitch cut into the side of a considerable slope. From the pavillion balcony this provides a great view of the pitch and the rooftops beyond. On the down side, the ball, and sometimes a player, can quickly disappear from sight off the edge of the pitch. The driveway goes round the pitch and in front of the pavillion to a grassy area by the bowls club. Some late-comers parked on the grass below the pitch next to the children's play area. The pavillion is a modern wooden construction with three changing rooms (ideally there would have been four as we had two female linespersons). A serving hatch was firmly closed for the duration.


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HantsLondoner
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Jul 20, 2019, 6:07 PM

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

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Pre-Season Friendly

Moneyfields 2 Tonbridge Angels 0

admission £2-00 teamsheet yes attendance est 60
last season's 4th in Southern Div 1 South (lost in playoffs) v 4th in Isthmian Premier (won in playoffs - now National South)
Third consecutive Saturday I've seen a Hampshire club at home to team that's taken 2-3 hours to get there - is this a trend?
Anyway, today, the home team looked like the National South side with an excellent display. They will surely be challenging strongly in their league this season if they play like this.
A fairly quiet start, with Moneys' Brown (a recent signing) setting up Fennemore for a blocked shot and Brown making the keeper scramble with an audacious 45-yarder just wide being the highlights of the first 20 mins. Angels started to look dangerous as a good run by Derry saw a pass to Turner on the left who set up Theobalds for a shot screwed badly wide. A Turner cross then had home defender Pearce desperately turning the ball over his own bar. On 34 mins Moneys played a long ball forward for Pennery to chase, he made a nuisance of himself and was impeded by Angels' defender Bentley for a penalty, converted by Pennery to give the home team the lead. Angels came back and a Turner cross was met with a clever backflick by Derry, just wide. Brown forced visiting keeper Henly into two good saves before the break, score 1-0.
After the break Moneys substituted their keeper (Hallett, also new, had looked good in the first half) and sub Simmonds had to come out quickly soon after the restart to clear from Read. But Moneys defended well and their pressing game saw them gain the upper hand. Brown set up Fennemore again for a shot just wide, Henly had to rush out to clear from Pennery, then a cross from the right saw Pennery fouled as he was about to shoot by Bentley (again). This one was disputed more, but again looked correct. This time Donnelly scored the penalty for 2-0. After that Moneys held on comfortably, despite making several subs in the last quarter, resulting in an Angels improvement. Pennery was substituted. possibly for his own safety, after annoying a defender by kicking the ball away several times as he prepared to take a free-kick. Small looked a decent sub for Angels and he forced Simmonds into two good saves near the end. But a deserved victory for Moneys, and a good performance.
No changes at Moneys this season, as you come in, the main stand on your left, a covered stand on your right, a teabar near the entrance, and a friendly welcome. as ever. Cheap to get in today, too.
And they found it hard to get out of the vicinity of the ground, too.... anyone who's been to Moneyfields will recognise the surroundings.





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osborne
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Jul 20, 2019, 6:18 PM

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Hinckley AFC 0 Nuneaton Borough 8 Pre-season Friendly
Admission £4/£2
Programme 50p
Tea £1
There was little to inspire me today with the local pre-season games, so in the end I headed off to watch Hinckley for the simple fact I've not been to them since they took over the old Ibstock ground.
I arrived just after 2 and took one of the last spaces in the car park. There was a decent crowd out to watch this game. The ground seems pretty similar to that I remembered. There was an area of cover on the turnstile side and there was some covered bench style seating on the otherside of the clubhouse. The ground does look well cared for.
The game saw Nuneaton Borough far to good for the home side, they scored twice in the first 5 minutes, including one shot that went through the kepper's hands. It was a bit harsh as he had a decent game. Two late goals in the half made it 0-4 as heavy rain showers saw the fans rush under cover. The second half saw the weather improve and Nuneaton scored 2 more goals. After that, lots of subs came on and the game fizzled out. Its hard to judge the two teams on the basis of this game, but I think Hinckley will do okay, but I suspect Nuneaton Borough will have a much better season.


paulh66
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Jul 20, 2019, 6:58 PM

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Horsham 3-1 Crawley Town
Att 1,080, adm £11, prog £2

Horsham's big day. Although they've played two low key friendlies here in the last week, today marked the official opening of their impressive new stadium at Hop Oast after eleven homeless years. Fittingly today's opponents were their near neighbours from League 2, and such are the facilities here that Crawley are now using it as their training base.

The ground is two miles south of the town, down a driveway off the B2237 old Worthing Road and virtually opposite the park and ride (regular buses so easy for those on public transport). It's also just off the main A24 - in fact heading south down the A24 it's the next turn-off after another new ground, Broadbridge Heath's new place, again two miles away.

The ground is out in the sticks so there's little in the surrounding area to hold your attention, although The Boar's Head pub is probably walkable. I skipped that in favour of a tipple in the Malt Shovel, one of the town's several GBG offerings, and rather good it was too.

The stadium car park isn't that big and, today, was reserved for players and officials. I suspect this will be the norm. However ample free parking is allowed for spectators in the aforementioned park and ride.

Entrance into the ground is at the car park end, behind the near goal, next to the attractive main club building, adorned with club crest on its gable. There's split-level viewing behind this goal but, with access to the clubhouse and the snack bar here too, it got a bit congested at that end today. Although in general the ground feels quite roomy, even with a big crowd in like today.

The queue for the bar inside the spacious clubhouse often stretched to the door but, to be fair, it was moving and the staff were efficient at serving. On a muggy afternoon I was pleased the clubhouse had air conditioning, delighted that they had a hand-pump and almost euphoric that it was dispensing Dark Star Hophead. Not quite the same in a plastic glass, mind.

I didn't eat but was impressed by the wide range of typical football fodder on offer, although slightly less impressed by the prices - £3.50 for a Pukka Pie....

I liked the ground. The near end just described is distinctive, the sizeable six row main stand down the right is attractive and I can just about forgive the two little Arena stands down the left side (one seated, one terraced) and the third (terraced) behind the far goal - not least because they offered some much needed shade this afternoon. The pitch is artificial. All in all, easily good enough for the club's newly-earned step 3 status, maybe even step 2, and scope to develop beyond that if needed.

As for the game, a deserved win for the hosts against a half-strength Crawley side. Although you can never read too much into friendlies I'd be concerned if I was a Crawley fan as the side badly tailed off in the second half, with some looking lethargic and disinterested. Horsham wanted it more and they could play a bit too. They took the lead slightly against the balance of play on 34, conceded an equaliser two minutes later but by the midway point of the second half were 3-1 up thanks to a penalty and a splendid 'cut in and curl' effort into the far corner. By this time Crawley had a few trialists on (hard to see any of them earning a contract) and, under a hot sun, the game petered out.

Decent result but a great afternoon all round for Horsham and great to see them back home.


