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Feb 23, 2019, 1:31 PM

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Hong Kong Premier League @Aberdeen Sports Ground
Southern 3-1 Lee Man
Admission HK$30 (£3). No Paper
Attendance 358

A day in Hong Kong, and another tick with the boy in tow.
Stopping with the wife for some shopping and a McDonald's Happy meal first, we eventually made the ground around 30 minutes before kick off - which is about right.

The weather and the shopping meant that a trip into Aberdeen itself, (not particularly close to the ground) or the theme park at Ocean Park was not on. The ground is mid way between the Wong Chuk Hang and Ocean Park metro stations.

It is a standard running track with a long metallic stand on each side. The central section of the East stand is covered and this is where most of the fans were sat. The west stand, erected after a previous one was damaged by a storm was used by officials only. (If you look on soccerway, Marcus Linke's pitcure of the old stand is shown).

With roof supports, pylons and flagpoles, the VIP section in the centre of the main stand is not the place to be with the better views from low to the edges of the covered area. There are no covered seats with a uninterrupted view.

A query on the gate meant the girls had to look carefully at the back of the ticket and then giving me a concession (60+) of HK$30 (£3) rather than the HK$80 (then £7, the £ having lost a lot in the last year) I paid for games a year ago.

The game started very brightly, with both goalkeepers forced into making saves, Indeed in both cases there were chances that really should have ended up as goals.

However, once the home side opened the scoring after ten minutes, the difference between the pair soon becomes clear. Southern are currently in the running for the Asian Champions League place, (which means champions or runners-up to Guangzhou R&F reserves).

Playing in 3-5-2, Southern were making much better inroads when attacking than Lee Man in 4-1-4-1. While the visitors could get the ball up to their forward, there was no one playing off him and the midfield was all too frequently too far behind to get involved.

Southern doubled their advantage just before the break and added a third on 72 minutes. If they had made the most of their chances, the scoreline could easily have been twice that.

Lee Man managed their consolation deep into injury time - the ball forced over the line from a short distance after Southern failed to clear a corner.

Southern are a team that has a clearly defined identity, corresponding to the South of Hong Kong Island. They had quite a number of supporters wearing colours and making a noise. Each club has a disgnated fans area in the stand. No segregation, but Hong Kong supporters tend to obey these rules. Southern have a sponsors name (Kwoon Chung - a local bus company)

Lee Man are a company team, so while Southern may well have a different sponsor but continue in the future, Lee Man would dissapear from the league if the company pulled its sponsorship.

The sponsorships are clearly important, as they are the main source of income for what is (at least on paper), a fully professional league. All the teams have a good compliment of foreign players that one could not imagine making it to Hong Kong without a full time wage. Southern even have a Brazilian who has played in Hong Kong for 10 years, allowing him to take up citizenship and count as a local player.

To English fans, the most notable player is Southern's Zesh Rehman, the Birmingham born Pakistan International who has played games in the Premier League and each of the next three divisions down.

For the last two seasons, Chinese clubs have been allowed to sign one player each from Hong Kong, Taiwan or Macau who will not count as a foreigner. Despite wage levels in China that should make this a good option, the only player to reach the super league in this way is Festus Baise, a Nigerian born who has been naturalised to Hong Kong citizenship. It appears the Super League rules have now beeen changed to exclude naturalised players from these "parts of China"

Wiki does show Baise as still registered with Guizhou, now relegated to League-1 despite this rule. Andy Russell (formerly of Chorley, Mossley and Fylde) is in China League-1 as well, as are two other naturalised Hong Kong players born in Africa. These are all on the second year of their contracts. There is also a Spanish born Taiwanese player in the second year of a mainland contract. Hence Hong Kong and Taiwan only have one player each born in their areas and playing in China without taking Chinese citizenship

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Feb 23, 2019, 6:08 PM

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MFL Premier.

Shepshed Dynamo 2 Dunkirk 1.

In £6
Prog £1.50
Att 174
Carling £3.40

Always love a trip to the Dovecote and non so more than today with the Nottingham visitors having former KM joint manager Will Andrew in charge this season (pleasure to meet with you again mate) Game was totally ruined by an inept showing by the man in black and visitors rather unfortunately lost the game with a goal scored 9 minutes into stoppage time. Dec the dugout (Shimtoan) also on duty and nice to catch up with you again so all in all a decent day which was rather spoilt by the football.

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Feb 23, 2019, 6:23 PM

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Keswick 0 Wigton Harriers 1, Cumberland Senior Cup Quarter Final, Att: 75, Admission/Prog: No

This was a battle of the County League leaders with Keswick top of the Westmorland League and visitors Wigton top of the Cumberland League and it produced a very competitive and skilful game without a huge amount of chances in which the home side were possibly unlucky to lose. After a goal-less first half, Wigton scored the only goal of the game within a minute of the resumption and for fifteen minutes or so looked like they might score a second but then seemed to settle for what they had as Keswick began to press for an equaliser without success. Keswick play at a park on the edge of town although their pitch is fenced off from the rest of the area. No furniture pitch side, although there is a very smart ten year-old changing room and bar facility, funded by the Football Foundation which provides a raised view of proceedings from a patio area to the front. As with many Lake District grounds the surrounding views are wonderful especially in today's spring sunshine. The River Greta runs alongside the pitch which causes major problems in wet weather and on more than one occasion has flooded the whole area. Parking can be an issue, a car park owned by the football club costs £3 but fills up on busy days, we parked a couple of hundred yards away near the A66.

