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Sunday 7th April 2019


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Apr 7, 2019, 1:06 PM

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Herts Advertiser KO Cup - Semi-final
Hilltop v Blackberry Jacks 1-3 (ht 0-0)
Venue: Roe Hill Playing Fields, Briars Lane, Hatfield; kickoff 1000hrs
Entry: Free, no programme
Attendance: 47 (by halftime)

A keenly contested cup tie that had a spectacular conclusion. We had three officials for this clash between sixth and fourth in the Herts Ad Sunday League's top division (sounds like a top half clash but in a division of only six teams this was bottom versus mid-table). Jack's had the better of the first half and looked the most likely to go on and win. But it was Hilltop who scored ten minutes into the second half and gradually looked more and more likely to hold on to their lead. Then in the 85th minute Jack's won a penalty and extra time suddenly looked a possibility. However, a minute from time Jack's took the lead with a fine volley and completed the scoring in added time as Hilltop pushed forward. In the end, this was the expected result but not in the manner anyone would have imagined.

The venue has a small car park which was nowhere near adequate for everything going this morning. There are three single storey buildings, with the left hand one being the changing room block. This contains toilets and was probably only open today because of the youth game taking place on the second pitch (attendance 24). Beyond the buildings are two football pitches, a cricket square and a rugby pitch. There is no football furniture but the youth match had one side roped off.

(This post was edited by Cleeve on Apr 7, 2019, 2:10 PM)

Dave 56
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Apr 7, 2019, 1:34 PM

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Location: Staffs.
Team(s): Leatherhead

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Stafford & District Division 1. KO 1030. (F&N). Crowd 14.

Holmcroft A 1 v 3 Dormans

Mid table battle with 4th at home to 5th in the 8 team division. The visitors scored after 10 minutes and were the better side throughout the first half but were unable to add to their tally. Holmcroft improved as the half wore on.

There was a flurry of activity early in the second period, with Dormans scoring 56 minutes, the home side pulling a goal back on 59 and the visitors restoring their 2 goal cushion just 3 minutes later.

Match refereed by Steve Martin, who was the man in the middle at Rotherham v Forest yesterday. Third time I have seen him ref in this league, good to see an experienced official support local grass roots football.

Youth Team Regular

Apr 7, 2019, 5:10 PM

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Beds & Herts Women's League - Division 1
Garston Ladies 2nds v Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies 3-1 (ht 1-0)
Venue: Met Police Bushey Sports Club, Aldenham Road, Bushey; kickoff 1400hrs
Entry: Free, no programme
Attendance: 15

This result was a big upset. Garston Ladies' reserves were promoted last season but find themselves rooted to the bottom of the division (yet just one place below their first team!) Their position is due to a combination of being woefully behind on games played and having won only one game all season. Hemel, on the other hand, are in third place with games in hand and a good chance of taking the title. And while the visitors certainly appeared to be more accomplished on the pitch, they failed to convert their chances in the first half and somehow Garston found themselves ahead on 37 minutes. The home team took confidence from this and contained Hemel better in the second half. The visitors did eventually break through after 66 minutes but they didn't build any momentum from scoring. And so, with seven minutes to go Garston's rather ineffectual front line finally put some good pressure on Hemel's goal and retook the lead with a good shot over the keeper. On the stroke of fulltime Hemel completely imploded by gifting Garston the softest of goals. That means that Garston Reserves are now only 21 points behind Hemel and could mathematically catch them, but somehow I doubt they will.

The venue has a large car park and a classic sixties sports and social club building with a bar which was open for hot food and drinks as well as alcohol.
The ground will be familiar to many as a venue for senior mens football, with pitch 1 fully railed off and boasting covered dugouts. But there is no football furniture on any of the other four full size pitches or the nine smaller pitches. However, our game was played on pitch 4 which has the concrete foundations of what must have been a small pavilion with covered veranda.

Chelsea Transfer Target

Apr 7, 2019, 5:24 PM

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Location: Oxford
Team(s): Pompey

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Oxfordshire FA Sam Waters Sunday Cup Final
Chequers Quarry 5-2 Village Inn

Entry: £5
Attendance: headcount of about 150
@ Court Place Farm, Oxford City FC

Decent way to spent a spare Sunday afternoon, with some good football on show - some of the Quarry side are regulars for Hellenic League Headington Amateurs FC, while the bulk of the players of Village Inn make up much of the Berinsfield and Dorchester sides in the North Berks League. Quarry were always the favourites in this contest, though Berinsfield-based Village Inn proved worthy finalists, and it was only in the final fifteen minutes that Quarry’s superior skill put daylight between the two sides.

