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Andy D
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Apr 22, 2019, 2:46 PM

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Location: Cheshire/Dorset
Team(s): 1874 Northwich, Forfar Athletic, Castleford RLFC, Lancashire CCC,

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Eastbourne United Association 1 Eastbourne Town 3, Southern Combination Premier Division, Att: 280ish, Admission: £6, Prog: £1

A comfortable win for the visitors against a young home side who briefly threatened just after the break when they pulled it back to 2-1 before Town secured the points ten minutes from time without really getting out of second gear. Having called in for a photo over 25 years ago, the ground is now very bland without it's old stand, just three kit stands providing shelter and a wooden fence enclosing the arena. The track can still just about be made out beyond the fence including the steeplechase water jump and long jump runway. Excellent support from the visitors including their ultras, who made up the majority of the crowd.

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kirby knitters
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Apr 22, 2019, 6:17 PM

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Location: Kirby Muxloe
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MFL 1.
Coventry Copsewood 0 Leicester Road 2.
Adm - £5
Prog - Not one done
Att - 36
Carling - £3.40
An easy win for Knitters. with goals in each half from Jenno and Brennan
and it should have been loads more. A 90 minute stroll from the station with loads of errors made meant a bus back to the centre! More Cov City fans in the bar watching the game at Pompey than paying punters in the ground. Losses for both so who am I to complain!

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Apr 22, 2019, 6:18 PM

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Location: Ipswich
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Ipswich Town 0 Swansea City 1
Portman Road

Admission: Season ticket
Programme: £3
Attendance: 17,247

Somehow, we are getting even worse!!

Last New ground; Benhall St Mary, Games in 2019/20 Season; 61, New Grounds this Season; 30, Next scheduled game: Ipswich Town v Coventry City - FAC (10/12/19)

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Apr 22, 2019, 6:31 PM

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

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(UCL-1 - 12:30pm ko)

Adm: £5
Prog: £1
Hot Drinks: £1
Tray of chips: £1.50
Can of coke: £1
Attendance: peaked at around 60

Struggled today to get myself out anywhere. This is due to a combination of tiredness, a cold and hayfever knocking seven bells out of me. In the end I had a short 45 minute drive down the M1 with my daughter for a revisit. My one and only visit prior to this was way back in September 1999.

The game was pretty decent with the home side always looking the better side, but it took them a while to break LB down. Two goals in the space of two minutes gave them the lead at half time. The second half saw BSM rattle in four more goals as they played some decent football, this despite having a player sent off.

First Team Star

Apr 22, 2019, 6:35 PM

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Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg

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National League

Eastleigh 2 Maidenhead U. 0

admission £15/£12 programme £1 attendance 2146
7th v 20th(but 11 points clear of the dropzone)
With Dover (managed by ex-boss Hessenthaler) winning at Ebbsfleet, this win meant that the home team qualified for the playoffs, an impressive achievement given the situation at the club this year (life after moneyman Stewart Donald). Today was as comfortable a home win as I've seen here for a long time - the visitors weren't exactly on the beach, they did actually try, but they were poor, and on this showing will need to improve for next season.
The Spitfires made it clear that they were out to get the win they needed right from the start, tearing into the opposition. On 14 seconds Williamson was put through, he touched the ball over keeper Pentney but Steer cleared off the line. Hollands was then lucky only to see yellow (unlike the recent home game v Barnet) with an unnecessary reckless tackle - not clever from your captain. McCallum and Williamson then exchanged passes but the latter shot wide. Yeates' cross was then just missed at the far post by the stretching McCallum, and from another Yeates cross Green shot wide. Another cross, this time from the left, then saw McCallum's header from six yards brilliantly saved by Pentney - applause round the ground for that one. On 26 mins an Eastleigh free-kick was aimed beyond the far post, there was an appeal for handball, and after a delay, the ref (a good one today, for a change) gave a penalty. McCallum converted efficiently for the goal that was deserved, and put the home team in the driving seat. Maidenhead then had their first shot when Fondop (on loan from Wrexham - he dominated Johnson when they won here) turned and blasted over. but on 40 mins came the highlight - the ball was played back to Yeates on the edge of the area. and his superb chip found the top corner. The visitors had a chance at the end of the half then Massey's header from a corner was cleared off the line by Green. HT 2-0.
After the break the intensity dropped and it was clear that the Spitfires were happy with the result. They still made some early chances - another great cross by Yeates saw McCallum fail to get off the ground to meet it, and McCallum also headed over from Hare's cross. After that they sat back and the visitors had a lot of possession, but didn't threaten very much. Sub Owusu had a powerful shot wide, a long cross was headed back by sub Akintunde, but home keeper Southwood was out quickly to block Fondop's shot, and he also saved a deflected shot by Owusu. A header and a shot by Fondop were both saved, and that was it - a comfortable victory celebrated by a decent crowd.
Only three away games (one at Wembley) between the Spitfires and League Two. No chance. But they've done well to get where they have this season.