Pre-match refreshments were courtesy of the Tweedie Bar in Grasmere, attached to a hotel, serving eight ales. A top quality day out.

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Feb 23, 2019, 6:45 PM

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South Midlands Premier
Admission £7.00 Prog £1.00 2x 50/50 £2.00 2x Tea £1.40
Attendance 56 (h/c about 60)

With Stotfold rooted at the bottom of the table and Leverstock Green not that much higher, the scene was set for a bit of a non-event and so the first half proved with the only incident of note being an injury to the home captain Shane Wood at about the same time as one of the home fans in the stand collapsed although thankfully an ambulance was not required and he was able to watch the rest of the game as normal. The second half was a bit brighter from the visitors' point of view but it wasn't until 15 minutes before the end that they broke the deadlock to the unbridled delight of the team and their small gaggle of followers. Just before the end, Robert Trinder justified his presence, if not his match fee, thanks to one of those completely pointless pushing and shoving exhibitions with resulted in a red card for the visitors' George Ezekiel which was felt to be a bit harsh and also one for the homesters' Luke Preedy who, according to Mr. Trinder, had been getting on his tits all afternoon. With LG6 (sorry, haven't got his name) also having earlier received the Order of the Bath, it ended 10 against 9 and some would say Mr. Trinder did lose the plot somewhat.

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54 goals in 14 games
£142.75 spent

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Feb 23, 2019, 6:49 PM

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Well it had to happen & it finally did yesterday (Fri 22nd Feb), my 1st ever cancelled flight. When I checked at lunchtime my 18:00 departure was already delayed by 70 mins to 19:10. This was my 1st visit to Southend Airport but was thwarted by the fog so a trip to the Barcelona area didn’t materialise.
Due to a bit of uncertainty on my part on where to go this year I’d decided I’d probably do less foreign trips, not helped with my passport running out this year co-inciding with the uncertainty of Brexit whether I’d need at least 6 months on it.

Anyway I decided to watch:

Essex & Suffolk Border League Division 1
Flitch Utd 1 (8)
Tiptree Jobserve 1 (93+)
KO: 14:30, started at 14:35 Att: 20 h/c Cost: Free Saw no progs

Venue: Allcourts Playing Field, Warehouse Road, Stebbing
Small car park which saw some vehicles blocked in. One side has grass area with high netting in front of houses with hedges & fencing in front. Beyond was a busy local airfield & I’m not talking about Stansted. Behind one goal has grass area & set back in corner is square portacabin building housing the changing rooms. Next to this is a kids play area in front of a hedge/bushes. The other goal has grass area gradually sloping down with a small green metal like lorry container in corner. Trees in front of field. Other side has fairly wide grass area with the widest point in line with half-way line. Behind 2-bar wooden fence is a field including farm buildings.

Match: 1st v 7th out of 13
Sunny & fairly mild despite chilly breeze which at times in 2nd half got a bit windy.
The ref finally came onto the pitch at 14:30. TJ broke early but the shot was well off target. FU had a corner which was headed in for the opening goal. FU had shot saved on 17mins & a minute later TJ put in a low cross & the close range effort was saved by the gk. On 22mins FU player had a head injury, their players were screaming at the ref to stop the game but the ref wasn’t interested. He finally did stop the game when gk threw ball out of play & injured player had a lump on his face. FU also got a yellow card. On 31mins FU had a shot deflected against the post & a minute later the gk kept out an effort. Shots 7-3.

H/t lasted over 9 mins. FU didn’t manage a shot in 2nd half. A top of the table team this was a poor 2nd half performance. TJ tried & put on pressure but never looked like scoring. A poor half ended with TJ getting a deserved equaliser in injury time which there efforts warranted. They then went for the winner. Shots 0-6.

Not quite the weekend I was expecting.

(This post was edited by pinewoodste on Feb 23, 2019, 6:55 PM)

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Feb 23, 2019, 6:51 PM

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Galgate 2 Furness Cavaliers 2 (2-4 pens)
West Lancashire League Challenge Cup

A decent enough competitive game which the home side really ought to have won in the first half. In fact they conceded an early own goal, but dominated the rest of the half, missing numerous opportunities, scoring a goal with a couple of hints of offside.

They led midway through the second via a penalty only to concede one in the same manner shortly afterwards.

Straight to penalties, with the away keeper the hero, saving the first two home efforts, then scoring his team's third with a typical goalie penalty, i.e blasted.

For a new team to the league it's a decent set up, adjacent to the main road and west coast main line. Newish changing block, and railed down both sides. The pitch is at 90 degrees to the main road, behind the Plough pub, with a second pitch at right angles, and a new village hall behind with a disused cricket pitch behind that.

