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Aug 31, 2019, 9:51 PM

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Re: [HantsLondoner] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Castle Vale 1 Coventrians 1

Not where I wanted to be today but family first. Pretty decent game between 2 struggling sides but Vale won 4-3 on penalties

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Aug 31, 2019, 9:55 PM

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Nelson 1-3 Seaham Red Star AET (1-1 at F.T) FA Vase...Adm £5...Prog £2...Cuppa £1...Pie £2

Settled for a revisit and a bit of cover with it being a wet start to the day. Took in Nelson just East of Burnley on the M65.

A warm welcome at the turnstile from the Chairman's son's who were on gate duty and soon bumped into Mr Chairman who was a chatty bloke. Not a big crowd a Little Wembley this afternoon, Seaham brought about 20-30 or so supporters but the Nelson fan base seems to have dropped off to what it was. Turned out to be a showery afternoon in East Lancs but more dry than wet.

Nelson took the lead on 34 minutes once they'd soaked up the early Seaham pressure, with No 8 Jake Lloyd firing low past the keeper. In a good contest between two attacking sides it remained 0-0 up to the break.

Seaham equalised on 55 minutes through Dan Wilson....I was walking round the pitch when the ball ran through to the keeper who collected it. I carried on walking round only to hear a big cheer, somehow the keeper had spilled the ball and the big No 9 scored!! Shame because that goal took both sides into extra time. With 8 minutes of regular time remaining Seaham were reduced to 10 men when their No 7 Jo Hales was sent off for a second bookable. Nelson finished the 90 minutes on top but unable to find the winner.

Things changed in extra time, Seaham took the lead at the end of the first period of extra time through No 8 Paul Gardner. As Nelson pushed forward for the equaliser, Seaham broke upfield and scored the third.

Always enjoy visiting these parts and the terraced houses and chimney in traditional brick for these parts. Some of the perimeter wall need sorting but is secured temporarily for now. Not all Clubs have the finances of the Premier League.

A decent game for the neutral but Seaham progress to the next round.

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Aug 31, 2019, 10:03 PM

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Felindre 2-3 Brecon Northcote
Mid Wales South League
No admission charge
Att: 30 (h/c)

Felindre are now in their third season after reforming. The first two were awful, with very few points being accumulated. This season, however, they look like they could be competing. They have 4 points on the board already, which is about how many they got in the whole of each of the two previous seasons. Today's game pitted them against a team with a 100% record from 3 games. This was extended to 4, but very fortuitously.

Felindre were up for this from the off, and took the lead with a 30 yard free kick midway through the first half. Northcote equalised within a minute, but Felindre regained the lead before the break. Northcote dominated the 2nd half but couldn't find a way through the Felindre defence until an equaliser came with 14 to go. Just when Felindre looked to be gaining a deserved point a speculative hoof from way out bounced over the keeper and into the net with just 2mins left to play. Harsh.

The ground is as rural as they come. The village is a dot on the map, and at the south end there is a gate leading to a field. Cross the field to a footbridge over a small river, and the pitch is in the next field. Unroped, with no pitchside facilities. Beautiful setting, surrounded by tranquil farmland. The players change in the village hall, which is a good 2-300 yards away.

A couple of previous posts regarding this ground have suggested that it is in England. Now that I've been there I disagree. According to Google Maps the Wales/England border runs along the hedge beyond the far touchline, which means that the pitch is in Wales. Glad to have got that sorted out.

