Cwm Welfare v Cardiff Corinthians

South Wales Alliance League

Premier Division

Friday 25th August 2017

Kick Off 18.30 Actual 18.29

Cwm Welfare 2 Cardiff Corinthians 3,  attendance 233

6′ 0-1

24′ 1-1

56′ 1-2 (pen)

90′ +2, 1-3

90′ +5, 2-3

@ Mount Pleasant Park



CF38 2AT

£3 Admission

£1 Programme (didn’t bother as I won’t  buy programmes on groundhops organised by Groundhop UK).

This match was the first of this years South Wales Groundhop, with another 10 matches to follow over the next three days. On arrival, it is easy to see which is the top sport in this area, as the ground of Beddau R.U.F.C. next door is far more impressive than that of the football club.

Both these teams have played in the Welsh League in the past, Cwm only being relegated at the end of last season. The hosts certainly had enough chances to get something out of this, but, if you don’t take them………

Marlow United v Wokingham & Emmbrook Reserves

Thames Valley Premier League

Premier Division

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Kick Off 18.00 Actual 18.03

Marlow United 5 Wokingham & Emmbrook Reserves 1,  attendance 37

2′ 1-0

60′ 1-1

73′ 2-1

76′ 3-1

80′ 4-1

89′ 5-1

@ Loudwater Sports Club

Derehams Lane


High Wycombe

HP10 9RH

No admission or programme.

Marlow United are unable to use their home ground due to the pitch being levelled. Work is due for completion at the end of the year, so they are using the ground here in Loudwater instead.

This was pretty one sided and quite a surprise that Marlow failed to add to their early goal. The equaliser woke them up and once they went back in front, with a goal that looked offside, they ran out easy winners in the end. Once again a very prompt start, which is usually the case in this league, despite having to battle the rush hour traffic and both teams were on the pitch warming up a good twenty minutes before kick off.

Stockwood Wanderers v Shirehampton

Somerset County League

Premier Division

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Kick Off 18.30 Actual 18.33

Stockwood Wanderers 1 Shirehampton 1,  attendance 40

30′ 0-1

90′ 1-1

@ Stockwood Lane



BS14 8SJ

No admission or programme.

These two remain mid table after this one. The Referee struggled to control the game at times and the visitors had a man sent off after 55 minutes for a foul, before going down to 9 men immediately following the Stockwood equaliser when their No.10 called the Referee a cheat.

The ground is right next door to Western League side Bristol Telephones and also fellow Somerset County League team Cutters Friday (were also at home tonight) who have a railed off pitch right behind the Telephone ground. There can’t be much more than 50 yards separating all 3 pitches.

Thorpe Village v Norwich Eagles

Anglian Combination League

Division 5 North

Saturday 19th August 2017

Kick Off 16.00 Actual 15.59

Thorpe Village 2 Norwich Eagles 5,  attendance 23

21′ 1-0

25′ 1-1

35′ 1-2

48′ 1-3

72′ 2-3

87′ 2-4

88′ 2-5

@ Thorpe Recreation Ground

The Morse Pavilion

Laundry Lane

Thorpe St. Andrew


No admission or programme.

A comfortable eighteen minute drive from the first game. Thorpe Recreation Ground is a large expanse of grass with numerous pitches. When entering from the car park, to the left is the clubhouse/changing room block, with the pitch running widthways, of St. Andrews (game still in progress between St.Andrews and Long Stratton in the Premier Division, which had kicked off at 14.30) whilst in the near right hand corner of the complex, separated by a number of mini pitches, is The Morse Pavilion, home of Thorpe Village, where the pitch runs lengthways away from the building. This is also home to fellow Division 5 North team Dussindale Rovers, who had also been at home today, hence our match kicking off later.

Thorpe Village were relegated from Division 4 last season, whilst Norwich Eagles have been promoted into the Anglian Combination from the Norwich & District League. Despite opening the scoring and getting the goal of the match with a superb volley to pull the score back to 2-3, Thorpe were never going to win this. Eagles should have scored at least a dozen with striker Ebus Onuchukwu being the most wasteful, even if he did score four goals !

Both today’s grounds had a tea bar and the lady doing the duties here informed us (3 other hoppers did the same double) that she has been doing the job for 64 years !

