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HantsLondoner
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Aug 31, 2019, 5:43 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 1 Barnet 2

admission S/T, otherwise £15, programme £2-00, attendance 1922 (100 away) Wink
17th v 10th
Like last week's game v Dag and Red, a lame first-half performance by the Spitfires was followed by a much-improved second. Barnet were better then last week's visitors but the home team probably just about deserved a point. However, the winner came in injury time after what looked like a shocking ref decision left Eastleigh with 10 men.
A lively start, and an early shot over by Barnet's J.Taylor, then Reynolds had a shot saved by home keeper Stryjek. After a defensive error at each end causing mayhem, the visitors took the lead on 16 mins. J.Taylor was allowed to turn at the corner of the penalty area and arrowed a lovely shot into Stryjek's top corner. The visitors gained control and another good turn saw Akinola curl a shot wide. McKnight had a shot for the home team, and a Williamson shot was well saved by Loach as the home team put a little pressure on towards the end of the first half. HT 0-1.
After the break the Spitfires were much better - a well set-up chance for McKnight was just wide, and Barnett's volley was deflected just over. At this stage the visitors decided to disrupt the game by frequent use of the trainer for supposed injuries, and we had a few handbags on the hour as Johnson got very upset with a Barnet player who had pushed him, both players getting yellows. After this Barnet decided to play some more football and both Akinola and Walker caused Stryjek to make good saves. Johnson then shoulder-charged an opponent off the ball and Adams' pathetic attempt to persuade the ref to send him off was quite rightly ignored. Sub Boucard had another shot saved for the visitors, then, on 70 mins, the home team equalised. A good cross from the right, rescued as it seemed to be going out of play, was snapped up by McKnight, who controlled the ball and volleyed it into the corner. Barnet upped their game and Sparkes curled a free-kick just wide. On 85 mins Eastleigh's Smart looked to be tripped by a Barnet defender in/near the area (the defender put his leg out) and the ref gave Smart a second yellow for diving. From my viewpoint this looked like a diabolical decision from an official who had a decent game before this. Naturally the home team had to defend now and Akinola went clear but lifted his shot just over the bar. J.Taylor had a shot saved too, and then sub Rendell almost won it for the hosts in injury time as he lifted the ball just wide after being put clear. Instead, at the other end, a cross saw Stryjek stretch too far to claim a long cross, the ball was put back into the centre and Coulthirst forced the ball home for a lucky victory.



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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bluearmybob
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Aug 31, 2019, 5:50 PM

Posts: 1014
Location: Ipswich.The Capital Town of Suffolk.
Team(s): Ipswich Town FC since April 11th 1966.Groundhopping since January 28th 1989

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Season ticket duty at Portman Rd. KO 3.00pm.


Sky Bet League 1.


IPSWICH TOWN 3 (2) v (0) SHREWSBURY TOWN 0.


Scorers.


Home. K Jackson (2) J Norwood (10pen) F Downes (69)


Away. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Admission by season ticket. Programme £3.50. Attendance 19,161. Away Fans 616.



GROUNDS VISITED.(375) NEW GROUNDS THIS SEASON 2019/20. (6)
GAMES THIS SEASON 2019/20. (11)
GAMES SINCE LAST 0-0. Three Bridges v Ramsgate. 12/10/19. (0) BEST RUN OF NOT SEEING A 0-0. (61)
LEAGUES COMPLETED. Championship. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division. SCEFL Premier Division.
FOOTBALL SEEN IN:Bulgaria,Czech Republic,England,France,Greece,Guensey,Holland,Scotland,Switzerland,Turkey & Wales.




kirby knitters
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Aug 31, 2019, 6:31 PM

Posts: 18073
Location: Kirby Muxloe
Team(s): Hinckley United FC.

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FAV 1Q.
Hinckley AFC 2 Ellesmere Rangers 1.
In £6
Prog £1,50
Att 121
Fosters £2
Awaiting bus at the Crescent Bus Station in Hinckley for the service down to Leicester Road and up turns a passing mate in a motor and I end up at the LE 67 version. No problems at all for me but dear oh dear did Knitters make hard work of this one. Should have been out of sight by the break yet it could easily have gone into extra time but for a linos decision late on No such problems at Leicester Road in my rather complicated existence on Saturday afternoons these days.


