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Saturday 22nd December 2018

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Dec 22, 2018, 5:17 PM

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Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Bishopthorpe U 0 Harrison Signs 3
York & District league, Division 1

Second level of this league, and 10th v 12th beforehand, in a 12 team division.
By winning Harrisons move up several places, and deservedly so on this showing.Their first goal came in the first five minutes, adding another half way through the first half, and a third just after the hour. The home side didn't threaten much, and never the target.
Typical venue for this league, village rec with just changing facilties at the ground in a pleasant part of the city.

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Dec 22, 2018, 5:36 PM

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Re: [noprogs] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Evo-Stik Southern Division One South
infiLED Stadium
Melksham Town 2 Fleet Town 1
Admission: S/T Paper available Attendance: 382

Dunno where to start with this. Less than 50 seconds in and a poor defensive clearance was bashed into the bottom corner by the visitors. Fleet had a game plan which was to play out from the back at all costs and to press Melksham whenever they had the ball. A young but energetic side, they also looked a little one-dimensional but kept their shape and frustrated an, admittedly, poor home team for the first half. Two good chances were wasted by Plummer and especially Ballinger (the latter was tragic). HT 0-1.
Second half, more of the same, the home side trying to play the ball quicker to beat the press and over-hitting passes, or firing over miss-placed crosses. You could sense the tension. Melksham hit the bar twice late on after Fleet started to tire. The ninety came up (there had been injury stoppages - several) and on 93, the ball was curled in for Maidment to nod across the defence and in. A minute later, Fleet attacked and their forward dived in the area and was red-carded for simulation. On 95, a copy-book cross with a copy-book result when Maidment headed home. Cue mayhem and a huge fight as I think the Fleet centre back took exception to a few choice comments.
Another get-out-of-jail-free card used; that is 3 goals in the last two home games scored after 90 minutes...phew.
To be fair we missed Jon Davies, our talisman and Reece Rusher and a couple of our more senior players were dogshit. At the end of the season however it ends it's games like this that will be remembered.
Healthy crowd too.

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

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Dec 22, 2018, 5:51 PM

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Re: [Digdagdog] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Season ticket at Portman Rd. KO 3.00pm.

Sky Bet Championship.



Home. E Harrison (38)

Away. B Sharpe (47)

Admission by season ticket. Programme £3. Attendance 17,942. Away Fans 1,292.

GAMES THIS SEASON 2019/20. (23)
GAMES SINCE LAST 0-0. Ipswich Town v Wycombe Wanderers. 26/11/19. (2) BEST RUN OF NOT SEEING A 0-0. (61)
LEAGUES COMPLETED. Championship. League 1. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division. ECL Division 1 North. SCEFL Premier Division.
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Dec 22, 2018, 5:56 PM

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Re: [bluearmybob] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Essex Olympian - Division 1
AFC Shenfield v Frenford Reserves 1-0 (ht 0-0)
Venue: Warley Playing Fields, The Drive, Warley, Brentwood; kickoff 1400hrs
Entry: Free, no programme
Attendance: h/c 17

Not the normal venue for the first team, this is a basic setup. Everyone used the car park at the end of Chindits Lane which is supposedly only for the school and futness club. It leads directly to the playing fields which are dissected by a line of trees. To the left, behind the trees, are rugby and football pitches; to the right is a changing room block (toilets only), then our pitch (roped off on three sides), Mavericks RFC pavilion (closed) and then the road called The Drive.

An open and entertaining game that Shenfield should have won more convincingly. They started quickest and hit the woodwork three times in the first ten minutes before Frenford woke up and made a game of it. The only goal came on seventy minutes and just after a ten minute stoppage for treatment to an away player. This delay, plus a late start to the game, meant that we virtually ran out of light by the time ninety minutes of play was up.

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Dec 22, 2018, 5:57 PM

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Southern League Division 1 Central
Yaxley 2 Dunstable Town 0

Attendance: 84

This is a very difficult report to write, as this was a game filled with controversy and chaos both on and off the pitch. As a disclaimer, I'm not going to go into too much detail on that as it wouldn't be appropriate (especially as this report will go in the next matchday programme), but just know that it was a very unpleasant atmosphere at times today.

Not much happened for the first half an hour of the game: both teams were trying to assert themselves on proceedings without much success, though Dunstable were having the better of the chances and forced James Blake into several fine saves to keep it goalless. Just after the half hour, there was an accidental collision between Matt Sparrow and the Dunstable keeper (Sparrow was chasing the ball and happened to catch the keeper's leg just after he collected the ball), and this led to significant controversy both on and off the pitch. After an extended stoppage, the game got back underway and the Dunstable keeper was substituted. Around the 40 minute mark, we had an excellent chance from a Charley Sanders header from a corner (excellently saved by the substitute keeper, in fairness), but he was ruled to be offside. We then had another corner a few minutes later, but this time Sanders was onside and lashed a powerful header into the net to make it 1-0 going into half-time.

By the time the second half had started, thing seemed to have calmed down and the game flowed for a while, both teams playing some decent football in patches. On one such attack for Dunstable, one of their players went down in the box under minimal contact and, after the penalty appeals were understandably waved away all hell broke loose for a few minutes. A few yellow cards were given out by the referee and, once things had fully calmed down, he gave us a goal kick to get things back underway. Not long after this (in roughly the 55th minute), we went on the attack and the ball eventually fell to Phil Stebbing, whose shot from just inside the box eluded the substitute Dunstable keeper to make it 2-0. Around ten minutes later we found ourselves down to ten men as Sparrow was sent off (I can't comment further than that as I could hardly tell what had happened from my position). This saw Dunstable put massive pressure on us for the last half an hour as we attempted to hold out, with excellent defensive work from Sanders and the rest of the defence keeping Dunstable at bay, eventually seeing us hold out for the win.

MOTM: Charley Sanders

I could comment more on how "Thugstable" Town (as seems to be a much more appropriate name for them based on this game) are one of the most aggressive and unpleasant football team I've ever seen (along with a few fans who seemed to be eager for a fight), but I don't really want to stir too much controversy or dwell too much on it, so I'll leave it at that and enjoy the feeling of a fourth consecutive win (and, at long last, a clean sheet) instead.

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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(This post was edited by Atavistic on Dec 22, 2018, 6:02 PM)

nervous rec
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Dec 22, 2018, 6:13 PM

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Re: [Cleeve] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Colden Common 1 Overton 1
Hampshire Premier League Senior Division
Admission Free Programme £1

As the weather was mild for the time of year, and forecast was dry, I took advantage of a step 7 game on a roped off pitch with no covered accommodation. The forecast was surprisingly incorrect, as there were showers throughout the match, but didn’t detract from an enjoyable afternoon, where two fortunate goals failed to separate the teams. Both came in the second half, firstly Overton were given a dubious free kick, from which they hit the bar and the rebound was duly scored. Then as the minutes ticked away, the hosts scored an equaliser, which the referee gave, despite the linesman flagging for offside. Trees and bushes line one side and behind one goal, while the rest of the pitch is backed onto by other pitches. There were not even any dugouts in place in this rural setting. This could be one of the last games Colden Common play at this venue, as I was informed that they are moving to Oakland’s Park, the former home of defunct club Otterbourne in January. Apparently, after years of playing there, their former home of Main Road was unsatisfactory due to the size of the changing rooms, so they moved to Boyes Lane, but the council will not grant them approval to install hard standing around the pitch, as the League rules don’t require it. Finally a word about the programme which, for this level is a gem, containing enough reading material, and plenty of stats, including results of past meetings between the two teams going back to 1985.

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

(This post was edited by nervous rec on Dec 22, 2018, 8:34 PM)

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Dec 22, 2018, 6:19 PM

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Re: [bluearmybob] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Also at Ipswich Town v Sheffield United - not down yet, we keep fighting

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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Dec 22, 2018, 6:21 PM

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

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Re: [Atavistic] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

National League

Eastleigh 2 Harrogate T. 1

admission £15/£12 programme £1 attendance 1622 (looked less)
9th v 3rd
Decent game, Harrogate were a good side (the surprise package this season) who had most of the play, apart from a 25-minute spell from the home team before half time, so a bit of an unexpected home win, their first for three months (lots of draws, though).
The game got off to an explosive start as a long ball into the Spitfires penalty area was missed by a defender and Leesley hammered it first time into the net (the keeper didn't even move) to give the visitors the lead with 1:04 on the clock. After that, Harrogate put some nice moves together but didn't really create many chances. After 20 mins, McCallum had the home team's first shot, straight at the keeper. Yeates then set up Williamson but he fired wide. The equaliser came on 27 mins as a nice move saw Jones set up Hare on the right flank. He had a similar situation a few mins before and had overrun the ball, but this time his instant cross was perfect for Williamson to sidefoot into the net. The visitors came back and Fallowfield created a good chance for Emmett, bur he shot wide. For Eastleigh, McCallum skied a sitter, Johnson headed wide from a corner and Yeates curled a nice shot which was saved, so HT 1-1.

After the break Harrogate upped their came and had some early chances, Emmett shot straight at the keeper, and Leesley scuffed his first effort wide and put the other one over. Again the home team were mainly on the defensive without too many chances being created, a corner from Leesley came off the bar but not much else, and then in the 82nd minute a classic Eastleigh breakaway saw Yeates set up Miley (just brought on) who curled the ball nicely into the bottom corner to give his team the lead. The visitors tried to come back again but apart from a Kitching header, easily saved, the home team held out. In fact sub McKnight nearly extended the lead - he was put through on the right in injury time and was only denied by the keeper's legs.

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.

(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Dec 22, 2018, 11:41 PM)

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Dec 22, 2018, 6:23 PM

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Southern League Division One Central
Kidlington 1-2 Didcot Town

Entry: £8
Attendance: headcount of 100+

In this fixture last Boxing Day, I saw Kiddy score in the last minute only to then concede two in injury time in a 3-3 draw. Today, exactly the same thing happened, only Kiddy didn't have any buffer this time around and it was Diddy who took all the points.

Despite the explosion of late drama, for much of this match it was turgid stuff - bitty, argumentative, niggly, and with very little entertainment value - and despite the growing gap of league positions between the two (Kiddy are still in the bottom two, while Diddy have somehow hauled themselves all the way up to the play-off places thanks to a fine run of results) there seemed little difference between the sides. Kiddy will be kicking themselves for letting this slip, though.

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Dec 22, 2018, 6:25 PM

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MFL 1.

Leicester Road 6 Heath Hayes 0.

Add £5
Prog £2
Att 64
Carling £3.50

Three in each half made this a walk in the park for Knitters and only a superb display from the visiting keeper combined with wasteful finishing prevented a dozen hitting the Heath Hayes net. Will Highland in the Knitters goal wasn't troubled once. An enjoyable afternoon as ever in the company of GTV along with Dave from Earl Shilton who after suffering a flat tyre buggering his plans up made the best of things at the LRS and suffered me instead. Always a pleasure mate.

