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Henfield Bee
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Sep 15, 2019, 8:33 AM

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Colden Common (3) 3 Upham 0 - Hampshire League Cup 1st rd - att 27 h/c prog £1

After hitting the post with a penalty, Common then scored 3 times in 10 mins to wrap this up well before half-time Common's new home at Otterbourne rec is a fine place to spend a glorious Saturday afternoon. Parking is at a premium but I was lucky to find last space. Good programme.

New Grounds this season 15: Total Grounds visited 1646

nb: i will only post re new grounds when BurgessHill Bee doesn't..(since he's far better informed than I)

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Sep 15, 2019, 9:03 AM

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I read your comments with interest, and a slight envy that I was in the North of France, rather than the North of England.

Still, having lost my musings with the click of a key last night, here is my second attempt at reporting on

Union Sportive Ouvriere Nomande du Mondeville 0-3 Avant Garde Caennaise
Stade Michel Farre, Admission €3. Attendance ~500.

A good derby game, between two teams that were in the same division last season. AG Caen have won promotion, while Mondeville remain in Regional 1. A sunny evening and a local derby brought a good crowd out to a pleasant ground.

The Stade Michel Farre lacks a running track, and has all the covered accommodation in a well raised stand that tapers to the back and has a membrane roof. The roof supports look newer than the stand itself. Under the seating area, the stand has a club room, dressing rooms and there is also a bar facing outwards.

Due to the barrier at the front of the stand, a cage between the dressing rooms and the pitch and the team benches, the view of the near touchline from the stand is quite limited.

Food sales are arranged separately in a large hut in one corner that is signed as operated by the supporters’ club. Saucisse Americain, a grilled sausage and chips, all in a baguette set me back €4.

The rest of the pitch surround is a wide pathway outside the rail. It was a warm evening and more than half the crowd settled for the standing views.

Within the stand, the home side had a drummer who encouraged some of the local clubs to shout “Mond-Ville”, while it appeared that one end was mainly visiting fans. No shirt colours from either side to show the relative support; the most prominent being kids wearing “Barcelona shirts”. These days, I get confused by the preponderance of different coloured Barca shirts, and I am sure many of these replica shirts are designs that have never been worn on the football field.

AG Caen, playing in Blue and Darker Blue halved shirts, with White sleeves started in a 4-3-3 formation, but as I found with Stade Mayenne a week before, an early goal meant they would retreat back to 4-1-4-1. Mondeville, in red with navy shorts settled for 4-4-2.

While Mondeville had a couple of early chances, they found themselves behind in slightly bizarre circumstances. The initial strike was by one of their own defenders, but he was saved from an own goal as it rebounded off the post. Maxime Roynel was the player on hand to put away the rebound.
Not a lot happened in the rest of the half, and I may have been a little preoccupied with refreshing the twitter feed from Salford, but generally having dropped back to the more defensive formation, Caen were content to give away possession in the knowledge their defence was more than equal to their opponent’s attack

The second half was more of the same, with Mondeville having most of the possession and getting the ball into the area frequently, but their only options appeared to be powder puff shots on target, or ballooning powerful shots into the next field (or even town).

AG Caen were content to break away with little support, and frequently got caught offside, but still managed to double the lead midway through the half. There was a chance for Mondeville to give us an exciting final ten minutes when their winger fell into a heap under a challenge with ten minutes to play. The penalty was too close to the keeper who at least ended up with one shot to save, so the game stayed at 2-0 until a further break, a few minutes from the end allowed Caen to wrap things up

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Sunny Nunny
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Sep 15, 2019, 9:36 AM

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Location: Nuneaton
Team(s): Nuneaton Borough

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1st of 6 new east of the centre this season
Southern Premier Central
Biggleswade Town 2 Nuneaton Borough 0
Att 181 ( 50-60 away )
Adm £10
Parking free on site
f&d £7 bacon baguette , coffee , can of pop Good quality but on the pricey side .
Easy journey down to what seemed an affluent but sleepy town . Only thing of note was the sat nat informing us" we had reached our destination "as we drove past on the A1 with the ground clearly visible below the road but still ten minuets away through the streets of Biggleswade .
Plenty pf parking at this multi pitch slightly out of town site Ground it's self is pretty basic even for this level , it wouldn't look out of place at step 5 . I suppose it does the job for their small fan base . Very friendly club , made us feel welcome .
Another disappointing result in our poor start to the season .
Deservedly beaten by a very young but well drilled & committed home side .