Oldludensian
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Aug 31, 2019, 6:36 PM

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Location: North East Lincolnshire
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FA Vase First Qualifying Round

Horncastle Town 0 Sherwood Colliery 2

Att. C 200 £ 4/1

The Lincolnshire Wolds Churches festival persuaded me to stay local rather than trek to Lancashire. After visiting half a dozen churches in the villages around Spilsby, with the obligatory cups of tea and pieces of cake, it was time to retire to Old Nicks for two oíclock opening to sample the rustic delights of the aptly named Horncastle Ales.

Horncastle Town are a venerable club who play on the Wong, and not at it. The Wong, a Viking name for pasture, is across the tiny River Waring and the Lincoln Skegness road from the town centre. An impressive collection of sports facilities here, with cricket, rugby, hockey, tennis, bowls, and a swimming pool.

The football ground has a small, newly built clubhouse, but just a partly railed pitch. Today for the big game an attempt at enclosure had been made and a gate taken. This had the unfortunate consequence of putting the entire Stanhope Hall side out of bounds to spectators. Given the quality of the game it would have been better value to stand over there, and gaze through the wire for nothing. Strangely no-one did.

Sherwood Colliery, going well at a higher level, had put on free bus for fans and a helicopter for the chairman. You donít see this in the Lincolnshire League. The local Lions had a burger tent to give the occasion a festival feel. A policeman was in attendance.

Frankly Horncastle were Sunday league standard in the first half and Sherwood little better. Colliery had a shot after fifteen minutes and then scored twice on the half hour as a storm descended from the west. A trio of passes in the six yard box produced the first while the second was a comedy goal from the keeperís clearance, the ball bouncing in front of his opposite number and over his head into the net.

The second half was much better, but goal-less, due to Collieryís woeful finishing, and a couple of redeeming saves. Horncastleís only effort of note in the game came ten minutes in when the number seven forced the keeper low to his left to turn around the post. Horncastle fought well and were not shown up, but the gulf in class was there throughout.

A feature of the game was the visitors number twenty, a squad number picked probably because of his weight. But of no little skill, and led the line well. Man of the match.


barcud-coch
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Aug 31, 2019, 6:38 PM

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Lucas Cwmbran 4 Ton and Gelli BC 2

Girlings Sports Ground: JD Welsh Cup First Qualifying Round

The was my first visit to the Girlings Sports Ground for three years and on that occasion I watched the home team entertain Gwent County League Second Division rivals Clydach Wasps in an FAW Trophy second round tie. There had been no changes to the ground, which can be seen by train passengers on the Cwmbran to Newport line, although it is only has a rail around the pitch and no spectator cover. The pitch used by Lucas Cwmbran is separated from a number of other nearby pitches by a row of tall trees but is open to the elements on the other three sides of the playing area. There is a rugby pitch on the opposite side of the pitch from the trees and views of the Cwmbran CBD in the distance behind the one goal. The Girlings Sports Ground is only a short walk from the home ground of Welsh League First Division club Croesyceiliog that a number of forum members will have visited over the years. The home team had only commenced their Gwent Premier League fixtures last weekend with a 3-2 defeat at Pentwynmawr Athletic in a First Division fixture. Lucas Cwmbranís only other competitive fixture thus far this season was a penalty shoot-out victory over AFC Whitchurch in the opening round of the FAW Trophy. Ton and Gellic BC came into this Welsh Cup tie in the lower-half of the South Wales Alliance First Division table after having been beaten 4-2 at home by AFC Penrhiwceiber on Tuesday evening.

The hosts made the perfect start this afternoon when a fourth minute corner was partially cleared and the loose ball was fired home from 25 yards out. The Cwmbran outfit doubled their lead five minutes later, when they broke down the left and a cross was pulled back to the edge of the penalty area, where a deflected shot beat the Ton and Gelli BC goalkeeper and hand Lucas a 2-0 advantage. The home team could have added a third goal in the 23rd minute but badly sliced a shot wide of the target when well placed before the Rhondda visitors broke quickly down teh left flank two minutes later and headed over from the ensuing cross. Lucas Cwmbran increased their lead in the 31st minute, following another swift counter-attack, which led to a home forward being played in on goal and duly beating the visiting goalkeeper. The Gwent Premier League outfit nearly added a fourth goal just a minute later but were denied in a one-on-one situation when the Ton and Gelli BC custodian made a smart block after coming off his line. The Ynys Park club pulled a goal back three minutes after the interval when the Lucas goalkeeper dropped a hanging cross under pressure and the loose ball was eventually forced over the goal line. But the home team regained their three-goal advantage just three minutes later when they headed in from a corner and burst the visitors' bubble. Ton and Gelli fired an effort over the crossbar just a minute later before seeing a 25 yard free-kick strike the crossbar in the 62nd minute. The Rhondda club went close from another free-kick just four minutes later before seeing a 30 yard effort deflected over the crossbar for a corner. Ton and Gelli BC added to their tally when the Lucas Cwmbran custodian was chipped from nearly 30 yards out but it was too late to prevent the hosts from progressing.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 234
Matches: 47
New Grounds: 12


