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Saturday 31st August 2019



HantsLondoner
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Aug 31, 2019, 5:43 PM

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Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately

National League

Eastleigh 1 Barnet 2

admission S/T, otherwise £15, programme £2-00, attendance 1922 (100 away) Wink
17th v 10th
Like last week's game v Dag and Red, a lame first-half performance by the Spitfires was followed by a much-improved second. Barnet were better then last week's visitors but the home team probably just about deserved a point. However, the winner came in injury time after what looked like a shocking ref decision left Eastleigh with 10 men.
A lively start, and an early shot over by Barnet's J.Taylor, then Reynolds had a shot saved by home keeper Stryjek. After a defensive error at each end causing mayhem, the visitors took the lead on 16 mins. J.Taylor was allowed to turn at the corner of the penalty area and arrowed a lovely shot into Stryjek's top corner. The visitors gained control and another good turn saw Akinola curl a shot wide. McKnight had a shot for the home team, and a Williamson shot was well saved by Loach as the home team put a little pressure on towards the end of the first half. HT 0-1.
After the break the Spitfires were much better - a well set-up chance for McKnight was just wide, and Barnett's volley was deflected just over. At this stage the visitors decided to disrupt the game by frequent use of the trainer for supposed injuries, and we had a few handbags on the hour as Johnson got very upset with a Barnet player who had pushed him, both players getting yellows. After this Barnet decided to play some more football and both Akinola and Walker caused Stryjek to make good saves. Johnson then shoulder-charged an opponent off the ball and Adams' pathetic attempt to persuade the ref to send him off was quite rightly ignored. Sub Boucard had another shot saved for the visitors, then, on 70 mins, the home team equalised. A good cross from the right, rescued as it seemed to be going out of play, was snapped up by McKnight, who controlled the ball and volleyed it into the corner. Barnet upped their game and Sparkes curled a free-kick just wide. On 85 mins Eastleigh's Smart looked to be tripped by a Barnet defender in/near the area (the defender put his leg out) and the ref gave Smart a second yellow for diving. From my viewpoint this looked like a diabolical decision from an official who had a decent game before this. Naturally the home team had to defend now and Akinola went clear but lifted his shot just over the bar. J.Taylor had a shot saved too, and then sub Rendell almost won it for the hosts in injury time as he lifted the ball just wide after being put clear. Instead, at the other end, a cross saw Stryjek stretch too far to claim a long cross, the ball was put back into the centre and Coulthirst forced the ball home for a lucky victory.



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(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Aug 31, 2019, 6:06 PM)


bluearmybob
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Aug 31, 2019, 5:50 PM

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Season ticket duty at Portman Rd. KO 3.00pm.


Sky Bet League 1.


IPSWICH TOWN 3 (2) v (0) SHREWSBURY TOWN 0.


Scorers.


Home. K Jackson (2) J Norwood (10pen) F Downes (69)


Away. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Admission by season ticket. Programme £3.50. Attendance 19,161. Away Fans 616.



GROUNDS VISITED.(382) NEW GROUNDS THIS SEASON 2019/20. (13)
GAMES THIS SEASON 2019/20. (23)
GAMES SINCE LAST 0-0. Ipswich Town v Wycombe Wanderers. 26/11/19. (2) BEST RUN OF NOT SEEING A 0-0. (61)
LEAGUES COMPLETED. Championship. League 1. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division. ECL Division 1 North. SCEFL Premier Division.
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FAV 1Q.
Hinckley AFC 2 Ellesmere Rangers 1.
In £6
Prog £1,50
Att 121
Fosters £2
Awaiting bus at the Crescent Bus Station in Hinckley for the service down to Leicester Road and up turns a passing mate in a motor and I end up at the LE 67 version. No problems at all for me but dear oh dear did Knitters make hard work of this one. Should have been out of sight by the break yet it could easily have gone into extra time but for a linos decision late on No such problems at Leicester Road in my rather complicated existence on Saturday afternoons these days.


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FA Vase First Qualifying Round

Horncastle Town 0 Sherwood Colliery 2

Att. C 200 £ 4/1

The Lincolnshire Wolds Churches festival persuaded me to stay local rather than trek to Lancashire. After visiting half a dozen churches in the villages around Spilsby, with the obligatory cups of tea and pieces of cake, it was time to retire to Old Nicks for two o’clock opening to sample the rustic delights of the aptly named Horncastle Ales.

Horncastle Town are a venerable club who play on the Wong, and not at it. The Wong, a Viking name for pasture, is across the tiny River Waring and the Lincoln Skegness road from the town centre. An impressive collection of sports facilities here, with cricket, rugby, hockey, tennis, bowls, and a swimming pool.

The football ground has a small, newly built clubhouse, but just a partly railed pitch. Today for the big game an attempt at enclosure had been made and a gate taken. This had the unfortunate consequence of putting the entire Stanhope Hall side out of bounds to spectators. Given the quality of the game it would have been better value to stand over there, and gaze through the wire for nothing. Strangely no-one did.

Sherwood Colliery, going well at a higher level, had put on free bus for fans and a helicopter for the chairman. You don’t see this in the Lincolnshire League. The local Lions had a burger tent to give the occasion a festival feel. A policeman was in attendance.

Frankly Horncastle were Sunday league standard in the first half and Sherwood little better. Colliery had a shot after fifteen minutes and then scored twice on the half hour as a storm descended from the west. A trio of passes in the six yard box produced the first while the second was a comedy goal from the keeper’s clearance, the ball bouncing in front of his opposite number and over his head into the net.

The second half was much better, but goal-less, due to Colliery’s woeful finishing, and a couple of redeeming saves. Horncastle’s only effort of note in the game came ten minutes in when the number seven forced the keeper low to his left to turn around the post. Horncastle fought well and were not shown up, but the gulf in class was there throughout.

A feature of the game was the visitors number twenty, a squad number picked probably because of his weight. But of no little skill, and led the line well. Man of the match.


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Lucas Cwmbran 4 Ton and Gelli BC 2

Girlings Sports Ground: JD Welsh Cup First Qualifying Round

The was my first visit to the Girlings Sports Ground for three years and on that occasion I watched the home team entertain Gwent County League Second Division rivals Clydach Wasps in an FAW Trophy second round tie. There had been no changes to the ground, which can be seen by train passengers on the Cwmbran to Newport line, although it is only has a rail around the pitch and no spectator cover. The pitch used by Lucas Cwmbran is separated from a number of other nearby pitches by a row of tall trees but is open to the elements on the other three sides of the playing area. There is a rugby pitch on the opposite side of the pitch from the trees and views of the Cwmbran CBD in the distance behind the one goal. The Girlings Sports Ground is only a short walk from the home ground of Welsh League First Division club Croesyceiliog that a number of forum members will have visited over the years. The home team had only commenced their Gwent Premier League fixtures last weekend with a 3-2 defeat at Pentwynmawr Athletic in a First Division fixture. Lucas Cwmbran’s only other competitive fixture thus far this season was a penalty shoot-out victory over AFC Whitchurch in the opening round of the FAW Trophy. Ton and Gellic BC came into this Welsh Cup tie in the lower-half of the South Wales Alliance First Division table after having been beaten 4-2 at home by AFC Penrhiwceiber on Tuesday evening.

The hosts made the perfect start this afternoon when a fourth minute corner was partially cleared and the loose ball was fired home from 25 yards out. The Cwmbran outfit doubled their lead five minutes later, when they broke down the left and a cross was pulled back to the edge of the penalty area, where a deflected shot beat the Ton and Gelli BC goalkeeper and hand Lucas a 2-0 advantage. The home team could have added a third goal in the 23rd minute but badly sliced a shot wide of the target when well placed before the Rhondda visitors broke quickly down teh left flank two minutes later and headed over from the ensuing cross. Lucas Cwmbran increased their lead in the 31st minute, following another swift counter-attack, which led to a home forward being played in on goal and duly beating the visiting goalkeeper. The Gwent Premier League outfit nearly added a fourth goal just a minute later but were denied in a one-on-one situation when the Ton and Gelli BC custodian made a smart block after coming off his line. The Ynys Park club pulled a goal back three minutes after the interval when the Lucas goalkeeper dropped a hanging cross under pressure and the loose ball was eventually forced over the goal line. But the home team regained their three-goal advantage just three minutes later when they headed in from a corner and burst the visitors' bubble. Ton and Gelli fired an effort over the crossbar just a minute later before seeing a 25 yard free-kick strike the crossbar in the 62nd minute. The Rhondda club went close from another free-kick just four minutes later before seeing a 30 yard effort deflected over the crossbar for a corner. Ton and Gelli BC added to their tally when the Lucas Cwmbran custodian was chipped from nearly 30 yards out but it was too late to prevent the hosts from progressing.

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Re: [barcud-coch] Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately

More island hopping today and a visit to the super little home of an ex-Wessex League Premier Division club.

Isle of Wight Div 1 (top flight)
Brading Town 6-3 Northwood St Johns
There'd have been some watching from their cars so I'll say around 50 in attendance
Adm £1, no paper

Public transport for me today. Should've been train to Portsmouth Harbour then catamaran but a mix up at the station ticket machine meant I had to alight instead at Portsmouth & Southsea for the shuttle bus to the hovercraft, though I ended up losing no time and saving nearly a fiver. Ten minute crossing to Ryde which drops you off adjacent to the bus and train interchange at the esplanade where you can take either to Brading - I chose the ten minute train journey on the delightful, rickety 1930s ex-London Underground stock of the island's Island Line.

The ground's less than 15 minutes walk from the station (bus stop is much nearer) and the Wheatsheaf breaks the journey nicely - not in the GBG so pot luck but they had a handpump on dispensing a perfectly adequate Adnams Ghost Ship. You pass a couple more pubs on the High Street but I didn't investigate them.

Access to the ground is down the short, narrow, unmade Vicarage Lane. Entry is behind the near goal and you can take your car in and park on the extensive banking in the corner. Up this end too, elevated and set back from the pitch, is the recently refurbished, comfy clubhouse with some park benches outside, and a cracking snack bar. The extensive menu includes such delights as steak and onion baps (which I can personally recommend), bolognese jackets and fish cakes as well as a wide array of more typical footy fodder. Hot food is done to order but they're efficient and well-organised.

The ground is floodlit and there are two seated stands - an Arena down the right hand side of the pitch and a more homespun design down the left, by the dugouts - and the pitch slopes on down to the railway running just beyond the far goal.

