Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Goals, red cards, penalty saves and light problems!

Tuesday 17 October 2017, Rothwell Corinthians 2 Cogenhoe United 4 - United Counties, Premier, Sergeants Lawn

The game that had it all but at first we thought we had a 200 mile wasted trip. Arrived in plenty of time but the Ref would not start the game as one light was out- it made little difference but he insisted we waited till it was fixed, after 15 minutes it came back on and we started the game at 8pm.

Cogenhoe have no manager and Rothwell are on a good run but it was the visitors who dominated the early play and got the first goal, then a bad tackle, some pushing and shoving and ref who took ages to make a decision. In the end just 2 yellow cards. Cogenhoe then added a second just before the break.

Second half and Rothwell got back in the game, an early goal followed by a penalty. However they were not on terms long as Cogenhoe broke away and re-took the lead.

Then we had two quick red cards for Rothwell players followed by a fourth goal for Cogenhoe, we thought that was it but in the last few minutes, the ref gave Rothwell a penalty that no one else in the ground could believe, even the Rothwell players, another yellow cared and a penalty save.

Great game for the neutral - and Cogenhoe fans.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Thrown away

Monday 16 October 2017, Ipswich Town Under 23s 0 Crystal Palace Under 23s 1 - Playford Road Training Ground, Professional Development League.

88 minutes, improved second half, couple of good moves, some passing for midfield - then caught on the break, needless penalty and another defeat.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Easy start on the path to Portman Road

Saturday 14 October 2017, Haughley United 0 Whitton United 9, Suffolk Senior Cup, 2nd Round, King George Playing Field, Green Rd.

Of all the local non-league cups, it is the Suffolk Senior Cup that is my favourite. The players seem to care about winning this and they all want the chance to play on the Portman Road turf.

The senior teams in the cup are from the Thurlow Nunn, Eastern Counties, Division One, however they have not won it for a couple of seasons and already this year, Suffolk & Ipswich side, Achilles have sent Framlingham packing.

I was interested to see how Eastern Counties side, Whitton United would do against their junior opponents. They certainly were coming into the game in form after winning their last league game, 8-0.

I was impressed with the welcome at Haughley, a full bar, cheap beer and then a mug of tea and a hot sausage roll at half time but they may have made their opponents too welcome on the pitch as Whitton went one better than last week and won this game 9-0.

Will the North West Ipswich lads make it to Portman Road? They have a great chance but they will have far harder tests ahead of them in the later cup rounds.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Long Melford to Lima

Wednesday 11 October 2017, Long Melford 0 Ipswich Town XI 2 - Suffolk Premier Cup, 1st Round, Stoneylands

In a small village, along a narrow street but then you find the ground- dark, wet - not sure of the welcome - but it starts with a decent car park, a free programme with admission then you enter the clubhouse.

Fantastic - two display boards, cabinets and large photographs - all marking 150 years of football in the village- and in particular celebrating their 1950's Senior cup win at Portman Road.

The effort taken to remember their club history, would put many a professional club to shame.

On the pitch, the first half was very even and then the village teams got on top in the second half. But against the run of play, Ipswich produced the best move of the game and went ahead with a tap in.

The (young) professionals then dominated, and Monty Patterson, our New Zealand international added the second from the penalty spot. So this week, Monty plays in front of 200 in a County cup game and his next competitive game may be a World Cup play-off match in front of a packed stadium in Lima, Peru.

He may notice a few differences!

Saturday, 7 October 2017


Saturday 7 October 2017, St Albans City 2 Bath City 0 - National League, South, Clarence Park

Soon as I arrived at the park, I loved it - not just the football ground - you also had hockey, bowls and a cracking stand at the cricket - very similar to the stand at Great Yarmouth.

Once inside the football ground, you are met with supporters selling real ale and beyond them stretches out a great old grandstand - and opposite a standing terrace with a great cantilever roof.

The whole ground is a non-league gem - and a 'must' visit for any serious groundhopper. On the pitch, St Albans have had a great start to the season and if they keep it up they will be in the promotion shake up at the end of the season.

Another plus point were the number of quality flags on display, some very original and would put many a Premier League club to shame. Only minus points were the lack of quality food on sale and the small clubhouse - but even those minus points can't stop this ground from being listed up there with the top non-league grounds in the country.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Old Boys - no wins

Wednesday 4 October 2017, Northampton ON Chenecks 1 Rothwell Corinthians 2 - UCL Premier Division, Old Northamptonians Sports Ground

Love visiting clubs with great or strange names, and you can't get much stranger than ON Chenecks - the Chenecks names comes from the first letters of the Houses at the Northampton School for Boys.

Rugby and cricket were the chosen sports at the school so football was late addition to the list of sports played by the 'old boys'.

But they all seem to get on now with a great shared sports facility, it does mean 2 sides of the football ground are open, but it still has 2 stands and you can also watch the game from the raised balcony of the main changing room building.

On the pitch the Chenecks have a had a terrible start to the season with just one point gained, but it look like their luck was going to change today, getting back on terms in the second half and then getting a penalty with not long left. But luck is certainly not on their side - the penalty was missed and in the last minute they gave away a soft penalty and Rothwell scored theirs - so the home support will have to wait a bit longer for their first win of the season.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Bad day at the office!

Saturday 30 September 2017 - Ipswich Town Under 18s 1 Bristol City Under 18s 5 - Playford Rd Training Ground, Professional Development League

Ipswich Town 1 Bristol City 3 - Championship, Portman Road

A day to forget!