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Apr 22, 2019, 6:38 PM

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Westfields 1 Worcester City 1

Allpay Park: Total Motion Midland League Premier Division

This was my first visit to the ground for just under a month when the home club entertained Kingstone Rovers in a Herefordshire County Challenge Cup semi-final. In fact, the last league match I watched here would have been back in October, as visits to the ground have been less frequent this term. This afternoon's fixture was the Hereford club's last home league fixture of the season before they visit Coventry Sphinx on Saturday afternoon and then face city rivals Pegasus Juniors in next week's county cup final at Edgar Street. There had been no changes to the ground this season, which had undergone a variety of improvements in recent years, when Westfields were chasing promotion to step four of the pyramid. A good-sized crows was present this afternoon, on a warm and sunny afternoon at Allpay Park, for this local derby clash with former National League North opponents. Westfields came into their final home match of the campaign in fourth position in the Midland League Premier Division table and had not played for just over three weeks when they enjoyed a 3-1 home victory over Long Eaton United. Worcester City found themselves just inside the top-half of the league following their 2-0 home victory over Dunkirk on Saturday afternoon. The Victoria Ground-based club complete their campaign with a home fixture against Highgate United and could look back on this season having lifted the Worcestershire Senior Urn with a penalty shoot-out victory over Studley a couple of weeks ago.

Westfields made a relatively positive start to this Easter Monday fixture but without really testing the Worcester City custodian in the opening stages. The hosts poked a 17th minute effort across the face of goal and then fired wide of the far post from a tight angle on the left side of the penalty area three minutes later. Westfields saw a 25 yard drive clear the visitors' crossbar in the 29th minute before Ian Havard in the home goal had to be alert to turn a snap half-volley over the crossbar for a corner 11 minutes later. Westfeilds captain Paul Jones saw his half-volley from the edge of the penalty area fizz over the Worester City crossbar but the two teams returned to the changing rooms with the match still goalless. The visitors came close to opening the scoring in the early stages of the second-half. Ian Havard had to make an important save with his legs in the 51st minute, following a swift break by the visitors from their own half, before pulling a low effort wide from the edge of the penalty area just a minute later. Former Hereford striker John Mills struck an effort at the visiting custodian in the 55th minute after the ball was pulled back in his direction before Worcester City went ahead from the penalty spot seven minutes later. The hosts headed over from a 68th minute corner before the visitors broke quickly down the right in the 83rd minute and saw an inviting cross drift past the far post. Just when it appeared all three points would be heading back over the Malvern Hills, the Hereford club netted a stoppage time equaliser, when the ball was pulled back to Aidan Thomas on the edge of the penalty area and he lashed an exquisite drive into the corner of the net.

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Matches: 177
New Grounds: 16

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Apr 22, 2019, 6:49 PM

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Evo-Stik South Central Premier (or whatever it's called)
Hitchin Town 0 Royston Town 2

Adm: £12, Tea £1. Didn't buy prog. Att: 436

Typical end-of-season fare, this one being very much a dead rubber with Hitchin safe from relegation and Royston firmly ensconced in mid-table. What little shooting there was in the first half from both sides was largely off-target. Hitchin were reduced to ten men less than 5 minutes into the second half when the number 4 received a second yellow card for diving.

Having looked for all the world like a 0-0, finally on 70 minutes we got a moment of quality when Josh Castiglione volleyed home from the edge of the box to put Royston in front. They scored a second in stoppage time, but I was already on the road by then, having not liked the look of the car park situation.

I'd been to Top Field once before some years ago, but this was convenient for where I was coming back from on Monday, and few could deny that Top Field is worth a second visit. It ticks every box for a unique/rustic/ramshackle ground. Quite apart from the two sides of wooden terracing and shelters and the homely main stand, you also have a substantial concrete end terrace that might be the highlight of any other ground, a collection of wooden sheds, one of which is the boardroom, next to which is the groundsman's shed which is literally collapsing. Then you walk round the back of the main stand to get to the toilets and wonder how it is still standing. How most of this ground meets H&S regs I don't know (I'm very wary of stepping on some of those wooden terrace sections), but the whole ensemble should have a preservation order slapped on it.

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Apr 22, 2019, 7:12 PM

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A nice Sussex double today.
Eastbourne utd AFC 1 v Eastbourne Town 3
Attendance on website 410 but agree with Andy D more like 280 ISH.
Then a hours drive up the road to see.
Crawley Town 1 v Notts County 1
Attendance 2,855 ( 532) away.
Thought I had better see County in case they go out of the league.
I suppose County will be happy with a point as they went down to 10 men in the second half.
Two poor teams here so I guess Macclesfield and Yeovil are as bad.
The County fans wanted them to attack but their team seemed happy with the point.