This was a 1.30pm kick off, to be followed by a match between the two clubs' reserves at 4pm. Don't know how often they do this in these parts but, with a grass pitch, presumably not during the winter.

Brading came into this with four wins from four and a bagful of goals to their name. Northwood had won three of four so a keen contest was anticipated. The visitors took the lead with an extremely generous penalty but Brading played some good stuff and scored some crackers to lead 3-1 at the break. Almost straight from the restart it was 3-2 and should've quickly been 3-3 but Brading soon got back on top - well on top in fact, extending the lead to 5-2. A late Northwood rally earned them another consolation but that was trumped again late on.

Although notionally at step 8 (I believe this league can feed into the Hampshire League), Brading look a good, skilful and entertaining side and it'd be interesting to see how they'd fare against higher opposition. I'd say the team and certainly the ground are both worth checking out.


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FC GNG 0 Clifton All Whites 9
FA Vase, Admission, inc programme, £4


This was the Leciestershire Senior League team's debut in the competition,and not one they will remember fondly.
Their visitors, from the East Midlands Counties League were only one level higher (6 as opposed to 7), but there was a vast gulf in class, immediately apparent.
Clifton were three up at the break, and it would have been more, but for several good saves by the home goalie, and even more wasteful finishing.
GNG's best spell was immediately after the restart, but two quick goals put an end to that, and others were added pretty much at will.
Nice set up for the level with a newish clubhouse, floodlights, and hard standing on three sides, with just a bit of bicycle shed type cover.
As satisfactory a day as a very one sided match can be.


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Aug 31, 2019, 7:30 PM

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Brandon Town 1-3 Holt United

Free admission - no programme. Attendance varied between 35-45.

Brandon Town play at the town's leisure centre and the pitch is situated behind the main building. There was ample free parking. A well stocked bar, showing the Sky lunchtime match, also sold hot drinks and chocolate.
Outside the bar, burgers and hot dogs were on offer.

The pitch is railed off on three sides with the far side out of bounds. There are two dug-outs but no other furniture.

Two slow, ponderous teams produced a scrappy encounter on a hard, bumpy pitch. BT took the lead on the half-hour from the penalty spot.
HU, with a player in the sin bin, equalised just before the interval from a free header following a hotly disputed free kick.

Immediately after the restart, Holt were awarded a penalty of their own, but their number 10 ballooned the ball high and wide from the spot.
With fifteen minutes left, and again down to ten men because of another sin bin offence, Holt broke down the right. Brandon were stretched, and the cross was thumped home at the far post.
In stoppage time, Holt again broke down the right, this time a near post cross was neatly tapped in for slightly flattering scoreline.


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Witham Town 0-2 Tilbury (HT: 0-0)
Bet Victor Isthmian League North Division (Step 4)
Admission: via Season Ticket, otherwise £8
Attendance: 93

Another poor performance by Witham.
Two late goals for The Dockers gave Tilbury a deserved win.
A good bit of banter in the clubhouse before the game and on the terraces later on.
I wish them well but not when we play at their ground.


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Re: [bluearmybob] Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately

Also at Ipswich Town v Shrewsbury


Ipswich stay top but we did make hard work of it, two up early on then Shrewsbury went down to 10 men but we could only add one further goal. Shrewsbury played some good football and came close on occasions however not helped by the number of yellow cards they received for some very pointless fouls.



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Rowsley '86 1 Blidworth Welfare 1 (HT 0-1)
Central Midlands League, South Division
Admission £3
Programme £2 (28pp)
Attendance 31 (h/c)
Mug of tea 50p


Poor finishing cost Rowsley an emphatic win. The hosts, promoted last season and playing only their second game at this level, squandered three one-on-ones during the second half. They were the most glaring of several misses. Blidworth, turning in, I was told, their worst performance of the season, went ahead, against the run of play, in the 36th minute. Peter Stubley got free on the right side of the penalty area, and slid a low shot past advancing keeper Matt Rhodes. Rowsley's 58th-minute equaliser was a beauty. Clearing a free-kick into their box, Rowsley broke quickly. Jack Bradbury raced through the inside right channel before hitting a tremendous drive into the net. In the first minute of stoppage time, a Blidworth sub was red-carded for a horribly crude challenge. The apparently regular offender's victim was fortunate to escape injury. As usual with the Central Midlands League, there was more commitment on show than skill. Reasonable entertainment, though, on an afternoon that turned delightfully sunny after a couple of sharp, post-lunch showers.

This was my first football match in five months. During that period, spent watching cricket and rugby league, I'd almost forgotten about dissent toward match officials. Depressingly, it was present in spades this afternoon. Glad it's not just me irritated by such appalling behaviour. The parents of a Blidworth sub (not the guy sent off), standing next to me, reckoned it's getting worse every season. They said it's starting to spoil their enjoyment of games. Me, too. I'll be at rugby union next Saturday, and don't expect a repeat of the unnecessary nonsense I witnessed today. When football grinds to a halt, owing to lack of willing referees and assistant referees, maybe the penny will drop. But I won't hold my breath.

Over the years, I've done a lot of walking in the Peak District. Rowsley, just outside the National Park and scenically pretty ordinary, isn't a village I've bothered visiting for the purposes of that hobby. Low hills, cloaked with trees, provide a pleasant if unspectacular backdrop to the football at Rowsley's village rec home, yards from the lively Wye. It's a very basic ground. Spectators are allowed access only to the near touchline, which is roped off. Ramshackle wooden dug-outs, opposite, are the only permanent features. The dressing rooms/clubhouse, a small wooden hut, are 75 yards away, next to the rec's main entrance, by a tiny car park. This afternoon's late arrivals had to park on Peaktor Lane.

Rowsley's programme, a glossy, full colour 28-pager, available from the clubhouse, is one of the best I've picked up in the Central Midlands League. Not that the competition is too demanding. With crowds this low, however, one wonders why Rowsley bother.


(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Aug 31, 2019, 8:49 PM)


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Horncastle Fc 0 Sherwood Colliery FC 2
Admission £4/£1
Tea £1
Programme £1
Attendance 93- (from FA website, but crowd seemed much larger?)
The ground and game have been covered in an earlier post so I'll jst add that in this game it was the first time I've ever seen a keeper score for a kick from his hands. Sherwood were a class above Horncastle, but the home team can hold their heads high as they competed for evey ball and never gave up.


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FA VASE QR1
HARROGATE RA 0 WEST ALLOTMENT CELTIC 4
KO 1500 ADM £6 PROG £1 GATE 71 & 4 DOGS.

IT WAS A TOSS UP BETWEEN HERE AND BACUP BOROUGH V GRIMSBY BOROUGH AND IN THE END I CAME TO THIS GAME.

NOT A BAD LITTLE 18 PAGE PROG FOR A POUND.

GAME STARTED OFF OK WITH BOTH TEAMS LOOKING QUITE GOOD. WEST ALLOTMENT TOOK THE LEAD ON 22 MINS TO LIVEN UP THE GAME A LITTLE. SECOND HALF SAW THE VISITORS THE BETTER SIDE AND THEIR SECOND GOAL WAS SCORED IN THE 62 MINUTE. THE GAME WAS OVER FOR HARROGATE WHO DIDN'T SEEM TO GEL AT ALL. GOALS ON 82 & 88 MADE SURE WEST ALLOTMENT WENT HOME WELL DESERVED WINNERS.


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Aug 31, 2019, 8:16 PM

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Camelon Juniors vs Auchinleck Talnot Scottish Cup 2nd preliminary round

Entrance £8 or £5 concessions. Programme £2.

Tidy set up at Camelon both on and off the pitch, Excellent turn out of the Talbot faithful today, four coaches plus all the independent travellers made up about half the crowd.

Not agreat game but goals from Shankland and Samson saw Talbot ease through 2-0 into the first round proper. Good friendly ground.


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Soham 3-0 Felixstowe
Isthmian North
Att 136, I’d have guessed at 100.
Adm £9/6, one mug from Felixstowe made the mistake of buying a programme, at £2 he certainly won’t be doing that again, must be the worst I’ve seen. Content next to nothing, production very poor, total waste of money and not worth 20p, they should be ashamed ripping fans off like that.
We all knew before the season started we were crap, but the management insisted all would be good, we were right, we are awful. Soham played with a bit of pace and easily got in behind us, we had very little answer. The management decided to get rid of the big earners and replace them with young hungry players and instigate a bonus system, if we get 70 points the £80,000 budget will be spent, but with this lot we’ll be lucky to get 30 points.
A long hard season awaits, unless they get their heads out of the sand and get some decent players in.


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BetVictor Northern Premier League South-East Division
Cleethorpes Town 5 Loughborough Dynamo 4
Att: 335 Adm: comp (usually £8) Prog: comp (usually £2)

The Owls scored 5 goals at New Linden for the second game in succession, but this was a totally different match from the recent thrashing of Lincoln United. Dynamo played some very good football and can consider themselves unlucky to leave without any reward.

When Scott Vernon headed us ahead after 13 minutes, I thought it could be a routine afternoon. Not a bit of it as the visitors stunned another decent crowd by hitting the front, courtesy of Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson and Alex Steadman respectively. Ben Clappison levelled right on the interval.

More fun & games after the break, with the outstanding Will Norcross and Ryan Robbins twice edging Loughborough ahead. Not to be outdone, Clee countered with an exquisite 35-yard free-kick by captain Alex Flett and the second of the day from Vernon. The stage was set for sub Josh Batty to coolly settle the epic tussle with 8 left on the watch.

A win's a win, as the saying goes. However, our defence was at times shambolic and questions must be raised about the suitability of some of the players to adapt to their appointed roles. Notwithstanding this, Clee have always had a superb spirit and it won the day again!

It will be interesting to see where both of the outfits are when the reverse clash takes place on Easter Saturday. On this evidence, I am expecting a strong challenge from both.



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Welsh Cup 1st Qualifying Round. KO 14:30. (F&N). Crowd 25.

Castell Alun Colts 4 v 0 Llangollen

Colts play at the sports complex adjoining the school and the pitch is railed with dugouts. Colts, playing in the top division of the WNL this season had lost all their opening 4 league games, scoring just 3 goals and conceding 14. By contrast Llangollen had won 2 out of 3 scoring 12 and conceding 4.

Fairly ordinary game with the home side scoring twice in each half. The visitors rattled the cross bar in each period but rarely threatened to score today. Match spent in the company of Hutch from the West Midlands.


