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Saturday 30 November 2019

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Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately


Pembrokeshire League
@ Jesse Road
Attendance 133
No programmes or admission charge

Narberth scored eight times in their last home game and we got eight again - except it was Merlins Bridge who ran riot. The first half an hour was goal-less until the floodgates opened. The home defence seemed to just crumble after the break with the visitors scoring freely.
With the adjoining second pitch having been sold and tall soulless houses erected the easterly wind seemed to be caught in a bowl which made for wind assisted goals in at least five cases.
However, the result is typical of this league. Next week could well be totally different with high scores from those who have conceded many this time around.

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Re: [R.S.Cavendish] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

MFL 1.
Leicester Road 2 Rocester 1.
Three more points in the bag for the ultimate aim of the Knitters (37/39 points taken in last 13 games ) but not much else as this was a pretty poor show and even after taking a two goal lead through Alcott and Langham Rocester never chucked in the towel like many have this season and could well have left with a point. Nice to see occasional poster Roman again, was going to bring up Arsenal but thought better of it!!

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Nov 30, 2019, 6:29 PM

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FAW Trophy Round 4
Clydach Wasps 1 Risca United 3
Free Admission, Programme (20 pages) £1, Attendance h/c 42

The postponement of two of the fourth round ties last Saturday meant the chance to get to a Trophy tie in this round after all, and with one of them at one of my favourite local grounds it was an easy choice to make this afternoon. Clydach's ground, adjacent to the village hall at the bottom of the scenic Clydach Gorge, is arguably the most scenic in Gwent, and with the surrounding mountains bedecked in their Autumn colours, it looked a picture today.

The visitors from Welsh League Division 1 comfortably reached the last sixteen, where they will now visit Port Talbot Town. But Wasps made it difficult for them, equalising from the penalty spot early in the second half, having conceded after 15 minutes. But they were only level for a few minutes before Risca scored with a penalty themselves and added a third almost immediately.

Unlike my visit to Cwmbran Town in the last round, Wasps fulfilled the competition requirements and produced a programme, a decent effort too, which was available from the clubhouse, where a limited range of refreshments were also on sale. No hot drinks though, which was a shame given the drop in temperature.

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Nov 30, 2019, 6:35 PM

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Fulwood Amateurs 1 Tempest U 2
West Lancashire league
Programme £2

Alerted to this one following Chris1963's post a fortnight ago, again choosing the 3g card. Facilities are as well described then, with this particular 3g(4?) and changing facilties only being a couple of years old.
Chris's previous attendance must have also alerted John & Duncan from Scotland to visit, whose company was well received.
Decent quality game which followed an odd pattern. Visitors Tempest were the better in the first half, leading after about 30 only to concede a penalty just on the break. Fulwood played much better in the second period but couldn't score and lost to a very late goal, and Tempest held out despite an even later dismissal.

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Re: [kirby knitters] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

Welsh National Division One. (F&N). Crowd 9.

New Brighton Villa 1 v 4 Llangollen

Today pitted 4th against 3rd, the visitors on the same points as the league leaders, the home side 2 points further back with a game in hand. Railed pitch with dugouts with fences and bushes giving it an enclosed feel. Decent grass bank along the side opposite the dugouts affording an excellent view.

The visitors were always the slightly better side and were 2 goals up in less than 20 minutes, the second a penalty. However Villa pulled one back later in the half to go in just a single goal behind. Llangollen added a couple more without reply to complete a comfortable win with a slightly flattering scoreline.

There is a shortage of referees in this league and the visitors demonstrated why with constant moaning at the official regarding just about everything that happened and there was even a bout of handbags between 2 of their own players as the half time whistle went. The ref did book 3 visitors eventually, all fully justified.

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Nov 30, 2019, 6:47 PM

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Re: [Dave 56] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

Cressing United 5-2 Boxted Lodgers (HT: 2-0)
Essex & Suffolk Border League Division 1 (Step 8)

Admission: Free
Programme: No
Attendance: 10 h/c

This was my second visit this season to Cressing’s Pavilion ground.
It’s your usual park pitch for this level but they do have a nice clubhouse.

Before kick off, Cressing could have gone top with a win today (and indeed they did), whilst Boxted had only won once so far this season, losing all eight of their away games, conceding 62 goals in the process.
Boxted also brought no substitutes with them today, only a bare 11.

The first half went to form with Cressing taking a two goal lead into the break.
However, after the restart Boxted pressed their hosts and got back in the game with a relatively soft goal that the home side should have dealt with.
When they equalised as the half wore on it looked like an upset might be on the cards.
Unfortunately their joy was short lived as only a minute later the home side retook the lead.
Cressing were able to make substitutions and the fresh legs helped them scored twice more before the end to perhaps make the score line a little bit flattering as Boxted acquitted themselves well despite their lowly status.

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Nov 30, 2019, 7:22 PM

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Re: [noprogs] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

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Fulwood Amateurs 1 Tempest U 2
West Lancashire league
Programme £2

Alerted to this one following Chris1963's post a fortnight ago, again choosing the 3g card. Facilities are as well described then, with this particular 3g(4?) and changing facilties only being a couple of years old.

Glad to have been of help! The weather in Preston today may have been worse (because of the frost) than on my visit.
My own WDYG post will follow later.

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Re: [Chris1963] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

I intended to go to De Veys this afternoon, but after a spot of technological incompetence I found myself at Southey Park. Considering this to be possible divine intervention, I stayed to watch:

TC Sports 1 Valhalla 2 (Bristol & Suburban League Division 4) Att: 1 h/c f&n

Oh dear. The first half was as bad as anything I can remember. The second half was an improvement, and was merely dreadful. Three goals seemed unlikely, but after a decent strike from the visitors, a penalty apiece were all that could be mustered. Played in good spirit and all the players appeared to enjoy themselves. I didn't.

Southey Park is a dreary bit of grass in New Cheltenham, with a brutalist dressing room painted grey. No football furniture, but nice big grass banks on two sides. I thought it might look better on a nice day, but then the sun came out, and it didn't.

This was my first trip into the nether regions of the Suburban League. It will be a while before I pluck up courage to return. Note to self: there is no such thing as divine intervention.

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Nov 30, 2019, 8:24 PM

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Re: [Tim] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

Horncastle Town 3 Benington 2, Lincolnshire Junior Cup 3rd Round, Att:65, Admission/Prog: No

Slight indecision first thing due to the weather forecast which suggested fog might intervene but in the end we plumped for our Plan A and it proved to be a good call. From Stoke to just short of Lincoln, visibility was borderline but then we broke through the gloom into glorious sunshine which lasted to the end of the game. The conditions underfoot were perfect save for a small frosty patch in one corner, probably enough to cause problems higher up the foodchain but not at this level. The first half began slowly, the visitors taking the lead through a penalty on 15 minutes and although Horncastle were the better side the equaliser only came just before the break. The second half brought more home side domination and two further goals and a late consolation for Benington was more than they deserved in a very watchable game. Horncastle play at The Wong, an enclosed pitch which is part of the town sports facility, part railed and part roped with a small section of cover attached to a newly built clubhouse and changing room block and an unusual feature in that the dugouts were exactly that - dug down into the ground.

Post match refreshments courtesy of Nick's Old Tavern in Horncastle (Horncastle Brewery) and Fuggle's Chapter One in Worksop (Fuggle Bunny Brewery), several excellent beers tasted.

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Nov 30, 2019, 8:27 PM

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Re: [Andy D] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

Kent County League (Division One West) 2 pm

Metrogas 2 Bexley FC 1 (H/T 2-1)

Entry - Free

Programme - 28 pages for £2 (superb)

Crowd - c. 20-25

My first choice game had been Tring Corinthians v Rayleigh Town in the Feeder Leagues (Anagram Records) Trophy but I did not receive a reply to the e-mail I had sent to the home club's secretary asking whether a programme would be issued and with a pitch inspection being announced on Rayleigh's twitter, I thought it best to give that one a miss. I did not have to look too far for a good alternative though, because Metrogas (who I would have visited on 2nd November had it not been for the heavy overnight rain that morning, which forced me to tick Slough Town instead) had tweeted an image of their programme for this game. Fortunately there was no pitch inspection planned and so I was able to return to a familiar part of South London to watch a familiar football club play.

This was the third time I had attended a Metrogas home game, because I had already seen them play home games at two other grounds. The first was the South-Eastern Gas Board Sports Ground in Horn Lane, Greenwich, for which John Stancombe produced a programme in April 1989, but this ground no longer exists, as the site is now occupied by a retail park. I then saw them play at the Charlton Athletic training ground in Sparrows Lane, Eltham in April 1993 (no programme issued) which was during a period when they had to play home games at borrowed venues. However, they are now at the Metrogas Amateur Sports Association ground in 'The Footway' which is a narrow road off Avery Hill Road, about eight minutes walk from New Eltham station.

The ground where Metrogas currently play is situated on the opposite side of 'The Footway' to the ground I had ticked as long ago as 1989 for a Royal George home game in the London Spartan League, which had another John Stancombe programme issued for it. The ground used by Royal George then, on the west side of 'The Footway' is still extant and there were a couple of football matches being played today on the two grass pitches there. The Metrogas ground is on the other side of 'The Footway' and is on your right if approaching from Avery Hill Road. When I attended the Royal George game in 1989, what is now the Metrogas ground on the other side of 'The Footway' was being used the same evening for a REMA home game in the same league and division as the game I was attending. REMA have long since vanished and although I don't know who owned the ground then, it appears that Metrogas must have either purchased or leased it sometime after 1993 as a replacement for their Horn Lane headquarters.

The ground isn't bad for this level of football. There is an impressive clubhouse with two bars just inside the entrance and an overhang from the roof provides some cover for spectators. Attached to the clubhouse is a more modern brick building that houses the changing rooms. There is a serving hatch in the wall at the far end and it is from here that refreshments and programmes are sold. There are two grass pitches, the one closest to the clubhouse being in use today and it is roped-off with hard standing made of paving stones along half the length of one side. The match was between two sides currently in the front of the promotion race and an entertaining first half saw the score at 1-1 when the home side then missed a 35th minute penalty, although they soon made amends for this by scoring with a header from open play four minutes later. The second half was poor in comparison and became increasingly physical and scrappy as it went on, with a minor brawl occurring seconds after the final whistle. If you did not tick this ground for a REMA home game (or the home game of anyone else who might have played there) then it is worth doing while the club are issuing these excellent programmes.

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Tiptree Heath 2 Stanway Pegasus 1
Essex and Suffolk Border League, Premier Division
Tolleshunt Knights Village Hall

Attendance: Free
Programme: Nil
Attendance: 34 h/c

Had to stay close to home today so it was going to be a Step 7 game - and original target was Leiston St Margaret's that was called off so it was south down the A12 to a game in Border League - 2nd v 1st.
Very rural setting, changing rooms at end of a large modern barn that is the village hall ( not open). Pitch roped off on one side and portable dug outs, pitch looked in good condition.

