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Sunday 8th Sept


Sale Holmfield
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Sep 8, 2019, 9:48 PM

Posts: 1407
Location: Sale
Team(s): Altrincham, Conwy Borough

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FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round
St Helens Town v AFC Blackpool 0-2 (adm £3,no prog att 60 (est))

A reasonable enough game today, although it was hard to concentrate with a louder whistle and a larger crowd both present on the adjacent pitch where St Helens were taking on Leeds Rhinos in a Womens' Superleague match.

The Youth Cup match saw a pretty handy AFC Blackpool team go ahead on 49 minutes when their number 8 whipped in a shot from the right. After 87 minutes, St Helens' number 4 was sent off for throwing the ball at the referee, and, then, in injury time, the away team scored their second goal when substitute number 17 broke down the right.

This new ground has been covered many times recently. It's not great, although I do like the historical plaques on the cage covering former players and seasons. Of the two GBG pubs I visited, the Cricketers, national pub of the year, is excellent, as always, but I was the only customer in the Phoenix, where only John Smith's Smooth was on offer.

(This post was edited by Sale Holmfield on Sep 8, 2019, 11:17 PM)

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Sep 8, 2019, 10:58 PM

Posts: 148
Location: Twickenham
Team(s): Gillingham

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Cray Wanderers 2 Bedfont Sports 1
FA Cup 1Q
Admission £10 Programme £2
Att : 225

A gentle afternoon in the warm sunshine at Bromley's Hayes Lane. Cray took things a little too lightly after cruising into a 2-0 lead before the interval having dominated the opening exchanges, and Bedfont had sufficient half chances in both halves to force a replay.

A bracketed tick, and the first time at Bromley since the new stand was built. The stand itself is perfectly good and cleverly built into the sports centre, but I hope they leave the rest of the ground as it is. New pub as well, the Shep's Bricklayers Arms, a much better alternative in my opinion to the Wetherspoons by the station and somewhere to watch the dying embers of the cricket....

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Sep 8, 2019, 11:32 PM

Posts: 1869

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Bartestree 3 Hereford Lads Club 6

Bartestree Playing Fields: Midwest Counties Female League

This was my first visit to the ground since the end of last season when I had watched Bartestree Ladies entertain Droitwich Spa Belles in a league encounter. There had been no change to this well-appointed village ground, which had previously hosted lower division Midland League and West Midlands (Regional) League football, with a small spectator stand on the village hall side of the pitch and perimeter rails around three sides as far end is out of bounds to spectators. Bartestree were playing their opening league fixture of the season and their opponents led the embryonic table after thumping Meadow Park 16-0 on the road last Sunday. A sizeable crowd was in attendance for this early season derby encounter, involving a home team that had finished in the lower-half of teh table last season, whilst Hereford Lads Club enjoyed a third-placed finish behind the promoted pair of Cookley Sports and TMS.

The visitors opened the scoring in the eighth minute when the ball was laid back to the edge of the penalty area and Mel Mayo drilled low inside the post. Bartestree levelled the scores 12 minutes later when they broke swiftly from their own half and a home forward ran on to a through ball to score. Lads Club quickly regained the lead straight from the restart through Mayo but the villagers were level again in the 25th minute when a home player ran on to a pass before sliding it past the Lads Club custodian. The Hereford outfit were ahead again six minutes before the break when new signing Roxy Dinescu pounced on a poor backpass before nutmegging the Bartestree goalkeeper. The ever-reliable Amy Bradley ran on to a through ball before poking it past the advancing goalkeeper on the hour mark and three minutes later Dinescu latched on to a neat reverse pass to score again three minutes later. The Romanian striker completed her treble in the 65th minute after pouncing on a rebound from a smart save by the home custodian. Barstestree saw a 92nd minute penalty strike an upright after a Lads Club defender was shown a second yellow card for a foul. The home team did score a third goal just a couple minutes later but it was a mere consolation by that point.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 260
Matches: 51
New Grounds: 13

First Team Star

Sep 8, 2019, 11:48 PM

Posts: 2569
Location: North of the Aire
Team(s): None. A supporter of grassroots football

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Re: [barcud-coch] Sunday 8th Sept [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Reasonable morning so I took a trip to the Bedquilts Playing Fields in Adel.

Wharfedale Triangle League - Premier.

Horsforth Fairweather v FC United of Baildon 0-2

HF play on pitch 6 which they have used for a few years. They were one down inside ten minutes and conceded again early in the second half.
Not a very inspiring game, but it got me out in the fresh air!

