Game 34 – Walsall U18 1 Shrewsbury Town 0 12/1/2018

The first game of the new year saw me just take in the one game , the 11am kick off in the youth alliance. Walsall have been struggling in this league the season and had to battle hard.

The game took place at Ray Hall Lane on a grey and dismal morning. Walsall in the red, looked better early on and forced shrewsbury into an early save before dragging a one on one across the goalmouth but apart from that it was a tedious first half.

Walsall then made a save in the second half , when Shrewsbury took a shot on the turn, the ball took a clip off a teammates hip and the keeper had to tip it around the post.

The defining goal came when Shrews goalkeeper came rushing out to the left wing and clipped the Walsall player, from the resulting free kick the ball was whipped in deep and there was a small scramble before bundling it over the line.

Admission – Free Attendance – 50ish

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Game 33 – Stratford Town 0 Stourbridge 0 29/12/18

League leaders Stourbridge stuttered in a cagey affair this afternoon. I was joined today by my 6 year old daughter and Pasty Sam who came up from Worcester. We got our options down to three Stratford, Mickleover and Shawbury but Sam assured me goals would be the order of the day at Stratford. So off we went on the 87 mile round trip.

The DCS Stadium is a functional ground but we were somewhat underwhelmed with it in truth. It has a covered stand on the one side and some sheltered cover opposite and behind the one goal.

The game was dull and fairly bland, plenty off huff but both sides dragged their shots over the bar. I can remember one real moment of quality when Luke Benbow turned and fired a low shot that was tipped wide. Stratford should of had a penalty when there man was bundled over. All in all quite poor stuff the biggest crowd of the season here were treated to.

It’s a decent ground for the level with a good size car park. It’s in the suburb of Tiddington.

Admission – £10 Attendance -620 Hot dog – £2.50

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Game 32 – Coventry Sphinx 2 Boldmere St Michaels 1 28/12/18

Sphinx moved into 2nd place with this laboured win over Boldmere. My first visit to Sphinx drive in three and a half years but last time I saw a game on the side pitch so a first for Mr on the main one.

No real changes to the ground, in the time I’ve been away, small stand with seating and covered standing. Sphinx in the blue were 4th in the Midland premier while Boldmere were eighth.

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A dismal first half insued,Sphinx marginally better but their forward Joel Grandison put two sitters wide.

The second half was better, Grandison finally found his shooting boots and found the ball on the left corner of the box and struck into the far net on 57 minutes. Boldmere got back in it on 69 minutes, Sphinx keeper failed to pick up the ball quick enough and they nipped in to stuff the ball home. On 72 minutes, Coventry got the winning goal, Matt Gardner rising highest to head home a right wing cross.

Admission – £6 Attendance – 204 (announced)

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Game 31 – Brereton Social 25 Florence 0 22/12/18

Do not adjust your screens you read the score correctly, a massacre of the highest order smashed my previous record from the Norton Canes 18-1 massacre last year.

I have been following the form of Florence quite closely. Before the game , they had lost all 19 of their games and a goal difference if just shy of minus 200. This was my first visit to this ground in just over 4 years and little has changed, in fact nothing except they now charge an admission fee.

Social in the red, fancied their chances and we’re ahead after about 40 seconds , a free kick from the left was deflected off a outstretched leg. On 3 minutes, it was 2-0 finishing into the far corner. On 7 minutes, it was three running down the right and striking from 6 yards.

On 12 minutes, they charged down the right skilled two players before knocking the ball across for a tap in. On 15 minutes, it became embarrassing as Brereton struck in a shot off a defender. There was a 15 minute lull before the sixth when the ball was sprayed across from the right for a easy finish.

On 34 minutes it was 7-0, skilling the portly left back before tucking it in at the far post. One minute later it was eight shooting low from 14 yards. On 38 minutes it was 9-0, a three on one attack was knocked in. On 41 minutes, it was double figures when the ball was laid off for a 7 yard low shot. Brereton then blazed a penalty over the bar before although being blatantly offside, Brereton charged before passing the ball off for a easy finish

Brereton Social ..11 Florence.. 0

Things didn’t let up in the second half,straight after the restart heading home a corner. It was then 13-0 cutting in from the right before finishing. The 14th came from a diving header and the 15th was a great goal striking the ball into the top right corner. It was 16-0, when Social took the ball off a defender and struck it into the top left. The 17th came from another header from a corner.