The home team absolutely dominated the first half and displayed some great football with their number 9 catching the eye. They went ahead after 11 minutes, however against the run of play the leaders were back on terms after 32 minutes. then on 35 minutes the home team missed a penalty.

Second half was a much more even contest and it looked like it would stay a draw until after 74 minutes, Stanway were down to 10 men after their centre back was sent off after a foul when it was deemed he was the last man. 3 minutes later Tiptree got the winner and also replaced Stanway at top of the league.

Club officials told me that they are in process of signing a lease with Colchester Council which will see them return to Tiptree with a home on Colchester Road, this will enable them they hope to progress to the Eastern Counties League.

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Re: [Chris1963] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

NEWARK TOWN (5) 7 ASKERN (0) 0 ( Abandoned 68 minutes fog ) CML North.Admission £3 / £2.Programme £1.Att: 57.The pitch is next to the new leisure centre and hard standing on all 4 sides but no cover yet.The game started in dense fog and was difficult to see both goals even from the halfway line.Top of the table Newark in complete charge and rattled in 7 goals including 2 penalty's before the referee called it off despite the fog not getting worse .Not sure if the result stands .

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Re: [Chris1963] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

Hellenic League Division 1 East
Marlow United 2 Milton United 4 (at Marlow)

Admission: £5, Programme: £1
Attendance: 50 h/c

Both teams went on the attack from the start and the match quickly became end-to-end. Milton just about edged the opening exchanges and should have found themselves in front in the 14th minute: a Louis Bloomfield shot was blocked by a defender and ricocheted to Louis Joyce, who turned and crossed to James Organ - who proceeded to head his effort wide - rather than trying to score himself. Marlow United then came close nine minutes later when a through ball set their number 9 through, only for him to scuff his shot and drag it wide rather than tapping in. From the goal kick that followed, Milton went up the other end and almost took advantage of some defensive uncertainty: the Marlow United defence struggled to clear the ball in their own box and it ended up falling for Joyce, whose shot earned his side a corner.

Though Milton had arguably made the better start and produced the better chances, it was the home side who took the lead in the 28th minute: from a corner, their number 5 scored from a header after his first attempt was blocked. This lead was short-lived, though, as the away side responded immediately by equalising from a free kick: Bloomfield crossed from the edge of the box and Joyce rose highest to head home (he then found himself in the sin bin after a break in play after the kick-off). Chances continued to come after this, but both sides struggled to threaten the opposing keeper. However, this looked likely to change going into the second half as Marlow United found themselves down to ten men, with their number 2 receiving two bookings in as many minutes.

Despite having a numerical disadvantage, the home side started the second half on the front foot and almost regained the lead in the 48th minute: a shot from their number 11 was blocked and number 9 pounced on the rebound, only for his shot to be blocked by a Milton defender. At some point after this, Marlow United had a player sin-binned and the away side ruthlessly took advantage: in the 60th minute, Joyce broke the offside trap and crossed for Jake Steele to tap in; then, in the 63rd minute, the home keeper dropped the ball from a corner and Kieran Strange poked it in. However, Marlow United were given a glimmer of hope from the kick off as they earned a penalty after a handball: their number 9 stepped up and scored.

The combination of this and the return of their sin-binned player really revitalised the home side and they began to attack with confidence despite their numerical disadvantage. However, Milton almost regained their two-goal lead in style in the 67th minute when one of their players attempted an overhead kick from the edge of the box, forcing the Marlow United keeper to tip over for a corner. Marlow United almost equalised in the 72nd minute after their number 11 played a free kick into the box, only for the attacker to head over from close range. Milton then had two counter-attacking chances in quick succession, with Taylor Janes curling a free kick from the edge of the box narrowly wide before Organ wasted a golden chance: he was one-on-one with the keeper after a defender ducked out of a clearance, but he chose to control and shoot rather than hitting it first time, giving the keeper time to make the save.

Going into the final ten minutes, Marlow United made some attacking substitutions as they tried to find an equaliser. This seemed incredibly risky at the time, but a few minutes later it seemed much less so as Milton also found themselves down to ten men, with Strange receiving a second yellow for a late tackle. After this, the home side threw everything they could at the Milton goal, but they seemed unable to find the finish they needed.

This was fortunate for the away side, as they had the space to break on the counter and find a fourth in the 87th minute: Janes received the ball after some neat play on the wing, turned past his defender and shot low from just inside the box to score. Though this was a massive sucker punch for the home side, they didn't give up, but all Milton had to do was remain calm and soak up the pressure. Despite this, they almost scored again with the last kick of the game: substitute Jack Powell shook off a pursuing defender and charged into the box before hitting the post with his low shot.

Overall, this was one of the most entertaining matches I've watched this season, with two sides playing some excellent, high intensity attacking football throughout. Milton United deserved the win for taking their chances when they needed to and for making their numerical advantage count early in the second half, but Marlow United can certainly feel unlucky to not have earned a point; they had the chances for it and never stopped attacking despite having a numerical disadvantage for much of the second half, but they just couldn't get the ball into the net when they needed to.

Also, the referee deserves credit for an excellent performance in the middle: he kept control throughout by laying down the law, using the sin bins and tolerating no nonsense from either side, while still allowing the match to flow as much as possible (and, from his position, he did well to spot the handball for the penalty).

Marlow's ground is a thing of beauty, with the amazing old stand dominating everything. There's also additional areas of cover on the far side and behind the far goal, as well as uncovered terracing everywhere else. The food on offer was excellent as well, despite presumably not being the usual full range of options which would be available at a Marlow match.

Other than the bitter cold, this was a thoroughly enjoyable day out for my 100th groundhop. I also once again bumped into The Don from this forum, and he was kind enough to give me a lift back to the station so that I could make it onto the hourly train back.

2019/20 stats (including Pre-Season):

New Grounds: 19 (Most Recent: Marlow)
Games: 28
Goals: 96
Goals Per Game (to 2 dp): 3.43
0-0s: 1

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Nov 30, 2019, 8:49 PM

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I always intended to tick Lye Town (having heard so much about it), but Spitfire Dave of these parts tuned me into the fact that the Midland League U21 games all KO at 1030 in these parts, so up at an early hour for a trip to...

Midland Football League U21 West
Tally Ho! WMP Sports Ground
Stourport Swifts U21 1 Worcester City U21 1
F&N Attendance: ~29

Played on the far pitch for those that know the complex, which sits close to Edgbaston cricket and is owned by the West Midlands Police. Anxious due to the frost overnight but tweets confirmed it was on and arrived in good time.
Spirited game made awkward by a bobbly pitch which still had a coating of frost on it. The youngsters struggled at times but sunshine broke through for the second half and made conditions tolerable.
Two evenly matched sides, Swifts won the first half with a well-taken goal on 31 from a cross but probably should have had a couple more. Second half was mostly City; they carved out several chances, one of which was headed in on 59 and deservedly so. A red card for the Swifts on 77 made it a jittery last 10 or so but they held out.
Back to the car and the WM Police were all getting ready to deploy in force in loads of vans (Birmingham v Millwall). Swift drive via a sandwich stop to...

FA Vase R3
Stourbridge Road
Lye Town 0 Walsall Wood 2
Admission: £7 Paper would have been available but problems at the printers Attendance: 115

Ground was every bit as quirky as I had been led to believe; some frosty looking grass on the stand side but playable. Spent the whole game under the barrel roof at the clubhouse end.
Last time I saw Wood they were streaming toward the Midland D1 title and promotion and I said on here that they were the best Step 6 side I'd seen. They were good here again and eased past the hosts without too much trouble. A stab into the net on 31 and a cross swept in on 65 were enough to propel them into R4; Lye huffed and puffed but never really looked close to scoring apart from a couple of half chances. The game was "full on" with both sides charging all over the park; Wood had more control at critical moments and deserved the win.
I had arrived early and so was able to nick a spot in the tiny car park outside the club gates, so a quick getaway at FT and home before 7pm. A good day out and I'll be doing more of these combinations in the future.

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

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Cymru Premier
Penybont 0-0 Connah's Quay Nomads
Adm £7, prog £2

Having stayed overnight in the area South Wales was my oyster today. I'd considered heading either another 25 miles west for my furthest unvisited Cymru South ground, Swansea University, or back into the Valleys for unadulterated groundhopping porn at Garw (one day..) but this game had far more appeal. Not only was it a champagne job on this division but also offered a chance to see Europa League heroes Nomads, sitting proudly on top of the league and also fielding a couple of familiar faces in defender Danny Holmes and evergreen midfielder Danny Harrison, both Tranmere old boys. As it turned out, Holmes lasted less than ten minutes thanks to an injury which put him on crutches, which meant a reshuffle with Harrison slotting effortlessly into the back line.

The first half was dire and, in a chill wind, a chore to watch. Second half at least became mildly interesting as Nomads, who'd dominated possession from start to finish, pushed hard for a winner. They came close a few times but, near the end, striker Wilde did his side no favours by punching the ball when he couldn't quite get his head to it, picking up a second yellow for his efforts though there seemed to be some dispute about whether the ball had already gone out of play. Penybont did have a few moments of their own but always looked happy to cling onto a point - a point which lifts them out of the bottom two after Airbus' capitulation this afternoon.

Bryntirion Park, or the SDM Glass Stadium as it's now called, was comprehensively covered by totallyuntamed on here (see WDYG for Oct 27), which saves me some typing. Functionality possibly outweighs attractiveness here but it is a good facility and one which seems to be serving the community well. Around thirty visitors from North Wales added to the buzz this afternoon.

Pre-match relaxers taken a couple of miles away in the Coach, a fine little brew pub not far from Bridgend town centre. The house brew, Bridgend Pale Ale, and the Bibble from the Wild Beer Co were both spot on, with two other cask ales from Wye Valley also available.

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Mardy 2 Cwmffrwdoer Sports 7

Mardy Park: Gwent Central League First Division

This was my first visit to Mardy Park since January of this year when I watched a match prior to heading to the Nathaniel MG Cup final being held at Jenner Park later in the evening. On that occasion, the home club entertained Blaenavon Blues Thirds in a league fixture, which surprisingly finished in a goalless draw despite both teams creating a plethora of goal scoring opportunities during the 90 minutes. Mardy went on to claim promotion from the Gwent Central League Second Division that season and lifted the league’s Benevolent Cup at Abergavenny Town’s Pen-y-Pound Stadium for good measure. The home club have consolidated since gaining promotion to the top echelon of the league in the summer. They came in this afternoon’s match just inside the top-half of the First Division table after having suffered a 2-1 reverse at Blaenavon Blues Reserves in their previous outing a fortnight. Visiting Cwmffrwdoer Sports, just like their hosts, are another club that have dropped out of the Gwent Premier League in recent seasons and now find themselves playing district league football. The Pontypool-based club are enjoying a fine season thus far as they stood at the summit of the First Division table with a 100% record from their opening nine matches. Cwmffrwdoer Sports came into this match after enjoying a 6-2 victory over closest challengers Abergavenny Town Reserves in their previous outing. There had been no changes at Mardy Park since my last visit at the beginning of the year. The pitch is fully-railed and has dugouts on either side of the pitch but there is no spectator cover present, on what is essentially a public park in this suburb of Abergavenny, but still has an enclosed feeling with houses surrounding three sides of the ground.