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Dec 22, 2018, 6:38 PM

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South Midlands Division 1
Admission & Prog (much revamped, very sleek and glossy - maybe a tad OTT for this level, though) £5.00 2x Tea £2.00
Attendance 35 (3 screaming brats & a dozen or so players' mates)

Not a game that will live long in the memory with the only goal being scored while I was in the clubhouse wondering why I couldn’t access my phone’s primary function. Most of the rest of it was spent trying to escape being within earshot of the trio of screaming brats and also the dozen or so unselected players or players’ mates who made up Langford’s entry into the Ultras of the Season contest. No prizes heading their way though, as they were much better behaved than some entrants I’ve had the misfortune to encounter.

2019/20 stats

58 goals in 16 games
£161.15 spent

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Dec 22, 2018, 6:44 PM

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Re: [noprogs] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Derbyshire FA Divisional Cup Quarter-Final

Dronfield Town reserves 2 {10' 17'}
Rowsley '86 FC 3 {5' 54' 87'}

After two P-P's at Rowsley this tie was reversed by the County FA to Dronfield. The visitors dominated the first half but amazingly found themselves behind at the break - due to good {Dronfield} and bad {Rowsley} goalkeeping!
They deservedly equalized early in the second half, and after hitting the woodwork three times, eventually conjured up the winner just as extra time was looming. Sly

One moment's high and glory rolls on by

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Dec 22, 2018, 7:00 PM

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Re: [kirby knitters] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Wessex League Premier Division
Hamble Club 1-3 Christchurch
Adm £5, prog £1, tea £1

A bit of a turnip in terms of league position, with 6th hosting 17th at start of play. But a deserved win for the visitors who took their chances, the hosts guilty of a number of glaring misses.

Hamble did take the lead after about a quarter of an hour. They'd just missed a sitter, but were presented with a gift when the keeper spilled a simple ball at the feet of a forward. Christchurch equalised a few minutes later with a really well worked goal. That was how it stayed till the break.

Christchurch scored two more in the second half, a surging run from midfield finished from about 20 yards, and a penalty. Hamble came very close on a couple of occasions, especially at the death when one hit the inside of the post. It then ricocheted back onto a defender who knew little about it but it flashed wide of the post.

A fair degree of niggliness during the game, though not helped by some fussy refereeing, booking one visitor for diving when it looked very much like a 50-50 falling over trying to reach the ball.

A pleasant if basic venue with a characterful covered seated stand down one side with wooden bench seating in it, albeit with a *lot* of supporting beams to get in the way! Uncovered flat hardstanding round the other 3 sides. The main clubhouse with bar is outside the turnstiles, but there is a tea and food hut inside the ground proper.

The programme must have set some sort of record for the squad lists. The visitors had 37 listed, and the hosts a staggering 71 names. The Wessex whiteboard was up listing the chosen 22.

I had lunch in Ye Olde Whyte Harte in the village itself, about a 20 minute walk from the ground. Lovely pub and delicious food, but glacially slow service.

(This post was edited by Wheelbarrow on Dec 22, 2018, 7:02 PM)

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Dec 22, 2018, 7:03 PM

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Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Kent County League Premier Division

Crockenhill 0 Hawkinge 5
Att: 11 (h/c)
Admission: Free entry and programme
Cheeseburger £3.50
Coffee £1

Was nice to revisit Wested Meadow after a few years absence and the charm of this ramshackle ground will probably mean that Crockenhill FC is on a the top 5 of many groundhoppers favourite visits.

The club were trying a new initiative of free entry today to get more people through the turnstiles and it was noted that a few new faces from the local area did turn up to show their support.

Game wise, the Crocks were never really at the races against their higher placed visitors and were given a lesson in clinical finishing by a team who had a few familiar ex Hythe Town players in their line up.

If you've never been to Wested Meadow then add this gem to your bucket list as the clubhouse alone is worth the visit with it's vast array of club scarves and memorabilia adorning it's walls

(This post was edited by philmitchell on Dec 22, 2018, 7:05 PM)

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Dec 22, 2018, 7:30 PM

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Re: [philmitchell] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

WLV Sport 2-5 Coventrians
Midland League Division 3
No admission charge
Att: 9 (h/c)

Maintained my high goal average for the season with this one. Cov took a very early lead, but were pegged back with a WLV penalty on 15. 5mins later they had a penalty of their own to lead at the break. Goals in the 2nd half came in the same order as the first to see Cov 4-2 to the good, and a fifth with a couple left gave them a flattering win. WLV played their part in an entertaining game, and were unfortunate to end up on the wrong end of an emphatic scoreline.

This place has been described on here a few times this season - a cage inside a running track, with spectator accommodation running about three-quarters of one side. The barrier was down on my approach to the car park, so I had to press a button to ask to be admitted. My 3rd cage in a row, so hoping for a return to grass on Wednesday.

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Re: [philmitchell] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Gloucestershire County League
Little Stoke 0 Stonehouse Town 3
No admission, Programme (24 pages) £2, Attendance 53

The first Saturday since the removal of the tolls on the Severn Bridge needed to be marked in an appropriate manner, so a first ever free drive across the estuary it was. The initial plan was to visit Rockleaze's new 3G, but with the weather better than expected the chance to visit Little Stoke was taken for their match against third-placed Stonehouse Town. Two goals in the first half hour for the visitors, the second one of the best I've seen this season, effectively ended this as a contest, particularly when the home side had a 45th minute penalty saved and then a player sent off in an off-the-ball incident that followed. The visitors added a third in the second half and were well worth their victory.

No cover, hard standing or other spectator facilities at Little Stoke Park which is virtually adjacent to Patchway Railway station. Though trains serving there are infrequent, the ground is easy to visit by public transport judging by the constant flow of buses that passed the ground. Hot drinks and the match programme, in limited numbers, were available from a table outside the dressing rooms.

(This post was edited by gcnc on Dec 22, 2018, 7:36 PM)

Dave 56
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Dec 22, 2018, 7:37 PM

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Re: [philmitchell] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Gloucestershire County League. KO 15:00. £2 Admission included 24 page programme. Crowd 37 (Official).

Rockleaze Rangers 1 v 2 Patchway Town

Rockleaze will wonder how they lost this game having taken the lead in the first half with a header and dominated much of the second half hitting the woodwork 3 times but failing to kill off the game in the first period. This was due in part to some good stops from the Patchway keeper.

Entertaining game of a good standard. Interesting to see the referee book a player very early on for dissent and for once the players seemed to get the message. I don't recall any other yellow cards after that.

Many familiar faces in the crowd including aicwhu who arrived 20 minutes into the game having gone to the wrong Filton road! and left around 10 minutes before the end but did see all the goals.

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Dec 22, 2018, 7:53 PM

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Re: [Dave 56] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Barnet 2-0 Dover
Nat Lge
Att 1011 Adm ST Prog online

A welcome 3 points to reduce any fears of being dragged into another relegation scrap. Fairly even 1st half with Dover having a good 10 min spell just before HT. Bees better after the break, Jack Taylor poking home a long through ball on 56 and sub Mauro Vilhete, returning from 6 months out, making it safe on 90+1 (he wouldn't have been on the bench if Craig Robson hadn't got injured in the warm up).

Then on to:
Cockfosters 0-1 Hadley
Adm £6 Prog £2 Att est 75

Arrived at 3:15 with it still 0-0. Hadley bossed the possession but lacked a cutting edge. Fosters were dire and apart from one goalmouth scramble from a corner created nothing. Eventually a debatable penalty on 69 mins won it for the visitors.

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Re: [Dave 56] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Hellenic 1 West
Newent Town 1-5 Kidlington Development
Att c30, adm/prog £4

An absorbing and open game that was nicely poised until the last 15 or so. Newent actually took an early lead but, when Kiddy's big number 99 (not a typo) completed his hattrick late on, their resistance was finally broken before two more quick ones gave the score a very harsh look. This result puts Kiddy's kiddies (plus a few old heads, including the 99 and the portly keeper) top of the league and puts a dent in Newent's recent revival in the lower reaches of the table.

The ground is on the main B4215 road from Gloucester, on your right about a mile before you reach Newent itself, and next to the Malswick House pub (I didn't have time...). Plenty of off-road parking just outside the entrance. If googlemaps is correct, buses to/from Gloucester stop right outside although I don't think they're very frequent.

They've done a fair bit to the ground since I drove past it last year. It's fully enclosed, a timber pay hut has been built, two sides of hardstanding have been laid and the floodlights are up and running. A new 100 seater stand is under construction - looks like it'll be a home made job rather than a kit - so, for now, the only cover is the verandah from the small clubhouse/kitchen/changing room block behind the near goal. A pleasant little set up in the countryside, enhanced by little touches such as the attractive signage and the splendid wrought iron gates with club's name picked out on them.

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Skegness Town 3 Armthorpe Welfare 1 (HT 1-1)
Northern Counties East League, Division One (3pm)
Admission £5
Programme £1 (16pp, covered the basics, decent colour pics)
Attendance 86 (per league website. I made it 95)
Didn't bother investigating refreshments

Skegness are finding their feet after an uncertain start to life in the NCEL. This was their fifth win in six league games. Deserved, too, considering four players were absent and they didn't have any substitutes. Three subs were named but the locals reckoned they weren't 'proper' players. Have to say I've never rated the bottom division of this league and, for the most part, this was characteristically scrappy stuff. A stiff breeze and a bumpy pitch didn't help.

The game had a lively opening. Tom Finley, unmarked at a corner, headed Armthorpe in front from 10 yards in the fifth minute. Two minutes later, a loose ball fell kindly to Joshua Morrall and from 25 yards the Lilywhites left-back cracked a low shot into the corner. Skeg's Will Britton was denied in a 21st minute one-on-one before Finley (47mins) headed wide when well placed. Out of the blue, I felt against the run of play, the hosts went ahead in the 68th minute. Armthorpe failed to deal with a cross from the left and Daniel Stevens, unpoliced, nodded past a static keeper from eight yards. Skeg, up to 13th, sealed victory with seven minutes of normal time remaining. The visitors were caught in possession on their left. James Wroot seized on the ball and from 20 yards smashed a beauty across the keeper into the far corner. Armthorpe lost their heads towards the end. A poor challenge on a Welfare player resulted in most of the players getting involved in pushing and shoving. Referee Colin Unwin didn't seem to know who had done what to whom therefore satisfied himself with lecturing both managers. Armthorpe picked up two bookings just before the final whistle for petulant fouls.