paulh66
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Aug 31, 2019, 6:45 PM

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Location: Surrey
Team(s): Tranmere Rovers, South Liverpool (the South will rise again), Cammell Laird

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More island hopping today and a visit to the super little home of an ex-Wessex League Premier Division club.

Isle of Wight Div 1 (top flight)
Brading Town 6-3 Northwood St Johns
There'd have been some watching from their cars so I'll say around 50 in attendance
Adm £1, no paper

Public transport for me today. Should've been train to Portsmouth Harbour then catamaran but a mix up at the station ticket machine meant I had to alight instead at Portsmouth & Southsea for the shuttle bus to the hovercraft, though I ended up losing no time and saving nearly a fiver. Ten minute crossing to Ryde which drops you off adjacent to the bus and train interchange at the esplanade where you can take either to Brading - I chose the ten minute train journey on the delightful, rickety 1930s ex-London Underground stock of the island's Island Line.

The ground's less than 15 minutes walk from the station (bus stop is much nearer) and the Wheatsheaf breaks the journey nicely - not in the GBG so pot luck but they had a handpump on dispensing a perfectly adequate Adnams Ghost Ship. You pass a couple more pubs on the High Street but I didn't investigate them.

Access to the ground is down the short, narrow, unmade Vicarage Lane. Entry is behind the near goal and you can take your car in and park on the extensive banking in the corner. Up this end too, elevated and set back from the pitch, is the recently refurbished, comfy clubhouse with some park benches outside, and a cracking snack bar. The extensive menu includes such delights as steak and onion baps (which I can personally recommend), bolognese jackets and fish cakes as well as a wide array of more typical footy fodder. Hot food is done to order but they're efficient and well-organised.

The ground is floodlit and there are two seated stands - an Arena down the right hand side of the pitch and a more homespun design down the left, by the dugouts - and the pitch slopes on down to the railway running just beyond the far goal.

This was a 1.30pm kick off, to be followed by a match between the two clubs' reserves at 4pm. Don't know how often they do this in these parts but, with a grass pitch, presumably not during the winter.

Brading came into this with four wins from four and a bagful of goals to their name. Northwood had won three of four so a keen contest was anticipated. The visitors took the lead with an extremely generous penalty but Brading played some good stuff and scored some crackers to lead 3-1 at the break. Almost straight from the restart it was 3-2 and should've quickly been 3-3 but Brading soon got back on top - well on top in fact, extending the lead to 5-2. A late Northwood rally earned them another consolation but that was trumped again late on.

Although notionally at step 8 (I believe this league can feed into the Hampshire League), Brading look a good, skilful and entertaining side and it'd be interesting to see how they'd fare against higher opposition. I'd say the team and certainly the ground are both worth checking out.


noprogs
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Aug 31, 2019, 7:13 PM

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FC GNG 0 Clifton All Whites 9
FA Vase, Admission, inc programme, £4


This was the Leciestershire Senior League team's debut in the competition,and not one they will remember fondly.
Their visitors, from the East Midlands Counties League were only one level higher (6 as opposed to 7), but there was a vast gulf in class, immediately apparent.
Clifton were three up at the break, and it would have been more, but for several good saves by the home goalie, and even more wasteful finishing.
GNG's best spell was immediately after the restart, but two quick goals put an end to that, and others were added pretty much at will.
Nice set up for the level with a newish clubhouse, floodlights, and hard standing on three sides, with just a bit of bicycle shed type cover.
As satisfactory a day as a very one sided match can be.


rebus
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Aug 31, 2019, 7:30 PM

Posts: 229
Location: North Norfolk
Team(s): Wroxham & Barnet

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Brandon Town 1-3 Holt United

Free admission - no programme. Attendance varied between 35-45.