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Apr 7, 2019, 9:14 PM

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Llandudno 2 Caernarfon Town 2

Maesdu Park: Welsh Premier Development League

This was my first visit to the ground for two years and the last time I watched a match here was also a fixture in the Welsh Premier Development League when Newtown were the visitors. Llandudno came into this afternoon's match just below the halfway point in the table following a 4-3 defeat at Bangor City last weekend. The Canaries found themselves one place off the bottom of the table after holding The New Saints to a 1-1 draw at the Oval last Sunday. The hosts broke the lead in the 10th minute when a cross from the left side of the penalty area was headed past the Caernarfon Town goalkeeper inside the far post. Tudno doubled their advantage three minutes later from the penalty spot following a trip committed by a visiting defender. Llandudno should probably have extended their lead by the interval but were unable to add to their tally. It appeared all three points were staying at Maesdu Park but somehow the Canaries came away with a share of the honours by the time the final whistle sounded. The deficit was halved through an far post half-volleyed strike following an 88th minute corner before the Cofis snatched an unlikely share of the spoils from the penalty spot three minutes later.

2018/19 Statistics
Goals: 744
Matches: 165
New Grounds: 16

Chelsea Transfer Target

Apr 8, 2019, 12:29 AM

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Location: The Premier League town of Bournemouth
Team(s): AFC Bournemouth, Verwood Town, Sunderland

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Bostik League South East Division
Cray Wanderers 1-1 Greenwich Borough
Attendance 274
Admission £10 - Programme £2

After the other three Bostik League divisions were won on Saturday, Sunday was set up for the complete set with the hosts requiring 3 points against the team bottom of the table to clinch the title but the visitors, fighting for their lives, forced them put the champagne on ice for another week in an entertaining contest. The visitors took a shock lead with a 6th minute penalty converted by Tyreece Walters and managed to hold onto the lead until half time helped by a defence well marshalled by former Charlton Athletic defender Jamie Stuart, now 42. For most of the second half the visitors had as much of the play as the hosts but the game finally turned in the hosts favour when the visitors were reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes to go, Rhys Paul receiving his marching orders. The Wands finally levelled a few minutes later when a cut back from the left was superbly finished first time by Karl Dent. When the hosts were awarded a penalty with 10 minutes to go this was surely the moment the title would be won but the weekly struck spot kick was easily saved by Ollie Webber, the young keeper on loan from Crystal Palace and he made an even more impressive save in the last minute to earn his side a deserved point and they could even have stolen all three at the death when they hit the underside of the bar. Wands will now look to clinch the title next Saturday at home to Ashford United, one of three teams who can still mathematically catch them while Borough move level on points with Guernsey ahead of next Sunday's crunch relegation clash on the island. Kick off for that is 2pm according to an email I had back from Guernsey, not 1pm as stated in NLP and on league website. Was hoping to go as need to visit Footes Lane before they move to this new football hub but would only have around half an hour to walk the mile and a half to the port to make the 1625 ferry back to Poole and if kick off was 1pm would have little time for any delays has ferry doesn't arrive until 1215. Will have to try and get there on a Saturday early next season before service stops for the winter.

A bracketed tick for me having previously visited for Bromley. Never got here before the old main stand was knocked down but two sides still have the old character, the open terrace on the far side and narrow cover at the back of the terrace behind the north goal, the corner of these two sides is where away fans when Bromley are at home are segregated with two steel barriers. Should there be more than 100 away fans and it pours with rain they would all be trying to crowd into the tiny area of cover behind the goal! The large covered stand with wooden benches behind the south goal is no more, replaced by an as yet unfinished stand with 11 rows of seats all wrapped in bin liners under a high roof overhanging what looks like a new sports centre building. From a distance it looks like an elevated stand but a closer look reveals more seats down to ground level behind a temporary wall, still enough hardstanding in front of it to walk round and watch from behind that goal.

timmy tabby
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Apr 8, 2019, 5:46 AM

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.....And another at Hayes Lane for Cray Wanderers 1 v 1 Greenwich Borough for what was to use an apt description an eventful afternoon and with the two teams at opposite ends of the station at the start of play not one was countenanced in any way. Sure that Cray in their last four matches will secure the two points required to clinch the divisional title, but as the boards Cherry succinctly stated that the Champers will have to remain on ice for a while.

The person who was most noticeable throughout (even more so than the commanding presence of former Grays manager Jamie Stuart who was to use the correct parlance 'immense' at the heart of a surprisingly resilient and robust Greenwich defence) was the man in black who made a number of decisions that bewildered. For the first half he gave the impression that he wanted to keep the game card free with Cray's Roberts cynical trip on the accelerating Olunsanya warranting nothing more than a talking to. It had seemed to escape our groupings attention that earlier in the half he had booked Paul, but we are sure that he had not showed a card. He then upset the hosts awarding Greenwich a contentious penalty as Nelson from our angle looked as if he had fairly touched the ball away from Olusanya, but Mr Finnigan saw events from a different angle, awarded a penalty which was expertly dispatched by Tyreece-Walters sending Blue in the wrong direction.

Remainder of the first half held the attention as Greenwich successfully defended with plenty of bodies behind the ball and closely marking their opponents denying them any hint of space. What did not assist Cray though was a tendency to over elaborate when it came to passing meaning possession was lost too frequently and also there were chances squandered as Roberts chipped tamely at Webber and Dent sent a free kick from a promising position lamely into the wall. Webber though came to the rescue blocking with his legs an angled drive from Webber.

