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Sep 14, 2019, 5:44 PM

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Season ticket duty at Portman Rd. KO 3.00pm.

Sky Bet League 1.




Away ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Admission by season ticket. Programme £3.50. Attendance 18,928. Away Fans 621.

GAMES THIS SEASON 2019/20. (23)
GAMES SINCE LAST 0-0. Ipswich Town v Wycombe Wanderers. 26/11/19. (2) BEST RUN OF NOT SEEING A 0-0. (61)
LEAGUES COMPLETED. Championship. League 1. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division. ECL Division 1 North. SCEFL Premier Division.
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Sep 14, 2019, 5:59 PM

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Wombleton Wanderers 2 Pollington 0
York & District League Div 2

Every so often I get a bee in my bonnet about a particular ground, for no real reason, and today was such.
Just a village playing field in an affluent village just south of Kirbymoorside, there was a tiny bit of cover in what might be called a pergola.
A ground for a nice day though, so today very much fitted that bill.
The purists might be offended with the match kicking off five minutes early, and the home side had scored within 30 seconds. Their second came about ten minutes from the end.
Halfway through the first half a Pollington player was sent off for what seemed to be a head butt, and he received a second red for comments to the otherwise centre circle based referee.
The right result just about, but the difference in numbers probably counted against the visitors.

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Sep 14, 2019, 6:12 PM

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Location: Farnborough, Hants
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Coggeshall Town 3 Canvey Island 1
Isthmian League Division 1 North
Admission £10 Programme £1.50

In season 2015-16 Coggeshall were playing Essex & Suffolk Border League football, so it has been a rapid rise up the pyramid to today’s step 4 game. Canvey scored within the first 30 seconds of the game, and although Coggeshall threatened, it was close to half time before they equalised. Second half was as entertaining as the first, with Coggeshall always looking likely to score, eventually taking the lead 15 minutes from time. With 5 minutes left on the clock, Canvey had a golden chance to equalise from the penalty spot, but the keeper made an outstanding save. With the visitors pouring forward in search of an equaliser, a quick Coggeshall break brought a third goal for the home side with virtually the last kick of the game. Entrance to the ground is in a corner, with a seated stand down the side towards the wooden shack housing changing rooms. A covered corrugated metal roofed stand behind the far goal provides covered standing accommodation. Their is only spectator access down a third of the far side, as the dug outs are sandwiched between the pitch and perimeter fencing around the half way line, and the end nearest the club house is out of bounds. The main stand, built in 1964, has 3 rows of seats, and stretches for the majority of the near side, so it must have been an impressive ground for Essex Border League standard.

Divisions completed: SW Peninsula League Premier Division West, Welsh Premier League, JD Cymru South Division, JD Cyrmu North, Airtricity Irish Premier, Gibraltar Divisions 1 & 2

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Sep 14, 2019, 6:25 PM

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

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National League

Eastleigh 1 Bromley 1

admission S/T, otherwise £15, programme £2-00, attendance 1752 (92 away)
13rd v undefeated 3rd
Good game at the Silverlake - Bromley are a very good side this season, but the home team turned up for both halves this time, and a draw was a fair result.
The visitors started well, passing the ball round nicely. After one such foray, Bingham blasted the ball over. They also used the long ball well at times and Coulson, looking offside, ran onto one of those but Stryjek came out well and saved with his legs. A corner was then headed over by Hackett-Fairchild, and a free-kick was headed into Stryjek's arms by Okoye. Okoye and Bush were very impressive in central defence. On the half hour a foul by Partington on Coulson caused some handbags and bad language around the Bromley bench. The home team's Atkinson made some good runs forward out of defence, and he then had a shot deflected over. Willamson then chased a lost cause, somehow got the ball away from Bromley keeper and defender, but the ball went just past the post. The visitors produced another good move but Bingham's shot was blocked, then a good move by the home side saw McKnight fire over. HT 0-0.
Again chances at both ends after the break - a corner fell to Eastleigh's Hollands, who is dangerous in this position; he was allowed to turn but his shot was well tipped over by Cousins. The corner was cleared and a long ball nearly caught out the home keeper and defender, who lost position and communication, but Stryjek managed to clear. On 62 mins a great cross by sub Henry on the left found its way to Coulson on the far post but he shot weakly into the side netting. 30 secs later he was found with a through ball, looking half a yard offside, but he produced a superb chip over the onrushing Stryjek to put his side one up, against his former club. The home team tried to come back but were frustrated by the visitors falling down after every opportunity - not the first team to do this at the Silverlake this season (see Sutton, Barnet)... Okoye got a quick yellow for timewasting, so the ref was on the case. The home team pressed; Hollands had a shot blocked and sub Barnes had a long shot over the bar. But on 84 mins good work by Partington down the right saw a cross that was met by sub Miley, who hit the angle, the ball was deflected back to Miley, and he rocketed a shot into the top corner for a deserved equaliser. Suddenly the visitors stopped falling over and went for the win, a good effort by Hackett-Fairchild forced a good save by Stryjek. In injury time sub Rendell headed over for the home team, and Hackett-Fairchild came close again, but 1-1 it stayed, and both teams will probably be satisfied with that.