Brandon Town play at the town's leisure centre and the pitch is situated behind the main building. There was ample free parking. A well stocked bar, showing the Sky lunchtime match, also sold hot drinks and chocolate.
Outside the bar, burgers and hot dogs were on offer.

The pitch is railed off on three sides with the far side out of bounds. There are two dug-outs but no other furniture.

Two slow, ponderous teams produced a scrappy encounter on a hard, bumpy pitch. BT took the lead on the half-hour from the penalty spot.
HU, with a player in the sin bin, equalised just before the interval from a free header following a hotly disputed free kick.

Immediately after the restart, Holt were awarded a penalty of their own, but their number 10 ballooned the ball high and wide from the spot.
With fifteen minutes left, and again down to ten men because of another sin bin offence, Holt broke down the right. Brandon were stretched, and the cross was thumped home at the far post.
In stoppage time, Holt again broke down the right, this time a near post cross was neatly tapped in for slightly flattering scoreline.


FatCat
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Aug 31, 2019, 7:37 PM

Posts: 61
Location: Silver End, Essex
Team(s): Witham Town, Rochdale & West Ham United

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Witham Town 0-2 Tilbury (HT: 0-0)
Bet Victor Isthmian League North Division (Step 4)
Admission: via Season Ticket, otherwise £8
Attendance: 93

Another poor performance by Witham.
Two late goals for The Dockers gave Tilbury a deserved win.
A good bit of banter in the clubhouse before the game and on the terraces later on.
I wish them well but not when we play at their ground.


Dribble!
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Aug 31, 2019, 7:37 PM

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Location: Ipswich
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Also at Ipswich Town v Shrewsbury


Ipswich stay top but we did make hard work of it, two up early on then Shrewsbury went down to 10 men but we could only add one further goal. Shrewsbury played some good football and came close on occasions however not helped by the number of yellow cards they received for some very pointless fouls.



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Feversham Lens
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Aug 31, 2019, 7:38 PM

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Location: York
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Rowsley '86 1 Blidworth Welfare 1 (HT 0-1)
Central Midlands League, South Division
Admission £3
Programme £2 (28pp)
Attendance 31 (h/c)
Mug of tea 50p


Poor finishing cost Rowsley an emphatic win. The hosts, promoted last season and playing only their second game at this level, squandered three one-on-ones during the second half. They were the most glaring of several misses. Blidworth, turning in, I was told, their worst performance of the season, went ahead, against the run of play, in the 36th minute. Peter Stubley got free on the right side of the penalty area, and slid a low shot past advancing keeper Matt Rhodes. Rowsley's 58th-minute equaliser was a beauty. Clearing a free-kick into their box, Rowsley broke quickly. Jack Bradbury raced through the inside right channel before hitting a tremendous drive into the net. In the first minute of stoppage time, a Blidworth sub was red-carded for a horribly crude challenge. The apparently regular offender's victim was fortunate to escape injury. As usual with the Central Midlands League, there was more commitment on show than skill. Reasonable entertainment, though, on an afternoon that turned delightfully sunny after a couple of sharp, post-lunch showers.

This was my first football match in five months. During that period, spent watching cricket and rugby league, I'd almost forgotten about dissent toward match officials. Depressingly, it was present in spades this afternoon. Glad it's not just me irritated by such appalling behaviour. The parents of a Blidworth sub (not the guy sent off), standing next to me, reckoned it's getting worse every season. They said it's starting to spoil their enjoyment of games. Me, too. I'll be at rugby union next Saturday, and don't expect a repeat of the unnecessary nonsense I witnessed today. When football grinds to a halt, owing to lack of willing referees and assistant referees, maybe the penny will drop. But I won't hold my breath.

Over the years, I've done a lot of walking in the Peak District. Rowsley, just outside the National Park and scenically pretty ordinary, isn't a village I've bothered visiting for the purposes of that hobby. Low hills, cloaked with trees, provide a pleasant if unspectacular backdrop to the football at Rowsley's village rec home, yards from the lively Wye. It's a very basic ground. Spectators are allowed access only to the near touchline, which is roped off. Ramshackle wooden dug-outs, opposite, are the only permanent features. The dressing rooms/clubhouse, a small wooden hut, are 75 yards away, next to the rec's main entrance, by a tiny car park. This afternoon's late arrivals had to park on Peaktor Lane.

