Well the season has come to a end for the 18/19 season and it is time to write my annual review. Firstly thank you for continuing to follow my page which is now nearly 8 years old. this season I have found the hardest while groundhopping with work, family and my health. Despite being just 33, I was diagnosed with a form of arthritis a while back and sometimes it has been a battle to just find the energy. I lost motivation big time throughout November- January as the slump in games shows but I picked it up to try and finish on a higher number than it would of been.
Games seen – 57
New Grounds – 19
Favourite Ground of the season
I think my favourite new ground of the season has to be Welshpool , who I saw in September on a night game , lovely location large stand and lovely views.
Game of the season
It has to be Brereton Socials 25-0 over woeful Florence in December , a score line that I will probably never see again and I was so glad to be able to witness it , shameful goal whoring.
Worst game of the season
I would have to say Earlswood Towns dire 1-0 defeat to Bolehall , one chance the whole game that was scored and it was freezing. Maybe also matched by Boldmere’s 0-0 with Coventry Sphinx.
I have been unlucky enough to see three 0-0’s.
Hopes for the new season
Perhaps to do a few league clubs, maybe get some Gloucestershire clubs ticked off . I always say Torquay but I never get there but we shall see this time round.
I would also like to mention the couple of hoppers I have met this season , Gareth who is a relatively new hopper who I have spoken to online and who I met at Tividale , keep going ! and Andy Morton who I recently met at Continental . Also a mention to the few people who ever decide to check out my ramblings on my YouTube channel AdjiGroundhopperTV
Now to take a break and wait until the end of June when I can start again .
All the best
I think this will be my last game of the season so I’ll just post a few pictures from the west brom cup played at the baggies with the score being 1 0 to Silk at half time who were in the stripes.
I can’t see any more options coming up so I think that’s all folks ! I’ll write my season review up in the next week for your enjoyment .
Redditch came from behind to win the Les James Trophy.
Well the end I’d nigh, the games are drying up and with just one more on my radar on Saturday this looks to be my penultimate game of the season. The Les James cup final saw two Midland league division two teams go head to head. Both sides have had relatively underwhelming seasons finishing 8th and 12th. The final took place at the Bescot , home to relegated Walsall.
Knowle in the red were better early on but it was only in 25th minute we had some action when Knowle had a chance select against the bar ,from the corner Bridges headed home.
In a bizarre two minute period, Borough won the game, on 36 minutes Borough had a penalty that Billy Garvey smashed home before one minute later Khurum Iqbal slotted the ball low after being on acres of space following a cross in from the right.
Admission – £5 Attendance – 150ish
The goal that never was , came off the underside and out
Bromsgrove were promoted after this final that had it all. This was the southern league central play off final, the winner took all and would be promoted. I got there smack on 3pm and a steward told me to hurry up and said the gates were closing and they were close to capacity and he was right as it was completely rammed.
The first half hour was fairly poor stuff but Corby in the blue were the brighter and took the lead on 33 minutes , Sandy collecting Crawfords knock from the left and placed a low ball into the bottom right. Sporting were level when Rich Gregory met Jason Cowley left wing cross with a diving header.
Bromsgrove were awarded a penalty in the second half but it was beaten away by Corby keepers legs. Cowley then made it 2-1 turning in Gregory cross. Bromsgrove then made it 3-1 on 61 minutes when Cowley buried the ball. Corby were back in it when they found space to shoot, it stung the keepers palms and came straight back to Diggin who buried the loose ball.
Crawford forced extra time by bundling the ball in after a cross from close range and the extra time I didn’t want after a long day at work happened. With 104 minutes on the clock substitute Westwood was allowed to run and run before striking a low shot ftom 14 yards for the winner. There was late drama as Gordon was sent off for Corby and a spot kick given, Cole struck towards the top corner , but George got a strong arm to it to tip over. At full time there was a pitch invasion and some minor trouble from.the Corby fans, as I left the ground the Corby fans were refusing to get on their coach and trying to wind people up , around 10 police officers and a police dog were trying to calm them down.
Admission – £9 Attendance – 2943
Continental were promoted after this victory over Coventry Plumbing. This wasn’t my intended game as i planned to see Alcester become champions, but having a visitor at my door and taking me twenty minutes to get rid of them and thus making Alcester out of reach so ended up back at the hub for a less pointless revisit than usual.
Stars second goal
Star in the yellow, held second place at the start of the day and knew a win would pip AFC Solihull to the promotion party, Coventry themselves have had a respectable first season in the Midlands League Three climbing to fifth. This was also the biggest crowd I have seen st the hub , I counted 50 when the most I usually count us between 20-30.The game started a blistering pace for the first few minutes in the sunshine when Star took the lead on seven minutes, charging in from the left before sending a low cross to be flicked in. One minute later it was 2-0, sending a delightful ball over the top, for a one on one to be slipped under the keeper.Star got their goal of the game in 21 minutes, cutting in from the right, turned the first man then a second before laying the ball off to be drilled in from 14 yards . Coventry looked devoid of ideas but didn’t give up and were back in it on 36 minutes, backheading a corner into the net. In this game we got crazy weather , sun wind rain and a hail storm.The second half was a bit of a anti climax really although Star looked sharper and did have a goal ruled out but it was Coventry who did get another goal and again heading in from a corner.I don’t often get recognised at games, despite being a well established hopper with twitter and YouTube etc but today I was . I was approached by local hopper Andy Morton who does games when and where at his own pace . We had a chat in the second half and it was good to hear about grounds he’s been to that are still on my to do list. Nice bloke
Admission – Free Attendance – 50 h/c
Alcester dropped vital points in the title race against a bright Coventrians side. My plan was to go to Coalville but after being late out of work that went out the window so headed to the Colliery Sports ground in Keresley.
It’s a basic little venue, two pitches one fully railed the other part railed. The rest of the place is scrub land. Not ideal weather as Storm Hannah left us battered by strong winds and made conditions difficult.
Coventrians who were 7th and in the blue and white, we’re a far stronger outfit and we’re ahead on 22 minutes, a free kick from the left found Nathan Mcgarrity on his own who shot across the keeper into the net. Alcester barely registered a chance on target the whole first half .
Coventrians were less effectual in the second half but continued to keep attacking burst eventually succumbed in the 82nd minute from a corner , Lewis Marston rose highest to nod home.
Admission – £2 Attendance – 35 h/c
I headed to the Hadley stadium where Bottom side Tigers lost to a Star side . Star were in the yellow, had my daughter with me for this one she’s now done about 10 grounds. Star had a penalty saved but then took the lead from putting the ball in the bottom corner.
They made it 2-0 converting a low cross . Tigers did get a goal back when they slotted home from close range.
Attendance – 25ish