The league leaders opened the scoring when they headed home from a tenth minute corner before Mardy responded three minutes by striking an upright after the Cwmffrwdoer Sports defence failed to clear a corner from the hosts. The match then saw a slightly quieter period midway through the opening period but the visitors thundered a shot against the crossbar after Mardy failed to deal with a 28th minute corner. Cwmffrwdoer Sports then virtually killed the match as a contest with four goals before the half-time whistle sounded. A visiting forward latch on to a 36th minute through ball before guiding his shot past the Mardy custodian before a similar goal made it 3-0 just six minutes later. If that was not bad enough for the home team, the league leaders then netted two further goals in stoppage time, when a miskicked clearance by the home goalkeeper allowed a Cwmffrwdoer Sports player to nip in and round the Mardy custodian before turning the ball into an unguarded net in the 46th minute. The visitors added a fifth goal to their tally some three minutes later courtesy of a far post header from a corner. Despite appearing to have already lost the match by the interval, the Mardy Park outfit did not give-up hope following the half-time break, pulling a goal back six minutes into the second-half courtesy of a shot on the turn in the penalty area by Callen Gregory. The hosts doubled their own tally just a minute later after some hesitancy in the Cwmffrwdoer Sports defence allowed Matthew Wham to find the net at the far post. However, this was just a brief hiatus in the visitor's superiority and they regained the four-goal advantage in the 63rd minute when a Cwmffrwdoer Sports forward latch on to a long ball from his team's own half of the pitch before rounding the goalkeeper and finding the net. The scoring was completed with a similar goal in the 89th minute when the Mardy custodian was rounded and the leaders maintained their 100% league record this term.

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Goals: 513
Matches: 98
New Grounds: 16

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Re: [Chris1963] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

Excellent Cup double today.
1400: Southampton Senior Cup Round 3

Whiteley Wanderers 2 Locks Heath 4 @ Titchfield Rec

admission/programme none, attendance est 40
2nd/9 (100% record) in Southampton Div 1 v 12th/16 in Hampshire Prem Senior
As I said earlier in the season, Whiteley Wanderers very much a team on the up and today they wanted to show their local rivals a league or two above them where they were at. Locks played a full team and had done their homework, double marking WW's dangerous players and being more physical then of late. Nevertheless, only two late goals gave the visitors the win, with the hosts missing two penalties into the bargain. The pitch (moved because their regular pitch at Meadowside was unfit) also didn't suit the home team's passing style.
The hosts took the game to their visitors from the off, playing downhill, and Lobb shot just wide in only the first minute. Locks' Bruce was warned about his choice of language in berating his teammates as a result. There was then an appeal for a penalty, and a shot was then saved by Gardiner. Typically, Locks then went and scored after 9 mins from their first attack. Bath won the ball and keeper Pope was hopelessly out of position as Alford picked it up and curled the ball into the opposite side of the net. Pepall then came close to doubling the lead with a cross which escaped everybody and went just past the far post. WW were playing a high defensive line and a long kick by Gardiner nearly caught then out as Bath was through but Pope just got there to clear. On 17 mins a cross was dropped by Gardiner under pressure and Deveney drove it into the net for the equaliser. Bath then had a shot at the other end, well tipped over by Pope. The match was competitive and exciting, with chances at both ends. Bath shot over after another Locks break, then a defensive error was picked up by Saidy, but he hesitated and his attempt was blocked. On 30 mins Saidy beat his man on the left, the defender then went to ground and fouled him in the area. But Lobb's penalty went over the bar. We then had some handbags as Alford took exception to a naughty-looking foul, but this was soon cleared up with a couple of yellows. In injury time a couple of crosses by the home team were missed with the goal gaping. HT 1-1.
Saidy went from centre-forward to centre-back after the break, and the entertainment continued. WW went into the lead on 54 mins as a corner was glanced on for St.John, unmarked at the far post, to head in. Locks came back a minute later with a wonderful equaliser, with a backheel and then a clever flick setting up Alford to lob the keeper. Pope had to come out quickly to stop Locks taking the lead again, and then on the hour we had controversy as Saidy was robbed of the call by Bath, who was then upended by the keeper as he was getting past him. From our viewpoint it looked to be a penalty and a yellow for the keeper, but the ref gave a free-kick just outside and only a yellow for the keeper, who we thought should have got a red if it was outside the area for preventing a scoring opportunity. It must be said that the ref had a very good game, so we won't argue. The free-kick was blocked. At the other end, Lobb shot just over after the keeper fumbled a shot. On 73 mins Locks took the lead again as Bath put Alford through and he notched his hat-trick (I also saw him score three in the last game I saw Locks play) by beating a poorly-positioned Pope. WW then got another penalty for a block tackle by a visiting defender, but Taylor put the spot-kick wide. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home team, who tried to come back again but looked tired, and Bath and sub T.Winterburn both had chances to increase the lead. Finally, on 85 mins, a free-kick was missed by the defence and Bath finished well to wrap up the win. Bath came close again before the end. Despite a gallant effort the hosts fell just short - but they had made their point. I've been to Titchfield Rec many times to watch the home team play in the Meon Valley Sunday League, but the first time I'd seen a Saturday game here. Just off the A27, there is parking and a pavilion, one pitch on a slope surrounded by fields and bushes, a good view of the ruined Titchfield Abbey,and not a lot else.

1730: FA Cup Round 2

Eastleigh 1 Crewe Alexandra 1

admission £15-00, programme £3-00, attendance 1806 (279 away)
10th in National League v 3rd in Division 2
Another good game, with an exciting finish. I'm sure some of you watched it on BT Sport.... From my point of view, the visitors passed the ball round sweetly and could have been well ahead after the first 20 mins, but the home team persisted and eventually came good, with the Alex being under pressure for the last 20 mins, when they could easily have lost.
The hosts seemed overawed at the start and the visitors controlled the game. In only the second minute a Crewe shot was blocked, then soon after a cross from the right was missed by a forward right in front of the net. Home keeper Stryjek was then called into action for the first time, as he pushed a Dale shot round the post. A great cross by the impressive Kirk then saw Dale mess his header up completely in front of goal. The Spitfires woke up and should have scored when a superb cross by Smart on the right was met with a diving header by Hollands, running in, but it went agonisingly wide. A good cross from the left then saw Barnett head over. Boyce also came close with a header from a corner, keeper Jaaskelainnen just grabbing it on the line. Alex then took the lead as Dale beat Stryjek to a corner and headed in. Payne replied for the hosts with a long shot, way over, and at the other end a nice move saw a shot wide. HT 0-1.
After the break the visitors again started the better, with another good cross by Kirk seeing Porter shoot over. A free-kick was then cleared by a defender (Rendall), and a long ball saw Stryjek just reach it before Kirk. The home team again started to get into the game and on the hour there was a big scramble in the visiting box, eventually cleared. Hollands then came close with a header and Payne's long shot was well held by Jaaskelainnen. As the home team pressed, a lot of Crewe players seemed to end up on the floor, which of course slowed the game down. The ref seemed to be sympathetic to their cause. But a good dummy set up Barnett for a shot, saved, and sub Green came up with two great crosses from the left which forwards just failed to connect with. The same for one from the right by Seaman. Another great cross by Green saw a Barnett header force a good save, then Green himself had a go from distance and also forced a good save from Jaaskelainnen. On 86 mins the equaliser came - a corner was touched back by Barnett amidst a scramble, and sub Barnes got the vital touch. The visitors nearly pinched it on 90 mins as on the break, Powell's shot was just clawed out of the corner by Stryjek, then the home team came close in injury time as a poor back pass saw Jaaskelainnen get there just before Barnes. Right at the end Barnett was pulled back by a defender - right on the edge of the area, said the ref - and Seaman's free-kick was just over. Good effort by the home side in the end, against a good Crewe team, whom I expect to get through in the repay, although it might be close.
Good support by the visitors, whose gold shirts (with barely readable numbers) I didn't like - but even worse was the pink/purple hooped goalkeeping shirt Pirate

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My first choice game had been Tring Corinthians v Rayleigh Town in the Feeder Leagues (Anagram Records) Trophy but I did not receive a reply to the e-mail I had sent to the home club's secretary asking whether a programme would be issued and with a pitch inspection being announced on Rayleigh's twitter, I thought it best to give that one a miss.

For future reference clubs are required to produce a programme as per Anagram rules.

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My 1st choice game today at Parkeston Railway Park in the Colchester & East Essex League was postponed this morning so I went to:

Macron Suffolk & Ipswich League Division 3
Occold 2 (64 & 67)
Witnesham Wasps 2 (31 & 92+ pen)
KO: 14:00 Att: 13 h/c Cost: Free Saw no progs

Venue: Hartismere High School, Castleton Way, Eye
There’s a car park inside the entrance along side a caged floodlit artificial pitch but no markings for football. Straight ahead is one of many buildings. This had Olympic posters over the years inside. The playing field is reached down a grass bank with a line of trees. Behind near goal is a rugby pitch going in the other direction. The playing field continues for quite away with trees & fields behind a fence. One side has fairly wide grass area for most of the length & behind fence are some trees. Behind far goal is fairly wide grass area & then longer grass. Behind fence are some trees with an industrial/farm building beyond. Near side has grass area with most of far half having a small caged floodlit artificial area. The remainder then has banking with bushes on top. Behind is a building. Past the corner flag are the changing rooms with overhang.

Match: 10th v 2nd out of 13
Cold & mostly sunny. Odd spot of rain as I left my house & a few spots for a mile or so on leaving the ground.

The 1st half meandered along with WW the better side & having plenty of shots only one decent shot which was a curled effort giving the gk no chance for the only goal. OCC did little although they went close just before h/t. Shots 2-9.

H/t lasted over 6mins.
The game followed the same pattern but gradually OCC started to get on top. The gk made a save but the rebound was put in for the equaliser. 146 seconds later they took the lead. WW had an overhead kick pushed round the post for a corner on 77mins. From the corner the ball was bundled towards the goal but it was cleared close to the line with hopeful shouts of a goal. In injury time WW were awarded penalty with barely any complaints & this was converted. On 95+mins OCC had an attack & the ball went past the gk with the forward & a WW defender chasing the ball with the OCC player looking favourite but from quite our position quite a distance away we couldn’t understand why he didn’t shoot & the defender cleared it away. Quite gloomy when the f/t whistle went after playing over 6mins of injury time. Shots 9-7. A fair result played in a good spirit.