Rowsley's programme, a glossy, full colour 28-pager, available from the clubhouse, is one of the best I've picked up in the Central Midlands League. Not that the competition is too demanding. With crowds this low, however, one wonders why Rowsley bother.


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osborne
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Aug 31, 2019, 7:46 PM

Posts: 1093
Location: NW Leicestershire
Team(s): Arnold Town/ Loughborough Dynamo

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Horncastle Fc 0 Sherwood Colliery FC 2
Admission £4/£1
Tea £1
Programme £1
Attendance 93- (from FA website, but crowd seemed much larger?)
The ground and game have been covered in an earlier post so I'll jst add that in this game it was the first time I've ever seen a keeper score for a kick from his hands. Sherwood were a class above Horncastle, but the home team can hold their heads high as they competed for evey ball and never gave up.


chesterbird
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Aug 31, 2019, 7:55 PM

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Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Team(s): Chester City, Liverpool FC,

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FA VASE QR1
HARROGATE RA 0 WEST ALLOTMENT CELTIC 4
KO 1500 ADM £6 PROG £1 GATE 71 & 4 DOGS.

IT WAS A TOSS UP BETWEEN HERE AND BACUP BOROUGH V GRIMSBY BOROUGH AND IN THE END I CAME TO THIS GAME.

NOT A BAD LITTLE 18 PAGE PROG FOR A POUND.

GAME STARTED OFF OK WITH BOTH TEAMS LOOKING QUITE GOOD. WEST ALLOTMENT TOOK THE LEAD ON 22 MINS TO LIVEN UP THE GAME A LITTLE. SECOND HALF SAW THE VISITORS THE BETTER SIDE AND THEIR SECOND GOAL WAS SCORED IN THE 62 MINUTE. THE GAME WAS OVER FOR HARROGATE WHO DIDN'T SEEM TO GEL AT ALL. GOALS ON 82 & 88 MADE SURE WEST ALLOTMENT WENT HOME WELL DESERVED WINNERS.


auchinleckian
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Aug 31, 2019, 8:16 PM

Posts: 346
Location: Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway
Team(s): Auchinleck Talbot; Grimsby Town; Wales (rugby and football)

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Camelon Juniors vs Auchinleck Talnot Scottish Cup 2nd preliminary round

Entrance £8 or £5 concessions. Programme £2.

Tidy set up at Camelon both on and off the pitch, Excellent turn out of the Talbot faithful today, four coaches plus all the independent travellers made up about half the crowd.

Not agreat game but goals from Shankland and Samson saw Talbot ease through 2-0 into the first round proper. Good friendly ground.


youngster
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Aug 31, 2019, 8:30 PM

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Soham 3-0 Felixstowe
Isthmian North
Att 136, Iíd have guessed at 100.
Adm £9/6, one mug from Felixstowe made the mistake of buying a programme, at £2 he certainly wonít be doing that again, must be the worst Iíve seen. Content next to nothing, production very poor, total waste of money and not worth 20p, they should be ashamed ripping fans off like that.
We all knew before the season started we were crap, but the management insisted all would be good, we were right, we are awful. Soham played with a bit of pace and easily got in behind us, we had very little answer. The management decided to get rid of the big earners and replace them with young hungry players and instigate a bonus system, if we get 70 points the £80,000 budget will be spent, but with this lot weíll be lucky to get 30 points.
A long hard season awaits, unless they get their heads out of the sand and get some decent players in.


CleethorpesOggy
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Aug 31, 2019, 8:55 PM

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Team(s): Cleethorpes Town FC; Arnold Town FC; Nottingham Forest FC

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BetVictor Northern Premier League South-East Division
Cleethorpes Town 5 Loughborough Dynamo 4
Att: 335 Adm: comp (usually £8) Prog: comp (usually £2)

The Owls scored 5 goals at New Linden for the second game in succession, but this was a totally different match from the recent thrashing of Lincoln United. Dynamo played some very good football and can consider themselves unlucky to leave without any reward.

When Scott Vernon headed us ahead after 13 minutes, I thought it could be a routine afternoon. Not a bit of it as the visitors stunned another decent crowd by hitting the front, courtesy of Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson and Alex Steadman respectively. Ben Clappison levelled right on the interval.

