Game 50 – Norton Canes 1 FC Premier 18 19/11/2017

Yes the score you are reading above is correct,  do not adjust your screen. The biggest scoreline I have ever seen happened this afternoon. This came in the Beacon League saw mid table FC Premier pulverise a desperate Norton side.

Norton in the blue, came into this losing every game of the 10 so far today and had shipped 108 goal’s so I had a good feeling about choosing this game. It took place at Heath Hayes park near Cannock, a simple parkland venue. Norton are a strange side, with a age range of 10 to 55 yes you heard me right.

Norton took a shock lead on 6 minutes sweeping in from 12 yards but it was as good as it got for them . They them subbed a player and brought on theit manager who was in his 50’s. Premier scored 3 in 3 minutes starting on 17 minutes, putting in a tap in. On 18 minutes, it was 2-1 after the keeper saved the loose ball was put in. On 19 minutes, it was 3 1 from another tap in.

Premier made it 4 1 hitting a low shot from a tight angle and 5 1 from a scuffed volley.  It was then 6 1, a through ball was chipped over the keeper and the final goal of the half was on 44 minutes came from a turn and fire into the bottom corner.

The onslaught continued second half and something I have never seen before happened,  a player wanted to come off and they beckoned a child to come on and no kidding he was about 10 , the referee was asking questions but Norton assured him he was OK to play. It was 8 1 when a ball from the right was swept in. Then 9 1 sticking out a leg to convert a right wing cross. Then it was 10 1 shooting into the far bottom corner.

It was 11-1 shooting into the bottom right and 12 1 the keeper coming out before the ball cannoned off him. Then it was  13-1 charging in from the left before shooting low. The fourteenth  came after the defender blocked but the loose ball was finished. It was 15 1 shooting high from a left wing cross before the 16th rolling in a low effort.  The goal whoring continued wits a great lofting shot on the turn and the final goal came with a low strike. Norton truly are awful.

Attendance – 9

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Game 49 – West Bromwich Albion U18 3 Sunderland U18 5 18/11/2017

Just the one game today for me, I had intended a double but after freezing my ass off I decided to chill in the afternoon. The game I saw this afternoon was quite entertaining but it reminded me why I don’t do set up’s like this to often.

This game was at the West Bromwich training ground, a unremarkable venue in truth basicly a park with a could of nice pitches at the beginning. I took a friend with me who had a e cig and was told off twice for using it once in the 80th minute by a , I say the world loosely ‘security’ kid who just mumbled about it then again as he was leaving through the car park with no one about by some old git yelling and doing so , so loudly that their doorman jogged over asking what was going on . Just the staleness of such a facility puts me off going, give me a non league ground any day.

The game was quite good with Sunderland scoring some good goals. Baggies scored first in the 29th minute with a great goal off the left wing firing into the far net. Sunderland came back on 35 minutes with a low drive and took the lead on the stroke of half banging the ball into the top corner from 18 yards.

Another top corner finish made it 3 1 in the second half before baggies scored a tap in after Sunderland keeper parried  the ball. Sunderland extended the lead from a corner,  that went in off the bar. It was then 5 2 from the spot with a low strike. The Baggies got a late goal back, a cross from the right was dropped by the keeper and they stuck it in the roof of the net and for their staffs whiney attitude I was pleased they lost . Cheers

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Game 48 – Racing Club Warwick U18 1 Lichfield City U18 2 16/11/2017

On a freezing cold Thursday night I headed 40 miles to Warwick to cross off Townsend Meadow. It’s a ground I have been putting off for a long time now due to the distance.  The journey there was pretty uneventful and the temperature gage in the car read 3 degrees.

The ground is a fairly basic facility next door to the racecourse hence the Racing Club name. The ground is quite wide and left with several trees and overgrown bushes and weeds. There is a small modern seated stand one side and a longet delapidated structure the other. The senior team play in Midland League One but tonight while off work decided to cross it off when the Under 18s were there. A layer of frost had covered the pitch and I was grate full for my hat and gloves.

Racing are one from bottom of the floodlit league while Lichfield are a few places above and it was Lichfield who looked better early on, taking the lead through a own goal. A cross from the left was sliced horribly into his own top corner by the number 3.

They added a second with a great goal,  after forcing a corner, Racing half cleared it to the box when the ball was caught sweet on the volley into the bottom corner. Racing had a penalty and scored down the middle. 