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Sep 14, 2019, 6:39 PM

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Rangers 3 Livingston 1
Adm £28.
Prog £3.50
Carling £4 (Louden Tavern)

A very uninspiring display from Gers and a couple of minutes after the break Livi took the lead and it looked like title race over in September but they got their act together for a just about deserved win.

Pre booked trains for £51 got me from Leicester to Glasgow and a few beers in the Counting House before heading to Ibrox and the above named Louden which is a fantastic pub if you are that way inclined. No songs in the place or stadium that would offend the easily offended which seems so easy with certain folk these days. An excellent day out in an excellent city.

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Sep 14, 2019, 6:43 PM

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East Sussex Prem
Wadhurst United 2-2 Sedlescombe Rangers
Around 40-50 in attendance
No admission charge or paper

Glorious sunny afternoon in a charming little market town in the countryside near the Sussex/Kent border, a few miles south of Tunbridge Wells. Just off the High Street, with its couple of pubs and collection of independent shops, lies this lovely little ground which has previously dabbled with Sussex County League football, including a brief spell in the top division in the late 1960s.

Showpiece is the old brick-built, gable-roofed enclosure with a couple of steps of sturdy concrete terracing under cover and the changing rooms and refreshment area built inside. The snack bar offers bacon rolls, burgers, hot and cold drinks including cans of booze. Some great old team photos going back to the 19th century adorn its walls, as do more recent snaps of Nottingham Forest doing some pre-season training here in 1996.

This building sits on the halfway line, facing a pitch with a massive downhill slope from the town end to your left down to the cricket square to your right, beyond which are fine views of the sprawling countryside beyond. Other than a rope running half the near side and a pair of roofless timber dugouts on the far side, there's no other furniture. But it's tightly enclosed on three sides, making it feel almost like a proper ground. Photogenic too, with an interesting collection of buildings at the town end including a converted oast house right next to the corner flag and the spire and clock tower of the nearby 12th century St Peter & St Paul Church rising above all else.

This was Wadhurst's second game back in the top flight after promotion last season and they didn't look out of place. Twice they took the lead - the second direct from a corner just after the break - but twice they were pegged back for an honourable draw. Decent game of a reasonable quality and played in the right spirit.

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Sep 14, 2019, 6:47 PM

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FAW Trophy Round 2
Gorseinon Athletic 3 Port Talbot Town 4
Free admission, Programme (12 pages) £1, Attendance h/c 97

Best afternoon of the season so far, and I doubt I'll have many better before May! This was a cracking game won with a superb goal by the visitors just as we entered stoppage time, after the home side had led 2-1 at the break and 3-2 as we headed into the final quarter. When PTT had taken the lead on eight minutes we did wonder if it was going to be one-way traffic, but if anything Gorseinon were the better side in the first 45, and fully deserved to go in ahead.

Though the gap, notionally, between the two sides is now only two divisions, in reality Port Talbot, members of the Welsh Premier until a couple of years back, and arguably the biggest club in the competition this season, were the giants that nearly got slain by the home side who ply their trade in the Carmarthenshire League's top division, a league which rarely promotes into the Welsh League. But several of Athletic's players, perhaps #7 and 9 especially, caused the visitors problems all afternoon.

Parc y Werin is a public park just off the main road through Gorseinon, on the western outskirts of Swansea. Though almost half of the park is slowly making way for the building of a new primary school, despite much local opposition, there is just about enough green left for a tree-lined football pitch - a very pleasant setting in the September sunshine. There is no cover, rail surround, or hardstanding, but in accordance with FAW rules the playing area had been roped off. The rule about the necessity for a programme had also been followed, with a pleasing twelve page effort available in good numbers. A small tented tea hut had also been erected selling hot and cold drinks and hot dogs. Full marks to the club for all their preparations for a match they so nearly won.

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Sep 14, 2019, 6:48 PM

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Tiptree Jobserve 0-0 Sudbury Sports
Essex & Suffolk Border League First Division (Step 8)
Admission: Free
Programme: None
Attendance: 25 h/c
Venue: Pitch 5, Florence Park, Tiptree (Colchester United’s training ground)

Only eight miles from home, but another new venue for me as I continue my travels around the E&SB League.
Tiptree had a 100% record from their three games played so far and had yet to concede scoring 17 times in the process.
Goals guaranteed or so I thought.