The second half was a continuation of the first half and always held the attention, with Greenwich being slightly more adventurous in the early minutes with Olusanya failing to realise the space he was in and from close range heading over the bar. Webber though was playing an increasingly important role in the visitors goal with a number of important saves from the likes of Roberts, Dent et al. There was also an array of missed chances with Carlse doing all the hard work with a sparkling run through Greenwich defenders but then taking one touch too many and losing possession. In addition, Cray were unlucky not to level as a Nelson header from a corner was spectacularly volleyed off the line by Stuart.

The visitors cause was then hampered by the dismissal of Paul whose boot was high, though it must be said that Dent's head was very low and the latter after the red card had been issued in the normal manner got up and played on with no ill effects. Cray then levelled when Carlse sent over an excellent low cross and it was met an equally good low drive from Dent which found the corner and at this stage that the Krug/Moet would be uncorked at approx 16.55. However, the Greenwich defence remained very difficult to breach and they were helped by a penalty miss after Nelson was clearly and needlessly shoved in the back by Leppard. However, [hipp's penalty which gave the initial impression that it was taken in slow motion was weak Webber comfortably pushed around the post.

In the final minutes one incident that will surely find it's way to the Isthmian League Disciplinary Board when a melee caused by Clarke taking an obvious dive in a bid to deceive Mr Finnigan to give a second penalty. However, the previously dismissed Paul leapt over the perimeter fence and menacingly bore down into the squabbling throng. Fortunately, there was no actual punches thrown but it required the presence of Cray stewards to escort Paul from the pitch. In stoppage time, the visitors nearly pulled off an unlikely win when Olusanya's rising shot came back off the angle. Though in conclusion, this was an absorbing afternoon's entertainment f not necessarily for the right reasons.

As mentioned earlier, the new stand behind the goal is taking shape though the grey background with the grey sky and the grey plastic coverings of the seats gave the look of look of dreary. Though sure that once the wrappings have been removed, colour (albeit black and white) will once again prevail.

Standard journeys to and from BR1, however good ol' c2c with only the line through Ockendon open for the day in the direction of Grays and Lakeside ran a 4 coach trains all day which were best described as cosy. Back for the Sunday Ironing appointment at 19.25....

First Team Star

Apr 8, 2019, 6:18 AM

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Location: Braunstone, Leicester
Team(s): Oadby Town, Leicester City

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(Notts Sunday League D3)

@ Bestwood MW Sports Club, High Main Drive, Bestwood Village

Decided to tick this Notts Senior League ground on a Sunday morning, and with it completed the league. The ground has a rustic charm about it, and is located about ten minutes from junction 26 of the M1.

Two very early goals in the space of thirty seconds gave the hosts the advantage, but by half time the visitors had levelled things up. The winning goal game around the midway point of the second half.

48 ground and match photos can be viewed online @

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Apr 8, 2019, 7:22 AM

Posts: 1622
Location: Norwich
Team(s): Watford, Celtic, Ajax, Kings Lynn Town and all local ladies teams.

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Norwich City Ladies Development - 1 Gillingham Ladies Development - 3
FA Women's National League Reverse South/South-East Division
Plantation Park
Attendance - 50 (official)
Admission - free
Programme - none issued

If you believe everything you read on the FA's Full Time website you'd think that Plantation Park was the regular venue for NC's Development team but this was actually the first time they had played here, hence my visit for a bracketed tick. A very even first half looked to be heading for 0-0 but Gillingham scored to goals in injury time to give themselves a rather flattering lead. Despite NC coming out strong and pushing to get back in to the game, Gillingham extended their lead after 56 minutes. NC continued to push to get something out of the game and were finally rewarded after 87 minutes.

Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.

First Team Sub

Apr 18, 2019, 1:12 AM

Posts: 1074
Location: Newcastle/Salford/Wrexham
Team(s): Bolton Wanderers, local non-league teams

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Northwich Victoria 2-2 Burscough (2-1 HT) at Wincham Park
NWCFL Premier Division
Admission: £4 (student), Programme: Yes, Chips: £2
Attendance: 176

Visited my brother in London on Saturday so unable to get to a match, so visited Wincham Park once again for another Northwich Sunday match. Reasonable enough match, with the first half more eventful than the second. Northwich took the lead 25 minutes in against the run of play through a diving header from Robert Doran after a great cross from the left. Burscough equalised five minutes later, Terry Cummings lobbing the outrushing keeper from just outside the box. Vics didn't take long to respond and retook the lead a couple of minutes later, Brandon Barski scoring another header, this time from a corner. The game slowed down in the second half, with both sides fairly even until the final 10 or so minutes when Burscough got on top. It seemed like Vics would see out the game for the three points when in added time Burscough snatched an equalised through a powerful header from inside the box. No changes to the ground since last visit, nice to catch up with Barry from St Helens who I've met at other matches in the NW.

Grounds visited: 303
Last new ground: Broadfields Stadium (Crawley Town)
Next planned fixture: Unsure


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