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Feb 23, 2019, 6:52 PM

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Montgomery Town 3 Hay St Mary’s 0

Clostanymur: MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League Second Division

Whilst many eyes across Wales would have been focused on the Principality Stadium this afternoon, for followers of the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League Second Division, the summit meeting between these title rivals had its own degree of gravitas. Montgomery Town appeared to be favourites to the land the title, given the points they had already accumulated this season, but victory for Hay St Mary’s would put them right back in the picture following last weekend’s defeat. This afternoon’s visit to Clostanymur was my first trip here since 2014 when Berriew defeated Waterloo Rovers in the Mid Wales League Cup final. The ground a small stand of the one side of the pitch, which railed on three sides, whilst a wooden fence has been erected to enclose the ground. The other three sides of the ground are enclosed by trees and hedges. The changing room and toilet facilities are located in a building in one corner of the ground and there is a small area for spectator cover on the opposite side of the pitch from the main stand. Montgomery Town came into this afternoon’s fixture at the head of the Second Division table and just had two further league matches to play following this match. The Canaries took a break from league action last weekend to entertain First Division in the last-eight stage of the League Cup but suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of the higher-graded Greens. Hay St Mary’s found themselves 11 points behind the hosts in the table but having played three matches fewer than the Canaries. The Saints saw their title and promotion hopes take a blow last week when they endured a 3-1 defeat at Four Crosses in a disappointing performance. The Forest Road club bounced back though on Wednesday evening with a much-improved performance when hosting First Division Llanidloes Town in a Radnorshire Cup semi-final. The Saints ultimately suffered penalty shoot-out heartbreak after drawing 1-1 with the Daffs after extra-time and miss out on a county cup final appearance.

The Second Division leaders made a strong start to the match against their closest rivals in the table as they broke down the right flank in the fifth minute but the eventuate shot was pulled across the Hay St Mary's goal. The Canaries struck the visitor's crossbar from the edge of the penalty area three minutes later before seeing the ball cleared to safety. Brendan Hackett struck a speculative 25 yard effort over the host's goal in the 13th minute before Montgomery Town broke down the right and into the penalty area nine minutes later but saw their eventual effort fly over the Saints' goal. The Canaries' pressure eventually paid dividends in the 36th minute when the ball came into the penalty area from out on the right and Tom Evans' low shot on the turn beat Hay St Mary's goalkeeper inside his near post. The visitors thought they had levelled the scored five minutes later when striker Matty Tong beat a couple of Montgomery Town defenders to slide the ball past the home custodian but he was inexplicably flagged for being offside. The leaders nearly doubled their lead just before the half-time whistle sounded, after breaking from defending a corner, but were denied when Bevan came rushing off his line to make a smart block. The canaries eventually increased their advantage 10 minutes after the break when a low free-kick on the left edge of the Hay St Mary's penalty area was converted past Bevan from close range. Montgomery Town nearly extended their lead virtually from the restart but Bevan saved well to turn a shot on target behind for a corner. The Canaries did not have too wait long for a third goal as the hosts broke quickly down the right and when the Saints' defence failed to clear the ball from the penalty area, they were duly punished, when the loose ball was fired past Bevan to virtually secure all three points. Rob Snedden struck a 25 yard free-kick at the host's goalkeeper in the 63rd minute before Montgomery Town narrowly fired a 20 yard half-volley over the target eight minutes later. The latter stages petered out somewhat, in what was a niggly encounter at times, although Jack Biggs saw his shot from the edge of the penalty blocked just minutes before the final whistle sounded on a result that moved Montgomery Town within inches of being crowned champions.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 655
Matches: 142
New Grounds: 15

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Feb 23, 2019, 6:54 PM

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Isthmian League Premier

Bognor 0 Haringey B 4

admission £12-00 programme yes attendance 517
5th v 2nd
The home team started well but the visitors had gained the upper hand by half time. An abysmal second half performance by the Rocks made it easy for the Borough by the end.
After starting on time, the home team impressed early on with some good tempo and passing, mixing both long and short. Portsmouth loanee Maloney robbed Richards after only four mins, but as he bore down on goal visiting keeper Pajetat was out quickly to block him. He had to do the same shortly afterwards as a neat ball from Tuck played in Whyte. Both teams then mounted decent attacks with good defensive blocks at the end. Then a great cross by the visitors' Olufemi from the right missed everybody. At the other end Muitt had a good run down the left, but shot wide. As the half hour approached we had a yellow for each side for crude tackles, the one by Bognor's Widdrington saw outraged visiting players surrounding the ref. The Borough took the lead after 36 mins as a patient buildup saw the ball passed across to the right, where Oyenuga produced a precise shot that found the far corner. Aresti nearly doubled their lead as a free-kick rebounded to him, but he shot wide. A tackle on the edge of the Bognor area caused no end of controversy - my view it was either a penalty or no foul - Oyenuga's free-kick was blocked, fell to him again, and he shot wide. On half time a nice Bognor break saw Muitt finish weakly, an easy save. HT 0-1.
After the break Bognor switched to the slow buildup play that I've seen a few times over the last few years, and the visitors just lapped it up, getting men behind the ball and then producing dangerous attacks of their own. From one such attack, on 52 mins, Barker played it to Kirby, whose shot was blocked for a corner. From this Nouble scrambled in at the far post to make it two for the visitors. Oyenuga's running and strength caused all sorts of problems for the home team - in one run, he beat the same defender twice, but was blocked the third time he tried it. A rare Bognor effort saw a 35-yard free-kick from Widdrington easily saved. But in another visiting attack it was so easy for Olufemi to find Aresti, but home keeper Lincoln pulled off a fine save. Another attack on 66 mins then saw the ball bounce up and hit Field on the hand - penalty given, and Nouble scored his second, and Haringey's third. Bognor briefly came back as a decent cross from the right almost reached sub Mason at the far post, and from the corner there was an optimistic shout for handball. For the last 20 mins it was a procession as the visitors did what they wanted. Oyenuga's cross-shot was well saved by Lincoln, Nouble's cross-shot was also well saved by Lincoln, and sub Froxylas (just signed, a full Cypriot international) came close with a free-kick. On 89 mins they got their fourth, an attack down the left, a simple ball to sub Akinwande giving him a tap-in. Lethbridge did force Pajetat to a final save, but by then home fans were just hoping it all would end.
As ever, a pleasant visit to Nyewood Lane (via Chichester and a walk along the seafront). Pitch was excellent. The only change from the last visit is some cover above the nightclub end - four squares of white and green material, looks nice, a bit like Lewes. Bread pudding appears to be off the menu now Pirate but the chips were as good as ever for £1.50. The tea bar was advertised on the scoreboard, saying 'make sure you visit and divulge today'. The visiting fans gave their team great support and had a good repertoire of songs. Their team looked good today but I'm not sure how good.