More fun & games after the break, with the outstanding Will Norcross and Ryan Robbins twice edging Loughborough ahead. Not to be outdone, Clee countered with an exquisite 35-yard free-kick by captain Alex Flett and the second of the day from Vernon. The stage was set for sub Josh Batty to coolly settle the epic tussle with 8 left on the watch.

A win's a win, as the saying goes. However, our defence was at times shambolic and questions must be raised about the suitability of some of the players to adapt to their appointed roles. Notwithstanding this, Clee have always had a superb spirit and it won the day again!

It will be interesting to see where both of the outfits are when the reverse clash takes place on Easter Saturday. On this evidence, I am expecting a strong challenge from both.



2019/20 season: 16 competitive games
(10 NPL SE, 2 FA Cup, 2 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup, 1 FA Youth Cup)

Total goals: 64 (4 per game)
Most: 9 (Cleethorpes Town 5 Loughborough Dynamo 4 - 31/8/19)

Last 0-0: Ilkeston Town v Cleethorpes Town (Northern Premier League SE - 17/8/19)
(Current run: 15)

New grounds: 3 (Latest: Sutton Coldfield Town)


Dave 56
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Aug 31, 2019, 9:00 PM

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Welsh Cup 1st Qualifying Round. KO 14:30. (F&N). Crowd 25.

Castell Alun Colts 4 v 0 Llangollen

Colts play at the sports complex adjoining the school and the pitch is railed with dugouts. Colts, playing in the top division of the WNL this season had lost all their opening 4 league games, scoring just 3 goals and conceding 14. By contrast Llangollen had won 2 out of 3 scoring 12 and conceding 4.

Fairly ordinary game with the home side scoring twice in each half. The visitors rattled the cross bar in each period but rarely threatened to score today. Match spent in the company of Hutch from the West Midlands.


pinewoodste
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Aug 31, 2019, 9:06 PM

Posts: 1782
Location: Ipswich
Team(s): Whoever plays Ipswich Town

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I visited Bedricks Worth ground in Bury St Edmunds last season & received confirmation last night they have moved venue for this season.

Suffolk & Ipswich League Division 2
Bedricks Worth 5 (4, 7 pen, 58, 64 & 70)
Saxmundham Sports 0
KO: 14:30 Att: 27 h/c inc 9 from SS Cost: Free Saw no progs

Venue: Gt. Whelnetham Community Centre, Stanningfield Road, Gt. Whelnetham, IP30 0TX
Pitch is on a bit of a plateau. Behind near goal it drops down to some trees in front of a 3-bar wooden fence & behind is a decent sized car park & the community centre which appeared to only have the changing rooms open today. Across the road where I saw a couple of buses pass each way are gently sloping hills. Thereís some also beyond other side including a view of the British Sugar factory in the distance. This side slopes down a bit & then a wide grass area to the houses on the edge of the village. Far goal has grass area then bushes & trees. The other side has slight grass banking for just over a half in front of bushes & trees. On the half-way line at the top are some paving slabs in front of the small covered stand.

Weather: Some sun on the way & at the start of the game but it soon got hazy. Fairly warm in 1st half despite the wind which was less prevalent on the stand side. 2nd half was cloudy & getting a mildish. Some spots of rain in the last 10mins of the game. Spots of rain most of the way home but didnít need windscreen wipers on.

Match: A pass in the penalty box led to a tap in with the club lino raising his flag as an afterthought but ref ignored him. BW player rounded the gk who deliberately fouled him but didnít get a card. The penalty was converted & a minute later the gk made a bit of a mess up & some tackles & a shot just wide prevented a 3rd goal. SS shot just wide on 12mins & then gk made a save on 19mins. On 36mins a cross by BW saw the ball just miss the forward. SS went straight down the other end & gk made a save. BW had a 1on1 but forward messed up a bit but gk couldnít hold onto the ball & this led to a shot but defender blocked it on the line. SS header was saved by gk on 44mins. Despite a drinks break & some other stoppages I thought the ref should play an extra 4mins. I wasnít expecting him to play in total 52:35. Shots 7-6. BW shouldíve scored more with SS also coming close a few times.

H/t lasted over 9mins. BW shot over a few mins before they added a 3rd. SS were denied by the gk & a minute later BW scored again this time a header where the gk wearing goggles flapped at the cross. After the 5th goal there was still time for SS to have a shot blocked on the line & BW to have a shot saved. Shots 10-6.