The pitch at the Vertigo (unnervingly, a scaffolding firm) Stadium isn't plastic but everything else is. Hardly a ground anybody needs to rush to. South of the A52 Wainfleet road (approaching Skegness via the Humber Bridge, I'd forgotten how dreadful Lincolnshire's roads are), it's at the west end of an older multi-sports complex accommodating an indoor bowling club, Skegness RUFC (two bare pitches) and Skegness Imps Junior FC (who use a floodlit cage with a plastic pitch). According to a plaque, the pavilion, the rugby and junior football clubs' clubhouse, was opened in 2010 by Skegness-born ex-England, Liverpool and Tottenham keeper Ray Clemence. I bet Clemence, who as a teenager earned money hiring out seafront deck chairs, was thrilled to escape this complete toilet of a resort. The fully enclosed Vertigo Stadium, in its second season, is adjacent to the rugby pitches. For a club Skegness's size it is a decent (albeit wholly functional) facility. The bar, hospitality area, kitchen and dressing rooms are housed in a nondescript building at the near (north) end. There are two kit stands (both offering a mixture of seats and standing) along the east side, with permanent dug-outs opposite. Hardstanding everywhere and the pitch is fully railed. Reasonable floodlights. Town's reserves play on a pitch immediately to the south. Located outside the Vertigo Stadium, it has hardstanding and railings. Plenty of free parking driving in off the main road. This yawn of a ground has one quirk: the rugby club's recessed kit stand juts into the gap between the stadium's stands. Doesn't assist football viewing! Noticeable how many spectators were old men. I guess Skegness, one of God's waiting rooms, is that sort of place.

Skegness's previous ground, Burgh Road, which I visited in April 2007 during the club's Lincolnshire League days, is now an Aldi supermarket.

That's me done with the NCEL until another new club is accepted.

(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Dec 22, 2018, 9:23 PM)

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Bashley 6 Team Solent 5
Wessex Premier
Attendance 139

Excellent roller coaster of a match. Bashley 2 up in 3 minutes, 4-2 at the break. A fifth on the restart seemed to be a killer but Solent rallied superbly to level by 70 minutes.

End to end for the final 20 but it was Bashley who took the points right on 90. Harsh on the students who are in the bottom two but surely they will stay up if they can replicate this form.

Very good 7 pounds worth concession price with decent programme at 2 pounds

It was a toss up between this thriller and goalless at Baffins Glad I called right

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Brereton Social 25 Florence 0 Admission £2 Attendance 30 h/c

Christ, what a mauling could have been easily 40 goals in this . Florence are desperately poor but I rate them for still turning up each week and fulfilling their fixtures. it was 11-0 at half time and Brereton even missed a penalty. My first visit in over 4 years no changes in that time

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Newent Town 1-5 Kidlington Development
Att c30, adm/prog £4

...when Kiddy's big number 99 (not a typo) completed his hattrick late on, their resistance was finally broken before two more quick ones gave the score a very harsh look. This result puts Kiddy's kiddies (plus a few old heads, including the 99 and the portly keeper) top of the league...

I'm going to guess that the 'big number 99' is Jimmy Deabill, who has been turning out up-front for Kidlington FC at all levels for a dozen years or more now, and obviously hasn't lost his scoring touch - he scored a hat-trick last Saturday too, in a 16-0 win against Swindon New College Academy.

In the past, I've seen him also play for North Leigh, Wantage Town and Yarnton among others (I think Oxford City is about as high up the pyramid as he has climbed), but he keeps coming back to Kiddy and obviously enjoys it (I was at the 1st team match today, and they could have done with him there!) He must be in his early-thirties by now - I might pop back up there and watch the Development side soon if he's going to be playing in that side regularly.

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I didn't catch his name, oxpete, and the line-ups/scorers haven't yet appeared on full time. But he certainly looked as if he'd played a couple of levels higher. Early thirties would be about right - tall strong white lad, short brown hair, slightly thinning maybe.

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Re: [Atavistic] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Ah, the non league family eh, can’t beat it ;) Sounds like I dodged a bullet there as that had been my 4G fallback in the event of a postponement.
In the event my game survived and was quite enjoyable;

Fakenham Town 3 March Town United 1
Thurlow Nunn League Div 1 North.
Admission £5 including 40 page Barnes Print programme, usual decent standard. (The Mr Barnes concerned is the Fakenham chairman).
Att: 130 ish

Not a bad game this where the home side deservedly won and had it not been for the visiting keeper it could have been more. Three times in the first half he thwarted the home side in 1 on 1s when the visiting back line was so easily breached, although to be fair I gather they were missing a few regulars.
Fakenham opened the scoring on 17 when a volleyed shot was pushed onto the post by the keeper at full stretch but none of his defenders reacted quickly enough and the forward buried the rebound. About 5 minutes later the lead was doubled when again the back line was breached and this time the ball was squared for a tap in. March had plenty of the ball but never tested the home keeper until about then minutes from the break a right wing cross was volleyed home from inside the box.
After the break the game was a little mote even but on 56 a good run down the right wing was rewarded when the ensuing cross was turned in at the far post.
The only other bit of action thereafter was a visiting sub sent off for a late challenge right at the end.
Really comfortable win for the home side against a visiting March team that were a bit whingey and had one or two myopic fans to match. The pair behind the goal in the second half were so tunnel visioned you wondered if they were parodying themselves although I am not sure they really had the brains to do so.
Clipbush Park is a really tidy ground for step 6 and I have seen far worse two steps up. A lengthy grandstand with 300 odd red seats (From Ayresome Park I am told) on one side with decent sized flat covering at both ends with flat standing the other side which contains the clubhouse and changing rooms. Pitch a little bobbly but grass throughout and played well despite the weather.
Behind the main pitch is another full sized railed off pitch and a training area.
I never got to Ayresome Park, but did watch part of the game from the seats that previously adorned the old Boro’ ground, so does that count as an additional tick? (Before anyone gets apoplectic, I am kidding).

(This post was edited by Bigaitch on Dec 22, 2018, 9:30 PM)

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LORDSWOOD (1) 3 TUNBRIDGE WELLS (1) 4 Southern Counties East.Admission £3-50 (Concessions).Programme £1.Att;100 approx. Entertaining game which started with the visitors on top and scoring an early goal.Lordswood soon equalised but both sides were reduced to 10 men before half time after a skirmish.The 2nd period was a real ding dong afair with the winning goal coming in the 90th minute.The seated stand with about 150 seats is next to a small covered standing area.It's out of bounds behind the far goal while the dressing room area is situated in one corner.Large sports complex with rugby pitches and cricket club.

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Robin Hood Athletic 2-5 Ilkley Town Fc...West Yorkshire Prem...F&N....Cuppa £1...k.o 1400

A decent run across the M62 for this encounter SE of Leeds. Arrived just as the main gates were being opened, always a good sight when your looking for confirmation the game is on. The ground is situated behind the Coach and Horses public house with sufficient parking available in the ground.

The rain was heavy to the west of the Pennines but a bit drier to the East, clearing up by half time.

Ilkley are towards the top of the league and went ahead on 25 minutes through Toby Harris in an even first half. Robin Hood and their merry men equalised 5 minutes later and took the lead on 38 minutes. Just before the half time whistle Joe Garside levelled the score.

Robin Hood gave Ilkley a game till the hour mark and then Ilkley found that extra gear. Toby Harris scored again on 61 minutes and grabbed his hat-trick on 65 minutes, firing into the roof of the net. With virtually the last kick of the game the handy Harris got his fourth and it was three points to the visitors.

Slightly more to the ground than expected with a decent terraced Stand between the Clubhouse and changing rooms. The ground is close to the M1 and the constant drone of traffic filled the air. All in all a decent afternoon away from the shops and the trolley rage. Good run back picking up the rain again over the hill in Lancashire.

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Staffs County Senior League
Premier Division
£2 & none
Att: Difficult to say as there was a children's party in the social club and so a lot of people were running around but about a dozen of us seemed to watch throughout.

Brereton Social 25 (Twenty-five) Florence 0

Yes, it was blatant goalwhoreing but what the hell, it's Christmas. The train from New Street to Rugeley Town takes in a landscape going from inner-city Birmingham to Black Country post-industrial to countryside. It's not exactly Settle-Carlisle but it's interesting. Then a quick Backyard Horde in the JDW Plaze and a huge bag of chips from the adjacent Blue Oceans Fish Bar before a half-hour stroill to Armitage Lane.

I got to the ground two minutes before kick off and two minutes 35 seconds before the first goal. Five-nil after fifteen minutes tells its own story but Florence then started using an offside trap reminiscent of Arsenal circa 1989 and Brereton started getting visibly frustrated. Then they worked out how to get through and scored another six before half-time as well as missing a penalty.

They got fourteen in the second half. Florence didn't seem too bothered at times, and for my part I couldn't see why they lose so heavily, so often. I've certainly seen a couple of worse teams although i do think that no club should be allowed into any league without some sort of management structure at every match. A couple of players went down injured and there was no treatment available for them.

So, 25-0 it was at the end. Not my biggest win, but the biggest at a 'proper' ground with admission and facilities. It's a ground that could easily fit in to step six - neat enough with a tidy stand holding around 200 and floodlights, although they weren't in use this afternoon.

I walked back to the station, but with no signposting to the main station entrance I missed my intended train so with plans awry ended up in the Wellington before heading home earlier than expected. What the hell, it's Christmas.

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Re: [davidjay] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

I’d intended going to Worcester Park followed by ice hockey at Streatham but ditched that idea in the morning as I’d no back-ups. Like many leagues, the Surrey East league weren’t playing today.

Instead I went to Tiptree Jobserve for their cup game against Wormingford at 13:30. I arrived seeing the players head back to the changing rooms approx. 10+mins before ko but a hopper from Essex who I know advised the game had just been called off. (this is the 3rd time he’s had a game postponed here) If I recall correctly apparently one of the goalmouths had some water in it. Presumably they cannot use either of the Colchester Utd pitches. Didn’t get to see if there are other pitches there although plenty of space. In no time at all players were dashing off in their vehicles as the game had been switched to the 3G at Thurstable School apparently but Tiptree Engaine reserves had already booked the pitch at 14:00. I dropped the hopper off at the school as I then made my way to Tollesbury. (I wanted to save Tiptree Heath provisionally for Feb 2 when they host a county cup qf)

Just before the game I had a very brief wander & next to the church I was surprised to see Farage & Fifi, a pair of emu’s.

Essex & Suffolk Border League Division 2
Tollesbury 1 (50)
Stanway Pegasus 4 (7, 30, 35 & 62)
KO: 14:00 Att: 29 h/c Cost: Free Saw no progs

Venue: Victory Recreation Ground, Elysian Gardens, Tollesbury
2 pitches adjacent with the one used today being the closest to the small brick building which houses the changing rooms & sold hot drinks before game & at h/t. Next to this is a smaller burgundy painted brick building. Both are set back a bit with hardstanding around them. Behind is the small car park & possibly a community hall. This side also has a concrete monument & one half has set back 4 wooden benches in front of wooden fences with houses behind. Behind one goal is wide grass area with kids play area & behind bushes/trees are fields. Other goal has grass area with bushes/trees with fields behind. Other side has the 2nd pitch with skate park in corner with trees/bushes.Beyond you could see water.

Match: 4th v 1st (won 14 out of 14) out of 14
Breeze made it feel cold. Sunny for over half the game before it hid behind some clouds as it went down.
Another stroll in the park for the invincibles. An early header set them on their way. On 29mins from a corner the gk spilled the ball but had a defender on the line to thank for not scoring an og. A minute later a good solo goal saw SP score again & not long after they added a 3rd. Shots 3-12.

