Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Still have great away support

Tuesday 20 March 2018, Sawbridgeworth Town 4 Clapton 0 - Essex Senior League, Crofters

Two down within the first few minutes, and the home side missed a penalty but that did not stop the Clapton fans turning up and supporting their players throughout the game. This club could go so far if they could sort out the mess that is the owning/running/managing of this club.

If you get a chance to see them away, take it - the fans may be boycotting home games but their attendance at away games always make it an event you will not forget.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Football survives the mini Beast of the East

Saturday 17 March 2018, Felixstowe and Walton Utd 1 Newmarket Town 2 - Dellwood Avenue, Thurlow Nunn, Premier Division

I like going to Felixstowe, know a number of their fans, easy trip and it is even better now with a cracking new clubhouse, good catering and the team are top of the table - but I am not sure I will go again!

First, it was bloody cold, as mini Beast of the East hit East Anglia. The club are organised and that showed as the pitch was in good condition, an early pitch inspection and blue lines painted - only fault was a white not yellow match ball.

But the main reason I may not go again is that I am not sure I will be made welcome, I just seem to be a jinx - seen the home team play 3 times this year and twice they have been defeated and in the third game they were lucky to win.

So it is not the 'mockney's' in the bar who are putting me off it is I do not want to upset my mates, and jinx another Felixstowe game and in doing so hand the title to an Essex team.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Tuesday 13 March 2018, Ipswich Town 0 Hull City 3 - Championship, Portman Road

Not a nice place to be tonight

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sub the sub

Saturday 10 March 2018, Ipswich Town 0 Sheffield United 0 - Championship, Portman Road

Even if we had played all night not sure we would have scored - Mick even substituted the sub, but even that could not improve our chances of scoring.

Rain did not stop play

Friday 9 March 2018, Deeping Rangers 0 Yaxley 1 - United Counties Premier Division, Outgang Road

I have always liked visiting United Counties league games, not that far but I like comparing it with my own local Ste5 and 6 league- Eastern Counties League. I have found the overall standard of football to be higher in the ECL and the clubs on average better supported.

Some of the UCL clubs have little support and the standard of football is not great but that is not the case at the top of the UCL, and this game certainly had plenty of skill, competitive and a good crowd - even if it did not stop raining the whole game. Big thanks must go to the ground staff at Deeping who had the pitch is such a good condition even with the heavy rain.

This was a top of the table clash and both teams were up for the game, but even with the rain, mud and the tension of the game, it was not a dirty game thanked also by some good officiating. Yaxley started like a house on fire and went ahead through Sparrow their winger who had impressed throughout the half, giving the Deeping left back a hard time every time he got the ball.

Expected the same second half but Yaxley seemed happy to sit back and Deeping had most of the possession but even with the amount of time on the ball they had, they did not threaten the Yaxley goal.

Yaxley ended up winning and inflicting the first home defeat on Deeping for over 12 months, both teams will be in the mix for promotion at the end of the season. Great advert for non-league football. Also good to see such a big crowd (225), I am sure it would have been closer to 400 if the rain had not arrived. Would like to see more teams try Friday night football, the amount of Peterborough fans at the game does indicate it is worth trying.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Boys v men

Wednesday 7 March 2018, Warboys Town 0 Moulton Harrox 11 - Peterborough and district League, Forge Way

Was attracted to this game as Warboys are a former Eastern Counties League side, what I did not expect was such a one sided game. At times it was like boys v men.

Moulton were fitter and had a far higher skill level, and it would have been a good shout to give the Warboys keep the man of the match award.

The ground is now certainly home at step 7, no fence, turnstile but there was a cracking small stand and a very welcoming clubhouse. Not many night games here but when there is one, it would be well worth getting along to it.

Monday, 26 February 2018

A ten man win

Monday 26 February 2018, Ipswich Town Under 23s 3 West Bromwich Albion Under 23s 2 - Portman Road, Under 23 Cup

Down to 10 men but we kept attacking, great team display and a last minute winner- almost forgot the cold when watching.