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Aug 31, 2019, 10:24 PM

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Re: [Bantam Cymraeg] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

FA Vase : Horncastle Town 0 Sherwood Colliery 2. Admission £4; Programme £1. Attendance : 200 estimate

A couple of previous posters have already commented on this one so there's not really a great deal to add other than the clearly better team won quite comfortably.
I'd always wanted to go to The Wong when I first became aware of the name many years ago but didn't fancy trekking this far for a Lincs League game so today's debut game in the Vase was just the ticket. As it's usually open-access, the need to enclose the ground with temporary fencing meant it was two-sided for today's game and it all got very cosy in the first half as a mini-hurricane and heavy shower sent plastic chairs flying and everyone scurrying to the small clubhouse overhang for shelter. By the end, it was jackets-off weather again; don't you love the British Summer!
A club official claimed that the club regularly get 200 or so for Lincs League games and I thought there was at least that here today, so very surprised to see someone mention that the FA website has an attendance of 93Crazy Good hopper representation among that as apart from those who've already posted I encountered GTV, Mick Smallman, Neil Wigley, cherryhopper, Phil Smye, Kit-Kat and another chap whose name I can never remember (apologies - we met last year at Kiveton Park I believe)
The "best burgers in Horncastle" were tasty but not memorable and the new clubhouse looked very smart; fizz only. Can't remember the last time (if ever) I've seen a goal scored from a keepers punt upfield but that being the second goal in a couple of minutes pretty much ended the contest; to put it into context Sherwood have won 5 from 5 in the EMCL - big gulf in class.
Horncastle is on the Lincoln to Skegness road which seriously needs ugrading from its current single carriageway state and the endless roundabouts round Lincoln are always good for a queue; nonetheless I was back by 7.15 with no inclination for ticking when driving solo.

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Aug 31, 2019, 10:27 PM

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Re: [Bantam Cymraeg] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Jarvis Brook 2-2 Brighton Electricity
Southern Combination 2nd Division

The ground is tucked away down a single track road, the club do operate a one way system (in from the north, out from the south), presumably ignored in wet weather as the road crosses a ford to the south. The car park is thanfully fairly large, but would need telling people where/how to park for a bugger fixture. The pitch is fully railed with permanent dugouts, and also on quite noticeable slopes from end to end and middle to both sides. Surrounded by trees on on all sides with a couple of other pitches behind some of these. They've got a large clubhouse, with programmes being sold behind the counter, but no admission charged.

The hosts had more of the ball throughout, but it was the visitors (playing in brown shirts and shorts with white socks) who took a first half lead. Jarvis Brook did have their shots on goal, but never looked like scoring. The visiting #14 looked the most likely to score and he doubled the away advantage early in the second half, but injured himself in the process. He did struggle on for a bit, without threatening again.An effort just before the hour pulled one back for the hosts, it appeared that the away keeper left it due to expecting it to go wide. The equaliser came late on, with a much better finish, this time from a header in off the post.I spent a majority of the game near the home dugout, and again good to hear someone avoiding continual criticism of the referee.

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Aug 31, 2019, 10:27 PM

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Re: [HantsLondoner] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Also at Eastleigh v Barnet, Not surprisingly I saw this differently from the opening poster. Eastleigh's No5 by my count should have got 4 yellows but miraculously escaped a red, the last of these when he brought down Mason-Clark who was clear on goal but was booked for diving (why would he dive rather than have a clear shot on goal?). To be fair, the incident when the Eastleigh No11 was sent off for diving looked a pen to me, although I was 80 yards away.

I did think Barnet would have been unlucky only to draw though, we had most of the game other than the 20 mins before HT.

Trains in both direction caNcalled due to RMT strike, fortunately I'd arrived at Waterloo early enough to get an earlier train but arrived 25 min late for a prior engagement coming back.

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Aug 31, 2019, 10:36 PM

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Re: [pokal02] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

FA Vase First Qualifying Round
Saltdean Utd 0 Lordswood 2
Admission £3 (concession) Attendance c65 (h/c) + 6 dogs

Whoever designed the Hill Park ground did a excellent job in finding what must be virtually the only level ground in Saltdean. The 27 bus from Brighton station struggled up some very steep slopes on the way there but at least it drops you just two or three minutes from the venue saving any uphill walking. Once inside there is a modest clubhouse and changing room complex on the right with the pitch on the left. Covered seating is available on both sides but there is no spectator access to the far end.