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Sep 15, 2019, 9:53 AM

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South Challenge Cup Round Two
Creetown v Craigroyston, 1-5, H.T. 1-2, Att c.40, Admission £4, Pie and Coffee £2.50, Can of Belhaven Best £2, No paper
At Castle Cary Park, Creetown

Back in June when the draw for this Cup was announced, this game had immediate appeal. Two of my mates had never been to Creetown and my own last visit was in the early 1990s. I’d passed the ground a few times since then and was well aware that it had changed beyond all recognition.

In those days Castle Cary Park was basically a farmer’s field with goalposts and a hut for changing. There was no boundary fence and the turf looked like it had been ploughed up. Nowadays the ground is surrounded by an impressively sturdy wooden palisade, there is a swanky pavilion building and the pitch itself is an immaculate green lawn.

It’s located at the entrance to the Castle Cary Holiday Park, a popular destination for touring and static caravans in idyllic scenery where the Cree Estuary meets the Solway Firth. There is a big car park – all located to the south end of the village, towards Dumfries on the A75. Spectator access is limited to an area of around one-third of the pavilion side and I’d put the capacity at 100 tops. There is absolutely no provision for spectators on the ends or the far side, or towards the corners of the pavilion side. The spectator area is backed by the pavilion which includes a pie hatch at one end and a howff at the other. The howff serves canned beer and a wide range of spirits. Approximately half of the spectator area is covered with a canopy.

Creetown tend to be perennial strugglers in the South of Scotland League. Visitors from Craigroyston have been through difficult times recently. A proposed merger with Leith Athletic during the Summer fell through at the last moment, probably to the detriment of both clubs. Finding themselves without a manager a few weeks ago, Craigie also lacked a team and had to call a game off due to lack of players. They have now installed Cowden folk hero Jordan Sheerin (the Cove Killer) as Player Manager and they turned up with a team and three subs for this game.

It was 1-0 to Craigroyston early on but Creetown fluked an equaliser with a deflected goal. Craigie restored their lead before half time. Despite being reduced to ten men Craigroyston enhanced their lead to the tune of 5-1 with Sheerin himself bagging the fifth. The final scoreline was a little harsh on Creetown but there was no denying that the better team won.

I’ve only ever seen one Creetown programme, some 20 years ago for a friendly against Kilmarnock to celebrate their Centenary.

The village of Creetown is by-passed these days but it is well worth a diversion. Most of the village scenes for The Wicker Man were filmed here – Britt Ekland (or her body double) performing her erotic wall-hugging dance in the Ellengowan Hotel on the Main Street.

Getting to Creetown by road proved interesting. Google Maps suggested the quickest was from Glasgow was via Ayr, Minishant, Kirkmichael, Glen Trool and Newton Stewart. To say this is a windy, narrow road is something of an understatement. Much of it is single track with passing places. We opted to come back via the wider but equally tortuous and winding Newton Stewart to Girvan road. My mate’s driving is eccentric at best and frequently downright dangerous and these roads afforded him ample opportunity to demonstrate his talents.

Mightily relieved to have made it back to civilisation with only one near-death experience we adjourned to the Blackfriars in Glasgow for refreshment. They had the very excellent Brockville Pale Ale from a Falkirk-based brewery which certainly helped calm my nerves before embarking on stage 2 of Death Race 2000 back to Edinburgh.

Nobody's Heroes
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Sep 15, 2019, 11:02 AM

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FAW Trophy 2nd Round

Barmouth & Dyffryn United 2 Gwalchmai 1 (AET)

Wern Mynach, Barmouth

Admission - £3 Programme - £1.50 Attendance - circa. 100

With a good number of the Barmouth 1st team away on a stag weekend in Spain, I figured that the away team would head into this fixture as favourites but was pleasantly surprised by the home team performance in an entertaining fixture which was eventually settled in the last 5 minutes of extra time due to a late Barmouth winner.

With both teams being at the 2nd level of the Welsh Alliance League, it was always going to be a tight affair and whereas it was sometimes low on quality, the 22 on the field more than made up for this with effort for the full 120 minutes on a gloriously sunny afternoon at the Wern Mynach. Indeed, such was the weather, the referee stopped play for a drinks break mid-way through the 2nd half.

Barmouth therefore progress to the 3rd round, the question now is will they placed in the North Western or Central section of the draw?

As ever with Bermo, good quality programme which sold out prior to kick off.

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timmy tabby
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Sep 15, 2019, 11:39 AM

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.....During the week, I had the nagging realisation that thus far this season there had been few 'longer journey' trips. Partially rectified with....

