Game 20 – Stone Dominoes 0 Cammell Laird 2 22/9/2018

I headed to Staffordshire alone for my next game and ground 201 Wellbeing Park. The journey took me 55 minutes due to heavy traffic at the Scott Arms but once I got through the delays it was a good run in the falling rain.

I arrived bang on 3pm, Wellbeing Park is confusing as you walk in their are 2 pitches and a clubhouse, there was a game on one of the pitches with 2 fans, I thought this can’t be it. On closer inspection, I found a walk way/alley type thing and found the game on down there although on approach I heard silence. After paying the £5 admission , I found the decent pitch long stand with a few seats in the middle the rest is railed. It’s a good little ground in truth, but felt desolate with such a small number of people. I counted 19 people in first half and 22 in the second.

Stone in the red strip, are now in the North West Counties league and are about 4 off the bottom, Laird were even lower at the start of the day. As for the game, Deary Deary me what a poor side Stone are, no disrespect but when your right back is your star man it’s saying something. They made Laird look Like a premiership side and should have really been a 10 -0 game, I am really struggling to remember a Stone chance.

They held out for 17 minutes before conceding a corner, the resulting set piece met by the stooping header of Steven Rothwell. Six minutes later it was 2-0, again from a corner taken by Burke, Adam Rooney met the ball with another header.

The second half , was all Laird again although Stone did play slightly better but Laird were very wasteful. They also had three penalty shouts waved away but they always looked dangerous going forward. Laird had a two on one with the keeper but instead on shooting laid the ball off but the ball trundled out for a goal kick. I hope Stone improve and fast if they want to stay in the league.

Admission – £5 Attendance – 19 Prog – £1.50 ( all colour mainly adverts with a small insert in the middle)

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Game 19 – St Thomas Aldridge 2 Corinthians SK 4 22/9/2018

St Thomas threw away a two goal lead to lose this morning. On a drizzly and grim Saturday, I stayed local in the morning and headed to Streetly for this West Midlands Christian league 2 mid table fixture.

I was joined by my brother who doesn’t really like football and Trotter hopper who was making his first foray with me for a couple of years. Also joining us at this one was local hopper Tim from Stourbridge.

The game was decent enough,St Thomas hit the bar, before Aldridge in the orange took the lead on 31 minutes, cutting in from the right before shooting and they were 2-0 up on 44 minutes slipping the ball through the keepers legs from 15 yards.

Sadly it was as good as it got as SK put the ball into the bottom left corner. They equalised shooting a bobble shot into the same keeper before SK took the lead from a free kick on the left that eluded everyone and bounced harmlessly in. SK wrapped it up when their first effort was saved by the keepers legs they stuffed it in St the second attempt.

Attendance – 7

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Game 18 – Wolverhampton Casuals 0 Romulus 1 15/9/2018

Dominant Romulus saw off the Casuals to progress this afternoon. Well I have finally made it, my 200th ground and it’s been a long time coming. The 200th I chose to be at was the Brinsford Stadium for the FA Vase game between West Mids Regional Casuals and Midland League Romulus.

The ground is neat, access around the ground is disappointing though with only 2 and half sides of the pitch accessible. There is a small stand as well and a area to get your tea and coffee. The ground is down a fairly quiet side road off the main road and is on the left.

The game was quite entertaining with the first half being the better, both sides playing at a fast tempo. Romulus in the red looking stronger , the first meaningful effort from Romulus was the one they scored from though on 24 minutes, collecting the ball on the right some 45 yards out , the ball was pumped into the box and Luke Richards rose to nod the ball in.

Casuals responded by having a shot beaten away by the Roms keepers legs. In the second half the Roms also missed two sitters dragging the ball wide and then missing a header a yard out. All in all a decent trip out and I was home for 5.15.

Admission – £5 Attendance – 62 h/c

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Game 17 – Christ Church Coseley 2 St Thomas Aldridge 2 15/9/2018

Despite four goals this was pretty poor fare. I saw St Thomas draw last week and they got another point this week. This game took place at Churchfields round the corner from Sandwell hospital.

Christ Church in the red, looked the better and took the lead on 15 minutes, hitting a low shot into the bottom corner. They Conceded a goal to a free kick, before shooting across the keeper to make it 2-1 , Aldridge added one towards the end for a point.

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Game 16 – Cannock United 2 Coven Athletic 3 8/9/18

A game truly of two halves saw Coven knock Cannock out of the cup. I didn’t want to go to far and seeing this game was on 25 minutes from home, I headed here.

I have not seen to much of the Staffs league, a couple of games here and there but when I gave the teams seem of decent quality. This game was a Division 2 cup game between Cannock and Coven. Coven have had a decent start to the season while Cannock have drawn a couple.

The game took place at a new Venue for me , Norton Canes community Centre. A simple pitch behind the centre with some mesh fencing and some temporary material dugouts. Sadly the game was played mostly in driving rain and I got fairly soaked.

The first half was fairly even and Cannock in the sky blue took the lead on 40 minutes, from a free kick that was thumped into the top right corner from 25 yards. On the stroke of half time, it was 2-0 cutting in from the left and rolling the ball into the far bottom corner.

That was as good as it got for Cannock as Coven came out determined. They made it 2-1 bundling in from a goalmouth scramble. The equaliser was probably their best goal receiving the ball on the edge of the right side box, sidestepping the defender curling a lovely shot beyond the keeper. United applied a little pressure but a corner was awarded after the keeper saved with his nose, the resulting corner was nodded in by a leaping Coven player.

Attendance – 16 h/c

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Game 15 – St Thomas Aldridge 2 Brierley Hill AOG 2 8/9/2018

Both sides got their first point of the season this morning. This game in the second division of the West Midlands Christian League took place at the Streetly Community centre.

The game was played in constant drizzle and I tried sheltering under a tree to no avail. The first half was dull with St Thomas in the orange looking the more threatening. Things came to life in a explosive 7 minutes of the second half.

AOG took the lead on 49 minutes with a decent half volley. On 53 minutes, they made it 2-0, picking the ball up some 25 yards out that player struck a low drive that evaded everyone in the crowded box.

On 56 minutes, Aldridge got a goal back , cutting in from the left byline, rolling the ball across the line for a lash in from a yard. The final goal came near the end, from a corner the ball was pinged about before St Thomas’s Prince William lookalike stabbed the ball in from 8 yards. I don’t have the scorers names as of yet.

Attendance – 6

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Game 14 – Welshpool Town 3 Tywyn Bryncrug 2 31/8/18

Welshpool survived a scare to win on Friday night. I decided to try a new ground and headed 70 miles to Maes-y-Dre ground in Welshpool. It’s a nice little ground that shares with the cricket club.

It has a decent stand and looks to be a three sided ground, Welshpool in the white were the more attacking team and took the lead on 32 minutes, a corner was nodded in by Ian Mcleod.

In the second half, they extended their lead when Ricky Litchfield found space to shoot low. Tywyn came back into it when Welshpool’s keeper failed to deal with the ball and Nick Williams turned and fired.

Tywyn were awarded a free kick , Dave Jenkins strike took a wicked deflection off the wall and wrong footed the keeper. The winner came from Jake Mann who hit a 25 yard strike that screamed in off the post .

After the game, i went in the social club and played some of the local lads at pool winning 3-0 . Thanks to Martin and his friend for the games and thanks Steve for making me welcome, Steve is heavily involved with Waterloo Rovers in the league below.

Admission – Free Attendance – 64 h/c

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