H/t lasted just under 10mins. Within a minute of the re-start the gk made a save but a surprise when TOL pulled a goal back. This was their only shot of the half as SP had a period of being a bit sloppy. After they added a 4th goal they continued to have plenty of shots with gk saving on 73mins but they couldn’t add to the scoreline. Shots 1-12. SP now 15 out of 15 wins.

After the game I headed back to the sports centre just in case in the unlikely event that Tiptree Jobserve played at 16:00 on the 3G although while watching my game I did wonder if game may have been played on an outer pitch. On arrival some players were heading back to their cars but no sign of a game about to take place. I did notice corner flags on the 3G pitch & one of the grass pitches. I also notice Wormingford won 5-2 according to full-time.

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Portsmouth 3-1 Sunderland AFC (EFL 1)
- played at Fratton Park, Frogmore Road, Portsmouth from 3.0pm

Att – 19,402 (official .. incl 2,637 away fans from afar .. a great effort); Entry – Mrs hh season tickets;
Programme - £3; Refreshment – everywhere and at all the regular outlets
Weather – mild and calm, Travel – a meander across the City
Colours – Pompey in blue tops and white shorts .. Mackems in the red and white striped shirts, with black shorts.

.. so all is well on the South Coast this night and Mrs hh will be enjoying her Christmas .. as we hope everyone on Non-League Matters does too .. Happy Christmas and keep enjoying your travels .. Smile

Match Report from our hosts - https://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/...erland-on-22-dec-18/

Match Report from the visitors - https://www.safc.com/...-report-v-portsmouth

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Welshpool Town 7-1 Kerry
Mid Wales League 1st Division

The weather had made me a little reluctant to travel to this one, but this morning I'd realised where St Martins played, offering a reliable back-up in my intended direction of travel. A comfortable drive over, though a slight detour required near the ground as the A road disappeared under the river.

Several players had been rather surprised this was on, expecting a postponement instead so had enjoyed their Friday night and a few hangovers were being nursed. As it turns out the pitch was fine, it's seen better days, but safely on.

After a fairly even opening quarter of an hour Welshpool opened the scoring, going on to lead 3-0 at half time. Kerry pulled one back soon after the restart, but a comeback was never on the cards. Plenty of chances, and with a little more composure in front of goal, both sides could have added to the tally. Both hit the woodwork, and the home keeper did manage one very impressive save late on.

The ground's main feature is a decent sized stand on the entrance side, with a few rows of seating and come standing behind it. There is hard standing on the rest of this side and behind one goal, with the driveway to the rugby club behind the other. Open on the far side, over to a cricket square, a second pitch and the two storey cricket/rugby clubhouse. The rugby pitch beyond is also foodlit, with a stand of their own. The whole site does offer quite a variety of sports/recreational facilities.

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Kings Langley 3 v 0 Gosport Borough
Evostik Southern Premier League South Division
Adm £11, Prog £1, Att 165

The Sadiku "Stadium" promises rather more than is delivered by this modest ground compressed between the Grand Union Canal, the A4251 and the Euston mainline. The club officials were doing a roaring trade raising money for the 50/50 and a local charity; lots of enthusiasm off the pitch, matched by the team on it. Gosport spent the first hour more worried about their Christmas shopping, by which time the impressive home forward Weiss had put away the first two of his hat-trick. Free parking on site and a modern clubhouse.

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Re: [1dringMinstrel] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

South Wales Alliance Premier Division
Cwm Welfare 0 Ynyshir Albions 16
No admission, prog or refreshments
Att 15

With plan A having gone to the recent rain and more in Bristol looking like suffering the same fate I headed back west having travelled just beyond Kidderminster. This one suggested it was on and although the pitch was very soft in places it played ok which was more than the hosts. I was told they had all been out on a christmas party the night before not expecting the game to be on. They conceded in the second minute and were totally outplayed as the score suggests. It was 0-9 at half time, one more than on the rugby scoreboard next door. The rugby was the same acore as the football by the end although I thought it was only fifteen nil.

The pitch is the middle of three side by side but all seperate. One side is an un railed football pitch on a lower terrace. The main football pitch is full railed and has a covered standing area attached to the back of one of the rugby stands. No access to the fenced off rugby ground which has two more substantial sections of cover on the opposite side.

Home just after seven. Not quite my record score but the first time I have ever had a sixteen ( or fifteen for that matter)

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Re: [codofthenorth] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

I was at the other side of the M1 at Sharp Lane which I have seen Sunday League matches in the past, so a potential tick for a Saturday match. Only one pitch now though.

Yorkshire Amateur League Div.3 (5th tier)

New Middleton v Tingley Athletic reserves. 0-5 (Abandoned after 55 minutes)

New Middleton were top of the table at the start of play, but the visitors were three up by half time (although they might have boosted their side4 as I note that the first team game was off)

A lot of arguing amongst the home players at half time led to two of them storming off and the only substitute was pressed in to service.

Tingley added two more both from breakaway moves. Shortly afterwards a fight developed at the othr side of the pitch from where I was with many other players joining in and the referee abandoned the game. Speaking to three people afterwards who were neutral I was given to understand the the referee said SIX home players would have been red carded and the whole incident will be reported to the County FA.

So not a very enjoyable afternoon!

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Shirehampton 3 Stockwood Green 1, Somerset County League Premier Division, Att: 30, Admission/Prog: No

A really entertaining afternoon's football at one of the Bristol games which did survive the overnight rain after my (and Wiretown Ed's) plan A at AEK Boco had failed a 10am inspection. A further call off at Stockwood Wanderers led me to a very pleasant area of Bristol. Shirehampton's Penpole Lane ground is shared with cricket but is tightly enclosed on three sides and is fully railed with a small area of cover level with one penalty area. Changing rooms are in the two storey cricket pavilion with hot drinks being dispensed from the scoreboard. The pitch held up well, only cutting up a little late in the game as a few heavy showers came over. The game was played at a decent pace throughout, the visitors probably deserving their lead at the break however the second period was attack v defence as Shirehampton dominated but it took until 15 minutes from time for the inevitable equaliser to arrive before two very late goals sealed the points for the home side. Talking to a Shirehampton official prior to the game it is likely that they will apply for a lateral move to tbe Gloucestershire County League next season.

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Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

National League South
Billericay Town 0 Woking 4
atten 1200

A lot of impressive changes at the New Lodge since my last visit some 5 years ago and the ground looked a picture in the Winter sunshine.

Heavyweight clash between 2nd & 3rd placed teams in the division of which the Cards were 'ace' and 'dealt' 'Ricay a heavy defeat.
Ricay never really got going all afternoon as the Cards quickly closed them down at every opportunity.
Particually in the first half when the visitors produced an impressive '3 Card trick' as they blew Ricay away with 3 well worked goals.

Ricay were not at their best today and i suppose they will need time to adjust losing some key players in recent weeks. Woking were excellent and i fully expect them to be in the promotion hunt come next May.


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Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier
Whitton Utd 4 Framlingham Town 3
Admission - Pay what you want
Attendance c60 (h/c)

This truly was a game of two halves. The first half was terrible, full of poor control, misplaced passes and shanked clearances with the only excuse being a difficult surface. The only activity of note was a barrage of criticism of the referee from both benches. Quite why Framlingham needed four coaches on the touchline is beyond me but to be fair Whitton's two didn't let their lack of numbers affect them in terms of quantity of abuse. The second half was a complete transformation with both teams coming out to play a game of football. Within ten minutes Whitton were two in front with a close range finish and a rebound tapped in after a penalty was saved. Framlingham's coaches decided to encourage their team rather than whinge and were soon rewarded when the ball was forced home following a free kick and their side drew level with a header from a corner. After a brief lull in the goal scoring, Framlingham took the lead when their #9 latched onto a clearance and ran 30 yards before finishing neatly into the far corner. Whitton rallied and made it 3-3 with a decent far post volley. It was real end to end stuff with the match looking like it could go either way but the winning goal went to Whitton in a rather fortunate manner when a corner hit a Framlingham defender and ended up in his own net. Although Framlingham tried to rally they couldn't manufacture any clear chances and Whitton held on to claim the points.

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Crickhowell 3 Machen 2

The Elvicta: Gwent Amateur Cup Third Round

This was my first visit to The Elvicta for just over just over 12 months when I watch Crickhowell entertain East Gwent League club Rockfield Rovers in the Gwent Amateur Cup. On that occasion, the host club recorded a narrow victory over their Monmouth-based visitors, scoring what turned out to be the only goal of the match, to make further progress in the county cup. The Elvicta is set in a rural location, approximately one outside of the small Breconshire market town, alongside the main road heading towards nearby Abergavenny. The pitch itself is railed on three sides and bounded by trees and hedges on the road side of the ground. There is a small building on the opposite side of the pitch from the road that houses the changing rooms and a small bar/refreshments area. There are a small number of seats at the front of this building that are undercover and provide the only shelter from the elements for spectators. Crickhowell came into this cup tie just inside the top-half of the Gwent County League Third Division following a 3-2 victory at Cefn Forest in their last outing. Machen found themselves one level higher in the domestic pyramid than their hosts but were currently in the lower-half of the Second Division table. The visitors had suffered a 2-1 league defeat at the hands of Newport Corinthians in their previous outing a fortnight ago. Both teams knew that they winners of this afternoon's match would be travelling to Gwent County League Second Division club Lucas Cwmbran in the last-eight of the competition during the opening weekend of January.

The home team came close too opening the scoring in the minute this afternoon when a close range shot came back off the bottom of an upright in the forth minute. Machen responded well and appeared to be a physically strong team with some particular vocal support bedecked in festive suits and accompanied with some alcohol to lubricate the vocal cords. A visiting player drove forward in the 20th minute and saw his shot blocked by the legs of the Crickhowell custodian. The second Division team should have levelled the scores seven minutes later when a Machen forward latched on to although was denied by the home custodian before seeing the rebound blazed over the crossbar by a team mate. The visitors did not have to wait long though to find the back of teh net when a Machen player was brought down in the penalty area in the 29th minute and the ensuing spot-kick was successfully converted. The Second Division outfit saw a fierce drive from the edge of the penalty area turned over the crossbar for a corner two minutes after the interval before Crickhowell saw a shot fired across goal in the 55th minute from the left side of the penalty area. The hosts were presented with a great opportunity to level the scores three minutes latter but saw a penalty strike the outside of a post and run behind for a goal kick. The match was turned around in Crick's next attack following the restart when a 25 yard flew over the Machen custodian and into the rook of the net to level the scores. The Breconshire men forged ahead in just one minute later as a shot from the edge of the penalty area was curled into the far corner of the net, The lead did not last long as Machen regained parity in the 64th minute when a free-kick was only partially cleared and volleyed into the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty area. Crickhowell regained the lead 10 minutes later when a an effort from nearly 30 yards out flew over the Machen custodian and into the roof of the net. The Third Division hosts held on during the closing stages, despite seeing their goalkeeper being replaced due to injury, to progress further in their county cup.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 519
Matches: 108
New Grounds: 14

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Skegness Town 3 Armthorpe Welfare 1 (HT 1-1)
Northern Counties East League, Division One (3pm)
Admission £5
Programme £1 (16pp, covered the basics, decent colour pics)
Attendance 86 (per league website. I made it 95)
Didn't bother investigating refreshments

Nine minutes of highlights here:


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Felixstowe 2-2 Dereham
Bostik North
Att 296, though given as 396 as somebody obviously couldn’t count, or look around the ground the see how many were actually there.