Matlock Town 1 v 2 South Shields - Northern Premier League Premier Division
Prog 40 pages - Admission £10.00 - Att 614 (Chalked up on a blackboard on departure).

....One of those Saturdays where little leapt out, until this contest between two of the divisions speedy starters appealed and in addition Matlock is a picturesque and not overly busy town that IMHO is always pleasant to wile away a few hours.

Matlock's previous unbeaten run in the league came to an end with the visitors showing more ability in virtually every sector and although the hosts put in a hard working shift, much more was required to threaten a very capable South Shields team who are surely one of favourites for NPL title honours at the other end of the season.

A first half where both teams displayed plenty of toil to no great effect, where you had to take the very warm in the sun conditions into account. The better first half opportunities were created by South Shields with a goalbound header from Gary Brown being met by an excellent flying save from Jon Stewart in the Matlock goal and from a Blair Adams cross a further header from Jon Shaw which was also heading between the sticks took a saving deflection and looped over the bar. The hosts were largely restricted to free kicks around the edge of the area taken by Dan Bramall which were of little threat to the goal of Myles Boney. The closest we were to a first half goal was in the final seconds with a further Adams cross being met with a looping header from Dillon Morse which came back off the top of the bar and it looked a relatively simple task for Jason Gilchrist to dispatch the rebound, save for the fact that he rushed his shot and resulting shot effort ended up out of the ground.

The visitors inability to take the lead was rectified within a minute of the restart with a header out from James Williamson which should have had more distance landed at the feet of Jon Shaw who met perfectly on the half volley on the edge of the area and what turned out to be the memorable moment of the contest found the far corner leaving Steward clutching at the warm Daleside air. The lead was then doubled when Adam Thurston's forceful run forward was ended by Jack Rea's clumsy challenge on the edge of the area. Linesman's flag promptly raised with accompanying point to the spot by the Ref and Robert Briggs sent the resultant penalty to his left as Stewart dived to his left.

With a healthy and seemingly impregnable two goal advantage, the visitors fell back into defence and had few problems defending their advantage until a low ball in from Dan Bramall on the left reached Marcus Marshall back to goal, one quick turn and rapier like finish saw the ball flash past Boney and at this point of time there were hopes that Matlock's unbeaten record could be maintained. This did not happen as there were always sufficient South Shields defensive bodies in situ and even in the final minutes when Stewart joined the attacking fray all he could do when a corner landed at his feet ten yards out was strike a shot that was akin to a goal kick which joined the several other efforts which caused the home ball retrievers to exit the ground to search. Good noisy support for the visitors in the region of two hundred and they were audibly noticeable throughout the contest.

On recall Causeway Lane is one of those venues where they may be blocking my admission in future as five of the six visits have coincided with home defeats and another statistical foible is that of the six visits all have been made in the opening months of the season. Classic NPL ground that is always a joy to visit with a fairly new seated stand and plenty of cover and terracing but best of all IMHO probably one of the best views from a venue towards the Heights of Abraham and Riber Castle.

Good place for hostelries as well is Matlock with all four of the 2020 GBG entries visited though the hikes up the hill towards the Newsroom and Thorntree (usual disorganisation as I thought that the former was in the town centre) being on the arduous side of punishing and duly noticed the defibrillator attached to the Derbyshire County Council building at the top. Quick sojourn at the top of the hill to the newly opened Farmacy Ale House for tastings from the Aardvark Brewery. Pleasant conversation with a local in the Thorntree who recommended the Red Lion near to the ground as they had just commenced brewing and their Moot Oak ales were palatable as well as a first time sampling from Derby's Littleover Brewery.

Very much an impulse trip but few problems using East Midlands Trains apart from missing Derby Station on the return journey due to the weekly sleep debt being recovered. No difficulties though with travelling back via Nottingham but arrived back half an hour later than expected.....

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Sep 15, 2019, 11:45 AM

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2 games; 1st one...Milton Under Wynchwood on the Witney hop, will no doubt be anylised elsewhere, 2nd game AFC Aldermaston (1)1 Binfield (1)3 Att 77hc FA Vase 2nd Qualifying at the Aldermaston Sports Society, I don't really know to where to start with this one except to say, just don't bother, if you haven't already, admission £5 inc programme, no refreshments inside ground, outside, this former Government Nuclear atomic site has a 60's style changing block, semi decent club., where you can get cold drinks , but officially you're NOT allowed to take them inside ground!? no cover, you can only watch on one side, there's a curious old changing block with upstairs small viewing platform for about 10, steps leading up either side, over dugouts. a footpath up one side, masquerading as hardstanding, access to the other side is possible, if someone opens a locked side. but on the whole, eerie and unpleasant. Binfield did a 2nd half 'job' on hosts after a difficult 1st half.

