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Saturday 9th November 2019

 



noprogs
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Nov 9, 2019, 4:43 PM

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Yet another Saturday mystery tour.
Ian J and I thought we were going to Route One Rovers at Dixon Academy in Bradford, as the Morley Town secretary had confirmed the game was on at a 3g.There is indeed a 3g there, but it seems that Route One may now be playing at Zara academy.
We did not know this as the two teams came out for a game on the grass pitch, it turned out to be

Fairbank U 3 Lepton Highlanders 4
Yorkshire Amateur League

This is division one of this league, but actually its' fourth tier (supreme, premiership and championship) where Lepton have surfaced following the demise of the County Amateur League. They led early, and added a second early in the second period. Fairbank came back to 2-1 down and equalised at 3-3, only to lose in the last moments.
No holds barred and a perfectly playable pitch, and a decent,if unexpected,day out.


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The Moose
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Nov 9, 2019, 5:46 PM

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TROWBRIDGE & DIST. LGE DIV ONE: THREE DAGGERS 6 FRESHFORD 1

ADM / PROG: F & N. ATT: h/c 15

Up early enough to watch the monsoon weather start, so thought better of playing with the floods. Trip to Herefordshire can wait then, & decision made to stay local. After the nearby Western League games all bought the bullet, my final option with time running out, was the Leighton Rec in Westbury. Never realized that Wilts CCC play here too, next to the sports complex. Other than that, tiz just a pitch which was a tad sodden today, but never waterlogged. The ref was a hero for giving it a go, & he was rewarded by the rain stopping bang on kick off time.

Game wise, it was very one sided in the first half with Daggers 5-1 up fairly quickly. The second half just got niggly, with suspect challenges & a lot of abuse for the poor MIB from both sides. With both coaches giving him severe earache, no surprise really the young players just copy. Cue lots of effin & blinding, followed by my first sighting of a footy sin bin. Pointless really, as said player carried on abusing the official with his mates from the touchline.

After driving back last night, to get a call off at Keynsham eggchasing, I was just grateful really to find a game on. One of those anywhere will do kind of days. I’ve now seen the Daggers play at three different ‘home’ grounds. Previously they rented West Lavington, followed by Stanley Park in Chip’num. Considering they’re a pub team from Edington, they seem to be nomads, this year settling in Westbury. At least I got a new ground in, on a day when I didn’t expect it so still winning!

KRTM :-)


bluearmybob
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Nov 9, 2019, 6:11 PM

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Location: Ipswich.The Capital Town of Suffolk.
Team(s): Ipswich Town FC since April 11th 1966.Groundhopping since January 28th 1989

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A walk down to Portman Rd. KO 3.00pm.


FA Cup 1st Round.


IPSWICH TOWN 1 (0) v (1) LINCOLN CITY 1.


Scorers.


Home. A Dozzell (79)


Away. T Walker (37)


Admission £10. Programme £2.50. Attendance 11,598. Away Fans 1,190.



GROUNDS VISITED.(382) NEW GROUNDS THIS SEASON 2019/20. (13)
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.
FOOTBALL SEEN IN:Bulgaria,Czech Republic,England,France,Greece,Guensey,Holland,Scotland,Switzerland,Turkey & Wales.




HantsLondoner
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Nov 9, 2019, 6:28 PM

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

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FA Trophy 2Q

Gosport B. 4 Melksham T. 2

admission £11-00 Pirate programme £2-00 (also online) attendance est 280
8th in Southern Premier South v 17th in Southern Div 1 South
After heavy rain in the area from about 11-3, lots of games called off late. My first three choices bit the dust (water) late on, Fleetlands only 5 mins before kick-off Mad (also dodged an expensive bullet at Havant as the Hawks' game v Slough was abandoned) but Privett Park provided a surprisingly good pitch for a surprisingly good game, with Borough deserving to win, although they had a lot of help from the officials, notably the crucial 'goal that never was'.
The home team started will, with an attractive passing style which was just a little too slow to be really dangerous. Nevertheless, they took the lead in only the third minute with a a good cross from the left which was allowed to reach Paterson at the back post, who finished clinically. Two mins later a corner for the visitors was headed towards goal by Ford, it hit the bar and was cleared, with the visitors claiming a goal, to no avail. Straight up the other end another cross from the left was steered just wide by Paterson. Another Melksham corner was then half-cleared to Romanski, whose shot was just over. Another flowing Borough move saw a last-ditch tackle preventing their second goal. But again the visitors broke and a superb turn by Ball set up Ojo on the left; his powerful shot produced a great save from O'Flaherty, pushing the bar against the bar and over. Ojo came close again soon afterwards, a cross-shot being deflected just wide of the far post. After this the game calmed down a bit, a couple of injuries in a competitive game disrupting the flow. But Borough came good again as the half ended, a delightful chip over the defence setting up Lewis to finish well. The visitors were insistent that Lewis was offside, and, given the linesman's previous decisions over there, there was a fair chance that they had a case. In injury time John ran through, aided by a lucky bounce, but he shot just wide, so it stayed at HT 2-0.
After the break a good move down the right saw Lewis narrowly miss at the near post for the home team, but on 50 mins the visitors pulled a goal back, Ballinger's free-kick being deflected into the corner of the net. Ballinger had another shot saved soon afterwards as the visitors looked dangerous. But on 54 mins Borough went 3-1 up; a cross from the right was met by Flood, his shot hit the post and came back into the arms of keeper Bartlett. Because it had stopped raining we were standing pretty level with the goalline and there is no way that the ball crossed the line. But the linesman gave it and despite heated protests, the goal stood. Several of us, mostly favouring the home team, saw this incident and all agreed it was not even close to being a goal. The visitors then pulled it back to 3-2 on 58 mins, a quick free-kick finding Ford in space to finish coolly. The game was bubbling up nicely, and we had a few tasty tackles and some choice words bandied around. Borough had a chance when Roberts headed wide from a free-kick; for the visitors, a long shot by Hurley was save and a chip by Thompson was just over. On 88 mins came the clinching goal, a good break down the right, a good cross, and Paterson was one of three forwards waiting to score as the visitors were stretched to the limit. Shades of the 1966 World Cup Final.... O'Flaherty still had time to make another save and Paterson had two chances to grab a hat-trick, once he was crowded out and once he hit the side netting - but Borough go through to the next round in a closer game than I and they, had probably reckoned with.
No changes at Privett Park since my last visit - £11-00 is in my opinion still too high for this level, although the entertainment value made it worth it today.



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

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Dribble!
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Nov 9, 2019, 6:32 PM

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Also at the Ipswich - Lincoln FA Cup game - 10 changes for Ipswich, so no surprise that our long run of not winning a FA Cup games goes on!



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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Ashtree RockBee
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Nov 9, 2019, 6:38 PM

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Surrey Elite Intermediate League –
Horsley 5 Spartans Youth 2
Spectator guesstimate 19
Admission free, no programme
Pint of Goldmark 4.0% “Liquid Gold” £3.50, coffee £1, Pringles £1

Going to an early evening gig in Staines meant I needed a local early kick-off. This 18-mile half-hour jaunt fitted the bill.

Horsley’s Toms Field home is situated in West Horsley, two miles off the A3 southbound towards Guildford but the journey from the A3 to the ground is so countrified you wouldn’t know it.

The ground is bordered on two sides by chunky white fencing but just one-and-a-half sided for spectators (no access past the fenced goal), with the Toms Field end inaccessible and the flank opposite the clubhouse / car park side completely lined by beautiful trees Loxwood-style. I was told the club are hoping to buy the field behind these trees to expand their facilities, with a view to upgrading the ground to Combined Counties level in the next few years.

The clubhouse side has about 20 seats in two pavement-level rows next to the dugouts, and a quaint wooden overhang by the corner nearest the fenced goal provides cover for about 20. My crowd estimate is only for those standing in the elements – I couldn’t see from my vantage point, but people may well have watched from inside the clubhouse or inside their cars, which are separated from the hard standing by some white barriers.

This was a really good game in awful conditions. Horsley were on top for the first and last ‘quarters’ with the middle half of the game end to end. No thought of a draw from either team. A word here on Spartans Youth’s change kit, which includes pink-edged white numbers on white shirt backs! I didn’t get the teams so I’ll list the goals thus…

1-0, 3rd minute – close range shot saved by the keeper’s legs but the rebound was sent across goal and tapped in by the number 11 from about ten feet
2-0, 18th – a clatter in the box led to a penalty from Horsley’s number 10 (positively identified as Tom Henzi) which the keeper saved, but a bit of pinball ensued from which Henzi scrambled the ball home
2-1, 26th – best goal of the game, as a Youth midfielder waltzed past four players near the halfway line before sending a lovely weighted diagonal pass for a right wing cross hit low and thumped home by Youth number 11
2-2, 54th – a ‘through the needle’ pass from the right flank set the Youth number 9 up on a one-to-one slotted in from 10 yards
3-2, 61st – another right wing cross which Horsley’s number 2 appeared to score from by either blocking a clearance or just being hit by it
4-2, 74th – number 2 again, this time with a lovely 20 yard direct free kick low into the corner to the keeper’s left
5-2, 79th – free header from a near post corner, I think from Henzi (wrote the wrong number down in my notes!)

Glad to meet Totally Untamed, who was on his annual ‘get a game in near to the Woking Beer Festival’ visit to these parts and brought two friends along with him. Hope you enjoyed the quaffing!


paulh66
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Nov 9, 2019, 6:47 PM

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FA Cup 1
Carshalton 1-4 Boston U
Att 1,859, adm £10, prog online

Two injury time goals after Carshalton had been pushing for an equaliser skewed this scoreline but Boston deserved their win. For the Robins this was another 45 minute performance but even then they too often lacked composure in good positions and, unusually, resorted to the long ball late on - particularly strange as this was food and drink to a Boston defence who had started to creak when they were attacked on the deck. I'll assume the occasion got to the home side because they're better than that.