Dereham were the 3rd bottom of the table side to visit us this season and we’ve failed to beat any of them. First half looked very rosy despite Dereham taking the lead, it was mostly one way traffic and numerous chances were created, but we only managed to convert one of them.
2nd half was a different story, Dereham stopped our wide players getting the ball and dominated for long periods, they took the lead again with a penalty but Felixstowe equalised with an own goal.
Over the 90 minutes it was a fair result, keeps us 7 points above the drop zone, and with a full squad getting back to fitness hopefully the new year will see us surge towards mid table mediocrity.

(This post was edited by youngster on Dec 23, 2018, 8:53 AM)

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Re: [youngster] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

National League

AFC Fylde 2 Ebbsfleet United 0

Mill Farm Attendance - 1,474

Admission (Standing) - £14 Programme - £3

First visit to Mill Farm and impressed with set up. Easy access to ground, just a mile or so off Junction 3 on the M55, free parking close to the ground and a friendly bunch in tandem. Three sides of the ground are super modern, but behind one goal, rather bare, just an uncovered tarmac standing area.

The game itself saw Ebbsfleet have the better of the early exchanges, regularly threatening the home goal without actually putting the ball in the net.

The home side gradually took over and a goal in each half ensured an ultimately comfortable victory.

The home side have their own 'Roy of the Rovers' forward in the guise of Danny Rowe, with regular cries of 'Give it to Danny' etc. coming from the terraces and it was no surprise that the local hero grabbed the second and decisive goal. What was more surprising was the check after the match which shows that the aforementioned Rowe is one of the few AFC Fylde players without their own Wikipedia page!!

Happy Christmas everybody.

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West Juniors League One
Royal Albert v Greenock, 1-1, H.T. 0-0, Att 33 (h/c), Admission £5, Coffee, Pie and Soup £3
At Tileworks Park, Stonehouse

Where to go on a Saturday with a reduced card and nothing standing out? A mate wanted to go to Stonehouse and not having been there for about five years I decided to go along as well. We were rewarded with a full-blooded, full-contact game, short on finesse but dripping with blood and snotters.

Royal Albert (they seem to have dropped their Athletic suffix in recent years) have now moved in to Tileworks Park on a permanent basis, having given up on getting a new ground in Larkhall. Tileworks Park is very basic – a large oval with a concrete post and rail pitch boundary, a small covered enclosure on one side. Catering facilities are in the council pavilion, outside the ground itself.

For 80 minutes play was frantic with neither team able to string more than a couple of passes together. Players were closed down quickly and time on the ball was at a premium. Any goal chances that came long were squandered and it looked like we were heading for a goalless draw.

Slightly against the run of play it was Royal Albert who broke the deadlock in the 84th minute. Greenock rallied and equalised two minutes later – a draw was a fair outcome. The hard pressed referee booked numerous players and a few were lucky no to be sent off. Perhaps the ref was giving them some leeway in the slippery conditions.

One noticeable feature of games like this is the volume and ferocity of players shouting. 22 men seem to bawl at the top of their voices for 90 minutes, issuing a combination of threats and well-intended advice to team mates, opponents and referee alike. The spectators add to the decibel level – Royal Albert have a small group of Jack and Victor impersonators. Strangers might have wondered what one of them was one about with his repeated “Welly the F**ker”, “Get the f**ker wide” and similar. The “f**ker is, in fact, the ball.

Stonehouse is a particularly miserable town. It’s so miserable you might think you were in Ayrshire rather than Lanarkshire, it’s that bad. Roadworks on the main street meant being diverted via a circuitous detour which took me by the bunker-like Stonehouse Violet Social Club which is still in business despite the football club having demised.

I also had a quick stop in Larkhall to visit the site of Royal Albert’s old ground, the Robert Smellie Memorial Park. No trace remains of what was an imposing ground with a huge grandstand.

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Crawley Green 3 Leighton Town 1 (Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division) Att: 52

After much indecision, The Stadium at The Brache was number one choice, and quite a decent game it turned out to be. Not a lot to choose between them, quite simply the home side took their chances and the visitors didn't and at 3-0 at half time it was all over. The second half was less gripping but still a decent watch. Home number 12 was very impressive indeed and looks capable of stepping up a level or two.

The ground was much better than I had feared, and is a proper football ground with a 3G pitch, rather than a cage. There is a nice old seated stand on one side and a grand entrance up wide steps in a corner behind the near goal. A small standing meccano job completes the furniture, along with two steps of terracing behind the goal. Well worth a visit. Admission was £6 with a prog a further quid - I got the last one at 2.15 and it seems likely they will be digital from now on. Hot drinks could be had for a pound, along with a Twix for a very generous 50 new pence. Good company from Karb, Buncranabirthdayboy and Catchagogoal made for a very enjoyable afternoon.

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Spartan South Midland Premier
Crawley Green 3-1 Leighton Town
Admission & Prog £7, Att:52

Travelled down with buncranaboy and catchagogoal, and were joined in hoppers corner by Tim. Accidents galore on the way down (other people, not us) meant a rather roundabout route as sat nav diverted us round the worst of the delays, but we still got there with bags of time to spare.

The ground has been described several times already this season. I’d describe it as functional, if slightly limited.

The home side made a late change to their starting line up, with number 12 replacing number 9, who was listed as a starter on the teamsheet. I can only assume that there was some doubt as to whether 12 would arrive on time, as he was by far the best player on the pitch, so it’s difficult to imagine that he wouldn’t have been the first name on the teamsheet. Nine did eventually get a late appearance as sub.

Goals for the home side on 28, 43 and 45+1 mins gave them a flattering lead at half time, there certainly wasn’t a 3 goal margin of difference between the two sides, but Crawley Green were simply more clinical in front of goal. Unfortunately, I missed the Leighton reply in the second half as I was in the toilet, but I’m told it was a good goal.

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AFC Stoneham 1 Fawley AFC 0
Wessex League division one
Admission £6.00 including programme
Tea/coffee £1.00, bacon roll £1.70
Attendance 36 h/c

Decent ground with a home made feel to it, not an Atcost stand in site. The home club are based a stones throw away from Eastleigh Football Club with both grounds being very easy to reach as you leave the M27. Entrance is through a pay gate adjoining the dressing rooms. A large stand with wooden bench seating is situated alongside the tea bar and club room area. There is hard standing along this side and also behind the near goal.

AFC Stoneham went into the game in second place and had to work hard to make sure there was no slip up against the visiting 'Oilmen'. A refined performance was still good enough to seal the points. Friendly welcome and another one ticked off in The Wessex League.

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Redditch Borough v Feckenham

Midland League Division Two

Redditch Borough play at the Mettis Aerospace Sports & Social Club, just off Bromsgrove Road less than a mile from Redditch United. Vehicle entrance is via Cherry Tree Walk into a decent sized car park, there is also a pedestrian gate off Bromsgrove Road. Next to the car park is the social club (bar and function rooms). Borough’s pitch is over beyond the tennis courts.

The pitch is fully railed with hard standing on one side and one end. On the side are two large dugouts with a covered shelter between. Behind the goal are two further small shelters. The shelters all have roofs, but no backs or sides. The pitch has its own dedicated changing room block by one corner flag. Next to which was a burger van serving the “usual” hot victuals. The pitch slopes down somewhat from this end. The pitch was not as heavy as I was expecting after the recent weather and played very well.

An entertaining match, and being a local derby, a decent crown of just under 60. No goals by half time and pretty even all around. However, it turned on a penalty being awarded (maybe somewhat fortuitously) to Feckenham on the hour. This was scored and lower placed Feckenham played out for a win, even scoring a second goal near the end when they decided to attack rather than killing time in the corner.

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....Didn't fancy a particularly elongated trip, therefore into a next door county in the direction off Impington for...

Cambridge City 1 v 1 Bromsgrove Sporting - Southern League Division 1 (Central)
Prog 40 pages £2.00 - Admission £10.00 - Att 270 (including quite a sizeable contingent from Worcestershire)

...And one of those rare occurrences as this was the first time I had seen the visitors play since their resurrection.

Decent game too and given that the hosts recent form has been anything but impressive with just a solitary point out of the last fifteen, refreshing to see a determination and zeal which clearly knocked the table topping visitors off kilter. Good first half but the real winner was a stodgy pitch which was a shower of rain away from a postponement where control was not always easy. Both teams attacked impressively with the hosts relying more on pace going forward. Early on Oyinsan was beaten by the pitch as he sliced a cross when he was in a promising position on the left but then realising that he had the pace to beat the Bromsgrove defence on his own and forcing a good near post save from Brown. At the opposite end, Bronsgrove struck the woodwork twice (admittedly the former would not have counted with an offside flag being raised) with a header from Cowley striking the bar and the Dowd from a narrow angle striking the outside of the post. The main surprise of the first half was that neither net had bulged.

The lack of goals was quickly rectified when Oyinsan placed a perfect pass through to Watlkins who angled past the advancing Brown, what struck me about the goal was the fact that the Bromsgrove defence evaporated allowing Watkins the time and space to score, The visitors though were level within 10 minutes with a free kick from Quaynor on the right reaching McGrath and he steered his header wide of Head. Frantic last twenty five minutes with both teams having the chances to win with Gregory having a close range effort scrambled away virtually off the line for the visitors and for Cambridge City an excellent flowing move forward which ended with a chip from Olukanmi rebounding off the bar and in the final minutes another well constructed move but ending with Oyinsan shooting straight at Brown. Though overall this was the sort of contest where the sharing of the points was the correct outcome, especially taking into account when looking at the respective form of either team pre match, thoughts were certainly in the direction of a straightforward away win.

The performance of the man in black (one Mr A Humphries of Daventry) was also noteworthy as contrary to the current perspectives of the refereeing persuasion he was adamant that his cards were going to remain in his pocket for the duration. A very brave decision as there were several fouls where stricter proponents would have reached for yellow and he missed an incident when the visitors Wilson appeared to stamp on Maynard (who only managed to last a few more minutes on the pitch)and after consulting his linesmen perplexed all by restarting with a drop ball.

Good to see Cambridge City back playing much nearer the city than St Ives. Bridge Road is much the same as per the last visit in September 2014, modernised to Football League standards when Histon's were reaching for the stars with foundations of sand. I understand from the Cambridge City website that work is starting on their new ground out at Sawston but I will leave to those on here that have better connections with the club to give details of an approximate timeline as to when they will be once again on the move.

One handy aspect of Bridge Road is it's proximity to the frequent Guided Bus service which run back to the city centre in approximately fifteen minutes. Not surprisingly the city streets were people clogged though I decided to be good and there was only one hostelry stop pre match at The Maypole. Post match there are numerous excellent ale outlets either side of Mill Road with the Cambridge Blue (Unsampled - Poynton Brewery , Kingston Arms (Unsampled - Crafty Brewery), Calverton Brewery bar, (a small area easily missed tucked away at the end of a street. Their Porter was by far the ale of the day) and to conclude an almost deserted Live and Let Live in contrast to the other very busy hostelries.