I chatted to a friendly official from OCC & I was twice offered a cup of tea from a couple of people. Before today Melton Utd were top, a few points ahead of a packed bunch (4 teams separated by 2pts & these 4 had played the same amount of games).

I have now visited all 1st team venue’s of the SIL for the 1st ever time.

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Whitchurch United 1 Newport (IOW) 4
Wessex League division one
Admission £6.00
Programme £1.00
Attendance 47

A nice revisit to this ground albeit that we had set off for Tadley Calleva where neither of us had been before. A very bad accident closed the A303 west of Andover meaning we would never have made Tadley as traffic was stationary. After diverting we easily made it to Whitchurch by 2.40pm, I could not recall much from my last visit as it was so long ago. A large seated stand that probably holds a couple of hundred dominates the near side of the ground, this is situated next to the clubhouse which has an overhang that acts as additional cover. The other three sides comprise of hard standing with the standard fixed railings and dugouts.

I really enjoyed this ground and despite the bitter cold there was plenty of hot drinks on offer to warm me up added to a very impressive performance from the visiting islanders that would have no doubt delighted their half dozen travelling supporters. No problems on the roads on the way home.

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Linnets made it 6 points in the last week as they quite easily overcame local rivals Widnes despite the close looking score line.

On a gloriously Sunny but cold day Linnets controlled the match and with goalkeeper Emery barely troubled apart from catching crosses they pushed Widnes back for the majority of the match.

Centre forward Paul Shanley was the focal player and was fouled repeatedly by a robust Widnes defence. He opened the scoring after a well worked move and continued to cause Widnes problems throughout.

Captain Kyle Hamid kept a tight rein in midfield and regularly thwarted any attempt by Widnes to try and gain any space.

The Linnets second goal finally arrived midway through the 2nd half courtesy of a trademark Louis Corrigan free kick 20 yards from goal into the top corner.

Widnes scored in the 89th minute but overall were totally outplayed and a shadow of the team that has consistently been Linnets bogey team over the last few seasons.

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Largs 1-2 Kilwinning....West Premier...Adm £6...Prog £2....k.o 1345.

Having planned to head north all week to take in Dufftown or Burghead Thistle,the forecast cold snap led me not wanting to gamble with games being postponed.
I stayed local and headed to Yoker for the Strathclyde Cup game between Maryhill Thistle and Kirky Thistle at 10am. On arrival the place was dead,had a quick look inside the ground before weighing up my next option.(found out tonight that Kirky announced they couldnt raise a team an hour before kick off but nothing seen on twitter).

Took the M77 south west towards Troon,again this was called off halfway there.I then headed to Irvine Vics but six miles from Irvine it was another game off.I parked up by the groung for a quick google and only games at Benburb,Largs and Yoker were showing as still currently on....even Ayr Utd and Morton were off.

I headed north up the A78 to Largs, as I parked up at the ground,theyd tweeted game on...happy days!! Had a look round Largs and took a ride on the ferry to Cumbrae and back...didnt get off though,time wasnt on my side.

The game was no classic, Kilwinning well clear at the top of the League against Largs who sat comfortably above mid table.

Largs took the lead on 43 minutes through Sewell to give them a 1-0 half time lead.As the second half ebbed away I couldnt see Kilwinning equalising.On the 66th minute,Largs No3 was sent off and from the resulting set piece, Michael Hewitt a recent replacement levelled.
Soon after on 74 minutes Mc Waters got the winner with a low shot from the edge of the box.

Another 3 points to the Buffs as they pull further clear at the top.The ground is pretty much unchanged,the same barrell roofed long Stand,there a bit of herras fencing up,looks like they are having a clear out,with a skip or two inside the ground.Not a bad effort for the programme but could do with both squads listing so they can be amended...mind you this fixture was only arranged seven days ago.

A good turn out for todays game and many with their own 'carry out' as a liquid picnic.At full time a glorious sunset as the sun plunged behind the Isle of Arran in the Clyde approaches....not that the sun made much difference,the temperature only got as high as 1 degree. A crisp cold evening with excellent visibility out west....luckily no wind chill to go with it!!!

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Not a bad effort for the programme but could do with both squads listing so they can be amended...mind you this fixture was only arranged seven days ago.

Both squads are listed in the programme - Kilwinning on page eight, ours is spread between 16 and 17 with photos. There is space to number the players.

Usually I'd print off the team lists but due to the groundwork it was pen and paper today.


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My first choice game had been Tring Corinthians v Rayleigh Town in the Feeder Leagues (Anagram Records) Trophy but I did not receive a reply to the e-mail I had sent to the home club's secretary asking whether a programme would be issued and with a pitch inspection being announced on Rayleigh's twitter, I thought it best to give that one a miss.

For future reference clubs are required to produce a programme as per Anagram rules.

Thanks Karen, I'm aware of programme issuing being compulsory in this competition but there have been many cases of clubs not issuing in other cups (even the FA Cup) where it is compulsory to issue. It will be interesting to see if a WDYG report appears for the game at Tring Corinthians.

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Marlow Utd (2nd)v Milton Utd (3rd) – Hellenic League 1E - (2 – 4)

The match has been well reported by Atavistic.

I planned on going to this fixture earlier in the week but held up confirming it until Friday due to the lousy weekend weather we have been experiencing lately.
I also noticed that Atavistic was planning to attend so I decided that I would say hello if I saw him having met him, briefly, at a previous fixture.
My journey down the M4 was going fine until I had to exit at the High Wycombe turning. Two outside lanes were closed to funnel traffic into the exit due to the motorway being closed for a section to facilitate the demolition of a bridge.
Needless to say traffic (including coaches and lorries) was speeding down the two outside lanes which were due to be closed further on and then had force themselves in to the nearside lane which was open. This “leap-frogging” led to me taking 20 minutes longer for the last mile of the journey to the turning (me being on the nearside lane).
My planned visit into High Wycombe (for a nose around) before the game was a nightmare. The Park and Ride bus took nearly half an hour (heavy traffic, stop start, traffic lights, roundabouts, narrow streets etc) to get into the city centre bus station. (it took about 10 minutes for the return journey).
The traffic was horrendous. The A404 roundabout was a nightmare.
Fearing endless delays I ended up staying in the town centre for about 30 minutes before getting the return bus to the Park and Ride. I then had to navigate the said roundabout to get to the football ground. It was scary but easier than I had feared and I ended up at the ground two hours before kick-off.
I saw Atavistic and had a chat with him. He really is a dedicated young ground hopper who plans his journeys meticulously considering he doesn’t drive. His detailed reports on this and his own blog bear witness to that.

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Portsmouth 2-1 Altrincham (FA Cup, 2nd Round)
- played at Fratton Park, Frogmore Road, Portsmouth from 3.00pm

Att – 8,539 (incl 622 Alty fans); Entry – compliments of Mrs hh; Prog - £2.50 (cut down version of League production); Refreshment – a Mrs hh bag of strawberry bon-bons
Travel – smooth ride across Town; Weather – dry but now cooling down
Colours – traditional blue and white for the hosts .. red and white stripes, with black shorts for Alty

Well it must be 5 years ago now that I was able to make a similar trip to the Alty Fans in the FA Cup .. then, Bury FC and their fans applauded the Tudors and travelling fans at the end of a visit to Gigg Lane, when a couple of late host goals had sealed the day and denied a replay but allowed those on hand to appreciate a Non-League team’s great effort, as they left this great competition and provided memories for a lifetime .. so, it was a pleasure to join the many home fans at Fratton this afternoon, in standing to show that same appreciation, as another Club from the Non-League produced a performance and memories for their fans .. the Alty players were immense and a credit to their Club .. it would have made every travelling fan and those back home, feel so proud.

Of course, until Brett Pitman had somehow dug out a victory four minutes into stoppage time, I was in part wondering what route I would be taking up to Manchester .. let alone still trying to explain the differences in The National League regional and national structure to Mrs hh .. she just wondering where the home crowd had gone since Tuesday .. and why on earth her team were not performing .. oh, and getting colder by the moment .. the suck of a bon-bon turning more into a frustrated chew, as each passing second half minute wore on .. indebted to Super Brett for showing up at the back post as time elapsed.

As for me, just the sight of 600 plus fans going nuts, when their team scored .. the pure enjoyment of those bodies celebrating and wondering how the game would end, so apparent .. yes, they had a wonderful day and just a shame they couldn’t hold on for just another minute .. as Alty were also today’s winners, this F A Cup day.

Hosts report - https://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/matches/fixtures/first-team/2019202/november/portsmouth-vs-altrincham-on-30-nov-19/#

BBC Highlights - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/50608700

Alty leaving the pitch after the game and fans comments on twitter - https://twitter.com/Pompey/status/1200822796076630019

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FA Vase Third Round - Lower Breck 1 Hebburn Town 5 - Admission £5 - Programme £2 - Attendance 152

A long story led me to end up here. The original intention was to go to Vauxhall Motors, as my son, who had tried unsuccessfully all week to get a ticket for Liverpool v Brighton had all but given up hope of getting a return. I left home at 9.30 and suddenly within 15 minutes received a phone call from an excited 17 year old to say that he had successfully secured a ticket, so I turned around and went home to collect him. The plan was always going to be a trip to Lower Breck if he was going to Anfield, with the two grounds barely half a mile away from each other.

Arrived and parked up at Lower Breck by 1.45 and he wandered off to Anfield, while I stayed at the Anfield Sports and Community Centre. The home side made an excellent start and took the lead after 3 minutes when Louis Storey stumbled on the ball and Louis Austin took advantage, nicked the ball off him and fired into the corner of the net from 10 yards. Hebburn equalised midway through the first half when a cross from the left evaded everyone and Oliver Martin, who was left alone scored just inside the right post from the edge of the area. The turning point then came when Stephen Milne was brought down in the area and it was a stonewall penalty, but somehow the referee was the only person in the ground who thought it was a fair challenge and Lower Breck were denied the chance to go ahead.

Hebburn were a completely different side in the second half and played some scintillating stuff to thrill their fans who made up around half the crowd. Three goals in eight minutes changed the match entirely. On 50 minutes, a Daniel Groves cross was met with a stooping header from Carl Taylor to make it 2-1 and within two minutes, the lead was extended when a Martin cross found the head of Milne which the home keeper, Joshua Molloy didn’t hold on to and Michael Richardson was on the spot to net the rebound. Martin then lashed the ball home from 18 yards to make it 4-1 and he then completed his hat trick when Graeme Armstrong put a ball over the top to Richardson to cross onto the head of Martin.

It was certainly cold at Lower Breck with no protection as the two small covered stands are set a bit back with no elevation. My son appeared not long after the two final whistles had blown and he was a happy chappy relieved with a 2-1 win for Liverpool and the only scare on the drive back was his iPhone charger suddenly catching light, which was a worrying moment or two while driving down the M1.

