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Mark
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Nov 16, 2019, 11:16 PM

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Holland 1-0 Wivenhoe Town
Eastern Senior League Div 1 South
Admission £6, including £1 prog
Attendance: 80-ish

An early start for me so I could go to Oxford Parkrun before heading to a rare game in possibly the least appealing step 6 league. At least this was between two 'proper' teams and, after a slow first half, things picked up after the interval. Despite lying a few places below the visitors, Holland pretty much dominated the entire game but were thwarted by some fine saves from the Wivenhoe custodian. The game was eventually settled with a goal in the 90th minute.

Although rather featureless, the ground was neat and tidy, and everyone I spoke with was very welcoming. Progs are included with admission and a huge pile was available, while the compact clubhouse was smart and the snack bar was extremely good for this level - the sausage bap & chips was excellent. The ground has floodlights but the only cover is a seated kit stand and unfortunately there's no other elevation, just flat concrete standing around all four sides. Both the ground fence and pitch barrier were of the green wire variety usually associated with 4G set-ups, with covers attached to the fence to stop people viewing from outside.

The ground is only a couple of minutes from the sea front of what looked like a pleasant & unassuming seaside town, so I had more than enough time to walk along the promenade and admire some of the modernised sea front houses or peer out to the grey sea & grey sky.


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Nov 17, 2019, 12:41 AM

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Welsh Trophy 3 : Llannefydd 2 Nefyn United 3 aet (2-2 90 mins). Admission £3; No programmes. Attendance : 45 (hc)


Played at the third time of asking after two postponements at Nefyn, the Gwynedd League visitors deservedly beat their Welsh Alliance 2 hosts after twice coming from behind to win the tie in extra-time.
Leaving at eleven for the 1.30 kick-off, my satnav routed me along the A55 before turning south just past St Asaph with the last four miles along very narrow country lanes, some with grass growing in the middle of the road. I thought this was just another satnav moment, taking the shortest route with better roads available as an alternative but on arrival in Llannefydd it appears that all approaches to this isolated village are along such roads - lord knows how those relying on public transport would get here; the nearest town of any size is Denbigh, six miles to the south-east.
The village is a classic rural hamlet with some fairly new housing. At the "centre" is the Hawk and Buckle pub which didn't open till 3.30 today so good job I only arrived 15 minutes before kick-off as there's not a lot else going on. The ground is a couple of hundred yards to the west and was better than I expected. There's parking inside after handing over your admission money to the chap manning the gate. Railed on three sides with a sizeable bank on the far side, there's hard standing down the near side which is one of two sides protected by tall conifers. Behind the near goal is the new-looking club building (no clubhouse) which had a canteen selling hot drinks and chocs with bench tables on the patio as well as a public loo. Cae Llan is surrounded by gently rolling hills and on a good day there would be views to the coast but today was grey to begin with and later positively gloomy as low-lying clouds and accompanying mizzle settled in. No programmes today but I was given one for last weeks Welsh Cup tie against Guilsfield which was played on a heavy pitch cleared of snow so today's surface was very claggy but had passed a morning inspection.
Llannefydd led at the interval and looked a division above the visitors early on but Nefyn fought back twice and were the dominant team in extra time even before the home side had a man sent off for dissent. An opportunity to make a few bob missed for the home side as the winners were at home to nearby Denbigh in the next round - instead Denbigh now have a ninety-minute journey down to the Lleyn Peninsula.
Broke the journey back by meeting catchagogoal, who'd been to Llanfairfechan Town, at the Mold Alehouse which is run by hipkiss's mate Gareth who was one of the Kaliningrad Seven from last year's boozy World Cup jaunt. A superb selection of ales in a pub that always seems to be busy; young Gareth is doing rather well in his new career it would appear.
A reasonable run back down the 483 with key in door about 20.15


Ashtree RockBee
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Nov 17, 2019, 1:03 AM

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the ref kept a lid on things, which was just as well as he had no assistants to help him - in fact we didn't even have club linesmen, not sure if that's the norm in the SAL.