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I visited Bedricks Worth ground in Bury St Edmunds last season & received confirmation last night they have moved venue for this season.

Suffolk & Ipswich League Division 2
Bedricks Worth 5 (4, 7 pen, 58, 64 & 70)
Saxmundham Sports 0
KO: 14:30 Att: 27 h/c inc 9 from SS Cost: Free Saw no progs

Venue: Gt. Whelnetham Community Centre, Stanningfield Road, Gt. Whelnetham, IP30 0TX
Pitch is on a bit of a plateau. Behind near goal it drops down to some trees in front of a 3-bar wooden fence & behind is a decent sized car park & the community centre which appeared to only have the changing rooms open today. Across the road where I saw a couple of buses pass each way are gently sloping hills. There’s some also beyond other side including a view of the British Sugar factory in the distance. This side slopes down a bit & then a wide grass area to the houses on the edge of the village. Far goal has grass area then bushes & trees. The other side has slight grass banking for just over a half in front of bushes & trees. On the half-way line at the top are some paving slabs in front of the small covered stand.

Weather: Some sun on the way & at the start of the game but it soon got hazy. Fairly warm in 1st half despite the wind which was less prevalent on the stand side. 2nd half was cloudy & getting a mildish. Some spots of rain in the last 10mins of the game. Spots of rain most of the way home but didn’t need windscreen wipers on.

Match: A pass in the penalty box led to a tap in with the club lino raising his flag as an afterthought but ref ignored him. BW player rounded the gk who deliberately fouled him but didn’t get a card. The penalty was converted & a minute later the gk made a bit of a mess up & some tackles & a shot just wide prevented a 3rd goal. SS shot just wide on 12mins & then gk made a save on 19mins. On 36mins a cross by BW saw the ball just miss the forward. SS went straight down the other end & gk made a save. BW had a 1on1 but forward messed up a bit but gk couldn’t hold onto the ball & this led to a shot but defender blocked it on the line. SS header was saved by gk on 44mins. Despite a drinks break & some other stoppages I thought the ref should play an extra 4mins. I wasn’t expecting him to play in total 52:35. Shots 7-6. BW should’ve scored more with SS also coming close a few times.

H/t lasted over 9mins. BW shot over a few mins before they added a 3rd. SS were denied by the gk & a minute later BW scored again this time a header where the gk wearing goggles flapped at the cross. After the 5th goal there was still time for SS to have a shot blocked on the line & BW to have a shot saved. Shots 10-6.


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Borth Utd 6-2 Machynlleth
Welsh Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Attendance: 52
Admission: £2, no progs

Reasonable game from two bottom division Mid Wales League clubs, although the visitors never looked like making a stab of it once they'd gone 4-2 behind. The first half was played with Borth in all blue and Machynlleth in blue shorts and blue & white striped tops, but someone must have been sent on an errand as the visitors played the second half in Borth's yellow away tops.

Quite a decent ground, fully railed with a cover on the near side and two sides of hard-standing. Despite being about 30 seconds walk from the beach, the surroundings are very green with two sides of the ground opening out onto scrubland and another football pitch behind the right hand goal; the view is only let down by a rather stark, metal grey community building behind the stand and it's in here that the changing rooms are located. The tea bar was found at the back of the stand and was open throughout the game. Small amount of parking right outside the ground, but a much larger (and free) car park on the other side of the second pitch.

Borth itself is an interesting place. A windswept seaside town, and setting for at least one episode of Welsh crime drama Hinterland, all houses seem to be set either side of a single road. I can image it being particularly bleak during the winter but there were some quirky shops along this road, including a boutique cinema, and some attractively painted houses.


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Eastleigh 1 Barnet 2

admission S/T, otherwise £15, programme £2-00, attendance 1922 (100 away) Wink
17th v 10th
Like last week's game v Dag and Red, a lame first-half performance by the Spitfires was followed by a much-improved second. Barnet were better then last week's visitors but the home team probably just about deserved a point. However, the winner came in injury time after what looked like a shocking ref decision left Eastleigh with 10 men.
A lively start, and an early shot over by Barnet's J.Taylor, then Reynolds had a shot saved by home keeper Stryjek. After a defensive error at each end causing mayhem, the visitors took the lead on 16 mins. J.Taylor was allowed to turn at the corner of the penalty area and arrowed a lovely shot into Stryjek's top corner. The visitors gained control and another good turn saw Akinola curl a shot wide. McKnight had a shot for the home team, and a Williamson shot was well saved by Loach as the home team put a little pressure on towards the end of the first half. HT 0-1.
After the break the Spitfires were much better - a well set-up chance for McKnight was just wide, and Barnett's volley was deflected just over. At this stage the visitors decided to disrupt the game by frequent use of the trainer for supposed injuries, and we had a few handbags on the hour as Johnson got very upset with a Barnet player who had pushed him, both players getting yellows. After this Barnet decided to play some more football and both Akinola and Walker caused Stryjek to make good saves. Johnson then shoulder-charged an opponent off the ball and Adams' pathetic attempt to persuade the ref to send him off was quite rightly ignored. Sub Boucard had another shot saved for the visitors, then, on 70 mins, the home team equalised. A good cross from the right, rescued as it seemed to be going out of play, was snapped up by McKnight, who controlled the ball and volleyed it into the corner. Barnet upped their game and Sparkes curled a free-kick just wide. On 85 mins Eastleigh's Smart looked to be tripped by a Barnet defender in/near the area (the defender put his leg out) and the ref gave Smart a second yellow for diving. From my viewpoint this looked like a diabolical decision from an official who had a decent game before this. Naturally the home team had to defend now and Akinola went clear but lifted his shot just over the bar. J.Taylor had a shot saved too, and then sub Rendell almost won it for the hosts in injury time as he lifted the ball just wide after being put clear. Instead, at the other end, a cross saw Stryjek stretch too far to claim a long cross, the ball was put back into the centre and Coulthirst forced the ball home for a lucky victory.


Also at this game and agree with most of comments. I was at the other end so couldn't see whether it was a foul or a dive, but at our end we had Walker booked for a dive when he was clearly impeded. Barnet had most of the possession and chances but wanted too many touches most of the time. What's with the attendance? 217 was counted in the away seats/terrace but only 100 announced.


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Not sure re the attendance - there were 1631 last week v Dag and Red and this didn't look more (Saints at home, SWT rail strike).
There looked far more than 100 Barnet fans. Eastleigh attendances used to be vastly inflated IMO but recently they've been more accurate - until today.



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Welsh Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Llanfairfechan Town 5-3 Kinmel Bay
F&N. Att: 46 (h/c)

A cup upset at Y Rec as Llanfairfechan beat their higher ranked opponents. Very entertaining game too. Good goals, plenty of robust challenges but referee happy to let game flow. Level at the interval after visitors came from 2-0 down. Homesters controlled second half and went 5-2 up before a late rally saw Kinmel Bay pull a goal back and create chances to make the last few minutes interesting.

Been past this ground on the train on numerous occasions so glad to finally tick it off. Railed off on two sides and a small piece of cover with a tea bar selling the usual fodder.

Not a lot of action in the town though, the horse has definitely done one. Stopped off in Conwy en-route home which is always a winner!



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Anglian Combination - Division 1 Stalham Town 3 East Harling 0
No admission but a collection box in the second half. No programme or food on sale but tea and coffee in clubhouse (£1) where there was an ancient bar but no apparent alcohol. Attendance peaked at about 20 with a couple of fans from East Harling.
I've driven past this ground numerous times without venturing in but as you turn off the main road into a very large car park (used for car boot sales) it was like turning back 40 years into a ground with two old prefab style buildings forming a club house festooned with old team photos and changing rooms. Next to it was a large concrete foundation which has been laid to accommodate a brand new club house in time but which will never recreate the lovely old atmosphere of the current building. On the opposite side of the ground an old wooden shelter that also looked as if it had been there for many years with the pitch fully surrounded by railings but no other cover. A very friendly place and you had to respect the work put in by the couple of volunteers who seemed to do everything from making the tea, greeting visitors and fetching the wayward balls from the adjoin road.
The match itself was spoilt by a surprisingly strong wind on a hot day which made control difficult on a hard but very good pitch. Stalham deserved their 3-0 win in a poor match despite the elderly ref who didn't move too far from the centre and who missed several clear handballs as a result. However the match was played in good spirit with few bad fouls and a certain respect for the referee.
Not sure how accessible it is by public transport and I wouldn't fancy watching a match there in deep winter but a nice place in warm sunshine and a chance to relive a passing era of old clubhouses with basic facilities but clearly cared for by the club and, seemingly, a very good groundsman who must be surely praying for some rain as I type !


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Scottish FA Cup - Preliminary Round 2
Whitehill Welfare 0-1 Penicuik Athletic
Ferguson Park, Rosewell
Admission £?/£4
Attendance 250
Programme - Yes. Pie + coffee £4


A family commitment meant I didn't have time to get back from my first choice of Camelon v Auchinleck so I made do with the bucolic charms of a Midlothian derby in Rosewell.. I very nearly didn't make the kick off though. Having noticed on twitter that the Jeanfield match had been postponed I thought I should check the game at Rosewell was on. It was on OK but kick off was 2.30 rather than the 3.00 advertised elsewhere. This was at 1.55, but I was inside the ground by 2.20 despite having to walk a quarter of mile from where I had to park the car - the main street being choc-a-bloc.

I didn't make it to Ferguson Park last season. The one change I noted from my last visit is that there are two rows of seats, 60 in total en plein air at the foot of the terracing in front of the pavilion. These are in addition to the 200 seats under cover.

Ferguson Park is a well-maintained ground, with closely-cut grass banking on three and a half sides, dating back to the days when it was the home of East Juniors Rosewell Rosedale. Rosedale ceased playing in 1957 and folded the following year. This season the park will welcome back several teams who last visited for a competitive match when Rosedale were the hosts.

A defeat today will probably mean this is the Welfare's last season in the Scottish Cup until they install floodlights.

A very strong wind didn't really spoil the match. Penicuik were the dominant force throughout and should really have won by many more goals then the single one scored in the 60th minute. At least their profligacy meant the match remained competitive to the end.They could have won by half a dozen goals and no one could have disputed the announcement that the Welfare keeper was man of the match.

Penicuik should fancy their chances if drawn against a bottom half team from the Highland or Lowland League in Round One.


