Game 65 – Boldmere St Michaels Sunday 4 Great Barr Rangers 1 18/2/2018

A selection of pics from today’s game at Boldmere. I’ve found it hard to get to games at the moment and to write it up . Hopefully back to normal very soon.

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Game 64 – Charlemont Star 1 St Marys 1 10/2/2018

A selection of pictures from today’s draw on a freezing cold with my wind and rain. The game was very poor and low on quality.

Attendance – 1

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Game 63 – Highgate United 3 Rocester 2 3/2/2018

Bloody weather, every Saturday horrible wet weather that destroys all chance of quality football and so it was again. Option after option failed me until the last minute when I saw Highgate were at Boldmere, yes blooming Boldmere again. Not as though I have anything against them but get fed up of going over and over again but it is a convenient option. The rain continued to fall as I arrived and was shocked as the bloke on the turnstile relieved me of 7 quid… 7 bloody quid!!! Shocking as even Owners Boldmere and tenants Paget only charge £5. Visitors today, were bottom side Rocester while Highgate in the red were 7th. Highgate bossed the first half and took the lead on 17 minutes when ex Shrewsbury striker Luke Rodgers scuffed a shot under the keeper. Highgate scored just after half time, Wilcock ran into the left of box before shooting into the far corner. It was then 3-0, again down the left Ex Worcester striker Marco Adaggio rolling into the far corner. Highgate then went down to 10 men losing their number 10 to a red card for a bad challenge. Then there was a crazy last 5 minutes, when Riddell headed past the keeper from a left wing cross before Joe Brockley converted a penalty. Admission – 7 bloody quid Attendance- 37 hc

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Game 62 – Boldmere St Michaels U21 2 Highgate Utd U21 1 27/1/2017

Boldmere defeated Highgate at a drizzly Church Rd on Saturday morning . Both sides scored first half with Boldmere scoring first before Highgate were allowed space to shoot low. Not one to live long in the memory.

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Game 61 – RAF Cosford 2 Coventry United 0 18/1/2018

An unusual Thursday night game for me tonight as I witnessed a rather uninspiring friendly between the RAF and Midland League side Coventry United. The temperature was just 2 degrees at the Cosford’s own stadium.

The stadium I presume, is used for the forces training as there is a 8 lane running track. There is a half decent stand but little else to give the place much character. I didn’t venture over to the changing rooms but there is a bar above that wasn’t open tonight.

On Tuesday, the RAF ran out 3 0 winners against Tamworth with 81 I’m attendance, tonight though there was probably about 30. The RAF in the maroon strip, dominated the game and took the lead on 9 minutes shooting across the already diving keeper.

They bossed the second half also, and finally doubled the advantage with a low shot from 8 yards. They also hit the post near the end. Coventry offered and got little nothing and I was glad to get back home and warm up.

Admission – Free Attendance – 30ish

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Game 60 – Duke FC 4 Burntwood FC 2 14/1/2017

With a free Sunday instead of work, I decided to try get a game in the morning. My first choice was a festival league game at the Q3 Academy in Great Barr , but neither side tured up despite the pitch looking fine. So I turned up at Aston Uni round the corner and there were 3 games going on. I walked to the nearest pitch and on asking someone I now know this was a cup game between 2 Walsall and Lichfield league sides.

Duke in the blue were far stronger and took the lead on 15 minutes firing into the far net. On 34 minutes it was 2 0 from a decent lob over the keeper. Just before half time, there was a goal mouth scramble and the ball sat up to be nodded in from about 2 yards.

Burntwood were awarded a lucky penalty, that they out straight down the middle, but that was as good as it got for them as Duke struck from the edge of box before wrapping things up from a bizarre goal. Burntwoods keeper picking up a pass back after taking a touch first , the referee awarded a free kick about 6 yards out, the ball was passed across the box and slotted through the melee of players.

Attendance – 3

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Game 59 – Ashton & Backwell United 0 Oldland Abbotonians 1 13/1/2018

Ashton put in a dogged performance to seriously frustrate Oldland this afternoon.  I spent the day in nearby Clevedon and stopped for a meal at the Little Harp, that opened late due to harmful bugs being found in the local water supply so I stuck to the beer.

Backwell is a mere 7 miles away so headed to a new ground for me, The Lancer Scott Stadium. Good luck trying to park here though as there is a tiny car park used for the ground and the park next door.  It is an ok little set up but a little run down. It has a small stand on one side and covered seating in the other that also incorporates the dressing rooms. The club house is long and light with a musty smell.

Before the start of play, Ashton in the marroon strip were 2 from bottom while Oldland were 9th. The first half was a fraught affair with some reckless challenges going in but Ashton were really up for the challenge. Oldland hit the bar with a long range strike before Oldland number 4 flattened Ashton’s number 8 that stopped the game for a while.

The second half was just as hard fought with star man Cordell Young worrying Oldland with his pace and trickery. Tempers boiled over again with Ashton’s Paul Uppingham losing his cool. The game was settled though a cross from the right, the ball landed at to unmarked Tyler James who scuffed the ball into the far corner.

Admission – £5   Attendance – 42

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