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Friday 26th July 2019


Dave 56
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Jul 26, 2019, 9:56 PM

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West Region Sectional League Cup. Group 4. Adm. £6/£3. No programme. Killie Pie and a Tea £3.20. Crowd 500 to 600.

Darvel 1 v 1 Hurlford United (2-3 pens).

Opening group games tonight and a surprisingly large crowd with many from Hurlford. Ground has a small seated stand and a larger covered standing area. One side of each 6 yard box has quite a slope up from the touchline, quite unusual.

Darvel are apparently spending a lot of money on players this season and it showed as they lead the visitors at half time. Hurlford looked a lot sharper in the second period and were rewarded with an equaliser, a fair result on the balance of play.

However in this group competition there is a penalty shoot out, the winners gaining an extra point. The main observation was that at no time either keeper was on his line or even close to it. On several occasions they were probably closer to the 6 yard box line than their goal line.

Good to catch up with prorege who will no doubt file a more comprehensive report in due course.

(This post was edited by Dave 56 on Jul 26, 2019, 9:57 PM)


Jul 26, 2019, 11:06 PM

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Coupe de Belgique - First Round.
RSC Libramont 2-1 RRC Mormont
Admission €6. Attendance ~130

Only my second game of the season, but this one feels like the real start. The previous game, Barry v Cliftonville was one day over four weeks ago (and only 18 days after the final game of 2018-19). This is also my first ground tick of the season.

Its a long drive, but thankfully not quite as hot as earlier in the week, so the air conditioning in the car was capable of standing up to the heat.

On arriving at Libramont's ground, in Avenue de Houffalize, there were few people there. I wandered around to the cantine where I was the only customer for the minute. €2 for a glass of Brugs Blanche, from a 33 cl bottle. Good enough that I took a second at half time.

The ground is decent, with about seven steps of terracing all along one side. This is a little overgrown as you move away from the club house end. Building them up was helped by a natural slope which was probably levelled a long time ago. The club house is above the steps at the end closest to entry.

The other buildings are on the other side, dressing rooms in a two storey block close to the entrance, (the office is on the top level, and I only had to wander in to be offered a copy of the team sheet). The central area is a new or refurbished stand. The sign outside appears to say replacement of tribune, and the website refers to the new stand as opened in May. The far end is a second clubhouse, closed today, and labelled as that of the juniors. Its door opens to an artificial pitch which is at a lower level than the main pitch. There is another grass pitch behind this.

I saw these two teams play each other in the same round of the cup, just one day short of 17 years ago. RRC Mormont were the home side on that occasion, and won 2-1.

Mormont were in Division 4D at the time, and although 5th level, their current position in 3rd Amatuer, ACFF/B is about the same. Libramont were probably 1st Provincial League, Luxembourg Province at the time, which is where they are now.

Mormont came into the game in what appeared to be an ultra defensive 3-6-1 formation. However, they showed about as much co-ordination as Theresa May's cabinet over Brexit resulting in Libramont being 2-0 up within 15 minutes.

The visitors steadied the ship after that, changing to a more conventional 3-5-2 and dominating possession, but creating few chances. In fact, the best chance for a further goal was created by Libramont on the half hour.

After the break, it was almost one way traffic but Mormont still failed to make a serious impression. Bertrand Nique in the home goal was proving adept at gathering long balls into the box, but was never tested with shots on goal. Mormont brought on their second and third subs together on 63 minutes, and almost immediately one of these fashioned a clear chance for Hebette, the sole striker at the start. Hebette however, found he had to take a touch and it was a poor one and the opportunity was lost. They eventually pulled one back when Prevot converted a penalty kick.

The referee then made sure he was noticed, sending off two home players in the last 15 minutes. Nkokolo was first too go, with 11 minutes left - and only a minute or two after his team mate, Poncelet was booked for what appeared to be a worse offence. The first goalscorer, Pablo Richard was then giving his second yellow card two minutes into injury time. This resulted in a final free kick which Nique easily gathered and the game finished 2-1.

