Game 51 – Lane Head 3 Feckenham 0 22/4/19

Lane Head beat an ineffectual Feckenham outfit in a lacklustre encounter. I headed here after work on this Bank Holiday Monday with the weather fine and going from work it had to be a local game.

This game in the Midlands League two saw two lower table sides (10th and 11th) go head to head. The game took place at the Red Lion ground in Bloxwich , formally home of Bloxwich United.

The ground is getting more rundown every time I visit, with the stand behind the goal now closed to the public due to it falling to bits, ground is now shut off on 3 sides and very neglected which is such a shame . Entry here is through the clubhouse £4 with a half decent programme chucked in. I’m pretty sure Lane Head are the new incarnation of the old Rostance Edwards club, same kit and ground are used.

Feckenham in the green started the stronger and hit the bar early on but found themselves behind on 23 minutes, when their keeper misjudged a dropping ball , the loose ball was rolled in. The second half saw Feckenham’s keeper injured after being clattered by his own player, a outfield sub went in between the sticks and his first job was saving a penalty.

Lane heads second goal was quality, getting the ball to the byline before crossing it for a stooping header into the top corner from 8 yards. The final goal saw a ball down the middle latched onto before trying to lop the outrushing keeper, the ball bounced off the keepers shoulder before bobbling in. I did enjoy the game but it had an end of season , I can’t be arsed attitude especially from Feckenham.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdzCEGjvB1eJyOvhywxYNRQ

Admission – £4 Attendance – 30ish mainly partners and kids

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Game 50 – Boldmere St Michaels 0 Coventry Sphinx 0 12/4/19

A point apiece was shared in this snooze fest last night. I won’t write to much on this as it really was that bad. This game took place in the Midland League Premier and saw 7th v 8th.

I had seem the reverse fixture in December in which Sphinx won 2-1 but no chance of that tonight. Coventry in the yellow had the better share of the play and had a chance when they had a one on one saved but the rebound was stuffed wide. Coventry also had a tame free kick saved in the second half.

Two vids from this on my channel at

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdzCEGjvB1eJyOvhywxYNRQ

Boldmere offered nothing going forward at all. I paid £7 to get into this , but in reflection they should have paid me to watch it.

Admission – £7 Attendance – 142

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Game 49 – Paget Rangers 3 Nuneaton Griff 2 6/4/19

Paget struggled to break down Nuneaton in a encounter that felt more like a friendly. With the grand national on, I decided to stay close to home and revisit Paget.

Paget have had a fairly average campaign and are in 11th place while basement boys Nuneaton are going down with a whimper. The weather was sunny with cloud and saw spirited Nuneaton in the blue take a 7th minute lead, squaring the ball off for a finish from 12 yards.

Paget equalised on 40 minutes, when Craig Evans scored with a low shot from 18 yards. In the second half, Wright got Paget in front, tucking the ball into the bottom left corner from.a one on one.

Paget made it 3-1, Nuneaton fluffed their lines and Evans got his second scooping the ball into the top left corner, Nuneaton added a late goal from the spot.

My videos from the day are on my channel at

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdzCEGjvB1eJyOvhywxYNRQ

Admission – £5 Attendance -40ish

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Game 48 – Market Drayton Town 3 Clitheroe 0 30/3/19

Market Drayton overcame a nervy start to win comfortably this afternoon. I headed to Shropshire this afternoon, to cross off a ground 46 miles from home. The Greenfields sports ground, home to Market Drayton of the Evo stik West.The ground itself, is in the same spot as the towns rugby and tennis club. It has a stand with seats as well as covered standing next to it and some behind the goal and a small area of seating by the corner . It’s a decent enough little ground in truth and worth a visit.Both sides have found things tough this year and found themselves 17th and 18th at the start of the day. This game was played in front of the lowest crowd of the season. Crowds here seem to be quite small to, just 76 today that’s 50 down on their game in midweek.They issue a programme here for £2, fairly decent effort black and white with the usual stuff in it. Market Drayton play in the red strip.They found themselves under early pressure as Clitheroe took the game to them early on, they are a small but physical side who like a ruck. Market Drayton came into things more though, forcing one high and wide before James Jennings cut in from the left before firing low into net on the stroke of half time.Seven minutes into the second half, Jennings was at it again nipping in front of the keeper to stab a ball home from the left. Things flared up a bit towards the end with some pushing and shoving and Clitheroe began picking up yellows but it couldn’t save them as Charles Knowles picked the ball up on the edge of the box to squeeze the ball inside the right post.All in all decent ground, good result for the home side. Clitheroe will be disappointed with this though.Admission – £7 Attendance – 76 Programme – £2 Chips – £1.50

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New YouTube channel

This week I have I launched a new video channel AdjiGroundhopperTV please visit it at

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Game 47 – Stafford Rangers 1 Warrington Town 1 23/3/19

In form Warrington found life hard on their trip to strugglers Stafford. I was joined by Pasty Sam on this journey to my 212th ground. Marston Road is decent enough, somehow I imagined it slightly more developed . One big stand and covered terracing on two of the other sides.

At the start of the day, Warrington were 2nd and looking to keep pace on the leaders while Stafford were in 17th. We got inside early and saw the mascot a 5ft odd badger and a superfan in a Stafford rangers created sandwich board and homemade trophy ( God knows).

The game itself , saw a relatively poor first half that was mostly Warrington in the blue wasting chances, their number 10 despite being big and burly could be knocked down by a feather. Stafford defended them out resolutely and could have took the lead from a dipping effort. Warrington ,then dragged a horrific shot wide across the box before Stafford took the lead on 45 minutes. A shot came back out to the edge of the box, this was them hit low back on and man of the match Andrai Jones managed to get a touch.

Stafford found the Northern side more up for things second half but held their own up despite Warrington having a penalty shout waved away. They were level though on 62 minutes, a ball from the right was chested into the net by Jack Dunn. The only other thing of note was a great double side by Staffords keeper Adam Siviter.

Admission – £10 Attendance – 759

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Game 46 – Bustleholme 1 Worcester Raiders 3 19/3/19

Boxing day 2011 was the last time I visited York Road, a revisit was overdue. I took in this clash in the West Midlands Regional One that saw table toppers Raiders take on 15th Bustleholme. Bustleholme have played at various grounds over the years most recently at Tipton but now call York Road in Oldbury there home.

A very decent ground, with a pitch length stand one side and two covered ones the other. Though the terrace behind the one goal is quite dangerous with many uneven surfaces, the last time I saw a game here two sides played each other AFC Smethwick and AFC Womborne, are either side still going ?.

Raiders in the Red dominated early on and took the lead on 19 minutes , the ball dinked over the defender and Luke Molloy was there to finish into the top corner. Kyle Belmonte made it 2-0 , collecting the ball on the left corner of box before shooting low into the far bottom corner.

They had further chances in the second half including a goal ruled out but did make it three when Bustleholme’s keeper failed to hold the ball, it came out to Alex Marsh who’s shot clipped a defender for a deflected goal. Myles Nettleford added a consolation.

I headed off with 5 minutes to go, up at 4am you know but I later found out the referee blew early for a punch up the pitch that then involved raiders fans. They already are being investigated for racist comments and a fan throwing a bottle at a referee.

Admission – £4 Attendance – 50 h/c

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