Game 9 – Coventry City 4 Exeter City 1 13/8/19

Coventry advanced at the expense of a poor Exeter outfit. I once again took my daughter along to St Andrews to see new tenants Coventry in the Carabao cup first round.

City were ahead within 80 seconds, Dabo being allowed to run on and on before teeing up Jordi Hiwula whose scuffed effort went under the poor Jonny Maxted.

It was 2-0, on 23 minutes when a free kick from the byline was nodded in by Godden. On 28 it was 3-0 Hiwula’s angled shot going in off a City player.

Exeter managed to get a goal back after Pierce Sweeney managed to stab the ball home but it was not to be as substitute Amadou Bakayoko got a late goal. I used to watch Bakayoko as a kid with Walsall and I always thought he was next to useless back then so it is amazing how he has gone on and become a league one first teamer.

Admission – £10 Attendance – 1555

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Game 8 – Tividale 2 AFC Wulfrunians 0 7/8/19

Tividale scraped beyond their opponents in a scrappy affair last night. I took my daughter along to this game with me, and it was fairly low key affair, a healthy crowd was in attendance.Little has changed since my last visit here, except for a kids football pitch installed behind the far goal. Tividale in the yellow were the better side but both sides had shots by both keepers.The gamecwaa delayed for a few minutes due to a injury to the young referee and was replaced by the linesman after soughting a hew linesmsn from the stand.The first goal came from a header from the left wing on 55 minutes before Dan Smith made it 2 0 when a Wolves defender stood on the ball and fell over, they raced away and buried the ball. My daughter met up with a couple of local kids who made her feel very welcome.Admission – £5

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Game 7 – Leicester Road 4 Studley 0 3/8/19

A brutal second half performance saw Leicester triumph this afternoon. The football season is back and after a disappointing friendly campaign for me, I hit a new ground. Today, I headed up to Hinckley near Leicester to see this impressive ground.Leicester Road are a phoenix club that rose out of the Ashes of Hinckley united. They have acquired the ground to and what a ground it is for the level. The Leicester Road Stadium also quoted as De Montfort park on groundhopper app has a big seated stand and 2 whopping great terraced stands.I can also comment about the friendly people here, I got talking to a steward who’s dad is on the board then afterwards I was approached by his dad and a local called Phil who talked to me about my visit and my groundhopping interests. They also filled me in about the bitter rivalry that still runs deep between them and Hinckley. I got the impression Leicester Road really want to offer the hand of friendship but Hinckley would never take it.On the last day of last season, this fixture was abandoned for a mass brawl that saw 6 red cards but today they got through the whole game . This game in the Midland League One kicked off at 3pm. The first half was a very close affair, Studley in the yellow knew how to attack but we’re toothless up front. I noticed labouring journeyman Odane Barnes for them up front, it’s hard to believe he was once the starlet of Bromsgrove, he looked disinterested until the last 5 minutes. Sam Munton came the closest for Road rasping the ball off the crossbar.The second half was a quite different story as Leicester took the lead on 48 minutes, a chip in from the left was nodded home by Langham. Star man Sam Munton scored the second doting into the bottom corner.Leicester extended their lead on 71 minutes, Reid unmarked collected the ball and shot high into the net from 15 yards. The final goal came when Earls ran on and on shaking off 4 defenders before rounding the keeper for a fine individual goal.

Admission – £6 Prog – £2 Attendance – 81 h/c

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The sad decline of Pelsall Villa

This is just a little update really of former Midland league side Pelsall Villa. I first began watching them when I moved back to Birmingham in about 2012 perhaps even 2011. They were always strugglers that went through hundreds of players. They were run on a shoestring with the help of volunteers like Mark Bentley and Bill Shaw, but even Bill had enough of them eventually before leaving for Walsall Wood.

The club pulled out of the league in 2017 without a word after successive relegations eventually finishing bottom of division 2. With the Bush ground vacant, unwanted visitors came to the ground and set numerous fires and the pub closed down.

On Saturday, driving by the Bush Ground I took the photos, the stand has disappeared, the shop is burned out and the pitch is overgrown. A sad demise of such a long standing and historic club that looks to never return.

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Game 6 – Wolverhampton Sporting 2 Kirby Muxloe 1 20/7/19

Wolverhampton came from behind to beat Kirby Muxloe in a uninspiring friendly. Last week I watched Wolves win 4 1 and after hearing my work mate Ali Trawally has signed for them gave them another chance.

The only change since my last visit is some make shift cover on the far side. The game itself was slow to get going, plenty of huff but zero quality. We did get a goal though on 33 minutes, Kirby Muxloe on the counter attack skilled a defender before laying the ball off for the onrushing player to slot home. On 35 minutes it was 1 1, curling the ball into the left of the net.

The second half was all Wolverhampton, although it took a penalty to settle it, and was holt hard and low. Kirby also cleared the ball off the line at the end but really not a great game.

Admission – Free Attendance – 48 h/c

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Game 5 – W L V Sport 1 Boldmere Sports 2 17/7/19

Boldmere found their lower league opponents a tough nut to cracking last night. It’s been a disappointing pre season so far just 2 new grounds but I hope to get more I’m shortly.

The game took place at the Wolverhampton Uni campus in Walsall. The game was very tight and i thought it would end 0 0. Boldmere in the red looked the sharper though and finally took the lead on around 70 minutes from the spot after a handball, which was put into the top corner.

WLV were level moments later, scuffing a shot under the keepers theatrical dive from 6 yards. The winner came when Boldmere charged down the right and stuffed the ball into the far bottom corner.

Admission – Free Attendance – 20 h/c

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Game 4 – Birmingham Tigers 1 Wolverhampton Sporting 4 13/7/19

After taking my daughter swimming I only had 35 minutes to get somewhere so this game was the closest I could find. A friendly between to Midland league sides. Both sides came bottom of their respective leagues last season, Wolves relegated out of the premier and Tigers bottom of the Division 3, although I am unsure if they were relegated .They played this game at Heartlands Academy, a school in Duddeston a very run down area in the shadow of Birmingham and round the back of where I work. Arriving here it was like fort knox to get in, no visible gate to drive in eventually I pressed a buzzer to walk through and it opened and was directed to the all weather pitch.Here, you watch the game from a balcony above the pitch. I counted 5 spectators as well as myself and Eggyhopper but they all seemed to be involved with the club’s. The game was decent, the first half was a tight affair with Tigers in the orange holding their own but fell behind on 22 minutes, when a ball from the right was controlled and knocked across the keeper into the far net.The second half was much better, Sporting going two up with a wonder goal, chipping the ball up before lofting the ball over the keeper. They then scored another cracking goal , charging down the right , sending in a low ball and a cheeky back side heel had enough to beat the keeper.The tigers were awarded a penalty for something I didn’t see and that was converted to the left bottom corner. The game was rounded off when Sporting controlled the ball on the chest before rifling under the crossbar.

All in all, a fairly decent game. Wasnt to keen on the location or the pitch but it did the job. Ground 216 and also the first time I saw a player saying ‘s prayer in the corner of a pitch

Attendance – 7

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