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Windy
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Jul 20, 2019, 7:04 PM

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Betfred Cup - East Kilbride 0 St Mirren 0 (East Kilbride won 6-5 on penalties) - Admission £10 - Programme £2 - Attendance approx 600

First ever visit to K Park to see an intriguing fixture between a Lowland League side and one representing the Scottish Premiership and it was an easy choice to pick this one for my third visit to Scotland in a week with two more to come. Transport this week was car to Wolverhampton then train to Glasgow, however, complications came in with a replacement bus service from Crewe to Preston which I could have done without. Fortunately the return journey is direct but around an hour longer than it should be due to those annoying engineering works. From Glasgow it was a 21 bus to the outskirts of East Kilbride and then a short walk. Big thanks to East Kilbride FC for reserving a ticket for me when it was cash sales only since they went on sale a couple of weeks ago.

The ground was small with seats on one side of the pitch and the St Mirren fans standing at one end with the other two sides both inaccessible to the public. I was expecting a good atmosphere at this one but was very disappointed with it seeming more like a pre season friendly. Maybe it was the action on the pitch that didn’t help and there wasn’t much to get excited about. The home keeper who by all accounts had a stormer last Saturday made a terrific double save late in the first half from Danny Mullen and Alan Martin was rightly given the man of the match award for those saves and his commanding display between the sticks. St Mirren had 22 efforts on goal but rarely looked like scoring with the East Kilbride defence putting bodies in front of shots time after time.

No surprise that up front East Kilbride rarely threatened and the match went to penalties for the extra point. Early in the shoot out, the home defender Ryan Sinnamon saw his penalty saved by Jaclav Hladky but St Mirren’s Mullen who took their fifth penalty put his spot kick well over the bar. It then went to 5-5 before Cody Cooke had to retake his penalty and then it was a poor attempt that was easily held by Martin and it was up to David Brownlie to score to see the home side winners by 6-5.

Got to say that I thought that St Mirren looked a really poor outfit bearing in mind the big gulf in divisions between the teams and will be nailed on for relegation if they produce performances like this on a regular basis. Ignore the fact they had 22 efforts on goal - many of those were speculative from distance and they didn’t seem to have the knowledge to try to get behind the home defence.

Back in Scotland on Tuesday and that will be the long coach journey just like I did last Tuesday, with the match that I’m planning to see changing from Alloa v Stirling as that looks to be a dead rubber now, with Dumbarton v Motherwell the likely destination and that, on paper, again looks as though it could be one sided but as I saw this afternoon, football isn’t as straightforward as that.


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rabbie 77
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Jul 20, 2019, 7:11 PM

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Civil Service Strollers 5 v Arniston 0

Admission £6, No programme/team sheet. Coffee £1 Attendance 30

A one sided affair, with the Stollers going ahead in the first few minutes, and then pretty much dominating possession thereafter in this pre-season friendly between the LL side and the junior outfit. Strollers looking the fitter and sharper team throughout, with some decent passing interchanges as well.

First visit to this nearby ground in North Edinburgh, with a nice clubhouse/bar set up, and one small main stand, three sides uncovered and standing on a sunny afternoon.


barcud-coch
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Jul 20, 2019, 7:15 PM

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Talgarth Town 5 Cwm Wanderers 5

King George V Playing Fields: Pre-Season Friendly

This was my first visit to the King George V Playing Fields since October 2018 when the home club entertained Felindre in a Mid Wales League (South) fixture. The Royals went on to be crowned champions last term but were unable to complete a double after being beaten by eventual winners Penybont united in the semi-finals of the League Cup. The Breconshire club decided to apply for promotion back to the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League after having withdrawn from the competition towards the end of the 2016/17 campaign. This was Talgarth Town’s first official pre-season fixture after entertaining a team of Swansea-based refuges. Their opponents finished mid-table in the Neath and District League Premier Division last season and it would be interesting to compare the standard of these two clubs playing at tier five of the Welsh domestic pyramid. It was also the opening pre-season fixture for Ystradgynlais-based outfit after having played an intra-club fixture against their reserve team last weekend. There had been no changes to the King George V Playing Fields since my previous visit and it appears the clubhouse is now back in full working order after experiencing some flood damage last season.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 13th minute when a low cross from out on the right was forced home from close range. Talgarth Town doubled their lead 15 minutes later when the pacey Harry Sharman ran on to a ball played over the visiting defence and run through on goal before rounding the goalkeeper to score. Cwm Wanderers halved the deficit in the 33rd minute with a 25-yard drive that Royals custodian Jordan Bailey could only help into the top corner of his net. The Ystradgynlais-based outfit found themselves on level terms after heading home from a free-kick out on the left. The Neath League men went ahead for the first time in the 40th minute when they another header found the back of the net from the right edge of the penalty area. The Mid Wales League (South) champion were back on level terms 16 minutes after the interval when they broke swiftly from their final third and Sharman latched on to a well-timed through ball before beating the Wanderers’ goalkeeper. The visitors were ahead again three minutes later from the penalty spot after Bailey brought down an opponent just inside his area. The Royals equalised again following another counter-attack in the 72nd minute and the ball was eventually forced home from close range. Talgarth Town went ahead five minutes later when a home player latched on to a Sharman pass before finding the far corner. The scoring was completed with four minutes remaining when a Cwm Wanderers player cut into the penalty area from out on the right and his deflected effort beat Bailey.
2019/20 Statistics

Goals: 83
Matches: 15
New Grounds: 4


FatCat
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Jul 20, 2019, 7:30 PM

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Team(s): Witham Town, Rochdale, Halstead Town & West Ham United

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Tiptree Engaine 0-3 Witham Town (HT: 0-1)
Essex & Suffolk Border League Prem Div (Step 7) v Isthmian League North Div (Step 4)
Pre Season Friendly
Admission: Free
Att: 20

My first visit to Tiptree Engaine.
Played at Burches Meadow, Colne Engaine near Halstead.
A very basic ground with whitewashed wooden pallets stood up on end forming the perimeter for most of three sides to the ground.
No hard standing, cover or seats.

A very niggly game that saw a Witham player sent off.


splodge
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Jul 20, 2019, 8:00 PM

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Pre-Season Friendly

Moneyfields 2 Tonbridge Angels 0


You should have offered to give them a push Wink



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nervous rec
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Jul 20, 2019, 8:11 PM

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Hamilton Academicals 2 Partick Thistle 2 Hamilton won 6-5 on penalties.
Admission £12 Programme £1
Bet Fred Cup

Premier League v Championship, and it was the lower ranked side that looked more up for the game. Indeed they took the lead after 15 minutes, but were pegged back 30 seconds from the restart, in a fast paced, entertaining game, and that’s the way it stayed until half time. A nasty injury to an Accies player meant that the half finished around the time most of the other games had started the second half. The home side had more control over the second period, and took the lead 10 minutes in. However Partick, who had ex Wolves player Kenny Miller, and ex Aldershot player Sean McGinty in their lineup, equalised on 73 minutes. It appeared that Accies would score immediately after the Partick goal again, when McGinty needlessly gave away a penalty, however the resulting kick was fired high over the bar. Hamilton’s penalties were much improved after the final whistle, scoring all 6, whilst Partick missed their 6th, to give Hamilton the extra point. The focal point of the ground are two large stands, one running the length of the pitch, the other behind the goal housed the away fans, both elevated above the pitch, and accessed by stairs in front of the stands. Down the other side another seated stand, with a temporary style canvas roof, while advertising hoardings were behind the far goal. Neither of these two sides were in use today. The ground is an easy walk from Hamilton West train station.



