Game 41 – Cheadle Town 2 Maine Road 1 7/3/20

The last game of an extremely long day was the short trip over to Cheadle Town. They play at the Park Road stadium and I believe left until last for the showstopper. It does boast a decent stand in truth and a portakabin bar as well as an outside bar.I was given a warm welcome on arrival with the gate an asking me how many grounds I’ve done. The entrance to the ground is abit dicey pitch black and full of potholes.The game was abit of a weak affair and didn’t really hold my interest. I met up with Leighavfc who I used to knock about with but haven’t seen for 2 or so years.Cheadle in the red and white took the lead on 20 minutes through Pat Davins strike from the left into top corner. Just after half time Harry Hatton fired centre of goal from 8 yards through a crowd of bodies for 2 0. Maine Road made it 2 1 shooting into the bottom corner.Admission – £5 Attendance – 380

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Game 40 – Cheadle Nomads 1 Stockport Town 5 7/3/20

Game 3 of the day, the Cheadle Heath sports club. This was a fairly basic venue in truth and I feel the club struggled with the demand as the club ran out of hot dog rolls and were just offering sausages to people. It has 2 small stands and a railed pitch. Decent enough for the level.

The game was good though, Stockport in the blue ahead after 3 minutes Jardel Depiaza charging down right before lofting the ball in from 18 yards. Tyler Ferguson made it 2 0 with a volley from 20 yards into the far corner. On 20 minutes, Chris Middleton rolled home from a corner. A minute later it was 4-0, Depiaza had his second shooting into the far bottom corner.

Cheadle had a goal back in the second half scoring a delightful chip but Depiaza had his hattrick capitalising on a sloppy back pass to bundle in.

Admission – £5 Attendance – 342

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Game 39 – Wythenshawe Town 3 Abbey Hey 2 7/3/20

After the amateurs game, I battled over to inner city Wythenshawe. The leady suburbia was gone and was now in a very busy industrial estate. Parking was at a premium down this narrow road where I found Ericstan Park.This ground didn’t seem big enough for the amount of people that game with and the paths extremely narrow. Part of the far side was closed off to spectators to meaning people were quite penned in. Ericstan Park does have a small ramshackle seated stand one one side and a small one on the far side as well as a small covered standing area.The game was good though, both sides flying high but Towns keeper Callum Jakolevs had a right mare. Abbey Hey in the red took the lead on 6 minutes, a pass back to him from Jan Palinkas he let slip through and went down as a own goal. Matty Bryan made it 1 1 shooting from the edge of the 6 yards box.Jakolevs was at it again though, as he was nudged as he collected the ball and kicked out at the Abbey Hey player and a penalty was awarded, Grant stepped up and scored. Wythenshawe had a shot blocked but Brad Byrne was there to Bury the ball. The final goal came in controversial circumstances when Liam Myers who looked miles offside rolled the ball home from about 20 yards.Admission – £5

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Game 38 – Wythenshawe Amateurs 1 West Didsbury & Chorlton 0 7/3/20

Yesterday, I attended the Northwest Counties league groundhop around the boroughs of Manchester. First on the agenda was this game in the First division South. Midtablers Wythenshawe taking on promotion chasing west Didsbury who play in the White strip.

Wythenshawe play at Hollyhedge Park, decent for the level. A patio area behind the goal with club house and one stand on the near side. This was probably the poorest game of the day but was still enjoyable. The only goal coming after 4 minutes, a ball from the right finding Chrissy Howard at the back post who steered the ball in at the near post.

A crowd of over 540 attended this, a massive achievement.

Admission – £4

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Game 37- Droitwich Spa 4 Sikh Hunters 2 29/2/20

Table toppers Spa saw off a spirited Hunters at a strange venue this afternoon. On a freezing, windy afternoon I headed up the M6 to the West Walsall E-Act academy just off junction 10. A very good 3g facility with standing down the one side.

A confusing choice of ground considering how far it is from Droitwich. The top side in the red were dominant from the start

Spa took the lead on 12 minutes rifling into the far bottom corner before going 2 0 up with a delightful ball across the park for a on rushing player to roll the ball beyond the keeper both sides hit the woodwork with hunters hitting the bar and Spa the post. Sadly I had to leave after half time for a family event and four more goals were scored.

Attendance – 32 h/c

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Game 36 – Continental Star 1 W L V Sport 3 22/2/20

Today I attended one of only two surviving games in the Midland League 3. The game took place at the hub in Perry Barr. WLV were the far better side the whole game.

Attendance – 3

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Game 35 – Heather St Johns 1 Coventry Sphinx 2 8/2/20

Coventry Sphinx caused a upset so see off league leaders Heather.

I came here today after accepting Heather’s kind offer to let my daughter be mascot for the day. We were treated brilliantly by the kind staff of Heather who gave my daughter a shirt to wear and walk out onto the pitch and shake hands with the players.

On the pitch though, Heather did take the lead, but I missed the goal getting my daughter some chips but the goal was scored by Keiron Clarke. Sphinx in the yellow were level later in the first half after Heather’s keeper fumbled the ball , Loz Rawlings was there to send the ball into the bottom corner.

The second half was a little fractious, with a bit of pushing and shoving and silly challenges but Sphinx took the lead late in the second half when they charged down the right to the byline cut it back in for Rawlings to squirm to the ball beyond the keeper.

Attendance – 105

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