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Borth Utd 6-2 Machynlleth
Welsh Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Attendance: 52
Admission: £2, no progs

Reasonable game from two bottom division Mid Wales League clubs, although the visitors never looked like making a stab of it once they'd gone 4-2 behind. The first half was played with Borth in all blue and Machynlleth in blue shorts and blue & white striped tops, but someone must have been sent on an errand as the visitors played the second half in Borth's yellow away tops.

Quite a decent ground, fully railed with a cover on the near side and two sides of hard-standing. Despite being about 30 seconds walk from the beach, the surroundings are very green with two sides of the ground opening out onto scrubland and another football pitch behind the right hand goal; the view is only let down by a rather stark, metal grey community building behind the stand and it's in here that the changing rooms are located. The tea bar was found at the back of the stand and was open throughout the game. Small amount of parking right outside the ground, but a much larger (and free) car park on the other side of the second pitch.

Borth itself is an interesting place. A windswept seaside town, and setting for at least one episode of Welsh crime drama Hinterland, all houses seem to be set either side of a single road. I can image it being particularly bleak during the winter but there were some quirky shops along this road, including a boutique cinema, and some attractively painted houses.


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Eastleigh 1 Barnet 2

admission S/T, otherwise £15, programme £2-00, attendance 1922 (100 away) Wink
17th v 10th
Like last week's game v Dag and Red, a lame first-half performance by the Spitfires was followed by a much-improved second. Barnet were better then last week's visitors but the home team probably just about deserved a point. However, the winner came in injury time after what looked like a shocking ref decision left Eastleigh with 10 men.
A lively start, and an early shot over by Barnet's J.Taylor, then Reynolds had a shot saved by home keeper Stryjek. After a defensive error at each end causing mayhem, the visitors took the lead on 16 mins. J.Taylor was allowed to turn at the corner of the penalty area and arrowed a lovely shot into Stryjek's top corner. The visitors gained control and another good turn saw Akinola curl a shot wide. McKnight had a shot for the home team, and a Williamson shot was well saved by Loach as the home team put a little pressure on towards the end of the first half. HT 0-1.
After the break the Spitfires were much better - a well set-up chance for McKnight was just wide, and Barnett's volley was deflected just over. At this stage the visitors decided to disrupt the game by frequent use of the trainer for supposed injuries, and we had a few handbags on the hour as Johnson got very upset with a Barnet player who had pushed him, both players getting yellows. After this Barnet decided to play some more football and both Akinola and Walker caused Stryjek to make good saves. Johnson then shoulder-charged an opponent off the ball and Adams' pathetic attempt to persuade the ref to send him off was quite rightly ignored. Sub Boucard had another shot saved for the visitors, then, on 70 mins, the home team equalised. A good cross from the right, rescued as it seemed to be going out of play, was snapped up by McKnight, who controlled the ball and volleyed it into the corner. Barnet upped their game and Sparkes curled a free-kick just wide. On 85 mins Eastleigh's Smart looked to be tripped by a Barnet defender in/near the area (the defender put his leg out) and the ref gave Smart a second yellow for diving. From my viewpoint this looked like a diabolical decision from an official who had a decent game before this. Naturally the home team had to defend now and Akinola went clear but lifted his shot just over the bar. J.Taylor had a shot saved too, and then sub Rendell almost won it for the hosts in injury time as he lifted the ball just wide after being put clear. Instead, at the other end, a cross saw Stryjek stretch too far to claim a long cross, the ball was put back into the centre and Coulthirst forced the ball home for a lucky victory.


Also at this game and agree with most of comments. I was at the other end so couldn't see whether it was a foul or a dive, but at our end we had Walker booked for a dive when he was clearly impeded. Barnet had most of the possession and chances but wanted too many touches most of the time. What's with the attendance? 217 was counted in the away seats/terrace but only 100 announced.


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Not sure re the attendance - there were 1631 last week v Dag and Red and this didn't look more (Saints at home, SWT rail strike).
There looked far more than 100 Barnet fans. Eastleigh attendances used to be vastly inflated IMO but recently they've been more accurate - until today.



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Welsh Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Llanfairfechan Town 5-3 Kinmel Bay
F&N. Att: 46 (h/c)

A cup upset at Y Rec as Llanfairfechan beat their higher ranked opponents. Very entertaining game too. Good goals, plenty of robust challenges but referee happy to let game flow. Level at the interval after visitors came from 2-0 down. Homesters controlled second half and went 5-2 up before a late rally saw Kinmel Bay pull a goal back and create chances to make the last few minutes interesting.