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HantsLondoner
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Jul 20, 2019, 8:11 PM

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Pre-Season Friendly

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You should have offered to give them a push Wink


I was lucky I wasn't stuck behind them, since it was one of those one-way streets. I'm sure there were some locals willing to help Wink





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PhilT
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Jul 20, 2019, 8:22 PM

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St Ives Town 0 - 0 Cambridge City
Penalties 5-4
Hunts FA 125 Premier Cup, Group game
Admission £6; no programme

This tournament has kept me busy for three successive Saturdays now, and has been very enjoyable.

This tie was between the two leaders of one of the groups, so was winner takes all for a place in the final.

City started very well, and dominated the first half hour. Lost count of the free kicks they were awarded in their opponents' half. Despite this they didn't directly threaten the home goal, and Town began to gain the upper hand in the final quarter hour, having much the best chance of the half.

The second half was more even, but fairly uneventful until right near the end when Town ht the bar, and then had a late goal ruled out for offside.

So to a penalty shootout for an extra group point - a la EFL Trophy - and a place in the final. Some excellent penalties were scored, but City's last one was well saved, and Town completed the job with the final kick.

St Ives now play Yaxley in the final - I hear it will be this week, but is still to be arranged, so not sure yet.


sheffgeoff
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Jul 20, 2019, 8:24 PM

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Pre Season Friendly

Memorial Ground, Farnham

Farnham Town 1(1) Petersfield Town 2(0)

Attendance c50

Admission £4 No Programmes or a Badges

Ham & Cheese Roll £1.50 Tea £1

Farnham’s Memorial Ground is reached down Mead Lane. A friendly official took pity on me and let me double park in the small car park. The ground clearly has seen better days. The turnstile and changing rooms side of the ground appeared to be off limits. Not sure but it looked like some building work may have started down the touchline. The end to the left also appeared to be out of bounds. There is a seated stand behind the goal to the right. The opposite touchline has dugouts and a small covered standing area. The clubhouse accessed from the car park had a bar (no hand pump) and a tea bar selling hot and cold food and hot drinks.

The game was not the best but the goals were notable. The hosts took the lead in the third minute with an in swinging corner from the left that curled directly into the net. The visitors made little impression before the break but improved afterwards. They equalised in the 71st minute with a well placed left footed shot from outside the box into the bottom corner. They then won the game in the 83rd minute with a stunning half volley from twenty-five yards that gave the home keeper no chance.


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codofthenorth
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Jul 20, 2019, 8:52 PM

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Clydebank 5-0 Broxburn.....PSF....Adm £4....Already had programme....Cuppa £1.50 (Catering Van).

A short drive for this one,wasnt going to waste fuel on the few G3 cage option's,not for a PSF. With the sun cracking the flags,I was expecting a stiffer test for Clybebank but in all fairness Bankies won with relative ease...not that it counts for much.Goals on 29 and 33 minute set the Bankies up nicely,Cammy Mc Clair added the second.
Three second half goals were added but no goals in the last 25 mins.There were a few bookings but generally it was good natured.Holm Park must be the best ground in the UK for watching aircraft arrivals,.

Theyve a strange routine here,the players when they get subbed,they have to climb in a wheelie bin full of cold water...can't see that still being in force come January.If you intend visiting the Portaloo's behind the main building are the changing rooms.

Decent afternoon all in all.



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kirby knitters
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Jul 20, 2019, 9:15 PM

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PSF
Hinckley AFC 0 Nuneaton Borough 6.
In-£4
Prog - 50p
Att-212
Fosters - £2 (tins)
Boro had this in the bag with a couple of early goals, 4 up at the break and it could have been many more. No surprise but a decent crowd was what this was all about. Improved bar this season at Ibstock with loads more different stuff on offer. Well worth a visit.


Dog Man
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Jul 20, 2019, 9:31 PM

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Tiptree Engaine 0-3 Witham Town (HT: 0-1)
Essex & Suffolk Border League Prem Div (Step 7) v Isthmian League North Div (Step 4)
Pre Season Friendly
Admission: Free
Att: 20

My first visit to Tiptree Engaine.
Played at Burches Meadow, Colne Engaine near Halstead.
A very basic ground with whitewashed wooden pallets stood up on end forming the perimeter for most of three sides to the ground.
No hard standing, cover or seats.

A very niggly game that saw a Witham player sent off.


I also attended this game with the dog. I agree with your comments but would also emphasise the sloping pitch. As a neutral I felt I was witnessing two football cultures locking horns. it was not always a pretty sight.


adji
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Jul 20, 2019, 9:43 PM

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Wolves Sporting 2 Kirby Muxloe 1 Att- 48 h/c

Run of the mill win but won't live long in the memory


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Hertspireite
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Jul 20, 2019, 9:56 PM

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Pre Season Friendly.
3pm at the County Ground
Free entry.
Tea £1.50
Att est. HC 35

Letchworth Garden City Eagles (Herts Co Step 11) 0 vs 5 Shefford Town and Campton (Spartan 1 Step 10)

My first visit to the County Ground in Letchworth, an all weather pitch that appears to be shedding a lot of tiny pieces of rubber. Entry was through the small café area, very clean facilities. Free parking available directly opposite the Ground in the Baldock Road Rec car park.

Beds Co Champions Shefford appeared to be the stronger team today as the score line indicated.



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NeilH
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Jul 20, 2019, 10:28 PM

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Also at this one, and like PhilT have enjoyed the tournament. Overall thought that St Ives deserved their victory, especially on their 2nd half performance. First time I've seen a result determined by penalties in this way. Good to see some of the friendly folk at Westwood Road who were very accommodating during City's groundshare there from 2015-2018.
Earlier in the day I made my first visit to Eynesbury Rovers for a while, watching the match that would determine Group 2 in the same tournament. A noon kick off gave me plenty of time to get over to St Ives for 3pm. If Yaxley won, they were through whilst an Eynesbury win would allow their neighbours St Neots Town to proceed to the final. Both teams had loads of chances in the first chance but they were mostly squandered. Midway through the first half we had a delay whilst the ref received some treatment but he was soon OK to carry on. 1-1 at half time. 2nd half was niggly and sweary and again chances were created and missed by both sides. Eventually Yaxey took control and won 3-1 to reach the final.
Good to catch up with Ashley Fuller, part of the management team at Rovers. £3 in, no paper. Work still on-going to fence in the ground on the Hall Road side and an impressive scaffold seated stand now behind the goal furthest away from Barford Road. Final word to the groundsman - a superb pitch.