Easy journey's to and from Kings Cross with both journeys being of less than 50 minutes duration. Indoors at 21.55....

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Bellshill Athletic 2-2 Shettleston
West Region League One
Admission £5
Programme £1




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Newent Town 1-5 Kidlington Development
Att c30, adm/prog £4

...when Kiddy's big number 99 (not a typo) completed his hattrick late on, their resistance was finally broken before two more quick ones gave the score a very harsh look. This result puts Kiddy's kiddies (plus a few old heads, including the 99 and the portly keeper) top of the league...

I'm going to guess that the 'big number 99' is Jimmy Deabill....

Kiddy Dev's Twitter now confirms it was Deabill with a hattrick. Denilson Silva, a tricky if slight youngster, bagged the other two in the closing stages.

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Desborough T 3 Boston T 1
UCL Premier Adm £5 Prog £1 Att 60ish

Mistakes galore on a slippy pitch which raised the question as to whether or not present day footballers are even aware that the appropriate footwear can enhance a performance. Nevertheless it was second to bottom Boston who took the lead with a goal on 25 minutes but they did not look convincing. After the break the hosts actually managed to stay on their feet long enough to equalise and then dominate the last fifteen minutes, adding a further two goals.

The ground is wonderfully ramshackled. The entrance is behind one goal and the side to the left has the main stand which has bench seating and a quirky undulating roof and next to this is a standing covered area. Next to the entrance is a 'coconut shy' covered standing area behind the near goal. The other two sides are hard standing only. The clubhouse has a bar and a separate cafe area. Off street parking is limited but there's plenty of space on t he roads outside.

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Hellenic League 2 East
TAPLOW TOWN vs Long Crendon

A champagne job for this Division, always providing Headington Amateurs are currently playing at either of their two Grounds visited.

The Ground is just off the A4 Bath Road around a mile from the village, other than the dug outs and railed on 3 sides, no other furniture. The first floor Club Bar was open but not open, although an official did enter to make tea for the three hoppers, Tram and Grantastic Vince also, whilst he had a camera not sure it was used. The Official was next seen running the line. The Pitch was firm but the remainder of the field including another full size and junior pitches were boggy.

Long Crendon arrived top of the League having won all of their 9 games and from the start had the far better Players, what TAPLOW had was energy and willingness to work, although it was with some surprise scored midway thru the half with a wall taken Goal, then allowed the visitors to equalise prior to half time.

Once Long Crendon scored early in the second it was all one way traffic, notwithstanding much effort from Taplow a further 7 were added, giving a flattering final score of 1-8.

Had intended to visit Slough Jets hockey just a few miles down the Road, however with the early kick off managed to get back to Streatham with 5 minutes to spare, before an on time start of 17.30, unfortunately another defeat to Romford 2-4

The crowd at Taplow never reached double figures.


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MadStad - ST duty

Royals 0-1 Middlesboro

Att : just under 15k - good turnout from the 'boro.

Match : last game with u23's coach Scott Marshall in charge. To compensate for 5 CBs on the wounded list he dipped into his u23 pot and pulled out Osho for his debut, to partner Tyler Blackett at CB and the pair did very well for the first time together.
Omar Richards also from the Academy restored at left back - though he isn't fully fit either but considered a lesser risk than Gunter - who reportedly had a niggle.

We looked neat and pleasant with the ball and gave 'boro the run around for long periods but as per the previous game vs the 'Blunts' we never looked liked scoring and faded as the game wound down.
It became inevitable that there would be a mistake at the back and it came late on; two players chased the same ball out wide and left a man unmarked (Friend) in the middle - who drove in from close range.

Baldock up front was usually off the pace or muscled off the ball. Barrow showed some glimpses but vanished out wide for long periods - possibly should have tracked back to help down the left when 'boro finally pressed and grabbed the winner. Bacuna was a beast until he tired late on. Rinomhota continued to show promise alongside him. Sims on the other flank flitted in an out of the game.

New man in charge was announced immediately after the game - relatively unknown Portuguese chap called Jose (no not THAT one!) Lets hope we've unearthed something 'special' cos the fans won't be too patient with him the state we are in currently.

Boro on a poor run were delighted to grab a scarcely deserved maximum but they could only do what we let them - overall they were desperately underwhelming - strong work-rate though.

Quite a baptism up first for him as we trundle over to the New Den on Boxing Day. Unsure

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2 games for pre Christmas Saturday; Monmouth 0 Caldicote(1)2 Att 78hc (Welsh 2) Entry £5 inc a glossy prog, Christmas themed, but lacking content. Hot drinks in nice clubhouse, 50p, complimentary nibbles, inc, chtisps cheese savouries and lots of free sweets. a really warm welcome on and off the pitch as visitors picked up a surprise 3pts. Architects plans up for new ground, which look like a 90% turn and shift towards clubhouse, not sure if 3G, but a 250 seater stand included. Then Barry (1)2 Caernarfon(1) 1 Att 478 Entry £7 Prog £2 (glossy, well presented and with a monopoly mock up on cover) Hot drinks from friendly ladies on table again in clubhouse £1 and delicious packs of Border biscuits 50p. Smoky burger van outside on athletics track.(not for me). Great atmosphere for the live evening S4C's main event live game, with both sets of fans mingling in 2nd half, producing handbags at times, all very noisy and a massive firworks display over the 'Island' adding to the furore.

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Saturday 22nd December 2018 @3pm
National League Premier
Gallagher Stadium

Admission: £15
Attendance: 2,141 (27 away)

Original choice of match was Uckfield v Newhaven but that game was called off as we dropped my brother off on the Sussex coast so Plan B was put into place.

Stones manager Harry Wheeler continues the cull of Jay Saunders players. There's now just a handful left in the squad that started the season. The latest signing is another ex-Billericay player, Jake Robinson. A change of formation with a back three, all of which are not known as centre backs. Things looked good for the first 15 mins before Gateshead moved up the gears and outplayed Stones like a knife through butter. By 50 minutes the game seemed over at 3-0 but a last ditch 15 minute surge brought the score back to one in it but couldn't get the undeserved equaliser.


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L'Assaut de Saint Pierre 1-2 Club Franciscain
Admission €8. Attendance ~350
Stade Paul Pierre-Charles

Based on my other matches in this league, my expectations were low. After Friday's results, Assaut had dropped to bottom of the league after Friday's results. Franciscain are top. I expected the visitors to do the minimum required to take the points and then play a risk averse strategy where no risk existed.

This is not what happened.

But first the ground. This is the worst of the four I have been to on Martinique, and hence the most interesting. It has a track that is breaking up in places and clearly has seen better days

The stand is quite old, and should seat around 500 taking up the middle third of one side. There are roof supports, but nothing is supported. Wooden slats have been bolted to metal which in turn comes out of the concrete base to provide seating. That means a span of around 10 metres between supports. As I walk across these, they move in a most perturbing way. When I leave me seat later, I make sure I drop down the levels when the wood is supported, until I reach the concrete path at the bottom.

The desire to over fence which I have seen at the other grounds continues here. With high wire fencing not only around the outside of the track, but also covering a section above the players tunnel from the stand, nowhere in the seated area has a perfect view. In fact, a good portion of the ground are watching by standing against the fence to one side of the stand.

This is, of course, because it means the bar is behind them.

On the opposite side of the ground to the stand, there is a steep slope, close enough to 45 degrees. A fair number of people are watching under the shade of trees at the top of this. While putting them a long way from the pitch, they do have the advantage of the fence not being in the way.

I tried to get up there at the start of the second half, but the slope is covered with a scree of small round nutshells. It moves under my feet and I cannot make the climb. I did see some locals make it, but I think most of this group had entered from the field behind, avoiding the need to pay their €8 to enter.

If the Franciscains can retain the title, they will equal Club Colonial's record of 19 titles here. They are the dominant club with all but one title being since 1994, and a run of nine successive titles from 1999. The last of Assaut's five championships came in 1974.

The game started with the visitors dominant, as one might expect, and they took the lead after just 13 minutes. However, it was clear that Assaut, playing a 4-4-2 formation were not content to allow them an easy ride. They gave almost as good as they received and the rest of the half was an entertaing battle as both sides worked hard to create chances. It was good, for the only time while I have been on this island to see both teams adopt an attacking style of play.

Eleven minutes after the break, Franciscain scored their second. It was good to see that they were not resting on this, and continued to strive, and that the home side continued to press to get back into the game.

I was actually relieved to see a missed chance when the referee, (in my humble opinion) got an offside call badly wrong. A pass was made to the right wing who was well offside and the flag went up. However, the winger just managed to escape contact with the ball and another player took up the running and crossed it to the far side, where the shot hit the post.

The small reward that Assaut got was through a penalty, eight minutes from time. A blocking tackle that was slightly mistimed.

This led to a good finale, with the visitors still trying to push to get a third until the end, and at the same time needing to be on defensive guard.

I do see Franciscain as likely champions, they were much better than others I have seen, and I hope Assaut get the points they need to pull away from the bottom. I would much prefer a team that tries to win getting the reward, rather than someone like Lorrain who set out their stall the night before in 6-3-1 (with no attacking midfielders) and would have tried to stifle the game if they had not gone behind quickly.

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Evostik League Division One East
Spalding United 1 Cleethorpes Town 2
Att: 133 (15 away) Adm: comp (usually £8) Prog: comp (usually £2)

To start with the question that I posed in my report from last weekend - can we keep our nemesis Kieran Wells quiet?! Unfortunately the answer was "no", with the well-travelled and prolific striker netting the equaliser in the 56th minute. However, this was not enough for the Tulips, who lost out to goals from Josh Batty on 36 and a header from Scott Vernon with 10 left to play.

It was certainly not a game for the purist, with plenty of robust challenges on a gluepot pitch. Divided opinion in the bar afterwards about the fairness of the result and Spalding felt they deserved a draw. They had a point, as a pivotal moment was them being denied a clear penalty for handball with the score 0-0.

For my part, I thought Clee edged it, particularly in terms of creativity. Our good run goes on, with a very nice return of 13 points from the last 6 outings. Should be a decent fixture on Boxing Day at home to Lincoln United.

Like the set-up at the Sir Halley Stewart and the chairman / secretary made themselves available for a pre- and post-match chat. Plenty of decent food and drink on offer, with the Christmas raffle in full swing when the Clee contingent headed home. It's certainly a pity that the Tulips do not attract higher attendances. Back at Linden for a quarter past 7 - a good day out to start the festive period.