(This post was edited by Loiner on Sep 8, 2019, 11:49 PM)

timmy tabby
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Sep 9, 2019, 4:54 AM

Posts: 1747

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......In footballing terms, the first 'Please Exorcise the Memories' ninety and a few minutes of the season thus far between...

Kingstonian 2 v 0 Walton Casuals - FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Prog 40 pages £2.00* - Admission £10.00 - Att 376 unexcited souls

* Still replete with an advert from Sutton, Kingston & District Cats Protection showing a particularly inquisitive kitty

....And no amount of the banter from the others present or the slab of Polszka Bread Pudding from the culinary hand of Mrs Druryszka could make this better. The warning signs were apparent from the beginning with neither team having made a very good start to their respective seasons and this was further borne out by a first hour of utter tedium as both teams swapped possession ran purposefully in the direction of the opponents penalty area and then in 95% of occasions promptly lost possession. At least the whinge factor from the home stalwarts created a degree of interest with one particularly old codger imploring Kingstonian constantly to 'go forward' without the realisation and logic that each time they acted on his advice possession was conceded.

The scribbled scant notes taken recall little of first half note apart from a Dan Thompson header for the hosts from an improbable angle that was cleared off the line and at the other end a well struck free kick from Rhodell Gordon that would have been better if it had not been struck straight into the direction of the evergreen Rob Tolfrey (499 appearances for Kingstonian as per information received) who had some catching practice.

The early portion of the second half was little better, though there were some rare opportunities being created but alas the net did not bulge as Louie Theophanous for the hosts jabbed weakly at a promising cross from the right allowing Alex Tokarczyk an easy save and at the other end the first occasion when a keeper was actually tested when Steve Ward from a narrow angle sent a rising shot which Tolfrey reacted quickly to in order to push over.

With the minutes ticking down, the thoughts were of the Please do not Consider the Replay variety taking into account that in the event of extra time and penalties a trek from the Upper Thames of Walton to the Thames mudbanks of RM17 would probably result in the yale and mortise not being turned until after Wednesday daybreak. Then by complete surprise Kingstonian scored two goals in quick succession to avoid replay contemplation. The first was a typically untidy goal in what was a most untidy contest with a corner from Fabio Saraiva bouncing around the six yard area and Ollie Cook on the near post turned in from close range with Tokarczyk perhaps with some justification complaining that he had been impeded in the process. Minutes later and from another Saraiva corner, Tokarczyk once again complained about being impeded, chased after the man in black and earned himself a yellow card for his complaining. Kingstonian's passage to the second qualifying round was completed by the only true moment of 'quality' in the entire contest as Bennett's curling pass dissected the visiting defence and Theophanous' deft shot with the outside of his boot was completely out of context with what had gone on before.

Still the day was not a total write off, with the always convivial company of Mr Druryszki and Steve of West Ealing. The former's Costa Count increased to a level where almost 10% of the UK outlets have been visited and a couple of slightly above average pints of Oakham's Bishops Farewell together with a passable Veggie Lasagne were consumed at the Raynes Park JDW outlet. Back in time to deal with the traditional Sunday evening domestics only latterly realising that the only M&S non-iron shirt that is owned was being worn.....

(This post was edited by timmy tabby on Sep 9, 2019, 5:11 AM)

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Sep 9, 2019, 7:03 AM

Posts: 1622
Location: Norwich
Team(s): Watford, Celtic, Ajax, Kings Lynn Town and all local ladies teams.

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Mulbarton Belles - 5 Red Rose - 1
Norfolk Women's & Girls League Division Two
Mulberry Park
Attendance - 20ish
No admission charged or programme issued

This game was listed as being played at Orchard Park (just behind Mulberry Park) on Full Time though elsewhere everything suggested it wouldn't be but "just in case" and this looking like an interesting game between two sides returning to the league this season. As with other games already reported on not much to excite at this game either, actually nothing really a particularly dull first half which started with an early exchange of goals RR going 1-0 after 6 minutes before MB drew level a few minutes later, nothing else to report other than a drinks break taken 26 minutes in, why ? It was rather cool, even I had an extra top on. A slight improvement second half, MB got on top and gradually the goals to show for it came after 60, 67, 78 and 80 minutes. Again another water break during the second half, as this opening game of the season I'm not sure if this now going to be the norm or not.

Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.

Man City Transfer Target!