Nobody's Heroes
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Hamilton Academicals 2 Partick Thistle 2 Hamilton won 6-5 on penalties.
Admission £12 Programme £1
Bet Fred Cup

Premier League v Championship, and it was the lower ranked side that looked more up for the game. Indeed they took the lead after 15 minutes, but were pegged back 30 seconds from the restart, in a fast paced, entertaining game, and that’s the way it stayed until half time. A nasty injury to an Accies player meant that the half finished around the time most of the other games had started the second half. The home side had more control over the second period, and took the lead 10 minutes in. However Partick, who had ex Wolves player Kenny Miller, and ex Aldershot player Sean McGinty in their lineup, equalised on 73 minutes. It appeared that Accies would score immediately after the Partick goal again, when McGinty needlessly gave away a penalty, however the resulting kick was fired high over the bar. Hamilton’s penalties were much improved after the final whistle, scoring all 6, whilst Partick missed their 6th, to give Hamilton the extra point. The focal point of the ground are two large stands, one running the length of the pitch, the other behind the goal housed the away fans, both elevated above the pitch, and accessed by stairs in front of the stands. Down the other side another seated stand, with a temporary style canvas roof, while advertising hoardings were behind the far goal. Neither of these two sides were in use today. The ground is an easy walk from Hamilton West train station.




Also at this one at is what is know known as the Fountain of Youth Stadium thanks to a ground sponsorship deal earlier tis year. Game was marred by two serious incidents, Firstly the nasty looking injury to the Accies player (Ronan Hughes) and secondly to the Jags fan who suffered a heart attack during the half time break. CPR was administered by the father of one of the Jags players (Lewis Mansell) who was there to watch his son play. Here's hoping the gentleman who was taken ill makes a full recovery.

Programme available for a mere £1 and althogh lacking in material was well worth the price.

The result leaves both teams in woth a chance of qualifying from this group..


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Jul 21, 2019, 8:52 AM

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Deeping Rangers 2 Peterborough Sports 4
Att,150 adm £6
Nice ground with covering on all sides which came in hardy during the 2nd half downpour.
Good workout for sports deeping pushed them all the way.
Chips decent for a quid,plenty of car parking which could be stretched when I go back a week Monday for deeping v posh.


Bielsa ringing
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Fulham 2 v 1 Brighton PSF @Aldershot "EBB" Stadium.
£10 in (£11 train fare) no prog.
Both sides will be playing each other in 20-21, in the Championship, based on a decent 90 mins. The old Recreation Ground is worth the trip once if you are ticking it off but Aldershot the town is an acquired taste....



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As the quote in the new and pristine Black n' Red cryptically says 'The Beginning is Always Today' time to start another season after an early summer of w*rk, walking the Suffolk and Sussex coasts with accompanying pub stops and numerous views of woefully obscure late seventies noiseniks (esp Swell Maps) on YouTube.

Gracious thanks for Jaundiced Hack Miller for flagging up the following and mentioning the all important word 'competitive' and therefore it was destination Bridgwater for....

Bitton 3 v 2 Bridlington Town - Tool Station Charity Cup
Prog 16 pages (produced surprisingly by Bridgwater Town as I thought that they were online only) W/A - Admission £4.00* Att 100(ish)

* Was happy to make a donation for the Tool Station chosen charities but the raffle meister was insistent on giving me a strip of tickets even though as a DIY hating person, I have no need for any Tool Station products like a pressure washer or a set of tools. Thankfully, I did not win.

Curious but welcome competition that pits two randomly selected/invited teams from the leagues that Tool Station sponsor and sends one of them on what I understand is a massive long day out (for Bridlington it was 552 miles). On a scale of competitiveness it was an eight and a half out of ten, tackles flew in and there was plenty of imaginative play, though we did have a man in black who was never going to pull his yellow card from his pocket despite there being three instances in the second half where in normal playing conditions a yellow at the very least would have been brandished. Slight deviation from accepted rules in that both teams used all of their fifteen named players, though thankfully Messrs A, B & C Triallist were absent from the teamsheet. Praise to the Bridgwater official who at half time corrected the details of the Bridlington team several of whom were not wearing the numbers allocated on the teamsheet.

A final outcome that would hardly been foreseen after the first four minutes when Bridlington took a two goal lead with the opening day Nuls fear banished as McFadyen found the net with a deflected volley and then ninety seconds later took advantage of a non defending defence to effortlessly chip over the advancing Burgess. There were concerns at this time that this would be a complete rout especially when McFadyen nearly completed a pre five minute hat trick but ultimately the turning point of the contest was when the non defending mode affected Bridlington allowing Graves to place past Hitchcock from close range. Three goals in the opening six minutes of the opening game of 19-20 and the pulses were operating slightly more fervently than usual. Play then calmed down, though it still captivated with it being open and attack minded. Fletcher thought he had levelled for Bitton but was thwarted by an offside flag, however the leveller did arrive when Groves corner was net by a classic near post headed oggie by Gargett noticeable by his clearly dyed grey shock of hair (wait until the grey becomes natural matey).

After a level first period, Bitton were the more purposeful in the second as seemingly Bridlington's long day took it's toll. Tipping had two decent opportunities but drove both wide but then from a free kick brought out a good tip over from Hitchcock. Graves hit the bar but soon after we were made aware that in the event of a draw that it would be straight to penalties a free kick rebounded kindly to Graves who dispatched from close range. It was only in the final minutes that Bridlington posed any form of threat but it was clear that there was a tiredness about their second half play which allowed the Bitton defence to easily dispense with any threat apart from a McFadyen shot past Burgess that found Grimshaw perfectly positioned on the line to clear.

Second visit to Fairfax Park having visited for a Bridgwater Town home match circa mid noughties, two seated stands one elevated and cover behind each goal, easily located at the back of the equally well appointed Rugby ground which has a sizeable stand.

Interesting place Bridgwater if only for the contrast between a historic town centre and the rows of terraced houses in and around the station which gives the impression that you are in a northern textile town or Lowestoft rather than on the Somerset Levels. No GBG entries so it was make do with the town JDW outlet for cheap Cotleigh Barn Owl which was reasonably palatable and accompanying baked potato fodder.

Long day out starting at 06.50 and split ticketing at Didcot and Bristol Temple Meads which kept the train fares of the day to less than £50.00 rather than the stupidly expensive walk up fare. The break at Didcot was problematic as the 10,14 consisted just of five coaches and was 'cosy, in addition due to signalling issues, the service was rerouted via Bristol Parkway but arrived ten minutes early allowing a Knights Templar (also JDW) adjournment allowing an ale from the unsampled Bason Brdge brewery. Return journey was also interrupted with the train crew being unable to reset the passenger alarm at Swindon meaning a stationary service. Thankfully, there was a further Paddington bound service on an opposite platform meaning a swift changing of trains.

Long day, footsore and Saturday evening weary, indoors at 23.10. Happy new season to all......


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Mayo League. Elverys Sports Super League. KO 16:30. (F&N). Crowd 43

Manulla 4 v 3 Snugboro United

My first game in the Mayo league and my thanks to Hoddy for telling me they played in the summer like the Airtricity league. The ground is outside the village down a narrow road. Fully enclosed and surrounded by large leylandii trees on 3 sides, it has a large stand with almost 200 seats, is railed on all sides, has dug outs, and a tarmac path round the entire perimeter. The oval area suggests it's previous use was perhaps for greyhound racing or trotting perhaps.