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Whitley Bay 2-1 Northallerton T
Northern League 1
Att 258 Adm (conc) £4 Prog Yes Coffee £1

A combination of fog in the Midlands, 40-min hold up near Wakefield, a couple of wrong turnings in the town and the low sun making reading of any road signs nearly impossible meant I didn't arrive until 14:35. There was still plenty of room in the car park.

Decent ground with a fairly large (by Step 5 standards) seated stand on one side and some cover opposite. 2 rows of uncovered terrace along most of the rest of the ground. Tea hut, burger van and 2 clubhouses.

Northallerton held their own early on and took the lead on 14 mins when a corner was flicked on at the near post allowing a simple header in. The home side gradually came into it and equalised on 27, again following a corner and led on 32 with a move down the right leading to a finish from 12 yards and a fairly acute angle. There wasn't a lot of excitement after HT with WB forcing a couple of decent saves and NT rarely threatening to equalise.

No problems with homeward leg - indoors by 21:35. Down to 3 in this division now and one other - Newark - at Step 5.

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Quite a few matches near where I am based fell foul of the weather. A phone call to reception at Weetwood Sports Park about 1pm confirmed that the Leeds Medics match was on, so ventured up there.
Yorkshire Amateur League Supreme Division.

Leeds Medics & Dentists v Toller 2-5 ( 1-4 at HT)

Reception did not disclose that the game was on the 3G Pitch which in fact gave me a bracketed tick as I had not seen a Saturday League match on it.

Toller set off like a house on fire and were three up after twelve minutes (6'.7' and 12'). It was four on 27', however on 39' a defender punched the ball over the bar to prevent a corner kick going in and received a straight red card with Medics scoring from the resulting penalty kick. It was 1-5 six minutes after the break with Medics getting a late consolation two minutes from the end.

There are no spectators allowed inside the "cage", but it took the "jobsworths" until halfway through the second half to appear and ask those encroaching to go outside. I was standing in the gateway for most of the game anyway

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West Lancs League Prem : Hurst Green 2 Burscough Richmond 2. F&N; Attendance 35

Plan A had been Aachen/Sittard, scuppered by domestic issues; plan B was Milnthorpe who tweeted that they'd failed a pitch inspection at 11 due to a frozen pitch so this plan C fell into place as passenger Karb needed nearby Clitheroe and was more than happy to be dropped outside the door of the Ale House about 13.20 with an hour or more to put to good use.
Hurst Green is a small rural village in the Ribble Valley about 5 miles west of Clitheroe on the road to Longridge in an area popular with walkers and hikers, close to the Forest of Bowland. It grew due to the presence of a notable Jesuit College founded here in 1794 - Stonyhurst College lists many notable alumni including former leaders of Peru, Bolivia and New Zealand as well as Arthur Conan Doyle. It still dominates the village which is a pretty place of stone cottages with the football ground found on Smithy Row, just beyond the Bayley Arms. England RU World Cup winner Will Greenwood was brought up on Smithy Row and has often expressed that his one regret was never having worn the Hurst Green Number 9 shirt! (that's since been rectified in a charity match)
Hurst Green moved from the East Lancs League in 2012/13 and have made their way through the West Lancs divisions to play in the Prem last season for the first time. This second season is proving even better as they lie 4th (out of 16) just four points off the top. It's hard to see them getting any higher in the pyramid at their current ground, named the San Smithy Row on the huge welcome board. In an undeniably stunning setting surrounded by high fells with Pendle Hill looming in the distance, it's a basic railed off pitch with no cover or hard standing. There are a couple of portakabins behind the goal to the left which the players retreat to at half time and which house a very basic tea-bar though the bovril was most welcome today and apart from a couple of sturdy brick dugouts, that's yer lot really. The players change in a distant building behind the village hall.
On a raw but thankfully dry day and on a very good pitch, the home team scored after just 6 minutes but any thought of the lowly visitors capitulating were dispelled as they deservedly equalised and were on top for much of the half thereafter. Hurst Green retook the lead with an iffy penalty on 70 but Richmond replied again ten minutes later following which either side could have won. Excellent fare in a league that I do enjoy very much.
I parked up (90 mins free) at Lidl opposite Clitheroe's ground and wandered in free with about ten minutes played in the second half of their game against Ossett United with the score 1-0. After locating Karb, the primary aim was to raid the pie hut but to my dismay, all hot food had gone so had to make do with bovril#2. much tastier with loads of pepper on. I'd visited Shawbridge in February 1996 for a Vase QF against Peacehaven which the home side won 1-0 in front of 850. About half that many here today, still very good for Step 4, and I was in luck as goals rained in during the latter stages with Clitheroe winning 6-1 in the end.
We decided to tick off Clitheroe's two other GBG entries - quite often, we find that when three pubs are listed in a smallish town that you'll be lucky if more than one stands out. These were all top notch : the multi-roomed New Inn was terrific and unspoiled and the Coach House Blueberry wonderful. The final port of call was an astonishing textile mill conversion called Holmes Mill which includes a cavernous German-style beer hall with 42 taps, with many side rooms full of industrial memorabilia and also home to the Bowland Brewery. The place was packed with a Christmas market outside and festive revellers within, many out for works meals or the like. I had the 3 Piers Ranting Raspberry and a sublime Farm Yard Hoof coffee stout. Too easy to stay but one final pitstop made at the Whalley Road Chippy with a northern supper of Meat & Potato Pie, chips, mushy peas and gravy in a tray for a bargain £4.
Key in door about 9.20; top day out.

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SW Peninsula West.

Saltash United 4 Wendron 2 Att about 100?

To win the league or be promoted, some games you have to win and win ugly. Today was that day. Given the possible rain which was forecast which never happened, the main bugbear was actually the Easterly wind. Oh and Wendron were by far the best side I've seen Saltash play this season. They were work like, terrier like almost and never let the Ashes really settle. Half time it was 2-1 with some very nervous Ashes supporters, indeed, it wasnt until the 3rd goal we relaxed. A late 4th for us, and a rare defence mix up gave Wendron the 2nd.

I have to say the Wendron supporters were a credit. Friendly, sporting and up for a laugh. Very refreshing.

So that's it. The last home game until 11th January, with only 3 away games at Bodmin, Launceston and Liskeard then away at Camelford in Cornwall Senior Cup in between. Cue much mirth at the end when we all got wished a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year over the tannoy!!

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.....The usual time mulling over where to go was outsourced on this occasion in the direction of Mr Druryszki obviously there were unticked Costa's and a few unseen players when he chose a contest much higher up the food chain than is normally watched on a Saturday....

Maidenhead United 0 V 4 Barrow - National League Premier Division
Prog 48 pages £3.00 - Admission £15.00 - Att 1239

....And also much nearer to home but after the past two Saturdays being spent in the North West, a shorter trip was very much appreciated.

Intrigued this end in the way that the National League standings are evolving as pretty certain that at the half way stage it was not anticipated that Barrow would be top of the table and that infinitely more fancied AFC Fylde would be languishing in the bottom half or that Wrexham would be bottom of the table. The visitors showed why this season is becoming memorable with a performance of quality in a contest that was every bit as one sided as Sutton Common Rovers 12 - 1 CB Hounslow seen earlier in the week. Without the continuous intervention of Chris Dunn in the home goal the outcome could have reached a level of embarrassment.

Throughout the visitors played with a distinct flow and what was noticeable from the outset was the level of confidence in their play. They could have taken an early lead on two occasions but John Rooney struck both shots straight in the direction of Dunn. Not long before Barrow took the lead when Ryan Upward cheaply conceded possession in midfield Dior Angus' pass was perfect for the hugely effective Scott Quigley and he angled into the corner beyond Dunn. The rest of the half was dominated by the visitors and the joint half time conclusion was a mutual puzzlement as to why Barrow were not further in front. The predominant reason why the lead had not been advanced was due to to heroics of Dunn who made important close range saves from Josh Kay and Angus and then reaching high to tip over a rising drive from Quigley.

What was noticeable at times about Barrow was an occasional lack of ruthlessness in front of goal and an over reliance on shooting straight rather than angling efforts wide of Dunn. Also noticeable was their free kicks and corners throughout were too short and caused no real threat to a porous Maidenhead defence.

Virtually no threat from the hosts in the first half apart from a drive from distance from Upward, which was safely pushed over by Joel Dixon. From the outset the Barrow defence had an extremely quiet afternoon.

The one direction nature of the contest continued into the second half and the lead was swiftly doubled when Quigley was afforded far too much space on the right and his low cross was concluded with a simple tap in from Angus. Maybe the one way flow could have been reversed if Maidenhead had pulled a goal back but a seemingly goal bound header from Jake Cassidy in a crowded Barrow penalty area was then glanced over the bar by Danny Whitehall and what could have been a halving of the lead ended with a goal kick.

The above was a temporary diversion and the visitors continued to monopolise possession. Again there was the occasional lack of decisiveness but two further goals allowed a margin of victory that reflected the visitors control. Element of surprise for Barrow's third as it started with a corner from Rooney which found its way through to Patrick Brough to dispatch from close range and in the final minutes Oliver Dyson located the correct angle and found the corner to create a four goal margin. To plagiarise the Maidenhead website report 'The Barrow win takes them three points clear at the top of the table (and with a game in hand) and if they continue to play like this, then they will stay there'. Needless to say Mr Druryszki who has never sampled the delights of Holker Street was amenable to a joint trip up to the Furness Peninsiula in the early months of 2020.

First time I had visited York Road since their promotion to the National and it reminded of watching the top of the division of this league three decades ago, with no segregation, no over excited PA announcers (the man on mike at York Road, must have the clearest speaking voice anywhere in the country except when the PA system throws a hissy and our ears are treated to waves of aural feedback) and a wonderful old school ground with a preponderance of terracing and a newish stand which does not look out of place amongst the antiquity.

Easy journeys in both directions and the obligatory Costa's ticks for Mr D followed by the now obligatory post match JDW fodder and just about average winter ale from Woodford's. Saturday for this weekend is the new Sunday and indoors for the weekly ironing duties at 20.40....

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Thanks Karen, I'm aware of programme issuing being compulsory in this competition but there have been many cases of clubs not issuing in other cups (even the FA Cup) where it is compulsory to issue. It will be interesting to see if a WDYG report appears for the game at Tring Corinthians.

Not there myself but can confirm there was a programme

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FA Vase Malvern(1)3 Atherstone(1)3 3-3aet Att 360
Newly revamped 3G set up with most of the usual features, still retains its character with the awful main stand which I put up with for around 10 mins. expensive for step 6 £6 and then a rip off £2 for a thin albeit glossy prog £2.. decent competitive game between two determined sides which visitors edged.

