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Dec 22, 2018, 9:56 PM

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

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Dec 22, 2018, 9:57 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec 22, 2018, 9:57 PM

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Re: [Bigaitch] Saturday 22nd December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

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

Brereton Social 25 (Twenty-five) Florence 0

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

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

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

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

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

First Team Star

Dec 22, 2018, 10:17 PM

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Location: Ipswich
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Re: [davidjay] Saturday 22nd December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Team Star

Dec 22, 2018, 10:31 PM

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

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

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

Match Report from our hosts -

Match Report from the visitors -

Grounds = 638, Leagues done = 15 (37 to go); Games (19/20) = 102; New Grounds (19/20) = 82; Goals (19/20) = 441; Ave goals/game = 4.32; Last new ground = Bourton Rovers; Next = Tues 10th Dec 2019

Dr Love
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Dec 22, 2018, 10:40 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec 22, 2018, 10:44 PM

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

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

First Team Regular

Dec 22, 2018, 11:11 PM

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

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

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

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

First Team Star

Dec 22, 2018, 11:31 PM

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

Yorkshire Amateur League Div.3 (5th tier)

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

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

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

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

So not a very enjoyable afternoon!

Andy D
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Dec 22, 2018, 11:34 PM

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

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

Rules of Groundhopping:

Rule 1 - There are no rules
Rule 2 - See rule 1.....

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Dec 23, 2018, 12:17 AM

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National League South
Billericay Town 0 Woking 4
atten 1200

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

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

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

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Dec 23, 2018, 12:26 AM

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

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

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Dec 23, 2018, 12:37 AM

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Crickhowell 3 Machen 2

The Elvicta: Gwent Amateur Cup Third Round

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

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

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

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Dec 23, 2018, 8:16 AM

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

Nine minutes of highlights here:

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

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

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

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Dec 23, 2018, 9:13 AM

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National League

AFC Fylde 2 Ebbsfleet United 0

Mill Farm Attendance - 1,474

Admission (Standing) - £14 Programme - £3

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

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

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

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

Happy Christmas everybody.

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Dec 23, 2018, 9:38 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One question remains: is there a nice part of Luton?

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Dec 23, 2018, 10:13 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Redditch Borough v Feckenham

Midland League Division Two

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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