If you arrived late for this game you would have missed a lot of the action. KO was actually 16:28 and the home side scored after 4 and 6 minutes with the visitors pulling a goal back one minute later. Snugboro equalised later in the half.

Second period began with a home goal in the first minute and they went 4-2 up before conceding a penalty with around 15 minutes to play. No further goals but a game of great football throughout with bottom club united pushing their 4th placed hosts all the way.

Special mention for the referee, brilliant, got everything spot on, one of the best performances I have seen for a while. Lovely ground, great football and free tea and biscuits at half time. I wish every game could be like this!

Mayo League, same division, KO 19:00. (F&N). Crowd 63.

Straide & Foxford United 0 v 8 Castlebar Celtic

A 30 minute drive to Foxford brought us to another pleasant location. No stand here but still fully railed with advertising boards around the whole pitch and fixed dugouts. The road to the ground divides the pitch from the river with a statue outside in memory of William Brown an Irish born Argentine Admiral, the whole area is tastefully done.

League leaders Celtic were clear favourites for this game with only one defeat all season. It took around 22 minutes to break the deadlock and the second goal came on the stroke of half time.

Two in a minute at the start of the second half sealed the victory, the opposition seemed to give up and Celtic scored for fun after that. Another good match though and an enjoyable game in a great location.



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Jul 21, 2019, 9:23 AM

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My first game in the Mayo league and my thanks to Hoddy for telling me they played in the summer like the Airtricity league.

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My pleasure Dave , always try and get people to proper football Tongue

Myself just the 1 , the local derby in Bulgaria Div 2 between Kariana (Erden) and Montana 1921.
A very feisty 1-1.



July 1, 2019 to June 30,2020 = 69 / 59 / 10 / inc 2 x 0-0's. (You know my rules) @ 19 / 09 / 2019.
2019/20. Benelux = Bel = 0-0-0-(0-0-0)-(0-2-1-1)/ Lux = 0-2 / Neth = 0-0-0-(1 - 2) Others France = 0-0 / Germany =0-0-0 / Italy =0-3(Act 4- Frosinone new ground)./ Iberia = P = 0-1 & S = 0-0.

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PSF

Alf Swain Memorial ground

Arundel 0-11 {ELEVEN} Beckenham Town
{STEP06 SCL-1} v {STEP06 SEC-P}

Adm: £4 no prog/no badges

".... we get asked that a lot"

Att: desultory h/c approx. 70+

Directions: finally unearthed the 'disappearing man' for his first game of the season. He chose this one - seems obsessed with getting to Newport Pagnell Crazy - which I've already done.
Just as well I held back and that we didn't opt for their NLM 'listed' friendly vs N'hampton Sileby .... as - as far as I can tell - it wasn't on. Hopefully would have noticed that on twitter before leaving.

Cross country out via Eversley/Minley up one M3 jn round the fringes of Aldershot A331/A31/A283 S heading through, rather than round, Godalming (SatNav befuddled here)

Entered town by filtering left off of A284 into London Rd which becomes the High St 'under' the Castle

Parked in main car park beyond Castle (£2.50 for 3 hours) - entrance to club in corner
NOTE : if using the club's given postcode - do not follow Satnav to Mill Lane, next to Norfolk Hotel, as this has been blocked off - take next left at roundabout into Mill Road

Ground sited behind bowls club and not as far along the road as Tennis.

Facilities: spacious enough clubhouse - plenty of standing and seated cover - seats fold down bulky plastic - not v.comfortable. Catering 'block' on far touchline next to seated stand - does all the usual- decent 'home made' Burgers

Match: - bit of a procession as Home side subsided completely under a blistering 2nd half onslaught and the visitors upped their game.
Beckenham too big too fast and far too clinical for a side short on confidence.
Perhaps easy to see why they were relegated last term - albeit only on GD following a disastrous final day beaten 0-6 at home - if this is their standard performance.

The 'Reds' (playing in Navy) performed considerably higher than a level above in ability and blew the tousled 'Mullets' Angelic away.

0-4 by Ht

... added another 7 without reply - was 0-9 with 20 mins to go.

Not sure what the real difference was other than Arundel were incapable of keeping the ball for more than three passes and both full-backs appeared to be performing strictly ceremonial roles. I hope for their sake they do have more squad members to call on.

Beckenham however do have something about them - Humphris notched 5 and Hall grabbed a hat-trick.
- easy to be over-positive due the level of opposition but might be worth keeping a mindful eye on. They had beaten Cray Wanderers last week - will consider their FAC opener vs RPV early August as we've not been to Eden Park.

Back home via Petworth and then on up to Farnham - pit-stop closer to home at the White Hart, Eversley. Indoors by 19:00.


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6pm
Pre-season friendly
Lorient 1 Laval 0 (att 500 est) at Ploermel FC
7eu admission, no progs


Second and final game during our Breton holiday. Ploermel is a nice market town about an hour's drive south from our Dinan base, and a similar distance from Lorient, who were playing their final friendly before the Ligue 2 season gets underway.

They won this comfortably, the only goal coming after 12 minutes. Not many clear chances for either side after that, but despite the lack of excitement it was a decent game to watch, and the stadium and the warm weather all added to my enjoyment.

Ploermel FC play at the second level of Brittany League foootball. Their Stade Municipal Patrick Caillaud is close to the town centre and has a large seated stand. The rest of the ground is open standing, although there's some shelter from the sun thanks to an overhang in front of a lone refreshment bar.

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Betfred Scottish League Cup Group Game
Edinburgh City v Dunfermline Athletic, 1-0, H.T. 0-0, Att 1035 (official), 1700+ (Actual), Admission £12, Programme £2.50, Coffee £1.25

The Betfred Cup fixture list didn’t look very exciting and I suspected I would make a bad choice by going to this. I was proved right. Dunfermline’s young team were unable to break down a solid Edinburgh City side for whom the term attractive football is very unfamiliar.

Dunfermline dominated for most of the time without creating many good chances. It was dull and pedestrian for the most part. The Pars got what they deserved when they were caught non the break with four minutes left to play, conceding a soft goal to lose the game. Both Edinburgh City supporters appeared to be delighted.

The attendance was announced and reported as 1035. I think what happened was that City breached their safety limit which is around 1035. There were easily 1700 people there – folks who were also at the Spartans v Liverpool game on Monday (att 1950) reckoned there were almost as many as for that game. Dunfermline brought a large support and stewards had to hastily remove barriers preventing people from standing on the grass bankings otherwise there would have been a riot.

I like Ainslie Park for a Spartans game – relaxed atmosphere, access to the café / bar, friendly people etc. For a big game like this it is miserable. No access to the café / bar for one thing. Fearful it might rain I watched the first half from the stand but bailed out at half time – just too claustrophobic when packed and not designed for overweight Scots.

Rumours that the programme would sell out early proved unfounded – my mate got one when arriving two minutes before kick off without any problem. Thick and colourful (the programme not my mate) it is not a bad effort but dominated by adverts and corporate content.