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Re: [R.S.Cavendish] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

Huntingdon T 2 - 4 Bourne T
UCL Div 1
Admission £5; no programme

A big game at the bottom of the table on a filthy afternoon. This must have been about the southern most extent of the thicker fog over this side of the country. Driving up from the south it was just a bit murky, even Huntingdon town centre was clear, but as I reached the northern bypass the mist thickened and it was fairly thick at the ground itself. Happily it didn't get much worse - after half time I was beginning to wonder as the far side looked very murky, but it did seem to clear a little by the end of the game.

The game itself was a great result for Bourne. After fairly even opening exchanges they took the lead. Huntingdon had a goal disallowed I assume for a push in the box, before the Wakes got a second, a tap in after the keeper parried a shot.

HT 0-2

Soon after the restart Bourne were three up, a classic 'keeper punts ball which rebounds off the back of a forward and into the goal' effort.

Huntingdon had their best period mid half when they pulled one back, and threatened more. Bourne broke away to score a fourth to seal the win.

On the stroke of full time, the Wakes lost a man to a second yellow, and Huntingdon scored with virtually the last kick of the game.

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Thanks Karen, I'm aware of programme issuing being compulsory in this competition but there have been many cases of clubs not issuing in other cups (even the FA Cup) where it is compulsory to issue. It will be interesting to see if a WDYG report appears for the game at Tring Corinthians.

Not there myself but can confirm there was a programme

Went there, did that, got the programme!

As they got knocked out not much chance now of a programme unless they enter again and get a home match!

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Northern Premier League North West Division
Clitheroe 6-1 Ossett United
Admission £8, Programme £2, teamsheet 10p. Att: 416

Buncranaboy has described the off-field activities more than adequately. I'll simply add that the Ale House, while less quirky than the other two pubs we visited, was also excellent.

I had a few possible options pencilled in for Plan A when I was expecting Buncranaboy to be in Holland, Plan B was for him to drop me off at Garstang on his way to Milnthorpe Corinthians, and Plan C - hastily arranged once Hurst Green confirmed that their game was on - was to be dropped off in Clitheroe. This certainly proved to be a good choice

With the home side in the play off places, and the away team just above the relegation zone (they started the day one place and 2 points above Dunston, but having played 6 games more), a home win was not unexpected, particularly when the visitors were reduced to 10 men after just 15 minutes but, despite the scoreline, for about 8/9ths of this game, it was fairly even.

The home side took the lead on 17 minutes. Number 9 tiptoed his way through the defence and was pulled back by the visiting number 5. Definite penalty, but the subsequent straight red was harsh. After a few arguments from Ossett, number 9 got to score from the spot. Few other chances in the first half, though the home number 10 did miss a sitter, sidefooting wide of an open goal.

On 70 minutes, the Blues went 2 up. Number 9 was again the scorer, with a powerful run and shot.

In the final 10 minutes, things began to get a little bit goal-crazy. Goals came on 80 (3-0), 82 (3-1), 84 (4-1), 86 (5-1) and 89 (6-1). There was still time after this for number 16 to miss a golden opportunity to complete his hat-trick.

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Sky Bet Championship

Brentford (5) 7 v 0 (0) Luton Town

Season Ticket, Programme £3.50, Attendance: 11,287 (1,636 away fans)


New Grounds Season 2019/2020 = 15
Last New Ground :Shefford Town & Campton 26th November 2019

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Re: [bagman] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

4th of 6 new ground out east this season
Southern Premier Central
Leiston 1 Nuneaton Borough 1
Att 238 ( 40 away )
Adm £11
Parking street leading to ground ( 2 mins walk )
f&d £6.20 Burger (homemade) , chips & coffee

Not our longest away , think Lowestoft might be slightly further , but certainly the furthest amongst the six new (for me ) new grounds . The first 130 miles predominantly down the A14 took just over two hours the last 30 miles , round winding country lanes took nearly another hour . Leiston is certainly a very small town to support a step 3 club . The ground is within easy walking distance of the small town centre tucked away at the end of a cul de sac .
It's a neat set up with cover to some extent on all four sides , though in keeping with other Suffolk grounds i've been to seems to have at least one stand that offers only a limited view of the game . Seemed a very friendly , chatty set of fans & club officials .
As for the game , we were very fortunate to get a point against a side who have shipped sixteen goals in their last three home games . Says it all about our away form this season .

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Also, of course, at the Portsmouth v Altrincham Cup tie and am indeed proud of the players' efforts. Altrincham really deserved to get something from the game, and I am not showing any bias, honestly. The last run to the second run also finished with a last minute defeat at Colchester 4 years ago; that season ended in relegation, but I am confident that won't be repeated at least!

It was my first trip to Fratton Park for 35 years (a new record for the longest gap between visits), and the ground has been modernised in that time, although it retains much of its character. There could be a bit more legroom in the Milton End, though, and it would be nice if there were any refreshments sold there, too. The frisking by stewards seemed a bit over the top, too, although I suppose you have to expect that at bigger grounds.

The Pompey fans were very friendly and sporting, I must say. With Oxpete's expert guidance, I visited the Lawrence Arms and the eccentric Phoenix, both easily walkable to the ground, without being too close to get packed.

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Welsh Alliance League Division 2

Barmouth & Dyffryn United 3 CPD Gaerwen 2

Wern Mynach, Bermo

Crowd - 50 Admission - £3 Programme - £1.50

A biting wind on an already cold day led to a chilly 90 minutes with another 15 minutes added as the visitors arrived late on their journey from Anglesey leading to a delay in the kick off.

All the scoring took place in the 2nd half, Barmouth leading 3-0 before a bout of the jitters saw them surrender 2 soft goals on 89 and 92 minutes.

Was glad to blast the heater on to full for the short car journey home.

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Wythenshawe Town 1-1 Consett
FA Vase 3rd Round




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Essex Olympian League, Premier Division
Canning Town 0 Basildon Town 2 (att 16 h/c)
Free admission, no progs

Extended a work-related trip to London into the weekend, so I was groundhopping by public transport, which is often easier than driving in the capital.

I had hoped to visit Peckham Town but their match was off waterlogged by Friday evening. Not wanting to risk a late postponement I settled for a game on a 3G.

Canning Town's 3G is the West Ham United Community Training Ground, next to the West Ham United Foundation office in Beckton. It's a typical 3G, with a spectator area running most of the length of one side. The floodlights were on for the second half.

I visited Beckton United back in 1986 and their ground must have been very nearby. I'm fairly sure there's no overlap though. As far as I can tell the site of the old Beckton pitch is covered by the flats in Albatross Close, the road that leads to the new ground.

Two early goals, the first in the opening 60 seconds, were enough for Basildon to win this. Canning Town recovered from their awful start and created enough chances to get something out of the game. But their finishing was woeful, and when they did get an effort on target they couldn't beat the Basildon keeper.

Report and photos on my blog http://stevebthegroundhopper.blogspot.com/...v-basildon-town.html


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Re: [Sm1d] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

Wroxham 1 Wellingborough T 0 Aet.
FA Vase Rd 3 Adm £5 Prog £1 Att 203

In view of the need for an early morning inspection I decided to get there plenty early enough to divert, just in case, but I needn't have worried as the pitch stood up fairly well. Although it cut up in places, the pitch couldn't be blamed by the ample Grant Holt when he missed an easy chance early on, or when he skied a penalty late on, thus ensuring extra time on a day when the warmth of the car would have been preferable! Wroxham had been the more likely to score throughout and finally took the lead in the third minute of extra time through their 16 year old left back. The visitors competed throughout but created few chances and could not get back into the game. Good to catch up with Norwich6 and Terry from Peterborough.

I had a quick wander around Wroxham prior to the game and was pleased to see that the ubiquitous Roy empire was still in tact, even dwarfing the McDs in the town centre! Game over at 1730, home by 2045, in pub by 2100.

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Brentford (5) 7 Luton Town (0) 0

Thanks to last week’s groundbreaking pay-per-view post (Didn’t I mention that?) over £1000 was raised for charity, specifically The Badfort Foundation for under-nourished orphans. It is all down to you all that Black Tom supplies are at their highest for a long time, and will be used to fortify these poor unfortunates.

In fact, there were so many empty bottles left after quality testing (Well, I’m an orphan too) that the waifs decided to fashion a sculpture out of the empties in tribute to groundhoppers everywhere. Not my fault it ended up looking a lot like me.

The crashing of broken glass woke me on Saturday, upon drawing back the sackcloth curtains the full devastation was revealed to me. The statue had been smashed to smithereens, and the likely perpetrator was seen to be triumphantly making good his escape, a cackle of triumph reverberating through the early morning air.

This reprobate was wearing a purple dressing gown, in the style that the sycophants of the Tyrant of Homeward effect and if cackles can have an Irish brogue, this one certainly did. I appeal to you all for information. The perpetrator of this affront to Badfort Orphans cannot go unpunished. If you saw anything at all, please e-mail me at [email protected] Your information will be treated in the strictest confidence. Main Drain Man told me to put that last bit in when he called up to snitch.

After this inauspicious start, I didn’t expect much from the day. Midweek results gave the impression that Brentford appear to be doing all they can to avoid the heartbreak of yet another unsuccessful play off attempt and Luton are a side I don’t recall us having much luck against.

In these circumstances it was all the more important that I numbed the anticipated pain. I’d had a fancy all week to revisit an old haunt, the curiously un-GBG listed Red Lion in Isleworth. This would fit in well with later trips to The Ealing Brewery Tap and The Black Dog. Sometimes the best laid plans go awry, but for all the right reasons.

Arriving just after twelve, the doors were locked. A voice from inside signalled that there was life in the place, and two minutes later, the door was opened by the landlady still in her pyjamas. Apparently she was moving on and the preceding Friday night had seen something of an energetic leaving do. She was accompanied by her six year old daughter and Murphy the dog.

A barman was summoned from the depths of the pub, so with service secured, I ordered a pint of Thisleworth Bitter, and sat in the quiet bar thinking my own thoughts. The landlady disappeared upstairs: the young daughter was left downstairs with Dan the barman, Murphy and me. As Dan was distracted with his duties and Murphy was no help I was soon joined by the six year old daughter who was writing a leaving card for her mum, but experiencing difficulties. She wanted me to put my name on it, which I did. This resulted in a half hour long spelling lesson as I tried to explain silent letters to her. A hugely pleasant, rewarding and entertaining thirty minutes.

Mum returned, fully dressed this time, and they left for some family appointment, but were replaced by two regulars, with whom I soon fell into conversation. Thistleworth Bitter flowed, subjects of conversation varied wildly and a great time was had but all of a sudden it was 14:15 and I had somewhere to be. No pub crawling today.

This week’s programme cover was from the 63/64 season, with both sides in division three. The original programme cover, 8/2/64, sported a picture of The Bluebeats, a four piece band who had been commissioned to provide live entertainment at matches. As we all know The Bluebeats went on to worldwide obscurity, so safe to hazard a guess that the entertainment wasn’t scintillating.