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Chesterton 2 Cropredy 3 (Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division) Att:24 h/c f&n

Strange game. The home side dominated the first half, wasting chance after chance. 'Plenty of endeavour, but no end product,' remarked wise Mr Lilliman early in proceedings, and I felt a nil-nil looked possible. However the home side finally banged one in from a couple of feet out a minute before the break, and looked all set to carry on where they left off. The visitors were much improved, however, and in a rather splendid last quarter of an hour took control of the game and probably deserved their victory. Modest standard, I thought, but often entertaining. Good referee.

Chesterton Community Centre is the venue for the division's newcomers, and it's fully roped with dugouts but nowt else. Pleasant enough. Division recompleted.


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Castle Vale 1 Coventrians 1

Not where I wanted to be today but family first. Pretty decent game between 2 struggling sides but Vale won 4-3 on penalties

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Nelson 1-3 Seaham Red Star AET (1-1 at F.T) FA Vase...Adm £5...Prog £2...Cuppa £1...Pie £2

Settled for a revisit and a bit of cover with it being a wet start to the day. Took in Nelson just East of Burnley on the M65.

A warm welcome at the turnstile from the Chairman's son's who were on gate duty and soon bumped into Mr Chairman who was a chatty bloke. Not a big crowd a Little Wembley this afternoon, Seaham brought about 20-30 or so supporters but the Nelson fan base seems to have dropped off to what it was. Turned out to be a showery afternoon in East Lancs but more dry than wet.

Nelson took the lead on 34 minutes once they'd soaked up the early Seaham pressure, with No 8 Jake Lloyd firing low past the keeper. In a good contest between two attacking sides it remained 0-0 up to the break.

Seaham equalised on 55 minutes through Dan Wilson....I was walking round the pitch when the ball ran through to the keeper who collected it. I carried on walking round only to hear a big cheer, somehow the keeper had spilled the ball and the big No 9 scored!! Shame because that goal took both sides into extra time. With 8 minutes of regular time remaining Seaham were reduced to 10 men when their No 7 Jo Hales was sent off for a second bookable. Nelson finished the 90 minutes on top but unable to find the winner.

Things changed in extra time, Seaham took the lead at the end of the first period of extra time through No 8 Paul Gardner. As Nelson pushed forward for the equaliser, Seaham broke upfield and scored the third.

Always enjoy visiting these parts and the terraced houses and chimney in traditional brick for these parts. Some of the perimeter wall need sorting but is secured temporarily for now. Not all Clubs have the finances of the Premier League.

A decent game for the neutral but Seaham progress to the next round.


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Felindre 2-3 Brecon Northcote
Mid Wales South League
No admission charge
Att: 30 (h/c)

Felindre are now in their third season after reforming. The first two were awful, with very few points being accumulated. This season, however, they look like they could be competing. They have 4 points on the board already, which is about how many they got in the whole of each of the two previous seasons. Today's game pitted them against a team with a 100% record from 3 games. This was extended to 4, but very fortuitously.

Felindre were up for this from the off, and took the lead with a 30 yard free kick midway through the first half. Northcote equalised within a minute, but Felindre regained the lead before the break. Northcote dominated the 2nd half but couldn't find a way through the Felindre defence until an equaliser came with 14 to go. Just when Felindre looked to be gaining a deserved point a speculative hoof from way out bounced over the keeper and into the net with just 2mins left to play. Harsh.

The ground is as rural as they come. The village is a dot on the map, and at the south end there is a gate leading to a field. Cross the field to a footbridge over a small river, and the pitch is in the next field. Unroped, with no pitchside facilities. Beautiful setting, surrounded by tranquil farmland. The players change in the village hall, which is a good 2-300 yards away.

A couple of previous posts regarding this ground have suggested that it is in England. Now that I've been there I disagree. According to Google Maps the Wales/England border runs along the hedge beyond the far touchline, which means that the pitch is in Wales. Glad to have got that sorted out.


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FA Vase : Horncastle Town 0 Sherwood Colliery 2. Admission £4; Programme £1. Attendance : 200 estimate


A couple of previous posters have already commented on this one so there's not really a great deal to add other than the clearly better team won quite comfortably.
I'd always wanted to go to The Wong when I first became aware of the name many years ago but didn't fancy trekking this far for a Lincs League game so today's debut game in the Vase was just the ticket. As it's usually open-access, the need to enclose the ground with temporary fencing meant it was two-sided for today's game and it all got very cosy in the first half as a mini-hurricane and heavy shower sent plastic chairs flying and everyone scurrying to the small clubhouse overhang for shelter. By the end, it was jackets-off weather again; don't you love the British Summer!
A club official claimed that the club regularly get 200 or so for Lincs League games and I thought there was at least that here today, so very surprised to see someone mention that the FA website has an attendance of 93Crazy Good hopper representation among that as apart from those who've already posted I encountered GTV, Mick Smallman, Neil Wigley, cherryhopper, Phil Smye, Kit-Kat and another chap whose name I can never remember (apologies - we met last year at Kiveton Park I believe)
The "best burgers in Horncastle" were tasty but not memorable and the new clubhouse looked very smart; fizz only. Can't remember the last time (if ever) I've seen a goal scored from a keepers punt upfield but that being the second goal in a couple of minutes pretty much ended the contest; to put it into context Sherwood have won 5 from 5 in the EMCL - big gulf in class.
Horncastle is on the Lincoln to Skegness road which seriously needs ugrading from its current single carriageway state and the endless roundabouts round Lincoln are always good for a queue; nonetheless I was back by 7.15 with no inclination for ticking when driving solo.


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Jarvis Brook 2-2 Brighton Electricity
Southern Combination 2nd Division


The ground is tucked away down a single track road, the club do operate a one way system (in from the north, out from the south), presumably ignored in wet weather as the road crosses a ford to the south. The car park is thanfully fairly large, but would need telling people where/how to park for a bugger fixture. The pitch is fully railed with permanent dugouts, and also on quite noticeable slopes from end to end and middle to both sides. Surrounded by trees on on all sides with a couple of other pitches behind some of these. They've got a large clubhouse, with programmes being sold behind the counter, but no admission charged.

The hosts had more of the ball throughout, but it was the visitors (playing in brown shirts and shorts with white socks) who took a first half lead. Jarvis Brook did have their shots on goal, but never looked like scoring. The visiting #14 looked the most likely to score and he doubled the away advantage early in the second half, but injured himself in the process. He did struggle on for a bit, without threatening again.An effort just before the hour pulled one back for the hosts, it appeared that the away keeper left it due to expecting it to go wide. The equaliser came late on, with a much better finish, this time from a header in off the post.I spent a majority of the game near the home dugout, and again good to hear someone avoiding continual criticism of the referee.


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Also at Eastleigh v Barnet, Not surprisingly I saw this differently from the opening poster. Eastleigh's No5 by my count should have got 4 yellows but miraculously escaped a red, the last of these when he brought down Mason-Clark who was clear on goal but was booked for diving (why would he dive rather than have a clear shot on goal?). To be fair, the incident when the Eastleigh No11 was sent off for diving looked a pen to me, although I was 80 yards away.

I did think Barnet would have been unlucky only to draw though, we had most of the game other than the 20 mins before HT.

Trains in both direction caNcalled due to RMT strike, fortunately I'd arrived at Waterloo early enough to get an earlier train but arrived 25 min late for a prior engagement coming back.


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FA Vase First Qualifying Round
Saltdean Utd 0 Lordswood 2
Admission £3 (concession) Attendance c65 (h/c) + 6 dogs

Whoever designed the Hill Park ground did a excellent job in finding what must be virtually the only level ground in Saltdean. The 27 bus from Brighton station struggled up some very steep slopes on the way there but at least it drops you just two or three minutes from the venue saving any uphill walking. Once inside there is a modest clubhouse and changing room complex on the right with the pitch on the left. Covered seating is available on both sides but there is no spectator access to the far end.

Today's match pitched Southern Combination Premier Saltdean against Southern Counties East Premier Lordswood – Sussex County League versus Kent League in old money. The first half was fairly even, Lordswood started the better but Saltdean dug in and probably came nearest to scoring. After the break, with the wind and the slight slope in their favour, Lordswood took control and scored their first on the hour from a goalmouth scramble and soon added a second from a well worked move down the left. Saltdean lost their discipline at this point, losing their left back to two quick and needless bookings and their centre forward and most effective player to a slanging match with his manager and an immediate substitution. Lordswood played out time with ease and hit the post just before the end.


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 The car park is thanfully fairly large, but would need telling people where/how to park for a bugger fixture.


Blimey - how often do they happen ?


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The car park is thanfully fairly large, but would need telling people where/how to park for a bugger fixture.


Blimey - how often do they happen ?

I'm just thankful I managed to spot and correct my other spelling mistake.


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Yes, I guess you wouldn't want to be doing that uphill......Wink


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Borth Utd 6-2 Machynlleth
Welsh Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Attendance: 52
Admission: £2, no progs

Reasonable game from two bottom division Mid Wales League clubs, although the visitors never looked like making a stab of it once they'd gone 4-2 behind. The first half was played with Borth in all blue and Machynlleth in blue shorts and blue & white striped tops, but someone must have been sent on an errand as the visitors played the second half in Borth's yellow away tops.

Quite a decent ground, fully railed with a cover on the near side and two sides of hard-standing. Despite being about 30 seconds walk from the beach, the surroundings are very green with two sides of the ground opening out onto scrubland and another football pitch behind the right hand goal; the view is only let down by a rather stark, metal grey community building behind the stand and it's in here that the changing rooms are located. The tea bar was found at the back of the stand and was open throughout the game. Small amount of parking right outside the ground, but a much larger (and free) car park on the other side of the second pitch.

Borth itself is an interesting place. A windswept seaside town, and setting for at least one episode of Welsh crime drama Hinterland, all houses seem to be set either side of a single road. I can image it being particularly bleak during the winter but there were some quirky shops along this road, including a boutique cinema, and some attractively painted houses.




Also at this one, well summed up by Mark . The ground is called Uppingham Fields as they were the school playing fields when the famous public school relocated to Borth during the Winter of 1876 due to a typhoid epidemic in Rutland.