From the 20 teams I've hopped in the Southern Amateur League, most have only had the ref with no 'linos' - it's a fairly gentlemanly league and, in the main, players respect or accept the ref's decision and get on with it. You usually only get 'linos' for a big cup game or a league match where there's a bit of rivalry / previous between the teams.


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Nov 17, 2019, 1:08 AM

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Southern Combination Premier
East Preston 1 AFC Uckfield 1
Admission £4 (concession) Attendance c75 (h/c)

A enjoyable encounter with plenty of incident and each side having periods of dominance. East Preston started well but Uckfield soon gained a foothold and went in front when a miskicked clearance fell kindly for Maclean who made no mistake from close range. Uckfield had a golden chance to double their lead when the East Preston keeper Boughton lost out to the oncoming forward when trying to head clear but a defender managed to get back and block the rather weak shot at goal. Uckfield were still on top at the beginning of the second half forcing two decent saves from Boughton but a sin binning for Uckfield's Storey allowed East Preston to gain the initiative. As the hosts pushed forward what looked like a simple tap in brought a fine diving save from Hawkins. East Preston continued to press and with fifteen minutes left their pressure told when a corner was headed home for the equaliser. A slick passing move soon earned East Preston a penalty but the opportunity for a win was wasted when Hawkins guessed right to smother the spot kick. With just a few minutes left it was Uckfield's chance to go for the win. The mouthy Boughton finally had a few words too many with the referee and was despatched to the sin bin minus his goalkeeping shirt which he passed to a colleague. There wasn't really enough time for Uckfield to test the replacement's competence although a injury time corner did cause some panic before being booted clear to end the afternoon's entertainment with the scores level – probably a fair result on the balance of play.

The Lashmar is situated to one side of a recreation ground, a short but uninspiring walk from Angmering station. The entrance is in one corner alongside the clubhouse and dressing rooms with a bank of seating to the right and some overhang from the dressing room roof to the left providing the only covered standing. Although facilities are limited the welcome today was friendly with excellent service from the refreshment kiosk including hot drinks served in proper mugs and using decent quality tea bags. Overall a good day out.


Windy
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Nov 17, 2019, 6:55 AM

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Southern Counties East Premier Division - Fisher 0 Corinthian 1 - Admission £8 - Programme £2 - Attendance 156

Played the 3G card with my original choice of Tividale, having an 11.30 inspection, which subsequently saw their match called off, so a relatively easy decision to make with St Paul’s stadium unvisited up until today.

Unusual programme notes were read before the match in that the managers column was basically written as I assume he has spoken. Not sure I have ever read comments in a programme like ‘we know what to expect from them but we aint here to make up the numbers and roll over’

The only goal came after just eight minutes when, from an unchallenged drop ball, Andres Tobon received the ball on the edge of the area and rifled it into the bottom right corner. The early play had threatened a bit of a goalfest but it didn’t materialise and the chances dried up, and although the match was relatively watchable, it was never one that will remain in the memory bank once November is out. It was interesting watching the home number 7, Wale Oledoyin, who used his elbows, shoulders and other parts of his body to wind up the opposition. More than once, I heard Corinthian players tell the referee and linesmen to keep an eye on what he was up to. Eventually he was booked and then seemed to be a red card just waiting to happen, especially when he seemed to lose the plot midway through the second half. He survived, but was immediately substituted to avoid Fisher being reduced to ten men.


adji
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Nov 17, 2019, 7:53 AM

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Castle vale 0 Inkberrow 7

As one sided a game as you can get . Most of the goals came in the 2nd half

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rambler77
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Nov 17, 2019, 8:22 AM

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BOTTESFORD 3-1 COTTESMORE AFC DEVELOPMENT
(LSL-2)
@ Grantham Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham
Adm / prog: none
Refreshments - available from the main leisure centre building

Bottesford moved this game over a week a go due to their pitch being waterlogged. The leisure centre is adjacent to Grantham Town FC, and I decided as a league official to have a run up and have a look. It also gave me the chance to meet both clubs managers for the first time, having had plenty of contact with them on social media and via emails.

This wasn't a bad game for the level, though Bottesford's third goal at the end of the game was right out of the top drawer. It was the visitors who struck first on 17 minutes, but just after the half hour mark Bottesford drew level. Around the 3/4 mark Bottesford were awarded a penalty which annoyed the visitors, but anyhow it became 2-1 before the previously mentioned third goal sealed the victory.