The second half, tailed off badly with one major incident when the referree gave Racing a second penalty and booked 3 Lichfield players for there protests. Racing stepped up and the shot was saved well. The rest of the half was dull and I was glad to get back in the warmth.

Admission – £3   Attendance – about 20

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Game 47 – FC Premier 1 New Gate Inn 4 12/11/2017

Really forced myself to come here after I took my daughter swimming. 6th (New gate) in the red v 10th at Ray hall lane for this game in the Beacon league.

I was late again to this one as my car was struggling. Again I missed a goal,  but caught Inn hitting the bar. On stroke of half time , inn went 2-0 up shooting in from a one on one.

Premier got a goal back with a low shot into the far corner but it wasn’t enough as New Gate bundled In from a corner. The final goal came from a cross from the right and theit player hit a nice shot on the turn. At full time there was a strange scene as a woman made a one woman pitch invasion screeching get you hands off him. Both sets of players looked bewildered once she got within 10 feet of the players she walked back shouting I’ll have it out with him later. Very weird.

Attendance – 17

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Game 46 – Premier United 5 Cross Keys United 1 12/11/17

Premier won this fixture at a Canter in this cup game this morning. This wasn’t my intended game as the game at Goalatic’s was called off. In desperation, I headed to Moor Lane and ambled up to the first pitch I saw with adults on .

After asking the linesman who was playing he said Premier United. I’d never heard of them so asked the very thorough Leighavfc who told me they both compete in the Sutton and Distinct but this was in something called the Dauncey Cup quarter final. Apparently Cross Keys are bottom and it showed while united are 8th.

Despite the goals I was rarely interested . I’d missed a goal due to the late arrival. Premier in the blue went 2-0 up from a free kick before side footing in a cross. 

It was 4-0 in the second half, a one in one struck beyond the keeper. It was 5-0 meeting a corner with a low volley. Cross Keys got a goal back nodding in a cross from the right.

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Game 45 – Boldmere St Michael’s 5 Paget Rangers 3 7/11/2017 

Three goals in the opening 7 minutes set up an interesting encounter at Church Rd. This hunt cup fixture of the Landlords against the tenants survived when others fell to the weather.

Boldmere have been struggling in the league being one from bottom while Paget in the league below were coming into the game on the back of a 6-0 drubbing.

Boldmere in the white took the lead after just 3 minutes heading in from a corner. Paget were 2-0 down on 5 minutes, a cross from right , deflected in off a sliding defender. The madcap few minutes was topped by Paget scoring again from a corner, the keeper palmed out but was headed back into the net.

Boldmere scored the goal of the game on 32 minutes, controlling a cross expertly on his chest before burying the ball. On the stroke of half time , Boldmere went down to 10 men taking out the last man before getting a penalty for 3 2.

Boldmere made it 4 2 shooting into the top corner and it was 5 2 from a Paget own goal. Paget got a late consolation hitting a volley into the bottom corner.  I had an interesting chat with Paget chairman Matthew Dainty hearing how he reinvented Paget singlehanded putting his own money in to get it off the ground.

Admission – £5

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Game 44 – Ilkeston Town 6 Paget Rangers 0 4/11/2017

A second half demolition job by Ilkeston saw them comfortably win this afternoon. I was invited by Paget to join them on the coach and as I have never done the New Manor Ground.

I liked the ground, cover on 3 sides with 2 stands on the one side and terracing at the top end. Ilkeston have had their own troubles dropping down a few leagues due to near bankruptcy but the more quality squad is still in place. Before the game it was 4th (Ilkeston) v 11th in the Midland League One.

Before the game, Pagets chairman Matthew Dainty told me “I hope we dont get battered”. Paget came to defend and could did so resolutely for most of the first half and could of had a couple themselves but found themselves up against a beast of a keeper. The pressure was to much and conceded on 42 minutes, after giving away a free kick, Jamie Walker hit a low shot that squirmed in.

The second half Ilkeston were more ruthless and a second on 51 minutes, a cross from the right headed in by Alex Marshall. It was 3-0 on 72 minutes, after Rangers failed to clear, some head tennis ensued before Wheated hit a stinging g volley.

Rangers were theit own worse enemy giving away a penalty on 75 minutes, Walker putting it in the right corner. On 88 minutes, Ben Fairclough made an impact before being subbed after being knocked through he finished at a tight angle. There was time for one more though when Walker grabbed his hattrick , a low pass was hit towards the 6 yard box and Walker stuck his leg out to take the ball in.

Admission – £5   Attendance – 486

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