The pitch looked so pristine from the side that for a moment I thought it was artificial until a little wear and tear in the goalmouths gave the game away.
Pitch 5 at Florence Park, like the other four, has no hard standing, seats or cover.
Three sides are inaccessible (with the usual cage type surround), with a railing down the one side that spectators can watch from.
There are toilets here but nowhere to buy refreshments.

Sudbury fielded a very young looking side that wore AFC Sudbury shirts and colours so there is probably a connection to the senior side.

It was an entertaining game throughout and I, like many of the others watching, thought the home side had scored with about 7 minutes to go.
A shot from well outside the penalty box went over the Sudbury keeper and appeared to hit the back of the net before being scooped back out and into play.
The ref, and the Sudbury linesman, indicated that no goal had been scored much to the dismay of the Jobserve players, bench and spectators.

Despite Tiptree’s previous scoring exploits so far this was my first 0-0 for quite a while.

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Sep 14, 2019, 7:30 PM

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Southern League Division 1 Central
Yaxley 3 Kempston Rovers 1

Attendance: 78 (official)

Kempston had the best of the opening ten minutes, but the first clear-cut chance of the match came for Yaxley in the 12th minute when a Charley Sanders header was saved on the line; there were some claims for a goal, but it wasn't given. Seven minutes later, Kempston had the ball in the net themselves, but had it ruled out for handball: a free kick was played in to an unmarked Izale McLeod for a tap-in, but he was judged to have handled as he did so. After this let-off for Yaxley, Kempston started to take charge of proceedings, holding onto the ball well and putting pressure on Yaxley's high defensive line with constant balls over the top. This eventually paid off for the away side in the 34th minute: Harry Stratton beat the offside trap and rounded Aaron Butcher for an easy tap-in. Yaxley responded by upping the pressure, but the Kempston defence held firm to maintain the lead at half-time.

Yaxley started the second half with purpose, bringing on both Ross Watson and Liam Hook in the search for an equaliser. They almost immediately had an impact, as Yaxley quickly took control of proceedings and began to look much more organised. However, it took until the 53rd minute before the Kempston defence was finally breached, Joe Butterworth powering a shot into the top corner from thirty yards. Kempston then regained a foothold in the game and almost reclaimed the lead two minutes later: Stratton won the ball outside the box and shielded it into the path of McLeod, who somehow shot wide from ten yards.

The match remained finely poised for a while after this, with both teams having spells on top in search of a second goal. However, chances remained few and far between until Yaxley took complete control in the last ten minutes and laid siege to the Kempston goal. This eventually saw Yaxley deservedly take the lead in the 83rd minute when Ross Watson volleyed in from a corner. Kempston then had a brief spell of possession but were unable to produce anything from it, after which Yaxley reclaimed control and began to run the clock down. However, rather than running to the corner and trying to hold onto the ball through five minutes of stoppage time, Yaxley continued to attack and were rewarded with a third goal: Dan Cotton beat the offside trap and received an excellent through ball from Andre Williams before rounding Knox to finish the job.

Suspended Tom Waumsley aside, all of the first team were back for this game, and the difference that made in the second half (when Watson and Hook came on) was clear to see as we claimed a well-deserved victory. Now it's time to build on this result and work our way up the table. Joe Butterworth was easily man of the match with a fantastic performance in the midfield, but John-Paul Duncliffe was also at his best with a rampant performance on the right wing.

Well, this took an age to write, but to be fair I was ever so slightly distracted by events at Carrow Road.

2019/20 stats (including Pre-Season):

New Grounds: 19 (Most Recent: Marlow)
Games: 28
Goals: 96
Goals Per Game (to 2 dp): 3.43
0-0s: 1

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Sep 14, 2019, 7:34 PM

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Also at Ipswich - Doncaster Rovers, my first 0-0 for two years but still not sure how Donny failed to score today even we had two good chances - both teams should be at the top of the table most of the season.

Last New ground; Benhall St Mary, Games in 2019/20 Season; 61, New Grounds this Season; 30, Next scheduled game: Ipswich Town v Coventry City - FAC (10/12/19)

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Sep 14, 2019, 7:57 PM

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Devon Intermediate Cup
F/N Att. peaked at 21

Had this on my radar for a while so took advantage of the weather and the 2.15 k.o. and caught the bus from Barnstaple to Tiverton for this one.

The venue is Amory Park, off Siddals Gardens, Tiverton EX16 6DG - the park is behind Elmore's ground but approach via Siddals Gardens. Plenty of parking and hot drinks available. Its a ten minute walk to the bus station and the town centre.

The main pitch has an overhang of trees along one side and a bit of cover in front of the changing rooms. A couple of benches available if like me you are suffering with dodgy knees !!

The game was a bit of an oddity. In the first half Amory raced into a four goal lead but were pegged back to 4-2. The pacey T'side forwards then contrived to miss six one on one's with the keeper and were made to pay for these when Amory scored a late fifth. The game was marred by a bit of a spat between the rival managers and a yellow for each.
230 without a 0-0, can it last?