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Nov 17, 2019, 9:25 AM

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Felixstowe 1-0 Grays. K.O. 15-00 on the dot
Isthmian North
Att 332

Would have settled for a point before the start, but in the end we just about managed to scrape 3 points out of this.
1st half report will be very brief, defences on top!!
2nd half was a bit more open but not one for the neutral, Felixstowe clinched the 3 points with a penalty 11 minutes from time, it was one of those where two players going for the same ball, whoever got there 2nd would concede a foul, luckily our lad got there first. Dead cert spot kick but as usual not according to the one eyed opposition.
Grays did get the ball in the net in a frantic final 10 (+5) but it was obviously offside, a very welcome win for the Seasiders, and makes sure we don’t have to make any panic signings just yet.


Nobody's Heroes
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Nov 17, 2019, 10:50 AM

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Welsh Alliance League Division 2

Barmouth & Dyffryn United 4 Pentraeth 0

Wern Mynach, Barmouth

Attendance - 75 Admission - £3 Programme - £1.50

A routine home win for a resurgent Barmouth against a side struggling towards the foot of the table.

As ever, a match programme stacked with statistics from both this division as well as others and, all in all, a pleasing way to spend a November Saturday afternoon.


bagman
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Nov 17, 2019, 11:25 AM

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Sky Bet League One

Gillingham (1) 1 v 0 (0) Lincoln City

Admission £19 OAP , Programme £3 , Attendance 5567 (Away Fans 453 )

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Steveb
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Nov 17, 2019, 11:45 AM

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1.30pm
SJFA North Region, Super League
Bridge of Don Thistle 6 Maud 1 (att 52 h/c)
£5 admission, no progs

I thought I might have missed the chance to see a game at Aberdeen Sports Village when Lewis United folded, but Bridge of Don have settled in after a nomadic few years.

It's not a typical junior ground, but the view from the seated stand is decent even thought you're separated from the pitch by a running track. The rest of the ground is open standing, but there's no reason to leave the stand other than to photograph it.

To the right you can see part of Pittodrie and to the left Aberdeen East End's ground is visible. There can't be many grounds from where two other 'proper' grounds can be seen (I guess East End would be one).

Comfortable win for the hosts, although the first half was tight and their advantage was just 2-1 at the break. Maud had occasional chances to reduce the arrears but they were very much second best.

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Sm1d
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Nov 17, 2019, 12:05 PM

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Middlesbrough Rovers 0-25 Boro Rangers
Macmillan Bowl 2nd Round
Att.17hc

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hotchkiss
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Nov 17, 2019, 1:11 PM

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RANGERS COLTS [1] 2 WREXHAM [0] 0 Tunnocks Wafer Challenge Cup.Admission £10 / £5.Programme £1 Att; I was told over 5,000. All the crowd were seated in the lower Sandy Jardine stand and the Wrexham supporters about 1,000 in one corner.Tickets bought on line and collected.With every programme bought they gave you
a chocolote biscuit. We parked in the large car park for £5.Rangers who included Jon Flanaghan ex Liverpool player controlled the game and were comfortable winners.


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Nov 17, 2019, 1:55 PM

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Ludgershall Sports 0 Frome Collegians 1
Wiltshire Senior League
Admission & programme - none
Bacon roll £2.00, coffee/tea £1.00
Attendance 23 h/c

What a well run club this is with excellent catering, a brilliant social club and plenty of support despite their plight. Ludgershall have lost all eleven league games this season and suffered a 19-0 defeat at Bemerton Heath Harlequins during the week in The Wiltshire Senior Cup. The social club is accessed from the road, continue around the corner however and there is plenty of parking alongside the pitch. This touchline is roped off with the two ends open. The far side of the pitch has an assortment of partially distributed railing supporting advertising hoardings, dugouts also adorn this side with reasonably new housing running behind. The aforementioned tea hut did great trade serving bacon rolls, burgers and hot dogs as well as the usual hot drinks.