Fair play to Boston, though, as well as their noisy few hundred fans. They gradually got on top of a nothing first half and two quick goals after the half hour put them in control at the break. They then weathered the storm, despite Pattisson deservedly pulling one back with 20 left, snuffed out the grandstand finish and clinically finished things off on the break in injury time.

With a choice of driving 100 miles to play the weather lottery or staying local for the magic of the cup (Carshalton's first appearance in the competition proper for 22 years), this was always going to get the nod from me today. Praise be for 3G as the rain didn't relent all afternoon. It didn't dampen cup fever though - the car park (which holds a fair few) and the two bars in the clubhouse were already full before 2pm, the telly cameras were here of course, and it was nice to see a big crowd under the vast covered terrace on the far side.

Incidentally admission here is only a fiver before 2pm. I might have made it if I hadn't had to divert to the overspill car park at the nearby girls high school, although it does have a short cut back to the ground.


chesterbird
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Nov 9, 2019, 6:52 PM

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Emley 4 Daisy Hill 2
KO 15.00 Adm £5 Prog £1 Gate 151 & 3 dogs.

Here with Nigel. A quick half in the Vulcan before catching the bus to Emley.

Second v tenth and a home win would have seemed likely especially after Emley's early opener. Hill had other ideas though and gradually fought their way back into the match.

1 all at half time quickly became 1-2 as DH's 46th minute penalty put Hill in front and they looked as if they could have won the game.

The game changed with 15 minutes to go - Emley's no 9 banged home an equaliser on 75. Two minutes later he then scored his 3rd goal from the penalty spot - due to Daisy Hill's no 5 getting sent off for a foul. No 9 made it his 4th goal of the game 5 minutes from time for a quite comfortable win for Emley.


stingray
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Nov 9, 2019, 7:07 PM

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South Midlands Premier
CRAWLEY GREEN 2-1 HAREFIELD UNITED
Admission £6.00 Prog online but not that bothered as I'm running short on space Tea, Coffee £1.00 each
Attendance - not given, but not that many and all under cover

A goal in each half for the homesters was enough to win this. After the second, the Hares finally woke up and pulled one back within a minute and had what they thought was the equaliser chalked off but they were too slow out of the starting blocks.

You could tell this was an artificial pitch by the kits which at the end looked as fresh and clean as they did at the start - a sharp contrast to my new-ish trainers Unsure



2019/20 stats

58 goals in 16 games
£161.15 spent


Armchair Libero
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Nov 9, 2019, 7:23 PM

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NORTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
Ellwood AFC 1 - 2 Milkwall

@ Bromley Road, Ellwood
att. 20
attempted to pay and was rebuffed
also given a free cup of tea by the barman

Hell of a journey for a non-driver - train to Gloucester then a 80 minute bus-ride (broken up by an hour in sodden Lydney) to Milkwall and then a mile walk - but worth it, as Ellwood's ground was well-appointed and in a beautiful setting. No real furniture save a folded over corrugated flap to keep the rain off, but the clubhouse was nice and had good wifi.

A very local derby here between the unbeaten away team and the so-so home side. It started scrappy and descended from there into niggles and fouls and attempted murders. The referee insisted on a linesman change after the away linesman was clearly flagging anything and yelling about decisions at the other end. Welcome to Tier 15, all hope is gone.

The two goals I managed to see were both Milkwall's, and came from the only coherent passages in a game full of miscues, false shots, sprayed passes, and errant headers. On balance they were the better side.

I had to dart and missed Ellwood's attempted fightback. Actually my bus was 50 minutes late and I could have stayed for post-match sandwiches but couldn't take the risk.

Anyway, it was nice to see my first English game this season in this beautiful setting.


FatCat
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Nov 9, 2019, 7:44 PM

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Location: Silver End, Essex
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Witham Town 1-2 Cambridge City (HT: 0-2)
Bet Victor Isthmian League North Division - Step 4

Admission: via season ticket, otherwise £8
Att: 114

What I believe was the first meeting between these two sides, at least competitively.
Cambridge took a two nil lead into the break, their second coming with basically the last kick of the first half.
Town played a much better second half and were unlucky to not get a point today.


osborne
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Nov 9, 2019, 7:50 PM

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Shefford and Campton 4 Hillingdon Borough 1 South Midlands League Division 1
Admission £5/£2.50
Programme- free with entry.
Tea £1
h/c 46
The rain began to pour down as my Dad and I pulled into the car park. There is plenty of parking at the ground and the clubhouse is behind the goal. It's large but strangely short of seating. A burger bar provides hot drinks and food and the only cover is a small stepped terrace for around 50 people. The pitch has a post and rail round it and the dugouts are on the far side. The game kicked off at a frantic pace. The visitors scored after 4 minutes and the home side scored after 10 minutes. From then on it was end to end football with the goalkeepers making good saves and there was great defending. The half time score was 1-1.
The second half saw the rain lash down harder and the wind began to get up. Both teams had spells when they looked like scoring but Shefford took the lead on 63 minutes. Two further goals saw them win 4-1 but the scoreline was rather harsh on the visitors who played their part in an excellent game. It was nice to chat briefly to a fellow poster on this site. The journey home through heavy rain wasn't much fun, but I arrived home safely. I should add that apparently Shefford have very few games called off as their pitch is well drained.

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barcud-coch
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Nov 9, 2019, 8:06 PM

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Brecon Corries 5 Trewern United 0

Rich Field: Emrys Morgan Cup Second Round

The original plan for this afternoon had to head to another tie in this same competition, Penybont United v St Dogmaels, which was a repeat of the 2011/12 final of the Emrys Morgan cup. Despite the match passing an early morning inspection at the Racecourse, it was decided to head elsewhere, due to the snow that had been falling in other parts of mid Wales and a little further north in the Principality. With rain falling in the region this morning, this match might have been postponed closer to the scheduled kick-off time at 1:30pm, given the proximity of the River Ithon to The Racecourse playing area. Therefore, I decided to head a little further south in the region, where there had been no significant reports of snow at the lower levels. Brecon Corries confirmed that their match was going ahead, after having worked on the pitch last night, and the Rich Field is a ground that usually sees fixtures going ahead whilst others in the region are postponed due to waterlogged pitches. This was my second visit to the market town within the space of a week after having watched the Corries defeat town rivals Northcote 8-0 at the nearby Depot ground in the Watson Financial Mid Wales League (South). That result saw the Rich Field club maintain their 100% record in all competitions and sit proudly at the summit of the league table after having transferred across from the South Wales Alliance Premier Division in the summer. Trewern United travelled south from the Montgomeryshire borderland in anticipation of stopping the Brecon Corries juggernaut and create their own cup run. The Tigers came into this afternoon's match just inside the top-half of the Montgomeryshire League First Division after suffering a 2-1 reverse at First Division leaders and reigning champions Guilsfield Reserves last weekend.

The opening stages of this cup tie were relatively even as the Corries failed to find their what is now traditional early goal against opponents that were of probably a better standard than most they have faced in the Watson Financial Mid Wales League (South). The hosts saw a fierce 25 yard drive turned over the crossbar by the Trewern United goalkeeper in the 12th minute before opening the scoring three minutes later when a cross from out on the right flank was squeezed home at the far post by Gareth Pugh. Former Merthyr Tyfdil striker Paul Keddle pulled a low shot wide of the far post in the 17th minute before the Mid Wales League (South) leaders doubled their advantage four minutes later when a header came back off the woodwork and the rebound was deflected over the line by a visiting defender. Trewern United saw a rare effort on the Corries goal pulled wide of the target after the home defence failed to deal with a 24th minute free-kick played into their penalty area. The hosts netted their third goal of the afternoon in the 27th minute when the Tigers custodian slid at the feet of Paul Keddle but lost the ball and it was guided into the empty net by experienced forward. Veteran Corries midfielder Gavin Perry was played in on goal seven minutes later but saw his low shot turned behind the near post for a corner. The cup favourites saw a 25 yard effort pushed behind for a 49th minute corner before a close range effort was drilled wide of the target two minutes later. Trewern United saw a header from a 59th minute corner deflected wide of the target before the hosts scooped an effort over the target on the hour mark after a quick break down the left. Paul Keddle was played on on goal eight minutes later but was denied by a brave save before Gareth Aplin cut in from the right and saw his curling effort well saved by the Tigers' custodian. The hosts scored their opening goal of the second-half when Joel Evans netted in the 75th minute when the ball was pulled back from the byline before Keddle netted his second of the afternoon with a header from an 83rd minute corner to complete the afternoon's scoring.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 448
Matches: 88
New Grounds: 16


Dave 56
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Nov 9, 2019, 8:08 PM

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Welsh Cup. Admission £3. Programme £2. Crowd 407 (Official).

Bangor 1876 0 v 2 Ruthin Town

This wasn't my first choice in Wales today, that was Llannefydd, which on arrival I realised I had already been toBlush! Having narrowly avoided an ARS, the above, kicking off an hour later gave me plenty of time to reach Bangor. The relatively new 3G has standing on one side and end and also has a seated stand.The weather was sunny, having driven through rain and sleet and spotted cars with a couple of inches of snow on them near Wrexham.

Ruthin took the lead on 30 minutes and sealed their win with a second on 49. Bangor rallied and had a spell of sustained pressure, coming close to scoring but each time the well organised town defence cleared the danger. A word for the referee today, excellent, allowed the game to flow, tried to play advantage and made the right decisions coolly, producing cards when necessary.

Non stop journey back, the snow on the Snowdonia mountains a sign of what is to come. Several familiar faces there today including three quarters of the Mersey Mob (the other one didn't get bail they told me)!


Dr Love
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Nov 9, 2019, 8:11 PM

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NORTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
Ellwood AFC 1 - 2 Milkwall

No real furniture save a folded over corrugated flap to keep the rain off, but the clubhouse was nice and had good wifi.

