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noprogs
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Nov 23, 2019, 4:33 PM

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Shelf U 4 Sowerby U 2
Halifax & District League

I thought up to after 11 this morning that I would be lucky to get a game, let alone a tick.
Brighouse Town tweeted that their pitch had passed an inspection, so that was my insurance poilcy.
I therefore left home at 1315 and ventured to Lightcliffe Academy only five minutes from Brighouse, and was pleased to see the floodlights on at the 3g.
I've seen games on two other grass pitches there, the last of which also hosted a game this afternoon.
Just a caged school 3g, but a decent game where Shelf led in the first five minutes and should have been well clear by the half. They did score three more early in the second period, then eased off and allowed the visitors two back.
Succesful day, and not a bad match, aided by the surface.


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HantsLondoner
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Nov 23, 2019, 5:45 PM

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Hampshire Premier League

Bush Hill 2 Infinity 2

admission/programme none (whiteboard inside snack bar), attendance h/c 75 (more after half-time)
1st v 2nd (11-1-1 v 10-1-0)
Another edition of the HPFL 'Classic' between the two best teams in the league, and again it didn't disappoint. The home team played some nice football and had a lot of possession, however the visitors defended well, and were efficient in attack. An excellent referee applied common sense and kept the game flowing, at a high standard.
Bush started really well, and were soon passing the ball about confidently on a good pitch (despite the weather). An early high cross challenged Infinity keeper Boyle, but he dealt with that well despite being under pressure - his handling was superb all afternoon. The home team made good use of main man Barker's speed and a break down the left saw his shot saved. Another good four-pass move saw McCarthy-Gardiner set up for a shot, also saved. Barker then had four attempts. all of which he took early, all forcing Boyle into saves. Barker than had an easier chance when set up by a good McCarthy-Gardiner cross, but scuffed his shot wide in front of goal. The visitors were forced to defend for most of the first 30 mins but eventually mounted some decent attacks, their first shot coming from C.Parker, not quite catching a volley from a cross so that Devereux was able to save. Dangerman White then turned well to connect with a header from a corner, but the shot went over. After another Barker break (shot across goal just wide) Bush came close in injury time as Drake got through but was foiled by a good last-ditch tackle. HT 0-0.
Similar after the break, with Bush mainly calling the tune, and they took the lead after 56 mins. Boyle rushed out of his goal to clear, the ball was picked up by Drake 35 yards from goal, he controlled it and found the net with a superb chip/shot. Infinity came back and Powell's shot went across goal and just wide, but on 58 mins they equalised as a great moved freed up Phillips on the right - he looked to have gone a bit wide but found the far corner of the net with an excellent finish. Sub Cooper nearly gave them the lead soon after, as the ball was played back to him, but his shot was saved. Straight up the other end and the ball was played in for Rankin to find the corner of the net with a neat shot to give Bush the lead for a second time. Barker nearly increased the lead after a defensive error, but Boyle was out quickly to grab the ball. The visitors still looked dangerous and equalised again on 76 mins, a patient move freed up Powell on the left and his shot zipped off the wet surface and beat Devereux at his near post. The tempo increased further and the tackles were even stronger as both teams looked for the win - a corner was played back for the home team's Randall to head over, at the other end C.Parker tried a pot shot from distance which dipped wickedly, well saved by Devereux by the post, C.Parker then skied a shot played back to him from the corner. In injury time Haines was left free at a free-kick but his header was saved by Boyle to preserve Infinity's unbeaten record and keep them in the driving seat at this early stage (games in hand).
First visit to Mansel Park since last season's title decider between these teams - fully railed, hardstanding on one side with portakabins painted in red and black providing facilities for the players, plus toilets and a tea bar doing some hot food. And the Saints pub behind if you want anything else. Good afternoon out, finishing in growing gloom and increasing rain.



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bluearmybob
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Nov 23, 2019, 5:53 PM

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Season ticket duty at Portman Rd. KO 3.00pm.


Sky Bet League 1.


IPSWICH TOWN 2 (1) v (1) BLACKPOOL 2.


Scorers.


Home. G Edwards (8) L Garbutt (58 pen)


Away. J Nuttall (22) J Spearing (53 pen)


Admission by season ticket. Programme £3.50. Attendance 19,503. Away Fans 498.



GROUNDS VISITED.(382) NEW GROUNDS THIS SEASON 2019/20. (13)
GAMES THIS SEASON 2019/20. (23)
GAMES SINCE LAST 0-0. Ipswich Town v Wycombe Wanderers. 26/11/19. (2) BEST RUN OF NOT SEEING A 0-0. (61)
LEAGUES COMPLETED. Championship. League 1. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division. ECL Division 1 North. SCEFL Premier Division.
FOOTBALL SEEN IN:Bulgaria,Czech Republic,England,France,Greece,Guensey,Holland,Scotland,Switzerland,Turkey & Wales.




Cleeve
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Nov 23, 2019, 6:11 PM

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Herts FA County Junior Cup - Round 2
The Engineer v Westmill 1-3 (ht 0-2)
Venue: Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden; kickoff 1330hrs
Entry: Free, no programme
Attendance: 6

If you enter through the main entrance off West Common then drive/walk/cycle up the hill until the last two buildings on the left. These are the pavillion with bar (closed) and the changing room block (toilets available in the changing rooms during the game). A row of parking places are on the right hand side. There is also vehicular access from Redbourn Lane. The pitch is about 300 yards further on and really is a field. It is surrounded by other fields being used for agricultural research and there are various contraptions for measuring such things as wheat growth and aphid levels.