Frome Collegians opted to cross the border into Wiltshire football from The Somerset County League during the summer and grabbed the points with a second-half goal. This ground is not far off the A303 after passing through Tidworth. Total journey time from home was around an hour and ten minutes.



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Nov 17, 2019, 2:10 PM

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Saturday 16th November 2019 2pm
Rochester & District League Div 3
THE SPORTSYARD 2-2 INVICTA COLTS
The Appleyard, Gore Court Road, Sittingbourne

Admission & Programme: N/A
Attendance: 16 h/c


Into the depths of the pyramid! This league feeds into the Kent County League. There are 4 pitches here including pitch 1 which is railed on 2 sides with dugouts. Pitch 2 also has dugouts and a match in progress. I settled for this one due to it being next to the club building and benches available. The clubhouse bar is open and hot food and drinks are available.

The match was as even as the shoreline suggested. The home side in claret kit led 1-0 at halftime with a penalty. The visitors in a striking blue mix kit equalised early in the 2nd half and as legs tired in the last minutes, both sides added one each in the last 5 minutes.

Enjoyable enough with no signs of diving, hard but fair tackles and played in a good spirit.


IAN S
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Nov 17, 2019, 2:17 PM

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A new tyre being needed on the car meant that a trip to York had to be curtailed, so I was glad to find that a game just the other side of Barnsley was on, (Barnsley being the branch of Kwikfit visited).

Durkar 1 Crofton Sports 2
Wakefield & District Premier
h/t 0-2
h/c 4

Crofton took the lead at about the twenty minute mark and very quickly made it two-nil. After that Durkar were the better team and had numerous chances in the first and second halves. They could only take one though. It was a decent game to take in at short notice.


Durkar play at Slack Lane in Newmillerdam. Looking at Google maps it looks like you can access the ground directly off the A61, wrong. Slack Lane is a lane that is not passable all the way through. By vehicle you access the ground by Boyne Hill. Slack Lane has a stream running, or rather gushing, right across it with a bridge that looked like, certainly last week, it would have been awash with water. I parked on the A61 and walked to the ground.



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villan
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Nov 17, 2019, 2:46 PM

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West Midland Regional League Premier Division. Worcester Raiders 0-2 Smethwick Rangers ATT h/c 58 ADM £3 concession £1 programme


As I did not want to travel far I concluded a trip to Nunnery Wood Sports Complex at Spetchley Road for Raiders 1st game at their temporary home fitted the bill. I had missed this venue circa 12 to 15 years ago when it hosted Midland Combination football so it filled an old gap in my records. It is not known how long it will be before Claines Road becomes available but a Worcestershire FA official advised this current arrangement was for rest of the season. The club programme suggests a few weeks!!!
The complex has a main stadium with an excellent grass pitch inside a running track. Plenty of car parking to side & behind the school with venue beyond & a 3G pitch away to left where a hockey tournament was in full swing thus making complex seem quite busy. An entrance gate with payment hut existed to meet grading in lieu of an actual turnstile. The pitch runs length ways away from entrance. A building to left seemed to be dressing rooms but in use today by the hockey teams. Football changing rooms today were in another building some 100-200 metres across car park which also had a gym & racket sports courts. The main pitch has floodlights but it became clear they are intended to light the running track rather than pitch area within & lighting was very poor especially within far penalty area. The hockey pitch was well lit beyond the 2 seated stands existing to left side of our pitch. However I felt these seats were rendered totally useless as some bright spark had erected a mini marquee type tent with pitched roof in front of the stands to serve as the dugout for both teams. This blocked view from both stands to the pitch completely obscuring a view to far penalty area & goal or the complete centre area of pitch depending on where you sat. Surely club will move this for any subsequent matches. Rest of venue is flat & open. I joined a number of fans on opposite side to watch & we stood within barrier on athletics track to get a closer view.