Sep 9, 2019, 11:18 AM

Posts: 7047
Location: Kingdom of Fife
Team(s): Fife teams

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Scottish Women’s Premier League
Spartans v Hibernian, 0-4, H.T. 0-0, Att c.200, Admission £5, Programme £2, Bridie and Coffee £3.25
At Ainslie Park

Pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon . . . Spartans put up a good fight against Hibernian who may have been thinking ahead to Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Slavia Prague.

Rachael Boyle eventually broke the deadlock with a goal just after half time. Two more followed from Siobhan Hunter before Lauren Davidson wrapped up the scoring with the best goal of the game. Spartans seldom threatened but their defence coped well with everything Hibs could muster in the first half.

The crowd was more than I have seen in recent seasons for a game such as this. Scotland Manager Shelley Kerr was there and was happy to get photos taken with many of the youngsters present. Spartans did their usual magnificent job of hosting with the service in the café quite exceptional. The staff distributed teamsheets to everyone as soon as they were available and has the usual great selection of meaty pastries on sale.

Programme production is now compulsory in the SWPF. Most teams opt for a digital issue – I wish Spartans did the same. The print version for £2 is poor value when compared to a Mince Pie for the same price.

As usual it will be Hibernian and Glasgow City battling it out for honours this season. Scottish Women’s football has suffered from the expansion of the English League by doubling the number of full time players. Many of the most talented young Scots have moved South and more will follow given by the Scouts present at this game.

At full time I headed over the road to watch a bit of:

Scottish Amateur Sunday Trophy Round 1
Laurieston Thistle v The Cross Tavern, 0-10, Att c.80, Free admission etc
At East Pilton Park

East Pilton Park would cause confusion for some groundhoppers. That was the proper name for City Park, home to Spartans before they moved to Ainslie P:ark and to Edinburgh City in the distant past. It is now demolished and replaced by a housing development, also known as City Park.

The current East Pilton Park is 200 yards away across the old railway line. It is an unenclosed venue but has an impressive pavilion and is the only pitch on the site, with streets around 3 sides of it. This match was in the Scottish Sunday Amateur Cup – not as prestigious as the Saturday version but taken very seriously by those involved.

Laurieston Thistle are a long established Edinburgh side and they have home rights over East Pilton Park. The visitors were the Cross Tavern from Whitburn in West Lothian, a town so dismal it really should be in Ayrshire or Lanarkshire rather than sullying the good name of the Lothians. The Cross Tavern is a Rangers shop and there were plenty of Rangers colours across the ample bellies of their Buckfast swilling followers on the touchline.

The visitors were much too good for the local side and progressed comfortably to the next round – I saw three goals in the time I was there.

Man City Transfer Target!

Sep 9, 2019, 5:26 PM

Posts: 8364
Location: Stourbridge, Charmouth
Team(s): Stourbridge, Welton Rovers

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Puriton 8 Burnham Victoria 2 (Bridgwater & District Sunday League Division 2) Att: 6 h/c f&n

As with my only previous venture into this league, an 8-4 thriller at East Huntspill, this was a hugely entertaining affair, if a little short on skill. The home side scored twice early on then conceded one of the finest own goals I've ever seen - the huge centre half dived full length to punch away a shot that was going well wide and it flew just inside the post, to much amusement all round. The ref didn't have the heart to book him. Lots of chances were missed by Puriton but with half an hour to go it was 3-2 and all to play for, however they slaughtered Victoria in the last 30 minutes. Superb atmosphere, great banter between players and the referee - an absolute pleasure to watch.

All the more so, because of the venue, which was the 37 Club at the former Royal Ordnance Factory. The referee informed me it hadn't been used for at least five years and the grass had only recently been cut away. What remained was as much earth as grass, but no one seemed to mind the occasional bobble too much. The setting is wonderful, lined on all four sides with mature trees. Furniture consists of rudimentary breeze block dugouts, and a tumbledown wooden and corrugated iron cover, which I imagine will be large enough for most of Puriton's crowds this season. A most enjoyable morning in the late summer Somerset sunshine.

Forest Gump
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Sep 12, 2019, 9:33 AM

Posts: 349
Team(s): Walthamstow, Oadby Town

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Aylesbury United 0-3 Walthamstow
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

A very enjoyable first visit to Chesham's Meadow ground as Walthamstow beat step 4 opposition for the second round running.

Aylesbury gave away three penalties (Stow scored two) and looked very ordinary.

Full report:


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