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William Hill Scottish Cup - Preliminary Round 2
Whitehill Welfare 0-1 Penicuik Athletic
at Ferguson Park, Rosewell
Attendance - 250 est
Admission £6, programme £2, food available

The only real structure within my season these days is a game in every round of the Scottish Cup from Preliminary Round 1 to the final, ten rounds in total. This is my fifth season of doing so and it's a good way of getting round the country.
The weather was predictably crap in the run up to the game and that put me off a lengthy drive and revisit at Threave Rovers, who were hosting Hill of Beath Hawthorn.
Ironically, the sun was out by the time I got to deepest Midlothian, albeit accompanied by a stiff breeze.
On paper, this looked like a tasty Midlothian derby. The clubs are only a few miles apart, though until recently they sat on opposite sides of the senior/junior divide here in Scotland.
Penicuik's flit from junior to senior and procurement of an entry level Club License have opened the door to regular games, especially with Whitehill dropping down from the Lowland League into the East of Scotland Premier in the summer.
I didn't think there would be a huge amount between the sides, but did fancy Penicuik to live up to their billing as pre-match favorites, and so it proved.
They enjoyed a territorial advantage throughout and had a bit more of a cutting edge, which eventually yielded the winning goal in the 57th minute. Had it not been for Welfare's experienced goalie Bejaoui, then they would have seen the game out by another couple of goals.
Welfare played some nice stuff at times but other than set pieces, they didn't unduly worry the visitors defence. That said, they were in the game until the final whistle, and had a couple of half chances at the death to salvage an undeserved replay.
Penicuik now go into the first round draw for the first time since 1938, when they encountered Hearts at Tynecastle and spectacularly lost 14-2. If they get one of the weaker Highland or Lowland sides, then they could easily progress to the second round this year.
Ferguson Park has gradually developed since I first visited in the early 1990s when it was little more than an open field. Since then a new pavilion has been built, together with a seated stand and the whole ground has been more robustly enclosed.
The ground still lacks lights, and unless Whitehill erect some quite soon, their Scottish Cup adventures are likely to be a thing of the past, as Licence requirements become more stringent.
Whitehill produced a programme for the game but it was poor value for £2. The same can be said about the sparcely filled steak pies.



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An unusual day out as it involves a detour to Alton Towers and back. Having dropped my son and his mate there a game about an hour away fitted the bill for the collection time but left me with a few hours spare pre football. I settled on

Samba Notts Senior League Division One
Ravenshead 1 Basford United Community 2
No admission, prog or refreshments although there may have been something in the leisure centre
Att. 18


Arrived about 11.20 so went for a cross country hour walk through rolling countryside to The Black Bull in Blidworth. Excellent range of 5 ales on offer but too many to try all. Then back to the ground dodging a couple of brief showers.

The first half could be described as dross but that would be generous. It was like watching in slow motion at times and not surprisingly goalless. Much better after the break but we had to wait for the goals as the hosts wasted numerous chances. The visitors led with a well taken shot that was soon levelled from a close range header. The winner was a bit of a comedy moment as the keeper went to dive to save a shot that looked to be going wide only to fumble it and direct it back into the goal.

A pleasant venue spent mostly in sunshine, the rain having blown by pre match. Fully enclosed, railed and floodlit but no hard standing or cover. The pitch looked lush and green. The changing rooms were presumably in the leisure centre about 150 yards away. Above a grass bank behind one goal was an open grassed area used for kids football. Next to that was a skate park and tennis courts. Further back was the entrance road with the centre beyond that. Woods were around two sides of the pitch and a field with shire horses bounded the touchline side I stood on.

Straightforward return pick up and home for 8


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Southern League Division 1 Central
Didcot Town 1 Yaxley 0

I was also at this game and despite being played on an atrocious pitch, I thought the players adapted to it very well. The first half was a non event except that I thought Yaxley had a good shout for a penalty. The second half was a more lively affair mainly due to a couple of incidents involving the Didcot keeper who, in my opinion, came out dangerously on two occasions with a high foot and a high knee into the opposing forward. A Yaxley forward was then sent off for challenging the keeper on two occasions (both yellow cards), once with his head and once with his foot in a reckless manner. This provoked a bout of pushing and shoving (mustn't touch a keeper but ok for a keeper to touch you scenario). The Yaxley bench was fairly animated throughout the game leading to the referee taking firm action near the end.
Right near the end of the game and from the position I was in (by the barrier in the Yaxley attacking half looking for a quick exit) my first reaction was, 'that's a penalty'. It was duly scored and with seconds to go I thought that Yaxley should have had a penalty at the other end.

As a neutral observer I agreed with the vast majority of the referee's decisions.


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JD Cymru North

CPD Porthmadog 0 Bangor City 1

Y Traeth, Porthmadog

Admission - £6 Programme - £1.50 Attendance - 289

Port continued with their sluggish start to the season against a Bangor outfit who named a starting XI which, at best, could be described as multi-national, containing 5 Italians, 2 from Guinea-Bissau, 1 Angolan, 1 Ghanaian and 2 English players. The trend continued to the bench which consisted of a further 2 Italians, an Argentinian, an Englishman and, at last a Welshman! Not quite your normal Cymru North line up and how this can be funded and sustained, heaven only knows. In previous editions of this Gwynedd derby, Bangor would bring a minimum support of 200 to 300, on this occasion the away support numbered a maximum of 30. For sure the majority of the disillusioned masses were at Nantporth yesterday watching Bangor 1976 progress in the Welsh Cup with a 4-1 victory over Llandudno Athletic.

Bangor just about deserved their victory at Port and will have far tougher fixtures ahead, but with Mr. Vaughan Jnr, in charge I fear further twists and turns ahead over the coming months.


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Scottish Cup Second Preliminary Round
Threave Rovers v Hill of Beath Hawthorn, 0-2, H.T. 0-1, Att c.140, Admission £6, Programme £2, Pie and Coffee £2.50
At Meadow Park, Castle Douglas

My last visit to Meadow Park was over a decade ago so I was more than due to make a return. The pairing of Hill of Beath Hawthorn with Threave Rovers made for the perfect opportunity so to do.

Threave have had quite an eventful history over the intervening period. They were early members of the Lowland League but opted for relegation due to the travelling involved and the difficulty of recruiting players prepared to travel outwith Dumfries and Galloway. They won the South of Scotland League two seasons ago but lost the Play Off to Kelty by a double-figure scoreline. Last season they toiled in the South of Scotland League but this season have shown signs of ambition. They’ve recruited better quality players than recently although whether this new ambition extends as far as wanting promoted remains to be seen.

Meadow Park has seen lots of improvements since my last visit. The grandstand has been extended and the surrounds have all been tidied up. The Bar Area is much extended and really plush. The Pie Hut ahs moved for this season and must be the most luxurious and well-appointed in the country. The Scotch Pies, from a local butcher, are also quite superb – so much so that no alternative is offered as there is simply no need for it. The pastry is particularly interesting – a crispy crust encasing a huge dollop of filling with just the right balance of meatiness, spiciness and greasiness.

I thought that the Haws would win but not with ease. That’s how the game panned out with the final outcome in doubt until the last minute. Haws were the more talented side but that was largely cancelled out by the physical nature, aggression and no little skill of the home team. Haws led with a 26th minute goal from new signing Joe Kinninmonth who netted from close range in a goalmouth scramble. Despite a string of corners and several good breaks Haws couldn’t add to that.

In the second half Threave had the advantage of a strong wind behind them. Going into the closing twenty minutes they threw caution to the wind and attacked in numbers. Good defending kept them at bay and they actually created few clearcut chances. Still, it was a huge relief for Haws when subbie Regan Lumsden scored a second, finishing a quick break, in stoppage time.

Threave always seem to produce a Scottish Cup programme. It was pretty basic for £2 – my test is to ask if I have learned anything from reading it and on this occasion the answer was no. £2 wasted, therefore.

Haws officials view annual Scottish Cup participation as the main point of having achieved an SFA Licence. Promotion to the Lowland League is unlikely although they would embrace it if the opportunity presented itself. They now await the First Round draw with great interest – a lower end Highland or Lowland League team would be ideal as they are the weakest teams in the draw. The remaining Junior qualifiers and East of Scotland League sides are much stronger and they will want to avoid them, as well as the Lowland and Highland league heavyweights.


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Devon League South & West Division (@ Paignton Community & Sports Academy 3G, Waterleat Road, Paignton)

Paington Saints 2-2 Plymouth Argyle Development

No admission/programme, cold drinks and crisps etc available from vending machine in the Sports Hub building. no hot drinks.

With over 1000 grounds visited, there are very few I really don't want to revisit if the occasion demands it. This will be one of those very few. A 3G Cage, with no access inside so viewing restricted to a raised balcony outside with bench seating available but with people standing in front most of the seats became pretty useless. Last person to post on "where did you go?" for this venue was Steveb about 18 months ago and he had no problems going "inside" but I guess with the elevation to Step 7 they've stopped that. It's not just that you are outside the cage but it is one with very small sections of fencing so more solid posts than usual plus floodlight pylons make it even harder to watch.

As for the game, PAFC FITC Plymouth Argyle Development as the league call them (bet Chris1963 would love a name like that) took a two-goal lead with a long range effort and a nice free kick into the break, but two quick goals just after the hour earned Saints a deserved point.

This Argyle side bears no resemblance to the side that were playing in the Peninsula League last term, about the only similarity is that it was a very young side. They don't appear to be potential pro prospects, nor did the coaching from the sidelines bear much resemblance to that of a professional club.

Both these teams should be safe from finishing near the bottom of the division, but I don't think either will be troubling the promotion positions either.

So, not an afternoon I'd like to repeat, luckily "My rules" don't recognise the "bracketed tick" so I don't need to come back here for the other Paington side. Good job I had enjoyed a decent Parkrun at Torbay Velopark earlier in the morning followed by a few hours at Paington Zoo, all within a couple of minutes drive from each other.


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Retford 1 Barton Town 3
FA Vase 1st Round
3pm ko
Att.103

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......Time to start making inroads with the 19-20 NPL newbies starting with a trip to Merseyside for...

City of Liverpool 0 v 1 Workington - Northern Premier League Division 1 North West
Prog 32 pages £2.00 - Admission £8.00 - Att 357

....One of those days when the day out with the venerable Mr Druryszki accompanying was better that what occurred between 15.03 and 16.53. Workington maintained their opening winning record to the start of their season with a performance of graft and from this contest, impressions were obtained that a place nearer the upper echelons of the division looks far more likely than their opponents who lacked any real threat in the final third. What did not assist on the day was a swirling wind, which some players utilised to good effect but others saw passes and shots travel in directions that were not expected.

Impressed throughout by the displays from David Symington who seemed to alternate between both flanks and in the second half sterling defensive displays from Sam Smith ad Brad Carroll, Smith especially was particularly commanding in the air, but for too long the home attack did not exert the requisite pressure on their opponents defence.