Been past this ground on the train on numerous occasions so glad to finally tick it off. Railed off on two sides and a small piece of cover with a tea bar selling the usual fodder.

Not a lot of action in the town though, the horse has definitely done one. Stopped off in Conwy en-route home which is always a winner!



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Anglian Combination - Division 1 Stalham Town 3 East Harling 0
No admission but a collection box in the second half. No programme or food on sale but tea and coffee in clubhouse (£1) where there was an ancient bar but no apparent alcohol. Attendance peaked at about 20 with a couple of fans from East Harling.
I've driven past this ground numerous times without venturing in but as you turn off the main road into a very large car park (used for car boot sales) it was like turning back 40 years into a ground with two old prefab style buildings forming a club house festooned with old team photos and changing rooms. Next to it was a large concrete foundation which has been laid to accommodate a brand new club house in time but which will never recreate the lovely old atmosphere of the current building. On the opposite side of the ground an old wooden shelter that also looked as if it had been there for many years with the pitch fully surrounded by railings but no other cover. A very friendly place and you had to respect the work put in by the couple of volunteers who seemed to do everything from making the tea, greeting visitors and fetching the wayward balls from the adjoin road.
The match itself was spoilt by a surprisingly strong wind on a hot day which made control difficult on a hard but very good pitch. Stalham deserved their 3-0 win in a poor match despite the elderly ref who didn't move too far from the centre and who missed several clear handballs as a result. However the match was played in good spirit with few bad fouls and a certain respect for the referee.
Not sure how accessible it is by public transport and I wouldn't fancy watching a match there in deep winter but a nice place in warm sunshine and a chance to relive a passing era of old clubhouses with basic facilities but clearly cared for by the club and, seemingly, a very good groundsman who must be surely praying for some rain as I type !


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Scottish FA Cup - Preliminary Round 2
Whitehill Welfare 0-1 Penicuik Athletic
Ferguson Park, Rosewell
Admission £?/£4
Attendance 250
Programme - Yes. Pie + coffee £4


A family commitment meant I didn't have time to get back from my first choice of Camelon v Auchinleck so I made do with the bucolic charms of a Midlothian derby in Rosewell.. I very nearly didn't make the kick off though. Having noticed on twitter that the Jeanfield match had been postponed I thought I should check the game at Rosewell was on. It was on OK but kick off was 2.30 rather than the 3.00 advertised elsewhere. This was at 1.55, but I was inside the ground by 2.20 despite having to walk a quarter of mile from where I had to park the car - the main street being choc-a-bloc.

I didn't make it to Ferguson Park last season. The one change I noted from my last visit is that there are two rows of seats, 60 in total en plein air at the foot of the terracing in front of the pavilion. These are in addition to the 200 seats under cover.

Ferguson Park is a well-maintained ground, with closely-cut grass banking on three and a half sides, dating back to the days when it was the home of East Juniors Rosewell Rosedale. Rosedale ceased playing in 1957 and folded the following year. This season the park will welcome back several teams who last visited for a competitive match when Rosedale were the hosts.

A defeat today will probably mean this is the Welfare's last season in the Scottish Cup until they install floodlights.

A very strong wind didn't really spoil the match. Penicuik were the dominant force throughout and should really have won by many more goals then the single one scored in the 60th minute. At least their profligacy meant the match remained competitive to the end.They could have won by half a dozen goals and no one could have disputed the announcement that the Welfare keeper was man of the match.

Penicuik should fancy their chances if drawn against a bottom half team from the Highland or Lowland League in Round One.


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Chesterton 2 Cropredy 3 (Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division) Att:24 h/c f&n

Strange game. The home side dominated the first half, wasting chance after chance. 'Plenty of endeavour, but no end product,' remarked wise Mr Lilliman early in proceedings, and I felt a nil-nil looked possible. However the home side finally banged one in from a couple of feet out a minute before the break, and looked all set to carry on where they left off. The visitors were much improved, however, and in a rather splendid last quarter of an hour took control of the game and probably deserved their victory. Modest standard, I thought, but often entertaining. Good referee.

Chesterton Community Centre is the venue for the division's newcomers, and it's fully roped with dugouts but nowt else. Pleasant enough. Division recompleted.

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