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Sep 14, 2019, 8:04 PM

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Brecon Corries 20 (Twenty) Felindre 0

Rich Field: Watson Financial Mid Wales League (South)

This was my first trip to the Rich Field for just over two years when Brecon Corries hosted Pontlottyn in a Sunday evening fixture on the Welsh Groundhop. That match took place in the South Wales Alliance Premier Division but over the course of this summer the club decided to withdraw from that competition and transfer across to the Watson Financial Mid Wales League (South) in readiness for the re-organisation of the domestic pyramid at tier three and below from the start of next season. Despite being located within the Central Wales FA region, Brecon Corries have largely competed in south Wales football during the post-war era; primarily in the Welsh League but in more recent times have been in membership of the South Wales Amateur League prior to it becoming the South Wales Alliance after merging with the South Wales Senior League. The Rich Field club are more likely to gain a place in the new tier three league, through the Central Wales route, given that a number of Welsh League Third Division club will be relegated to the South Wales Alliance at the end of next season. The Corries have made an excellent start to their venture at the head the Mid Wales League (South) after winning their opening six fixtures and scoring 73 goal in the process. They recorded their biggest victory of the campaign so far last weekend after beating Knighton Town Reserves 27-0 at Bryn-y-Castell last weekend. Opponents Felindre are enjoying their third season back in local football after reforming following a hiatus of approximately half a century. Despite finishing bottom of the Mid Wales League (South) during their first two seasons back, the villagers have displayed signs of improvement this term, having already recorded four points from their opening six matches. The Radnorshire outfit suffered a narrow 1-0 reverse at Hay St Mary's last weekend prior to the daunting task they were due to face this afternoon. There had been no significant changes to the Rich Field since my last visit apart from the row of tall trees that had been cut down behind the main stand and making the ground look more open

Felindre kept their opponents at bay for the opening seven minutes before Corey Evans drove in from the left flank flank and saw his low cross deflected past the goalkeeper by Paul Keddle. The former Merthyr Tydfil front man then doubled his tally nine minutes later when he chipped the Felindre custodian before Matty Roderick converted a low cross at the far post just a minute within the restart. Roderick doubled his own tally when he headed home a hanging 19th minute cross before Steve Potter headed home from a cross on the left eight minutes later. The Corries make it a round half-dozen when James Jeffreys headed in from a 29th minute corner before the hosts netted again just a minute later when Gareth Aplin eventually forced a low cross over the goal line from close range. Keddle completed his treble in the 39th minute when he lobbed the advancing Felindre goalkeeper from a tight angle before scoring again within a minute of the kick-off. Gareth Aplin drove inside from out on the right touchline and his inviting cross was converted my Keddle at the far post. Double figures were reached just before the interval when curled a 20 yard effort past the Felindre custodian. Brecon Corries resumed the scoring in the opening minute of the second-half when a dangerous cross from the left was blocked but Keddle was in the right place to turn home the loose ball. The former Merthyr Tydfil forward drove into the penalty area in the 48th minute and saw his effort blocked but was alert enough to head the rebound into the net. Dale Evans headed home from a 54th minute free-kick on the left before Felindre managed to keep the Corries out for 23 minutes. The hosts resumed the scoring when Keddle drove down the left flank and saw his low cross converted by Rhys Thomas at the near post before Joel Evans latched on to a 79th minute through ball and slid it past the advancing goalkeeper. Evans doubled his tally three minute later when he turned neatly with his back to goal to score before Keddle took advantage of a poor goal kick in the 83rd minute to drive into the penalty area and beat the Felindre custodian. Keddle found the net for an eighth time just a minute later when he headed in from a cross on the left before Joel Evans completed his hat-trick in the 85th minute. Brecon Corries reached the 20 mark in stoppage time when Keddle lobbed the advancing custodian and Joel Evans was in the right place to sweep in the ball into net and complete the scoring for a home team that have now netted 93 times in seven league outings.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 289
Matches: 55
New Grounds: 13

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Sep 14, 2019, 8:14 PM

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Longridge Town 3-1 AFC Blackpool...FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round...Adm £6...Prog £1.50...Tea £1...Can of Coke £1

Change of plan on route today. Barrow Town or Dunkirk was the intended destination but after hearing of long hold ups on the M6 southbound near Wigan as they filled in pot holes, we ended up to the NE of Preston.

The area around Longridge's ground is slowly being developed with new build homes and as a result the car park is like a builders yard in places.

AFC Blackpool took the lead on 20 minutes, looking organised in defence and catching the Longridge forward line off-side regularly. Jamie Milligan bossed things behind the forward line and it stayed 0-1 at the break. The Blackpool keeper looked in fine form with three fine saves.