This has been my intended destination today, but given the weather forecast and seeing the postponements nearby meant I ended up saving it for another day. Having walked past the ground about 12 months ago, I thought they had some cover then. I'll still look to visit sometime.

Wivenhoe Town 2-1 Benfleet
Eastern Senior 1st Division South


A look at the forecast suggested this part of Essex would be good for staying dry, and it proved to be the case with the first rain of the day being abserved passing Chelmsford on the way home. Unusal main stand as it's only a quarter complete with three cabins in the rest of it, but access to two of them only from the adjacent open pitches. Plenty of covered standing behind the goals with a large clubhouse by the entrance. They've also got a small club shop.

The game started brightly, but both sides let down by their finishing. The opening goal (for Wivenhoe) midway through the first half came from a cross taking a slight deflection. Wivenhoe doubled their advantage midway through the second half, the ball had been close to going over the line before, but thankfully someone alert enough to convert and not celebrate too early. With ten minutes to play Benfleet pulled one back direct from a free kick. Wivenhoe were reduced to ten men as a result of the foul denying a clear goal scoring chance. A lively finish, but no further goals.


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hemelhopper
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Nov 9, 2019, 8:14 PM

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Rowner Rovers 0-10 Harvest Home (Mid Solent Adult League, Division 1)
- played at Bridgemary Academy School, Wych Lane, Gosport from 2.0pm

Att – 5 (h/c); Entry – none; No prog or refreshment
Weather – wet .. the type that gets through your clothing, even with a brolly above
Travel – M27 and A32 into the neighbouring estates
Colours – yellow tops and dark blue shorts for Harvest .. all blue with white bodice for Rovers

Well Bourton on the Water seemed a long way away .. but aptly named for this day .. with a lot more water predicted and eventually called off .. and the Hereford Lads “back up” on the all-weather not ready to back up .. I decided to stay close to home, given travel plans coming up next week.

This game was chosen simply because it was advertised on the synthetic .. Harvest came in as League leader’s after five games, having conceded just one goal and with a perfect record .. whilst Rovers were bottom with no points and just three goals scored from their five games .. having suffered games where 10, 14 and fifteen goals against mid-table opposition had been conceded .. so, this one had the potential for being a bit one way to say the least.

Your standard cage, with one side for spectating available and no furniture, plenty of parking and the teams changing in the main Sport Hall .. the enclosure built to the south side of the School site and mirroring similar local venues. This facility with the two strained wires and netting to allow splitting into three six-a-side pitches as required .. the cable being hit a few times, which seemed to help Rovers slow down attacks .. which were numerous by Harvest, who took their time and spread attacks pretty evenly .. the goals going in on,

13 – cut back on left side and stabbed home
23 – left foot shot from edge of box went under the keeper’s dive
37 – right footer to right side of net
38 – free kick wide left swung in and missed by all .. apart from the net
42 – strong right foot shot
52 – cross from the right turned into the left side of net
56 – right sided cross missed by all and tapped in at the far post
61 – lob over keeper from left side / tight angle
72 – attack from the left saw ball buried into net with a fierce shot
77 – nice volley, struck with aplomb

I then thought more was to come but with ten minutes to play, something I’ve never seen on a football pitch before, as a Rovers free kick had been seen out for a goal kick, the players moved off down the pitch, leaving a Rover forward taking his time .. who once back in the centre circle unfortunately went into an epileptic seizure causing due concern and distress to the players .. as the Rover forward was immediately assisted and consoled .. the Ref discussing the situation with both teams and making a decision to call a halt to the proceedings .. an unfortunate turn of events .. leaving us all to wish the player the very best, on a speedy recovery and quick return to the football he and we enjoy.



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


Bradshaw
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Nov 9, 2019, 8:25 PM

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Team(s): Stourbridge FC., Black Country non-league; The F.A.Vase

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F.A.Cup 1st Round
Stourbridge 2 Eastleigh 2
Another stirring afternoon of cup football at Amblecote. The rain didn't let up and neither did either team in an effort to win the tie first time around. Eastleigh grabbed the leveller they would have thought they deserved four minutes from the end when Scott Rendell pounced from close range. Even so the seven minutes of added time could have and maybe should have produced a winner, Stour coming closest as Chay Tilt, clean through, saw his shot palmed to safety by Max Stryjek. The hosts had taken the lead through a glancing header from Aaron Lloyd mid way through the half but in the 37th Tyrone Barnettoutjumped home keeper James Wren to head the equaliser. the forward injured himself in the process and was substituted. The visitors then had the upper hand but strangely lost their momentum after the break and just before the hour Will Grocott finsihed off the move of the match to put Stour 2-1 ahead. More drama was to follow as Wren saved a Rendell penalty. Great stuff for the 1,846 present.


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Steve_HFC
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Nov 9, 2019, 8:44 PM

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Isthmian League Division One Central
Chalfont St Peter (1) 2-1 (1) Chertsey Town
Att:96
Admission:£9 (adult).
Programme online.

My first game of the season anywhere - only other game I've seen is Southampton v Portsmouth on TV in the Carabao Cup.

Went along as both sides had players & managers who were at Hendon when I was a volunteer/supporter, some of whom have become good friends.

A very wet afternoon, and I suspect had this been a 5pm kick off, we may not have started. Home side took the lead midway through the first half, with Chertsey equalising soon after.

Chalfont regained the lead, and whilst Chertsey had chances of an equaliser the biggest was spurned when Jake Baxter saw his penalty saved by veteran keeper Richard Hayward, who was making his debut for Chalfont.

Enjoyed the game despite the weather - most interestingly I felt more welcome at a ground where I was unknown by most than I did last season supporting my own club.


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Linnetstowinit
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Nov 9, 2019, 8:49 PM

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RUNCORN LINNETS 1. PRESCOT CABLES 1
FA TROPHY. ATTN. 406
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On a wet,windy,cold and thoroughly miserable afternoon Linnets produced a performance to match the weather. They played with no cohesion and ideas.

Linnets finally went 1-0 down midway through the 2nd half and showed no signs of equalising until the 6th minute of the 4 minutes added time when an in swinging corner from Zac Aley went straight in. Queue total disbelief from Linnets supporters and abject misery from Cables players.

The road to Wembley continues but not for much longer if they produce this type of performance on Tuesday in the replay.


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Nov 9, 2019, 9:19 PM

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NORTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
Ellwood AFC 1 - 2 Milkwall

. No real furniture save a folded over corrugated flap to keep the rain off, but the clubhouse was nice and had good wifi.




They had three bus-shelter stands (at least) back in their County League days; obviously all sadly gone as I remember it as a beautiful little ground.



I was further east today where it was dry but brisk at:
13.45 - Cliff Bullen Challenge Cup : Parson Drove 5 Chatteris Town 0. Attendance : 27; f&n
This competition started life as the Cambs Senior Cup back in 1897 but doesn't appear quite so senior these days with the bigger clubs taking part in the Invitational Cup instead. Today's tie pitted Parson Drove, in higher mid-table in the Peterborough Prem, against former ECL side Chatteris who are down the table in the Cambridgeshire Prem. It's now forty years since Parson Drove had a remarkable FA cup run to the 4th qualifying round, eliminating Chelmsford City, Felixstowe and Kings Lynn (away) before losing 1-0 at Burton Albion. They've folded twice in the interim but thankfully returned in 2017 and this time they look like going places.
Their ground on Main Road is behind the village hall and till recently was merely a pitch. Now they've got lights, hard-standing all round, fully-railed with two seated arena stands on the right hand side and a small covered terrace opposite. Rumours abound of players being paid silly sums but they're not tearing up the Peterborough League (yet) having been promoted to the Premier Division this season alongside Uppingham Town who currently sit eleven points ahead of them. What they do have is a Step 6 facility assuming the dressing rooms etc pass muster. They're in the village hall which serves hot drinks and basic snacks only.
Parson Drove is a linear village on the exposed Fens, a few miles west of Wisbech St Mary and the drive there from Peterborough involves some of those infamous rollercoaster droveways alongside deep water-filled trenches to keep the driver on their toes. There's not a lot going on though The Swan inn had a few ales and some interesting "characters" including a green-haired barman old enough to know better. A travelling Red Bus chippy apparently passes occasionally but no sign today.
I bumped into a local hopper who I've encountered a few times in these parts but whose name I can never recall - originates from Reading, now retired to March. He informed me this could get ugly as Chatteris had just lost their manager and a number of players, as is often the way at this level, to Wisbech St Mary's while the home side were hot when they felt like it. The first half was competitive though Parson Drove did score twice. They completely dominated the second half and the final whistle came as a blessing to Chatteris who were facing shots-in at that stage.
Dry throughout but the rains arrived as I passed Peterborough on the return journey which was made without a break and key in door for 6.


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Atavistic
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Nov 9, 2019, 9:25 PM

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Part one of today's double:

Combined Counties League Division 1
Bedfont & Feltham 0 Jersey Bulls 3

Admission, Programme and Pin Badges: Free
Attendance: 64 h/c

With the rain beginning to come down in the build-up to kick off (which was delayed by five minutes), both teams struggled to adapt to the slippery conditions in the first half. This meant that the ball mostly remained in the midfield as the two defences largely nullified the opposing attackers; in the first half, the general pattern was that Jersey had the better of the play but weren't able to produce much in front of goal, while Bedfont had the better chances (from the few that there were). The best chances both came from defensive mistakes: in the 32nd minute, Bedfont's Kelvin Karanja pounced on a poor first touch and crossed into the box to Michael Capon, who couldn't connect and score; then, in the 39th minute, a Bedfont defender miscued a clearance and this set Jersey's Harry Cardwell through one-on-one, his shot then hitting the post.

After an inexplicable twenty minute half-time break, Jersey came out of the blocks with intent and scored two in two minutes: in the 51st minute, Cardwell tapped in at the far post after a cross from the left wing; two minutes later, Jersey earned a penalty and Karl Hinds calmly converted to double his side's lead. At this point, it seemed like it would be a matter of how many Jersey would score, but Bedfont regrouped and defended valiantly against an onslaught of attacks, occasionally countering with intent as well. However, the away side finished the job in the 81st minute when Jack Griffin received a pass in the box and was able to turn and shoot to score. A few more chances came for Jersey after this, but there were no more goals to come.

