Saturday, 21 January 2017

Dial M for Merthyr

Saturday 21 January 2017, Kettering Town 1 Merthyr Town 3 - Southern League Premier, Latimer Park


Kettering have a had a rough time over the last few years, going bust, forced from their old ground but recent promotion has seen them climbing the football pyramid again - and the club still attract good crowds.



The home of UCL side Burton Park Wanderers has improved since Kettering have moved in but the ground still seems very basic and the lights and pitch certainly do not look up to standard for this level of football, but the crowds still come.


But not everyone at Latimer Park is happy, many of the home crowd were moaning about the team and the manager but it may have been slightly unfair today as the pitch certainly did not help their ball playing central defenders and they should give their opponents some credit as they certainly put in a good away display. If Merthyr keep turning in displays like this they should at least make the play offs.






                         








Saturday, 14 January 2017

Nice to get back to winning!

Saturday 14 January 2017, Ipswich Town 3 Blackburn Rovers 2 -  Championship, Portman Road



3 points, but we made it hard- and all the pre-match talk was of keeping clean sheets, some hope currently!


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Casual as you like

Wednesday 11 January 2017, Walton Casuals 5 Cray Wanderers 1 - Isthmian Division 1 South,  Church Road



This was a home game that was easier to get to for the away fans! Walton are tenants at Church Road whilst a new ground back in  Walton is built and they must be in desperate need to get back home as obvious today that the attendance of 51 saw the majority supporting Cray.



But it not all gloom and doom at Walton - they won and in the end quite easy, when they do go back to their home it will be a superb new community sports facility and their Chairman is an ex Pro footballer who is putting considerable effort into helping the Casual's up the football pyramid - Tony Gale, ex West Ham and current Sky pundits the man in question. He certainly shared his views of the match referee with the 51 spectators.



If they can keep winning they may still make the play-offs - so promotion and a new ground may be on the cards.




Monday, 9 January 2017

A wet one

Monday 9 January 2017, Ipswich Town Under 23 2 Colchester United Under 23 3 - Under 23 Professional Development League, Playford Road Training Ground


5 goals, plenty of action but all played under heavy rain!



Saturday, 7 January 2017

Embarrassing

Saturday 7 January 2017, Ipswich Town 2 Lincoln City 2 - FA Cup 3rd Round, Portman Road

We were terrible but Lincoln players management and supporters should be very proud of their performance today.


Monday, 2 January 2017

Surrey double - Under the runway and Moatside

Monday 2 January 2017

Horley Town 4 Raynes Park Vale 0
Combined Counties Premier, 11.30am
New Defence




My first taste of Combined Counties football and thought both the skill and fitness was not at the same level as the Eastern Counties league, officiating was also poor – but I may have chosen the wrong game!



First half was very one sided as the home team went two up as Raynes Park Vale were very poor, but a few changes of formation (and attitude) at half time saw a closer second half – it took 20 minutes for the home side to get back on top and then they got two further goals.





‘New Defence’ is a smart newish ground with a seated stand attached to the changing rooms and bar. The bar is upstairs and game can be watched from there. Small covered terrace behind one goal and a more shed like cover behind the other goal.









Ground is  just  5 minutes from Gatwick Airport.

Merstham 0 Leatherhead 0
Ryman League Premier, 3pm
Moatside

Attendance; 278



Home team had the better chances but Leatherhead good on the break, both teams had young players with plenty of skill but too many wanted an extra touch or try one trick to many. Good officiating kept the game flowing but neither keeper had many saves to make. Good to ex Ipswich player , Jimmy Bullard on the touchline.





Ground is neat and has plenty of character with views out over the Surrey hills , must lose some money having the clubhouse outside the ground. 















Saturday, 31 December 2016

Hidden by the science park.

Saturday 31 December 2016, Sittingbourne 2 Hastings United 4 - Ryman League (South), Woodstock Park






Their ground now may be 5 miles out of time, stuck alongside the Kent Science Park and this may mean they do not get the crowds they require but the ground does have both character and potential. Also it must be remembered that the club is lucky to have any ground or even still be in existence after mismanagement and overspending at previous grounds in the town including their time at the Greyhound Stadium.




Xmas holiday games often see the highest crowds of the season and over 200 were here today to see a cracking match v Hastings United. For much of the game it looked like the home side, the 'Brickies' would end up winning but possibly fitness but certainly good substitutions saw Hasting not only get back in the game but end up winning by two goals.




So a great afternoon of entertainment, a nice early kick off and 6 good goals.