On 49 minutes Longridge levelled through No 8 Elliot Pond, resulting in injury to AFC Blackpool's Ryan Vaughan who was subbed. This seemed to unsettle Blackpool and they were behind on 60 minutes. A long range lob of the keeper by Paul Turner found the net. I'm not sure what was said as the ball hit the net, but the Blackpool keeper pursued the scorer and wanted to kill him. A third was added on 79 minutes again through Paul Turner and it was game over.
Still a three sided ground with the dugout side off limits. The tea bar has been moved out of the Clubhouse since I last visited as well as the toilets which are in a blue small shipping container. The pitch looked in fine fettle cut to a length of 27mm according to an article in the programme.

Fine day weather wise, took the back roads the short distance home.

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Sep 14, 2019, 8:14 PM

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All three games of the Witney & District hop today. Until the final few minutes it was looking like all games would see the home side score the first half goals, before only the away side scoring in the second to win.

Milton-under-Wychwood 1-2 Spartan Rangers
Witney & District Premier

The pick of the three grounds, with a decent sized clubhouse offering a small amount of cover along one side. The ground was in the centre of the scenic village and the pitch roped off on all sided. Quite open on one side to the rest of the park, but more enclosed with plenty of trees round the clubhouse side. Not much parking in the ground itself, but would be fairly easy to find a space on the streets outside normally - the village hall available today. Some benches in convenient enough places to use during the game.

Milton scored within two minutes, and though they probably had more of the chances throughout were undone by goals at either end of the first half.

Minster Lovell 2-3 Carterton
Witney & District Premier

The football pitch was on the far side of the complex. The clubhouse next to the decent sized carpark (the postcode for the ground is round the other side, so I saw several cars in front of me all turn left on entering the village). The pitch was taped off only on the near side, but tree round all bar the near side give it an enclosed feel. A marquee set up between the clubhouse and cricket pitch for a later party.

In the first half Minster saw their #8 sin-binned, but on his return quickly scored twice. Carterton came close to scoring, but were comfortably better in the second half and were good value for their win.

Ducklington 2-3 Wootton Sports
Witney & District 2nd Division

A large carpark at the club, with some extra room beyond the pitch for today. The pitch was largely roped off, with hedges on both sides. One offering some welcome shade from the sun.

The hosts had far more of the chances, but were let down by their finishing at times. They did lead 1-0 at half time, before Wootton turned the tables with three second half goals. The gap was closed in the 3rd minute of added time, and despite a total of 16 minutes added on they couldn't find an equaliser, their best chance probably coming in the 14th minute. There was an injury to a visiting player, but he wastn't down for too long. The substitutions were fairly quick and no real timewasting. Not sure where the time came from, aside from an air ambulance arriving at Loughborough Dynamo, the longest half I've been at. Thankfully this time wasn't added on the first game where the trip to the second would have been very tight.

A good day out, and three clubs who hosted well. Also probably the best collection of programmes from non-regular issuers on a hop, the first and last of the day in particular don't look like one-offs. The middle one was decent too, with plenty to read.

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Sep 14, 2019, 8:24 PM

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Tranent Juniors 2-1 Berwick Rangers
Foresters Park. Tranent
Admission £6/£3
Attendance 310

The South Cup is probably the principal cup competition now for senior non-league clubs.

A reasonable contingent travelled up from Berwick for what promised to be a difficult game for the wee Rangers - Tranent are currently top of the EoSFL Premier Division whilst Berwick, after a disastrous 2018-19 in the SPFL, are finding the going tough in the Lowland League.

Foresters Park looks great. A well manicured pitch and neat surrounds. I believe some seats (about 50) have been installed at the far end of the covered enclosure since my last visit. They still need lights, however, if they are to be licensed.

Tranent looked the better team through most of the match. A home penalty on 10 minutes and a Berwick penalty on 30 minutes meant the teams were level at half time. A howler by the Berwick keeper on 60 minutes gifted what turned out to be the winner for the home side. Tranent had chances to extend their lead but their failure to convert any was almost their undoing as Berwick finally got their act together and had the Tranent goal under siege for the last 10 minutes. Tranent survived - just.

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Sep 14, 2019, 8:32 PM

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The Buildbase FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying
The Rotherfield – Official Attendance: 50

Midhurst & Easebourne (0) 0 …… Crowborough Athletic (1) 2

Entry - £6 (yes I did pay)
Programme - £2 (professionally produced glossy 20 page production, but not much content of interest – 7 of the pages were given over to advertising).

Didn’t travel too far for my FA Vase entertainment today – just under 40 miles, including a drive through the South Downs into West Sussex – a very pleasant journey once I had left the A3 at Petersfield. The ground itself is in the village of Easebourne, just north of Midhurst.