Overall, this was an okay game, with Jersey efficiently claiming victory against a stubborn and resilient Bedfont & Feltham. I can certainly see why Jersey are top of the league, but I wouldn't say they impressed me in the way I thought they would.

The ground is an interesting mish-mash of football furniture, with planes constantly going overheard from the nearby Heathrow Airport.

Because of the delayed start and prolonged half-time break, the match only just finished before 3pm, meaning I missed a little more of my second match than I had hoped to...



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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LondonBuck
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Nov 9, 2019, 9:31 PM

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SNOXHALL FIELDS
CRANLEIGH 2 Guildford United 6
Surrey County Intermediate League West Premier

Unfortunately the rain reached Surrey and Sussex earlier than previously advertised and the chosen destination of Alfold went down the drain at 1435 Frown
Decided to salvage something by seeing the second half of the above match, a short distance away, which yielded 5 more goals in addition to the 0-3 half time score.
With hindsight, had I noticed this was a 2pm kick off I should have come here first and left Alfold for later, but it is what is.
A partial tick, and maybe a return one day.
Pitch held up well to the deluge, but was only just playable by the end.

Being a former CoCo club there are floodlights and a small terraced stand, but little else. Not aware of any programme or refreshments.


Atavistic
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Nov 9, 2019, 9:40 PM

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And part two of the double (which I missed the first fifteen or so minutes of):

Combined Counties League Premier Division
CB Hounslow United 1 Redhill 4

Admission and Programme: £4
Attendance: 70 h/c

What I saw of the first half was largely uneventful, with lots of miscued aerial balls and little control in the play for the most part. However, as the half progressed Redhill started to look stronger and deservedly took the lead in the 43rd minute: Nathan Williams curled a shot into the top corner from 25 yards out.

Redhill continued to be on top as the second half began, doubling their lead in the 52nd minute through Stefan Joseph, whose shot from inside the box initially hit the post before rebounding into the net. Fifteen minutes later, Hounslow gave themselves hope of a comeback when Shakeel Morris was able to turn and shoot inside the box, blindsiding Redhill keeper Jack Minchen in the process to score.

However, this hope only lasted seven minutes as Hounslow gave a penalty away in the 74th minute when a defender clipped Mo Diakite: Evan Lopes stepped up to take and placed his effort into the bottom corner. Ten minutes later, Redhill's victory was confirmed when Williams scored his second: Fred Hill charged down the left wing and crossed to the far post, where Williams was unmarked and able to poke in a volley from close range. Conditions deteriorated rapidly after this and the match lost all energy and intensity before concluding.

This was a better match than the first once it eventually got going, but as with the first it took until the second half to really come alive. Redhill were dominant from the moment they took the lead and only lapsed at all when they conceded. This match was also a relief as it was my first time seeing more than four goals in a match since returning to University at the end of September.

The ground is impressive for a new build, though the fact that you have to walk behind the clubhouse and outside of the football ground to access the tea bar was quite bizarre and less than ideal in such miserable conditions. The planes seemed to be flying over even lower here than at Bedfont, despite this presumably being further away from Heathrow than Bedfont is.



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

My Blog: https://thetortoisetravels.blogspot.co.uk/


dtr1989
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Nov 9, 2019, 9:44 PM

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FA Cup 1st Round

MK Dons 0-1 Port Vale
Price - £15
Programme - £2
Attendance - 3,598

First visit to the Stadium MK for me today. I was in the Northampton area seeing family and looked a few weeks ago at this game however it was around £30 a ticket! Checked on Friday and they were £15. If I paid on the day it would’ve been £12! It’s terrible that they charge an extortionate fee then reduce it nearer the time. They have a 30,500 seated stadium and had a crowd filling 10% of it. Just sell the tickets for £15 from day one, and you might actually get a bigger crowd!

The stadium itself is impressive. I’m not a fan of new grounds but this feels different. The concourse that goes half way round the ground was nice. The seats were comfy, I changed seats for the 2nd half as there were plenty spare!

The game was pretty boring. MK were playing a slowed down version of walking football. Port Vale deserved the lead they took in the 20th minute when the open David Worrall headed in. There were a number of chances for MK in the 2nd half but they were poor efforts and Vale deserved the win.



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pokal02
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Nov 9, 2019, 9:47 PM

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Ollerton T 1-3 North Ferriby (Abd. 90+2 - floodlight failure)
NCEL 1
Adm £3 (conc) coffee £1 Att est 120


With a lot of rain forecast for the south, made for the nearest dry option - the pitch was excellent considering the heavy rain in these parts Thu/Fri - I heard the ref saying he was amazed how good it was.

One of the more basic grounds in this league with a brick built cover and another smal covered area behind one goal and a small stand (2 rows of seats) about 30 yards down one side. The other two sides out of bounds, for no obvious reason that I could see. Tea hut in ground but no clubhouse.

Ferriby, who provided about half the gate, dominated although they should have gone 1-0 down early on but for an amazing clearance off the line. Once they'd scored after some pinball from a corner on 33 and added another again from a corner on 44 the result wasn't in much doubt.

A third was added on 54 when a hopeful cross from the left sailed over the keepers head into the far corner. Ollerton pulled one back on 89 and with two of the 4 added mins completed half the lights went out. It was probably still playable but the rest of the lights soon followed. It was clearly too dark to play even the last 90-odd seconds so with no prospect of the lights being fixed the ref was forced to abandon it.

(It counts for me but, assuming the result is not allowed to stand, presents a dilemma as to whether I put it back on the 'tidy-up' list or regard it as done).

No traffic problems either way and indoors at 19:30, the games having been finally abandoned at 17:08.


Wiretown.Editor
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Nov 9, 2019, 10:21 PM

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What a game this was

JD Welsh Cup Second Round
Goytre United 6 Cefn Criwbr 4
Admission £5, prog on line only
Tea £1, snacks available, bar open (outside ground)
Att. 50 apps.


A goal fest as Step Two took on visitors from three levels below them. The visitors put in a fine display. Twice in the first half they equalised but went in 3-2 down. The hosts then ran away with it to lead 6-2 but Cefn never gave up and pulled two back.

This was always Plan A and once given the game on I headed further west from the Brecon Beacons. The ground is fabulous. Fully enclosed and railed it has a covered stand with three rows of seats down most of one touchline. There was also some covered standing in one corner by the tea bar. They were made use of as it got very showery throughout the game. The floodlights went out at one point but were brought back to life before the light faded.

I arrived just before one so had time for a swift half in the Brit Pub at Cwmafan a couple of miles away. Very pleasant with The Cold Black Label Pirate Bay being superb.

Home for eight and no snow on the return trip thankfully, as had been the case around Oswestry heading south in the morning.


Hertspireite
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Nov 9, 2019, 10:35 PM

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My first football game for a few weeks ..due to foreign holidays, illness...and earlier this week a reluctance to leave the house after dark when it is so cold and wet....
Hitchin Town 1 - 1 Bedfont Sports (HT 0 - 1)
FA Trophy 1st Round (delayed fixture after Bedfont were required to replay their previous fixture due to ineligible fielding of a player)

Admission £12/8, tea £1, Programme (on paper - Yay) £2 Att 218

A very wet, miserable, muddy affair.

Neither side excelled in the first half, with Bedfont managing to score in the 43rd minute.

Hitchin played a better game in the second half, managing to equalise in the 72nd minute. The Bedfont GK really had to work hard to stop Hitchin taking the lead with some fantastic second half saves.

A replay is scheduled for Tuesday coming.



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2019 -20 season 24 new grounds.
Newest ground visited The Van Elle Welfare Ground, Pinxton FC, Derbyshire, Central Midlands Football League South, Level 11


PaulC
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Nov 9, 2019, 10:36 PM

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SFA South Region Challenge Cup - Round 4
Camelon Juniors 2-1 Linlithgow Rose
Carmuirs Park, Camelon
Admission £7/£4
Attendance 400 (+3 in the grandstand over the fence)
Scotch pie (excellent) £2, Coffee £1


I had to travel back from east to west by public transport today so chose the Edinburgh-Glasgow line via Falkirk Grahamston with a break of journey at Camelon station, from which there is a 10 minute walk to the ground.

Camelon is a banlieue of Falkirk, the kind of the place where you still see racing pigeons flitting across the sky and CB aerials adorn rooftops.

Carmuirs Park is one of my favourite grounds, especially with a decent crowd in it as there was today. It is a proper old (ex-) junior ground with six or seven steps of concrete terracing on three sides, though you need to watch you don't break your ankles given the uneven nature of the concrete railway sleepers which serve as terracing on two of the sides.

I am intrigued to learn that Camelon will be playing Edinburgh City under lights on Wednesday night at Carmuirs Park in the semi-final of the East of Scotland Cup. Intrigued because there aren't any lights. Well there's currently one atop a post surrounded by scaffolding behind one goal, but beyond that there are two posts, with lots of cables protruding, without lights behind the opposite goal and two posts with cables but no lights behind the terracing on the touch line across from the single light.

The grandstand in the garden over the fence housed three spectators today and alongside it there is now a flagpole with an SFA saltire flying.

It wasn't a high quality game. Linlithgow are a shadow of the team from a few years ago and on this showing are likely to get a hammering from the big boy Falkirk team in the forthcoming televised Scottish Cup tie. Camelon were better but not by much. The Rose took the lead early in the first half with the Mariners equalising at the start of the second half. A stonewall penalty 10 minutes from the end was enough to secure a win for the home side by which time many of the visiting fans had demonstrated they were less than gruntled at the performance of their favourites.

A word about the referee - he was terrible. He'll go far.