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South Mids Prem : Crawley Green 3 Leighton Town 1. Admission £6/£3; Programme £1. Attendance 52

An "interesting" journey down of 140 miles as satnav took me all the way down the M40 to the M25 arriving in Luton via the M1 north which had certainly not been in my thinking. Fortunately our route was only affected once, and that briefly, by a shunt but we saw loads on the other carriageway in addition to those that satnav was avoiding; reminds me of a very old Jasper Carrott routine which I've connected to Mrs B a few times over the years, but I digress.......
I've seen this ground many times en route to nearby Luton Airport and somehow missed it during Vauxhall Motors days in the Isthmian League and whilst it may have been a "waste" of a 3G pitch on a very mlld afternoon, it removed any uncertainty about whether or not we'd have a game with random venues again falling victim to Friday's monsoon. This is of course a Luton Town facility these days and it's certainly well tended-to. Very limited parking inside but enough for today. There's a small canteen with a few rolls on offer plus hot drinks/snacks but no bar. As already mentioned, a pleasing wooden stand accomodating perhaps 100 sits on the side on which you enter with a very small lean-to cover toward the corner; other than that, just flat standing except for a few steps of terracing behind one goal but all very tidy with an immaculate playing surface.
My visit to Crawley Green's own ground was on December 27th 1999 when I saw them beat Leighton Athletic 3-0 in South Mids Div 1 in what turned out to be Leighton Athletic's last season at that (or any??) level. Today's opponents were Leighton Town, back in famiiar surrounds after the best part of 25 years playing at Isthmian or Southern League level. They brought a few fans with them, none of them obvious scrotes and none of them Stingray of this parish either.
As reported, Leighton gave as good as they got but couldn't score; Crawley Green on the other hand were clinical and netted three times before the break to more or less end the contest by half-way. They eased off a tad in the second period but Leighton will still think they should have had a point out of this.
Good to see Tim appear for this; he headed homeward at the end while my carload including catchagogoal and karb decamped for an entertaining hour's chinwag at the pleasant Cuckoo on the village green in nearby Toddington where the homemade Corned Beef hash scotch egg was wonderful. Just the 90 mile return journey and key in door for 9.
Thanks to all for the Birthday greetings yesterday; though I've long stopped counting the numbers, it is good to be around to clock another one up.
I thus propose a seasonal toast to all, posters or otherwise, and a moment's thought for those we've lost in the year.

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TKT: £21. PROG: £3. ATT: 3,193

First trip to HP this season & a long overdue footy catch up with some old oppos. As was always thus, the pre match banter over a few sherbets was much better than the footy on offer. The last five seasons have been poor quality fodder, so it beggars belief they extended the managers contract recently.

Match wise, there was 87 minutes of total dross followed by two minutes of festive frivolity. Cobblers thought they’d stolen it late on, before a Yeboahesque volley rescued a point for the Glovers. It seems Yeovil’s only ambition each season is to finish above the bottom two. Based on this performance, they’ll probably achieve it again just about!

No changes to the ground unfortunately, that still has an uncovered terrace for any visitors. Also a tent is also in use as a clubhouse, which is very poor in this day & age. A decent non league ground yes, but not one of the better ones within the 92 IMHO. It may help if there’s a few changes in the boardroom, so further investment could happen. More likely that Christmas gets postponed due to pesky hogs however :-(

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Dec 23, 2018, 7:08 PM

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Re: [The Moose] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Sky Bet Championship

Brentford (0) 1 v 0 (0) Bolton Wanderers

Season Ticket Programme £3.50 Attendance 10512 (Away Fans 961)


New Grounds 2018/2019 Season = 19
Last New Ground : Yaxley 15th December 2018

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Dec 23, 2018, 9:58 PM

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Location: Leigh, Lancashire
Team(s): Hibernian, Bolton Wanderers, Atherton Collieries & Leigh Centurions RL

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Re: [bagman] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Evo-Stik League Division One West
Atherton Collieries 2 Glossop North End 1
Attendance 304
Admission by season ticket

A very decent game in front of a very decent crowd in very awful weather. Colls raced in to a 2-0 lead inside 12 minutes, struggling Glossop halving the deficit just after the hour and looking on for an unlikely point when they were awarded a stoppage time penalty, only for Greg Hartley to come up with a terrific save and take Colls up to second spot.

Heavy downpours throughout the game but the pitch held up remarkably well. Undoubtedly karma for mentioning pre-match that there hasn’t yet been the annual ‘mud bath’ game that wrecks the pitch for the next couple of months. No sign of that this time around, all being well.

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Dec 23, 2018, 10:09 PM

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Re: [Leyther_Matt] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Bostik League South East Division
Attendance 223

Haywards Heath Town played Horsham in a Bostik League South East Division game. The Heath had previously beaten Horsham in the league at Lancing and went into this game on a 8 game unbeaten run. Horsham came into the game having beaten league leaders Cray last week. The first half was very even and it was in the first 5 minutes of the second half that the game to come to life. On 47 minutes Karly Akehurst headed home the opening goal. Two minutes later Horsham defender Joe Shelley received his second yellow card. The Heath took advantage of the extra man and on 68 minutes were awarded a penalty that Callum Saunders converted. The Heath are now level on points with Hastings United and Horsham in joint third place.

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Dec 24, 2018, 9:28 AM

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Re: [The snapper] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

ATT 1076

My annual trip to Chorley , to one of my favourite grounds. I always seem to see eventful games here and today I am not disappointed.
Chorley are top and Blyth are on a good run. I saw Blyth last week at Lancaster and was impressed.
The first half was mainly controlled by the home side and the Blyth keeper made 2 important saves before Blyth took the lead in the 38th minute with a penalty and then went 2-0 up in 44 minutes with a beautiful goal from the edge of the box. Chorley got one back a minute later with a header.
thank goodness there is a window in the tea bar or else i would have missed both of these last 2 goals. I went to longridge a few weeks ago and went inside for a tea and missed a goal. it couldnt happen again could it?? to beat the queue for pies i went into the chorley tea room on what i thought was 45 minutes!!
in fact i had just bought my pie and turned round just in time to see the second blyth goal which was the best of the game
Chorley equalised after 55 minutes and it was a fairly even game now but blyth just dug in .
Blyth substitiute holmes sealed a win with a penalty and another goal in the last 15 minutes.A deserved win for blyth due to their hard work but chorley also played their part in a very enjoyable game
Both games could have scored more goals with better finishing and both keepers made some telling saves. it could have ended 6-6
Great noisy vocal support from the 60 or so blyth fans
A few additions to the ground since my last visit.
There is now a club shop next to the main entrance and a small cabin inside the ground selling club souvenirs. Opposite the main stand there is a small elevated seated stand which is just for sponsors etc.I which must provide a great view.
Very impressed with service in tea bar. lots of staff and work hard. no queues. The pies are as good as ever. mars bars and wagon wheels may get smaller but chorley pies seem to get bigger. i ordered peas and gravy on top. didnt need to eat for the rest of the day!!
A really good afternoon and maybe i will get another visit in this season

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Dec 24, 2018, 11:33 AM

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Re: [nervous rec] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

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Colden Common 1 Overton 1
Hampshire Premier League Senior Division
Admission Free Programme £1

As the weather was mild for the time of year, and forecast was dry, I took advantage of a step 7 game on a roped off pitch with no covered accommodation. The forecast was surprisingly incorrect, as there were showers throughout the match, but didn’t detract from an enjoyable afternoon, where two fortunate goals failed to separate the teams. Both came in the second half, firstly Overton were given a dubious free kick, from which they hit the bar and the rebound was duly scored. Then as the minutes ticked away, the hosts scored an equaliser, which the referee gave, despite the linesman flagging for offside. Trees and bushes line one side and behind one goal, while the rest of the pitch is backed onto by other pitches. There were not even any dugouts in place in this rural setting. This could be one of the last games Colden Common play at this venue, as I was informed that they are moving to Oakland’s Park, the former home of defunct club Otterbourne in January. Apparently, after years of playing there, their former home of Main Road was unsatisfactory due to the size of the changing rooms, so they moved to Boyes Lane, but the council will not grant them approval to install hard standing around the pitch, as the League rules don’t require it. Finally a word about the programme which, for this level is a gem, containing enough reading material, and plenty of stats, including results of past meetings between the two teams going back to 1985.

I was also at this ... a handy stopping point on the way (more or less) from Manchester towards family in London.

I'd read that Colden Common were moving but hadn't realised how imminent it was, so this turned out to be good tick. That said, it's a very basic ground so I wouldn't suggest people rush to Colden Common Park unless they're Hampshire Premier League completists.

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(This post was edited by Steveb on Dec 24, 2018, 12:51 PM)

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Dec 24, 2018, 12:02 PM

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Re: [morecambewba] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Plan A was a trip to Gresford but sat nav suggested my arrival would be bang on KO even if no delays. I thus decided on a nearer trip just up M6!!!!

Staffs County Senior league Premier division Eastwood Hanley 3-2 Hanley Town res ATT H/C 52 max ADM £2 Inc. decent programme

Plenty of car parking at Northwood stadium at £1.20 for 3 hours. EH play on a caged 3G adjacent to main athletics stadium. The area inside track at stadium is apparently to small to host football at this level. Looking across to main stand it seemed a long way from any potential pitch anyway. Spectator viewing is as usual limited to one side inside cage with pitch side netting lowered either side of half way to give clear views of the action. Hard standing but no seating or cover. Stadium block provides vending machine drinks & chocolate snacks & toilets but circa 50-75 yards from cage entrance. Club hope to return to their Trent Mill lane home venue at some stage if they can get planning for suitable dressing rooms. Cage pitch is good with floodlights.
A good entertaining game ensued. Visitors went 2 up by 33 mins but hosts hit back with 2 of their own, the equaliser coming in first half stoppage time. 2nd period was also even but visitors had defender sent off on 72 for an offence I did not see. It was a straight red & player suggested to his manager ref considered he had deliberately pulled attacker back by his shorts preventing goal chance. Decision surprised everyone near me including visitors bench. Game continued end to end & it was hosts who grabbed winner in stoppage time. A good afternoon with weather dry & mild.

Post match supping in Stone to avoid any contact with Stoke & Millwall supporters & excellent fare at Limestone brewery tap The Borehole & a packed Titanic Royal Exchange where Wreckage provided an excellent final half.

End 2018-19, Total Grounds 1427

New grounds 2019-20. 26

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Dec 24, 2018, 6:15 PM

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Location: Sheffield
Team(s): Colchester United, Stocksbridge Park Steels, Borussia Dortmund & Essex CC

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Re: [villan] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Wessex League Premier Division

Five Heads Park, Horndean

Horndean 0(0) Hamworthy United 1(1)

Red Shirts & Shorts Yellow & Black Shirts / Yellow Shorts

Attendance 64

Admission £6 Programme Free

Bacon Cheeseburger £3.50 Tea £1

Arrived just after 2 to find there was still a few parking spaces left. Didn’t bother with the clubhouse accessible from the car park. Payed my admission and helped myself to a very basic 8 page programme. There appeared to be only four or five so I was pleased I’d gone straight in. I liked Five Heads Park. Immediately to my left as I entered was the tea bar where I purchased a very acceptable bacon cheeseburger and tea. Next to the tea bar was the committee room / hospitality room. To the right as you enter is a wooden building housing the changing rooms. In front of these is a covered walkway that provides cover for those wishing to stand. Next to this structure, either side of the halfway line is a small stand with four rows of bucket seats with very limited leg room. There is no other furniture but the opposite touchline and the end behind the goal to the right are railed and paved.