The game was an entertaining cup tie between third in the West Herts Premier Division and top of the Hertford & District Premier Division. The first half was pretty even with chances at both ends, but the visitors showed better finishing with a brace of excellent goals on 23 and 31 minutes. The Engineer pub team had the better of the second half, scoring after one minute and building the pressure to a crescendo in the last ten minutes, but couldn't get the equaliser. Westmill's third was a penalty and was scored in injury time as the game had stretched to breaking point.

A five minute cycle downhill got me to Harpenden Town versus Biggleswade United exactly half way through the first half.


Dribble!
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Nov 23, 2019, 6:18 PM

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Also at Ipswich - Blackpool

Dropped points, Blackpool good on the break however Ref had a howler and Ipswich should have scoured all 3 points



Last New ground; Benhall St Mary, Games in 2019/20 Season; 61, New Grounds this Season; 30, Next scheduled game: Ipswich Town v Coventry City - FAC (10/12/19)
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FatCat
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Nov 23, 2019, 6:23 PM

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Location: Silver End, Essex
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Hatfield Peverel 0-2 Barnston (HT: 0-2)
Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Division (Step 7)


6th v 12th (16 team division)
Kick Off 2pm
Admission: Free
Programme: No
Attendance: 20 h/c

With Witham Town’s home game v Canvey Island called off due to a waterlogged pitch I looked to the Essex & Suffolk Border League for a game to see.
My next choice was a previously unvisited Gosfield United but that was off as well.
So, to plan C and Hatfield Peverel.
This was my second visit to The Keith Bigden Memorial Ground.
Previously I saw Witham Town Reserves play here in a friendly some years ago.
It was just shy of 10 miles from home.

There is no hard standing, cover or seats but the main pitch is railed off and they do have a decent clubhouse here for the level.
Today’s match was actually played on an adjoining roped off pitch as the former was deemed unfit due to the rain.
It didn’t look too bad to be honest but Hatfield were probably trying to preserve it.
There were proper linesmen here today rather than your uninterested substitutes.

The first goal came midway through the first half for Barnston was courtesy of a well struck shot from outside the box.
The visitor’s second was direct from a long throw in.
Hatfield’s diminutive keeper looked like he was going to comfortably collect it but the ball went through his grasp.
If he had not touched it, it would not have stood.
Hatfield started the second half with a lot more urgency but could not find a way through.
They hit the post when clean through and also missed a few clear chances as the half progressed.
This frustrated them and they increasingly argued with the officials when decisions didn’t go their way.

It was cold and overcast throughout the game and it became very dull by the end of the match which finished just short of four o’clock.


kirby knitters
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Nov 23, 2019, 6:50 PM

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UCL Premier.

Quorn 2 Shepshed Dynamo 1.

Adm- £7
Prog-sold out by 2pm
Att - 343
Carling - 3.50

I have no interest in attending the toxic knitters v knitters games so took in this derby game instead. Dynamo came into it with a 12 wins in 12 record and the home club have been on a good run which had seen them climb to 3rd so everything was setup for a classic. Shepshed in front on 12 then they conspired to miss a hat full of chances and we all know how that can end!! Yep Quorndon levelled just before the break and rather fortuitously grabbed maximum points in the 70th minute.

A super crowd of 343 (most were visiting fans) and Quorn pull the same stunt they have been pulling for years when it comes to the number of programmes printed. I was told by the Shepshed Prog man that they did 20 of them today!! Pitiful, doesn't really bother me but loads of people were left very unhappy. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the doddering Mr Turner.


stingray
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Nov 23, 2019, 6:54 PM

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South Midlands Premier
LEVERSTOCK GREEN 2-1 NORTH GREENFORD UNITED
Admission & Prog £8.00 Tea, Coffee £1.20 each
Attendance 31 (official, didn't bother doing a head count although I don't think it would have been much more)

You have to feel for North Greenford. Marooned at the bottom of the table (just like they so often were in their Southern League Central days), but they never give up and on a heavy pitch that cut up progressively as the rain kept falling they actually had the effrontery to take the lead midway through the first half. The Pancakes woke up and levelled on the half hour with an effort that probably didn't quite cross the line, but the referee clearly felt it did and it's his opinion that matters.

All square at the break and in difficult conditions, both sides battled hard but it was the home side that clinched it five minutes or so before the end and all North Greenford had in response was a speculative long range free kick that dropped harmlessly into the home keeper's arms.

All timings are unfortunately approximate as the battery on my watch gave up this week and while my phone has a timer, the display doesn't last very long so I gave up.



2019/20 stats

58 goals in 16 games
£161.15 spent


osborne
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Nov 23, 2019, 6:55 PM

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Darlaston Town fc 1 Littleton 2 (West Midlands Premier League.)
Admission £5/£3
Programme £1
Tea £1
h/c 81.
I'd seen Darlaston at their old ground, but had not been to their current location. Once I heard the pitch has passed the inspection it was off to the West Midlands. There is a large car park at the ground and you pay at a hut approaching the clubhouse. The programme was a decent effort. The ground has a small, seated stand on the pavilion side and a small covered terrace on the far side. There is hard standing all the way around. Refreshments were sold in the clubhouse, where we were approached by a club official asking us if we were another groundhopper. Once we said we weren't but we knew him, we were invited to partake half time refreshments in the hospitality suite. A lovely gesture. The game saw Darlaston have lots of possession, but it was Littleton who looked good on the break and they were 2 up at half time. The second half saw the home side create several half chances but it wasn't until 85 minutes when they pulled a goal back. It appeared it was an own goal. A header in the last few minutes went narrowly wide and Littleton held on to win. A really friendly club and I hope their planning application for a security fence and further cover are successful.