This group is proving very tight. St Mirren and Dunfermline, who were clear favourites, have not had it their own way and City will now fancy their chances with two “easier” games to follow, at home to East Kilbride and away to Albion Rovers. The Pars have just got EK to play and a win in essential.

Parking is problematical at big games. Quite rightly priority is given to users of the Ainslie Park Sports Centre – the car park at the ground belongs to them, not Spartans. Add in a busy residential area and a supermarket and the whole area gets quite congested.

Walking up to the ground a Pars Supporters Bus was disgorging and one of the occupants asked me about the nearest pub. They never mentioned the words “decent”, “safe” or “friendly” so I took them literally and directed them towards the Anchor down in the depth of Pilton. Hope they got out alright.


Rebel Yeller
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Staines Town 4 AFC Wimbledon 0

Programme - yes, a slim job for 50p. Entry £10 . Attendance - h/c 150. Weather - overcast but warm.

After getting thrashed for most of last season, a decent victory for Staines made a welcome change . True, AFC sent their youth side, who had virtually nothing to offer in attack, so gave the home defence a relatively relaxed afternoon. Still, you can only beat what's in front of you.


Staines had the upper hand in the first half and went ahead on 34 through Sarney. AFC came out after the break looking a little more fired up, but when Sarney scored again on 63, they crumpled . Further goals from Bettache on 73 and Thompson on 78 gave a score which was a probably a fair reflection of things.

Staines certainly looked better than last season, but there are still many youngsters in the team and on this showing they are very dependant on Mahrez Bettache in midfiled, who followed Tony Gale from Walton Casuals. I doubt that they'll be in the promotion hunt, but they should have enough to stop the dreaded slide down the leagues which many last year were fearful of.

Staines promoted free entry for this match around most of the local schools but I certainly didn't see that many youngsters in attendance. A small indicator of the trouble Staines have getting local folk through the turnstiles.


CleethorpesOggy
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Jul 21, 2019, 2:47 PM

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Friendly
Barton Town 2 Cleethorpes Town 2
Att: 183 (90-ish away) Admission: comp

Not going to lie - generally speaking, friendlies are not really my bag! However, it is always a pleasant experience visiting Barton-upon-Humber, a very agreeable small town.

Travelled up on the Humber Flyer bus which, after narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with a maniac overtaking on the A15, deposited me in the Market Place. Swift snifter in The George before the 10-minute stroll down to Marsh Lane.

Friendly welcome and Lincoln Gold on in the Clubhouse. Big news pre-match was the signing of ex-professional Ben Davies, who lives just down the road from me. Even though he is now 38, Ben looked super-fit and showed during his hour on the pitch that he is likely to be a step or two higher standard than NPL South-East.

As for the action, Brody Robertson and Scott Vernon fired us into the lead, before a late fightback from the Swans ensured parity. Ex-Owl Marc Cooper with the late leveller. A good work-out in the sun and with the opener at Ilkeston less than a month away, things are beginning to take shape.

Meandering journey back to the coast, via a couple of pub stops, and back indoors at half 7. All in all, a nice day out... for a friendly!!



2019/20 season: 12 competitive games
(8 NPL SE, 2 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 1 FA Youth Cup)

Total goals: 50 (4.2 per game)
Most: 9 (Cleethorpes Town 5 Loughborough Dynamo 4 - 31/8/19)

Last 0-0: Ilkeston Town v Cleethorpes Town (Northern Premier League SE - 17/8/19)
(Current run: 11)

New grounds: 3 (Latest: Sutton Coldfield Town)

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Cowden Andy
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Betfred Scottish League Cup Group Game
Edinburgh City v Dunfermline Athletic, 1-0, H.T. 0-0, Att 1035 (official), 1700+ (Actual), Admission £12, Programme £2.50, Coffee £1.25

The Betfred Cup fixture list didn’t look very exciting and I suspected I would make a bad choice by going to this. I was proved right. Dunfermline’s young team were unable to break down a solid Edinburgh City side for whom the term attractive football is very unfamiliar.

Dunfermline dominated for most of the time without creating many good chances. It was dull and pedestrian for the most part. The Pars got what they deserved when they were caught non the break with four minutes left to play, conceding a soft goal to lose the game. Both Edinburgh City supporters appeared to be delighted.

The attendance was announced and reported as 1035. I think what happened was that City breached their safety limit which is around 1035. There were easily 1700 people there – folks who were also at the Spartans v Liverpool game on Monday (att 1950) reckoned there were almost as many as for that game. Dunfermline brought a large support and stewards had to hastily remove barriers preventing people from standing on the grass bankings otherwise there would have been a riot.

I like Ainslie Park for a Spartans game – relaxed atmosphere, access to the café / bar, friendly people etc. For a big game like this it is miserable. No access to the café / bar for one thing. Fearful it might rain I watched the first half from the stand but bailed out at half time – just too claustrophobic when packed and not designed for overweight Scots.

Rumours that the programme would sell out early proved unfounded – my mate got one when arriving two minutes before kick off without any problem. Thick and colourful (the programme not my mate) it is not a bad effort but dominated by adverts and corporate content.

This group is proving very tight. St Mirren and Dunfermline, who were clear favourites, have not had it their own way and City will now fancy their chances with two “easier” games to follow, at home to East Kilbride and away to Albion Rovers. The Pars have just got EK to play and a win in essential.

Parking is problematical at big games. Quite rightly priority is given to users of the Ainslie Park Sports Centre – the car park at the ground belongs to them, not Spartans. Add in a busy residential area and a supermarket and the whole area gets quite congested.

Walking up to the ground a Pars Supporters Bus was disgorging and one of the occupants asked me about the nearest pub. They never mentioned the words “decent”, “safe” or “friendly” so I took them literally and directed them towards the Anchor down in the depth of Pilton. Hope they got out alright.


Also at this and having been at the Spartans game on Monday no way there was 900 less there yesterday.

As mentioned Ainslie Park just can't cope with a big crowd with only 1 portacablin behind the stand for toilets with a big que at half time. Spartans had portaloos in on Monday but they were long gone.


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A 30 minute drive to Foxford brought us to another pleasant location.


Sporting trivia moment: Foxford is where the Mayo Curse was placed on the 1951 Mayo gaelic football team. 68 years and 9 All-Ireland finals later it's still going strong.

https://en.wikipedia.org/..._curses#Gaelic_Games


dtr1989
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PSF

Atherton Laburnum Rovers 2-2 Morecambe XI

Venue - Crilly park
Attendance - 75
Admission - £3
Programme - £1 (full pre season programme)

Atherton Laburnum Rovers play in the North West Counties Division 1 north, Morecambe are in EFL League 2.

First visit to Crilly Park. This is another Atherton team which has a steep incline! There is the main stand which is raised and has 5 rows of old wooden benches. Opposite there are 3 'pens' which are covered standing. There are another 2 pens behind one of the goals however are set back around 20 metres from the pitch. Free parking in local area.

The game was quite entertaining. The Atherton team were quite young, probably nobody passed the age of 24. The Morecambe team was the development team so mainly between the ages of 18 and 23. The first half saw Atherton shooting up hill, they played some really good stuff and Morecambes 2 centre backs lacked the pace to keep up - one went off injured after pulling a hamstring. Atherton played it on the deck but played it over the top/around the sides when one of the 3 forward players made a dash. Atherton went in at half time 2 up.