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Apr 22, 2019, 7:47 PM

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

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In the New Bridge Classitol derby a well organised mid table Widnes took the points despite defending for long periods.

The turning point came on half time when Linnets full back Corrigan failed to control a through ball and the Widnes forward pounced to score.

Despite constant pressure during which ex Linnet favourite Mottram in goal produduced save after save for Widnes a goal was not forthcoming. As is often the case Widnes broke out and went 2-0 up.

Corrigan’s afternoon was summed up when in stoppage time he crashed a penalty against the crossbar.

Linnets are now left to try and beat Glossop NE next Saturday and hope one of Colne,Leek or Ramsbottom lose to obtain a play off place.

Finally many congrats to our old friends and rivals at Atherton Colleries on their promotion. Well deserved.

Dr Love
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Apr 22, 2019, 7:58 PM

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Location: Berks.
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Anstey Nomads 4-0 Birstall United
United Counties 1st Division

A stopover on the way back home, just to the north of Leicester. The hosts were clearly the better team, but it took two late goals to to give the scoreline its final one sided look. Birstall created several chances in the first half without really looking like converting, one or two of them could have made a more interesting game. The away keeper managed to make a few good saves to keep his side in the game.

A well kept ground, with some seats under an overhang by the clubhouse, with some covered standing opposite. Most of the crowd favoured the area around some raised decking by the clubhouse. Access is round a little over half the pitch, with the far end and behind the dugouts inaccessible. The far end due to 'league regulations', but it looks as though hard standing extends round here, the bit of gravel the problem?

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Apr 22, 2019, 8:22 PM

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National South
East Thurrock United 4-1 Welling United

Entry: £10
Attendance: 566

A darn fine performance by the home side, and they could well have won even more handsomely than they did. However, a dramatic last-minute winning goal for Hungerford down at champions Torquay meant that the scoreline here was eventually immaterial, and East Thurrock are relegated to the Isthmian League for next season. The news from Plainmoor came through with five minutes of stoppage time still to play here, sparking some rather mean-spirited singing from the Welling contingent. But the Rocks took it all in their stride and with a lot of dignity, scoring a late fourth to make a mockery of Welling’s promotion hopes, before the home fans then applauded their players with a standing ovation for the effort they had made. All in all, the people of East Thurrock United FC struck me as a thoroughly decent bunch all round. Good luck to them in the Isthmian next season.

The ground is a joy too, even if it does look a little on the twee side for Step2, with some of the gangways and the snack bar finding it tricky to cope with a crowd of this size - the official gate was 566, but I doubt this includes the ex-players invited along to celebrate the club’s 50th birthday, nor the huge number of children running around the place, so the true number inside could well have been closer to 700. Car-parking on the grass verges outside looked to be at a premium too, which might be the reason for the rumour circulating of ETUFC contemplating a move to the old Thurrock FC ground instead. Still, there are several other rumours swirling around at the moment which are best left for other threads - I just hope it all works out for the best for them.

Not the easiest place to reach by public transport. I used a mixture of Underground, C2C trains and replacement bus services to get to the nearest railway station at Stanford-le-Hope, on the line to the east of Grays. From there it’s a good two mile/forty minute walk to the ground through the suburban sprawl of Corringham, though you could use the no.100 Lakeside/Chelmsford bus which passes both station and ground.

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Apr 22, 2019, 8:29 PM

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Location: Guildford/Yaxley
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Southern League Division 1 Central
Corby Town 3 Yaxley 2

Admission & Programme: Free (away club guest)
Attendance: 386 (official)

We should have taken the lead after 2 minutes of this game, Matt Sparrow breaking forward at pace and passing across the box to Dalton Harris, who somehow shot well over the bar when all he had to do was tap in to score. However, all was forgiven a couple of minutes later when he did find the net: Sparrow broke again and crossed to Harris, who made no mistake this time and finished with a header. Corby started to wake up a little after this and had their first chance after 11 minutes when one of their strikers was one-on-one with Aaron Butcher but shot well over the bar. Six minutes later, though, Butcher had to react quickly to save a goal-bound shot after the ball was allowed to bounce in the box.

As the game continued to ebb and flow between the two teams, we had two chances in two minutes to double our lead, but failed to finish on both occasions: in the 21st minute, Dan Cotton shot audaciously from range, with Dan George in the Corby goal punching clear; a minute later, Sparrow once again broke away and cut inside, attempting to either shoot or square the ball to Cotton but missing both. For much of the rest of the half, Corby upped the pressure and had us pinned back in our half, only occasionally letting us break forward on the counter as they pursued an equaliser. They eventually got it in the 38th minute, a brief lapse of concentration leaving the ball loose in the box, allowing Stephen Diggin to get a curling shot away that gave Butcher no chance. 1-1 at half-time.