The ground, in its rural setting, looked superb on this gorgeous late summer afternoon. Took loads of pictures, which is a sure sign that I liked the look of the place. There is hard-standing on two sides and wide open grassy spaces on the other two sides. There is a stand on the south side of the ground containing bench seating. Behind that is Midhurst Community hospital and a ‘hidden’ entrance into the ground. I was stopped at one point, as I strolled around the ground, and told that I would need to pay an entrance fee by someone who had mistakenly thought I had snuck in through the ‘back-door’. Later, chatting to the same person, I learned that the building plans shown in the programme are for a clubhouse that they hope to be built at the western end of the ground – the current clubhouse is well away from the pitch, by the car-park on the north side.

I thought this had the makings of an interesting tie; M&E having made a good start (5 wins in 6 starts) in the SCFL First Division and Crowborough having made a poor start (5 defeats in 6 starts) in the SCEFL Premier. Crowborough started the more threatening, with the hosts struggling to clear their lines in defence, and it wasn’t long before the visitors took the lead; their #9 firing low into the corner of the net. The clock said we were in the 8th minute, but there had already been a couple of minutes worth of stoppages. The weather was warm enough to warrant a drinks break, and listening in to their chat, it was clear that Crowborough were satisfied with how things were panning out. They deserved their interval lead, but the hosts did rally in the second half; they had plenty of possession in their opponents half, but didn’t really create much more than a few half chances. The second Crowborough goal was scored by their #14. It was a result of some perseverance as he broke through one or two challenges before poking past the ‘keeper in a brief one-on-one situation. He could have scored again moments later when he broke into the box, but on this occasion the ‘keeper came out on top. And he most definitely should have scored again before the end when he managed to rattle the crossbar from an ‘unmissable’ opportunity from six yards out. The Crowborough #9 was sin-binned late in the second half for ‘cumulative dissent’ (I believe that was the term the assistant used when questioned by someone in the crowd) – the first such occurrence that I have witnessed and to be honest, I hadn’t realised that rule applied in the Vase.

A good afternoon out was spoiled when I heard the Palace result.

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Sep 14, 2019, 9:32 PM

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FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round

Netherton United 2-3 Wroxham

Admission £5/£3 . Twelve page programme free at entrance, a very good effort for Step 7.

The Grange complex is found after negotiating a maze of streets on a new looking housing estate.
A large car park gives access to the main building, where there is a bar, function room and a warm welcome.
Outside there is a kiosk selling a variety of hot food and drinks. A bacon and egg bap (very good) and a large coffee (decent) cost me £4.20. There was also a stall selling home-made cakes!

Netherton play on a 3G surface in a cage. Spectators are allowed access to one side and half of one end, although a view of the action could be obtained at various points from outside the perimeter fence. Some cover is provided, however was not needed on a dry sunny afternoon.

Wroxham started the more composed, and after a couple of near misses, found themselves two goals up by the 27th minute, both scored by Ryan Miles. Netherton soon pulled one back, only for the Yachtsmen to restore their two goal advantage before half time.
Wroxham seemed to lose focus in the second half, as Netherton upped their game and made the score 2-3 with around twenty minutes to go. Some hefty challenges, from both sides, in the closing stages kept both physios busy and led to a lengthy stoppage time. Wroxham held on and go into the hat for the next round.

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Sep 14, 2019, 9:39 PM

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Interesting game played at the attractive Bournville rec. Completely different gulf in class from start to finish. Goof company from Eggyhopper and Gareth and his wife Jodie from Shrewsbury

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Sep 14, 2019, 9:53 PM

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HOLLAND & BLAIR (0) 1 DEAL TOWN (1) 2 FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round.Admission £7 / £5 with programme Att; 70 approx.Seated stand next to the dressing room and a small covered standing area opposite.Out of bounds behind the far goal.Deal scored midway through the first half with the home side on top in the 2nd period and scored a deserved equaliser before Deal scored the winner in the 87th minute against the run of play.

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Sep 14, 2019, 10:32 PM

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Felixstowe 3-1 Cambridge City
Isthmian North
Att 325
Adm £9/6, free prog, I read it Thursday and probably wont bother again, it's not that bad, it's just there's nothing in there I didn't already know.

These two are destined for the bottom 6 on this showing, Cambridge looked good going forward but were very dodgy at the back.
1st half Cambridge should have been 3 up, but poor finishing, awful final ball decisions and dwelling on the ball in good positions meant they only scored one, then they very generously gave a way a needless penalty just before half time, so 1-1 at the break.
2nd half Cambridge midfield stopped running the show and Felixstowe started attacking, scored twice and when City had a player sent off (nobody knew why) that was it, there was some handbags, didn't look too serious, after talking to his linesman the ref showed one red card and didn't talk to anyone else. Felixstowe's discipline is usually bad, but Cambridge's defence didn't want to accept the ref's decision on many occasions.
Nice to see Neil H and a decent crowd of Cambridge supporters, hopefully when we play you away next season it'll be in Sawston.