The 18th was from a tap in and the 19th from a defensive blunder clearing the ball straight off his own man it went straight back towards the keeper and was tapped in. The twentieth was poked into the bottom corner. It was 21-0, struck from a low shot and it was 22-0 when the ball was forced over the line.

The goals kept coming and it was 23-0 when Social were awarded a penalty that was saved but the rebound was stuck in. The 24th when a corner was headed into Florence’s own net and the final goal came from a one in one finished beyond the keeper.

Florence clearly have severe problems and have all the hallmarks of a side ready to give up. They seem to be taking anyone who will turn up, Brereton are far from a great side but this was a walk in the park. Most of the goals were avoidable once a player had lost the ball they just have up . The bench was also a sad looking sight no subs just two fellows possibly manager and a fan .

Admission – £2 Attendance – 30 h/c

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Game 30 – Continental Star U21 3 Tamworth U21 3 22/12/18

This morning I attended this Challenge bowl game between Continental star in the yellow and Tamworth . The game was played at the hub. Continental were the weaker side but went through 4-3 on penalties.

Attendance – 29

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Game 29 – Romulus 3 Westfields 2 10/12/18

Romulus pulled off a cup shocker to knock out high flying Westfields. Last night I took in this League cup game at the Vale Stadium between two sides from the Midland League Premier. Westfields are 2nd while Romulus are three off the bottom since their demotion through the leagues.

Romulus in the red, had the better of the opening play, taking the lead in the 14th minute, Andre Gonzalez’s angled shot taking a wicked deflection. A minute later, it was 1 1 when Magee finished into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

Romulus took the lead again, on 19 minutes running into the left of the box before shooting into the far corner across the keeper. Westfields had a shot cleared of the line.

Just after half time, Westfields were level, Magee sent through in a one one one and lobbed the keeper from 20 yards, but they were their own worst enemies and conceded a corner that the keeper flapped at and Romulus got a head to it for 3 2.

No changes since my last visit, just music blaring out from two speakers at the top of the stand.

Admission – £6 Attendance – 50ish

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Game 28 – Wolverhampton United 4 Rock Rovers 4 24/11/18

A cracking game was served up at the Prestwood Rd Stadium this afternoon. Another new ground for me today after having a look who was on locally and I can’t believe I haven’t done it before as it’s only 15 miles from my front door.

My opinion of the ground is well, it is quite run down just a wooden stand on the side the redeeming feature. It reminded me of Wednesfield’s ground,with rubbish dumped at the entrance lots of broken wood etc. The game pitted two sides who are one from bottom and one above in the West Midlands Regional Division 2 so I was expecting a dull draw but it was anything but in this very feisty game.

An explosive start saw Rock Rovers in the blue score after 20 seconds, knocking the ball down the left, their star man the 6ft 4ish number 9 fired into the far corner. They went 2-0 up on 9 minutes nodding home from a free kick. Wolves then missed a penalty, with a poor down the middle effort.

On 25 minutes, Rocks number 5 made a huge blunder hooking the ball over his head towards the keeper but found a United man there who slotted beyond the keeper. On 43 minutes, Rock pumped a deep ball into the box and headed it in after bouncing off the keeper. Amazingly on the stroke of half time, United were back in it,scuffing a bobbly shot into the bottom left corner, bringing the curtain down on a thrilling first half.

Just a few minutes into the second half, Rock were their own worst enemy again, their number 3 trying to shepherd the ball back to the keeper blocking the player off but the keeper failed to pick it up, United’s player nipped in squared the ball off for a easy close range finish.

Rock then got back ahead, pinging the ball around in a lovely move that culminated in their decent number 11 slotting into the far corner. They then hit the post before giving away a corner , the resulting set piece was headed in off the underside of the bar.

This was a full bloodied clash between two struggling sides, but they were very heavy complainers that were not helped by an inept referee who struggled to understand much of what was going on and came under constant flack for his flapping and whistle blowing . Remember, the scene in titanic film where Rose is in the water blowing the whistle over and over, yeah that’s what it was like.

Admission – Free Attendance – 17 h/c

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