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Jul 27, 2019, 9:59 AM

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West Juniors Sectional League Cup
Darvel v Hurlford United, 1-1, 2-3p, H,T. 1-0, Att c.650, Admission £6, No paper, Killie Pie and Irn Bru £3
At Recreation Park, Darvel

Darvel have been the talk of the steamie this Summer. Towards the end of last season they announced that Colville Park Manager Mick Kennedy would be taking charge at Recreation Park. Colville have swept all before them in the Ammies over recent years. He brought the best of his players from Colville with him. The club then set about recruiting a squad of players who should all be playing at a higher level and could easily have remained in the SPFL. Daryll Meggatt, Jason Marr Ross Perry, Eddie Ferns and others will command significant wages and were on the wanted list of clubs in SPFL Divisions One and Two. Finally, a series of ground improvements have been undertaken. Drainage and levelling work was done on the pitch, swanky new dressing rooms were built, a large covered enclosure erected and a whole lot of tidying up work was carried out.

Their first competitive home game of the season was heavily promoted. Darvel are seeking to become a force in Junior football – like they were briefly in the 1970s and 1980s. They aim to serve the three adjacent towns of Darvel, Newmilns and Galston, where they are the only Junior side. They were rewarded with a bumper crowd for this Friday night game, with a good con tangent from local rivals Hurlford there as well.

Darvel are in the Championship but are odds-on favourites to win it. Hurlford are n established Premiership side. I felt Hurlford were the marginally better side but there was little between the teams. Darvel led at half time, Hurlford levelled soon afterwards and both teams had periods of domination before the end. The match was played in a splendid full-contact mode with the referee adopting a very lenient approach to potentially career-threatening challenges.

Darvel’s central defensive line looked really good. Jason Marr and Darryl Meggatt are far too good for this level. They were more exposed at full back where Hurlford were able to get round them with regularity.

I expect the Vale will win the Championship comfortably and they might be worth a wee wager for the Scottish Junior Cup – knowing how Mick Kennedy works I suspect this will be his main aim for the coming season.

The new covered enclosure is next to the pavilion and would hold several hundred. The portakabins behind the goal have been spruced up – one is now a bottle bar which was doing a roaring trade. The other dispenses Browning’s Killie Pies and other tasty treats. Browning’s always do Empire Biscuits with club crests on the fondant icing – for this game they had Darvel and Hurlford versions available. Presumably one of each would have sufficed as a memento for any papyrophiles who were bemoaning the lack of a programme.

The town of Darvel is not as bad as most of Ayrshire. It was never really a coal mining town – textiles were the raison d’etre for the three towns if the upper Irvine Valley, with Darvel specialising in lace-making. It’s still a depressed area but not as bleak as many Ayrshire towns of a similar size.

For normal games there is plenty parking “down the brae” next to the ground. For bigger games it is a real bottle-neck so don’t expect a quick getaway. Kilmarnock is the nearest railway station – buses take about half an hour to Darvel. The ground is at the eastern end of the town Darvel Green Street is the stop to ask for when buying a ticket.

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Jul 27, 2019, 11:37 PM

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Pre Season Friendly

Meadow Lane, Westbury

Westbury United 0(0) Warminster Town 1(0)

Green Shirts / Black Shorts. Red & Black Striped Shirts / Red Shorts

Attendance 246

Admission £3 No Programmes

Hot Dog £2 Tea £1

A good crowd for the Wiltshire Classico. Western League Division 1 outfit Town secured local bragging rights with a hard fought win over Premier Division neighbours United. Not sure who scored the goal but it was a cracker. The Town forward won a tackle just outside the right hand side of the box. He cut into the area beating a couple of defenders and then unleashed an unstoppable left foot shot. A goal worthy of winning a local derby.

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Jul 28, 2019, 11:02 AM

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SJFA West Region, Sectional League Cup Gp 7
Renfrew 6 St Anthony's 0 (att 180 h/c)
£6 admission, no progs

Good to get back to watching competitive football, even if this game at New Western Park was competitive in name only. Renfrew are two levels higher than St Anthony's, and three goals in each half gave them the easiest of starts to the new season.

Decent crowd in attendance, and I liked Renfrew's ground more than I'd expected to. The playing surface is artificial, but the only pitch markings are for football. The entrance is in the corner, and behind the goal at that end are the clubhouse, snack bar and changing rooms.

Only one side is fully accessible, and has a covered standing area in the centre. The opposite side, where the dugouts are, has just a small chained off area for spectators and has a row of six uncovered seats. The far end is out of bounds.