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Sep 14, 2019, 11:08 PM

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FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round
Cleator Moor Celtic 0-2 Crook Town
Admission £4 Programme £1
Tea in a proper mug 50p
Att: 108 (official)

A game between teams from two of my favourite leagues failed to live up to (my) expectations and had 0-0 written all over it until substitute Christian Holliday (83) headed home for the visitors.

Callum Johnston added a stoppage time second to give the scoreline a somewhat flattering look.

A couple of pre-fab stands are the only furniture at the ground but it was a pleasant enough spot in the September sunshine. Not so sure it would be so nice in the depths of winter!

Post match analysis took place at the Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley where there was a fine selection of ales to choose from.

Good day out and glad to get an awkward trip out of the way. Thanks to Catchagoalgoal for his company this afternoon.

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Sep 14, 2019, 11:15 PM

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I didn’t want to drive far today so I decided not to go to one of the Norfolk Junior Cup matches. Instead I drove to Colchester railway station & caught the train into London & then the snail service to Alton. I had a good wander round the town. The museum had a wall dedicated to ex Portsmouth & England player Jimmy Dickinson along with an england cap.

I visited Alton Town ground in Jan 2013 where I also had a look at today’s venue.

The Buildbase FA Vase 2nd Round Qualifying
Alton Town 1 (69)
Westbury Utd 2 (18 & 88, red 30)
KO: 15:00 Att: 94 h/c Cost: £5 Progs available

Venue: Anstey Park Enclosure, Anstey Lane, Alton
Ground is in the corner of a park but is enclosed nicely. Alton RUFC have 4 pitches with some women learning to play today.
Tidy ground which I liked with the artificial pitch & 3 floodlight poles each side. See through fencing around ground. Fully railed with infill & tarmac h/s. Main side has fairly wide h/s in areas with some grass in one corner. Behind fence is Alton RUFC clubhouse. Sloping up is a covered stand with 4 rows of mostly dark green seats & some white. This goes just past the half-way line. In other half is brick new looking clubhouse. To the side of it is a raised patio area but no good for watching the game. In front is a wooden bench. Behind both goals are paths. One has bushes & behind fence sloping down is the park. Some houses set back along with a lot of trees & sloping back up in the distance is a hill. Other goal has a decent elevated grass area behind the path. Behind fence is a kids play area. Other side has grass in each corner with bushes. The remainder has terracing with a steep 1st row. In one half are 2 covered rows which goes just past the half-way line. The remainder has 4 rows mostly covered. Behind are houses.

Weather: After the cool trains it was nice to feel the heat. Sunny, warm & at times very warm.

Match: 5th out of 20 (4.0.1) in Sydenhams Wessex League Division 1 (v) 9th out of 21 (2.1.2) in Toolstation Western League Premier Division.

Has the TWL got a deal that their teams away must wear grey. I saw Bradford Town last week wearing it, today WU wore an even worse grey kit. It didn’t clash with Alton’s white kit but it would’ve been a lot easier on the eye with a bright colour.
ALT started the better side but didn’t threaten although it was a surprise when WU took the lead when a header went through the gk’s hands. WU player got a red card for a foul. ALT had a double effort on 35mins saved & blocked. Shots 8-3.

The clubhouse tv had BT Sport latest scores on at h/t. H/t lasted just over 13mins.
WU started the better side early in the 2nd half & shot just wide on 52mins. For a long period ALT were camped in WU’s half with a lot of pressure. A wonderful strike flew over the gk for the equaliser. A couple of mins later a good chance was wasted off target. The gk made a save on 76mins & a header went just over on 87mins. Towards the end WU had some quick breaks which came to nothing. They did however get out of jail with a beautifully placed shot for the winner just as I was getting ready for the dreaded extra-time. Shots 9-5.

ALT will probably feel this was a match they should’ve won but their finishing wasn’t very good.

Reverse journey back.

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Sep 14, 2019, 11:40 PM

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Salford City 0 Cheltenham Town 2
League 2, Att; 2389 (328 visitors)
Admission £10 (+ £1 booking fee)
Programme £3 for 72 pages with loads of good content and excellent value.