Today's match pitched Southern Combination Premier Saltdean against Southern Counties East Premier Lordswood – Sussex County League versus Kent League in old money. The first half was fairly even, Lordswood started the better but Saltdean dug in and probably came nearest to scoring. After the break, with the wind and the slight slope in their favour, Lordswood took control and scored their first on the hour from a goalmouth scramble and soon added a second from a well worked move down the left. Saltdean lost their discipline at this point, losing their left back to two quick and needless bookings and their centre forward and most effective player to a slanging match with his manager and an immediate substitution. Lordswood played out time with ease and hit the post just before the end.

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Aug 31, 2019, 10:50 PM

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Re: [Dr Love] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

 The car park is thanfully fairly large, but would need telling people where/how to park for a bugger fixture.

Blimey - how often do they happen ?

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Aug 31, 2019, 10:58 PM

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Re: [buncranaboy] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

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The car park is thanfully fairly large, but would need telling people where/how to park for a bugger fixture.

Blimey - how often do they happen ?

I'm just thankful I managed to spot and correct my other spelling mistake.

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Aug 31, 2019, 11:00 PM

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Re: [Dr Love] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Yes, I guess you wouldn't want to be doing that uphill......Wink

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Aug 31, 2019, 11:28 PM

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Re: [Mark] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

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Borth Utd 6-2 Machynlleth
Welsh Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Attendance: 52
Admission: £2, no progs

Reasonable game from two bottom division Mid Wales League clubs, although the visitors never looked like making a stab of it once they'd gone 4-2 behind. The first half was played with Borth in all blue and Machynlleth in blue shorts and blue & white striped tops, but someone must have been sent on an errand as the visitors played the second half in Borth's yellow away tops.

Quite a decent ground, fully railed with a cover on the near side and two sides of hard-standing. Despite being about 30 seconds walk from the beach, the surroundings are very green with two sides of the ground opening out onto scrubland and another football pitch behind the right hand goal; the view is only let down by a rather stark, metal grey community building behind the stand and it's in here that the changing rooms are located. The tea bar was found at the back of the stand and was open throughout the game. Small amount of parking right outside the ground, but a much larger (and free) car park on the other side of the second pitch.

Borth itself is an interesting place. A windswept seaside town, and setting for at least one episode of Welsh crime drama Hinterland, all houses seem to be set either side of a single road. I can image it being particularly bleak during the winter but there were some quirky shops along this road, including a boutique cinema, and some attractively painted houses.

Also at this one, well summed up by Mark . The ground is called Uppingham Fields as they were the school playing fields when the famous public school relocated to Borth during the Winter of 1876 due to a typhoid epidemic in Rutland.

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Aug 31, 2019, 11:32 PM

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Re: [ciderjon] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

William Hill Scottish Cup - Preliminary Round 2
Whitehill Welfare 0-1 Penicuik Athletic
at Ferguson Park, Rosewell
Attendance - 250 est
Admission £6, programme £2, food available