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With the trains in these parts still chaotic following the recent floods, Plan A of a trip to Scotland was abandoned on Friday & Plan B of Leicester soon followed. When Wakefield tweeted that their game was going to be played on the 4G at the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre I decided that a bus trip to Cudworth was in order to watch

Wakefield AFC 3 Burngreave 2
Sheffield County Senior League Premier Division


A very entertaining game ensued in which Wakefield should be somewhat grateful to the referee for their fortunate win. The visitors, resplendent in an old Sheffield Utd away strip advertising Telextext Hoiidays, took an early lead and went ahead again equally early in the second half. Then on 77 mins the ref decided to penalise the Burgreave keeper for holding onto the ball for too long. The time was not noticeably longer than at any other point in the game and there had been no warnings. The away skipper kept up his protest for too long and was sent to the sin bin where he remained for the rest of the match as he was not allowed back on after the 10 mins !

Wakefield scored from the freekick, but the ref was not finished. On 89 mins the home keeper made a complete horlicks of a clearance and then blatently fouled the forward who was about to latch on to the loose ball in the six yard box. No penalty was the decision - met with much disbelief by the Wakefield supporters near me. By now another Burngreave player had been sent to the sin bin and despite valiant efforts the 9 men went down to a deflected goal in added time.

The aformentioned tweet said that a "voluntary" admission charge of £5/£3 was in place but there was no one at the entrance to the cage and no one came round inside either, although I did spot a couple of people with a programme - no idea where from.

The 'crowd' was around 30 so, although there is apparently a " huge demand for a professional club in Wakefield", it would appear there is little demand for a club called Wakefield playing in a Barnsley satellite village.


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Loiner
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Nov 9, 2019, 11:40 PM

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A phone call to Reception at Weetwood Sports Park about 1pm confirmed that both matches scheduled on the railed grass pitches were on, so I opted for the West Yorkshire Premier offering.
Headingley v Horbury Town 0-3
C 20 watching mainly from Horbury.
The first half was uninspiring with very few chances and the Photographer for the local paper taking himself off to the other match at half time. The second half was much better and well executed finishes on 68', 73' and 80' gave the visitors a deserved victory, which moved them to second in the table.


Digdagdog
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Nov 10, 2019, 1:15 AM

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FA Trophy
Woking Park
Westfield 1 Hartley Wintney 1
Admission: £8 Paper available Attendance: 122

An absolute belter on a soggy but playable pitch; this was always my original choice. New tick; functional but OK - I never ventured up to the clubhouse/bar but the whole experience was positive. These two were Combined Counties foes but now sit at Step 4 (Home-Isthmian) and Step 3 (Away- Southern).
Both teams attacked relentlessly and it made for an absorbing contest. HW should have led with their early raids; in particular Albert should have headed them in front on 16 when Ross, in the home goal, went for a ball he shouldn't have. Inches past. Both keepers were busy; eventually (I think) Nkoma edged the home side in front on 42 with a close finish. There was no doubt that the home side were working the harder. HT 1-0.
More relentless rain meant a wet second half; both sides created chance after chance; in particular the home side making Jilliams in the away goal the busier; they had two goals chalked off for off-side.
Finally on 82 a shot from Webb (hit straight at the previosuly excellent Ross) went into the roof of the net through the home keeper's hands for what was probably a deserved equaliser.
Final whistle and no ET; quite surprised at that but meant I was home by 1910hrs via a wet M3/A303 but then local diversions in Wiltshire for flooding.



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2019-20 Games: 93 Goals: 366 GPG: 3.94 New Grounds: 51

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pinewoodste
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Nov 10, 2019, 1:17 AM

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We left our accommodation in Whittington where the frost had just gone off my car. It was cloudy & very cold. Not long into the journey we were surprised to hear on BBC Wales radio that snow was causing road problems in Welshpool.

We parked up at Altrincham ice rink which cost £5 but unfortunately not to see any hockey. We then went to the ticket office at the station to purchase a ticket but were advised we had to purchase metro tickets on the station. With someone from the metro with us at the time he was able to watch me put in two £10 notes & my dad one £10 note but the machine wouldn’t accept any of them. This gave me my usual chance to whinge about not having a proper ticket office etc. I know I could’ve paid by card but having a choice I didn’t want to. Surprisingly but to be honest he did the correct thing & purchased two tickets on his works card & gave them to us for nothing. That saved us £4.80 each.

We visited the Lowry Gallery which was most interesting. We then made our way back to catch the 98 bus from Shudehill with a helpful driver who let us on despite having left the bus stand. For me the cheapest option was apparently £5 for a day ticket while for my dad it was free.

It was then a short walk which became a bit longer due to being at the wrong stand. Then it was my error as I tried getting in at the wrong entrance so we had to walk to the other end. After getting in it was stupid we then had to walk back to where I’d tried to get in to take our seats.

Emirates FA Cup 1st Round
Salford City 1 (82)
Burton Albion 1 (77)
KO: 15:00 Att: 2,724 inc 653 BA fans (as per SC website). I was a bit surprised as I thought the attendance looked to have touched 4,000 as there didn’t look that much space to get too many more in. Cost: £10 for me, £5 for my dad inc £1 booking fee. (after printing off the eticket at home it advised you must have a barcode but I received some replies from SC fans confirming its not a barcode but a QR code.) Progs available

Venue: The Peninsula Stadium, Moor Lane, Salford
Very bland venue which is all covered & all at the same height. Trees behind both goals & some behind one side. 4 corner floodlight poles with a thin red light around them. Advert boards around pitch & railed behind both goals. Our side had 6 rows of red seats on the metal steps. Behind one goal up a step are 12 rows of metal terracing with a church behind trees. Behind other goal appears to be the same. The other side has areas with up to 7 rows of red seats.

Match: 11th out of 24 in EFL 2 (v) 14th out of 24 in EFL 1
Light rain got a bit steadier for the first few minutes. Still cloudy & cold but undercover & enclosed made it less cold.

My 1st game between league teams for 2 or 3 years at a guess & somehow I managed to stay awake in a total borefest in the 1st half. This game had 0-0 written all over it. On 28mins BA scored from close range but a moment later the ref spoke to the lino & disallowed it. They shot wide on 30mins. SC were the better side at the start & for a chunk of the 1st half but did nothing up front. BA didn’t look very good despite being a division higher. Shots 2-4.

H/t lasted under 17mins which gave me time to visit the big clubhouse which is like a small hangar. On the tv screens were the latest scores on the BT sports channel.

Unsurprisingly the 2nd half was better. BA headed wide from close range on 51mins. SC made the gk make a good save low down with his arm on 55mins. On 67mins they had a chance but the shot couldn’t have been much worse if he’d tried to miss the target. BA had their 1st shot on target on 73mins which was saved & the gk then tipped over another shot. A minute later they scored & were now the better side. Out of the blue SC equalised with a cracking 25yd shot. It was end to end as the game finished but the only chance went to BA & really they should’ve won it but the shot went over on 89mins. Shots 6-7.

The bus back had just arrived which we got on as it took a while for everyone to get on. The rain had started which it continued to do until we reached Huntingdon. We stopped at Corley Services for KFC. A14 J26 to J31 was closed so a bit of a diversion.

A good trip despite the cold.


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Southern Combination Premier Division - Broadbridge Heath 1 Eastbourne Town 5 - Admission £6 - Programme £1 - Attendance approx 100

Decided on a first visit to the new ground at Broadbridge Heath, with the insurance of nearby Horsham if the rain was going to be a problem. Fortunately it didn’t and the pitch held up very well with Eastbourne Town extending their lead to 10 points at the top of the table.

It was very much the Tom Vickers show for much of the match. He opened the scoring just before the half hour with a peach of a free kick from 25 yards which he curled over the wall into the top left corner. The hosts equalised in first half injury time when a near post Jamie Taylor corner was nodded home by Max Howell.

Back to Mr Vickers who put Town 2-1 up on 48 minutes with a header from a Simon Johnson corner and then just after the hour, he notched his hat trick goal with another long range free kick which swerved and dipped over the keeper. Within 5 minutes, it was 4-1 as Daniel Bolwell’s corner was cleared back to him and he sent an angled drive into the far top corner and in injury time, a close range Daniel Perry effort found the net to give Eastbourne Town a comprehensive victory, which showed exactly why they are likely to win the league by a distance and have a good FA Vase run too.

Nice new facilities for Broadbridge Heath with the only complaint being that they need to get a hard path into the ground from the car park because today it was a case of trying to avoid the mud and puddles, which was a bit tricky.


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Cornwall Senior Cup 2nd Round.

Saltash United 8 Launceston 2. Attendance 143

Given the rain in the morning, I had severe doubts this would survive. In the end the rain cleared by 1030, and pitch not only passed but looked spectacular, a real credit to the ground staff. It held up well in the heavy showers during the game as well.

Onto the game, and Saltash started off slowly but scored a bizarre goal in the 7th minute only for Launceston to equalise within a minute. The rest of the first half was all huff and puff with a Saltash 2nd goal coming in the 21st minute.

There were a few raised voices coming from the Ashes dressing room at half time and it clearly worked. Saltash climbed up the gears and scored in 48th,60th, 65th, 68th, 75th (a screamer in to top corner) and 89th with Launceston getting a 2nd in 69th.

Saltash are battering teams for fun at the moment. Next is the FA Vase v Bridgwater but rumours abound this could be brought forward to Tuesday as rain is forecast Wednesday. The fixture pile up has started, and thanks to Phil H league sec forward planning at least we've played 15 league games!


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SFA South Challenge Cup Round Three
Camelon Juniors v Linlithgow Rose, 201, H.T. 0-1, Att c.400, Admission £7, No paper, Bride and Coffee £3
At Carmuirs Park

Also ended up at this but didn’t have any plan when I felt home. I had headed for Linlithgow where tickets for the Scottish Cup tie against Falkirk went on general sale at 11.30. I didn’t know how long I would have to queue for or if at all, so had no fixed destination in mind. A Junior game twixt Harthill Royal and Lochore Welfare looked interesting but that fell victim to overnight frost.