A trip up north to re-Complete the 92 (Again) saw Salford fall to a home football league defeat for the first time, and to be fair deservedly so.
Cheltenham were vastly superior in every department and as a neutral I felt they had another gear to go up had they required. As it was, having taken the lead on the half hour they surprisingly seemed happy to sit back in the second half and let Salford come at them. However Salford despite having a lot of possession, particularly in the second half, never really threatened the experienced Scott Flinders in the visitors goal. My thought is that Salford were very poor, and having only won their first game of the season, if they play like this too often it could be a long season for them. However, I guess the finances available will prevent an immediate return to the conference.
The first goal came on the half hour when Cheltenham got behind the Salford defence down the left and the subsequent cross found its way to Ryan Broom about ten yards out and his shot found its way in despite the attempts of a defender to keep it out.
It was Broom, impressive throughout who added the second on 83 minutes when the just as impressive Alex Addai held off home defenders and played Broom in to slide the ball past Kyle Latheran in the Salford goal and send the visiting contingent into raptures.
That signalled a mass exodus from those amongst the home followers and after that Salford never really looked like pulling one back.
Anorak footnote is that I initially completed the 92 at Hartlepool in 2013, in a 1-1 draw with Brentford. Their scorer that day was a Luke James who also scored when I re completed a couple of years ago, playing for Forest Green. Today, again re completing the 92, the aforementioned Scott Flinders kept goal for the visitors, just as he had for Hartlepool in that game 6 years ago.
Moor Lane, or the Peninsula Stadium as it is now referred has been transformed since the early days of the Class of 92 documentaries. Covered seating along both sides with covered terracing at both ends makes for a decent set up, and having chosen to stand in the home end, there is a decent ‘fanzone’ behind the terracing, with various outlets all housed in refurbished freight containers doing a roaring trade.
I was impressed too by the programme, Salford are producing varying styles for the cover and today’s was a retro cover copied from something that I can’t put my finger on what though. In addition it had excellent content.
My usual thoughts about clubs that are bankrolled through the leagues, ie Rushden, Fleetwood, FGR etc are not positive. Rich sugar daddies playthings, with little fan base do little to appease me, however for some bizarre reason I do not have quite the same level of resentment for Salford. Mainly I guess it is around the fact that many folk bemoan the lack of money the filters down from the top; The ex Man U contingent have, albeit indirectly, filtered a significant amount down to Salford so it is churlish to be too scathing. Added to the fact that admission prices have remained frozen since conference north days of 2 years ago, and today’s match cost me the same (Including booking fee) as a match between two sides at step 3 in the week, and half of what most clubs in league 2 are charging and it adds to the slight positivity I feel towards them.
All in all an enjoyable day out, and if Leo, one of our modfathers is reading, I fancy your teams chances this season. (The kiss of death if ever there was one).

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Sep 15, 2019, 7:48 AM

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Rainford United 11-3 Pensby
West Cheshire League Division 3
No admission charge
Att: 5 (h/c)

This place was a bugger to find, mainly because the layout of the Edge Hill University complex has changed dramatically compared to what is currently shown on Google Maps aerial view. The club have tweeted photos of a pitch inside a red running track, one of which can be seen on said aerial view, but on approaching the area it was clear that this was now covered by a large building. The grass pitch that was adjacent is similarly non-existent now. I then went on a walking tour of the campus, passing a few caged pitches, before finally ending up near where I started at a brand new running track where a game was about to start. Unfortunately this was a Wigan Amateur League game hosted by Ormskirk, rather than the match I wanted. On a high plateau above the track I could see some more activity so ventured up there - success! There are a few pitches in this area, which was previously just fields. The pitch was in excellent condition, but with no furniture, not even a rope.

The game wasn't as good as the result sounds. Pensby took a very early lead, but a devastating spell of 4 goals in less than 10mins by the home side put the result beyond doubt before the quarter hour was up. Pensby rallied briefly to make the score 6-3 at half time, but the 2nd half was a pedestrian procession. Pensby's defence was shocking, and Rainford had time & space to put the ball where they wanted. Not really a contest. If this is the standard of this division I may well give it a swerve in the future.

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Sep 15, 2019, 7:52 AM

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NCAA @ UC Irvine. KO 15:30/16:15. Admission $7/$5. Free 4 page programme. Crowd 48.

Concordia Eagles 5 v 2 San Marcos Cougars

The 4g pitch is located inside the running track with Gazebos providing shelter for the players in the 95 degree heat. Basic set up in a very upmarket area with barriers at both entrances.

A goal apiece in the first period with Cougars taking the lead. The visitors struck first in the second half as well but after equalising, Eagles took control with 3 more including a penalty and an own goal.

The KO should have been 15:30 but the women's game finished level so extra time was played. It was a league match not a cup tie but the NCAA don't want draws so extra time was played, no further goals so it ended as a draw, pointless really.

USL @ Orange County Great Park. Admission $14, reduced from $18 today. No programme. Crowd NK. Possibly 600+

Orange County 2 v 0 El Paso

The OC soccer stadium is quite impressive with seated stands on 3 sides and excellent views from all areas. Fairly new construction and different from many in design.

Bought a $14 ticket which was for the area behind the goal but as I wandered around I saw empty seats in the main stand and no one checking tickets, so I sat in a seat selling for $25, normal stuff in the USA.

Reasonable game with the hosts taking a first half lead from a free kick. Match was decided in 60 seconds in the second period when an EL Paso player was in on goal but slid the shot just wide of the post and from there OC went down the other end to wrap up the game. Huge car park on site providing free parking and a trouble free exit made.

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