If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.

(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Feb 23, 2019, 7:00 PM)

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Feb 23, 2019, 7:01 PM

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Godalming Town 1 v Cove 0

Combined Counties Div 1
Admission £6, Programme £2

I saw Godalming score five back in September (on a day which was quite a bit colder than today). That side couldn’t have been much different than the one today, very little goal mouth action. All rather bitty and two sets of players devoid of much skill, I would have bet my life on it being 0-0 until a neat header on 65 mins won it for Godalming.

Ground looking quite run down although not without charm, had to park in the local council pay and display car park which cost £2, the club car park is extremely small.

The programme has to be the best I’ve seen in this league but why they don’t make more effort selling them is beyond me. Nobody was actively selling them & I had to ask at the tea bar and the guy said to me “sorry we are short of volunteers at the moment”, why don’t they just have them at the turnstiles?

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Feb 23, 2019, 7:21 PM

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Maesteg Park 3-0 FC Maesteg
Bridgend & District Premier Division

A comfortable win for the hosts, as although they didn't fire on all cylinders up front, missing several other good opportunities to score, they were dominant at the back. FC never really looked like getting on the scoresheet, a few half chances, but nothing which looked like it might go in.

A very friendly and welcoming club, and it's clear the work they've put in around the ground. The ground is fulled railed with hardstanding all round. Floodlights are in place and on opposite sides of the pitch to each other are the dugouts and a stand with a couple of steps of hard standing. In one corner is the clubhouse, which has a few steps in front of it, however, these are quite some distance from the pitch. The bar is decorated with plenty of football memorabilia and I suspect it is currently full of jubilant fans.

Unfortunately, depsite being very community minded, they've had problems with some of the locals. Plenty of broken glass, including some embedded down the touchline had been removed prior to the game. However, due to the efforts of the committee the whole place was cleared.

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Feb 23, 2019, 7:54 PM

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Isthmian League Division 1 South Central
Egham Town 0 Molesey 2

Admission: £9, Programme: Online only
Attendance: 61 (official)

This Step 4 basement battle got off to a decent enough start with an early goal for Molesey: after 4 minutes, they played a low corner into the box that the Egham defence inexplicably failed to clear, and eventually the ball bounced across the box to Marley Hamilton for an easy tap-in at the far post. After this quick start, the game soon slowed down and became a scrappy battle, with neither team really having enough quality to do anything. However, Molesey were looking the better of the two sides (at the very least they looked far more up for the fight than Egham did) and were probing forwards with greater effectiveness than the home side.

Even so, it wasn't until the 23rd minute that they were able to carve out another clear-cut chance when Ashley Lodge tried a shot from just outside the box, only for the ball to just whistle over the bar. Egham created their first good chance five minutes later, with a close range shot that Molesey keeper Alex Kozakis saved well, with Samir Bajja attempting to follow up on the rebound but completely scuffing his shot. The Egham manager's frustration with his team's half-hearted performance had been clearly audible all half, so it wasn't too surprising when he tried to change things up with a substitution after just 33 minutes, with Ibrahim Kahinde making way for Joseph Adoo-Peters. Despite this change, the pattern of play didn't change much before half-time, with a few more chances coming Molesey's way as they attempted to extend their lead and little falling in Egham's favour. 0-1 at half-time.

The second half continued where the first half left off, but until the hour mark almost nothing of note happened, as both teams continued to struggle to carve out any chances or even make the ball stick. Egham were looking better than in the first half (and looked a lot more up for it too), but without any goals it meant little, especially when Molesey doubled their lead in the 62nd minute: Hamilton was played behind the Egham defence and rode a rough challenge before placing a low shot past Egham keeper Joshua Bradwell. Egham reacted to this with a double substitution and almost pulled one back moments later: a direct free kick from the edge of the box bounced off the crossbar and back into play before Molesey eventually cleared.

After this, the momentum really shifted in Egham's favour as they tried to force themselves back into the game; they still had difficulties carving out many chances (which was partially caused by Brandon McCarthy getting flagged offside on several of their best attacks), but they were pressing much higher and restricting Molesey to the occasional counter-attack. In the 89th minute, Egham thought they had deservedly pulled one back through McCarthy, but he was quickly flagged offside again: a free kick was played low into the box and McCarthy was there to tap in at the far post, but he had strayed offside in the process. After this scare, Molesey opted to run the clock down and took the ball to the corner flag, stifling the game and earning the win.