Perhaps due to the heat, both teams were a little slow out of the blocks at the start of the second half, but we produced the first good chance in the 49th minute as a Butterworth through ball set Sparrow through, but his shot was wide again. The next ten minutes saw Corby attempt to regain control of the game, but while they continued to pile the pressure on they weren't producting many clear-cut chances either. In fact, it was us who next came close to scoring again just after the hour mark: a Cotton free kick was floated into the box from 30 yards out and bounced awkwardly, with Ross Watson attempting to guide it into the net but failing to get a touch on the ball.

This once again woke Corby up and they continued to bombard our box with attack after attack after attack, eventually taking the lead in the 74th minute: Butcher cleared straight to a Corby attacker and, after some unsuccessful attempts to clear, Jordon Crawford curled a shot from the edge of the box past Butcher, his finish almost perfectly mimicking Diggin's first half goal. Three minutes later, though, we equalised with an unusual goal: Frazer Garner took a long throw into the box and Watson attempted to shoot when it reached the floor, with Corby defender Sam Warburton blocking the shot under pressure from Sparrow and placing it into his own net. However, Corby reclaimed the lead four minutes later: Elliot Sandy rattled a shot against the crossbar and it then bounced off Butcher's back and in. We then brought Charley Sanders on as we chased an equaliser, but ultimately it wasn't to be and we lost 3-2.

Overall, this was a frustrating game for us: we put in an excellent performance against a promotion-chasing side and deserved at least a point, but our finishing wasn't clinical enough and we were made to pay for it. Against the average team in this league, that performance would have seen us win - and it could and should have at least seen us draw today - but the top teams have that extra clinicality and that extra bit of luck sometimes that makes the difference. Still, aside from a couple of disappointing defensive lapses, this performance was most certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

MOTM: Joe Butterworth (a composed performance in the centre of park, playing numerous crucial through balls, breaking up attacks and constantly keeping the ball moving for us)

Unsurprisingly, given that this ground has been used as high as Step 2, it was pretty impressive for this level, but it doesn't remotely compare to Bromsgrove's ground in my eyes.

2019/20 stats (including Pre-Season):

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

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Apr 22, 2019, 8:38 PM

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Hampton & Richmond Borough 2-2 Truro CityNational League SouthAtt: 507Admission: Free (complimentary tickets)
When Gary McCann called me shortly after resigning as manager of Hendon (I was the Hendon website editor at the time) we had a long chat having become good friends during his time with us as goalkeeper and then manager, and having been a great support to me when I've had some health issues. He said I would be welcome to go along to Hampton to see his new charges, and I finally got around to it today, attending with my lovely wife (who like myself, has become a regular at Hendon).
The Beveree needs no introduction here, and I've been along many times over the years with Hendon. Four ex-Hendon players in the starting line up, with two more on the bench, and for the first hour or so, Hampton were the better side, running into a 2-0 lead early in the second half after an excellent first half goal from Zac Joseph, and a penalty from Ruel Sotiriou. Once Truro pulled a goal back, they went searching for an equaliser which came in stoppage time, although there were chances at both ends.
Definite difference in standard between National League South and EvoStik Southern Premier South - noticed by both of us within a few minutes of the start of the game - and this was two sides in the lower reaches of the table.
Enjoyed the game, good to watch as a neutral, although I did feel bad not being at Chesham for Hendon's latest match in our relegation battle which now goes to the last game of the season (I've missed a number of games this season for various reasons).

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SkyBet EFL Championship


Royals 0-0 Baggies

Att: 17.2k

Match: Beeb described this in the opening line of their summary, somewhat harshly, as a 'bore draw'.

- admittedly 1st half was a bit sporadic - action-wise - played out mostly in the middle 2/3rds of the pitch and there were plenty of stoppages.
- WBA keeper came close to being booked for time-wasting - which was a bit alarming bearing in mind it was still the first half and they are the 2nd highest scorers in the division.

Perhaps they were just in awe of their truly woeful record at the MadStad or simply not able to up the gas with a caretaker manager in charge. They seemed content to sit back and keep us at arms length - safe in the knowledge they are in the POs.

Our younger legs in midfield certainly kept them working at full-steam to contain us - Ejaria Baker and Rinomhota all put in very creditable performances.

Up front McLeary, Barrow and young Loader interchanged and worked tirelessly to create openings but on this day were not able to provide a decisive finish. Feel sorry for Danny Loader in particular - our free-scoring Academy starlet cannot seem to buy a goal in the senior team but he kept trying. I really hope we keep patience with him, as he evidently has potential and is only 18.
He just needs one to cannon in off his shin or to scuff one in off the far post.

Odd match really 'cos when Albion did muster a serious attack, you could sense why they have scored so prolifically this term. They could certainly hit the target with venom, unlike our game but limited forward line. Of the two keepers Martinez perhaps, had to make more crucial saves & blocks especially in a frantic last 4' of stoppage time but Johnstone in their goal made some fairly vital stops too.