So, I took the easy option of a 1,30 KO at Camelon for this interesting looking Cup tie. Calemon have a predominantly young team and have been doing very well this season. They hammered Linlithgow just two weeks ago ni a League game at Carmuirs Park. The Rose sacked their Manager around a month ago and brought in ex Stennie boss Brown Ferguson. He has a big job on his hands to weed out the wasters and imposters recruited by his predecessor and building a new team that is fit for purpose. I suspect the League is a right-off for Linlithgow, so this Cup tie was especially important to them.

Linlithgow’s deficiencies led to a string of bookings for poor challenges although Camelon were not shy of a cheeky high and late challenge themselves. I actually thought the referee did ok – he was helpless when a mass brawl broke out around him and on that occasion hesensible calmed things down without resorting to multiple cards.

Linlithgow barely deserved their lead and justice was done when Camelon turned it around in the second half. We all expected the inevitable late Coyne penalty to level things up but thankful;ly it never came.

The pies and bridies from the fantastic Patrick’s of Camelon were as good as ever. The banter was keen with Linlithgow fans ,living up to their reputation as the Auchinleck of the East with their sense of entitlement.

Regarding the floodlights. They have already bene in use at Carmuirs Park. The club have acquired a set of portable lights which are brought in for games and are more than good enough. They were first switched on around a month ago for an Under 20 match at the ground.

Programmes are occasional occurrences at Carmuirs Park. They usually only appear for big Semi Finals and visits from coachloads of paper obsessives from the South. Otherwise they manage fine without them.

The 1.30 KO meant a 3.15 finish so I was able to enjoy Open All Mics on Radio Scotland as I headed home. I did think about heading over to Dunipace for the second half of their game against Bonnyrigg Rose but opted not to.


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FAW Welsh Cup Round 2
Abertillery Bluebirds 4 Llanidloes Town 3
Admission (inc. 16-page programme) £3 Attendance h/c 97

Another soaking wet Saturday morning in South Wales and with snow falling further north in the Principality it seemed like a day for staying local and finding something definitely on. This one certainly fitted the bill, and with it being a 'south' v 'mid' encounter and step 4 against the clear leaders of a step 3 league, on paper it looked attractive too. It didn't disappoint either with the home side never going behind against the visitors who were probably technically superior.

Bluebirds led 1-0 and 2-1 before going in 2-2 at half time. It became clear as the second half progressed that the next goal would be key, and the home side got it thanks to a wicked deflection. Before Llanidloes could get their third equaliser of the day the home side had scored again, and though the mid Wales side scored from the penalty spot in the last minute, it was too late.

This is the last season that Bluebirds will be at the Sports Centre 3G, next season returning to their picturesque base at Cwm Nantygroes. It is doubtful however that today's match would have survived if had been scheduled for there.

Good company for the afternoon in the person of Les from Caldicot, and there were a few other familiar faces among the attendance which included a good sized contingent who had apparently dug themselves out of the mid-Wales snow to get there.


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Welsh Cup 2nd Round

CPD Porthmadog 4 Gresford Athletic 1

Y Traeth, Porthmadog

Admission - £6 Programme - £1.50

My original plan to head to AFC Bridnorth was scuppered by the weather with north Wales waking up on Saturday morning to a covering of the white stuff. Luckily for me, it proved a wise choice not to venture as firstly, the AFC Bridgnorth game fell foul of the weather and secondly, the road was unpassable in the Welshpool area due to the weather and also an accident.

So it was a choice of staying local and to head off to Y Traeth for the 2nd consecutive Saturday and an altogether stronger performance from the home side who now progress into the last 32 of the competition, a fact that more than made up for the cold and dismal conditions.

Eagerly now awaiting the draw for the 3rd round of the competition which is non-regionalised as well as including the 12 sides from the JD Cymru Premier.


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....Another sodden Saturday where well laid plans went awry. Original plan was Colne v Buxton in the Trophy and was up with the early morning November lark en route to catching the 07.30 from Euston before there was the realisation that the second most important object (next to the wallet) had been left on the dining room table. About turn with a pre dawn walk back from Chafford Hundred to pick up the mobile (an essential in view of all the wetness around) and then could not be arsed to travel on the 08.30 to Preston knowing that it would be full of East London's finest en route to Burnley.

In view of the above, had to completely re-plan the day and this seasons Trophy meanderings continued with a really worthwhile contest between...

Tamworth 3 v 5 Gainsborough Trinity - FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round
Prog 40 pages £2.50 - Admission £14.00 (surely one of the highest for Level 3 but this was for a seat) - Att 551

... For a day where there was some definite highlights but some instances to test the patience.

Looked at the respective league tables to see Tamworth top of SPL Central and Gainsborough next to bottom of NPL Prem and after seeing a woeful display from Stafford Rangers who are in close proximity of Gainsborough in the lower reaches of the division at the start from this angle there was only one expected outcome. Our wonderful game though does come up with the power to surprise and mystify and it was a true mystery by the end why Gainsborough are where they are in the league table, but more telling why Tamworth are where they are.

What assisted the visitors was an opening two goal salvo in the first eight minutes with the Tamworth defence in pre match lethargy mode. Firstly, a corner from the left was tamely headed out by Rashaan Frances but only as far as Brodie Litchfield perfectly positioned on the edge of the area and his crisp strike through a massive hole in the Tamworth defence found the post via the inside of the post. The lead was swlftly doubled by a low cross from the left by Litchfield finding Curtis Morrison on the far post and his rising shot had too much power and accuracy as it sped past Jas Singh in the Tamworth goal.

The open nature of the contest continued with Tamworth quickly pulling a goal back from a penalty awarded after Lloyd Harrison in the Gainsborough goal flattened Rhys Hoenes as he attempted to round him. From this angle, this was one of those borderline Is it a Red Card or Yellow Card moments under current rules and also from this angle, Harrison was a little fortunate to remain on the pitch but was beaten as Hoenes' penalty sent him the wrong way.

From the visiting perspective conceding was a minor irritation as they adapted themselves and took advantage of the inability of the hosts to join a number of passes together. Simon Russell's drive from the edge of the area nearly added a third but ended up over the angle before the third duly arrived with Ross Hannah easily making progress down the left and laying a low cross perfectly for Morrison to convert from close range past an underprotected Singh

With the rain by now teeming down we had a very gloomy Tamworth day and one of those afternoons where you realise that 4g pitches are not for the purists they do allow players to maintain a high tempo and not have to concern themselves with a deteriorating pitch. The second period was as entertaining as the first and there was an initial thought that the visitors would be unable to maintain their momentum. This looked a distinct possibility as a cross from the left by Henri Wilder was met by a looping header by Bilal Yafai to reduce the deficit to one. However, the visitors were unfazed and hugely effective breaking out of defence. Hannah despite his aged limbs was very influential with his pace. One effort that he shot into the ground rebounded up and clipped the top of the bar before a fourth was added by Hannah heading in from close range after a cross from Shane Clark eluded the home defence. Soon after Hannah turned creator with a deft touch inside for Russell to angle past Singh and just inside the far post to give Gainsborough a 5-2 advantage. The goal glut continued with Daniel Creaney's side footed half volley nestling just inside the near post from Gregory Kaziboni's low cross and with Tamworth pouring forward in attack there was a momentary belief that the first five all draw in almost fifty years of viewing could be achieved, however this period of Tamworth pressure coincided with the only period of the contest where defences showed a degree of defensive competence and the visitors held on for what was a deserved and somewhat unexpected win.

The outward journey went largely without issue, with a fifteen minute delay that could be largely lived with. One of the better aspects of the day was finding the JDW currently closed for refurbishment which meant that two visits were made to The Kings Ditch Micropub and the first visit to the excellent Tamworth tap. Both purveyors of ales of quality and first samplings from the Tamworth Brewing Company.

Return journey was when the problems commenced with the 18.20 departure being cancelled (I recall that London North Western has form for previously cancelling this service) meaning that instead of being back into Euston at 19.48 it was over two hours later when arrival was made via a torturous slow journey through Northampton. At least the weekly sleep debt was lessened though....


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FA Cup First Round
Salford City 1-1 Burton Albion

Entry: £10
Attendance: 2724

A lively match in wet conditions, with a good atmosphere too. Burton were the better side, but Salford never stopped running and deserved their late equaliser for the replay.

The crowd seemed particularly cosmopolitan too, and I was stood next to visitors from Finland, Eire and Germany among other places, plus there were plenty of Brighton fans dotted around prior to their Sunday match at Man.Utd. Certainly the crowd felt larger than the sub-3000 stated. Plenty of other football colours visible too, what with this probably being Saturday’s top match in Manchester (with all respect to Bolton Wanderers!)

This part of Salford is more your 1930s dull suburbia than the edgier terraces and high-rises you see on the opening credits of Coronation Street. Salford Crescent is the closest railway station, about two miles away, and the only pub I saw on the route was the Racecourse Hotel - dilapidated and coated in scaffolding on the outside, but with a properly gorgeous old wooden interior of panelling and stained glass.


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Northern Premier div 1 south/east
Stamford 2 Chasetown 0
Att 242 ( around 20 away )
Adm £10
Parking free on site#
f&d £5 burger , yorkie , coffee
With our annual early exit from the trophy achieved even earlier than usual a free Saturday . Had intended to drive down to the thames valley and take in the FA Cup tie at Oxford City but the predictions of torrential rain in those parts all day made me nervous . So a late change of plan and a drive out to the much drier east to visit Stamfords new build some 37 years after visiting their Kettering Road ground .
Easy drive up , stayed dry all the way . Pleasant drive through Stamford , a lot more interesting than i expected then onto the ground with it's edge of town location . The ground seems to connected to a neighbouring fitness centre with the two sharing most of the infrastructure . As far as new builds go this is a decent effort . Certainly not as bland / soulless as some i've come across and i can see no obvious reason why you couldn't stage step 2 football here . The pitch was also in excellent condition .
Stamford who went into the game on the edge of the play offs were the better side throughout and cruised to a comfortable three points against their mid table visitors who offered little other than effort . It stayed dry throughout , though it was very cold . The rain started just as the game finished and was soon lashing down making for a challenging 85 mins drive home . Nice to get this ground that's been on my to do list ticked off .