On the whole, this game was more or less precisely what I expected: competitive, but very scrappy and desperately low on quality at times, especially in the final third. Both teams fought hard, but it's easy to see why both clubs find themselves in the relegation zone. Still, this was far from the worst game I've watched this season (or even this month, for that matter).

The ground is a great old-school build that just oozes character, with some form of cover on all four sides. However, the ground is seriously showing its age in places (a lot more so than Chesham United, in fact) and could really use some maintenance, but with the club's impending relegation to Step 5 it's hard to see that happening anytime soon (even if the club are attempting to get a 3G pitch installed in the near future).

2019/20 stats (including Pre-Season):

New Grounds: 17 (Most Recent: Chertsey Town)
Games: 26
Goals: 85
Goals Per Game (to 2 dp): 3.27
0-0s: 1

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Feb 23, 2019, 8:00 PM

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Manchester Division 1. KO 14:00. (F&N). Crowd 20

Pennington 1 v 1 Govan Athletic

Pennington play at Jubilee Park, just outside Atherton. The ground is not visible from the main road and is reached up a track. The pitch is railed at the near end and both sides and has fixed dugouts. There is also a nice clubhouse serving hot and cold food along with the usual beverages.

The home side are 3rd in the league and the visitors bottom. Pennington controlled the first half but rarely tested the visiting keeper leading to a blank score sheet at half time. Govan had a pair of experienced central defenders possibly twins who read the game well and had a fairly east time as the home side showed little imagination.

On 71 minutes a Pennington defender gave away a needless free kick by the touchline and a decent cross was headed in at the far post, almost Govans first meaningful attack. The home side did finally equalise with a header that went in off the post.

Well earned point for Govan and a fair result. Referee kept control well with only a couple of yellow cards.

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Feb 23, 2019, 8:12 PM

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Peterborough Sports 1 Bromsgrove Sporting 2 (HT 1-2)
Southern League, Division One, Central (3pm kick-off)
Admission £9
Programme £2 (28pp, covered the basics)
Attendance 391 (announced)
The usual refreshments available (didn't bother)

With this victory, Bromsgrove leapfrogged their hosts into top spot, two points ahead of Sports, who have three games in hand. First versus second but a largely scrappy game as unlovely as the weather was glorious. The proceedings lacked quality. It is the Southern League, I guess. Biggest talking point came in the 51st minute. Sporting's Liam Spink scythed down Josh McCammon as the Sports man raced towards goal. It prompted an entirely unnecessary brawl, involving virtually everybody bar the goalkeepers. Once unimpressive referee Robert Dadley had consulted his assistants, Sports' Paul Malone was shown a straight red (for a headbutt, apparently) and there were yellows for Spink (lucky lad - he should have gone) and team-mate Aaron Roberts (ditto - he got involved in an unseemly, childish slanging match with home spectators), along with Sports' Richard Jones.

Bromsgrove bossed the opening half-hour, during which they scored twice. Jason Cowley (11mins), unmarked at the back post, volleyed in a cross from the right before Kieren Westwood (21mins), sent away by a quick clearance from an awful Sports corner, slid an angled shot past goalkeeper Lewis Moat and into the net off the inside of the far post. Sports needed an immediate response, and got one through Dion Sembie-Jones (33mins). With the long ball suddenly causing the Bromsgrove defence untold problems, Sembie-Jones broke clear to outwit goalkeeper Jonathan Brown. Two minutes later, team-mate Avelino Vieira somehow headed over from two yards. Sports did not go as close again. The game rather petered out after the fracas early in the second half. Bromsgrove twice threatened a third goal. Josh Quaynor (68mins), free on the right side of the penalty area, saw a low shot blocked by Moat. Charlie Dowd (88mins) beat two opponents as he cut in off the left wing only for Moat to turn aside his 20-yarder. It was Sports' third league defeat in 26 games. More than double the usual attendance at this compact little ground, though two-thirds of the crowd was supporting Bromsgrove.

Lincoln Road (or, this season, the Bee Arena) is a tidy set-up but it offers poor viewing for the spectator. The two stands, an all-seater on the west side, and a simple cover over four steps of terracing at the north end, provide the only elevation - and that doesn't amount to much. I was told the complex used to be much bigger. Various bits of land have been sold to developers, though there is a second pitch, on the east side, beyond the ground perimeter. A gable, with clock, above the extended clubhouse - located outside the ground on the west side, its interior dated and gloomy - betrays the building's earlier use as a cricket pavilion. Most of the infrastructure - including the dressing rooms, tiny souvenir hut and loos - are strung out along this near touchline. Junctions with limited exits, compounded by poor signage, on the A47 (effectively, Peterborough's northern outer ring road) make this ground difficult to locate. I gather one or two opposition team coaches have in the recent past become hopelessly lost. Getting away isn't a picnic either. One is obliged to head south, towards the city centre, before doubling back. Horrible part of Peterborough, too. Parking is limited (certainly today). Most of the surrounding streets have residents only parking restrictions. Arriving early, I found a spot on Lincoln Road trading estate (typical of the breed), two minutes' walk from the ground. Friendly locals, mind. Sports employed an enthusiastic meet-and-greet guy, who did a very good job welcoming first time visitors and directing them to the venue's facilities.