Yelverton v Hoveton Wherrymen

Anglian Combination League

Division 1

Saturday 19th August 2017

Kick Off 13.30 Actual 13.34

Yelverton 1 Hoveton Wherrymen 1,  attendance 32

43′ 1-0

58′ 1-1

@ The Garrick Field

Church Road


NR14 7PB

No admission or programme.

There was a possibility of a double today, with the first game being between two teams that were promoted together at the end of last season. Yelverton had finished second, whilst the visitors had finished fourth.

Today was a very even match that was full of chances. It did get niggly towards the end, which resulted in the Wherrymen having a man sent off in stoppage time.

St. Helens Town v Abbey Hulton United

North West Counties League

Division 1

Thursday 17th August 2017

Kick Off 19.45 Actual 20.10

St. Helens Town 0 Abbey Hulton United 0 (abandoned 90+7 minutes, floodlights),  attendance 178

@ Ruskin Drive Sportsground, 3G Pitch

Ruskin Drive

Dentons Green

St. Helens

WA10 6RP

£5 Admission

£2 Programme, 48 pages.

I saw St. Helens play at their old Hoghton Road ground on 6.11.1996 (3-2, v Darwen in NWCL 1). They moved from here in 2002 when the ground was sold off for housing, playing at various grounds of other clubs, including 10 years at the old St. Helens RLFC ground at Knowsley Road, where I had already seen football played, as it was previously used by Liverpool Reserves.

Tonight was billed as their return to the town, as they finally played their first game on the 3G caged pitch at Ruskin Drive, which will also host Pilkington, who are in Division 1 of the Cheshire League. Back on 16th December 2000, I saw a game here at Ruskin Drive, when Pilkington beat Barnton 4-1 in a Mid Cheshire League, Division 1 match. That pitch, which was grass, is now partially covered by a 3G rugby league pitch, which runs lengthways behind the seated stand of the new 3G football pitch.

Tonights game certainly turned out to be eventful. With the Thelwall Viaduct being closed northbound on the M6, it meant total gridlock as all traffic converged on Warrington and Runcorn in an effort to cross the Manchester Ship Canal. Having left home at 12 o’clock, in order to meet up in Uxbridge at 1 o’clock from where I had been offered a lift, it certainly shouldn’t have been such a stressful journey and we only arrived at the ground at three minutes past seven. Still 42 minutes before the scheduled kick off, but there was little chance of the game kicking off on time, as the visitors, who are from Stoke-on-Trent, were having to endure the same problems we had faced, but were still en route and were not sure if they would even make it, so there was a chance the game might not even take place.

With this news filtering through, there was still a chance of at least watching a game tonight. Two teams were warming up on one of the grass pitches in the complex. It turned out to be Pilkington Reserves v  F.C. St. Helens Reserves, which should have started at 18.45, but was in fact only just about to get underway at 19.07. No harm in watching it, just in case Abbey Hulton didn’t make it. Pilkington were leading 1-0, when a minibus  pulled into the car at 19.34………it was Abbey Hulton, so it was back to plan A.

Above. Pilkington take a 1-0 lead.

With the visitors now here, it was just a case of how late we would be starting. It appeared that it was to be 20.10. Nothing strange in that, until the rumours started to circulate that there was a curfew on the floodlights and that as the ground is owned by the council, there was nothing that could be done about it. The lights would be switched off at 22.00 !

An absolutely dreadful game, played in a dreadful ground for the level they play at. Seven minutes into stoppage time, with it now reaching 22.00, Abbey Hulton were awarded a penalty. Following treatment for a home player it was time for the kick to be taken. The No.9 placed the ball on the penalty spot, took a couple of steps back and steadied himself. Then, as we had been warned, the floodlights went off. It was now 22.02 and the match was abandoned.

A complete shambles. According to the NWCL website the match was abandoned after 90 minutes and the match is ‘under investigation’. You just couldn’t make it up.

The journey home was better, but with the motorway twice down to one lane and endless stretches of 50 mph limits it meant I arrived home just five minutes short of 15 hours after I had set off.

Due to most of the ground being inaccessible to spectators and the low sun, it meant getting a decent photo was not easy, although in a ground like this there is very little worth photographing anyway.