The only real structure within my season these days is a game in every round of the Scottish Cup from Preliminary Round 1 to the final, ten rounds in total. This is my fifth season of doing so and it's a good way of getting round the country.
The weather was predictably crap in the run up to the game and that put me off a lengthy drive and revisit at Threave Rovers, who were hosting Hill of Beath Hawthorn.
Ironically, the sun was out by the time I got to deepest Midlothian, albeit accompanied by a stiff breeze.
On paper, this looked like a tasty Midlothian derby. The clubs are only a few miles apart, though until recently they sat on opposite sides of the senior/junior divide here in Scotland.
Penicuik's flit from junior to senior and procurement of an entry level Club License have opened the door to regular games, especially with Whitehill dropping down from the Lowland League into the East of Scotland Premier in the summer.
I didn't think there would be a huge amount between the sides, but did fancy Penicuik to live up to their billing as pre-match favorites, and so it proved.
They enjoyed a territorial advantage throughout and had a bit more of a cutting edge, which eventually yielded the winning goal in the 57th minute. Had it not been for Welfare's experienced goalie Bejaoui, then they would have seen the game out by another couple of goals.
Welfare played some nice stuff at times but other than set pieces, they didn't unduly worry the visitors defence. That said, they were in the game until the final whistle, and had a couple of half chances at the death to salvage an undeserved replay.
Penicuik now go into the first round draw for the first time since 1938, when they encountered Hearts at Tynecastle and spectacularly lost 14-2. If they get one of the weaker Highland or Lowland sides, then they could easily progress to the second round this year.
Ferguson Park has gradually developed since I first visited in the early 1990s when it was little more than an open field. Since then a new pavilion has been built, together with a seated stand and the whole ground has been more robustly enclosed.
The ground still lacks lights, and unless Whitehill erect some quite soon, their Scottish Cup adventures are likely to be a thing of the past, as Licence requirements become more stringent.
Whitehill produced a programme for the game but it was poor value for £2. The same can be said about the sparcely filled steak pies.

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(This post was edited by LLD on Aug 31, 2019, 11:36 PM)

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Sep 1, 2019, 12:45 AM

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Re: [LLD] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

An unusual day out as it involves a detour to Alton Towers and back. Having dropped my son and his mate there a game about an hour away fitted the bill for the collection time but left me with a few hours spare pre football. I settled on

Samba Notts Senior League Division One
Ravenshead 1 Basford United Community 2
No admission, prog or refreshments although there may have been something in the leisure centre
Att. 18

Arrived about 11.20 so went for a cross country hour walk through rolling countryside to The Black Bull in Blidworth. Excellent range of 5 ales on offer but too many to try all. Then back to the ground dodging a couple of brief showers.

The first half could be described as dross but that would be generous. It was like watching in slow motion at times and not surprisingly goalless. Much better after the break but we had to wait for the goals as the hosts wasted numerous chances. The visitors led with a well taken shot that was soon levelled from a close range header. The winner was a bit of a comedy moment as the keeper went to dive to save a shot that looked to be going wide only to fumble it and direct it back into the goal.

A pleasant venue spent mostly in sunshine, the rain having blown by pre match. Fully enclosed, railed and floodlit but no hard standing or cover. The pitch looked lush and green. The changing rooms were presumably in the leisure centre about 150 yards away. Above a grass bank behind one goal was an open grassed area used for kids football. Next to that was a skate park and tennis courts. Further back was the entrance road with the centre beyond that. Woods were around two sides of the pitch and a field with shire horses bounded the touchline side I stood on.

Straightforward return pick up and home for 8

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Re: [Atavistic] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Southern League Division 1 Central
Didcot Town 1 Yaxley 0

I was also at this game and despite being played on an atrocious pitch, I thought the players adapted to it very well. The first half was a non event except that I thought Yaxley had a good shout for a penalty. The second half was a more lively affair mainly due to a couple of incidents involving the Didcot keeper who, in my opinion, came out dangerously on two occasions with a high foot and a high knee into the opposing forward. A Yaxley forward was then sent off for challenging the keeper on two occasions (both yellow cards), once with his head and once with his foot in a reckless manner. This provoked a bout of pushing and shoving (mustn't touch a keeper but ok for a keeper to touch you scenario). The Yaxley bench was fairly animated throughout the game leading to the referee taking firm action near the end.
Right near the end of the game and from the position I was in (by the barrier in the Yaxley attacking half looking for a quick exit) my first reaction was, 'that's a penalty'. It was duly scored and with seconds to go I thought that Yaxley should have had a penalty at the other end.

As a neutral observer I agreed with the vast majority of the referee's decisions.