We were not helped by losing BOTH starting on-field strikers in the first 12' of the match. ShockedFrown

We had returning from injury Baldock, sat unused on the bench whilst they were able to bring on multi-million pound loanee Gayle for the last 10'.
By mid-way in the 2nd half we'd had to replace Blackett with Gunter - the former also having tweaked something - thereby removing the option to change things up front.

Brum's win at Rotherham makes us all but mathematically safe now - so huge sighs of relief all round but Gomes is slowly building something that may well reverse our recent mis-fortunes.

I (rather subjectively of course Angelic) agree with his summing up that on this showing, an uninformed neutral, would not have known which of these teams were pushing for promotion and which was struggling for survival.

(This post was edited by royals26 on Apr 22, 2019, 11:44 PM)

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Apr 22, 2019, 9:31 PM

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Gainsborough Trinity away at Grantham Town

A bright, sunny, breezy day. There is a constant draught across the pitch. Across the dry, hard, bobbly pitch. A bouncing ball kind of pitch. A surface that only the most skilful could master. There were few flashes of this today. Only once Trinity had opened the scoring would the football improve. Up until that moment Grantham played urgent, 'get-it-up-the-park' football. 'Anywhere but here' football. There was not crowd-pleasing football.

Both sides had early opportunities -finding forwards putting pressure on defenders. Evans marshalled and then cleared well for the Blues, and his clearance found Wee Hughes (a tricky, pacy player on the ball) who, although fouled, no foul was given - the referee letting play run on as Clarke was in space, heading towards goal. Now it was the Gingerbreads time to defend and clear.

Both sides traded corners, though Trinity had the more. And it was Trinity who were to waste a few too. The quality would improve in the second half as Byrne and Hannah got their range.

Hannah was leading well, surfing the defence, pushing the offside line, sniffing for that chance. Hannah has pace and guile, and no shortage of physical presence. He knows his way around a football pitch.

Much of the Blues' play was down their left - the way the wind blew. Byrne was busy: skilfully playing keepy-uppy, juggling with a bouncy ball, creating a scissor-kick that Hannah followed in on goal - offside; winning a corner; involved in delightful, quick-footed play with Wilson and Gordon, and a cross - well-taken by the home side's keeper.

On the other wing, the windward wing, Wee Hughes looked a threat each rare time he had the ball. His hurried pass to Wilson, the ball bouncing as ever and a shout - 'penalty' - against Grantham's Edobar (wearing 4), whose arm played the ball. Not given! Not? ... Given? What? Not? ... Given?

Austin with a throw for Trinity. Wee Hughes pressing and a corner. Corner taken, a Stainfield header. High. Sigh!

It was Austin who was to show how to deal with the wind and the surface. He ran with the ball ... at ... his ... feet. Just what was needed. Just what there was not enough of. He could do it. Byrne could do it. Wee Hughes was not given enough ball to show that he could do it. The team that dealt best with the surface could do it - could win this game.

Hannah involved again, half through from a Russell pass. The ball to Byrne, and a shot blocked. Hannah again involved from the throw-in. Now his time to give Russell a chance at goal. Blocked. Corner cleared.

Then a goal. Hannah cutting the ball back to Byrne. His shot blocked. The defence under pressure, under bouncing ball pressure and a swinging arm. A hand-ball kind of swinging arm. PENALTY! Hannah - low, hard, goal! 1-0 Trinty. Grantham now began passing the ball. Even the ball-boys started passing the ball. The time for time-wasting was over. Now the quality of the game improved. Only slightly, mind. Remember, this was a dry, hard, bobbly pitch. A bouncing ball kind of pitch.

The second half started with a second goal. From the kick-off, Hannah involved again. His pass to Hughes and Hughes puts the ball into the goal. Simple. 2-0 Trinity.

The game opened up. Grantham played better football, passing the ball. A Gingerbreads cross. A header. A goal kick. The game more end-to-end. And yet, beneath it all, that surface - spoiling what was a better game. A contest troubled by that pitch.

Byrne and Hannah inviolved. Hannah down under pressure. No penalty. Byrne's corner under the crossbar. A keeper's touch, protecting his goal. Hannah making the most of a poor Hughes pass (blame that pitch). Their corners finding the six-yard box. More pressure, no goal.

Wilson looking tired, getting caught flat-footed, the game running beyond him. His afternoon was over. Wilson off, Worsfold on.

Grantham's best attack. At pace, down the home side's left, Adebayo-Smith to Dawson and a firm shot saved by Green.

Trinity corner. Cleared. Trinity corner. Stainfield header. Goal kick.

Wee Hughes off, Simmons on.

Worsfold's best moment from a long clearance by Green in the Trinity goal. Lovely control, lovely turn and into the Grantham box. His shot, blocked.

Green again, this time saving not providing: a free-kick hit hard, hit low to the near post. All safe under the white fingers of Green.