Charlton Rovers v F.C. Barometrics

Gloucestershire Northern Senior League

Reg Davis Memorial Cup

Quarter Final

Wednesday 16th August 2017

Kick Off 18.30. On Time !

Charlton Rovers 1 F.C. Barometrics 0,  attendance 35

79′ 1-0

@ Balcarras School Sports Centre

Balcarras Road

off East End Road

Charlton Kings

GL53 8QF

No admission or programme.

It was a bit of a mystery how it took so long for us to see a goal as this could quite easily have been 5-5. A couple of clearances off the line and both teams had efforts that hit the woodwork. Charlton will be playing three times in four days, as they have a cup final on Friday, followed by a league fixture on Saturday, which is ridiculous at this early stage of the season. They now meet Welland in the Semi-final of this competition.

Hemingfords United v Brampton

Cambridgeshire County League

Premier Division

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Kick Off 18.15 Actual 18.21

Hemingfords United 1 Brampton 3,  attendance 58

7′ 1-0

8′ 1-1

22′ 1-2

40′ 1-3

@ Peace Memorial Playing Field

Manor Road

Hemingford Grey

PE28 9BX

No admission or programme.

This wasn’t my intended game for tonight. I had originally turned up at Sawtry, of the Peterborough & District League. On arrival at 17.45 all the players were there, but the gate to the ground was locked. Five minutes later someone arrived with a key and it was all systems go, or so I thought. It soon became apparent that there were no goal nets or corner flags on the main pitch, but even worse, it was not even marked out. I enquired what was happening and was told they were going to have a look at a pitch at the far end of the field to see if it was in good enough condition to play the game on (it must have been as the result was 1-3), but I didn’t bother hanging around and headed off to a match in a far better run league.

It was a 13 minute drive via the A1 and A14 to my alternative match, in a league which rarely disappoints, for what was the season opener for these two teams. It was a cracking first half and Brampton strolled to victory once they got their third goal.

Clutton v Shirehampton

Somerset County League

Premier Division

Saturday 12th August 2017

Kick Off 15.00 Actual 15.02

Clutton 2 Shirehampton 2,  attendance 35

25′ 0-1

62′ 1-1 (pen)

83′ 2-1

86′ 2-2

@ Warwick Fields

Upper Bristol Road (behind Warwick Arms PH)


BS39 5TA

£2 Admission, including programme, 8 pages.

This wasn’t my intended destination today. I was actually heading into Wales to watch A.F.C. Llwydcoed, but despite my SatNav saying I would arrive there 90 minutes before kick off when I left home, traffic was getting worse by the minute. By the time I reached Junction 17 of the M4, the arrival time was now estimated at just 20 minutes before kick off, so I put Plan B into action, rather than continue on, which would cut my options down if the predicted delays still ahead worsened.

Clutton had won Division 1 East last season, whilst Shirehampton had finished second in the Premier Division. I thought the visitors were the better of two very good teams and having had a man sent off for the foul that resulted in the penalty equaliser for Clutton, they did well to get a draw having fallen behind to a controversial goal. The Referee had blown his whistle for a penalty, following a handball, but as the ball dropped in the box it was smashed into the roof of the net. He then changed his mind and awarded the goal instead, which, quite rightly, didn’t go down too well with the visitors.

Welland v Whaddon United

Gloucestershire Northern Senior League

Reg Davis Memorial Cup

2nd Round

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Kick Off 18.30 Actual 18.34

Welland 2 Whaddon United 1,  attendance 20

76′ 1-0

89′ 1-1

90′ + 2, 2-1

@ The Hill Community Centre

Milestone Road

Tunnel Hill

Upton upon Severn


No admission or programme.

Welland were only promoted into the GNSL from the Cheltenham League a couple of weeks ago, replacing Southside Star who dropped out. It has meant a move from their village home due to the pitch there not meeting the minimum dimensions for the step up and even the pitch here at their new home required an increase of 10 yards in length. The move here means they share the ground with Upton Town of the Cheltenham League.

Both sides were very evenly matched and it looked like a certain 0-0, especially after the visitors had a well struck penalty saved on 38 minutes. Welland finally broke the deadlock with a quarter of an hour to go, but a last minute equaliser looked to be sending the match to penalties (no extra time in this competition) before he hosts conjured up a winner in stoppage time to take their place in next weeks Quarter Finals.