After 5 years I finally made it to The Vale Stadium , after my last visit saw the game moved to the back pitch, finally I saw the newly formed Castle Vale Town .This ground has been home to a few clubs in the past Paget Rangers, Castle Vale JKS and Alvis have all played here before.
It has a decent stand and bar with a good viewing area . A small tea bar was open but Leigh was distinctly unimpressed with the chips. Castle Vale have joined the Midland League 3 and had lost their opening game 2-0. Today’s visitors were Inkberrow who played in a red and white strip.
Inkberrow scored on 29 minutes firing into the far corner. On 34 minutes, it was 2-0 after the ball hit the post the ball bounced up and hung in the air before was headed home . The final goal in the half , was a great goal after Vale’s keeper rushed out , Inkberrow fired in a 25 yard screamer.
In the second half , the game went flat as Inkberrow sat back , until the 77th minute after Vale failed to clear, the ball was fired home. The final goal was another good goal after Vales keeper rushed to the corner of the box, Inkberrow’s number 10 lofted the ball over the keepers head.
Admission – Free Attendance – 40ish
This was probably the best game I have seen so far this season, this game was held in the West Midland Christian League’s Kevin Kovacs Trophy and was held at the Walsall Campus at Magdalene Way.
On arrival I found just St Marys warming up, eventually the officials turned up followed by Clarendon meaning the game kicked off 16 minutes late. The conditions were very blustery with sunshine and showers. My last visit last year was on a freezing blustery day.
This game saw 6 goals with Clarendon the yellow strip In fine form.They went ahead in the 19th minute taking the lead by hooking the ball over the keeper into the far corner. Andrew Beeson equalized with a 30 yard screamer on 23 minutes. On 42 minutes Clarendon scored a fine goal on the turn shooting across the keeper into the far corner.
In the second half, Clarendon kept up the pressure and went 3-1 with a shot into the bottom corner from 18 yards. A bit of good fortune made the fourth s free kick from the corner sailed in. The final goal came from a penalty after a player was hauled down , the penalty went straight down the middle.
Admission – Free Attendance – 21 h/c
My first visit to St Andrews in three years saw this development league opener verses Watford. The kop was nearly deserted, Forest Green manager Mark Cooper turned up to watch.
The first half was very poor with little action, Blues dragged a shot across the face of goal. The only meaningful action was when Watford scored on 45 minutes , Blues had a shot blocked on the line the ball was cleared , Michael Folivi went on a mazy run skipping past players before laying the ball off . Blues attempted to clear it but the ball cannoned off his teammates backside and Alex Jakubiak poked the ball in.
Birmingham dominated the second half firstly hitting the bar with a drive. They then headed wide before having a punt at goal that was clawed away by ex Villa keeper Charlie Bannister. Sadly they could not find a way through, Blues will winder how they lost to such a poor Watford side.
Admission – £4 Attendance -80ish
Shifnal retained their early top of the table status with a win against Cradley. This was my first ever visit to the Trio Construction Stadium, after being told about it a few times I finally got here. The ground for me isn’t fantastic but I thought it did boast a rather splendid stand that made it a worthwhile journey
This game in the West Midland Regional League saw unbeaten Shifnal take on Cradley who were opening their season . The ground consists of a stand , a refreshment stand on the half way and a housing estate behind the one goal.
Shifnal in the red and white took the lead on 30 minutes ,Liam Armstrong lobbing the keeper. Cradley continued to add pressure but mainly fired over the bar. In the second half Shifnal went 2-0 up ,Armstrong cutting in from the left and firing a low strike into the far corner. Cradley were not to be undone though, when a substitute crossed from the left and the ball was headed in..
Admission – £4 Programme – £1 Attendance – 40ish
This was the only chance to make a double today and so I grabbed the chance. Visitors to Coles Lane for this friendly were Heath Hayes who played in a yellow and black strip.
This was a entertaining but low key game barely advertised I found the game out by contacting the club on twitter. Heath Hayes took the lead on 17 minutes via a corner, the ball landed st a players feet who lashed the ball home. On the half hour it was 1-1, from the penalty spot after a player was hauled down, the penalty going straight down the middle.
On 33 minutes Sutton took the lead, cutting in from the left channel and shooting. In the second half, Heath Hayes equalized with the goal of the game with a superb volley. Sutton then went ahead again, with a good team move, the ball eventually landing to a player unmarked who slotted down the middle from 16 yards. Sutton wrapped things up when a first effort was blocked the rebound was slotted home.
Admission – Free Attendance – 23 h/c
This week saw my blog hit 50,000 views which is a landmark. The blog has been running just under 5 years now and I have reported on many games and taken countless pictures for your enjoyment . I try my best to keep going although I never hear much response from anyone visiting comments etc. , you’re visits keep me striving to keep the blog going.
I am up to 136 grounds now , and most in some way are on this blog now . The whole thing is a pleasure from finding a game , the planning , the anticipation of what its like when you actually get there , but there are downsides it takes a lot of time especially Saturdays on a double, the cost , my job gets in the way , my girlfriend moans It is hampering my family life and I should be taking my daughters out on a Saturday that all adds to my worries of not being able to keep this blog going like I have been. In truth it sums the transition of life changes from the start of the blog until now … I started this blog in my moms front room in Worcester September 2011 … 2 kids have come … moved back here… 3 jobs since … a house … and all the stress that goes with it but the blog has been constant. Maybe it is time to call it a day I am not sure … Maybe ill get a few comments on this post , maybe I won’t but I hope you enjoy visiting and seeing where I’ve been.
Rushall beat a average Colwyn side with a solitary goal this afternoon. Myself and Leighavfc decided to take the Rushall supporters coach for their friendly and at £10 is good value. Sadly lane closures meant we did not arrive until 1.45pm.
The Defunct Colwyn Bay Victoria Pier
We decided to have a walk to the seafront and had an enjoyable walk on the promenade. We also viewed the delapidated Victoria Pier that is now crumbling. With 25 minutes to kick off we attempted to get a taxi but the appalling transport system here meant we could not, the only one we could get was a old bearded guy who refused saying he was to busy waiting 5 minutes before driving away with no one inside. So we hiked and ran the hours walk in 25 minutes arriving at 3.10.
Llanelian Road is a nice little ground but well out of the town , with a large stand on one side and two covered standing areas on the far side aswell as behind the goal. At the entrance to the ground is the clubhouse. We were given a warm welcome to Colwyn by an elderly gentleman on arrival, a nice touch . The game was quite poor but played in decent enough spirit with only one blow up when a reckless challenge sent Rushall number 7 into a rant. Sadly there was not much action to talk about , a few trickles across the face of goal. Colwyn offered little as Rushall dominated and looked fitter.
The only defining moment of quality came in the 58th minute when Alex Reid sent a looping ball over the keeper that nestled into the net. After the game we had a drink and Rushall friendly manager John Allen shook our hands and thanked us for coming . Sadly the warmth was spoiled on returning to the coach and all the seats taken up by players taking up the majority of the seats . Leigh was forced to sit in a seat where he was rudely told to ‘Get out that’s my seat ‘ by a cantankerous old bloke . Apart from that a nice day.
Admission – £5 Attendance- 100ish