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Nov 23, 2019, 6:57 PM

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Radnor Valley 4 Mold Alexandra 3

School Lane: FAW Trophy Fourth Round

This was my first visit of the campaign to School Lane since Radnor Valley’s opening league game of the season against local rivals Llandrindod Wells back in early August. However, I have watched the Goats away from home on three occasions since then, the most recent being in early October when they travelled to local rivals Presteigne St Andrews for a League Cup first round tie. The New Radnor men enjoyed a 3-0 victory on that occasion to set-up a home tie with First Division rivals Four Crosses next weekend. The Goats had endured a much tougher start to this season, compared to last term, when they reeled-off a number of successive victories to see them lead the MMP with Norman Lloyd Mid Wales League First Division table. However, their form dipped after bowing out of the JD Welsh Cup to Goytre and they eventually had to settle for a mid-table finish and defeat in the Radnorshire Cup final. The New Radnor club currently find themselves in the lower echelons of the table but did enjoy a morale boosting 1-0 home league win over Caersws last weekend after previously beating the Bluebirds in the last round of this competition. This match marks the furthest stage Radnor Valley had reached in the FAW Trophy since bowing out to eventually winners Chirk AAA at the corresponding round three seasons ago. Visitors Mold Alexandra had reached the semi-finals of this competition just over 30 years ago when they eventually bowed out to Aberystwyth Town. The former League of Wales founder members came into this afternoon’s match in seventh position in the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division despite a 4-3 reverse at the hands of Saltney Town. That was only the Alyn Park club’s second reverse in all competitions during the current campaign and they also have a JD Welsh Cup third round tie at The New Saints to look forward to in a fortnight. Despite rain having fallen in the area this morning, in addition to yesterday, it was decided last night that the match would go ahead as the visiting players and supporters were travelling down on a coach to the Radnorshire borderlands.

The home team started the day as underdogs, against their opponents for Flintshire, but made the perfect start to proceedings when Geraint Lloyd beat the Mold Alexandra offside trap and passed to Joey Price who swept the ball past the visiting goalkeeper in the seventh minute. Callum Matthews came close to doubling the lead just a minute later, but poked the ball wide of goal from close range, after a free-kick was played into the Alex penalty area. The Alyn Park were reduced to ten men in the 23rd minute when they had a player dismissed with a straight red card for what appeared to be a stamp during an of the ball incident. Radnor Valley made their advantage count when they increased their lead just two minutes later. That man Price latched on to a well-timed pass, which once again beat a high line from Mold Alex, before taking the ball into the penalty area, rounding the goalkeeper and turning the ball into an unguarded net. The visitors twice struck the Goats' defensive wall from free-kicks in the 31st minute before Joey Price fired narrowly over from the edge of the penalty area six minutes later and then the Alex goalkeeper made a smart save at his near post just moments later. The Flintshire men gave themselves a lifeline in the match as they headed home from a stoppage time corner. However, Mold Alexandra were reduced to ten men when a visiting player shoved Callum Mathews to the ground and Price went on to complete his hat-trick from the ensuing free-kick for the New Radnor outfit. Mold Alexndra reduced the deficit again when they headed home at the far post from a deep free-kick into the host's penalty area. However, the Goats regained their two-goal advantage some two minutes later when veteran forward Geraint Lloyd cut in from the left before driving into the visitor's penalty area and unleashing a low shot past the Alex goalkeeper. The visitors fired a shot wide of the far post in the 71st minute before Callum Matthews struck an effort narrowly over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area. Nine-man Mold Alexandra stirred some nerves amongst the Goats' players and supporters, when a 90th minute cross from the right was hooked in at the near post, but the New Radnor men hung on in the closing stages, to record a famous victory and reach the last 16 of the FAW Trophy for the first time.

2019/20 Statistics
Goals: 498
Matches: 95
New Grounds: 16


Dave 56
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Nov 23, 2019, 7:08 PM

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Spartan South Mids. Division 2. Free Admission. Programme £2.

Buckingham United 0 v 3 Pitstone & Ivinghoe


The visitors began the day top of the table and got off to the best possible start with a goal in the first minute, a shot that took a deflection and looped over the keeper. Another goal before half time, this one from a free kick.

Second half saw the visitors add their third for deserved win. Into to double figures for travellers today including posters Wiretown Editor and aicwhu who was accompanied by his carer, Irene. Unusually Andrew arrived before kick off and stayed until ten minutes from time!


IAN S
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Nov 23, 2019, 7:16 PM

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Bingham Town 2 Clipstone 1
Notts Senior Cup 2nd round
h/t 0-0
admission £3 incl. programme ( very decent effort)

One of the very few County cups that clubs take seriously saw me take in this great game. The first half had everything bar goals; woodwork hit numerous times, goal-line clearances, great saves and end-to-end football. Bingham finally took the lead with a flying header and were well on top at that stage. When Clipstone equalised, they were on top and looked like they could win it. Not so, with five minutes left Bingham got the winner, cue pitch-side celebrations.

Bingham play at Butt Field, very easy to find off the main A6097/A46 roundabout, it being first left. A further right turn takes you down a muddy pot-holed track to a large car park. Clubhouse like a modern sports bar, not to my taste.