The last chance of the game. Worsfold tripped on the edge of the box. Right on the edge of the box. Just this side of the edge of the box. The free-kick, not a penalty, edge of the box. Simmons' with the free-kick and tipped over by Andrew in the Grantham goal. So ended the game. A win for the visitors, a loss to the hosts. Good news and bad news: Grantham safe from relegation, Gainsborough out of the play-off spots. So endeth the season?

Easy to please. A football fan. Talking some rubbish took straight out of an American football playbook!

(This post was edited by TriKillieTom on Apr 22, 2019, 9:37 PM)

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SPFL Reserve Division 1. KO 14:00. (F&N). Crowd Circa 100.

St. Johnstone 0 v 1 Falkirk

Played on the main pitch, a return to somewhere I visited many years ago. Dreadful first half with practically nothing of note or a genuine effort on goal. Second period only marginally better with the goal coming from a cross from the right, blindly hit over without looking up and fortunately finding the only attacker in the box.

Falkirk did have three more good chances but missed from close range with all of them. St. Johnstone failed to trouble the visiting keeper at all during the 90 minutes.

On to the main event :-

East Region League Cup 4th Round. KO 18:45. Admission £6/£3. No Programme.

Kirriemuir Thistle 0 v 6 Lochee United

Neat and tidy little ground with a small stand on one side, which I sat in along with a couple of familiar faces from the Northampton area. Pleasant evening but with a chilly wind. Tea bar in operation.

Routine win for United with three goals in each half. Looked a class above their opponents all night, with good passing and some clinical finishing. Unbeaten in the league this season and will clinch the league at some point in the next couple of weeks or so.

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Apr 22, 2019, 10:07 PM

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Like several others I plumped for a Sussex double today and, in trying to pick games with something resting on them, also chose to attend Eastbourne United 1 Eastbourne Town 3. As described above this was a very one sided affair and Eastbourne United were able to do nothing to improve their position at the bottom of the table although they are still level on 24 points with fellow strugglers Arundel and Shoreham. Shoreham's last match is away at high fliers Newhaven but Arundel have two left to play and look the slight favourites to avoid the two relegation positions.

As Andy D suggests, The Oval isn't a venue to get excited about although there were a wide range of cakes and other delights available from the refreshment bar. The pitch itself was in a poor state, no doubt not helped by the current groundshare with Little Common, and the rock hard conditions made close control very difficult – lucky that Jurgen Klopp wasn't about. I too was surprised at the published attendance of 410 as my headcount was 290.

Anyway, as I was on the train it was on from Eastbourne to Wivelsfield to watch …...

Bostik League Premier
Burgess Hill Town 1 Lewes 1
Admission £6 (concession) Attendance 798

Although after last Saturday Lewes were no longer able to qualify for the play offs, Burgess Hill were still deep in the relegation mire and had plenty to play for. The game itself was a fairly even affair. Lewes maybe had the slight edge in the first half but in the second Burgess Hill had to press forward and it looked like they had won it when a left wing cross was powerfully headed home from close range with just over ten minutes left. However, just as we moved into added time, Burgess Hill gave away a needless free kick out on the touchline and when the ball was swung in it seemed to elude all the defenders and ended up in the far corner of the net. On the final whistle Burgess Hill would receive another hammer blow when they discovered that fourth from bottom Wingate and Finchley had won their match away from home. The two teams meet in the last match of the season next Saturday and Burgess Hill now need to win by eight clear goals (and hope that third from bottom Whitehawk don't get all three points from their last fixture) if they are to avoid relegation.

The Green Elephant Stadium looked little different from my previous visit two or three years ago when Burgess Hill were on their way up. One decent size stand on one side of the pitch and a small shed at the far end of the ground provide the covered accommodation with clubhouse, refreshment kiosk and dressing rooms at the near end. Plenty of away support today but probably not a trip that Lewes will be making next season.

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Apr 22, 2019, 10:08 PM

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Finally many congrats to our old friends and rivals at Atherton Colleries on their promotion. Well deserved.

Thanks for that, much appreciated. Fair to say it all feels a bit surreal and certainly something I never imagined in the days where I’d pop along to the Colls in years gone by and 50 would be considered a good gate in the lower regions of the North West Counties. Just an absolutely incredible journey over the past few years.

I was in work for the early part of this afternoon but managed to get out in time for the second half of Atherton Collieries 0 Trafford 0, attendance 843(!). A tense occasion befitting of what was at stake but in the world of Twitter there were regular updates from the Radcliffe-Ramsbottom game, with the place erupting as Colls were about to take a stoppage time corner as news of Radcliffe’s 0-0 draw came through. I had visions of Man City’s infamously poor maths of the mid 90s but the sight of two league officials preparing the trophy dispelled any fears on that front. Such a tremendous effort all round. Roll on next season!

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Slyne with Hest 1-1 Thornton Cleveleys...West Lancs Prem...F&N....1500 kick off.