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Sep 1, 2019, 9:19 AM

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JD Cymru North

CPD Porthmadog 0 Bangor City 1

Y Traeth, Porthmadog

Admission - £6 Programme - £1.50 Attendance - 289

Port continued with their sluggish start to the season against a Bangor outfit who named a starting XI which, at best, could be described as multi-national, containing 5 Italians, 2 from Guinea-Bissau, 1 Angolan, 1 Ghanaian and 2 English players. The trend continued to the bench which consisted of a further 2 Italians, an Argentinian, an Englishman and, at last a Welshman! Not quite your normal Cymru North line up and how this can be funded and sustained, heaven only knows. In previous editions of this Gwynedd derby, Bangor would bring a minimum support of 200 to 300, on this occasion the away support numbered a maximum of 30. For sure the majority of the disillusioned masses were at Nantporth yesterday watching Bangor 1976 progress in the Welsh Cup with a 4-1 victory over Llandudno Athletic.

Bangor just about deserved their victory at Port and will have far tougher fixtures ahead, but with Mr. Vaughan Jnr, in charge I fear further twists and turns ahead over the coming months.

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Scottish Cup Second Preliminary Round
Threave Rovers v Hill of Beath Hawthorn, 0-2, H.T. 0-1, Att c.140, Admission £6, Programme £2, Pie and Coffee £2.50
At Meadow Park, Castle Douglas

My last visit to Meadow Park was over a decade ago so I was more than due to make a return. The pairing of Hill of Beath Hawthorn with Threave Rovers made for the perfect opportunity so to do.

Threave have had quite an eventful history over the intervening period. They were early members of the Lowland League but opted for relegation due to the travelling involved and the difficulty of recruiting players prepared to travel outwith Dumfries and Galloway. They won the South of Scotland League two seasons ago but lost the Play Off to Kelty by a double-figure scoreline. Last season they toiled in the South of Scotland League but this season have shown signs of ambition. They’ve recruited better quality players than recently although whether this new ambition extends as far as wanting promoted remains to be seen.

Meadow Park has seen lots of improvements since my last visit. The grandstand has been extended and the surrounds have all been tidied up. The Bar Area is much extended and really plush. The Pie Hut ahs moved for this season and must be the most luxurious and well-appointed in the country. The Scotch Pies, from a local butcher, are also quite superb – so much so that no alternative is offered as there is simply no need for it. The pastry is particularly interesting – a crispy crust encasing a huge dollop of filling with just the right balance of meatiness, spiciness and greasiness.

I thought that the Haws would win but not with ease. That’s how the game panned out with the final outcome in doubt until the last minute. Haws were the more talented side but that was largely cancelled out by the physical nature, aggression and no little skill of the home team. Haws led with a 26th minute goal from new signing Joe Kinninmonth who netted from close range in a goalmouth scramble. Despite a string of corners and several good breaks Haws couldn’t add to that.

In the second half Threave had the advantage of a strong wind behind them. Going into the closing twenty minutes they threw caution to the wind and attacked in numbers. Good defending kept them at bay and they actually created few clearcut chances. Still, it was a huge relief for Haws when subbie Regan Lumsden scored a second, finishing a quick break, in stoppage time.

Threave always seem to produce a Scottish Cup programme. It was pretty basic for £2 – my test is to ask if I have learned anything from reading it and on this occasion the answer was no. £2 wasted, therefore.

Haws officials view annual Scottish Cup participation as the main point of having achieved an SFA Licence. Promotion to the Lowland League is unlikely although they would embrace it if the opportunity presented itself. They now await the First Round draw with great interest – a lower end Highland or Lowland League team would be ideal as they are the weakest teams in the draw. The remaining Junior qualifiers and East of Scotland League sides are much stronger and they will want to avoid them, as well as the Lowland and Highland league heavyweights.

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Re: [prorege] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Devon League South & West Division (@ Paignton Community & Sports Academy 3G, Waterleat Road, Paignton)

Paington Saints 2-2 Plymouth Argyle Development

No admission/programme, cold drinks and crisps etc available from vending machine in the Sports Hub building. no hot drinks.

