Game 91 – AFC Redditch U21 0 Heath Hayes U21 3 19/5/2018

Bottom side AFC Redditch were easily defeated in a poor game this morning at the Valley stadium . Both sides moaned a lot in a first half that saw Heath Hayes were leading 1 0 . Heath hayes added two more in the second half.

After the game I visited Bromsgrove cemetery and found The actor Pat Roach’s grave after reading it was his birthday yesterday , I decided to try and find it.

Attendance – 7

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Game 90 – Continental Star 5 Birmingham Tigers 1 9/5/2018

The Tigers were well and truly tamed by a Star side who were on the wrong side of this result last week. I finally hit 90 games with this local fixture in the Midland Division 3 between two poor sides with nothing to play for as both have had relatively poor seasons.

The light was fading pretty badly from the off as this was a 7pm kick off at the hub which has no lights. I was joined at this game by Paget chairman Matthew Bounty ..I mean Dainty (he’ll get it) and we had a good chat with a several piss taking themes.

Star in the yellow drew first blood on 6 minutes, sending a ball deep into the box, knocking it back to fire in from 6 yards. They were 2-0 up on 16 minutes, dinking the ball over the keeper before the same player knocked it in at the post.

On the half hour, they made it three by rounding the keeper. The Tigers were arguing at half time about their toothless attack and that was compounded by going 4-0 down when Star lobbed the keeper again. The five star treatment was complete crossing from the right and bundling in. Only then did the Tigers score, with a tap in. They also had a penalty saved at the end with a woeful down the middle pen.

Attendance – 9

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Game 89 – Fairfield Villa 3 Feckenham 2 7/5/2018

Finishing work at 2, I headed down the m5 to this game in the extremely warm temperatures of the bank holiday sunshine. This was my first visit since December.

With the season coming to a close and no chance of beating last season now, it’s now just to get into the 90’s. This midland division 2 battle saw 8th v 10th take to battle. Feckenham in the green, took the lead in the 6th minute volleying home. They were 2-0 up on 16 minutes, shooting a low drive from 25 yards. That was as good as it got as Fairfield got back into it on 26 minutes from a free kick that bounced in off the far post.

In the second half, Fairfield were level nodding in a left wing cross before wrapping the scoring up with a flick into the bottom corner. Feckenham went down to ten men as the number 5 got a second yellow for scything down a red attacker.

Attendance – 36 h/c

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Game 88 – Norway U17 0 Portugal U17 0 4/5/2018

With this my 115 games without a 0 0 came to a crashing burning end. The start of the euro u17 tournament kicked off at the Bescot stadium with this promising tie.

The game was played at a decent tempo but both sides lacked any quality in front of goal. Portugal had the best share of the first half but did nothing except curl a shot wide.

The second half, saw more of Norway in the white strip attacking, heading a shot wide and that was about it. Portugal blazed several shots high into the stands. Quite poor really.

Admission – £4 Attendance – 463

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Game 87 – Continental Star 1 Inkberrow 5 1/5/2018

Woeful Star flopped again to an efficient Inkberrow side. With the season coming to a close, I headed 5 minutes down the road to this at the hub. Tenth against 13th in the Midland Division 3.

Inkberrow in the red and white, were ahead within the first minute, burying a ball into the far corner. Star were level on 18 minutes, stooping a header at the back post.

On 38 minutes, Inkberrow were ahead after lobbing the keeper. The second half was much of the same going 3-1 up after star gave the ball away, a ball was put over the top and after rounding the keeper the balm was rolled in . It was 4-1 , after a one on one ricocheted in off a sliding defender. Inkberrow added a late goal and that was that.

Attendance – 12

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Game 86 – Wyrley 0 Tipton Town 3 28/4/2018

Tipton made hard work of beating strugglers Wyrley this afternoon. I decided to head to Long Lane , a new ground for me. On arrival I found it is a very basic facility, with one railed pitch that they play on and another at the back of it, as well as a club house and ample parking.

This was a game in the West Midlands Regional One , Tipton in the blue are 9th were the visitors to Wyrley who are one from bottom ,I can’t find how many are relegated out of this league so not sure if their down. A lineswoman asked me who I supported, I said I was a groundhopper, then asked me what was my favourite ground, got to say I was stumped, I don’t really have one but replied not this one .

The game was hard fought but both sides were poor in front of goal. Both sides half tested the others keeper but were well saved early on. Things livened up second half but it was Tipton who looked more dangerous . The deadlock was finally broken on 71 minutes,cutting in from the left and rolling across for a Tipton player to tap in.

They were 2-0 up on 83 minutes from the penalty spot shooting in the right of goal, before Tipton wrapped things up on 90 minutes, being played through they slotted beyond the keeper.

Admission – Free Attendance – 20

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Game 85 – Boldmere Sports 2 Birmingham Tigers 1 25/4/2018

Boldmere triumphed in a slow burner tonight. Boldmere who are 3rd took on 11th in this Midland league 3 clash. The first half was very poor with Boldmere in the red marginally better.

The game burst into life on 52 minutes, after Boldmere were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, Tigers defender was sent off. I had a chat with him after and he said he was sent off as being the last man but said two men were behind him and fumed that the fact make millions in fines, Boldmere wasted the free kick and the tigers set off on a counter attack, the player went on a solo run and rolled a low shot at goal that a Boldmere defender slid in .

Moments later, Boldmere were level heading in from a free kick. Boldmere won the game from a well placed low shot.

Attendance – 12

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