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Feb 23, 2019, 8:14 PM

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ATHLETICO MADRID WOMEN (6) 6 ALBACETE WOMEN (0) 1 Primers Division Femenina.Admission 10 euros .Team sheet obtained at half time.Att:442 looked a lot more.Caught the local train from Principe Pio to Majadhonda then the 653 bus to the training centre.The game was on the main stadium which at the moment has 2 sets of floodlights .Seats on 3 sides with the dressing rooms behind some sheeting at the far goal..One sided first half with the home side 4 up after 18 minutes.The visitors did score a consolation goal near the end and Athletico were reduced to 10 players after a sending off.Walked back to the station in the sunshine and took about 30 minutes.

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Feb 23, 2019, 8:16 PM

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Location: Cleethorpes
Team(s): Cleethorpes Town FC; Arnold Town FC; Nottingham Forest FC

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Evostik League Division One East
Cleethorpes Town 2 Pickering Town 1
Att: 405 Adm: comp (usually £8) Prog: comp (usually £2)

Goals from Paul Walker and Brody Robertson saw off the Pikes, who replied with a 94th minute penalty from the prolific Ryan Blott. In fairness, the Owls were miles short of their best, but I always felt that we would prevail. So it proved and 2-0 would probably have been a fairer reflection.

The pitch at New Linden was more fitting of late April rather than February. The high bounce did little for the flow of the game and, after Clee went into a 2-goal advantage, it all became rather low key. Not that I am complaining, as we close the gap on those above us.

A good crowd basked in the delightful sunshine, with a fair number down from North Yorkshire, A few grumbles from the travelling contingent, with one supporter overheard saying that "this division is too good for us". Not sure about that - having seen every team now, I would place 2 or 3 worse than the Pikes. Therefore, I expect them to stave off relegation.

As for Clee, well I am pleased that, after our early season malaise, we are through the 40-point barrier and safe from relegation! Still work to do to gate-crash the play-offs, not impossible now though. By chance, the reverse fixture is next weekend and we badly need to complete the double.

2019/20 season: 21 competitive games
(13 NPL SE, 2 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup, 1 Lincs Cup, 1 FA Youth Cup)

Total goals: 85 (4.0 per game)
Most: 9 (Cleethorpes Town 5 Loughborough Dynamo 4 - 31/8/19)

Last 0-0: Ilkeston Town v Cleethorpes Town (Northern Premier League SE - 17/8/19)
(Current run: 20)

New grounds: 3 (Latest: Sutton Coldfield Town)

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Feb 23, 2019, 8:23 PM

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Toolstation Western Premier
Playing Fields
Wellington AFC 0 Brislington 2
Admission: £6 Paper available Attendance: 50

Decided to leave a visit to the Viridor for another day and take this tick instead to leave me with one Western Premier ground to do. Sort of glad I did although the game wasn't the greatest. I've never seen the hosts as I missed Melksham's games against them last year and I know from experience that the visitors can be a noisy bunch.
The first half was completely forgettable with mis-placed passes, late tackles, swearing and I wondered if we were actually going to get a goal and where it would come from as there were only two snatched chances before HT.
Deadlock was broken on 59 with a scuffed finish from a corner and was increased on 88 with a free-kick hit straight at the home keeper who allowed the ball to go through his hands.
The hosts tried a late rally but all afternoon they looked so lightweight. Came and went cross-country via Frome, Glastonbury and Bridgy; 100 minutes each way.

2018-19 Games: 166 Goals: 611 GPG: 3.68 New Grounds: 96
2019-20 Games: 82 Goals: 326 GPG: 3.98 New Grounds: 46

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Feb 23, 2019, 8:43 PM

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Sevenoaks Town 1 Ramsgate 1
Isthmian League, South East Division
Greatness Park

Admission: £8
Programme: £1
Attendance: 128 h/c

Easy trip south to arrive in almost tropical conditions in Kent, ground inside a large park, with large car with pklenty of staff on hand to help parking. A veterans game was being played on the grass pitch by the clubhouse ( which is about 100m from the ground)
Good to arrive early so you can walk up the small hill to get a great view of the ground from above. On entering the ground you have a G4 pitch, tea hut (also selling draught beer), 2 small seated stands and a covered terrace on one side, small seated stand/press box by the tea hut and a very small bit of covered terrace on the near side.

Football wise, a very even first half with possibly Ramsgate edging it. Second half started with the home team on top but after a period of pressure the visitors scored from a very well worked short corner. 10 minutes later and the home team were back on terms after the Ramsgate keeper went missing up field!

Good afternoons football in pleasant surrounds.

Last New ground; Rochdale Games in 2019/20 Season; 54, New Grounds this Season; 26, Next scheduled game: tbc

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Feb 23, 2019, 8:58 PM

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Location: Hampshire
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Southern Counties East Football League – Premier Division
Gay Dawn Farm – Official Attendance: 103

Corinthian (0) 1 ………………… Fisher (0) 0

Earlier in the week, I had briefly toyed with the idea of a trip to Devon to visit Willand Rovers for their FA Vase tie. However, by last night, I had pretty much made up my mind that this top of the table SCEFL clash would win the day.

