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Wednesday 31st July 2019


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Jul 31, 2019, 10:29 PM

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Cefn Druids 1 Holywell Town 1
Adm 5 att150ish slightly off tasting Guinness £3.40

Well contested game with Holywell at full strength and showing that they should be favourites for Welsh National League, Cefn used a fair few trialists which I thought was a big odd seeing as they’ve been playing since 22nd June! They weren’t great themselves conceding a penalty for the equaliser. Odd moment after the Cefn goal as HT player was talking to the ref leading to the ref to point for him to leave the pitch, the player stayed on, the ref went over to the manager the ref then came back on and kicked off again, if you want to send a player off send him off with a card.

Cowden Andy
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Jul 31, 2019, 11:43 PM

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Hill of Beath Hawthrorn 4-3 Jeanfield Swifts. Admission 6 No paper, Att 157.

A dramatic night at Keirs Park where the home side raced into a 4-1 lead in the opening 32 minutes with Lee Reid grabbing a hat trick after Daniel Watt had opened the scoring.

Gary Fergus had pulled a goal back for Swifts when they were two down and got a second just before half time.

Jake Dolanski scored in the 2nd half and perhaps the visitors were unlucky not to leave with a point.

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Aug 1, 2019, 8:50 AM

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Lowland League
Caledonian Braves v Gretna, 3-2, H.T. 1-2, Att 80 (h/c), Admission £7, No Paper, Burger Van in Attendance
At Alliance Park, Bothwellhaugh

A few first to celebrate in this game . . . Caledonian Braves first home game under their new moniker, having previously been Edusport Academy, and a first Lowland League game at Alliance Park.

Alliance Park is the former Bothwellhaugh Astro which has hosted plenty of Amateur and Women’s games in the past. As these places go it is better than most, with spectator access on three sides. There are two new grandstands, each seating 50, on one side of the ground. Thankfully they are “short and deep” rather than “long and shallow” so the back rows afford decent elevated views.

To get to the ground you exit the M74 or the Bellshill By Pass at the Raith Interchange and take the signs for Strathclyde Park. Entering the park you pass a Toby Carvery on the right and keep going for a couple of hundred yards. Turn right and right again and you arrive at the car park. If that is full then there are plenty of parking spaces on the road leading up to the car park. Apparently it’s a legendary dogging location so watch out for Stan Collymore in the bushes.

The pavilion is behind one goal. For tonight’s game a Burger Van was located in the car park. Unfortunately their gourmet burgers also commanded gourmet prices. I was not tempted to part with £4 for a burger, £3.50 for chips and curry sauce or £1.80 for a coffee. Few people were tempted, so I suspect he may not be back.

I suspect programmes will never happen here./ The club have given away a folded card type thing at Scottish Cup ties but have never produced a programme as such. They now have as new digital media officer and they see cyberspace as the medium of communication rather than paper. Very wise with such small crowds, I would say.

Edusport Academy’s first team is now all-Scots and similar in composition to those at BSC Glasgow and Cumbernauld Colts. It’s a mix of ex-seniors and former Juniors. The French students whop made up their team in their early years are now playing in the South of Scotland League side that also uses Alliance Park. I suppose some desperados will have to go twice in order to “complete” both Leagues.

On the basis of Saturday’s opening results this should have been a stroll for the Braves. It turned out to be much more difficult thanks in part to a self-inflicted handicap. The home side were reduced to ten men after 3 minutes when Dom Slattery wrestled a Gretna striker to the ground when he was clean through on goal – little argument that it was a red card.

A young Gretna side took heart from this and took the lead around the half hour due to poor marking. Darnell Ramsay (Jermaine Defoe’s nephew, for those who like trivia) had plenty time to control the ball and strike it into the corner of the net. Braves levelled quickly when Blair Docherty finished off a good move. It looked like it would be even at half time but in a goalmouth scramble the ball was forced over the line by Addison to restore Gretna’s lead.

The second half was dominated by the Braves who got back level with a reeker of a goal by Blair Docherty, much to the delight of his Dad and girlfriend who were sitting in front of us. Ross McNeill got a deserved winner for the home side with ten minutes left to play.

During the first half I was loudly decrying Kelty Hearts tactics in the second half of their 8-0 win over Dalbeattie on Saturday. “Typical Barry Ferguson, negative keep the ball football” I opined until my mate drew me a strange look. Turns out the bold Barry (ex Rangers and Scotland) was sitting two seats away along with his sidekick Boab the Ice Cream Man. Anyway, I got chatting to them at half time and they laughed off my indiscretions and we had a good blether about the various Lowland League teams prospects for this season. Barry reckons East Kilbride will again be the team that Kelty have to beat, along with East Stirlingshire.

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Aug 1, 2019, 9:52 AM

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Pre Season Friendly

Corby Town (1) 2 v 2 (2) Tamworth

Admission £5 OAP, Programme £2, Team Sheet .50p, Attendance 198


New Grounds Season 2019/2020 = 4
Last New Ground : Corby Town 31st July 2019

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Aug 1, 2019, 9:59 AM

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Brimsham Green 3 FC United of Yate 3 (PSF) Att: 26 h/c f&n

Entertaining tussle after a dull first quarter of an hour. Yate's three goals were all crackers. The visitors are a Sunday side and played with a Sunday attitude - hard but fair, and everyone enjoyed every minute of it. Brimsham Green look pretty decent too.