An entertaining game with a surprising outcome. Visitors looked very organised & defended very well with a solid keeper. They broke forward with purpose. It is true they rode their luck at times especially late on when Raiders piled forward but it seemed Raiders would never score & it just was not their day. Some remarkable misses by hosts & excellent blocks by defenders & keeper meant visitors kept a clean sheet. A penalty just before break gave SR lead after hosts keeper parried a shot but rushed out & brought attacker down whilst trying to block follow up. A 2nd on 72 gave them the cushion to withstand the barrage that followed with help from the woodwork on 2-3 occasions. The gathering gloom in the poor light provided made it hard to see the 2nd goal & I just saw ball had gone in from close range!!
An enjoyable afternoon but I would not like to watch a game here to often & surely hosts will need to improve lights or kick off at 2pm in future. Hosts were a helpful & friendly bunch however.



End 2018-19, Total Grounds 1427

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paulh66
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the ref kept a lid on things, which was just as well as he had no assistants to help him - in fact we didn't even have club linesmen, not sure if that's the norm in the SAL.


From the 20 teams I've hopped in the Southern Amateur League, most have only had the ref with no 'linos' - it's a fairly gentlemanly league and, in the main, players respect or accept the ref's decision and get on with it. You usually only get 'linos' for a big cup game or a league match where there's a bit of rivalry / previous between the teams.


Interesting, thanks. There were certainly a few ungentlemanly verbal exchanges between players on both sides but yes, much less so towards the ref.


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Leith Ath 1 Dunipace 1
East of Scotland Div 1 Conference A
Adm £5 Prog available (£2)
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Att reported as 61. No sign of any refreshements.

1st v 3rd proved to be an evenly matched contest with a draw the fair result.

This season Leith are playing on 3G2 at Peffermill Playing Fields which is parallel too, and beyond, 3G1 where they played last season. The pitch is of the newer variety (commonly referred to as '4G') and of obviously better quality than the rather worn looking surface at 3G1. Spectator viewing is not as good unfortunately, with just one side of flat standing rather than the grass banking available at the previous pitch - though still much better than the limited available area at their old Meadowhall 3G.

A word about the referee - shocking. I don't make a note of such things but, as the card count mounted up, I heard someone next to me say that the lastest was the 12th. If that was correct, the final total was 18 (including 2 second yellows, one after the final whistle) .... hope this ref never takes charge of an ill-tempered game !


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Nov 17, 2019, 5:33 PM

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....For the first time in what seems to be a series of sodden Saturdays, a trip that went to plan with Plan A being visited. Good match too...

Curzon Ashton 1 v 0 York City - Conference Division 1 North
Prog 60 pages £2.50 - Admission £14.00 - Att 809

....Though there was a moment of concern when on arrival at 13.50 during a particularly damp period of the afternoon, I was met by a number of vehicles travelling in the opposite direction down the approach road. Given that Ashton United barely two miles away had succumbed to waterlogging the fears were of a quick Hyde detour. Simple explanation, the car park was full and cars were being turned away.

A venue that has in recent years been high on the list for a revisit and in terms of new(ish) builds it has plenty of cover, and a sizeable stand where even with twenty minutes to kick off, it was easy to obtain an almost central seat. In addition, the pitch played completely without issue. Not surprisingly given their unbeaten league record there was a large following from York and segregation was enforced with a quite vigorous bag search being undertaken on arrival by a particularly thorough teen steward who informed that their were expecting problems from the York supporters later and so it proved to be the case.

From the start, the hosts played with a determination that was hardly expected from a team so lowly in the table and it was clear that York collectively had failed to erase their first defeat the previous weekend from their system in what was a very sluggish opening period. Early opportunities for Charlie Jolley for the hosts resulted in a couple of parried saves from Pete Jameson in the York goal. It took the visitors fully twenty five minutes before they went remotely near to scoring, but it was a cruial miss as Kallum Griffith's cross from the right saw Elliott Durrell in a surplus of space, but his angles were askew. Volleyed straight and Durrell would have surely have put York in front but he angled when there was no need to and the chance went some way wide of the far post.

Put the above in the costly miss category as soon after the hosts took the lead with Jameson tamely parrying out a free kick in the direction of Connor Dimiao on the edge of the area and almost effortlessly he dispatched the rebound just under the bar. The lead could have been doubled as again the York defence failed to deal adequately with a cross with the loose ball falling to Andrew Halls on the back post but his downward drive into the pitch skidded wide.