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Jul 29, 2019, 3:46 PM

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Buchanhaven FC 2-2 Invercairn United
N.E.Scotland FA (summer Welfare), Deejays Nightclub League (top division)
at Ugie Park, Peterhead
f&n, h/c 33

After my first ever game at Ugie Park on Tuesday, here I was back again on Friday. But for a different Home team, so an entirely different bracketed tick. I’ve previously seen Buchanhaven at their normal Home venue, Barclay Park, end-on to Buchanhaven Hearts Juniors’ ground. But that was marked out with multiple small-sided pitches, ruling it out of consideration tonight. [Returning to Peterhead on Sunday, I drove past Barclay Park to see it hosting a kiddies’s fun day with bouncy castles, ice-cream vans, and multiple simultaneous matches of primary school kids – not on my radar of course, unlike some on here one wouldn’t wonder].

A close and keenly contested match. The hosts twice taking the lead, the visitors twice pulling it back and only being prevented from getting an away win by a double of headed clearances off the line near the end. A draw was a fair outcome.

Bizarre aspect of the day was Buchanhaven’s upfront twin strike force wearing number 2 and number 3. Rather odd to see two with those numbered shirts both playing centre forward!

Unlike Tuesday where it was one of the WAGs showing good ball skills, today it was one of the player’s kids. A toddler, dribbling, and cutely trying to pick the ball up and throw it to his Mum. Much to the amusement of the rest of the spectators.

Another mild evening, but no washing on the line to dash home to, so a pause revisit was had on the way back at the Overworks sour-beers brewery – in a separate building alongside Brewdog’s massive fizz-only factory in Ellon. They do tasting boards of sample-size, which is good, but it’s a bit steep – working out at the equivalent of £10.20 a pint. Ouch.

(This post was edited by LeedsPhil on Jul 29, 2019, 3:48 PM)

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Aug 2, 2019, 8:00 PM

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

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Pre-Season Friendly

Ryton and Crawcrook 4 Winlaton Vulcans 0

admission free, no programme (see below) but whiteboard used, attendance est 120
last season's 12th in Northern League Div 2 v 3rd in Northern Alliance Div 1
Good, competitive game in which the visitors more than matched their higher-league hosts for an hour, but after several substitutions the home team were comfortable winners.
A really enjoyable first half with early chances for R+C resulting in a good save by Bullock, and a good shout for a penalty. Vulcans always looked good on the break and Barker on the left produced two dangerous crosses and also came close himself. Norris came closest for the home team in the first half an hour with a long-distance cracker coming off the inside of the post. But the hosts then took control with two goals in a minute - first a shot from outside the area by Dunn, then a thunderous free-kick by Norris, in off the underside of the bar. The visitors came back with a couple of efforts and Graham had to save another shot from Barker. HT 2-0.
After the break Waters fired just over for Vulcans, and Henderson should have scored after being set up by Barker. However, after several substitutions by both sides, R+C made it three on 64 mins as a good move resulted in a cross well-finished by sub Smee. The home team then relaxed and threatened to add to their score, particularly down the left and Bullock had to make some decent saves. On 88 mins Bullock made another good save but this time sub Sheppard buried the rebound to make it four.
Kingsley Park is in Crawcrook, on the road to Wylam, and is a nice friendly place to watch football. In from the car-park, the near side has a good clubhouse, some covered standing, and the 'scran van' (steak bake £1-50, not great). At one end is the seating and on the other side is another covered stand. The near side and one end are both raised so offer good views of both the match and the attractive hills outside. R+C Twitter promised a pre-season programme reprint but none available/visible.

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 Aug 2, 2019, 8:01 PM)

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Aug 4, 2019, 6:10 PM

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Dalry Thistle 1 Kilbirnie Ladeside 3
West Region.League Cup.Group 6

What better way to start the competitive season than an Ayrshire derby.A decent match which Kilbirnie eventually won despite some poor finishing on their part.
Dalry Thistle play at Merksworth Park which is fairly near the centre of town.A decent sized cover on the dressing room side of the ground,terracing behind one goal and a decent grass bank on the far side of the ground which provided a decent view of proceedings.The far end of the pitch is undeveloped.
Approximately 350 in attendance including Martin55.

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