I was very tempted by the Salford v Fylde fixture but settled on this one. Only a short trip the other side of Lancaster and avoiding any busy Bank Holiday routes.

The last time I visited I had to wait for the players to leave the ground before I could get my car out, this time I parked right by the entrance. It was interesting to see former Fleetwood manager Micky Hoyle was manager of the Slugs (Slyne). I remember when the Fleetwood supporters used to travel on the coach with the players to away games, we were off to Staffordshire but the game was postponed just before we arrived. Mr Hoyle instructed the driver to find the nearest pub and got the round in for the entire coach....I digress!!

This fixtures saw 2nd and 3rd in the League in a tasty fixture, Slyne had a game in hand that would take them top...leapfrogging leaders Fulwood.

On a hot afternoon with a slight breeze, Thornton Cleveleys took the lead on 22 minutes through No 9 Danny Hadgraft when he beat the keeper near the edge of the box. There wasnt much between the sides first half, TC shaded it and caused problems for Slyne down their left flank.

Playing in to the sun, Slyne equalised with a corker of a shot from around 25 yards from No 7 Danny Dixon which gave the keeper no chance. A bad challenge led to a heated exchange between the TC bench and the Slyne players. The TC management are not great advocates to the Respect campaign, the player got off with a booking. Ten minutes later the injured player had been subbed and we were underway again.

As much as they tried there was no way through for Slyne and a draw wont have done either side any favours. Over the 90 minutes probably a fair result.With Fulwood winning today, it's theres to lose. The game with TC on the Fylde coast should be a good one on the 4th May.

A good turn out with around 100 or more fans in attendance along with the flocks of sheep on the nearby hillside. Not a lot in the terms of furniture, a couple of brick dugouts and a small old fashioned Clubhouse selling pies and cuppa's. Almost fully railed though if you stood on the far side you were supposed to stand in the adjacent field behind the chicken mesh fence.

Steady plod back on the A6 through Lancaster and on the A588.

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Somerset County League, Premier Division
Chilcompton Sports 6 Worle 2 (att 103 - APL's h/c)
Free admission, no progs

Surprisingly trouble-free journeys in both directions to Somerset, arriving at Chilcompton Sports Ground in plenty of time after dropping my other half at the nearby Odd Down Park and Ride, for an afternoon in Bath.

The contest was all over early, as Chilcompton were 4-0 up in just 16 minutes. Worle got one back but were 5-1 down by half time. The second half was a bit of a non-event, with a goal apiece.

It's a modern venue, with a spacious clubhouse and a large playing field. The main pitch is railed off with a pair of dugouts. The win means Chilcompton are likely to regain the league title, but while their facilities are decent for this level they're a long way from being suitable for the next step up.

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Garstang 1-1 Longridge Town
Att 326, plus a few onlookers amongst the walkers, picnickers and bathers at the pleasant riverside behind the near goal
Adm £4, prog £2 (full colour glossy with all the necessaries)
Pie £2.50 - sold as meat and potato but it was deliciously succulent steak and gravy..

Big local derby and a big game in terms of the title too. This was the third meeting of these two sides this season and, perhaps surprisingly, 7th placed Garstang had won the other two. But with Avro dropping points in the early kick-off, league leaders Longridge started the game knowing that victories in their final two games would guarantee them the title. But despite dominating this one and missing a hatful of chances, including a first half penalty brilliantly saved by home keeper Kitchen low to his right, it's advantage Avro again - two points behind but with a game in hand and only two left to play.

Although Garstang did hit the post in a rare first half attack, they did well to reach the break at 0-0. No surprise when Longridge finally took the lead early in the second half, claims for handball by (I think) scorer Ince were rightly overruled by the impressive ref - calmly authoritative, a clear communicator and clearly respected by the players. The visitors should have added to the lead on a few occasions, the closest coming when Allen hit the bar. But a huge sting in the tail when Garstang grabbed an unlikely equaliser from a corner with 15 left. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Longridge for a while but they rallied again and twice came agonisingly close to a winner in injury time. Not to be, and so their local rivals maintain the Indian sign over them.

A homely and scenic little town-centre ground, well-described on WDYG as recently as April 10 so saving me some typing! I used the High Street pay and display car park, through which you access the ground, and paid £2 for three hours, though I imagine there's street parking within walking distance.

Pre-match refreshment taken in Owd Nell's, part of the touristy Guy's Thatched Hamlet canal-side complex in Bilsborrow, just off the A6 five miles south of Garstang. Six local ales on handpump, my two halves were in good nick.