It was during the second half that you came to appreciate how well Curzon Ashton defended on this occasion. York who had clearly had a wake up call at half time did rely on a succession of long crosses from either Alex Kempster or David Ferguson right into he heart of the penalty area, but there was always a defending head to clear and the likes of Daniel Shaw and James Bailie were impregnable. Noticed towards the end how frequently Dimiao was heading clear in and around the six yard line as when he was awarded the MOTM award by the sponsors, the conclusion was that he had won it because of his goal scoring. The true saviour of the hosts was Cameron Mason in the home goal with two excellent reaction saves, the first when he responded very quickly to block a first time half volley from Jordan Burrow and then he was down very quickly to push a downward header from Burrow which was heading just inside the post around to safety. He was also having to contend with several objects being thrown in his direction by several of the York fans who had gravitated behind the goal, thus meaning a stoppage for a couple of minutes and the man in black stating that if the incidents reoccurred then he would be compelled to abandon the match.

In addition, to absorbing large amounts of pressure, the hosts looked capable of adding to their advantage as Dimiao quickly broke out of defence and with a surging run carved open the York defence rounding Jameson but being forced wide and losing the initiative that he had created.

Towards the end York's attacks lacked became more frantic and they lost possession far more often even before they could play the ball forward in and around the penalty area. Still a few scary moments for the hosts to endure as Durrell created space but angled a promising opportunity wide of the far post and then Mason had to tip over a cross from Griffiths that clearly was not intended as a cross but was heading under the bar. York's first league defeat of the season and of concern was a very leaden first half display which showed no indication as to why they have been so successful this season. The home defending was throughout excellent and clearly frustrated their opponents. Another of those contests where you fail to calculate how Curzon Ashton are doing so poorly and York still had an unbeaten league record.

Arrived into a very grey and overcast Ashton under Lyne just before midday after a rather ponderous tram journey from the centre of Manchester, conscious decision to regulate ale intake pre match to a couple of ordinary pints of Lees' from the town JDW. Used the Zone 1-3 tram ticket to better effect on the return journey to visit the Silly Country Macropub in Droylsden. Nothing wrong with the quality of the Mallinsons and Bradwell ales, but the environment was a little too brash and cacophonous for those us nearer to sixty than thirty and plus £3.60 for a pint is well above what you would expect to pay elsewhere in Droylsden, in fact this is more than you would expect to pay in any of the 3 GBG entries in RM17.

Easy journeys via Uncle Bransons Train Set for possibly the penultimate time if next Saturdays planned trip comes to fruition. The heating on the outward journey was on full blast and made for a slightly less comfortable journey than anticipated. The return journey became infinitely quieter once all of the Manchester shoppers had disembarked at Stoke. Indoors at 23.20....


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Chase Dude
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Nov 17, 2019, 5:41 PM

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JD Cymru North.
Llandudno 4(0)-(0)0 Penryncoch
Admission £5 Programme online only.Team Sheets available*

Due to increasing health problems. This was my First match of any sort for 2 years, First new ground for 4, and my First ground in Wales since Brymbo Broughton in 2007. My mate and his wife have recently acquired an apartment in Llandudno, and invited me and my wife over from the midlands for a couple of days. Friday was taken up with a few jars at the excellent Snowdon pub in the town, followed by a Heaven 17/ Squeeze gig at the very minicipal looking Venue Cymru.

Saturday gave me the chance to visit Maesda Park for this mid table match and boost my tally to 298 grounds. Bizzarly however. This was the First time seeing a game on 3G,4G, Astroturf or whatever it is called in these parts.
My mate tagged along, as did his no 2 son. Programmes were online only much to my disappointment, * but I eventually did manage to track down a team sheet after some sleuthing.
Pretty even First half, but as soon as the home side scored early in the Second half, they looked the more comfortable. A second was added 4 minutes later, before a brilliant individual effort by Fosu-Mensa doing a Ricky Villa type run in the 61st minute made it 3. A penalty made it 4-0 to llandudno in the end.
Tidy little ground with a decent clubhouse, small seated stands on both sides as well as behind the far goal, and nice views of the Little and Great Orme. FYI. Had a game of pub Cricket on the way to Llandudno from the midlands on Friday, but the A41, A55, and the outskirts of the town just show this travel game is obsolete these days due to lack of pubs. Result. My mate and no 2 son 26 for 2 declared. Me and the missus 4 for 1. Match drawn.