Have no Plan A and apply it rigidly..

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Sep 15, 2019, 11:47 AM

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Parkgate 1-1 Hallam
NCEL Div.1
Admission £5
Programme £1.50


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Sep 15, 2019, 11:57 AM

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Banbury Utd 0 Hitchin T 0
Southern Prem Central Adm £7 Prog £2 Att 405

Banbury went into this game as league leaders but failed to break down winless Hitchin in a dull game, enlivened only by two missed penalties by the visitors in the space of three second half minutes, both saved by the home keeper Jack Harding who was making his 200th appearance. The second penalty resulted in a red card but the visitors were also reduced to ten men shortly thereafter so failed to take advantage. The hosts hit the post late on but the home crowd went home frustrated.

The ground is situated down a fairly narrow road behind Banbury Station. There's adequate car parking if you drive down far enough. I had heard good things about the ground and I liked the terracing behind the right hand goal but overall I found it fairly unattractive, maybe because everything is painted in club colours, namely a garish red and yellow. Perhaps my view was influenced by the lack of entertainment for the first hour or so......

Where's the 'ignore this poster' button?

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Sep 15, 2019, 2:23 PM

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BetVictor Northern Premier League South-East Division
Cleethorpes Town 2 Leek Town 1
Att: 556 Adm: comp (usually £8) Prog: comp (usually £2)

A good win for the Owls against Leek Town, who arrived at Linden boasting a 100% record. The Blues are clearly a well-organised outfit, but could have no complaints about their defeat.

The visitors grabbed the lead in the 12th minute courtesy of a low finish from Rob Stevenson. Not a good goal to concede from Clee's perspective however, too much time and space was allowed. If the home side were short of confidence after 3 successive losses, you would not have noticed. They battled hard for the rest of the half and Scott Vernon fired a cracking leveller just before the break.

After the interval, it was fairly cagey. However, the Owls generally carried more threat and invention. The deserved winner came in the 78th minute - Brody Robertson showing excellent skill to firstly control and then slot under the keeper.

No moans from a couple of Leek fans that I spoke to in the clubhouse at the end. On reflection, most people seemed to agree that the score was about fair. The division is starting to take shape and it will come as something as a surprise if both of these combatants are not in the top 5 come the end of April. Sheffield are the best side that I have seen so far though.

2019/20 season: 21 competitive games
(13 NPL SE, 2 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup, 1 Lincs Cup, 1 FA Youth Cup)

Total goals: 85 (4.0 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: 20)

New grounds: 3 (Latest: Sutton Coldfield Town)

Rebel Yeller
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Sep 15, 2019, 2:57 PM

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National League

Dagenham & Redbridge 3 Hartlepool United 1

Entry - £21 for Carling Stand. Programme - £3. Attendance - 1392. Weather Sunny and pleasantly warm.

A train and tube trip took me into the wilds of East London to attend this pretty good match. D&R has seating on two adjacent sides and terracing on the others, the one behind the goal uncovered. It's a large ground and creates a good atmosphere. Large clubhouse but no real ale. Around 250 made the journey from Hartlepool - full credit to them.

First half was quite even but D&R went ahead on 24 when the Pools defence went AWOL and Quigley slotted it in. In the second half the home side were well on top throughout. Balanta scored a great goal from an acute angle on 69 and although HU got one back on 82, D&R sealed it on 82 with another one from Quigley.

7 unbeaten now for D&R and on this showing they may be in with a shout for promotion back to the Football League.

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Sep 15, 2019, 4:06 PM

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Saturday 14th September 2019 @3pm
Isthmian League South East Division
Salters Lane, ME13 8ND

Admission: £10
Programme: £2
Attendance: 312

Prematch walk around the town centre as there was a food and drink festival, perfect for the late summer sun. Faversham has an abundance of pubs probably due to the Shepherd Neame brewery in the town and there are a fair few eateries as well as a fabulous record shop, Creekside Vinyl in Market Street. Then it’s a 15 minute walk to the ground.

Faversham deserves their win thanks to the dominance in the second half although they were gifted the goal just before half time. A pass back to Benham, the Brickies keeper, looked simple enough but he sliced his kick right to Freighter who sheepishly hit it into the unguarded net.