With over 1000 grounds visited, there are very few I really don't want to revisit if the occasion demands it. This will be one of those very few. A 3G Cage, with no access inside so viewing restricted to a raised balcony outside with bench seating available but with people standing in front most of the seats became pretty useless. Last person to post on "where did you go?" for this venue was Steveb about 18 months ago and he had no problems going "inside" but I guess with the elevation to Step 7 they've stopped that. It's not just that you are outside the cage but it is one with very small sections of fencing so more solid posts than usual plus floodlight pylons make it even harder to watch.

As for the game, PAFC FITC Plymouth Argyle Development as the league call them (bet Chris1963 would love a name like that) took a two-goal lead with a long range effort and a nice free kick into the break, but two quick goals just after the hour earned Saints a deserved point.

This Argyle side bears no resemblance to the side that were playing in the Peninsula League last term, about the only similarity is that it was a very young side. They don't appear to be potential pro prospects, nor did the coaching from the sidelines bear much resemblance to that of a professional club.

Both these teams should be safe from finishing near the bottom of the division, but I don't think either will be troubling the promotion positions either.

So, not an afternoon I'd like to repeat, luckily "My rules" don't recognise the "bracketed tick" so I don't need to come back here for the other Paington side. Good job I had enjoyed a decent Parkrun at Torbay Velopark earlier in the morning followed by a few hours at Paington Zoo, all within a couple of minutes drive from each other.

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Retford 1 Barton Town 3
FA Vase 1st Round
3pm ko


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Re: [FatCat] Saturday 31st August 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

......Time to start making inroads with the 19-20 NPL newbies starting with a trip to Merseyside for...

City of Liverpool 0 v 1 Workington - Northern Premier League Division 1 North West
Prog 32 pages £2.00 - Admission £8.00 - Att 357

....One of those days when the day out with the venerable Mr Druryszki accompanying was better that what occurred between 15.03 and 16.53. Workington maintained their opening winning record to the start of their season with a performance of graft and from this contest, impressions were obtained that a place nearer the upper echelons of the division looks far more likely than their opponents who lacked any real threat in the final third. What did not assist on the day was a swirling wind, which some players utilised to good effect but others saw passes and shots travel in directions that were not expected.

Impressed throughout by the displays from David Symington who seemed to alternate between both flanks and in the second half sterling defensive displays from Sam Smith ad Brad Carroll, Smith especially was particularly commanding in the air, but for too long the home attack did not exert the requisite pressure on their opponents defence.

An early audacious dipper of a shot from Symington was one occasion when the gusts were taken advantage of but on this occasion the bar was cleared and then Symington turned provider with a free kick, which saw Nathan Waterston's downward header blocked low down by Vince Aspinall in the CofL goal. The CofL attack was ineffectual early on apart from a drive from John McGrath which required more in the way of potency if it was going to pass Jim Atkinson in the visitors goal. What turned out to be the only goal came as a result of a avoidable error from Luke Denson who was unable to control a cross from Liam Brockbank, he was easily dispossessed by Jay Kelly who easily placed his shot wide of Aspinall to the acclaim of the large numbers down from West Cumberland.

If the first half had largely been a procession in the direction of the CofL goal, the second period was much more even. Aspinall initially kept the visitors lead at one, stretching to block Waterston's angled drive with his legs. CofL in the obvious realisation that the deficit was merely one were more of a threat with Jamie McDonald locating space but Atkinson managed to block and then claw back the shot before any threat from a rebound materialised. Several half chances for the visitors saw Ash Kelly head wide at the back post and then Symington striking from distance but some way wide of the far post, Several half chances for CofL as well but McDonald struck a volley straight at Atkinson and in the final minutes a scramble in and around the six yard box looked more of a threat than it actually was. Difficulty with the hosts approach play was there was little variation on the long cross into the middle and with Smith and Carroll being in such good form at the heart of the visitors defence, little progress was made in creating much beyond a basic threat.