hemelhopper
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Nov 17, 2019, 6:36 PM

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Team(s): Hemel Hempstead Town FC, Trust Portsmouth FC and The Reds of Cincinnati

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A late decision and just kept it simple .. as had no time to think after the recent mid-week trips .. so today we ended up at,

Stevenage U18’s 0-4 Northampton Town U18’s (EFL, Youth Alliance, South East)
- played at Stevenage Football Academy, Shephalbury Sports Academy, Broadhall Way, Stevenage from 10.30am

Att – approx. 35 (h/c); Entry – none: Team sheet not seen; Refreshment from cafeteria
Weather – autumnal and dry; Travel – A3, M25 and A1M in a couple of hours
Colours – Boro in all white with thin red diminishing horizontal stripes to shirt fronts .. Cobblers in maroon tops and black shorts

One of those morning’s when you want to go traveling but don’t really want to get out of bed at seven o’clock .. although once out on the road, all was found to be quiet, with a smooth ride up to Hertfordshire, where ample parking easily catered for this game .. played on the one main grass pitch, flat and more than suitable for today's play .. as we entered via the main entrance into Academy building, with just a fifty-yard stroll passed the enclosed all-weather six a side pitches, to find one roped off side, no furniture and the dug outs opposite.

The game was total Cobblers (not the phrase you maybe thinking) .. for they are top of the SE League and averaging four goals a game (kept up this day) .. with some very strong lads and smaller team mates possessing great skills .. indeed, a pleasure to watch .. they also liked shooting from 25 yards at will .. yes a few missing the target but those early ones on 10 and 28 sure did bulge the back of the netting .. with the second half goals on 58 and 65 the result of parried blocks from defenders and well taken tap ins from the lurking strikers .. leaving the Boro coaches to ask some questions I guess, although their team were really committed and gave everything .. but sometimes it just isn’t meant to be your day.

From there it back onto the A1M and heading north to ..

Yaxley 3-2 Coleshill Town (Southern League, Division 1 Central)
- played at The Decker Bus Stadium, Leading Drove, Yaxley from 3.00pm

Att - 92 (official); Entry - £10; Prog £1.50 (also online) and refreshment found in Clubhouse .. young hemelite having to cough up £4 for his badge, from stock held behind the bar.
Weather – felt cold once the sun set behind lingering clouds; Travel – just the additional hour north from Stevenage
Colours – Cuckoos kit not easy to describe but an all dark blue feel, with a diminishing horizontal pattern into salmon colour on shirts .. the Colemen keeping it simple .. all red.

Well why not find another 3G (fourth of the week) .. this venue originally today’s back up for Leiston, with the Tudors and Pompey postponed .. a choice given the roads would be straight'ish.

However, sometimes these quieter locations, with Community enthusiasm make it that special treat in visiting .. young Atavistic’s (of these Parishes) excellent programme editorial on sale on entering, through turnstile off a two-part car park .. players getting the tarmac .. visitors the grass and slippery soil beyond .. the locals gathering and fully committed .. team sheets handed out .. Clubhouse bar well stocked .. plenty of tables to relax against .. raffle draw available .. handshakes and smiles a plenty .. and me, a simple case of seeing how two teams with synthetic pitches, play against each other .. answer, one did in the first half .. the other complimented in the second .. and just fell short, literally.

The layout of ground allows for a modern Clubhouse building to L shape around the south corner flag, with path dividing, the teams coming out literally by the flag .. main stand's two rows of covered white seats on the Clubhouse side, complimented by a smaller version opposite .. my favourite structure being the only covered standing area behind nearest goal .. scaffold and roof sheeting, with first ever sight of pallets stood vertically, used to provide a barrier to lean against .. loved it .. as I walked on by to find, vociferous coaching staff at far side dugouts, willing their teams on .. the majority of onlookers stood against conventional 3G dark green railing and advertising boards neatly clipped .. the lone three small youngsters happily hunting for footballs, when a defensive hoof cleared all boundary foliage, down the far end.