The game was a close affair between two good teams well officiated by lady ref Paula Wyatt. The only goal of the game was scored in the 32nd minute by Micky Finch who ran onto a long ball rounded the home keeper and coolly side footed in. Both sides created further chances but the defences were excellent rather than the finishing poor. After the break United lost Brad Gale to a straight red after intervention by one of the linesmen. Those around me weren’t sure what offence had been committed but his team mates worked hard to preserve their lead.

(This post was edited by sheffgeoff on Dec 24, 2018, 6:17 PM)

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Dec 24, 2018, 9:42 PM

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Re: [sheffgeoff] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Hellenic League Division One West Newent Town 1 Kidlington Development 5 Admission £3 (concession) Programme £1 (8 pages with minimal reading) Attendance peaked at 33.

Newent are doing an awful lot of work on their ground to bring it up to Step 6 standard which was clearly evident on my arrival. My first choice had been Garstang but fortunately an early morning pitch inspection which resulted in postponement came early enough to prevent an abortive train journey. 3G Berkhamsted Raiders was my "joker" but a positive reply from Newent on such a glorious day meant that I went for Plan C. A couple of attractive GBG entries in the Forest of Dean area preceded my arrival at Wildsmith Meadow. The 100 seater stand is in the process of being constructed on the far side of the ground and follows hard on the heels of the erection of their floodlights which consist of two lots of three pylons either side of the pitch. From the first footings it looks as if it may not be an Atcost style build but time will tell. Hard standing is also in the process of being built but at present is restricted to areas behind the goal at the entrance end of the ground and on the far side, although the hard standing is being expanded all the time. Railings surround most of the pitch although these are replaced by a huge netted fence behind the goal at the entrance end where a large benched and seated area is set out in front of the clubhouse which includes changing rooms and is accessed beyond the car park that is next to the entrance.At first sight the pitch was well grassed and in good condition apart from some areas in the goalmouths but throughout the game players were slipping over for no apparent reason (the temperature was well above freezing). Dugouts are on the entrance side of the pitch where the Maiswick Arms is situated not far behind the pitch. Next to that is a private house called Willow Cottage; all in all then a most unusual set up with great praise being due to Newent who are clearly an ambitious outfit. Sadly on the pitch things are not going so well and after taking an early lead Newent were eventually overwhelmed by an impressive Kidlington outfit who moved to the top of the league after this result.

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Dec 24, 2018, 9:48 PM

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Location: Newcastle/Salford/Wrexham
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Re: [totallyuntamed] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Colne 2-2 Newcastle Town (0-2 HT) at Holt House
Northern Premier League Division 1 West
Admission: £5 (student), Programme: £2, Tea: £1.30, Chips + gravy: £1.30
Attendance: 201

My first choice stayed on despite call offs at nearby Nelson and Padiham, so me and my Dad drove up to the end of the M65, arriving earlier than we usually do at the ground meaning we were able to secure parking.

Match was pretty entertaining, both teams clearly set out to be attacking from the start and there was plenty of incident throughout. Despite the hosts having the better of the opening stages, Newcastle took the lead in the 14th minute through a quick break down the left wing by Chris Smith before he cut inside and slotted in from a tight angle. Colne continued on top, nearly getting an equaliser 10 minutes later with a goalmouth scramble resulting in a goal-line clearance and defenders' bodies everywhere, but Town looked threatening on the counter attack and they scored another in the 32nd minute, Matthew Ward picking the ball up in the middle of the park after a nice bit of play before running to the edge of the box and hitting a low shot under the keeper. The hosts finally got a goal a few minutes into the first half, Alex Curran going on a good run from inside his own half to the edge of the box before hitting a nice low shot which curled into the bottom left corner. Both sides had a couple of half chances in the 10 minutes after, but on the hour mark a bad challenge by a Colne player sparked a bit of a brawl which resulted in Michael Conlon being sent off for the visitors. Colne seized the advantage quickly as from the resulting free kick they managed to get a penalty when Josh Hine was brought down by the Newcastle keeper, which was converted by Curran for his brace. I expected Colne to go all out for the winner but they seemed to just continue playing the same, which played into Newcastle's hands as they tried to kill the game off and go for a point. The visitors successfully did so, restricting Colne to forcing a couple of good saves from the visiting keeper, and the score ended 2-all.

Liked the ground, situated on a hill with good views into the town from behind the stand especially of the church clock. Cover is provided by a 250ish seat stand and covered standing the full length of the end and a bit along one side, all of these seem home-made and quite thrown together which I like. The rest is flat hard standing and the pitch is fully railed off. Clubhouse and changing room building is situated between the entrance and the stand, with the tea bar in the opposite corner which sells the usual food and hot drinks. Ground is enclosed off from a complex which is shared with the rugby club, with a few unrailed rugby and football pitches as well as the rugby clubhouse. Car park is a decent size for the football but if a rugby match or another football match was going on then it'd probably get a bit tight. Although we'd been told that the pitch might not hold up if there was a downpour, it looked pretty decent and didn't deteriorate too much despite some added showers. Decent crowd in attendance including a few ultras who sang songs directed mainly towards Nelson. Easy enough journey back and indoors around half 5.

Hope everyone on here has a good Christmas Smile

Grounds visited: 303
Last new ground: Broadfields Stadium (Crawley Town)
Next planned fixture: Unsure

andy smith
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Dec 25, 2018, 10:54 AM

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Re: [pinewoodste] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

With my intended game (Clare Town v Hardwick) being waterlogged off, I ended up in the same ''neck of the woods'' as yourself, at Tolleshunt Knights village hall to watch the Border League game between Tiptree Heath & Arlesford Colne Rangers. The opening of the game was a bit scrappy but the home side gradually began to get on top and took the lead after 23 mins, they made it 2-0 in the 41st min. 11 mins into the second half Tiptree made it 3-0. Arlesford then scored to make it 3-1 10 mins later and then having the better of the rest of the game coming close to scoring on a couple of occasions but they had to wait deep into stoppage time before getting another goal, final Tiptree Heath 3 Arlesford Colne Rangers 2

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Dec 25, 2018, 5:05 PM

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Re: [andy smith] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Wessex League Division One

Downton (0) 0 v Romsey Town (2) 3
Admssn £5, good quality programme included
Attendance 110

Town lord it over Downton! Romsey serve up a festive feast of football and wrap up three with a convincing 3 goal margin that in truth could have been more but for some fine stops by the home keeper.
A chance to sample Downton Brewery’s New Forest Ale and Quadhop IPA both at £3 a pint was gladly taken to put the gloss on a fine day out with first born who was home from Hamburg for the holidays. Next stop the Saints and Hammers at St.Mary’s on Thursday.

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Dec 25, 2018, 8:35 PM

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Re: [timmy tabby] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Also at this one, City's performance their best for some weeks as the new XI beds in. The game was definitely helped by the fact that it seemed like Mr Humphries had left his cards in Daventry. As for the timeline regarding a move to Sawston, it is still wait and see with a suggestion that works will start in March next year.

Mark Hardy
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Dec 28, 2018, 10:31 PM

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Re: [NeilH] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Easington Sports 11-0 Tytherington Rocks
Hellenic Div 1 West.

As easy as the score suggests with two substitutes both scoring Hendricks.

1-0 16 seconds
2-0 43 minutes
3-0 45
4-0 49
5-0 59
6-0 67
7-0 72
8-0 74
9-0 75
10-0 83
11-0 87

The final goal a twice taken penalty.

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Dec 31, 2018, 9:41 PM

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Location: A Town in Mid Sussex
Team(s): Brentford

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Re: [bagman] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

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Sky Bet Championship

Brentford (0) 1 v 0 (0) Bolton Wanderers

Season Ticket Programme £3.50 Attendance 10512 (Away Fans 961)

Also here and a couple of surprises. 1. Despite the recent poor run, the size of the crowd and 2. We have not changed our manager, however club legend Kevin O'Connor has stepped up from the B team to join the 1st team coaching team.
A change in formation since the last home game saw Brentford look a lot more solid defensively which also negated our attack a bit, the winning goal came in the second half from Neal Maupay. Bolton nearly equalised at the end when their keeper came up for a corner and his header went narrowly past the far post.

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Re: [timmy tabby] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately


Decided to take in the big match from the away end at a much improved Blunts Wall Road.
A fine performance from Woking was enjoyable to watch.

Rather longer than anticipated was spent at the BILLERICAY BREWERY after the match! A fine whisky stout was to blame TongueBlush

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Nov 26, 2019, 3:34 PM

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Re: [LondonBuck] Saturday 22nd December 2018 or Reply Privately

Kent County League (Premier Division) 2 pm

Otford United 0 Peckham Town 5 (H/T 0-3)

Entry – Free

Programme – £1 for 20 pages

Crowd – probably c. 25-30, although I forgot to make a note.

I’ve skipped a bit with these WDYG reports over Xmas and the New Year, because I didn’t tick any new grounds during the holiday period. Instead I did various revisits, to Oxford United home games and non-league matches which kicked-off at 1 pm (as I prefer games that finish in daylight) so the last new ground I ticked before Gresford Athletic on 5th January was this match in the Kent County League. On this weekend, it had been fairly wet over much of the UK, but as sometimes happens in these cases, Kent was generally less wet than most of the UK, so I had a look at the fixtures for that area and I was delighted to find that Otford United had stated on their twitter that programmes would be on sale at this match – they have been fairly regular issuers over the past few years, although I don’t know if they are still issuing in 2019-20.

I travelled by bus from Swanley to Otford, where I arrived in good time before the kick-off. Otford also has a railway station, which is probably only about ten minutes walk from the football ground. The ground is situated at the end of a driveway off the north side of the main street through the village. I was aware that the ground has floodlights, but the first thing I saw was a pitch which was marked out, but did not have floodlights. Fortunately this turned out to be a second pitch rather than the main one, which is partially hidden from view on lower land on the left when approaching from the main road. There is car parking some distance from the first team pitch, then you walk along a footpath until you reach the first team pitch. There is a dressing-room building on top of a grass bank alongside the pitch and the balcony provides cover for spectators as well as an elevated view of the pitch, which is roped-off. It is unusual to see a roped-off pitch with modern floodlights, and the whole ground is very scenic, with views of rolling hills in the distance.

Peckham Town had brought an impressive amount of support with them, perhaps nearly half the crowd, with some wearing scarves, and one had even brought along a video camera to film the game. They had the perfect Xmas present as their team romped to a comfortable victory, with the goals coming at regular intervals throughout the game. However, what was really noteworthy was that due to a lengthy hold-up in the second half as a result of a player injury, the game did not finish until 4.10 pm. Had it not been for the floodlights (which were switched on at around 15.45) the game might have been abandoned on what was the second shortest day of the year. With the last bus back to Swanley having already departed, I had just enough time to catch a bus to Sevenoaks, at around 4.20 pm, and I changed buses there for Gravesend station, where I got on another bus, this time for Dartford which, like Swanley, is within the Freedom Pass travel zone.