An early audacious dipper of a shot from Symington was one occasion when the gusts were taken advantage of but on this occasion the bar was cleared and then Symington turned provider with a free kick, which saw Nathan Waterston's downward header blocked low down by Vince Aspinall in the CofL goal. The CofL attack was ineffectual early on apart from a drive from John McGrath which required more in the way of potency if it was going to pass Jim Atkinson in the visitors goal. What turned out to be the only goal came as a result of a avoidable error from Luke Denson who was unable to control a cross from Liam Brockbank, he was easily dispossessed by Jay Kelly who easily placed his shot wide of Aspinall to the acclaim of the large numbers down from West Cumberland.

If the first half had largely been a procession in the direction of the CofL goal, the second period was much more even. Aspinall initially kept the visitors lead at one, stretching to block Waterston's angled drive with his legs. CofL in the obvious realisation that the deficit was merely one were more of a threat with Jamie McDonald locating space but Atkinson managed to block and then claw back the shot before any threat from a rebound materialised. Several half chances for the visitors saw Ash Kelly head wide at the back post and then Symington striking from distance but some way wide of the far post, Several half chances for CofL as well but McDonald struck a volley straight at Atkinson and in the final minutes a scramble in and around the six yard box looked more of a threat than it actually was. Difficulty with the hosts approach play was there was little variation on the long cross into the middle and with Smith and Carroll being in such good form at the heart of the visitors defence, little progress was made in creating much beyond a basic threat.

First visit to Vesty Road, tucked away on an industrial estate approx ten minutes walk from Aintree Station. Basic Level 4 facilities with all of the cover being at either end, with a seated stand and two areas of cover. With Mr D having suffered with problems with his knee of late, there were apprehensions that the great man of player knowledge would struggle with a two hour stand, but the wooden rail was utilised to great effect. As a small aside and unusually for a NPL fixture team sheets were in very short supply but the NPL like the Isthmian League makes use of FWP and the teams were easily obtained before kick off from a digital platform.

A successful day in Mr D's Costa Quest with a number of ticks and this end, it was a day when considerably more tea was drunk than ale. In fact the only pint was from Wily Fox, which tasted as if it had emanated from a particularly smelly gland of the producing Reynard. Should have been returned!!

Made use of the Two Together Railcard to ensure giving less money to Mr Branson's Pension fund, which of course is likely to end soon with our pounds being given to Matthew Gregory of First Group and Trenitalia's Pension Funds instead. Our outward journey was enlivened by the arrival of five late thirties, early forties femmes at Stafford who were en route to an afternoon of Proseco, cocktails and Karaoke in and around Liverpool City Centre. Even though their number included two seemingly sensible individuals who worked in Adult Social Services, the fact that their bottles of home made cocktails were disappearing at an alarming rate meant that a conscious attempt was made to avoid the train that they were booked back on. Slight delay on Dick's Train Set due to slow running advance services on the return journey and indoors at 22.45.....


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Crawley Town 1-0 Cheltenham Town
Admission £16. Child Free. Car Parking Free. Programme not bought. Attendance 2,092


Having finally picked this off, I have now seen Cheltenham play away at 22 of their 23 opponents in the current League-2. The last time I saw Cheltenham at Crawley was 25 years ago, in the Southern League (and at Town Mead).

First thing I see on arriving is a sign pointing to "Free Football Parking", which leads us to a few areas of parking in front of office buildings. This is good and sensible co-operation between the club and local business, (possibly with the town council in the conversation). I wish more clubs would do something like this. (Are you listening in Wycombe?).

From there it is a short walk to the ground, entering close to the Redz bar, outside which a long haired crooner is treating us to some punk classics. He managed "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" and "Eton Rifles" in the short time I was outside. I noticed The Jam were on the play list inside the ground as well, is it a Crawley thing?

The ground is much neater than I remember it. My last match visit was in 2005. I think some of the cover, especially the terracing has been added.

First half was nothing to write about, Crawley were clearly in the ascendency but appeared to settle for a couple of high and wide shots. Cheltenham seemed unable to get the ball across the half way line, except for wasteful long balls which were easily returned.

In the second period, my lot played some much better football, winning midfield battles, and getting the ball out to the wings. The best chances however remained crosses that were not met. Crawley did manage one or two chances which Flinders saved, and a draw may have been a fair result, but as the fourth official was holding up the injury time board, Oliver Palmer used his strenght to evade two attempted tackles and slotted in the only goal of the game.

This is a club that is clearly making an effort to do things right. With the parking, live music outside the club (and beer allowed in the same area), seven pounds less than my own club for a man and a boy who turn up on the day. However, the attendance of 2,092 must be a cause for concern.



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Chamberlayne Athletic 4 Liss Athletic 1, Hampshire Premier League, Att: 15, Admission/Prog: No

Chamberlayne have had ground issues this season, having been promoted from the Southampton League, and this was their last game at their temporary home of the Roy Underdown Pavilion in the yachty village of Hamble-le-Rice. I should possibly say fortunately their last game here because this was certainly not up to even the rudimentary standards of the Hampshire League. A basic recreation ground with probably the worst surface I've seen a game on in August, no pitchside rope as well as a lack of refreshments makes you wonder how the league accepted this as a step 7 venue. The only redeeming feature was a welcome overhang on the pavilion as a heavy shower passed through at the end of the first half. On the pitch things were little better, not helped by the rough surface. Neither side looked capable of stringing passes together and it was somewhat of a surprise that we had goals at all. The home side were two up at the break and despite Liss pulling one back early in the second period, Chamberlayne ran out comfortable winners. Unlike APL's recent visit, there was no nasty shenanigans from the home side, the closest we came to a bad tackle was when an errant child ran into the path of the visiting full back. The small gathering of spectators included Leatherhead's finest DJ who was on his way to a non-league play of all things.



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Re: [Andy D] Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately

Clydach Wasps 2 Coed Eva Athletic 4

Gwent County Div. One

h/t 1-1

h/c 15

Every so often you come across a gem that makes this hobby so worthwhile. This was one of those games/venues/welcomes, that make standing in a 3g or 4g cage sometimes so pointless.

It was bloody hard to find though, after going up and down the steep hill twice I stopped a local expecting to be spoken to in Welsh, it turned out he was on his way to the game himself, result!

Wasps took the lead and the first of three penalties gave the visitors the equaliser. Wasps took the lead again with another penalty before the third one gave Coed Eva their second equaliser. They then stepped up a gear with two more goals to finish easy winners.

Venue done on here before, surrounded by trees, hills and views. Very warm welcome and two free programmes dispatched, (normally £1).

Spent the morning in Abergavenney, one of my favourite towns and briefly at Clydach Ironworks.



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Re: [GRIFFON] Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately

10.30am
EFL Youth Alliance, North West
Fleetwood Town U18 2 Rochdale U18 1 (att 52 h/c)
Free admission, free teamsheet


A reason it's taken me a while to visit a youth team match at Poolfoot Farm has been that's not always easy to find a suitable game on a new ground to follow in the afternoon. This fixture was an earlier-than-usual 10.30am start though, given me more time to guarantee a second match later in the day.

I'd been to Poolfoot Farm before for a game on a 3G pitch, so I knew what to expect. It is a very impressive complex for a club relatively new to competing at a fully-professional level. The youth team plays on a grass pitch that's hidden from view from the entrance, and half of one side is roped off for spectators.

With a strong wind blowing the sides did well to produce a decent game. Rochdale had the conditions in their favour in the first half and took a lead, but Fleetwood were level before half time. With the wind at their backs the home side were dominant after the break, and the only surprise was that they scored just once more. Rochdale's keeper had an excellent game.

I never expect teamsheets at EFL Youth Alliance games, and had no reason to think Fleetwood would issue one, but towards the end of the game a spectator standing next to me took one out of his pocket to consult it. I didn't notice anyone else with one, but as I walked through the venue's Crossbar bar and grill on my way out after the game I spotted a discarded copy and grabbed it.

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2pm
North Lancashire & District League, Premier Division
Mayfield United 2 Caton United 1 (att 32 h/c)
Free admission, no progs


After a leisurely and pleasant drive from Poolfoot Farm I arrived in Lancaster in plenty of time for this match, one of two taking place at Ryelands Park, not far from the city centre.

There are three pitches in the park, and while Mayfield played on the middle one Melbourne were entertaining Bolton-le-Sands on a pitch downhill and closer to the River Lune. LeedsPhil might just have been able to watch both games at once, but only by sacrificing a decent view of at least one of them.

Mayfield and Caton bagged the majority of the park's local football fans, for a fixture that was a slow burner. The home side broke the deadlock in the second half, but although they looked the better side they allowed Caton to equalise soon after. A well-taken second goal for the hosts proved decisive.

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Sky Bet Championship

Brentford (3) 3 v 0 (0) Derby County

Season Ticket , Programme £3.50 , Attendance: 11,055 (1,676 away fans)
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Re: [bagman] Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately

HYTHE & DIBDEN [1] 1 NEWPORT IOW [0] 0 Wessex League 1.Admission £5 / £3. No programme due to editor ill. Att;65. Decent game with the home team scoring early.Small stand on the far side and covered standing on the opposite side.Behind the goal there are some uncovered seating.Small clubhouse and car park.


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Re: [leohoenig] Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately

Have been to 2 fixtures this year at Crawley including v Norwich and the programme is 1 pound and is excellent.
We go and see our favourite away teams here, because as mentioned the parking is a 30 second walk away and free.
And you can always get a ticket.


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Re: [footiemug] Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately

Warning: non non league

League One
AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

Entry: £17
Attendance: 4,521

A much better match than the goalless scoreline suggests, with a good atmosphere created by both sets of supporters. The bulk of the opportunities went the way of Wycombe, but they were decidedly wasteful with what landed in their lap, sending too many of them over the bar and being ruled offside on the one occasion the ball ended up in the net (courtesy of the human bulldozer that is Akinfenwa). AFCW's chances were rarer, but they worked hard for them and their fans showed appreciation for the effort applied. Hopefully they'll soon start to recreate last season's late form and start climbing the table.

This was a new tick for TheWavendonian, though I'd been here previously to see Kingstonian, and we spend a healthy wad at the pleasing sight of the Terry's Badges stall in the car park beforehand. As for the bargain entry of just £17, there is a reason why the RyGas Terrace on the far side of the ground is so cheap - anyone the same height as TheWav might struggle for a decent view of the action, as the terrace is at a shallow angle. There's still a good atmosphere on that side of the ground though, and all in all it proved a good day out.