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Following my mornjng game in Eastbourne I headed to:

Hastings United 2 Ashford United 2, Isthmian League South East Division, Att:810, Admission: £10, Prog: £2.50

This was wonderful entertainment, both on and off the pitch. Hastings' last home league game of the season - and presumably Ashford's last away game - was played out in glorious sunshine enhancing the delights of Pilot Field and its fantastic stand. Ashford brought a good couple of hundred fans in fancy dress complete with a multitude of inflatables, creating a fine atmosphere. To add to the fun, the pre-match entertainment - a goth drummer band by the name of Raven- joined the home support. The only party poopers were the home stewards who took it upon themselves to burst any Ashford inflatables that made it onto the pitch surrounds. The game was in keeping with the occasion, twice Hastings took the lead only for Ashford to equalise each time. A late sending off for the home 'keeper didn't affect the result and the sides could meet again in the play-offs. No doubt most will have visited the delights of Pilot Field, I'm delighted to have finally added it to my list. Also had a quick look into the derelict St Leonards Stamctoft ground next door which still has remnants of covered terracing.

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Rule 1 - There are no rules
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League One
Peterborough United 1-1 Sunderland
Attendance 11,278 (3,700 away fans)
Ticket £26 - Programme £3

Drove to Sandy, Bedfordshre, parking in a side street next to the Tesco over the road rather than pay £3.65 in the station car park and caught the half hourly service to Peterborough at 1334 arriving 1405. Game sparked into life late in the first half as the visitors began to pile the pressure on but couldn't find the breakthrough and half time gave the hosts the chance to regroup and it wasn't until late in the second half that the game sparked into life again and in the 87th minute the visitors looked to have won it when when Max Power's low 25 yard drive to the keeper's right nestled in the bottom corner of the net. A lengthy injury stoppage earlier in the half meant there were 7 minutes of added on time to negotiate and when the board went up it seemed to give the hosts a lift and they didn't even need the extra time as Matt Godden levelled in the 91st minute with a similar goal to Sunderland's but slightly closer. Result means automatic promotion is now out of Sunderland's hands, too many costly draws including all three times I have seen the Mackems this season, the others at Walsall and Barnsley.

This was my third visit to London Road and first since seeing Bournemouth get hammered 6-0 in September 2001, a season which ended in relegation for the Cherries. Since then the old away terrace, which was identical to the one which still exists behind the home end, has been replaced by a new single tier stand with about 20 rows of seats elevated above a moat which didn't stop a few enthusiastic away fans invading the pitch celebrating what they thought was a winning goal. There is also an office block built onto the end of it in the corner next to the old main stand. New houses have been built behind the old stand over what used to be a sizeable car park, must be an attempt by the club to encourage fans to come to the games by pubic transport!

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Bishops Cleeve 5 Shrivenham 1
Hellenic Premier
Admission £7, prog £2 (the only issue this season by BC - online only now)
Usual food and drinks on sale (tea £1.50)
Att 200 appx.

Decent enough game that the hosrs ran away with after the break, they being four up when Shrivenham got their consolation.

Second visit here and not much has changed in the few years since but the game was loads better that the dross we saw then (Southern League game v Cibderford). Kit stands each side fully enclosed and railed

The south to

Uhlsport Somerset County League Premier Division
Wrington Redhill 1 Ilminster Town 1
Admission donation collected in the 2nd half, no prog (got an old one)
Bar open (Butcombe and Doom Bar ales, the former most pleasant)
Att 60

A scrappy first half but better after the break. The already relegated hosts led but conceded late in the game.

Fully railed and enclosed three sides (shares with cricket on the other) this a pleasant village rec among the North Somerset hills.

The a trouble free return journey. Home for 8.30

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Western League Premier Division - Shepton Mallet 0 Plymouth Parkway 2 - Admission £6 - Programme £1 - Attendance 146

Was thinking of a double with the morning match at Bishops Cleeve but decided against it once it was clear that they couldn’t win the Hellenic League after Saturday’s results. It was then down to a clear choice between going up to Nottinghamshire to see Dunkirk play Ilkeston Town or down the A303 to Shepton Mallet. Decided on the latter and got down there much quicker than expected with the traffic relatively clear.

Firstly, well done to Shepton Mallet for producing a very good, completely up to date programme, and just like I experienced at Stotfold on Saturday, it was excellent value for £1.

Not a game to live long in the memory with the win for the visitors much more important than the style with the title going right to the wire with PP along with Bitton and Willand Rovers all still in with a shout of winning the league. Should be very interesting on Saturday with the latter two meeting down in Devon. Willand Rovers have a game in hand too which they play in midweek.

Both sides had efforts cleared off the line early on but PP took the lead after 19 minutes when a poor headed back pass was intercepted by Adam Carter who played it back to Shane Krac to net although the keeper appeared to get a hand to the ball. The second came midway through the second half when a Jamie Lowry corner was powerfully headed home by Carter.

No sign of IMT here with the match kicking off dead on 3.0 and for my third non league match in a row, we got through the 90 minutes plus stoppage time without the need for the referee to produce any cards of any colour. Now that is something I find unusual.

(This post was edited by Windy on Apr 23, 2019, 3:18 AM)

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