First visit to Vesty Road, tucked away on an industrial estate approx ten minutes walk from Aintree Station. Basic Level 4 facilities with all of the cover being at either end, with a seated stand and two areas of cover. With Mr D having suffered with problems with his knee of late, there were apprehensions that the great man of player knowledge would struggle with a two hour stand, but the wooden rail was utilised to great effect. As a small aside and unusually for a NPL fixture team sheets were in very short supply but the NPL like the Isthmian League makes use of FWP and the teams were easily obtained before kick off from a digital platform.

A successful day in Mr D's Costa Quest with a number of ticks and this end, it was a day when considerably more tea was drunk than ale. In fact the only pint was from Wily Fox, which tasted as if it had emanated from a particularly smelly gland of the producing Reynard. Should have been returned!!

Made use of the Two Together Railcard to ensure giving less money to Mr Branson's Pension fund, which of course is likely to end soon with our pounds being given to Matthew Gregory of First Group and Trenitalia's Pension Funds instead. Our outward journey was enlivened by the arrival of five late thirties, early forties femmes at Stafford who were en route to an afternoon of Proseco, cocktails and Karaoke in and around Liverpool City Centre. Even though their number included two seemingly sensible individuals who worked in Adult Social Services, the fact that their bottles of home made cocktails were disappearing at an alarming rate meant that a conscious attempt was made to avoid the train that they were booked back on. Slight delay on Dick's Train Set due to slow running advance services on the return journey and indoors at 22.45.....

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Crawley Town 1-0 Cheltenham Town
Admission £16. Child Free. Car Parking Free. Programme not bought. Attendance 2,092

Having finally picked this off, I have now seen Cheltenham play away at 22 of their 23 opponents in the current League-2. The last time I saw Cheltenham at Crawley was 25 years ago, in the Southern League (and at Town Mead).

First thing I see on arriving is a sign pointing to "Free Football Parking", which leads us to a few areas of parking in front of office buildings. This is good and sensible co-operation between the club and local business, (possibly with the town council in the conversation). I wish more clubs would do something like this. (Are you listening in Wycombe?).

From there it is a short walk to the ground, entering close to the Redz bar, outside which a long haired crooner is treating us to some punk classics. He managed "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" and "Eton Rifles" in the short time I was outside. I noticed The Jam were on the play list inside the ground as well, is it a Crawley thing?

The ground is much neater than I remember it. My last match visit was in 2005. I think some of the cover, especially the terracing has been added.

First half was nothing to write about, Crawley were clearly in the ascendency but appeared to settle for a couple of high and wide shots. Cheltenham seemed unable to get the ball across the half way line, except for wasteful long balls which were easily returned.

In the second period, my lot played some much better football, winning midfield battles, and getting the ball out to the wings. The best chances however remained crosses that were not met. Crawley did manage one or two chances which Flinders saved, and a draw may have been a fair result, but as the fourth official was holding up the injury time board, Oliver Palmer used his strenght to evade two attempted tackles and slotted in the only goal of the game.

This is a club that is clearly making an effort to do things right. With the parking, live music outside the club (and beer allowed in the same area), seven pounds less than my own club for a man and a boy who turn up on the day. However, the attendance of 2,092 must be a cause for concern.

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Chamberlayne Athletic 4 Liss Athletic 1, Hampshire Premier League, Att: 15, Admission/Prog: No

Chamberlayne have had ground issues this season, having been promoted from the Southampton League, and this was their last game at their temporary home of the Roy Underdown Pavilion in the yachty village of Hamble-le-Rice. I should possibly say fortunately their last game here because this was certainly not up to even the rudimentary standards of the Hampshire League. A basic recreation ground with probably the worst surface I've seen a game on in August, no pitchside rope as well as a lack of refreshments makes you wonder how the league accepted this as a step 7 venue. The only redeeming feature was a welcome overhang on the pavilion as a heavy shower passed through at the end of the first half. On the pitch things were little better, not helped by the rough surface. Neither side looked capable of stringing passes together and it was somewhat of a surprise that we had goals at all. The home side were two up at the break and despite Liss pulling one back early in the second period, Chamberlayne ran out comfortable winners. Unlike APL's recent visit, there was no nasty shenanigans from the home side, the closest we came to a bad tackle was when an errant child ran into the path of the visiting full back. The small gathering of spectators included Leatherhead's finest DJ who was on his way to a non-league play of all things.