As stated earlier, Luton have always seemed something of a bogey side for the Bees, and this design had been issued for a 2-6 home defeat, after the Bees led 1-0 at half time. If this was the most glorious result the editors could find against these opponents, it was going to be a difficult afternoon.

Despite my signifiacnt years, I wasn’t at this game and over the years haven’t seen us play Luton on that many occasions. I can vaguely remember them coming to GP at the start of the 76/77 season to play in the short-lived and misnamed Kent Cup. This also featured teams such as Gillingham, Millwall (Pushing it a bit, but OK), Aldershot (?), Luton (Now, you’re just being silly), and of course, Brentford.

I can recall an unpleasant encounter in the High Street after Fleetwood won there some years ago, but on the whole, Luton and I haven’t crossed each other’s paths that much.

A brief conversation with Burgess Hill Bee preceded a match that will live long in the memory. Horrendous Luton defending gave Bryan Mbeumo the chance to put us ahead, and goals followed at regular intervals throughout the first half. Don’t ever remember seeing the Bees five up at half time, even in friendlies. It was a given that the second half would be an anti-climax, but two penalties completed the rout. The first time I had seen Brentford score seven since November 1979. (I missed the Plymouth rout in 1994)

That day, over 40 years ago, marked the list time I hugged my Dad. As Pat Kruse scored the seventh, we ended up clinging to each other in the sheer shock and joy at what had unfolded in front of us. This was most unteenager-like behaviour; seventeen year olds don’t show affection to parents, least of all in public!

Brentford, in typical style didn’t win again for three months afterwards, and when they did it was a far more mundane affair. By this time my dad was ill, and he died at the start of the following season.

A fantastic way to mark the fifteenth last game at GP, but such bittersweet emotions. Football, I just don’t get it.

Everyone has the right to be in doubt, but this is not an obligation.

(This post was edited by Beaver Hateman on Dec 1, 2019, 5:47 PM)

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Also at the Malvern v Atherstone Vase cup tie. Strange isn't it that despite watching a decent game, and this was a very entertaining match, particularly the 30 minutes of extra time, there is always a slight feeling of disappointment when it's not first choice. That would have been the Heanor Town v Sporting Khalsa Vase match which would have given me a ground tick (and six goals as it turned out) But Heanor's announcement that there would be a pitch inspection at 11 am, coupled with West Midlands Railways having another off day, meant I played safe and chose Malvern. Since my last visit, an artificial pitch has been laid together with new pitch and ground perimeter fencing while a second training pitch also seems to be under construction The small cover opposite the main stand has gone but I was told is likely to be rebuilt. The hosts broke the ice after 37 minutes but Atherstone levelled just before the break. Malvern seemed to have it sown up when they went 3-1 up mid way through the second half but Atherstone were worth their replay and looked the stronger in extra time. A smattering of the groundhopping fraternity could be seen and there was good company from Halesowen Matt.

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A short drive to Bloomfields (3g). KO 3.00pm.

Eastern Counties League Division 1 North.



Home. S Bird (45+2 og) C Page (62) E Collard (77)

Away. R Priddle. (14) J Frohawk (82 & 90+1)

Admission £5. Online Programme. Attendance 70.

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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Re: [Bradshaw] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

Bridport 2-0 Cadbury Heath
Western Premier

The hosts were good value for the three points after their second half performance. Goalless at the interval, it was the visitors who generally looked the better team. Although chances were fairly even, and frequent, the couple of really good ones fell to Cadbury Heath. After the break it was a different story, with Bridport scoring twice, before going on to hit the bar twice after that. A late miss which should have been converted, but by that point it didn't really matter.

The ground has cover on both sides, the seats between the dugouts nothing unusal, but the covered standing opposite certaintly is. It's got a very high roof, but no elevation within in it and as it's on the access road for officials to drive in, would never be. A very large clubhouse behind the goal and beyond that a second pitch which was in use by the third team.

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Re: [Steveb] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

‘I visited Beckton United back in 1986 and their ground must have been very nearby. I'm fairly sure there's no overlap though. As far as I can tell the site of the old Beckton pitch is covered by the flats in Albatross Close, the road that leads to the new ground. ‘

You are right re Beckton United. Their pitch, stood close to the main road and is now covered by Albatross Close. The pitch where Canning Town play was part of the same site, but was part of the golf driving range that stood down the near touch line at Beckton United, inadvertently providing the only cover!
There was if I recall rightly, no overlap.

(This post was edited by Bigaitch on Dec 1, 2019, 6:35 PM)

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Re: [Dr Love] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

KO 15.00 ADM £15 NO PROG except online and teamsheet at ground GATE 594

Caught the 75 bus up to Hampden and it didn't look as if the game was on until we walked round the far side of the stadium. It was good to see people walking up to the game much to our relief.

On entering the stadium, we were met with a surprisingly decent selection of souveniers some of which were acquired. Also plenty of food which was of a decent standard.

Nigel and I found some very comfortable seats - if we have had a couple of blankets we would have fallen asleep!!

The game itself turned out to be quite good and full of chances for both sides. Queens took a 12 minute lead which they held until half time luckily as City hit the post twice from free kicks.

Second half was not bad at all despite QP's time wasting. Their second goal was an excellent strike, taking City's keeper by surprise. City pulled a goal back in injury time but QP held on for a good 3 points.

We had gone to the Bon Accord pre game for a very decent pint of Cromarty White Out and, as we had decided to stay in Glasgow for the night, after checking into our hotel went into town for a few beers.

A good day had by both of us even though it was very very chilly.

(This post was edited by chesterbird on Dec 1, 2019, 10:04 PM)

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East of Scotland Qualifying Cup Round 3
Kelty Hearts v Gretna, 5-1, H.T. 5-0, Att 280, Admission £7, programme £2, Cheeseburger and Bovril £3
At New Central Park

This game would have been way down my preferred list of options but in extremis meteorologicus then needs must. Nothing on grass survived in East Central Scotland die to the temperature. Some artificial pitches also succumbed as the mercury plummeted. Kelty is a cold place at the best fo times but on this occasion it was bitter – definitely the coldest I have been at a game for a good number of years.

Kelty’s first half performance was very impressive. They comprehensively dismantled Gretna with talisman strik3er Nathan Austin notching a hat trick. The second half was a different story – Gretna stiffened up at the back and defended bravely, nicking a single goal on the break.

After the game the Gretna management ream were sacked – a trifle harsk I feel as the team have improved considerably as the season has progressed.

Kelty march on in the East Qualifying Cup – a tournament with 130 years of history. Unusually winning the Cup is actually a bigger thing than winning the Cup it qualifies you for – the East of Scotland “City” Cup being a bit of an irrelevance these days.

The crowd was probably the lowest of the season at Kelty. Given the temperature and the absence of away fans that is hardly surprising.

The Cheeseburger was very excellent. A thick meat patty on a brioche roll with delightfully fried onions and cheese – cordon bleu football catering at its best. And the Bovril was strong, beefy and boiling hot. Perfection.

Bought a programme out f habit but have never even looked at it. It’s a habit I must finally kick soon.

Far more useful was the teamsheet acquir3ed for the announcer’s box pre-match.

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Felixstowe 2-3 Dereham
Isthmian North
Att 284

If someone had offered me 2-3 before the start I’d have probably took it. Dereham had just had 4 wins scoring 20 goals in the process, but with 30 minutes left and being 2 up, and with Dereham down to 10 men, a home win was “obviously” on the cards.
But our opposition from Norfuck had other ideas, they just went 3 at the back and had a bloody good go, they took control, we just didn’t know what to do and they deserved to win.
Just hope we get our act together before the Tamplin Circus hits Town next Saturday.

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Just in case you weren't aware, there is an on-line programme for this game on the QP website and it can be printed.

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Thanks Karen, I'm aware of programme issuing being compulsory in this competition but there have been many cases of clubs not issuing in other cups (even the FA Cup) where it is compulsory to issue. It will be interesting to see if a WDYG report appears for the game at Tring Corinthians.

Not there myself but can confirm there was a programme

Went there, did that, got the programme!

As they got knocked out not much chance now of a programme unless they enter again and get a home match!

Thanks for confirming there was a programme, so it's good to know that Tring Corinthians stuck by the rules. Hopefully they will get another home tie next season.

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Pinxton FC 5 - 1 Blidworth Welfare (HT 4 - 0)
Van Elle Welfare Arena, Pinxton, Derbyshire
Central Midlands Football League, Level 11
Adm £3/2, Prog £1, Tea £1
Attendance est. HC 47, and 3 dogs.

My first choice was to go to the Coach and Horses ground in Dronfield to see Sheffield FC, but they were called off with a frozen pitch. I found a tweet saying this match had passed a pitch inspection so off down the M1 I went.

It was a cold one. I parked behind the Pinxton Welfare Club, there was also some nearby street parking. The pitch was on the hillside above the club. Due to the recent wet weather Pinxton have only played 1 match in the previous month, so they appeared happy to be playing today. Meatloaf was playing over the loud speakers on my arrival, but there didn't seem to be any kind of announcements made. A small tea room was above the pitch with a container styled toilet block next door. A seated stand for about 50 was on the far side.

Play started on the dot of 3pm, and it began to get a little misty.... Pinxton took the lead, and carried on scoring. The second half saw the fog get worse and Blidworth managed to pull one back. The ref blew his whistle on the dot of 4.45, obviously wanting to get back in to the warm.

Nice to chat to 2 other groundhoppers there, someone trying to complete all the grounds in Derbyshire, but who got easily distracted with day trips in to Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire. Also a young Rotherham United supporter who had attended at least 77 matches this season.

2018 -19 season. 7 new grounds.
2019 -20 season 24 new grounds.
Newest ground visited The Van Elle Welfare Ground, Pinxton FC, Derbyshire, Central Midlands Football League South, Level 11

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Not a bad effort for the programme but could do with both squads listing so they can be amended...mind you this fixture was only arranged seven days ago.

Both squads are listed in the programme - Kilwinning on page eight, ours is spread between 16 and 17 with photos. There is space to number the players.

Usually I'd print off the team lists but due to the groundwork it was pen and paper today.

Apologies Red Sunrise...found it!! Spotted Largs squad list no problem.A colourful programme and the penned team sheet on the board always appreciated.

