Game 29 – Aston Villa U23 4 Sunderland 0 6/1/20

My 226th ground Bodymoor Heath, reminds me of why I don’t do these premier league sideshows to often. I turned up to be told at the kiosk I hadn’t pre booked so couldn’t come in, ridiculous rule, fortunately a kind fella gave me his spare ticket. Then I was frisked and once in, I realised there was no one standing. I asked the stewards if I could stand so I did for the entire first half . Just into the second half, I was then harassed by another steward who told me I had to sit, told them I had already asked to stand again he told me to sit. I basically thought fu*k this and as I went to turn another one made a tug on my arm, the original one then came at me again and said are you going to sit, I just said no I’m going. Joke of a club, horrible overzealous staff and terrible ticketing system. Give me non league any day.Anyway, the ground itself is alright, it’s Aston Villas train ground near the belfry. This pitch itself has a decent stand. Midtable Villa hosted a woeful Sunderland side who are bottom with one point from 13 games.Villa were ahead after 30 seconds Indiana Vassilev nodding home a right wing cross. They were 2-0 up after 4 minutes, Vassilev opening his body up to shoot across the keeper. It was 3 0 on 14 minutes, Cameron Archers low finish in a one on one. The final goal came from Jacob Ramsey on 35 minutes, with a low strike from 10 yards… but yeah I won’t be back.

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Game 28 – Coven Athletic 0 Worcester Raiders Reserves 2 4/1/20

High flying Coven were overturned by  their under performing opponents. This game in the West Midlands Regional two saw me take in my 225th ground. The ground is known as Bentley Road South which didn’t give me a lot of information and my sat Nav refused to acknowledge the address and kept trying to take me back to the M6.
I took my daughter with me to this game and when we arrived we found a basic venue at the side of the Black Country Route. There is a small club house well cabin like thing anyway that sells cans of carling for £2 and cans of pop. Coven were 2nd at the start of the day while Worcester were one from bottom.
The game wasn’t a very inspiring one. Coven in the gold,  had the better of the early play but found Raiders keeper in good form. The best chance came when they Coven hit a one one that spun off the keeper and hit the bar. Both goals came just before half time, the first came when Raiders charged down the right and hit a low drive into the far bottom corner . The second came from a 18 yard belter.

Admission –  Free  Attendance – 9 h/c

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Game 27 – Desford Development 6 Newbold Verdon 1 28/12/19

My first new ground since October saw me heading the 40 mile drive away in Leicestershire. I intended to do this one a few weeks ago with their first team but was called off.
Desford have been suffering of late their first team are rock bottom of the premier league and the seconds are no different. The development side are bottom of the Division two with a minus 3 points difference so worse than winless, they have however won a game have been docked 6 points for something unknown. Newbold were 6th.
The club informed me it was on so off I headed. Desford play at the Sports In Desford, a sort of sports hub , that is just over road from the Caterpillar digger plant. It hosts the pitch, small five a side pitch and tennis courts from what I saw. The ground is very basic, railed on 3 sides.
Desford in the blue controlled the game although Newbold didn’t give up and continued admirably. I arrived a few minutes late to find Desford we 1 0 up apparently a tap in bottom corner . On 14 minutes it was 2-0 heading home from a corner.

On 26 minutes, Newbold got the goal of the game, Dan Agar thumping a 30 yard drive off the right wing into the far top corner. In the second half, Desford were awarded a penalty that was despatched before making it four,
tackling the defender, then the loose ball came to the keeper, he was then tackled for the loose ball to be rolled home for a fine individual goal. The final goal came when the ball was slotted into the bottom corner. A further goal was added at the end.

Admission – Free  Attendance – 40ish


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Game 26 – Rushall Olympic U21 4 Droitwich Spa U21 2 28/12/19

Top of the table Rushall had a bumpy ride against Droitwich. On a rare Saturday off, I took advantage to see this Midland U21 game.

I have had a soft spot for Spa since my days living in Worcester when I would watch the constant strugglers lose each week, things seem a little brighter for them now days . Droitwich were fourth in the league at the start of the day.

Rushall in the gold kit took the lead on 12 minutes scoring from the corner of the box. They were 2 0 up on 22 minutes, shooting from a tight angle, the keeper palmed the ball into his own net. On the stroke of half time, Droitwich were back in the game , half volleying beyond the keeper from 7 yards.

Just into the second half, Droitwich pulled level heading in a right wing cross into the top corner. Droitwich liked to foul though and were ahead from the penalty spot before adding a late goal to seal the win.

Admission – £3  Attendance – 45ish

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Game 25 – Continental Star 2 Birmingham Tigers 1 14/12/19

After work I headed to this fairly dreadful game in the Midland League 3. With little time to get anywhere I played it safe with this game at Holford Drive.

A notoriously poor fixture from game from past experience I wasn’t to hopeful of a quality game. The weather was very cold but sunny and Continental in the yellow strip were the better side, and tested the keeper early on with a angled drive. They took the lead on the stroke of half time charging into the left of the box and firing into the far net.

The second half started equally slow and saw some handbags that resulted in a yellow card each. Star scored again from a defensive blunder. The Tigers did get a goal at the end of, a ball over the top sent their man Ali through to finish.

Match Entertainment – *

Attendance – 12

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Game 24 – Rushall Olympic 3 Tividale 1 3/12/19

Last night I went to this Walsall cup game between Southern leaguers Rushall and step 5 side Tividale with my daughter. On a very chily night, we saw a tight game.

Tividale in the blue took the lead through Darragh Bustins lob. Rushall equalised through Danny Waldrons strike that squeezed in at the neat post.

Rushall took the lead in the second half, Jon Letford finishing a one in one. Tividale kept going but were finished by Letford’s nod in on the line.

Admission – a staggering £7 Attendance – 100ish

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Game 23 – Boldmere St Michaels 3 AFC Bentley 0 18/11/19

Boldmere Advance Over Underdogs

Last night, I visited Church Rd with my daughter in a freezing night to see this JW Hunt cup fixture. Boldmere of the Midland League Premier were taking on West Midland league AFC Bentley.

Bentley in the red started brightly and held Boldmere for long periods until midway through the first half, a ball flashed across the box was stuffed in. The second goal was a worldie, a 25 yard shot that dropped into the bottom right corner.

After that my daughter was to cold so I took her home partway through the second half , but Boldmere added a late goal.

Admission – £3 Attendance – 60ish

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