The attraction was a chance to tick the 3G at Chipping Sodbury School. It's as exciting as it sounds - no viewing area but spectators welcome in the cage.

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Aug 1, 2019, 1:50 PM

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Location: Longton, Stoke-on-Trent - Ar Bay a Brummie
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Abbey Vale 11-1 Wigtown and Bladnoch

South of Scotland League, admission £3, tea 60p, crisps 35p, att; 36 plus 16 cows, 2 horses and a variety of pet dogs.

Relatively straight forward journey with catachagogoal to this bucolic setting in Dumfries and Galloway. The village shop was shut, the derelict abbey's tea room had served it's last customer of the day and the club secretary had left the pies in his fridge in Dumfries. So I made do with a crisp double and a cup of tea.

Very helpful and friendly locals, a pitch like a carpet and a game played in good spirit made for an enjoyable mild summer evenings entertainment.

Abbey Vale played some good stuff at times even though their opposition was very limited. In fairness to the away side they kept going and the only one who showed dissent soon had his marching orders for a second yellow.

The ground has a seated stand, some nice wooden dugouts, a tidy yellow and black plastic chain rail and some lovely views over the countryside. The abbey can also be seen through the trees.

If you fancy a place to live where life is relaxed and peaceful then New Abbey seems ideal and a visit here is thoroughly recommended.

Just a couple of road closures on the way home and back just after midnight.

Last ground visited(update requested by Spud): Wellington . New grounds 18/19: 38

(This post was edited by KnowYourMarket on Aug 1, 2019, 1:51 PM)

Dave 56
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Aug 1, 2019, 2:31 PM

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South of Scotland. KO 19:00. (F&N). Crowd 81.

Upper Annandale 1 v 2 Lochmaben

Having been here for a postponement a few years ago, I knew what to expect. A roped off school playing field with a couple of plastic dugouts. The academy located is on the outskirts of Moffat.

What was disappointing was the complete lack of football. Uppers tried to play but couldn't and Lochmaben made no attempt to even try. The home side scored first then lost their keeper who landed heavily after a foul challenge and after getting him off the pitch an ambulance was called, it arrived an hour later. The Maben vendetta increased with yellow cards flourished at regular intervals, incomprehensible when you consider the home side had a centre half in goal.

The second half began in the same vein until a handling error by the makeshift keeper allowed the visitors to equalise. Uppers joined in the race to see who could get the most booked, in the meantime Maben had received a straight red for a "last man" challenge. Uppers responded by getting a player sent off as well and inevitably the unpleasant visitors scored in the last minute to get three undeserved points. A win basically gained by hospitalising the goalkeeper.

Not sure if the visitors has enough time to celebrate after the game as they were probably due back on the nightclub door by 10pm.

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Aug 2, 2019, 11:29 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

Brackley Town Saints 1 Kidlington 3

admission £3-00 no paper attendance est 70
last season's 3rd in Hellenic Premier v 18th in Southern League Div 1 Central
Mostly comfortable win for the visitors against spirited but fairly limited opponents, with a very enthusiastic manager with a big notebook) who did prevent them coasting through the entire second half with a late goal which certainly livened it up. Good start by the home team, who created a couple of decent chances, the best being a Stott header that came back off the bar. But on 12 mins a horrendous error by a home player, dithering in his own box, gave away the opening goal. The home team replied with a free-kick just wide, but the visitors started to get their passing game into gear and it became more difficult for the home team. A cross that was only partially cleared was drilled back into the net to give Kidlington a two-goal lead and we wondered if there would be a few more. But the home team battled away and the visitors overplayed what chances they had, so it stayed HT 0-2.
Lots of substitutions at half time and the home team were unlucky with a couple of cross/shots just wide. But again the visitors dominated with their passing, again without much end-product, so it wasn't a riveting watch. However, in the final quarter of an hour the home team went for it - a decent shot by Stott was saved, and then on 78 mins, a good cross was met with a superb volley by J.Hammond that fizzed into the corner of the net and it was suddenly game on. The visitors certainly thought so and upped their game considerably, a shot off the line, then a superb break, an unselfish pass inside, and it was 1-3. The visitors had a couple of chances to increase their lead further but again the home team kept going and ensured a respectable result and performance. I quite liked St.James' Park, obviously work has been done on it for Conference North (probably needs more), but it has quite a homely feel. From the car park the entrance takes you to the near side, with tea bar, seated stand on the right, then clubhouse (closed due to fire damage, waiting for insurance to start repairs) and another bar. At one end there is another seated stand. Not much over the other side apart from a wooden tower between the dugouts. Terracing at either end. No facilities open at all tonight.

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.

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Aug 4, 2019, 6:50 PM

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Burntisland Shipyard 1 Heriot Watt University 4
East of Scotland League.Conference A

This was a far more entertaining match than the Lowland League match I saw the previous evening at Civil Service Strollers.It might have been a couple of levels lower but it was far more competitive and enjoyable.
Burntisland took the lead but Heriot watt soon equalised and in the second half were far more fitter and scored three more goals to complete a comfortable win.
Burntisland play at Recreation Park,off Kerr Court.The ground is fully enclosed with a small covered enclosure by the entrance.

Formerly known as Warwick Brake


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