The 2nd half saw mass changes for Atherton with some more elderly players coming on. This half the lacked the pace and directness of the first half. Morecambe pulled 2 back.


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Jul 21, 2019, 7:56 PM

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PSF Ballyclare Comrades 0 Glentoran 1 Att guessed at 400 Adm £5/£3 No programme or teamsheet.
First visit to Dixon Park which is located in the centre of town (car parking £1.20 for 3 hours). Nice modest ground with cover on 3 sides and seating on 2, although on the main side there are two stands, one slightly in front of the other which severely restricts the view from the other one. Small but well stocked club shop and splashed out £10 on BC Centenary History book, very well produced and informative, £2 centenary club badge and £1.50 pen. Game started brightly with visitors going ahead with a header on 2 mins, but the rest of the game was nondescript.



2019/20: Games 7 Goals 21 New grounds 3 New teams 4


Spennyfan_chris
First Team Sub

Jul 21, 2019, 8:09 PM

Posts: 1079
Location: Spennymoor, Co. Durham
Team(s): Spennymoor Town FC & Tokyo Verdy

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Pre Season Friendly

Stocksbridge Park Steels 0-5 Spennymoor Town (HT 0-4)


It was a nice little trek down to Stocksbridge for a pre season game, probably one of my fav grounds i've been to, but to the game it was action packed at the start of the game where errors where the problem in the first 10 minutes of the game where a back pass almost cost Spennymoor a goal but at the other end, it was a OG from the Steels Trailist/GK which lead to the first Spennymoor goal (7') and then new signing James Roberts went goal crazy scoring 3 goals in the first half and 1 more into the first few minutes of the second half (14', 40', 45' and then 51'), onto Dunston on Tuesday Night now and then after that on Saturday Away to Harrogate Town and then onto the season!



Football Love - Spennymoor Town FC (National League North) & Tokyo Verdy (JLeague Division 2)

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cherryhopper
Chelsea Transfer Target

Jul 21, 2019, 9:44 PM

Posts: 4725
Location: The Premier League town of Bournemouth
Team(s): AFC Bournemouth, Verwood Town, Sunderland

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Moneyfields 2 Tonbridge Angels 0


You should have offered to give them a push Wink


I was lucky I wasn't stuck behind them, since it was one of those one-way streets. I'm sure there were some locals willing to help Wink


Aren't visiting coaches allowed to use the bus lane leading to and from the ground on Moneyfield Avenue?


cherryhopper
Chelsea Transfer Target

Jul 21, 2019, 10:13 PM

Posts: 4725
Location: The Premier League town of Bournemouth
Team(s): AFC Bournemouth, Verwood Town, Sunderland

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Pre Season friendly played at The Garrison Ground
Winchester Castle 2-3 Downton
Headcount 16 - F + N

An unusual venue tempted me out to this one. Visitors were in complete control scoring two goals in a five minute spell either side of the half hour mark, both close range finishes from numbers 17 and 12. Game came to life again with 15 minutes remaining in a crazy five minute spell, first the visitors went 3-0 up with a free kick superbly curled around the wall but within two minutes the hosts were given a lifeline when awarded a penalty which was dispatched and within another few minutes were right back in the game with an unfortunate own goal when a header from a corner came back off the bar and ricocheted into the net off the back of a Downton defender. After this scare the visitors managed to regain control and close out the remaining 10 minutes.

Match was played not at the HCC Ground in Chilcomb, Castle's usual home, but at The Garrison Ground, where once multiple pitches were visible from the M3 but now there is just the one pitch behind the athletics track as a new sports park is being constructed on the site. The pitch is enclosed by trees on three sides with gravel a footpath providing hard standing on the athletics track side. No parking on site, you have to pay £1.50 for a three hour stay at the Barfield Park & Ride and cross Bar End Road and walk through the gap at the end of the boarded up building site and follow the aforementioned footpath all the way round until you reach the pitch.


HantsLondoner
First Team Star

Jul 21, 2019, 10:18 PM

Posts: 2799
Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg

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You should have offered to give them a push Wink


I was lucky I wasn't stuck behind them, since it was one of those one-way streets. I'm sure there were some locals willing to help Wink


Aren't visiting coaches allowed to use the bus lane leading to and from the ground on Moneyfield Avenue?

You mean towards Burrfields Lane, past the allotments? There is a road with a 'Buses Only' sign - the road doesn't seem that wide, but many other coaches have made it to the ground and out again. Maybe nobody told them - or maybe they used SatNav Wink




If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.


rambler77
First Team Star

Jul 22, 2019, 8:40 AM

Posts: 2806
Location: Braunstone, Leicester
Team(s): Oadby Town, Leicester City

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HATHERN 4-0 BARROW TOWN RESERVES
(psf)

@ Pasture Lane, Hathern, Leics

Decided on a local revisit for my first game in two weeks after being injured in an RTA outside of my house.

The ground hasn't changed since my last visit over ten years ago. This took a while to get going but in the end it wasn't that bad, and a deserved win for the hosts.

I also decided to take my camera gear, but my right shoulder was not up to the task. Thankfully I have a monopod and this allowed me to get some photos of the game.

50 can be viewed online @
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KnowYourMarket
Man City Transfer Target!


Jul 22, 2019, 9:53 AM

Posts: 10927
Location: Longton, Stoke-on-Trent - Ar Bay a Brummie
Team(s): WBA, FC Saarbruecken, Brierley Hill Alliance (RIP)

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Dundee 0-0 4-2pens Peterhead

Admission £12, programme available, att: 2322

Straight forward journey up with a breakfast stop at the Stobart truck stop setting me up for the day. Plenty of street parking around the ground.

Decent old stadium where all areas were £12 and £6 for old gits. I sat in the old main stand and chose my pew to make sure I could see both goals instead of pillars. Sat by 2 friendly locals who suffer Dundee home and away!

Not a bad game for a 0-0, everything is always better in clement weather. Peterhead really should have won and spurned more chances than Dundee. I was impressed by the team in pink and they should do well in League 1. As for Dundee they must be a work in progress with 2 16yos lining up in the starting 11.

Usual chip stop in Penrith on the way home, which was busier than usual with locals in their finery. Home for 2245Crazy



Last ground visited(update requested by Spud): Wellington . New grounds 18/19: 38

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bd
Youth Team Regular


Jul 22, 2019, 11:00 AM

Posts: 234
Location: North Swindon & Carterton
Team(s): Swindon Supermarine and Reading

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PSF
Highworth Town 0-0 Supermarine
Adults £5. (SM duties)
Crowd: Unsure. 150 maybe?


Not much to write home about here. 2.2 miles between the clubs and one division. Southern Div 1 West hosts Southern Prem South

Couple of good chances for both sides but other than that, little quality on offer.

Highworth starting to get their ground up together with a new wooden turnstyle and toilet block at the top end. Down the bottom end (Golf Club car park/field entrance) they have also put in a pay gate as that's where the majority of parking is. Not much to be had at the top and it's tight. Always wary leaving my car there.