We'll be, as we are, when all the fools who doubt us fade away.

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codofthenorth
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Nov 23, 2019, 7:17 PM

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Whinney Hill 5-1 Burnley Belvedere...East Lancs Div 1...F&N...K.O 1400

Hadn't a clue where to go to with the rain threatening most areas at different times today. After giving the sole fixture in the East Lancs a miss last night and missing out on a 6-6 draw....decided to take in a fixture in that league today.

The M65 Junction 7 pretty much took me to Whinney Hill's ground only a stones throw from Accrington. We parked up on the main road adjacent to the ground and walked up the muddy path to the pitch.

Furniture wise theres not a lot here, a building for the sides to change in and two dug outs. The pitch is fully railed on three sides, the end behind the far goal is probably off limits, but no ones seemed bothered when I nipped round with the camera. Leaves littered the pitch from the surrounding trees and the pitch was heavy...I'd imagine in these parts it probably always is.

A welcoming Club, the Manager offered us a cuppa when we arrived (they had a kettle in the changing room) and then again as the game was about to kick off. He's been in the job a year this week and has a 100% record this season so far. Todays visitors Burnley Belvedere are towards the lower end of the division but proved to be stubborn opposition for the first hour or so.

Whinney Hill took the lead on 36 minutes through No10 with a simple tap in. The second came two minutes later from the penalty spot after a defender handled.

The second half saw Belvedere pull one back on 50 mins after which Whinney Hill dominated and pressurised the Burnley goal relentlessly. It was 3-1 on 58 minutes when some excellent play by the No10 along the by line set up the Whinney No7 to fire home from just inside the box. 4-1 came seven minutes later before the final goal made it 5-1 on 71 minutes....a fine low strike that entered the net just inside the right hand post.
Thing momentarily boiled over after the Belvedere keeper wound up the home No9. On the final whistle it was hand shakes all-round. No a bad afternoon's entertainment and it stayed dry throughout.


paulh66
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Nov 23, 2019, 7:29 PM

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Isthmian SE
Phoenix Sports 2-3 Chichester City
Att 55 (no sign of the 1,000+ from Chi who are apparently travelling to Tranmere next week..ShockedWink)
Adm £9, prog £1, team sheets free in the clubhouse

The now-familiar onslaught of weekend rain meant another Saturday not fancying a long distance trip (I must've saved a packet over the last few weeks) so it was off to Bexleyheath for a sneak preview of our forthcoming FA Cup opponents.

Fresh from last season's promotion, Chichester are handily placed in mid-table with games in hand, thanks to their cup exploits. Scoring seems to be their Achilles heel as their defensive record is very good, though this game proved an exception on both counts. Phoenix came into this in 7th, three points better off but from three more games.

Phoenix started the stronger and hit the bar twice but Chi grew into it and were good value for their half-time lead courtesy of a darting run and clinical finish from the livewire Haitham. A red card for a last-man mistimed tackle on the stroke of half time left the home side a man light and Chi made them pay a few minutes into the second half courtesy of Rowlatt's downward glancing header. It looked game over at that point but, by the hour, it was 2-2! Then we had a hold up after the ref went off injured, then Chi went 3-2 up and then we had a grandstand finish where Phoenix did everything but score, the closest a belting volley which hit the bar and bounced onto the line.

Good entertainment all round but a draw might have been a fairer result. Chichester adopted an imaginative 4-2-3-1 formation, always tried to play decent football and had some nippy lads in the side. Passing didn't always hit the mark and they were a bit shaky at the back but, if they're not overawed by the occasion, I think they'll do themselves proud at Tranmere next week. And hopefully no more than that..

Phoenix are one of several success stories to emerge from the once-maligned Kent Invicta League. Little more than a decade ago they were playing step 7 football in a step 7 ground but their progress on and off the field is to be admired. Must be near enough ten years since I was last here, since when it's been fully enclosed, a new stand has been added and the whole place generally upgraded. It's now a very respectable step 4 venue, homely too, with a nice clubhouse, decent snack bar and all the other necessaries. Worth a visit.


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Andy D
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Nov 23, 2019, 7:35 PM

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Michelmersh & Timsbury 1 Broughton 2, Hampshire Premier League Division 1, Att: 15, Admission/Prog: No

Another Saturday down South, another wet Saturday searching Full Time and Twitter for something positive. By 11am, the best news was that several games in Hampshire were still showing as being on so once again my route took me via the A31 and M27 with my first target being the mid-table clash at Michelmersh & Timsbury. On arrival there was enough activity to suggest a game on and a quick stroll confirmed there were no problems. M&T's pitch is on the village rec, roped off and mostly enclosed beyond a cricket square from the wooden changing room and bar building which was a hundred yards or so from the playing area. The club have made some neat touches to the surroundings including putting their striking yellow and black quartered crest on litter bins. The game was a slow starter but soon became a compelling contest, the home side taking the lead but Broughton then dominating the first half, with only the home 'keeper keeping the visitors at bay until a penalty brought the scores level just before the break. The second period was more even as both sides strived for a winner until Broughton finally took the points ten minutes from time.