Town will finish top half if they can show more consistency but Sittingbourne look like they are in for a tough season on this showing.

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Sep 15, 2019, 5:01 PM

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FA Vase QR2
Brookwood Country Park
Knaphill 2 Tunbridge Wells 2 (AET 2-2)
Admission: £8 Paper available Attendance: Estimated 50-60?

New tick after dropping eldest off for a business flight. Tidy arrangment with some good areas of shelter needed on a blisteringly hot afternoon. CCP versus SCEP promised much; what we got was a game of little skill but a lot of action which the home side will be disappointed not to have won and saved a trek across to Kent on Tuesday.
The first half produced two errors leading to goals. Home side were faster out of the blocks and when the TW keeper spilled a soft-ish shot on 12 it was bundled in. Thereafter it remianed all one-way until on 44 a through ball squirted away from the keeper and the two defenders left it to each other; in the meantime a TW attacker nipped in and before he could control it one of the defenders woke up and fouled him just outside the 6-yd box. Penalty converted easily. This so riled the home No.10 as he breated all his defence that the next 50/50 ball he was anywhere near he flew in studs showing and got red-carded! HT 1-1.
Second half was much of the same blood and thunder; the numbers were evened up as the home winger was felled by a defender already on a Yellow. Another Red!
On 65 the home side inexplicably refused to tackle a TW midfielder as he slalomed his way toward goal and then placed a left foot shot into the corner. TW then indulged in some epic time-wasting but were undone when an angled shot crept in at the far post. More efforts were blazed over. FT 2-2. Extra time was much the same with the home side hitting the bar once and the post twice.
Home in 75 in a trouble-free journey.

2018-19 Games: 166 Goals: 611 GPG: 3.68 New Grounds: 96
2019-20 Games: 93 Goals: 366 GPG: 3.94 New Grounds: 51

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Sep 15, 2019, 5:25 PM

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Brentham 2 v London Samarui United 2

Middlesex County Premier Division
Admission Free, Programme Free

With beautiful warm sunny day in London I saw this as the perfect opportunity to tick a venue that’s been on my radar for a while. Brentham FC play at the Brentham club which has facilities for Football, Cricket, Lawn Tennis, Lawn Bowls and snooker. A blue plaque on the outside states that Fred Perry used to play there - The whole place was a hive of activity especially the tennis courts.

The football is in the far corner and tucked away nicely to actually feel like a football ground rather than an afterthought. I found the whole place very pleasant - the area which is one I hadn’t really walked around before is lovely and with beautiful period properties.

These two teams were the top two in the division and it told on the pitch - a close game in which a draw was the right result. Brentham would have posed more threat if they hadn’t constantly been offside when in attack.

Nice to pick up a Programme (12 pages) - don’t think they printed many off but an official had a few in a carrier bag, think they were free but I gave the guy a quid.

Really enjoyable tick.

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Sep 15, 2019, 7:42 PM

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Went to the hop games at Milton-under-Wychwood and Ducklington, my first ticks in the Witney and District league for 29 years.

In between I squeezed in a visit to ...

Oxfordshire Senior League, Premier Division
Freeland 2 Hanbrough 2 (att 56 h/c)
Free admission, no progs

The game was a slow burner. The first half was goalless but it came to life after the break as the home side went 2-0 up only to be pegged back by two late Hanborough goals. The visitors' equaliser was effectively the final kick of the match, as the full time whistle blew just as the game restarted.

Freeland's ground has been covered in previous WDYG posts. It's basic but pleasant enough. The the pitch is on the far side of a cricket square from the village hall and changing rooms, and was roped off along the near side.

All three of Saturday's games are featured on my blog

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Sep 15, 2019, 8:46 PM

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Central Midlands League South Division Rowsley 5 Ashland Rovers 2 Admission £3 Programme £2 Attendance 14

