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Friday 8th November 2019
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Nov 8, 2019, 10:37 PM
Cheshire Amateur Cup 3rd Round. (F&N). Crowd 20.
Newton Athletic 3 v 2 Govan Athletic
Match played on the 3G nearest the changing rooms at the Platt lane Complex. Newton scored in the first minute of a very even first half. Both sides tended to cancel each other out and there were no further goals in the first period.
Govan looked much stronger in the early stages of the second half and took a 2-1 lead. Back came Newton to equalise and few minutes later take the lead. Govan applied a lot of pressure in the dying minutes, hitting the post in stoppage time and several other near misses but couldn't find the net to take the game to penalties.
Excellent match spent in the company of Martin55, who may or may not add his own report!
First Team Star
Nov 9, 2019, 1:10 AM
Aberystwyth Town 0 Bala Town 5
Park Avenue: JD Cymru Premier
This match provided me with my first visit to Park Avenue since last season’s FAW Trophy final when Cefn Albion defeated Pontardawe Town 4-0 on a Saturday afternoon in April. I had been to the town already this season, for my first ever visit to Penparcau’s Min-y-ddol ground, located a relatively short distance from the home of Aberystwyth Town as the crow flies. There had been no considerable changes at Park Avenue during the intervening seven-month period. However, the club shop at the ground, which was not open on the day of the FAW Trophy final, has now re-located to the building opposite the main stand that also houses the television camera gantry. The previous incarnation was housed in a small green shed that was found in the corner of the ground closest to the spectator entrance. The Seasiders had experienced a mixed run of form in the league thus far this term, hence why they found themselves in the lower-half of the table, but had enjoyed a run to the semi-final stage of the Nathaniel MG Cup. Aberystwyth Town were due to travel to giantkillers STM Sports of the JD Cymru South later this month in the last-four stage of the competition. The Ceredigion men however came into this clash on the back of a morale-boosting 5-1 victory at Airbus UK last weekend to improve their chances of finishing in the top-six when the leagues concludes its first stages in January. Opponents Bala Town were ensconced in fifth position in the table and well-placed to find themselves competing for a return to European football next term. The Lakesiders had enjoyed a 4-0 home victory over Newtown last Friday evening and also had a Nathaniel MG Cup semi-fimal against leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads to look forward to in a fortnight.
The hosts made a solid start to this televised encounter, despite the final scoreline at Park Avenue, and certainly looked pair likely to break the early deadlock. The Seasiders headed wide of the target from a 12th minute free-kick played into the Bala Town penalty area before breaking quickly down the left flank and seeing a header from the ensuing cross being comfortably saved by Lakesiders' custodian by Josh Tibbetts. The visitors saw a volley of their own fly wide of the home goal after a 22nd minute corner was only partially cleared by the Seasiders' defence before opening the scoring seven minutes later. Bala Townn broke swiftly from deep inside their own half of the pitch before Henry Jones was played in on goal and eventually steadied himself before sliding the ball past Connor Roberts in the home goal. Aberystwyth Town were presented with a good opportunity to level the scores from an inviting 37th minute cross from out on the left flank but no home player could apply teh vital touch in front of goal. The Seasiders were made to pay for that missed opportunity when they doubled their lead in the 44th minute through Louis Robles' header after the hosts failed to clear their lines properly. The early stages of the second-half were relatively uneventful, in terms of clear goal scoring opportunities, before former Aberystwyth Town striker Chris Venables cut in from the left side of the host's penalty area before curling a delightful shot into the far corner of the net. Robles netted his second goal of the evening seven minutes later after the Seasiders struggled to clear the ball out of their penalty area once again. The Lakesisders went close from a 20 yard free-kick in the 79th minute before a shot was pushed on to the crossbar two minute later and Venables was on hand to head the ball over the line from close range. The hosts fired an 84th minute effort across the face of the Bala Town goal before Roberts was forced too turn away a stoppage time shot on the Aberystwyth Town goal.