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Huntingdon United 5 St Neots Town reserves 1
Hunts FA Intermediate Cup quarter final
Approx 20 scattered around the pitch and no paper
I had pencilled in this weekend some time ago for a local game and headed over to Huntingdon to meet up with an Ely-based friend to watch this one. With the A14 currently being rebuilt I took a detour and was glad that the planned 13:30 ko was slightly delayed as I arrived a few minutes late to find that the teams were about to start.
Sapley Park is a large area on the eastern fringes of Huntingdon, split into two areas which accommodates six pitches currently. This game was played in front of the changing room block at the Stoney Close end of the park. Lower level United looked the stronger team from the off but it took a while before they took the lead. The saints keeper made a number of good saves before being unlucky when making a very brave save that ended up dropping to a home player who struck home. United got a penalty about 15 mins before the break, the keeper fouling the home forward. 2-0 and St Neots seemed out of the game. However they struck back and got a penalty themselves, and scored. The Huntingdon keeper them made a brilliant save to keep his team ahead. Huntingdon then scored a third in the last seconds of the first half and that seemed to be that.
I spent £1.50 in the clubroom at half time and that covered tea, coffee and chocolate for me and my mate - bargain!
In the second half it was all Huntingdon and the fourth was a superb finish by the Huntingdon number 10 from a corner. I can't recall St Neots having a shot in the 2nd half and Huntingdon chipped in a late 5th to reach the semi final.
As soon as the whistle blew we walked to the other end of the Park to see the end of the 2pm ko which turned out to be between Eunice Huntingdon (a team made up of Polish ex-pats) and Oundle Town in Div 1 of the Peterborough League. We had seen the teams leaving the changing rooms in the early stages of the game we were watching but had no idea of who was playing who. As we walked towards the pitch we could hear chanting and it turned out that Eunice have an Ultra following of about 20 who were very vocal and enjoying a beer or three. The quality of football on display was much higher than that we had seen earlier. We saw Oundle miss an open goal and about five minutes later Eunice scored - cue wild scenes from the assembled Polska fans. Great atmosphere and a re-visit planned.
I had visited Sapley Park in the late 90's for a look when Huntingdon Town were playing here in the UCL. Can anyone advise which part of the Park they played on as I can't remember. Assume adjacent to the changing room block but if anyone knows please let me know. Thanks.


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Atavistic
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Nov 23, 2019, 7:43 PM

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Combined Counties League Premier Division
Knaphill 4 Badshot Lea 1

Admission: £7, Programme: Online only
Attendance: 74 (official)

This match took quite a while to really get going, with the first 20-25 minutes being almost completely uneventful. As the half-hour mark approached, Knaphill began to take control and had the first noteworthy chance in the 22nd minute, Carlo Santoro's audacious shot from the edge of the box forcing a fine save out of Badshot keeper Kallum Lunn. Then, in the 31st minute, the home side took the lead through a Perry Coles shot from the edge of the box.

After this, the rest of the half saw Knaphill dominate, besieging the Badshot goal with chance after chance and trapping them in their own half. In the 33rd minute, Jack French drilled a deep free kick into the box and Kane Fitzgerald sent it into the post with an acrobatic volley. Three minutes later, French turned one defender and dribbled past another before shooting low and narrowly wide. In the 41st minute, Coles latched onto a French through ball in the box, but Lunn pushed the shot wide for a corner. Despite their domination, the home side couldn't extend their lead, so it remained 1-0 at half-time.

After having a torrid time at the end of the first half, Badshot would have hoped to make a better start to the second half. However, any hopes of that appeared to evaporate after two minutes when Santoro made it 2-0: he picked up a misplaced pass just outside the box and smashed a powerful shot into the crossbar and then the net. Despite this early setback, Badshot quickly regained their composure and were able to reduce Knaphill to fewer chances. At the same time, a couple of early substitutions saw the away side gain some attacking momentum for the first time, culminating in a penalty on the hour mark. Initially, the referee had given Badshot a free kick on the edge of the Knaphill box, but after talking to the linesman he instead gave the penalty. Lionel Masudi stepped up and scored.

Though the penalty had given Badshot a lifeline, their overall approach of favouring the long ball did not change and Knaphill continued to take advantage, with Coles again coming close to scoring in the 63rd minute after being able to dribble into the box and shoot narrowly over. Seven minutes later, Knaphill had a penalty of their own after a player was pushed over as a free kick was played into the box: French stepped up and restored the home side's two-goal lead.

The intensity of the match dropped after this, with Knaphill still largely in control but less willing to attack. However, deep into stoppage time substitute Calvin Camara made it 4-1 with a great solo finish: he picked up the ball on the left wing and dribbled past several players into the box, before placing a low shot beyond Lunn into the bottom corner. This proved to be the final chance of the game, as the referee blew for full-time immediately after the kick-off.

This was a strange match on the whole, with a dreadful opening 20-25 minutes followed by Knaphill domination for much of the rest of the match. As a result, I would be hard-pressed to say I was massively entertained as Badshot never really felt like they were in the match due to their reliance on a long-ball approach that was clearly never going to work and never did; in fact, I'm reasonably certain that the penalty was the only meaningful chance they produced all match. Regardless, I'm sure the biblical rain throughout didn't help much, and it certainly explains the drop in intensity in the last 20 minutes.

The ground has numerous areas of cover, including two 50-seater Arena stands and three small areas of covered standing on the dugout side. Nothing that exciting, really.