Had a few flypasts from the AirTattoo which was the highlight of the second half!


Tim
Man City Transfer Target!


Jul 22, 2019, 12:22 PM

Posts: 8240
Location: Stourbridge, Charmouth
Team(s): Stourbridge, Welton Rovers

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Malvern Vale 1 Charlton Rovers 2 (PSF) Att: 9 h/c

Intriguing but rarely exciting, as the higher ranked visitors came from behind to claim victory with two late goals. Not a lot to choose between them - Vale worked harder, Rovers had more skill.

Malvern Vale, in the top division of the Cheltenham League, play at the Dyson Perrins Academy, formerly home of Malvern Rangers. They use the 3G, which has a viewing area along one side. There is slight overlap with the grass pitch used in the past.


Sm1d
Reserve Team Regular


Jul 22, 2019, 5:24 PM

Posts: 593
Location: Tyneside
Team(s): Heed & Toon

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2.50pm ko
Newfield Park
Spittal Rovers 2-4 AFC Killingworth
PSF

6.35pm ko
The Stanks
Weekend Warriors 2-3 Free Trade Ultras
Berwick Charities Cup

https://100groundsclub.blogspot.com/2019/07/681-stanks.html



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Ipeland
First Team Sub

Jul 22, 2019, 10:55 PM

Posts: 1030
Location: Newcastle/Salford/Wrexham
Team(s): Bolton Wanderers, local non-league teams

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Whitchurch Alport 2-2 Crewe (1-0 HT) at Yockings Park
Friendly
Admission: £3, Programme: None, Tea: £1.50
Attendance: 175

Trip down the A525 for the first time for a couple of seasons, step-dad came along too. Much changed since last visit, clubhouse has been extended and a hospitality cabin added, new kit stand at one end and a playground adjacent, new hard standing and rail too. Even match despite the two level difference between the two sides, Whitchurch were missing around 6 or 7 first teamers apparently and they did have a few young looking players. Crewe took the lead around 5 minutes before HT after a flick on to the striker which he managed to slot under the keeper. Alport equalised 5 minutes after half time, a long range shot thwacked off the bar and the rebound was put into the net. Crewe took the lead against the run of play with a few minutes remaining but the hosts equalised pretty much immediately afterwards to get a deserved draw.



Grounds visited: 297
Last new ground: Mike Riding Ground (Longridge Town)
Next planned fixture: Newcastle U23 v Norwich U23 - PL2D2 - 16/9/19


LeedsPhil
First Team Star

Jul 24, 2019, 5:00 PM

Posts: 2957
Location: exiled in Aberdeenshire
Team(s): Leeds + groundhopping

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Staxigoe United 3-2 Whitedale
Highland Amateur Cup QF
at Sir George’s Park (aka “The Dammies”), Thurso
free in, raffle £1, bar operating but no pies etc, no paper
h/c 100

Another example of why this is such a great competition, providing proper competitive football in the summer. PSFs? – no thanks!

Staxigoe United and Wick Groats both play out of Bignold Park in Wick (adjacent to the Highland League ground of Wick Academy) and both got Home QF draws. There are two pitches at Bignold, so I suppose they could have played both simultaneously (I would have been up for that!), but instead Staxigoe’s got moved a few miles up the road to Thurso on Scotland’s north coast, creating a bracketed tick that immediately made it my target for today. With the opponents hailing from the Shetlands, this was handy for them too – they had taken the short taxi ride from the ferry at nearby Scrabster, which comes in from Orkney, having taken a Shetland-to-Orkney ferry first then driven across Orkney to ferry 2. Indeed Staxigoe should be glad they weren’t asked to play this at a neutral venue ‘half way’, which would have been on Orkney.

Four hours’ drive from home. The safety margin meant arriving with an hour in hand for a sniff round Thurso. That done, 55 minutes left to kill. Rolled up at the venue early to find two stalwarts already there – Tram and Steve Munday, each of whom hadn’t known that the other was coming to this one. Parking is elevated, a practice pitch away from the pitch proper. The changing rooms are up there, giving the players & officials a bit of a walk down to the pitch, properly edged with spectator rail and boards. There’s a clubhouse with bar and loos, but no pies etc, fronted by a covered veranda that could have been useful had there been rain. As it was, it was occupied by drinkers. Also on the far side, closest to the town centre, were a group of ‘enthusaistic’ well-oiled yoofs cheering on Staxigoe. Not so many supporters from the Shetlands of course, but their talisman was there – Tram had seen their wins in the two previous rounds, at neutral Tain (Steve had also been at that one) and the Shetlands derby when they’d ousted last year’s finalists Lerwick Spurs; so the Whitedale chairman was glad to see him again and was having a good chat with the three of us pre-match, at HT, and again at the end.

For a QF, this one took a while to come to life. Two Staxigoe guys had a nasty accidental clash of heads drawing blood inside the first quarter of an hour meaning they played with nine for 3 minutes and with ten for a further 3 whilst one’s forehead and the other’s back of the head were being bandaged, but Whitedale didn’t take advantage. The first goal didn’t come until the 68th minute – a pen for the visitors. 0-2 four minutes later and surely that was the Shetlanders on their way to the semi. But in-between Whitedale’s key player had had to be subbed off, his replacement carrying an injury – that’s the excuse the Whitedale chairman gave us at the end anyway, because from 0-2 with 18 to go they managed to lose 3-2. A Staxigoe sub who had come on straightaway after the 0-2 goal pulled one back on 77, his pal made it 2-2 on 82, then a silly foul gave away a pen which the same sub tucked away on 86, to have given us a thrilling last third of the match compared to the stalemate of the first two-thirds.

Tram and Steve had come up by train. The last one of the day out of Thurso goes at 16:32, which wouldn’t be possible if this 2pm KO went to ET. So they had been quite worried about that until I turned up in the car, as their insurance taxi ride to Inverness. Tram, with digs assured at his usual ladyfriend’s in Inverness did indeed get the train, but Steve had kept his options open in case ET would have meant having to overnight in Thurso; so being homeless for the night I took him in, albeit via the twisty roads of the Highlands rather than his usual smooth train journeys. Whilst that far north, I wanted to firstly go to the GBG pub at John o’ Groats, one of only two outlets for the John o’ Groats brewery’s ales. A good time for Steve to reveal that he ‘collects’ GBG pubs, so he was happy with that. And purely to help him out, a pause was also had at the Wick GBG entry (the second outlet for JoG ales), plus when a loo break was needed it might as well be at the Brodie GBG entry for him, before giving him the best of the lot – finishing the night at my favourite Aberdeenshire establishment, the Yorkshire enclave that is the New Inn at Aberchirder. Good chat in there with the usual Yorkshire clientele and landlord, some of his home-baking secured for Sunday’s tea, plus there was an ex-Brummie there for Steve as well. Great place. All of a sudden they were ringing the last orders bell on us at midnight and it was home for 1am.

Proper competitive match 2 of 3 of the weekend successfully enjoyed. 13 hours total driving so far.



 
 


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