Saturday, 16 October 2021

Handbags at noon

Saturday 16 October 2021, Boston United 1 Stratford Town 1 - 4th Qualifying Road, FA Cup - Jakemans Community Stadium

New ground, decided on hospitality - and a good choice made. Good meal, nice seats but what made it was the warm welcome.

Football wise, home team should be in next round, but some poor finishing and poor officiating meant Stratford get a replay - and they did fight hard to get that.

However a stupid punch up between the Stratford keeper and a Boston forward, saw the home player see red and somehow the away keeper went unpunished. the replay should be a feisty affair. 

Also got to love the new floodlights, ground maybe similar to other new stadia but the floodlights do stand out 

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Made hard work of it!

Saturday 9 October 2021, Ipswich Town 2 Shrewsbury Town 1 - League One, Portman Road

A win is a win - but we made hard work of it- but some stand out displays from Donacien, Bonne and Chaplin

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Basic ground, feisty game

 Wednesday 6 October 2021, Staplehurst Monarchs 2 Rochester United 1 - Southern Counties East, Division One, Jubilee Field

Very basic set up at this newly promoted Kent club, made bearable by having an excellent burger van which also did hot drinks, beer and gin and tonics!

The ground may be basic bout plenty to entertain the fan - poor first half but second half saw a cracking opening goal for Rochester, who them had a penalty saved, hit the bar then conceded an equaliser with fives minutes to go, and then the home side got a late winner in injury time and then Rochester were lucky to finish with 11 men after the last action in the game was poor challenge on the home keeper by a Rochester forward.

Sunday, 3 October 2021

When it is wet, stay close to home

 Saturday 2 October 2021, Ipswich Wanderers 6 Cornard United 1 - Humber Doucy Lane, Thurlow Nunn, Division One, South.

Work commitments, heavy rain and shortage of fuel - so it was a trip to my closest Step 6 ground - always dry here, and plenty of goals to see. No wonder groundhoppers love this ground!

Saturday, 25 September 2021

He's behind you!!

Saturday 25 September, Ipswich Town Sheffield Wednesday - League One, Portman Road 

Time wasting Wednesday were caught out by a last minute goal that would have been more at home on the stage at the Regent in the Christmas Panto.

Great Lines, hidden gem

 Friday 24 September 2021, Royal Engineers AFC 2 Royal Signals FC 1- Massey Trophy, Great Lines

Friday morning football and the hidden gem of 'Great Lines' - the home of Royal engineers sport. Above Chatham, a cricket ground a Naval monument and then a tree lined football ground - I certainly hope to go back.

Not where I planned!

Wednesday 22 September 2021, Thame United Reserves 3 Amersham Town 2 - Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1, ASM Stadium

Wednesday evening off, only new ground is west side of London, but i go for it, jams on M25, but cut through London arrive to watch Kensington and Ealing Borough with 45 minutes to spare! trouble is lights off, game off - British airways, the opponents hit by Covid!

Check the app, and making it into Oxfordshire and Thame United with 2 minutes to spare.

It may look like a Reserve team, but the United reserves were a separate club till the Summer, Thame Rangers but then all the Thame clubs joined together, great sporting complex, numerous pitches, nice bar and at least the main pitch is grass! Trouble is the stand is till to far from the pitch, so not where i expected to end up, but a nice ground and a cracking game with some good goals.