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Brentford 7 (SEVEN) v 0 Luton Town FL Championship Adm Season Ticket Prog £3.50 Coffee £2.20 Att 11287
As mentioned by Beaver Hateman, also at Griffin Park on the Ealing Road Terrace as per usual. Yesterdays game was the second anniversary of the passing of my good friend and fellow Bees fan Graham Martin, the boys did him proud putting a poor Luton team to the sword, the last 7-0 win at home in the league was in December 1994 against Plymouth Argyle, this was followed up in January 1995 by a 6-0 win against Cambridge United.
A defensive blunder early on allowed Brentford to take the lead and they then scored 4 goals in the last 16 minutes of the half through Watkins, Jensen and 2 for DaSilva which included a customary goal from outside the penalty area, this gave Brentford an unassailable half time lead. Second half was quieter but Luton's day was summed up when on 69 minutes having used all their subs, one of their subs got injured and was carried off meaning they finished the game with 10 men. Brentford added 2 more goals both penalties one of which was by DaSilva which meant it was his first hat trick and the matchball, not bad for a midfielder. Only 14 games left at Griffin Park. The train gods were also on our side which meant myself and Henfield Bee got home a good 30 minutes earlier than expected. One downside to the day, my laptop got too excited about the Bees win and expired, meaning a costly purchase today !

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ADM: £11. PROG: £2.50. ATT: 356

Four decades after going to the lamented Southbury Road ground, I finally managed to pitch up at the QEII newbie. The ground is a tad basic, despite having cover on all sides, with three of them being the dreaded Atcost type. My lad spent some of our time away explaining the brutalist architecture around the Barbican, which didn’t really float my boat. By contrast however, the Art Deco main stand at Enfield, did get the juices flowing! A wonderful thing of beauty it is too, incorporating the bar facilities with its spiral staircase.

Game wise, the E’s were a tad fortunate to get a share of the spoils. The equalizer only coming in the 95th minute, which was harsh on the struggling visitors. Around twenty five minutes stroll from Enfield Chase station, which is slightly further than if you chose to go via the Town option. Credit where tiz due to all the staff here too. Friendly welcome on the gate & from the lady program seller. Also the club shop peeps were also helpful so well done to them. I got a tad lost yomping back, so ended up with the Spurs masses at WHL, but still on time for the family evening soirée. Good weekend away for a nice change, with the bonus of a new ground done.

KRTM :-)


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Regional 2, (tier 7). Centre Val de Loire.
Stade Jean Bouin, Synthetic Pitch
Luisant AC 1-1 Joue les Tours FC Touraine
Admission Free, Attendance ~40

A quite late decision. When choosing games at this stage in the season, I am looking not just at the match, but also where it will be staged. With the recent weather soaking the pitches, it is not uncommon for matches to be moved to artificial surfaces, especially if the team has one adjacent to the main pitch. My first thought for the day was to head to Verson with Cean's second team showing in the afternoon. SM Caen II play on one of the outer pitches at Stade de Venoix (I think) with AG Caen taking the main pitch. (At least, both have their own venues and consistently stick to them).

However, Verson had moved from Jules Rimet 1 to Jules Rimet 2. I think there is a small stand at the grass pitch and I did not fancy the switch.

Luisant also play on an artifical pitch, with no cover next to a grass pitched ground with a stand (and track). The difference here being that they almost always play on the plastic. The FFF website shows every league game on this pitch, so the main one is probably only for bigger cup matches. On arrival I was told that the main ground suffers badly from "splish splosh", (the man I spoke to might not knw the English word waterlogged).

Dressing rooms and a small club room are in the same building as the stand, with a short walk to the other pitch. It is a modern 4G surface. The pitch is railed with a tarmac path all the way around. No shelter for spectators, so I was pleased the rain had cleared and it was merely cold during the game.

Joue les Tours is a place about 5km south of Tours itself. The name Touraine is an old name for a region of France centered on Tours.

Luisant is an area just to the south of Chartres, with one end of the ground bordering the by-pass which I had used the previous week while heading to Sainte Genevieve.

Stade Jean Bouin is a common stadium name in France, and is also the name of Joue's home ground!

With the visitors clear at the top of the league, while Luisant were struggling (10th of 11 teams), I was pleased to see the home side had set themselves up to have a go at their opponents and came close in the early stages.

Gradually though, JLT began to gain the upper hand and it came as no surprise when they found the space on the left side and Balamine Toure put them into the lead. They should have had more, Toure in particular was a force to be reckoned with, but his strike partner, Mohamed Derkaoui kept on selfishly potting soft shots to the keeper when he should have been trying to pass. (To be fair, it was Derkaoui's pass that set Toure free for the goal). Derkaoui even managed to softly place a penalty too close to the keeper and the score at the break was 0-1.

The second half was more of the same, Joue well on top but not giving the home keeper much work to do, while Luisant were always putting the effort in, but generally the visiting defence could shepherd the ball away.

This level of football has rolling subs, although Luisant with only 13 available players did not use them. The two players removed from the pitch by changes stayed off. JLT, in contrast had three subsitutes available, only used two of them but still managed to make six changes. I thought it was cynical, but ultimately led to a failure to manage the game. They made their first two changes just after the hour mark, but brought one back when Derkaoui suffered a knock on 70 minutes. Unfortunately for the game, this left Toure even more isolated in front of a six man midfield, so nothing much was happening. After a 14 minute rest, Derkaoui was returned to the fray and Toure withdrawn. This was a mistake, taking off your most creative player when only leading 1-0. Luisant managed to punish them immediately with their own substitute M'barek El Alouani managing to guide a header just inside the post.

Toure was brought back onto the field just two minutes after leaving it, but it was now too late and JLT's vening got worse when a player reacted badly to a foul received a deserved red card. With Luisant actually hopeful of grabbing all the points during five minutes of injury time, JLT went for timewasting and made yet another change, For their number 6, it meant he was withdrawn from play twice in the game, and yet was only off their field for 9 minutes of playing time!

At the end, two of the Joue les Tours players were arguing across the fences with members of the crowd, and had to be restrained by their team mates. The stewards was keeping the gate closed not to stop spectators attacking the players, but to stop the player from being able to reach the spectator. I hope it gets onto the referee's report.

How this disorganised rabble got to the top of the league is unclear, but if this is typical, I hope they don't stay there.

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Serie A
Fiorentina 0 Lecce 1
Admission 25 Euros (concession) Attendance 33912

This match was not the highlight of a weekend away in Florence with the home team giving an abject display which was greeted with boos and cat calls at the final whistle. What little threat Fiorentina offered was ended when playmaker Frank Ribery was injured in a tackle just before half time and although his substitute – ex Spurs midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng – tried hard, he never looked like finding his way past the Lecce defence. The only goal came just after the break when a cross was headed in at close range by La Mantia. Immediately afterwards Fiorentina's Flahovic had a couple of efforts saved but blasted his best and easiest chance well over the bar not long before the end. The final opportunity fell to Lecce's Babacar who burst clear following a defensive slip but, in keeping with the rest of the match, his weak shot was easily saved.

The Artemio Franchi stadium is unusual in looks with the main stand built in an Art Deco style, spiral ramps to get to the upper levels of seating ground and a high tower on the open side of the ground. Its about a 25-30 minute walk from the ground to the city centre or it is if you walk it in a straight line. We lost our way on the journey there and it took us a little time to find the footbridge that crosses the railway lines at Campo di Marte station but once located the rest of the walk was straight forward.

We bought tickets on the afternoon before the match from a kiosk not far from the Duomo. Passports were required at the time of purchase (possibly to verify our eligibility for the old codger concession) and passports were also checked on entrance to the ground. We opted for the cheaper tickets on the open side given the good weather forecast and our seats on the halfway line were at just the right elevation to give an excellent view of the pitch – just a pity that what we saw was not of the same quality.

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Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 AFC Bournemouth
Attendance 59,626 (2,900 away fans)
Ticket £30 - Programme £3.50

Fifth straight away defeat to Spurs on three different grounds since Cherries have been in the Premier League but at least we scored for the first time. Cherries had the better of the early exchanges but left themselves open at the back and Spurs broke away with a two on one as Son squared to Dele Alli to open the scoring midway through the first half. Early in the second half Alli was allowed the freedom of the penalty area to run across the box and shoot home the second and soon it was 3-0 with Sissoko, one of two players unmarked at the far post heading in. Harry Wilson gave Cherries hope scoring a free kick with 10 minutes remaining then, just as 6 minutes of injury time came up on the board, the Welshman converted Arnaut Danjuma's cross from the left and an unlikely comeback looked on especially when the two Wilsons' were through on goal deep into stoppage time, Harry was in an offside position so had to leave it to Callum who was denied by a last ditch block from Jan Vertonghen which left the home fans baying for the final whistle after their team looked like they would win comfortably.

First visit to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and what an impressive stadium it is. The roof similar in shape to the Emirates of Etihad but with four tiers on each side, the middle two with boxes behind probably the equivalent of Club Wembley, three tiers in the end I was sat with the away fans in the corner and a massive single tier behind the home end. One thing it doesn't have that the Emirates does is padded seats while there is a row of crush barriers dividing each row of seats which would presumably make it possible to convert into safe standing areas.

Used my Network Card and caught train from Christchurch, something I won't be able to do during the whole of December with the guards at Southwestern on strikeMad.

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Scottish Premiership
Hibernian 2 Kilmarnock 2
Attendance 16,180
Admission £23

It's a brave new world under Jack Ross at Hibs, or at least that was the plan for an excellent first hour with Hibs coasting in to a 2-0 lead. Things then went pear-shaped in a fashion all too familiar to those of us of a green and white persuasion, though conceding with the very last kick of the game was particularly galling, not least because I had a couple of quid on Hibs 2-1 and Hibs 3-1, both doubled with a Doidge first goal!

An all too rare Saturday visit to Easter Road for mean, with Bolton's exit from the FA Cup presenting a free Saturday then mutated in to a two night stopover and a pleasant weekend all round.

Great seats on the front row of the West Stand Upper Tier, next to the aisle and level with the 6 yard box towards the Dunbar End. Ideal having had a couple of pre-match beers in Jeremiah's Taproom and The Persevere. Staying for the weekend luckily meant avoiding what seemed to be quite an eventful morning on the trains as reported by the north west contingent, and it wasn't much better on our return journey, though I can (just about) take sitting in the vestibule for a couple of hours in return to the refund we were given!

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Joue les Tours is a place about 5km south of Tours itself.

Formerly twinned with Cumnock, now East Ayrshire. It even has a Rue Kilmarnock.

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Re: [PaulC] Saturday 30 November 2019 or Reply Privately

Saturday 30th November 2019 3pm
FA VASE 3rd Round
Foxbury Avenue, Chislehurst

Admission: £8
Programme: None printed
Attendance: 60

Glebe are in form right now since appointing former Millwall player Gary Alexander. The home side were quicker to the ball and passed more accurately than Newhaven. However the Dockers had great team spirit but were not able to keep Glebe at bay. Jamie Philpot scored the only goal with 15 minutes to go, a free shot being unmarked at the far post.

The ground slowly improving with the relatively new senior side. There are 2 seating and 1 standing cover on the main touchline and another area of covered standing on the far goal line. No facilities inside the ground but ample refreshments in the clubhouse outside. Worth knowing that the turnstiles only open 15 minutes before kick off.