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New Grounds: 19 (Most Recent: Marlow)
Games: 28
Goals: 96
Goals Per Game (to 2 dp): 3.43
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buncranaboy
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Nov 23, 2019, 7:51 PM

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Oxon Senior Cup 3 : Hanborough 0 Clanfield '85 3. No admission. free programme. Attendance : 54 (hc)


Both this and my other choice of Mortimer did go ahead but this one got the nod as it was a 1.30 kick-off and closer to home enabling me to get home in plenty of time for No 1 daughter's birthday do.
The village of Long Hanborough is a couple of miles north of the A40 between Oxford and Witney and has an hourly train service on the Oxford to Worcester line. A hopper present today said the station was a 17 minute walk from the ground. I didn't see the village centre as the ground is just off the approach to it after leaving the A40 - turn right down Roosevelt Road and you'll see the village hall at the end of a cul-de-sac in front of you. I had been a tad apprehensive about play as the journey down the M40 was through persistent squalls with saturated fields on both sides but the pitch was in terrific nick considering.
As you'd expect, it's a simple village rec with a chain-link surround which may have only been for today. Two sides are protected by high hedges and there is a covered overhang from the village hall which is a fair distance from the action. There is a sizeable car-park which was full due to some kiddies party in the hall. No other football furniture, not even dugouts.
There is a bar (fizz) where hot drinks and chocs/snacks were available along with a large pile of programmes for the game. A club official proudly told me it was the first time they'd ever issued and this was the biggest game they'd ever played. I am assuming that they hadn't publicised the presence of a programme as there would have been a hopper frenzy; as it was, Dave Cox was in attendance along with Molders' slimline brother, who I hadn't seen for a few years, along with Roger the Rottweiler. The 8-page colour programme included a feature on John Stancombe who was also here.
Hanborough have had a number of successive promotions and are currently riding high in the Oxford Senior League though it must be added that said league is a pale imitation of the strong Step 7 league it once was. The visitors are in Hellenic 1(W) and are also going well and were clear favourites to progress. As expected, they dominated possession but didn't break through till the stroke of half-time. Clanfield cruised through the second half adding a couple more and while the home team merited a goal for their efforts, it never arrived. The weather generally held, odd mizzly spells notwithstanding, and we were done by 3.20.
I dropped Mr Cox back in Quinton at 4.40, round about the time he would have been boarding his return train from Oxford


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Combined Counties Div 1
Farnham Town v AFC Hayes 0 – 1
Ten man Hayes defeated 2nd place Farnham Town with an 80th minute goal after their goalkeeper was sent off in the 10th minute.
The sending off occurred after Farnham Town player A was set free on the left hand side and was bearing down on the goal when the opposing GK came out to meet him outside the penalty area and succeeded in tripping him up. The ball broke to Farnham Town player B who had an open goal but blasted over. The Referee, though, had already blown the whistle and eventually sent the GK off.
Can anyone tell me what would have happened to the GK if the Referee had played the advantage and player B had scored a goal?


Wiretown.Editor
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Nov 23, 2019, 8:40 PM

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Spartan South Mids. Division 2. Free Admission. Programme £2.

Buckingham United 0 v 3 Pitstone & Ivinghoe


The visitors began the day top of the table and got off to the best possible start with a goal in the first minute, a shot that took a deflection and looped over the keeper. Another goal before half time, this one from a free kick.

Second half saw the visitors add their third for deserved win. Into to double figures for travellers today including posters Wiretown Editor and aicwhu who was accompanied by his carer, Irene. Unusually Andrew arrived before kick off and stayed until ten minutes from time!


At this indeed. The hosts failed to muster a shot in the first but dominated possession after the break but failed to seriously threaten a goal. Fair play for the never say die attitude though. A very friendly club too. I wish them well.
It was indeed an unofficial hop fest.

Pre match I took a walk to The Mitre back in the town suburbs. Five ales on offer. Three tasted and all superb. Bumped into a fellow hopper BB in there too. Small world!

All things considered on yet another wet Saturday a pleasant day out.


PaulC
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Nov 23, 2019, 9:06 PM

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Scottish FA Cup Round 3
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 2-1 Montrose
New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg
Admission £10/£5
Attendance 2,017 (238 from Montrose)


Yet another non league v League epic to add to my list of memorable Scottish Cup ties since the Cup was re-invigorated with the admission of Junior Clubs and more rercently the conversion of the top East Juniors to the senior ranks.

It was all enough to take your mind off the utterly foul weather and foul underfoot conditions on and off the pitch.The rain poured, the grassy banks were transformed into glaur and the heavy surface left the players caked in mud ... but produced sliding tackles by the score. Proper football.

Montrose are one place behind Falkirk in League 1. Last night the Bairns won at a canter at Linlithgow but there was never any doubt that Montrose would find the going a lot tougher in Midlothian.

The visitors, with a fairly unimpressive travelling support (Penicuik are said to have taken 1,300 fans to Firhill), had the best of the early exchanges but Rose soon got up to speed, taking the lead after 17 minutes. A couple of minutes later they had the ball in the back of the net again but the goal was rightly ruled out for offside. The first half was relatively even with Rose creating probably the better chances but 3 minutes from half time the visitors were level. With literally the last touch of the half, however, Bonnyrigg restored their one goal lead.

Into the second half and Rose were fairly comfortable until with around half an hour to go their right back was shown a second yellow card. It could have been a straight red. From then on it was backs to the wall as they repelled attack after attack from Montrose but the defence held firm, relying on the keeper for just one outstanding save as the match went into injury time.

There was joy unlimited when the whistle was finally blown.

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6 non-league sides go into the draw for the last 32 of the Scottishs Cup. The winds of change are blowing strong. Once the even better Junior sides in the West get their act together they'll be hurricane force.