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Clydach Wasps 2 Coed Eva Athletic 4

Gwent County Div. One

h/t 1-1

h/c 15

Every so often you come across a gem that makes this hobby so worthwhile. This was one of those games/venues/welcomes, that make standing in a 3g or 4g cage sometimes so pointless.

It was bloody hard to find though, after going up and down the steep hill twice I stopped a local expecting to be spoken to in Welsh, it turned out he was on his way to the game himself, result!

Wasps took the lead and the first of three penalties gave the visitors the equaliser. Wasps took the lead again with another penalty before the third one gave Coed Eva their second equaliser. They then stepped up a gear with two more goals to finish easy winners.

Venue done on here before, surrounded by trees, hills and views. Very warm welcome and two free programmes dispatched, (normally £1).

Spent the morning in Abergavenney, one of my favourite towns and briefly at Clydach Ironworks.

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EFL Youth Alliance, North West
Fleetwood Town U18 2 Rochdale U18 1 (att 52 h/c)
Free admission, free teamsheet

A reason it's taken me a while to visit a youth team match at Poolfoot Farm has been that's not always easy to find a suitable game on a new ground to follow in the afternoon. This fixture was an earlier-than-usual 10.30am start though, given me more time to guarantee a second match later in the day.

I'd been to Poolfoot Farm before for a game on a 3G pitch, so I knew what to expect. It is a very impressive complex for a club relatively new to competing at a fully-professional level. The youth team plays on a grass pitch that's hidden from view from the entrance, and half of one side is roped off for spectators.

With a strong wind blowing the sides did well to produce a decent game. Rochdale had the conditions in their favour in the first half and took a lead, but Fleetwood were level before half time. With the wind at their backs the home side were dominant after the break, and the only surprise was that they scored just once more. Rochdale's keeper had an excellent game.

I never expect teamsheets at EFL Youth Alliance games, and had no reason to think Fleetwood would issue one, but towards the end of the game a spectator standing next to me took one out of his pocket to consult it. I didn't notice anyone else with one, but as I walked through the venue's Crossbar bar and grill on my way out after the game I spotted a discarded copy and grabbed it.

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North Lancashire & District League, Premier Division
Mayfield United 2 Caton United 1 (att 32 h/c)
Free admission, no progs

After a leisurely and pleasant drive from Poolfoot Farm I arrived in Lancaster in plenty of time for this match, one of two taking place at Ryelands Park, not far from the city centre.

There are three pitches in the park, and while Mayfield played on the middle one Melbourne were entertaining Bolton-le-Sands on a pitch downhill and closer to the River Lune. LeedsPhil might just have been able to watch both games at once, but only by sacrificing a decent view of at least one of them.

Mayfield and Caton bagged the majority of the park's local football fans, for a fixture that was a slow burner. The home side broke the deadlock in the second half, but although they looked the better side they allowed Caton to equalise soon after. A well-taken second goal for the hosts proved decisive.

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Sky Bet Championship

Brentford (3) 3 v 0 (0) Derby County

Season Ticket , Programme £3.50 , Attendance: 11,055 (1,676 away fans)

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HYTHE & DIBDEN [1] 1 NEWPORT IOW [0] 0 Wessex League 1.Admission £5 / £3. No programme due to editor ill. Att;65. Decent game with the home team scoring early.Small stand on the far side and covered standing on the opposite side.Behind the goal there are some uncovered seating.Small clubhouse and car park.

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