After the usual monotony of the A3 and the M25, the final few miles of the journey, in north-west Kent, were very pleasant. I initially approached the ground from the wrong side, as directed by Google Maps; Pennis Lane, on the south-west side, actually affords an excellent view of the playing area, but no official access to this ‘three-sided’ ground.

Entrance fee was £7 and the programme £1 – the latter comprised 16 pages (only 2 pages of adverts), stapled inside a generic glossy cover.

I sat in the seated stand which straddles the half-way line and provides a good view of the action -the only problem being that it was facing the very bright sun on this glorious February afternoon. I almost certainly would have stood on the other side of the pitch, had it been part of the stadium.

It was a good game. Both sides looked capable going forwards, but the referee did appear a little over-zealous with his brandishing of yellow-cards in a contest that was largely played in good spirit. Unfortunately for the visitors’ #7, two of the yellows came his way inside the opening 37 minutes, making Fisher’s task just that little bit harder. The only goal of the game – a header from a free-kick set piece – came midway through the second period. Despite their numerical disadvantage, Fisher continued to pose a threat going forward and, with a bit of luck, could still have got something out of the match. As it was, the hosts were able to see out the game and extend their lead over Fisher at the top of the table to six points, having played one game fewer.

May be back in Kent for the Vase game at Faversham tomorrow.

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Feb 23, 2019, 9:13 PM

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Christchurch 1 v 1 Horndean
Sydenhams Wessex Premier League
Adm £6, Prog £1, Att 68

Very smart ground & facilities that indicate an ambitious club. Beware the roadworks on a Saturday and allow loads of extra time as whichever route you choose The Hurn is at the epicentre.

Red card for the effing and blinding visitor's bench as Horndean huffed and puffed but couldn't blow down The House. A proper Captain's performance from the Number 5.

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Feb 23, 2019, 9:22 PM

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North Devon League Intermediate Two
Appledore Lions 7-0 Torridgeside "A"
Admission/programme/refreshments - none

With just two North Devon League grounds to visit before re-completing the set (I'd had 100% several years ago when living in the area), I'd actually set out to do the "other" one at Chivenor before re-checking fixtures and finding their game was postponed, so I was able to re-route to Great Torrington School to still get a tick.

Kind of weird in a way that Torridgeside are a Torrington club, but despite this match being played in Torrington, they were the away side as Appledore Lions for some reason have played here since they entered the North Devon League four seasons ago.

The two sides were sitting next to each other in the league table, but that was misleading as Appledore had several games in hand, and the GD comparison of +64 to -6 gave a more realistic idea of the gap in ability.

To give Torridgeside "A" some credit, they kept it tight for a while, it was only 1-0 after half an hour but two more before the break and four more in the second half saw the home tally easily add three more points to their tally.

As for the ground, well it's a school playing field and that's about it. Two goals, four corner flags and a number of white lines are the full extent of the football furniture. There is a nice grass bank behind the far goal which would give the FA ground graders apoplexy, but I managed to get up, sit on the top and get back down again without getting killed.

The last point of interest was the contrast between the two keepers. Torridgeside's GK was the shortest and slightest young lad I've seen between the posts in ages, while the Lions no. 1 (well he didn't actually wear a number but you know what I mean) must have been 15 years older, 12 inches taller and twice his weight.

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Feb 23, 2019, 9:27 PM

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10.15am (actually kicked off at 10.08)
Manchester Saturday Morning League, Division Two
Fielden Park 2 Heston 7 (att 8)
Free admission, no progs (obvs)

Finally ticked off the Hough End Playing Fields, Manchester's equivalent of Hackney Marshes with multiple pitches. Only two pitches were in use, a youth game in the distance and this fixture on the pitch closest to the car park and former changing rooms (redundant since a sports centre was added to the site recently).

Lively game with plenty of goals. Heston were much the better side, scored early and were 4-1 up by half time. Fielden Park stayed in the game as best they could, but a missed second half penalty ended any slim hopes they had.

Completes the Manchester Saturday Morning League for me, although one or two venues offer pitch-ticking opportunities. Indeed, as I drove past William Hulme Grammar School I saw players preparing for a Saturday Morning League game on a different pitch to the one used on my visit.

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2pm (actually kicked off at 2.07)
Welsh National League (Wrexham Area), Division One
Rhosllanerchrugog 1 Rhydymwyn 0 (att 12)
Free admission, no progs

Second 'champagne job' of the day as I recompleted the Wrexham Area League with a visit to a railed off pitch on the edge of Rhos Rugby Club's ground. No facilities other than the rail, and it's a long walk from the car park and changing rooms.

Poor game on a poor surface (and officiated by a poor referee to be honest) that was settled by a rare moment of quality from the home side early in the second half. Quite a bit needle between the teams. The ref let a few things go early on and so it simmered, boiling over into confrontation after the final whistle. Order was restored as I trekked back to my car.

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Feb 23, 2019, 9:53 PM

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Ilfracombe Town 1-5 Brixham
Around 80 in attendance
No admission charge
Prog £1 (single sheet fold-over available from the bar)

North Devon coast v South Devon coast and a round trip approaching five hours for the visitors - not bad for step 7! 8th v title-chasing 2nd at start of play, although it's the home side who look the more likely to be at step 6 next season thanks to their facilities and the latest pyramid restructuring in these parts.