A simply stunning setting for this ground set deep in the Peak District and situated at the bottom of a 1 in 5 hill which you take if coming from Chesterfield. The Recreation Ground is on the fringe of the village and is surrounded by hills and woodland. I eschewed my usual GBG visit and went to the Caudwell's Mill cafe situated barely 5 minutes walk away for coffee and a scone.
The ground here is merely roped off on the side nearer the changing rooms. There is no access to any of the other 3 sides. Wooden dugouts, clearly constructed like this to fit in with the surroundings, are on the far side of the pitch. There is no other football furniture. As you enter from the car park there is a large hut where you pay your admission money and pick up a glossy professionally produced 28 page full colour programme. There is a large grassed area to cross before you get to the pitch which was used by both teams to warm up (the pitch was in magnificent condition and the club clearly want to keep it that way, although there is a noticeable slope from the car park end down). Rowsley have slowly but surely climbed through minor leagues since their formation in the 1980s before entering the Central Midlands League last season. An immediate promotion followed as a result of their second place finish. They are still unbeaten this season and looked a very useful outfit particularly in the first half against a game but outclassed Ashland team. Refreshments are available from the building on your left as you enter.
I was very impressed by the whole experience here at a club clearly on an upward trajectory who will need to get planning permission for floodlights if They want to progress further up the pyramid.

"There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts".

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Sep 15, 2019, 9:15 PM

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TKT: £16. PROG: £2.50. ATT: 2,395

Busy morning selling off furniture, so was a tad later arriving than hoped for. Second trip to HP this season & whisper it quietly but after six years of utter dross, things appear to be looking up finally. The ground is in its thirtieth season of use now, & the place was rocking at times! Cracking positive atmosphere for a pleasant change, with an entertaining game for the punters to watch on a warm afternoon.

The coasters plans on being a footy league club anytime soon, seems to have fallen by the wayside a tad. After being play off material in recent years, they’re struggling this time around. Fylde aren’t followed in numbers either, with less than fifty in the seats supporting them. For once an enjoyable afternoon in the autumn sunshine & I’m looking forward to another trip next month too.

KRTM :-)

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Sep 16, 2019, 1:03 AM

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Re: [leohoenig] Saturday 14th September [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Another one at Salford City for the 92 today, and as per Bigaitch (post 23) the over-riding thought was: Leo would be loving this! The home side were very poor indeed and there was ZERO atmosphere except from the away end. I can't get past the ManU connection so am unable to wish this club well. On this showing they're going back where they came from. A far more soporific experience than my morning entertainment :

Manchester Saturday Morning League, Div.1
West Didsbury 3-5 Eastlands
1015 at Wythenshawe University PFs, pitch 20 of 26 !

f&n, h/c 6

With thanks to Steveb for having messaged me descriptions of all today's venues, none trumped this, where I had hoped to maybe get two simultaneous. No chance! This is a massive complex of well-maintained grass pitches served by a giant pavilion and a huge car park (bizarrely, accessed via narrow residential streets). My top flight game was up on the top plateau, the Div.2 match was right down at the bottom, beyond pitches hosting kids' matches and then behind trees. School kids were lapping the edge of the whole complex for their cross-country run.

This was my first encounter with the sin-bin. Can't say I'm a fan. West Didsbury were cruising it at 2-0 until a defender told the ref what he thought of him 7 minutes before HT. He started the second period (supposed to have waited for 10mins, surely?) but by then it was 2-2, and Eastlands carried on that momentum to immediately go 2-3 up. A spectator rocked up just in time to see that goal, so I spoke to him to let him know the score. Turns out it was the organizer of the League, who always does half of one game then half of another. He's a long-time City fan, and my enemy's enemy is my friend, so we had plenty to chat about. Smile
West Didsbury never did recover from that shift in control to re-establish their initial dominance, so weren't going to repeat last Saturday's opening day feat of scoring 11. They benefitted from a dodgy pen to get a third but Eastlands had got a further 2 to make it 2 out of 2 for them. A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a morning.
Walking back to the car park, several pitches were now being used for different age group girls' games - all of them ManU v Everton. Come on Everton!!

Had a bit of time on mu hands before my game 2, so went to tick the nearest brewpub new to me, the ConClub in Altrincham market place, imbibing a half of each of the two they had on. Blimey, I thought I was up north here, but I was served by a hipster barman with waxed moustache with a penny farthing dangling from the ceiling, Not my sort of place. Went across to the market in search of a proper butchers pork pie for my dinner. Nope! All avocados on sourdough toast etc! The sooner this HS2 gets built and sucks all this lot down to London where they belong, the better! Anybody would think it's not the 1950s up north any longer... SIGH

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Northallerton Town 2-3 Barnoldswick Town

FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round, admission £6, programme available, chip butty (on a bun not bread) £2.50, Nescafe Gold latte £1.80, att: 131

I decided against leaving at dawn's crack to stand in a field in Oxfordshire and headed to my original choice of Vase game when the draw came out. Pretty uneventful journey north except for sitting on the A1 around Doncaster for 20 minutes whilst a multi vehicle shunt was tidied up. This later arrival meant my choice of chippy had closed 5 minutes before my arrival.