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Whitley Bay Sporting Club 3 Heaton Stan A 5
Northumberland Minor Cup Rd.3
Att.32hc

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Pendeen Rovers 5 Penzance 1
Cornwall Senior Cup 3rd Round
Admission £3 including programme

When I saw the flyer on Pendeen’s Facebook page about admission including programme, I knew there was only one place to go. However, apparently the East Cornwall League team produce programmes for all competitive first team games, and a tidy 8 pager in colour with welcome, team squads, last match report and league table is included. It is a gem of a ground too, located around 10 miles from Lands End, in an unspoilt village. The breeze block built changing rooms are along one side, with tea bar included, and a welcome overhang providing cover. Brick dugouts are attached either side of the building. From under the cover of the canopy, you could see far out to sea, and the white of the waves were prominent on this very windy afternoon. There was a stone clubhouse building behind one goal, although apart from being opened to allow use of the toilet facilities, there was nothing else in it. The far goal was uncovered grass standing, and cars were parked along the uncovered side, many people opting to remain in their cars and watch the game due to the cold, strong wind and squally showers. As for the game, Pendeen held their own in an uneventful first half against their neighbours from 2 divisions higher, and 7 miles up the road. The best chance of the first half fell to the Penzance no. 7 when he fired a shot just over the bar. Pendeen took the lead 10 minutes into the second half, then it was backs to the wall defending, however Penzance’s shooting was awful, most shots high or wide. Pendeen added a second with 15 minutes to go, and a third 5 minutes later, however when Penzance scored with 5 minutes left it did feel as if a comeback could be on. Those thoughts were squashed on 90 minutes with Pendeen’s 4th goal, and a 5th with the last kick of the game in stoppage time sent the home team’s players and supporters into raptures. A truly brilliant day out, at a fantastic little ground, well worth the 530 mile, ten hour round trip.



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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They had three bus-shelter stands (at least) back in their County League days; obviously all sadly gone as I remember it as a beautiful little ground.


This might be a more appropriate description, actually. It was a proper structure and there were three of them, I recall.


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Cambridge United 3 Leyton Orient 1 (EFL Youth Alliance) Att: 42 h/c f&n

Orient were on the end of a first half demolition job, in which they were three down in half an hour: it could have been worse, as home number 7, until then a clear man of the match contender, then missed a penalty - he contributed nothing else and was substituted not too long after the break. Cambridge cruised through the second half, with Orient's goal being an injury time consolation. Reasonably entertaining stuff.

U18 gmes are played at Clare College Playing Fields - no football furniture other than a rope on one side, but all very pleasant and as well maintained as one would expect.


Whittlesey Athletic 2 Raunds Town 1 (United Counties League Division 1) Att: 78 very approximate late h/c

The first half was as bleak and dismal as the weather and the surroundings, with very little football content. Things did improve after the break, with a brief flurry of goals as Whittlesey improved considerably and Raunds appeared to be the victims of a half time doping of some sort. Not a game to live long in the memory.

Feldale Field is not beautiful, but most were very glad of the home-made scaffolding and planks stand, which proved to be surprisingly warm. There is little else to admire, but the natives were very friendly and a fine mug of tea could be had for a pound. Admission was a generous £2 for a codger, which compensated somewhat for the almost total lack of reading matter in the £1 prog. Fine company from The Wall, Mr Smallman and a brace of Hotchkisses, amongst others. League recompleted.


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Cove Rangers 1-0 Stirling Albion
SPFL League 2
£12 in
Att: 825

I booked this trip way back in July when the fixtures came out, knowing that the 3G would ensure that the game went ahead. After flying up from Manchester in the morning I received a text from my wife saying that it was snowing at home, so definitely a good week to be away. No sign of the white stuff or even the wet stuff in Aberdeen, just a lovely crisp, bright autumn day. Darn cold, mind.

Arriving in town early I killed a couple of hours in the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, which was really interesting (and free). I then decided to walk to the ground, which took me about an hour (Chris1963 would be proud of me). I saw a game at their old ground way back in the 80s, but at that time I couldn't have envisaged the transformation the club would go through to end up in the SPFL, with a winning team and excellent crowds.

The new ground is a bit sterile, but a good size for the current crowds. Home & away supporters enter through separate turnstiles either side of the main stand, but then segregation isn't enforced once in the ground. The main stand is tall but narrow, and there are 3 small areas of cover opposite, the middle one seated. The rest is flat standing, and very wide all round the pitch.

The game would have been a home banker a month ago, but Stirling have improved considerably to haul themselves off the bottom of the league. They put in a strong performance, and can think themselves unlucky to go away with nothing. The only goal came on 88 minutes, and was a fortuitous penalty given when a defender fell on the ball, handling it in the process.

I caught the bus back to town afterwards, which only took 10 minutes. A night in an airport hotel, then a flight home this morning completed the trip.


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Lakenheath 2 Cornard United 2
Eastern Counties League.Division One North

A sensible decision on my part to head east and watch a game in the dry for a change! 'The Nest' ground is situated off Wings Road in a rather sleepy town on the edge of Suffolk apart from when an RAF plane flew overhead! The ground is in an old chalk quarry and is nicely enclosed by the overgrown banks from the old quarry.A small stand on one side with hard standing on this side and behind one goal.This also goes round half of the far side.
A reasonable game which Lakenheath managed to blow a two goal lead and let Cornard get a late equaliser from the penalty spot.
I only hit the rain on the way back around the delights of the A14 roadworks around Cambridge!



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Whittlesey Athletic 2 Raunds Town 1 (United Counties League Division 1) Att: 78 very approximate late h/c

The first half was as bleak and dismal as the weather and the surroundings, with very little football content. Things did improve after the break, with a brief flurry of goals as Whittlesey improved considerably and Raunds appeared to be the victims of a half time doping of some sort. Not a game to live long in the memory.

Feldale Field is not beautiful, but most were very glad of the home-made scaffolding and planks stand, which proved to be surprisingly warm. There is little else to admire, but the natives were very friendly and a fine mug of tea could be had for a pound. Admission was a generous £2 for a codger, which compensated somewhat for the almost total lack of reading matter in the £1 prog. Fine company from The Wall, Mr Smallman and a brace of Hotchkisses, amongst others. League recompleted.


I was also at Whittlesey, admission for adults was £4 which was very reasonable for this level. My decision to go there was based on my suspicion that the pitch was very well drained, due to the Hop game there on Sunday 28th July having gone ahead despite the forecast that day being so dreadful that I decided to stay at home instead of risking the trip. In fact the pitch was not only perfectly playable but was also very firm indeed, as were the other pitches in the large complex.

Prior to the game, I had a look at the old Manor Field ground, which I had ticked for the Hop game in 2014 (although I'm not sure whether the home club were called Coates Athletic or Whittlesey Athletic back then) and it is completely unchanged. There were players warming up for a 2 pm kick-off there, which I later found out was Whittlesey Athletic Reserves v Cardea.


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FA Trrophy 2nd Round Qual
Atherton Collieries v Morpeth Town 2-1 (adm £8, prog £2 , att 216)


After a lot of dithering, I eventually settled on a revisit to Alder House on a cold, grey day.
The home team went ahead through Josh Thompson on 31 and Tom Bentham on 51 before Josh Henderson pulled a goal back on 83. Henderson was also sent off in injury time following an incident with the goalkeeper.
I was quite struck how Alder House has changed very little despite Colls' rapid rise up the pyramid in recent years, and, to be positive, has retained all its idiosyncrasies. On the same theme of being a throwback, the GBG listed Wheatsheaf had a very traditional atmosphere, was very busy and sold all its cask ales at £1.95.


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Fleet Spurs 2 Westside 1, Combined Counties League Division 1, Att: 15, Admission: £6, Prog: Online (apparently although I have yet to find any sign)

Another Saturday, another wet day. Back in the 1980s when I started this nonsense, it was commonplace on days like this to stop off at random telephone boxes to check games. The modern equivalent is stopping off at motorway services to check online and I made my now regular stop at Rownhams Services (and then Fleet Services) to check the status of various options. My stop at Fleet confirmed that the four games on my radar in the area were all still on despite the rain so headed to the first choice, Cove. Despite assurances that the game was still on, a quick stroll on to the pitch suggested otherwise so I beat a tactical retreat (wisely as it turned out, Cove was eventually off) to Kennel Lane, home of Fleet Spurs. Their pitch was much better and held up well. The game was particularly unspectacular, the home side taking a first half lead with a 40 yard chip over a stranded visiting 'keeper which was the only highlight before the break, pegged back early in the second period by Westside before a spectacular angled strike sealed the points for Spurs. As the rain eased, the game became niggly, the main culprits being the visitors who didn't seem to take too kindly to being behind. Fleet's ground matched the game, a very basic set up of a railed pitch with a large new clubhouse/changing room block down one side which provided cover via a long overhang with two sections of wooden steps creating some bench seating and one row of green tip-up seats on the back row. Possibly the highlight of a cold, wet day was a large cup of hot chocolate complete with cream and marshmallows for £1.50 sold from a well stocked canteen.



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scottywalds
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Carshalton 1-4 Boston U
Att 1,859, adm £10, prog online


Incidentally admission here is only a fiver before 2pm.


I don't think it was - it was food at the snack bar that was half price until 2pm.


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Shefford and Campton 4 Hillingdon Borough 1 South Midlands League Division 1
Admission £5/£2.50
Programme- free with entry.
Tea £1
h/c 46
It's large but strangely short of seating.
It was nice to chat briefly to a fellow poster on this site. The journey home through heavy rain wasn't much fun, but I arrived home safely. I should add that apparently Shefford have very few games called off as their pitch is well drained.


