Today, I headed 45 miles from home, to the Derbyshire area of Spondon, which is home to Borrowash Victoria of the East Midlands League. Now firstly before I begin, I must say how ridiculously hard it is to find the ground.
I arrived at where the sat nav said at 2.45, but found nothing. I drove around the area, asked 3 sets of locals, 2 sent me to a local park where I found a playground. Eventually, I was directed to the general area who even then gave me the wrong instructions , I found a green gate with a long abandoned social club that was boarded up, beyond that was the ground, confusing to say the least. I was accompanied by Trotterhopper on a rare outing. On arrival at the ground, we were relieved of £2 , and told the gate man of my troubles but showed no reaction, Trotterhopper then mentioned about them getting a sign up but his response was to tell us Belper had just hit the bar… ok then.
Borrowash have had a torrid time so far in the league losing all ten opening games while Belper have had a average start. These sides met in a cup game in the week which they managed to draw 0-0.
The ground is called The Anderson Electrical Arena, and is better than expected. A decent stand and seating/covered standing behind. It also has a small bar and food hut. The game was pretty good to once I got on.Belper on the blue, took the lead on 23 minutes, running down the right and Curtis Williamson heading in on the line. They were 2-0, on 27 minutes,Sam Vickers converting a low half volley from 20 yards. The punishment kept coming though on 41 minutes, Ryan Baker taking the ball to the corner of the box and squeezing the ball past the keeper in a slow rolling action.The second half was a bit different, much more slow. The Vics though showed some fight with two quick goals, first Troy Carty squeezing a bobbling shot beyond the out of position keeper before Jordan McCourt hit a 20 yard low shot beyond the static keeper. They were undone though by what looked to be an offside goal as he raced away and squeezed the ball in at the near post . Victoria’s keeper made some smart saves to keep the score down. A decent way to mark Non League Day. After the game we had a pint at the quite decent Harrington Arms in near by Elverston.
Admission – £2 Attendance – unsure possibly 120
Last Thursday , my blog reached its eighth birthday. I started the blog on the 26th September 2011 , and marked it with a tiny snippet about a game I visited, Cradley Town 0 Pegasus Juniors 1, seems a long time , and mine seems to have outlived many others, at this point its 82,000 hits from all around the world ,people have come and gone, as have their blogs from the groundhopping scene, but I somehow still have managed to keep going,
So thank you , for still visiting my blog and continuing to still be interested in my travels
Winless Earlswood served up some cracking entertainment at Field Lane this afternoon. My 222nd ground took me to the affluent Solihull, I visited here earlier in the year to the Glades next door but crossed off Hampton’s ground outright.
It’s a decent little set up, small club house, railed pitch and two little covered shelters. This game in the Midland league Division 2 saw two struggling sides, Earlswood who were pointless before today took on Hampton who had mustered a mere 4 points so far. Hampton were in their red white and black strip.
This was a feisty encounter from the off with challenges flying in all over the place combined with a referee who was out of his depth. Earlswood though did take the lead on 9 minutes,Steven Mason stuffing the ball in from a corner. On 29 minutes it was level, when Hampton on the edge of the box hit a high shot that deflected off a defenders back and looped into the top corner.
Earlswood went ahead again with a lovely passing move that was slipped though for Jon Hanmer to slip into the far corner. In the second half, Earlswood pressed but missed chance after chance and we’re caught when route one from the keeper found the striker, his low shot was parried by the keeper but somehow squirmed in. The final goal came when the referee clued for a free kick, the free kick was struck into the keepers stomach ab the the loose ball was lashed in by Harry Street.
Admission – Free Attendance – 31 h/c
A impressive performance from Villas kids saw off a pretty woeful United side at Walsall’s Banks stadium.
It was a drizzly night and was once again accompanied by my daughter . Villa were ahead on 14 minutes, when McGee was caught in possession, Vassilev struck low into the far corner. It was 2-0 on 28 minutes, Bernard ( Man U Captain) was sent off for colliding with Tyreik Wright, Wright then put home the penalty.
Vassilev created the third on 38 minute surging in from the byline for Ramsey to bury the ball. A shocking fourth was added when Ramsey got his fourth slotting the ball under the keeper. Traore added a goal for Man U a 35 yarder into the bottom corner.