Cracking ground with 3 steps of terracing on three sides with crush barriers, 1 side covered and a seated stand on the same side too.

How Northallerton lost this I do not know, they should have been 5-0 up after 20 minutes, spurning 3 of their 5 gilt edged chances. Instead they led by 2 and took their foot off the gas. Bar'l'ick then got some composure and ebbed away at the home side. Their winner came late on to much delight and over the course of the 90 minutes probably edged it. Cracking afternoon's entertainment in balmy weather.

Straight forward journey home meant I was back for 720pm enabling me to join the Mrs in an evening of dross on the TV.

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

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Boscombe Polonia 0 Alderholt 7 (Dorset Senior League) Att: 2 f&n

Another one who didn't fancy an early departure to Wiyney, but pereferred a leisurely drive to Dorset. I was rewarded with an enjoyable game which was close in the first half - just a single goal - but not in the second. Alderholt look a pretty decent side and I look forward to a visit to their place soon. Decent quality, super ref, who showed an immediate red card to a home player for an out of character incident.

Pimperne Sports Club's Priory Field was described to perfection by Cherryhopper at the end of last season - the only significant change is the folding of the cricket club - so I will simply add that it is a cracking place to spend an afternoon in the Dorset sunshine, marred only slightly by the occasional traffic noise from the adjacent A354.

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NCAA Div 2 @ 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.
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Sep 16, 2019, 1:34 PM

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Tonbridge Angels 0-2 Hemel Hempstead Town (National League, South)
- played at the Halcyon Wealth Longmead Stadium, Tonbridge from 3.0pm

Att – 576 (official); Entry £13; Prog £2.50; Badge - £3 and Refreshment at £1 for the soft drink.
Weather – the lovely sunny weather was out again today
Travel – A3, M25 and A21 in under two hours each way
Colours – Angels in all blue, with white trim .. Tudors in the all red

No problems finding this one .. a well laid out ground, plenty of parking and enthusiastic volunteers to help the Angels enjoy their first season in the NATS .. although an extra pound to sit in the main stand, along the west touchline .. small covered terraces each end .. with food and drink on the Clubhouse side, where Directors sat in their own perched grandstand, along from the video / tannoy tower .. players entered bottom left and the pitch was an absolute gem.

As for the game .. well another win .. although not convincing for most of the first half, once the hosts had settled, Hemel relied on their back up keeper Danny Boness to come to the rescue on more than the odd occasion .. but all change in the second when a couple of quick Liam Nash goals put the visitors in charge, the best coming from a free kick on 52 (see links).

The Tudors then got fortunate with a penalty given, the Angel kick going high and wide .. and with some solid defending and hosts frustration, the game wound down and the small contingent from Hertfordshire went home happily singing to themselves .. now second in the table but a long way to go .. Tongue

Tudors 2nd goal (ack @DeckchairPete) -

A “Hopping Summary” by Joseph @GroundhoppingFC -

Grounds = 638, Leagues done = 15 (37 to go); Games (19/20) = 102; New Grounds (19/20) = 82; Goals (19/20) = 441; Ave goals/game = 4.32; Last new ground = Bourton Rovers; Next = Tues 10th Dec 2019

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FA Vase (2nd Round Qualifying) 3 pm

Sidmouth Town 0 Cullompton Rangers 5 (H/T 0-3)

Entry - £5 adults

Programme – 20 pages (included in entry)

Crowd – not yet known

As already mentioned elsewhere on this forum, I had dropped Shefford Town & Campion from my shortlist, so that left me with several Vase ties I had been considering. Eventually I chose this one, mainly because Honiton Town were also at home as a back-up in case of public transport delays, and also because I thought that as it was going to be a sunny and warm day, a day out at the seaside, particularly outside the school holidays, was a good idea. OK, so I do realise this was a clash between two clubs from the same division in the same league, and I expect a visit from the groundhopping police in due course. However, one important factor to consider in such cases is that the visiting team will not have to travel too far and will be familiar with the route, therefore greatly reducing the risk of a late arrival causing the kick-off to be delayed or even forcing a postponement.