I'd not realised it's only five years since Ilfracombe were playing in the top flight of the Western League. They then took a voluntary drop into local football to regroup before earning promotion to the SWP two seasons ago. The ground itself attests to the club's past and has been on my bucket list a while, attracted in part by iconic images of the little sloping stand in front of the local cemetery chapel:

You can just about see the Bristol Channel from that end. There's another little home-made stand on the near side, separated from the clubhouse by the stepped entrance up from the small-ish car park. The narrow overhang from the clubhouse provides a bit more cover, and the rest of the ground is flat hardstanding, supplemented by a big grass bank behind the left hand goal. All in all, a modest but homely little ground with a bit of character - I liked it.

Good range of hot food available from the kitchen in the clubhouse, and St Austell Tribute available on hand-pump at the bar. Some great old photos on display too, including one from 1922 of an open-top charabanc taking a couple of dozen fans to an away game at Bideford! Different times..

On the pitch, Brixham had a fair few argumentative whingers in the side, to the extent that some of their own players seemed embarrassed about it, and it attracted plenty of good-natured stick from the locals. They deserved the win, though, but had to come from behind to get it. Indeed the equaliser only arrived just before half time, an in-swinging corner going straight in after the young Ilfracombe keeper had flapped at it. Three quick and impressive goals early in the second half sealed it, leading to more 'banter' back to the crowd from a few Brixham players, and another clinical finish late on put the gloss on it. They possess some quality but, although by no means a nasty side, I couldn't put up with their verbals every week.

Travelled down as far as Somerset last night, having bagged a cancellable room for a giveaway £17.50 in the Travelodge sale a couple of months ago. The punt paid off with a lovely warm day, and ample time to meander through the countryside and explore the hilly little harbour town. Time too to call in at Combe Martin FC, who I believe are in the third tier of the North Devon League. Reasonable facilities for its level (some cover, a bit of rail and brick dugouts) and a pleasant setting amidst steep grass banking on two sides, although the graffiti-covered enclosure on the far side was an eyesore.

Pre-match refresher taken in Ilfracombe's 'spoons, the Admiral Collingwood, not far from the harbour. Box standard 'spoons with box standard 'spoons real ale offerings, supplemented by three from the Cotleigh brewery. The two I tried were in good nick. Although just under a mile from 'spoons to ground, anyone fancying walking it should beware it's severely uphill most of the way.

Straight home after the game via the A361 North Devon Link, M5, A303 and M3, a clear run topping off another grand day out.

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Feb 23, 2019, 10:03 PM

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Location: Kiveton Park, Sheffield
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Not sure whether I'm allowed to post about games played in rather than watched, but hey ho.

Played: 10:30am
Sheffield & District Fair Play League Division 4
Newfield School
Sheffield International 3-0 Zion New Boys
Attendance: 0
Another win to keep the great run going - three games to go now and still top of the league, though a couple have games in hand and will likely overtake us. Will settle for 3rd and promotion. Another match in central-midfield for yours truly - feeling every one of my 33 years now but still able to ping one out wide and have a good laugh so all good.

Watched: 3pm
EFL Championship
HillsboroughSheffield Wednesday 3-1 Swansea City

Wednesday blew Swansea away in the first half and eased off in the second. Visitors got a deflected consolation which they barely deserved. Mid-table obscurity through to the summer.

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Feb 23, 2019, 10:22 PM

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Location: Runcorn
Team(s): Runcorn Linnets,Arsenal,Tranmere Rovers,Guernsey

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The highest crowd of the season witnessed a first half devoid of action and skill punctuated by the inability of Mossley players to remain on their feet when in the vicinity of an opposition player.
Mossley deservedly took the lead after half an hour as Linnets struggled to get in the match.

The second half was far better fare and some football was played as Linnets scored twice to take the lead. Mossley then equalised as a Linnets outfield player received a red card for saving a certain goal and the resulting penalty was converted.

Linnets 10 men then played better than the original 11 men and almost snatched a winner. Draw was a fair result overall

Mention for the referee who was very consistent in that he booked a Linnet player every time they went in for a tackle and didn’t book a Mossley player every time they went in for a tackle.Very poor performance by him.

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Feb 23, 2019, 10:31 PM

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MFL division three
Leamington Hibs 0 AFC Solihull 2
Att: 18 or so

The only notable thing about the ground is that access is via one of those horrible housing estate side roads where cars park in such a way that you have about half an inch clearance either side. It's a roped off pitch on a park with a bench on the far side but no other furniture. Rolls, crisps & drinks were available in the pavilion, and welcome they would have been had I not eaten earlier.

The match was bottom but one v top at the start but the home side were well on top throughout the first half. Their manager was shouting throughout and they had a women on the far side shouting even louder. The second half was more even but the visitors scored on the hour, which encouraged the manager to continue with his encouragement and the woman to get even louder and more energetic as she patrolled up and down the wing. She wasn't exactly petite either.

Hibs deserved an equaliser although I don't think my ear drums could have stood it and as is so often the case Solihull made sure with a second in stoppage time.

It was a pleasant afternoon in warm weather against a backdrop of the Warwickshire countryside. Credit to both teams for having a full coaching set-up and decent compliment of subs, something that doesn't always happen at this level, and to the Hibs manager for keeping his language clean and his manner encouraging throughout.

During the game I heard that Highgate may be on the move. Does anyone know more about this?

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