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Lionel de Lion
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Nov 23, 2019, 9:12 PM

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Central & South Norfolk League Hartt/Easthaugh Memorial Pease League Cup Quarter-Final

Bar 33 3-3 Diligent (Diligent win 5-4 on penalties AET).

This was without doubt the most farcical game of football I've ever seen.

Diligent had to wear Bar 33's away strip due to a colour clash while, due to the absence of a referee, a Bar 33 player had the whistle. This may not have been wise.

Diligent open the scoring in the 27th minute thanks to a generous Bar 33 defence. A few minutes later a penalty is awarded to Bar 33 for what was simply a shoulder to shoulder challenge. Fortunately, the spot kick is saved. Comments are being made about the impartiality of the official. If they'd known then what would happen later ...

A poor first half ends with the score at 0-1.

Diligent double their lead in the 65th minute though a tame shot that somehow goes through the keeper's arms. Nine minutes later, Bar pull one back with a good finish and ten minutes later (in the 84th minute, in case you'd lost track) a solo run is finished well to level the game.

With no further goals it's 2-2 after 90 minutes and it's getting decidedly gloomy. After a brief discussion it's decided that they'll play extra time of 8 minutes each way. I do wonder whose bright idea it was for a game which may have required extra time to kick off at 14:00 when sunset was at 15:53.

The game descends into farce after Diligent score with just over a minute left in the second period of extra time. While their players are in a huge pile in Bar's half, Bar are allowed to kick off and stroll the ball into an empty net. This, to say the least, does not go down well and after a lengthy discussion the "equaliser" is disallowed and Bar kick off again.

Tempers are running high, though, and when Bar take exception to an overenthusiastic tackle there's an outbreak of handbags involving nearly all the players with coaching staff and a few spectators doing their best to pull people apart. At some point during this the referee declared the game over.

Diligent celebrate. Prematurely, though, because the referee then approaches a spectator who'd made the mistake of wearing a C&SN jacket to the game. He's asked whether Bar's third goal should have stood. Admitting he's never seen anything like that, he chooses to use his Phone A Friend option. The friend clearly doesn't know the rules (or was misinformed about the circumstances) because he decides that it should indeed have stood.

By the time the resultant bedlam is calmed we're way past sunset and there's not even any nearby streetlights that might have helped. It's so dark that (with my admittedly failing eyesight) I was struggling to even see which team was taking the first penalty and a few players seemed to struggle to find the penalty spot.

Eventually seven rounds of spot kicks are taken and Diligent win 5-4.

Free admission (and I want my money back), 6 spectators at kick-off with a few arriving and some wandering off during the game. I don't think there were more than 10 at any one time.




I've been told I should get out more. More?!


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Nov 23, 2019, 9:27 PM

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Crawley Green 2 - 2 Eynesbury Rovers
Spartan SM Premier- Level 9
The Brache, Bedfordshire

Adm £6/3, Free team sheet (the programme editor is currently on holiday), Tea £1
Attendance officially 45.....I did several head counts and never got more than 34 ppl....

Today was a wet one, several local matches were already postponed, but this match on a 3G was on. The ground is within spitting distance of Luton Airport, and it was tempting to try and get a picture of the football pitch with a low flying aircraft coming in to land.

There didn't appear to be a car park at the ground with cars along side the ccess road below the level of the pitch. Ths pitch is raised above the access road with a set of steps to reach it. Along side the access road are 2 portacabins housing the changing rooms and 'The Bunker', being the tea bar and 2 class rooms used by Luton Town FC Academy.

Between the regular clear curved shelters of the Dugouts is the main stand. It has obviously been a labour of love for the home side as it has 3 rows of varnished wooden benches, pristinely painted white walls, and is very clean.

The game itself was quite fairly matched, all the goals happening in the first half. There were a few missed chances in the second half, and also some of the players (on both teams) were effectively diving to try and get the Referee to award free kicks and/or penalties......



2018 -19 season. 7 new grounds.
2019 -20 season 24 new grounds.
Newest ground visited The Van Elle Welfare Ground, Pinxton FC, Derbyshire, Central Midlands Football League South, Level 11


mxhornet
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Nov 24, 2019, 6:44 AM

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Swaffham Town Reserves -1 Dussindale Rovers - 4
Norfolk Junior Cup Third Round
Myer's Playing Field (Swaffham Cricket Club)
Attendance - 20ish
No admission charged or programme issued

To my knowledge this was the first game at this venue in recent years that would have been of any interest to myself or the other three local hoppers present. The cricket club is next door to the football club. A seemingly nicely poised cup game between AC Div 2 12th placed ST and Div 4 leaders DR, though most thought that DR would progress but probably not as comfortably and in rather strange circumstances. Not just the early kick (another one) three minutes early by my watch.
DR on top from the start and took the lead after 15 minutes, which was extended to 2-0 after 24 minutes, despite being ahead DR were constantly moaning at the referee and after 33 minutes the first sin binning of the game as DR were down to 10, ST unable to capitalise and just before half time it became 3-0. Five minutes in the second half it was 4-0 and now in full control of the game DR still weren't happy and shortly after they had a double sin binning, again ST unable to make any headway against 9. DR were back down to 10 again after 76 minutes after sending off (two yellows) however ST did get a goal back pretty much on the stroke of full time from the penalty spot.
Half of the local hopping contingent heading in to see Swaffham Town v Long Melford (minus about the first 10 minutes) I bought a programme (not a Barnes Print as I'd thought) before heading home.



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.