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F.A.Vase 1st qual rnd
Stapenhill 0 Dudley Town 2
Adm £5/£3 Programme £1
Two games for me inside 48 hours and a greater contrast would be hard to imagine. From a night of European football at a raucous Molineux on Thursday to the environs of Burton where this scrappy game failed to stir the 70 or so souls present. Very little goalmouth action in the opening half and when the hosts looked as if they were at last beginning to get on top Dudley snatched a couple of goals inside the last twenty minutes. Adding to the very welcome winner's bonus of £550 is the fact that the "away" fixture in the next round will be played closer to Dudley than their "home" shared ground in Willenhall.


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Re: [Bradshaw] Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately

ST. PIRAN LGE WEST: ST. IVES TOWN 3 WENDRON UTD RESSIES 1

ADM: £3. PROG: No. ATT: h/c 20

Finally got to see a match at Lelant Saltings, a few miles out of town. The eggchasers snaffled the only piece of flat land high up in town, hence the footy club having roots in a nearby village. First win of the season for the home side, & well deserved on the day. Friendly lady in the tea bar, who took my gate money too.

Relatively new small timber cover on the estuary side of the ground, else fully railed with blue pipe. Of course the main attraction to this ground is the adjoining rail station. The branch line to St.Ives runs alongside, so if trains are your thing you’ll be in your element. I’m not the first I reckon, to have spent a while trying to get the money shot of catching a passing Thomas the tank while the games on! Good start to a week in Kernow & a pleasant little step seven venue.

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Re: [The Moose] Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately

United Services Portsmouth 2 Sherborne Town 3
FA Vase 1st round qualifying
Admission £6.00
Programme £1.00
Attendance 51 (Official)

Sherborne Town progress in The FA Vase after a goal two minutes from time secured a home tie against Petersfield Town in the next round much to the delight of the twelve visiting 'Sherb' supporters who had travelled by train, on the team coach and by road. There is no pay gate at the ground therefore entry is secured by a lady who goes around searching for you. Parking is at a premium but I managed to park in Burnaby Road opposite the ground for £3.50 for three hours, its that or the busy city centre car parks which are a fair walk away. There was no issue with security, getting in was smooth and stress free, the guys on the gate gave us directions and that was that.

Once inside the ground it has an Eastern European feel to it with brutalist architecture especially in the stand. This substantial structure sits on one side of the venue with the other three sides basically an athletics stadium.with applicable furniture. Any refreshments required you to leave the ground and make your way to The Sportsmans which is the base bar. Being in the centre of Portsea Island there are large high rise buildings that provide an impressive skyline, trains pass on two sides of the stadium heading for Portsmouth Harbour.



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Premier League
Selhurst Park Stadium – Official Attendance: N/K

Crystal Palace (0) 1 …….……… Aston Villa (0) 0


My initial fury at conceding a late ‘equaliser’ against 10-man Villa was replaced with a sense of relief when I realised that a free-kick had been awarded in Palace’s favour. But we got lucky. I didn’t know what had happened at the time, but having seen the highlights on MOTD, I fully understand Villa’s anger and frustration.


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Horncastle Fc 0 Sherwood Colliery FC 2
Admission £4/£1
Tea £1
Programme £1
Attendance 93- (from FA website, but crowd seemed much larger?)
The ground and game have been covered in an earlier post so I'll jst add that in this game it was the first time I've ever seen a keeper score for a kick from his hands. Sherwood were a class above Horncastle, but the home team can hold their heads high as they competed for evey ball and never gave up.

93 was the tie number not the attendance for which my estimate was 300. The mini-hurricane described by Buncranaboy was more a dust storm whipped up by the shale car park from where I was watching behind the goal where the hedge provided a little shelter. Interesting to learn The Wong is a Viking name, I thought the ground was sponsored by the local Chinese restaurantLaugh.


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In Reply To
. The car park is thanfully fairly large, but would need telling people where/how to park for a bugger fixture.
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Sothern Counties Division 2.
Montpelier Villa 2 - 0 Angmering Village
@ Sussex University
Admission including 12 page programme £2
Attendance, including 6 of the home sides women's team, 20
Bar occupied by cricket teams taking tea so, Isotonic sports drink and Bang Bang curry flavoured crisps from machines £2-60

Talk about being a bugger to park; this location must trump them all. With various building works and temporary traffic lights all turned to red, coupled with the summer vacation meaning nobody was available for directions within the Uni complex I ultimately found a space a good 10 minute walk uphill to the ground. It was certainly worth it as I saw a most enjoyable game, between the top two in the division.

It's all comparative but seemingly the home coaches have got their side working together for the common good and it was great to see most playing with smiles on their faces supporting each other throughout.

With Villa scoring 17 in their previous home fixture we were hardly likely to see that again, or were we? With the opposing keeper having an inspired game, with 3 top notch saves and the homesters hitting the post and/or bar at least a dozen times (including a penalty miss which hit both posts before coming back onto the pitch) it could have been close.

Unusually the penalty was taken by the home keeper with his lack of urgency returning to his own goal, showing his confidence with the rest of the team keeping out the opposition.

The second goal; an absolute cracker in the second half, occurred with an opposing player half way through his time in the sin bin. Maybe there should be somewhere in the programme to record this as a "power play".

I chose this match as it fitted in with my main course of seeing my team blow it at the death at Eastbourne speedway in the evening. but, if I lived in the area, I could see me taking in a few more MV games this season.

Sadly with Kyle Howarth dislocating his shoulder in a frightening heat 13 crash at the speedway, necessitating a lengthy period of treatment on the track, my intended ticking of newish micropub, Tubbs Pub, in Ewell on the way home saw the shutters down as I arrived. Alcoholic beverages taken 0. Unsure


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Due to slow traffic on M25 in particular I abandoned intended trip to Terrence MacMillan Stadium & diverted to a Herts County Premier game.


Cuffley 4-2 Sandridge Rovers ATT h/c 35 no admission charge or programme


The ground is a typical recreation ground with railed pitch but no hard standing or cover. A couple of benches exist in front of changing room/ clubhouse block. The clubhouse although small is decent with bar(keg) & TV.


The 1st half was dull with little goalmouth action until stoppage time when hosts scored a fine goal. The visitors were level on 47 & 2nd half saw a lot better end to end action. C scored twice on 63 & 68 to go 3-1 up but SR threatened to come back when making it 3-2 on 74 although these hopes shortlived as Cuffley sewed game up with a 4th two minutes later. The game was safely seen out thereafter. Fortunately the rain held off throughout game although it got chilly enough for me to get my coat at half time. After a quick trip to clubhouse to learn Villa result my disappointment increased when leaving to go to car to find a sharp shower was in progress so I was cold & wet when reaching car. All part of this wonderful hobby!!!! A good afternoon with Terry Mac there for another day hopefully.



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Sothern Counties Division 2.
Montpelier Villa 2 - 0 Angmering Village

Unusually the penalty was taken by the home keeper with his lack of urgency returning to his own goal, showing his confidence with the rest of the team keeping out the opposition.


I couldn't figure out why Montpelier's keeper was getting in quite a strop when they were awarded an early penalty in their bank holiday game at Rottingdean. An outfield player took it and missed, and the strop got worse. Never dawned on me he was probably wanting to take it himself!


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FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round.

Avro 0-2 Selby Town

Attendance - 65
admission - £5
Programme - £2

Avro play in the North West Counties Premier division whereas Selby play in the Northern Counties East Fivision 1.
Selby were by far the better team despite being the amateurs against the semi-pro outfit. Selby played some great football and were really honest. Avro threw some tough challenges in and Selby always remained calm.

A strange incident in the first half saw the referee collide with an Avro player accidentally. Following this, every time the ball went out of play, the referee would blow his whistle and go and talk to his assistants. It came as no surprise when the referee didn’t appear for the 2nd half as he had concussion. The linesman took control but there was no 4th official so a fan stepped in as the linesman! Made a few good calls too!

Avros ground is called the Whitebank stadium. It is in Oldham, not far off the m60. The pitch is 3G and they groundshare with Oldham RLFC. There is a covered, raised seated area, a covered disabled area and a new covered standing area behind the goal.



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Sothern Counties Division 2.
Montpelier Villa 2 - 0 Angmering Village
@ Sussex University
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Was this match played on the grass pitch or on the recently constructed synthetic one the other side of the clubhouse/dressing-room building?


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Sothern Counties Division 2.
Montpelier Villa 2 - 0 Angmering Village

Unusually the penalty was taken by the home keeper with his lack of urgency returning to his own goal, showing his confidence with the rest of the team keeping out the opposition.



I couldn't figure out why Montpelier's keeper was getting in quite a strop when they were awarded an early penalty in their bank holiday game at Rottingdean. An outfield player took it and missed, and the strop got worse. Never dawned on me he was probably wanting to take it himself!



May well have been the reason. To his credit, it was one hell of a kick, which hit both posts, before bouncing out into play. Would have certainly beaten he keeper, who IIRC, went the right way.


(This post was edited by Main Drain Man on Sep 2, 2019, 5:01 PM)


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Kent County League, Premier Division, 2.45 pm

Hawkinge Town 2 Ide Hill 6 (H/T 1-2)

Entry – Free

Programme – 4 pages (by donation?)

Crowd – c. 30 in first half, although fewer by the time the game had finished.

As it appeared that Kent would be the part of the UK most likely to hang on to the dry weather, I looked at options for that part of the world. Initially, I had in mind the FA Vase tie between Lydd Town and Raynes Park Vale but then I decided to look and see what other games there were scheduled for that area. I had remembered that last season, Hawkinge Town had been mentioning on their twitter that they were issuing programmes, and sure enough, not only were they at home this Saturday but they were still issuing. In fact their twitter showed an image of both the front and back cover of their programme.

Hawkinge is a large village about three miles north of Folkestone, and I travelled by train from London Victoria, arriving in the town in good time to give myself to walk up the steep hill to Hawkinge. However, as I was feeling lazy I decided to take the bus instead, especially as I didn’t have to pay for it. There are two bus routes to Hawkinge from Folkestone, the route numbers being 16 (double-deckers going to Canterbury) and 73 (a more local route using singe-deck vehicles) with both running at least half-hourly. Some of the stops in the village only serve one route though, and you will need to walk to the southern edge of the village after the game if you want to reach a stop that serves both routes. If you want to minimise your amount of walking, the number 73 stops much closer to the ground than the number 16 does.

