First Team Sub
May 21, 2019, 9:38 PM
Post #1 of 3
Warrington Premier Division. (F&N). Crowd 49.
Avon Villa 0 v 2 Parklands
Nothing at stake in today's game with Parklands already having secured 2nd place and probable promotion to the Cheshire league for next season. What was of interest was the ground, apparently previously used by Ford Sports in the North West Counties League. Railed on 3 sides with dugouts and a large stand and some hard standing, certainly worth the trip to see it.
Villa started well but soon fell away with Parklands dominating play without scoring in the first half. They finally broke the deadlock early in the second period and afterwards squandered enough chances to have easily made double figures. Some excellent saves from the home keeper also played a significant part in keeping it to 0-1 until the visitors were awarded a penalty in the last few seconds. Well converted and the final whistle blew immediately.
Good to catch up with Wiretown Editor, also in attendance were a few other familiar faces, and a quarter of the Mersey mob, (still more than enough!)
May 22, 2019, 1:33 PM
Location: Outer Cheltenhamshire
Team(s): Cheltenham Town
Post #3 of 3
Zurich Regional Cup, Semi Final
SV Schaffhausen 2-1 FC Wiedikon ZH
Admission Free. Attendance 200. No Progamme
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The Minion, as is his habit disappeared early next morning leaving me in the hotel. Discovering that Pizzaman had scheduled his trip to Schaffhausen to arrive an hour later than my plan, and with the wife requiring me to fill forms on her behalf, I delayed my departure in order to end up on the same train as Pizzaman. Delays on the German railway system slowed our run down by another hour, but will still got into our “hotel”, in Neuhausen in good time. The hotel was cheap by Swiss standards, but was really just a room in someone’s house with a curtain instead of a door. Neuhausen is next to Schaffhausen and is the home of the impressive Rheinfall. This impressive site is apparently the largest waterfall in Europe by volume of water making the drop.
Schaffhausen itself retains its historic centre, despite having suffered from bombing raids during World War II. While Switzerland was neutral, it did trade with Germany and the Schaffhausen area is bordered by Germany on three sides, allowing for occasional mistakes to be made.
The rain, which had managed to keep away from most of our wanderings around the falls was now in place to hinder walking around the town, so we did not walk for long before hunting down a place to eat.
It was still raining after Pizzaman had finished arguing about the bill for his Pizza. They had shown him an old English Language menu, without updating the prices – but after complaining he got CHF 0.5 (40p) back.
So we trudged uphill for about 20 minutes, to Sportplatz Bühl, the home of SV Schaffhausen. The club, known as Spielvi has a long history with the highlight being a single season (1997-8) in the National League B, the second division at the time of the Swiss National League. That meant they would play derby matches against the town’s other club, FC Schaffhausen – which plays in the professional Challenge League (second division at the moment).
The Sportplatz is just across the road from Stadion Breite, which was the home of FCS back in those days, and even through beyond my visit in 2013. FCS upped sticks and moved to their new stadium during 2017.
Since those heady days in the 1990s, Spielvi have found their circumstances much reduced, and now find themselves in the 3. Liga – which is tier 7 of the Swiss Football Pyramid and operated by the Zurich Regional FA. The good news is they have already won their group for this season, so they will play at 2. Liga level next season.
Bühl is a quite simple ground. A good quality artificial surface surrounded by a rail and path. On one side, there is a single step to a slightly raised viewing area. A much wider area behind the goal at the town end gives room for the clubhouse and serving of beer both inside and outside. This is the only location where there is any shelter from the rain, but fortunately for us the weather cleared soon after kick off.
Dressing rooms are outside the enclosed areas.
The match is a semi-final of the Zurich Regional Cup, and the opposition are FC Weidikon ZH. (The last initials indicate a Zurich club, I am not certain if there is another Weidikon elsewhere in Switzerland, necessitating the use of this suffix). Weidikon are in second place of another of the 3. Liga groups, with an outside chance of promotion. All but one of the 2. Liga teams in the area were knocked out before the semi-finals. The five higher levels of Swiss football are administered nationally, and so are not eligible for this cup.
The match was fast and furious with no lack of entertainment for the crowd which was announced at 200. My attempt to estimate it came up with a higher figure. The crowd included a good number of visiting fans, some of which appeared to be styled as ultras with a lot of bottles of beer, one large flag and quite a lot of noise.
The opening goal was on 34 minutes, with Samuel Gröbl converting from an angled cut back. This put Spielvi ahead and it was fully deserved. They could quite easily have taken a larger lead into the break, but instead Fabio de Tommasi scored a leveller for Weidikon in first half injury time.
The second half was no less dramatic, with the referee awarding a fair number of yellow cards as well. The decisive action was for Schaffhausen to bring on Cedric Wächli as a substitute in the 62nd minute. He immediately made an impression on the game, none more so than in the 75th minute when he met a good cross with a powerful header to put Spielvi 2-1 up.
As Weidikon got desperate towards the end, their keeper was heading up field for every free kick and corner. This almost worked against them when Tommaso Sportiello, the home keeper fired a drop kick upfield and in the direction of the goal. Joel Jenni, the visiting captain just managed to get back and clear it off the line.
Right at the end, I made it the fifth minute of injury time, Matthias Hirsiger (Spielvi) received the last of the eight yellow cards to be shown. As he had already received the first yellow, he had to leave the pitch for the last few seconds before running back on to celebrate when the whistle blew.
In the final, SV Schaffhausen will play FC Wetzikon. Wetzikon, like Spielvi have won their 3. Liga group and added the scalp of 2. Liga side Lachen/Altendorf in the semi. The final game will be played on 22 June in Kloten, handily placed close to the end of the runway at Zurich Airport.
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(This post was edited by leohoenig on May 22, 2019, 1:42 PM)