Beaver Hateman
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Nov 24, 2019, 9:03 AM

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Well, it’s nice to be appreciated, but this last week’s experiences have illustrated the danger of being overly talented. To cut a long story short, a well known poster has been mithering me about my lack of posts recently. What seemed at first like mildly flattering badgering has increased in intensity recently, resulting on Friday in an intense phone call, in which the other party broke down into blubbery pleading. Sounded like there was a lot of snot produced, too.

This poster, who I would not embarrass by calling him/her by their normal user name,said they would be appeased if I wrote up my experiences from 23.11.19. So here it is and you can continue reading in the full knowledge that this post will be informative, diverting and GDPR compliant.

Dave 65: this one’s for you.

Brentford (0) 1 Reading (0) 0

After the opening day’s disaster, it would have been hard to imagine the transformation in Mrs H’s attitude towards attending matches at Griffin Park. Believe me, she isn’t ready to sign up for a season ticket at Lionel Road and have a tattoo of Pontus Jansson on her bum cheek, but I believe that every now and again she catches a glimpse of why so many people put them through the ritual of supporting a team week in, week out. This was her fourth match of the season, something that I have encouraged as she rarely drinks and would rather drive than put herself through the convoluted public transport trip from Badfort to GP. That’s handy!

We arrived in Spoons in Ealing around 11:45, and whilst Mrs H availed herself of whatever dish on Tim’s menu suits her current diet fad, I indulged in a couple of mediocre Xmas beers.

Xmas beers annoy me. It’s a very simple formula: make it dark, call it a vaguely festive name, all the better if it is a pun, and wait for mugs like me who are always seeking beer nirvana, to come along. Simple. A bit like me, I always fall for it.

So we didn’t linger long and made our way to the home of football, where I was anxious to seek out the Ealing Brewery Company’s taproom. This is a venture by the Owl and Pussycat people, so bound to be good.
I remember being told it is behind the Six Bells on Brentford High Street, which is correct, but about 600yds behind it. I’m going to give the place time to get going, only their third Saturday opening, but the place was soulless. None of the charm of the OaP, but no doubt a work in progress. The strangely tropical Lager that I drank did nothing to add to the experience. Not unpleasant, but unexpected. My opinion is that the only place for fruit in a beer is in a Plum Porter. I’ll give it more of a go next week.

Getting closer to the ground we went into The Black Dog Alehouse on Albany Road. Formerly the Albany Arms, I understand the place was closed for some time due to drug dealing being one of the least disgraceful activities that were allowed to happen on the premises. It was that kind of place and being in the shadow of Brentford’s “brutalist” quarter, not surprising.

It couldn’t be more different these days. I sampled a pint of Ernie’s Milk Stout. Well done Ernie, yum!

The Black Dog now offers a fantastic range of beers, is smart both inside and out, has plenty of helpful and knowledgeable staff, is well behaved child and dog friendly, has a great little back garden and what looks like excellent grub. Mrs H gave the place the full thumbs up and it looks like this will have to be my watering hole of choice when she accompanies me again. Not only did she like the pub, she fell in love with, of all things a brown dog belonging to a fellow customer. Could be worse, I suppose.

Being the last season at Griffin Park, the programme cover changes each game to reflect a design from a historic game between the two sides. No idea what they’ll do if we draw Forest Green Rovers or Fylde at home in the FA Cup?

Anyhow, this issue was from the 75/76 season, my first season of following the Bees, and the original game was played on 27/12/75. I remember it well. Being my first season, and full of the misplaced optimism of youth, I fully believed that Brentford were on the verge of becoming a footballing superpower. I didn’t let the fact that they had been carefully average up to this point and had avoided any real drama affect my conviction. This was all to change for worse on this fateful day.
With the Bees cruising at 2-0, allowed Reading back into it with a quarter of an hour to go. Shortly after this Reading’s Gordon Cumming and Brentford’s Roger Cross tussled for and chased a ball out on the Braemar Road side of GP, maybe three yards from where I was standing up against the surrounding fence. I therefore had a close up view when the cowardly Cumming slapped the manly Cross in the face with a sly backhander across the chops. The heroic Cross took entirely justifiable retribution by stepping back and aiming a forearm smash against Cumming’s neck, who crumpled to the floor in a particularly effeminate manner. Surely, no jury would convict?
Well, the jury, in the form of referee Reg Robinson, had obviously been nobbled and did convict. Both of them. The rest was inevitable: Reading equalised with the last kick of the game, direct from a corner, in what these days would be called the 98th minute.

This was the first time I had my heart broken by football, and I am sure I didn’t speak to anyone for a week after. As you can imagine, I have viewed Reading FC with a certain amount of suspicion ever since.

Anyhow, onto yesterdays game and I was relieved to get the win when the final whistle went. It wasn’t a great game for the neutral, very few chances but it kept me and all those around us on our toes. Ollie Watkins superb header into the left corner on 62 minutes beating the excellent Cabral.

Whilst I say it through gritted teeth, Reading weren't a bad side and perhaps can consider themselves unlucky to get nothing out of the game. The Brentford forums concentrate on Reading’s “fouls.” I simply didn’t see it like that, the ref did seem not to apply the same standards when dishing out the free kicks, but Reading can hardly be blamed for that.

So there we are, a report on a game of no interest to anybody except supporters of the respective teams, but at least I am safe in the knowledge, that in a small Staffordshire town, I have contributed to the tears drying.



Everyone has the right to be in doubt, but this is not an obligation.

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