New Grounds: 16
First Team Star
Nov 10, 2019, 12:33 AM
Team(s): Whoever plays Ipswich Town
We made a stop at Telford Services before parking at Oxon Park & Ride in Shrewsbury where I paid £2 & my dad £1 for concession (return tickets). We had a wander round this lovely town in the winter sunshine but it was cold. We then drove to our accommodation at Whittington & then drove to Oswestry & had a nice meal in the Wetherspoons. We drove past Welshpool’s ground with the floodlights on as they had a home game. We continued on & watched:
JD Cymru Premier Division
Newtown 3 (11, 30 & 52)
Caernarfon Town 1 (69)
KO: 19:45 Att: (not seen official) guess at 200+ inc approx 80 CT fans Cost: £7 Progs available
Venue: Latham Park, Park Lane, Newtown
We had been inside this ground previously so were able to view the nice scenery which obviously we couldn’t for this night game. Possibly the best ground in the division. Artificial pitch with 4 floodlight poles each side. Fully railed with infill & h/s all round. Main side has fairly wide h/s. In one half is a covered stand with 11 rows of red seats with standing area at the back. The remaining seated areas are red & blue. Next to this stand is another but smaller stand with 11 rows with barely half covered. Next to this is The Robins Nest snack bar room. In other half is a large brick building which houses a nice clubhouse & another room. There is a balcony where a few people could view from. There’s an area with a couple of rows of terracing below balcony. Further along is a step under a bit of overhang. Behind one goal not reaching either 18yd box are 8 rows. Either side is wider h/s while at the front part of the path is green. Behind other goal is grass area with banking going up in other corner. There’s approx. 10 backless benches scattered about. There’s trees at the back. Other side has straddling half-way line a small covered stand with 4 rows. Above is a covered gantry. In part of one half is another covered stand with 5 rows.
Match: 8th v 4th out of 12
Cold & at times very cold but I suppose it could’ve been worse. NEW started surprisingly well & should’ve taken the lead on 6mins but the gk saved a shot. They took the lead from close range which at first I didn’t think had gone in the net. CT offered little & had a free kick saved on 27mins. NEW scored again with help from a lucky ricochet but the finish was good. Shots 5-2.
H/t lasted over 14mins which was probably time for plenty of choice words from CT’s management team for a woeful half.
CT started better which wasn’t hard but it was NEW who scored again. This was the 3rd time we’ve seen CT play in 2 seasons & for the 1st time we saw them score. They didn’t really look like scoring again & on 84mins NEW should’ve scored again but the gk made a save. Plenty of injury time but NEW fully deserved the win. Shots 4-5.
The bodywork of my car was frozen but thankfully the windows weren’t which I was surprised at as we made our way back to Whittington.
Man City Transfer Target!
Nov 10, 2019, 7:42 AM
Location: Kingdom of Fife
Team(s): Fife teams
Spartans v Berwick Rangers, 1-0, H.T. 1-0, Att 193, Admission £7, Programme £2, teamsheets free, Curry Pie and Coffee £3.25
At Ainslie Park
Those who observe things from a distance might have thought pre-season that this could be a table-topping contest. Those closer to the reality of the Lowland League thought different. Once dominant Spartans have been eclipsed by the player budgets at the better-supported clubs who have switched from the Juniors and are looking for a mid table spot. The only way Berwick will be exiting the Lowland League any time soon through relegation – they are a million miles from assembling a promotion challenging side and that is unlikely to change. Berwick, being an SPFL club, used to get the pick of the part time players in Edinburgh and the South East. Edinburgh City’s promotion changed that, and Berwick are now seen as an inferior option for players compared to a dozen or more Lowland and East of Scotland sides. Sadly I see little future for them.
As usual at Spartans this was a game of crisp passing and movement. Well, from Spartans at least. Berwick’s approach was epitomised by their portly centre half Ricky Millar, a man with a lengthy but not particularly exciting football cv. Berwick’s dilatory football cost them the only goal of the game when a defender was caught in possession and Aaron Murrell raced through to score easily.
Spartans held on comfortably and should actually have won by more. It wasn’t the best game ever but it maintained the interest throughout the 90 minutes. Berwick brought around 50 fans but they were scattered in groups of 2 or 3 around the ground. There was no audible support for them, just occasional girning. It is hard to see how they are ever going to turn the corner.
Good turn out of East enthusiasts who gathered for the usual exchange of news, gossip and speculation about the Lowland and East of Scotland scene. The curry pie was superb and the service, as ever, friendly and courteous. Team sheets are distributed free in the café bar prior to kick off.
Man City Transfer Target!
Nov 10, 2019, 12:21 PM
Location: Stourbridge, Charmouth
Team(s): Stourbridge, Welton Rovers
Thetford Town 3 Mildenhall Town 2 (Eastern Counties League Premier Division) Att: 139 (looked many more; lots of freebies, apparently)
Stirring stuff. Very even first half, in which the home side came from behind to lead by the break. 2-2 midway through the second half, but Mildenhall lost their disicipline and by the end were down to nine men, thanks to a red card and a late sin bin. They then conceded an unnecessary injury time penalty to give Thetford a very good win.
Mundford Road is a cracking ground, the highlight being the old main stand with bench seating for around 400. This provided a welcome respite from the rain, and a lively atmosphere was generated beneath the roof. Three quid for a codger, decent prog for a quid - a super evening's entertainment.