The Hawkinge Trust Memorial Ground is accessible from two roads. Pedestrians can gain access from Cricketers Close which as its name suggests, is adjacent to a cricket ground where a match was in progress. However, the small car park there is reserved for the use of cricket players and officials, as a notice makes clear. Anyone wanting to use the football ground has to use Pavilion Road on the other side of the field. The football ground has quite a rural appearance, being situated on the edge of open countryside, and is quite spacious, being completely separate from the cricket ground. However, the whole ground has a noticeable slope.There is a very modern pavilion with wooden cladding and this houses a communal refreshment area as well as the changing rooms. Considering that someone had posted on WDYG last season that he did not see any programmes - for a match where the programme’s front cover had been shown on twitter - I was pleased to find that there were several copies on the refreshment counter, rather than being hidden away in the dressing rooms. I gave £1 as a donation for my copy, although this may not have been compulsory.

A flat roof extends upwards from the building, providing cover for spectators although this is some distance from the pitch which is situated on the far side of the field. The pitch is taped off on one side only and there are no dugouts although plastic chairs for the substitutes are provided in a marked area on the far side. On this side another field is situated behind the trees and there are some goalposts, so presumably this is a training area. Hawkinge had started the season in very poor form, having lost all their league games to date, including a 1-7 defeat in their previous home game. Ide Hill (who are based in a village of that name near Sevenoaks) had no trouble in winning comfortably, and I can only hope that Hawkinge manage to improve. As for the weather, it remained fine and even sunny at times throughout the whole afternoon, even if it was also a bit windy.


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Sothern Counties Division 2.
Montpelier Villa 2 - 0 Angmering Village
@ Sussex University

Was this match played on the grass pitch or on the recently constructed synthetic one the other side of the clubhouse/dressing-room building?

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It was on the new 2nd 3g pitch, with the one nearest the road being used by a ladies hockey team on the day. There is an area of hardstanding between these two pitches, with a glass/Perspex wall separating the two and a roof covering both sides. I think there was one step of terracing for the hockey pitch but it was all flat for Montpelier Villa's side. No seating but all floodlit.


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BLABY & WHETSTONE RESERVES 2-2 NEWBOLD VERDON
(LSL-2)

Adm: free with league pass; £2 normally
Prog: none

On official photography duty which included taking the home side's team photo before ko.

The game - Newbold used the "Get Out of Jail Free" card as they scored twice in the final fifteen minutes to secure an unlikely and undeserved point. Blaby created and missed so many chances, especially in the first half but were only one goal up at the break. A converted penalty kick made it 2-0 before the visitors comeback.

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FA Vase 1Q
Inkersall Road
Staveley Miners Welfare (Northern Counties East - Level 5) 2 - 5 Cheadle Town (North West Counties - Level 6) HT 1-1
Adm £5/3 Programme £1.50 Att 124
Tea £1, Cans £1

I grew up in NE Derbyshire and haven't been to this ground for over 30 years...of course it has changed a bit. A busy game meaning that the over flow car park was also in use, and still plenty of room for parking remained including their own mini bus painted with the Trojans' name for away games.

I arrived to find one of their junior members working the turnstile with a smile, well done young man. Inside the ground continued the theme of painted vertical blue and white stripes. A table tennis room was in one corner and outside this what looked like an over sized pool table that might have accommodated football sized pool balls?

One stand of covered seating was down the side, where some very vocal home supporters were encouraging the players. The club shop was unfortunately closed, I'm not sure of their opening hours, but plenty of their home supporters were wearing replica shirts so they must have a good volume of customers. Outside the club shop was an oversized chess set.

The club house is immediately to the left of the turnstile, with plenty of seats, indoors and outside, a pool table inside and hot food available as well as the bar. I photography 'tower' was overlooking the pitch which housed a tea bar on it's ground floor, although this was closed for this game.

The game itself was an enjoyable watch with Staveley scoring inside the first minute. The opposition equalised by half time. The referee received some comments from the crowd following his awarding of a penalty against Staveley and then the home team began to let their frustrations show, but did manage to pull a goal back to make it 2-4, only for Cheadle Town to respond with their 5th goal.

A disappointed home crowd by the end of the game, but now they can focus on their next away fixture in the FA Cup 1Q Round. They are hiring a coach for their supporters.



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Re: [Main Drain Man] Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately


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Sothern Counties Division 2.
Montpelier Villa 2 - 0 Angmering Village
@ Sussex University

Was this match played on the grass pitch or on the recently constructed synthetic one the other side of the clubhouse/dressing-room building?

………………………………......…...………...……...…...……...…...……...

It was on the new 2nd 3g pitch, with the one nearest the road being used by a ladies hockey team on the day. There is an area of hardstanding between these two pitches, with a glass/Perspex wall separating the two and a roof covering both sides. I think there was one step of terracing for the hockey pitch but it was all flat for Montpelier Villa's side. No seating but all floodlit.


Thank you for your help. The grass pitch which I was referring to was part of the huge and slightly sunken grass area on the other side, and which includes a rugby pitch. It is possible to view this side from the clubhouse balcony. At the time of my visit (January 2019) the 3G pitch on the other side was still under construction and the club's website/twitter said that they were expecting to 'move' there from the grass pitch as soon as possible.

I've received a PM from another hopper who says that in August 2017, he saw a game on a grass pitch which may have been where the 3G is now.


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Re: [Chris1963] Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately


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In Reply To
Sothern Counties Division 2.
Montpelier Villa 2 - 0 Angmering Village
@ Sussex University

Was this match played on the grass pitch or on the recently constructed synthetic one the other side of the clubhouse/dressing-room building?

………………………………......…...………...……...…...……...…...……...

It was on the new 2nd 3g pitch, with the one nearest the road being used by a ladies hockey team on the day. There is an area of hardstanding between these two pitches, with a glass/Perspex wall separating the two and a roof covering both sides. I think there was one step of terracing for the hockey pitch but it was all flat for Montpelier Villa's side. No seating but all floodlit.


Thank you for your help. The grass pitch which I was referring to was part of the huge and slightly sunken grass area on the other side, and which includes a rugby pitch. It is possible to view this side from the clubhouse balcony. At the time of my visit (January 2019) the 3G pitch on the other side was still under construction and the club's website/twitter said that they were expecting to 'move' there from the grass pitch as soon as possible.

I've received a PM from another hopper who says that in August 2017, he saw a game on a grass pitch which may have been where the 3G is now.


No problem. As it was my first ever visit I have no first hand knowledge but believe the 3g is on the site of their former pitch.


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Re: [Main Drain Man] Saturday 31st August 2019 or Reply Privately

You are probably correct. The match I attended in January 2019 was played on the huge grass area on the other side, but this may not necessarily have been their preferred pitch, especially as it is also used for rugby and cricket. In fact the current Google satellite photo shows a rugby pitch marked out on the spot where my football match was played. The photo may be very recent as the new 3G pitch looks complete.


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Following a request from a user, a post has been removed and all other requests referring to the original have been either removed or edited.
I apologise to anyone who feels their comments have been unjustly removed.



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He's even changed his message at bottom. Smiley thingy.



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Too late, as the barber said after he had cut the customers throat!


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A pity he didn't request the removal earlier as it could have saved his club the money in fines that they now have coming their way. Sly


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FA Vase 1Q Round

AFC Blackpool 2-1 Redcar Athletic

Att 125 including a 35 strong stag party from Glasgow who pretty much drank the bar and certainly added some atmosphere without ever being too annoying!

Prog: Were "late" apparently but I never subsequently saw one, not that I was that bothered not being a paper chaser.

Close game, never a classic but always interesting enough to keep my interest.
The ground isn't the most picturesque to say the least but it has some character with the two rickety stands on either touchline, and in more boring moments you can do some helicopter spotting as they fly in and out of nearby airport.
No 17 bus from Blackpool Town Centre runs to within a couple of hundred yards from the ground, as it does for all the "Squires Gate Triangle" of clubs which I have now completed!


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SkyBet League 2

Boundary Park, Oldham

Oldham Athletic 0(0) Colchester United 1(1)

Blue Shirts & Shorts White Shirts / Grey Shorts

Attendance 3091 (145 Away)

Admission £10 (Old Gimmer) Programme £3 Parking (in nearby hospital car park) £5 ouch!

Chicken Curry Onion Bhaji Pie (!) £3.50 Tea £2

Having missed our cup win at Selhurst Park in midweek and being back up north I decided to head over the hills to Oldham. The game was never going to be a classic but three league points were very welcome. The only goal of the game came from a Frank Nouble break down the left followed by an excellent finish across the Latics keeper.


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Brentford (3) 3 v 0 (0) Derby County

Season Ticket , Programme £3.50 , Attendance: 11,055 (1,676 away fans)
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Also here, Brentford dominated the game and unlike the Birmingham fixture at the beginning of the month, they took their first half chances scoring 3 times. Derby were poor, however Brentford were unable to add to their score.


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West Midlands League Division One Allscott Heath 9 Gornal Athletic 2 Admission £1 concession with free programme Attendance 60
A day trip by train for Airdrieonians v Falkirk had long been booked but on arrival at Coventry Station I discovered that a fatality at Canley had led to there being no trains to Birmingham until 10 so it was back home to consult my trusty Traveller where I eventually decided on one of the three WML grounds I needed, coupled with the two GBG pubs in Wellington. I was unable to follow the very precise (and entirely necessary) directions on the club's Full Time page as I had set off from Wellington. The postcode took me to a farmer's field and I spent sometime trying to find the ground, finally arriving 8 minutes late - and just as they kicked off.The ground is set in the wilds of rural Shropshire and it is clear that a lot of work has been done here with the aim of getting promotion. A new housing development is being built just over the road and the club are hoping to attract some of them as fans and already have planning permission for floodlights. There is a substantial car park with wooden fencing separating it from the ground, then a pay hut beyond this. On the right are all the buildings on the site which consist of the changing rooms and a refreshments room where toilets are also situated. There is hard standing as far as the dugouts on this side with a small area of cover for part of it which includes two metal benches and a chair. The hard standing stretches round behind the near goal but not to the far side which borders a cricket ground. There are a couple of Heath Robinson style seats on this side of the ground. A thrilling first half saw five goals including all three set piece goals for Allscott. However, it was one way traffic in the second half with Gornal's heads going down more and more as the goals kept rattling in.




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