I travelled out on the 08.20 train from London Waterloo to Honiton, arriving there around 5-10 minutes late due to a late-running connection at Salisbury. When the train approached Gillingham earlier in the journey, I noticed that it is just about possible to see parts of Gillingham Town’s new ground through the trees in the distance. The old ground, which as many of you will know is right next to the railway line, is still intact and I was surprised to see that the floodlights were still there. I would have thought that it would be cheaper to move them to the new ground, which doesn’t have lights, than to buy new ones. So be cautious if attending a midweek game there as it might be moved to the old ground. Anyway, when I arrived at Honiton, I caught the hourly number 9 bus that runs from the station forecourt to Exeter, via Honiton. The journey takes about 30 minutes, and it is possible to see the ground’s floodlights from the bus, or at least, the top deck. As I had plenty of time to spare, I did not alight there, but continued to the town centre and got off there to have a look around. The bus station is very close to the town’s cricket ground and seafront. The cricket ground, which has a noticeable slope towards the sea, is sometimes used by Devon for their games in the Minor Counties Championship and its 50-over competition. Definitely worth ticking in my opinion if you’re a cricket hopper, and it was interesting to see a notice on the perimeter fence which stated that you may be charged £2 for seating. Hopefully you would be given a ticket as a souvenir! Even if you aren’t a cricket fan, one thing that is definitely worth seeing are the stunning cliffs, their distinctive red colour being due to the fact that they date from the Triassic era 230 million years ago and you will be left in no doubt as to why the Dorset coast has been named as a World Heritage site. (The football club, incidentally, are nicknamed ‘The Vikings’ which is a bit strange considering that most Viking influence in the UK was along the north-east coast, but I suppose a nickname of ‘the Dinosaurs’ or ‘the Fossils’ would not go down very well even if it was more historically appropriate.)

I then walked back up the hill (which is more of a gentle incline than a steep one) to the football ground, which is in Manstone Lane. I was surprised to find that it is actually a public recreation ground, rather than a fully enclosed one. There are at least three access points, and gate money was only being taken from two of them. If you don’t want a programme – which was included in the entry price - then it would be very easy to gain entry without paying. Having said this, at least the ground is not used for cricket, and the clubhouse is surprisingly spacious and well-equipped for a venue of this nature. The pitch is railed off on three sides, with a rope behind one goal although there is no obvious reason for the lack of a rail in this particular area. A pair of galvanised steel dugouts are situated on one side, and very close to the pitch on this side is a skateboard park. Further along this side is some cover for spectators. It is very unusual, consisting of a curved cantilever roof with thick steel girders embedded in a concrete base. A large yellow notice attached to it warns against vandalism and graffiti and states that CCTV is in operation. The floodlights look quite recent, and it is unusual to see these in use on a recreation ground. Overall, the facilities are reasonable for a club of this level, but the fact that it is a recreation ground might prevent the club from moving any further up the pyramid. If the club do want to advance further then the easiest way to do so might be to share the rugby ground, which is closer to the town centre. I didn’t have time to look at it but the satellite images show it to have what appears to be a seated stand and it is surrounded all around by houses, so it is probably a properly enclosed venue.

The programme consisted of a glossy pre-printed shell with a four page match-specific insert, a more sensible way of producing programmes than going online-only. The pre-printed shell includes a colour aerial photo of the ground on half of one page, so if you collect aerial images of grounds then you should get to Sidmouth before the end of this season, in case next season’s programme omits the aerial photo. The front cover does vary though from one match to the next, as this one had a photo of the FA Vase and Wembley Stadium on the top half as well as the date and opponents.

The match resulted in a surprisingly easy victory for Cullompton in what was a sporting encounter with no problems for the referee, or even any injuries. Sidmouth were poor and on the evidence of this showing, they may well be relegated from the Premier East at the end of what is their first season at this level. I was fortunate in that the referee added very little, if any, stoppage time for substitutions in the second half, so I had no problems in catching the number 9 bus that departs at 16.55 from the nearest stop to the ground back to Honiton. Upon boarding it, I noticed that a passenger who was already on the bus was holding a copy of a Sidmouth rugby programme, which had a black and white cover with the club’s emblem and name prominently displayed. Upon arrival back in Honiton, I had around 30 minutes to spare before the next train to London, so in order to pass the time, I hopped aboard a number 4 bus to Axminster that was stopping at the station, and so was able to enjoy more of the spectacular Dorset scenery for the following 20-25 minutes before boarding the London-bound train at Axminster, for a punctual trip back home.

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Sep 16, 2019, 7:19 PM

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I think you will find that Scandinavian armies appeared in most parts of the British Isles. More regularly in the north and east obviously.

Whether they went to Sidmouth or not is a different story. A significant amount of Normans had Scandinavian heritage. You can do research by watching 1980s animation King RolloTongue

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