As for the game of two halves .. Cuckoos were in full flight during the first .. goals on 20, 24 and 32 .. the first an absolute belter with left foot into top left off underside of cross bar .. the others a header and neat stab home .. a great display and one wondered what the visitors were thinking, going back into the changing rooms to face their Manager .. the fans that had travelled, gathering back in the bar to beg a question or two themselves .. with one mentioning that if they got a goal back, it would be a whole different game.

Well it was, courtesy of the host keeper, for in the first couple of minutes resuming, he decided to drop an incoming shot and allow the surrounding Colemen to put pay to a clean sheet, as the ball was popped into the net .. the visitors then got a good grip of things, as the Cuckoo attacks dwindled .. they then needing to form a rear guard, when the second was neatly tucked away with head at far post going into the last ten minutes, incl five minutes of add on .. yes the game was finely balanced. Which resulted in a visiting forward falling in the box to the claim of penalty .. cheat .. he should be booked for that .. which you could have applied to either striker or defender, as both went clattering .. however, the Ref chose to play on .. and then to blow his final whistle .. ending a really enjoyable game but the potential of both playing their best at the same time not seen .. as I bid farewell to our great hosts and a weeks worth of plastic, setting off for home .. Mrs hh engrossed in Strictly, oblivious to my arrival .. as I smiled .. for it had been another great day out on the roads of England, watching Non-League football.



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


prorege
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Nov 17, 2019, 7:24 PM

Posts: 7047
Location: Kingdom of Fife
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East of Scotland League Division One Conference B
St Andrews United v Burntisland Shipyard, 4-0, H.T. 3-0, Att 81, Admission £6, Programme £1.50, Cheeseburger £2.50
At Recreation Park, St Andrews

Nothing stood out for me on the fixture list so that afforded the opportunity to make my almost annual visit to St Andrews. I was hoping for a close game between two free-scoring sides but Shippy were way below par. St Andrews won in a canter, three up by half time and adding a fourth a few minutes from the end.

I really enjoy a visit to this tree-lined old ground with lots of character. It’s in what passes for the rougher bit of St Andrews but the patrons are mainly genteel and appear relatively well-heeled. The travelling Shippy contingent consisted of three pre-pubescent loons complete with flags and drum, styling themselves as the Shippy Ultras. Despite their constant backing, the team did little of note throughout the 90 minutes.

The Pie Hatch at St Andrews is really excellent serving up a range of pastry treats, burgers and chips etc. The club programme is also excellent – this was a double issue covering also next week’s game against Hawick Royal Albert United.

Despite the result I don’t see St Andrews challenging for promotion. However, they are a team with ambition and some potential. They aim to install floodlights and become licensed in the not too distant future.

A cold and dreich afternoon was warmed up by good company, conversation, gossip and banter.


PhilT
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Nov 17, 2019, 7:56 PM

Posts: 679
Location: Cambridgeshire
Team(s): Peterborough United

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Shefford Town & Campton 0 - 1 New Salamis
SSML Div 1
Admission £5; prog free

An interesting looking fixture with both sides starting the season well after moving up a level.

A nice new(ish) facility here. Shame about the hundreds of pot holes that litter the access road and car park.... Admission was paid from the car on entering the car park which was quite large.

Certainly saw some neat football from both sides, but with little real attacking threat or goalmouth excitement. Slamis probably had the best of the first half, and went ahead right on half time.

HT 0-1

The second half followed a similar pattern. Towards the end, Salamis tried to play time out to some extent, and almost paid for that. Town stepped up a gear and got their golden chance with 5 mins or so to go, the player clean through did nearly everything right, beating the keeper with the outside of his foot, but the ball struck the outside of the post.
Another effort was put into the net but disallowed for offside.

So Salamis just held out to take the points.


bluearmybob
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Nov 17, 2019, 8:01 PM

Posts: 1034
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 drive down to Lashmar Rd. KO 3.00pm.


Southern Combination Football League Premier Division.


EAST PRESTON 1 (0) V (1) AFC UCKFIELD TOWN.


Scorers.


Home. H Neighbour (73)


Away. M McClean (17)


Admission £7. Programme £1. Pin badge £5. Attendance 86.



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.



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