+1 here

Pleasure to meet you too. I also noted the lack of seating. No spectator seating available around the pitch and the clubhouse is too far set back to provide a decent enough view. Many people remained in the clubhouse such was the constant rain.
I had added ST&C to the pitches with good drainage prior to reading your post so good to see we are in agreement.

Compared to some other teams in this division the parking situation here is very good, even though I arrived shortly before KO. Expect ST&C to be there or thereabouts when the top 4 teams are promoted in April.


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Incidentally admission here is only a fiver before 2pm.


I don't think it was - it was food at the snack bar that was half price until 2pm.


Interesting, as I was slightly surprised to read about the early doors half price admission on the morning of the game. I know they always have the half price food offer and they have had (and might still have) a sign-up scheme that entitles you to discounted admission if arriving before a certain time, though I thought that was only for league games. I see they're not advertising it ahead of Tuesday's Trophy game but I'll keep an eye on it for a future league game.


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Atherton Collieries v Morpeth Town 2-1 (adm £8, prog £2 , att 216)


After a lot of dithering, I eventually settled on a revisit to Alder House on a cold, grey day.
The home team went ahead through Josh Thompson on 31 and Tom Bentham on 51 before Josh Henderson pulled a goal back on 83. Henderson was also sent off in injury time following an incident with the goalkeeper.
I was quite struck how Alder House has changed very little despite Colls' rapid rise up the pyramid in recent years, and, to be positive, has retained all its idiosyncrasies. On the same theme of being a throwback, the GBG listed Wheatsheaf had a very traditional atmosphere, was very busy and sold all its cask ales at £1.95.

Don't make me dig out my post from the other week with all of the changes that have been made to please the ground graders post-NWCFL Smile

As it is, I'd have been much better served going to the Colls game rather than freezing my wotsits off at Bolton Wanderers 0 Plymouth Argyle 1 (admission £17 for t'lad and I, attendance just short of 7,000). Very uninspiring fare, with the Bolton side looking as cold and disinterested as much of the fans in attendance. Not a classic. And with Burton, Doncaster and Lincoln all going to replays, there doesn't look to be much scope in re-arranging one of the three league games in hand for 2nd Round weekend.


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Just a small point, and I know why you called it the Kettering Road ground, but to be precise the proper name which was always used by the club since 1894 was the Wothorpe Road ground, I seem to remember on my visits the entrance was in that road.


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My visit was for an FA Cup tie v the Boro 1-1 in the early days of the APL as it was called then .
I've had a few problems deciding what to enter both grounds as in my records as both seem to go under more than one name and i don't like using sponsors names .


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I had to look where Kettering Road was when I saw it in your report I must admit. In any correspondence over the years, in the two Non League football Grounds of Great Britain and in all the forty something Non League Digests it has always been Wothorpe Road.

1982 was the 1-1 draw with Boro', I was also there that day, Boro won 5-0 in the replay. I have been about five times altogether, usually on the train, fascinating town, superb pubs and of course I also went to Mirrlees Blackstone which is a good walk from the station up Lincoln Road but well worth it I thought.


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Sorry to butt in on the Nuneaton thing chaps but I was sat in the Spoons in Coalville on Saturday before the AFC v Chelmsley game when I heard it was off. Looking for a nearby fixture and I saw that Ashby had announced the game against Griff in the same league was ON!! Boy did I dodge a bullet by deciding not to bother with that one!


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To say that we were not happy is an understatement KK, players had changed and started warming up but it was obvious parts of the pitch were unplayable! They were supposed to have had an inspection earlier but whether they did we are not sure.Mad


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They certainly gave the impression that an early inspection was taking place but all evidence of that has now been deleted from the twitter feed. If parts of the surface were unplayable then any inspection would have failed as there was no rain in the area. Make what you will of that one pal.


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Just a small point, and I know why you called it the Kettering Road ground, but to be precise the proper name which was always used by the club since 1894 was the Wothorpe Road ground, I seem to remember on my visits the entrance was in that road.


I think the ground entrance was changed from Wothorpe Road to Kettering Road only a couple of years or so before the club moved to Borderville, as I recall reading an item in 'Traveller' magazine explaining why the ground address in the magazine's club directory had changed. I've still got the relevant copy of the magazine but it would take me ages to find this particular issue.


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After a lot of dithering, I eventually settled on a revisit to Alder House on a cold, grey day.
The home team went ahead through Josh Thompson on 31 and Tom Bentham on 51 before Josh Henderson pulled a goal back on 83. Henderson was also sent off in injury time following an incident with the goalkeeper.
I was quite struck how Alder House has changed very little despite Colls' rapid rise up the pyramid in recent years, and, to be positive, has retained all its idiosyncrasies. On the same theme of being a throwback, the GBG listed Wheatsheaf had a very traditional atmosphere, was very busy and sold all its cask ales at £1.95.

Don't make me dig out my post from the other week with all of the changes that have been made to please the ground graders post-NWCFL Smile


I am sure it must be disapppinting for Colls' hard working volunteers ( one of whom called me "gorgeous" when he was selling me a raffle ticket!) to have their ground improvements missed, so I am sorry for that. I think I will rephrase it to say that the ground has retained its original character and ambience.


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Also at this one, my first visit to Spa Road. City dominated the first half, Witham played much better 2nd half and for a while City looked more than capable of allowing a two goal lead to slip. However, City got their mojo back towards the end and had chances to extend their lead.
Fatcat - definitely the first game between the clubs at first team level. I have seen the clubs play each other before though - City reserves beat Witham Town reserves in the Fred Budden Trophy semi final at Milton Road in March 1989.


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Premier League
Newcastle United 2-1 AFC Bournemouth
Attendance 44,424 (about 1,000 away fans)
Ticket £30 - Programme £3

Disappointing defeat for Cherries after such a bright start with Harry Wilson's 14th minute opener, a great first time finish from Josh King's cut back from the left goal line. Newcastle's forwards, despite not being able to score themselves, gave our defenders far less time to play the ball out than Man Utd last week and as a result we were giving the ball away far too often and it seemed only a matter of time before we were punished for it and, just before half time, a cross from the left and Deandre Yedlin headed into an open goal when he looked a mile offside but, despite a VAR check, the goal was allowed to stand. Newcastle's 7th goal of their last 9 to be scored by a defender came in the 52nd minute when Ciaran Clark bravely got on the end a through ball to score from close range. No changes to St James Park since last visit in 2016, a 3-1 win which sealed Steve McLaren's fate but the long and tiring climb up the endless staircase to the away section up in the gods made me realize I'm not as young as I used to bePirate. Caught the train over from Carlisle, my base for two nights, passing the grounds of Tynedale eggchasers and Dunston Federation Brewery en route.


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I think the ground entrance was changed from Wothorpe Road to Kettering Road only a couple of years or so before the club moved to Borderville, as I recall reading an item in 'Traveller' magazine explaining why the ground address in the magazine's club directory had changed.

I can't remember seeing that Chris1963 but will take your word on it so thank you for pointing it out. It does seem starnge to alter it after all those years


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Excellent summing up by ashtree rockbee - I wouldn't disagree with anything he wrote and it was great to have a good natter!
All I would add was that I was extremely impressed with the fare on show and now feel enthused to try to complete this league especially as I have done many of the grounds when the clubs were in the CCL. Consequently I only have six left to do.
Never a good idea going to a beer festival on a Saturday evening but circumstances dictated that on this occasion. As I expected many of the more interesting beers had already gone.



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After a lot of dithering, I eventually settled on a revisit to Alder House on a cold, grey day.
The home team went ahead through Josh Thompson on 31 and Tom Bentham on 51 before Josh Henderson pulled a goal back on 83. Henderson was also sent off in injury time following an incident with the goalkeeper.
I was quite struck how Alder House has changed very little despite Colls' rapid rise up the pyramid in recent years, and, to be positive, has retained all its idiosyncrasies. On the same theme of being a throwback, the GBG listed Wheatsheaf had a very traditional atmosphere, was very busy and sold all its cask ales at £1.95.

Don't make me dig out my post from the other week with all of the changes that have been made to please the ground graders post-NWCFL Smile


I am sure it must be disapppinting for Colls' hard working volunteers ( one of whom called me "gorgeous" when he was selling me a raffle ticket!) to have their ground improvements missed, so I am sorry for that. I think I will rephrase it to say that the ground has retained its original character and ambience.

A fair rephrasing Smile

I certainly can't claim any credit for the work that has gone on and it's probably only because of my involvement in previous NPL ground inspections that I notice the work that has gone in. I suppose being there regularly probably helps as well (though even then it took me 45 minutes of the game the other week to notice the new directors cabin next to the dressing rooms).


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Haverhill Borough 7 (SEVEN) v 1 Kings Lynn Town Reserves ECL Div 1 North Admission £6 Prog Online Att 24 my h/c 36 HotDrinks £1.20 to £2.00
With Haverhill tweeting the match would be on the 3G rather myself and Henfield Bee decided to head here. The main building was open so the toilets could be used and the teams used the changing rooms, however the bar etc was closed. Inside the 3G Cage there was a tea bar which had BT Sports on and also was doing some hot food as well as drinks. The ground is 1 and a bit sided with small covered standing and seating areas to meet the required grading. Both teams started the day near the bottom of the table, Kings Lynn turned up with a youthful looking side and didn't really get a look in 2-0 down inside half an hour Kings Lynn cause was not helped when a defender saw red for an off the ball incident and by half time it was 4-0. Kings Lynn attacked a lot better in the second half but their number 10 had a penalty saved, he also missed a couple of decent chances and then ended up in the sin bin near the end. Haverhill made it 5-0 before Kings Lynn got their deserved consolation, Haverhill added 2 late goals to make it 7 by the end.Rain stayed away until the end of the game.

 
 


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