Game 2 – Darlaston Town 0 Sporting Khalsa 3 10/7/18

A friendly played at the RSA academy in Tipton. The first 60 minutes were incredibly tedious with one bit of action when Darlaston kicked the ball off their own bar and all goals added late in the game. Darlo in the blue.

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Game 1 – Continental Star 0 Paget Rangers 1 4/7/2018

So we are off and running again for another season, and it only seems 5 minutes since I was last writing on here . I got in early with this game at the hub between to Midland League sides.

The game was pretty poor and pitch was dead, the grass almost completely yellow in the recent heatwave and temperatures were around 26 degrees even at 7.30 on the night.

The referee was poor and was given several complaints by the Paget bench . Paget in the amber strip had the better of the game but we’re frustrated with zero quality moves . The game was settled though three quarters into the game by a Dean Morris free kick that went over the wall into the top corner.

Attendance – Around 50

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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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