Admission – £3 Attendance – 200 ?
For the second time in a week, I found myself heading to the other side of Birmingham. After playing football this morning, I perused the local fixtures and clocked this one that looked to have goals written all over it. This was the Les James cup, Second in Midland Division 2 Northfield took on one from bottom of Division 3 Leamington.
It took me 40 minutes to get to Northfield , and I eventually found the Shenley Community Association, home of Northfield Town. The ground is a a field behind a social club that has 4 pitches but the only one with any hinges is this one with its rail and Covered standing. The pitch also has a slope side to side.
This was a real game of two halves, the first was really sluggish as Lemington frustrated Northfield before Northfield in the blue took the lead on 15 minutes, squeezing a low shot in at the near post.
The second half was an onslaught though, cutting in from.the right , nutmegging the number 2 before drilling it home. It was 3-0, just after with the goal , a thunder rocket onto th top corner from 22 yards. The fourth came from a low cross bring converted from close range.
The fifth came from the spot, the Hib’s keeper parried the penalty but th rebound was stuck in. The final goal came from a corner, the header was blocked but the ball broke loose and was hooked in from 6 yards. The oly player of any credit for Leamington was their keeper who made a couple of saves, it took them 80 minutes for their first real shot but that was saved by the keepers leg.
Admission – £3 Attendance – 43 h/c
A landslide result saw a gulf in quality between two sides. This was a game in the challenge trophy and was played at the Bournville Recreation Ground that is right next door to Cadbury World. This is my 220th ground and quite a decent little ground. It’s tidy and has a small terrace and Pavilion behind the near goal. Bournville which is 10 miles from me is a neat little village actually built by the Cadbury family.
Sporting Club are apparently a first team in their own right although I haven’t heard of them. The gulf between sides was apparent from the off and Inkberrow in the green and white took the lead on 16 minutes, a low ball from the right was stabbed in at close range. It was 2-0 on 23 minutes, a angled shot was parried by the keeper straight into the path of a grateful player who tapped in.
The third was a own goal on 35 minutes, when Cadbury got there feet all wrong and bundled into their own net. It was 4-0 on half time with a one on one despatched beyond the keeper. The second one half continued in the same fashion but both sides had a goal ruled out for offside before Inkberrow went 5-0 up, the keeper diving to early for a ball, Inkberrow rounded the keeper to score.
The punishment kept coming though as Inkberrow charged down the right before shooting hard and low. The 7th came from a ball across the box being bundled in. Cadbury hit the post before a great shot that was tipped onto the bar, they did end up scoring with a ball over the defence that was shot into the bottom corner, bt Inkberrow went straight down, skilled the keeper and scored.
Admission – Free Attendance – 31 h/c
Warstone saw off a poor Bentley side with ease in Wolverhampton.Today, I headed 18 miles from my front door, to Aldersley Leisure Village, home of West Midlands Regional two side Warstone Wanderers. It’s a decent little set up ten minutes from the M54. Housed at the back of a leisure centre, it is a running track jobby set in a bowl.
Although usually I don’t really like these sort of grounds, this was one of the much better ones although the outskirts of it are rather neglected. On arrival there was a sign up saying £4 in, which seemed steep for that level but no one was there to pay so I strolled on in.
This was Warstone’s ( in the green) first game of the season, while Bentley had won their opener, God knows how they were poor. I thought this would be a low scorer ad the first 20 minutes were dreadful but we had two goals due to dodgy keeping. The first arrived on 28 minutes, Warstone shooting from 20 yards the keeper dived low but the ball bounced in front of him then over him, they did it again on 41 minutes a low shot was saved by the keeper who then flicked the ball with his arm into the corner of his net in comical fashion.
The second half was better with Warstone attacking, they then added a third. AFC Bentley pulled one back from a screamer of a free kick but Warstone made it four rounding the keeper before a piss taking getting down on the floor to roll it in with his head, which he regretted as AFC’S keeper rushed in on his head which sparked a melee and a couple of cards.
A better than expected game at a fairly decent athletics grounds win win for me really but I doubt I’ll go back.
Admission – Free Attendance – 10 h/c