Game 12 – Wednesbury Athletic 3 Handsworth GSOB 0 22/7/2017

Wednesbury were rarely threatened in a comfortably won friendly this afternoon. With money very tight this week, I decided to stay local and cheap. My plan was to go to Shenstone but athe the last minute noticed they had pulled out of their game so headed to my back up at Wolverhampton Uni Walsall campus between the two Birmingham AFA sides.

This game though was on the 3g pitch which has a decent space for standing along one side. The first half saw a fairly tight half but Athletic in the white always looked comfortable. Their only goal came from the penalty spot on 32 minutes, a easy low shot saw them take the lead. There was a very low attendance with just 5 watching this including two grandparents who were watching their grandaughter instead of the game.

The second half was a better affair with Athletic by far the stronger. It was 2-0, from a move down the middle, charging towards the box, sidestepped the defender before passing into the bottom corner. GSOB”s keeper made some smart saves to keep them in it but it was not to be as in the dying moments a corner was met by a diving header.

Admission – Free Attendance – 5

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Game 11 – Brockworth Albion 2 Bishops Cleeve 2 15/7/2017

I teamed up with Leighavfc after to head to out 3rd visit to the west in a week and a certainly clocking up some miles. We were tempted by Moreton Rangers before clocking this fixture at the last minute. We didn’t know anything about Brockworth or even where it was except that it was near Gloucester. 

It so happened, Brockworth is near Longlevens where we visited last week. It’s a small little place housing a few shops a bank etc . Brockworth play at Mill Lane in Brockworth,  although basic and effectively a playing field, it did have a charm about and was one of the best I have seen with a carpet like surface.

Bishops Cleeve had sent a side that were a mixture of youth,trialit’s and reserves I am lead to believe and looked far stronger early on in there yellow strip.

Cleeve took the lead on 3 minutes, cutting in right of box opening his body up and fired across the keeper. Just one minute later it was 2-0 to Cleeve, a low cross from the right ., deceive everyone except the grateful player at the back post who steered it in with an outstretched leg.

Albion had looked poor up until they sprang into life on 17 minutes, charging down the middle, before sending a confidant strike beyond the keeper. After that things went flat and Leighton set off to find a shop while I made sure nothing was missed.

The second half was pretty poor in comparison to the first , Cleeve started to look quite unfit and Albion looked moreally than a match. On 75 minutes a deserved equaliser, Albion worked down the left before finding space to flick a bobbley effort into the far corner. 

After the game, we looked for a pub. We came across a bit of a dive the Victoria inn in Brockworth, we had one drink and left. We then headed to the Cheese Rollers pub in Shurdington,  the name a nod to the local traditional of chasing a cheese down a steep hill. This pub was much better . Bright, modern with a nice garden to.
Admission – Free  Attendance – 45ish

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Game 10 – Paget Rangers 4 Chelmsley Town 2 15/7/2017

Yesterday morning, I attended this game in the annual Sutton Cup. It was a drizzly damp morning and that was reflected in the attendance as not many wanted to brave the rain. This game played at Church Rd rarely got the juices flowing but Paget shaded it.

Paget in the amber took the lead after 41 minutes with a low shot from 20 yards. In the second half,  Paget were awarded a free kick 30 yards out, the ball was pumped into the box and was met by a bullet header for 2-0.

Chelmsley scored with a placed effort moments later before Paget extended their lead squeezing the ball into the bottom right corner.  It was game over when Paget side footed the keeper to bury a tap in from 3 yards but Chelmsley had time to hit the Base of the post and then managed a goal cutting in from the left, shooting across the keeper into the bottom.

Admission – £2   Attendance – 44 h/c

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Game 9 – Tipton Town 0 Alvechurch 5 12/7/2017

A dominant Alvechurch side took apart Tipton in a routine win. This game at the Tipton Sports Academy was both sides first friendlies but it was Tipton who looked weaker.

They fell behind to Green shirted Alvechurch in the 12th minute rounding the keeper before slotting home. They hit the bar before scoring again in the 30th minute with a great strike from 20 yards that came down off the bar. One minute later it was 3-0 as Tipton keeper.made a hash of his dive at the players feet they were free to score from 2 yards.

The second half was poorer but Alvechurch remained in control and added another from the penalty spot with a low shot. Alvechurch hit the bar twice more before adding there final goal nodoing in a header from a left wing croas. 

Admission – £3  Attenancy – 60ish

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Game 8 – Bristol Manor Farm 0 Bristol City 11 9/7/2017

It was one way traffic this afternoon at The Creek a’s City romped home to a easy win. After finishing work, we headed out on the 93 mile trek to Bristol to take in this game as part of the Bristol City Community day. The ground was very busy and we sampled a couple of pints of Carling.

Manor Farm had a stellar season last term, romping home to the title and now have the task of the Southern League ahead of them. The Creek resides at the side of the river and is pleasant but is very slopey with a heavy slope towards the rIver.  It boasts 4 areas of seating that were all filled today.

Bristol in the purple bossed this from the off and took the lead on 11 minutes with Freddie Hines walking the ball in. New signing Pisaro made it 2 0 from a corner forcing the ball in. A horror show 4 minutes came as Reid made it 3 0 converting a cross from the left with his outstretched leg.

It was 4-0 on 22 minutes , Brownhill latching onto a through ball and finishing. Welsh midfielder Morrell added the fifth on 33 minutes with a low strike . Callum O’Dowda made it 6 in the second half, knocking in a ball to the back post. 

 On 65 minutes Diego De Girolamo added the 7th striking the ball in the bottom right before adding the 8th striking Patersons lay off.  It was 9-0 when Shaun McCoulsky knocking the ball over the diving keeper.

 O’Dowda made it 10 rolling the ball under the keeper from 5 yards, the last was scored by McCoulsky ,after some fancy play from the right the ball eventually fell to the striker who had an easy opportunity to shoot centre from 12 yards. All in all a entertaining game and probably will be my highest scoring game for a good while . Afterwards i visited Severn Beach and had a stroll to the beach.

Admission – £8

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Game 7 – Longlevens 3 Cribbs FC 3 8/7/2017

A afternoon trip in the sunny weather culminated in a trip to The Sawmills this afternoon. Myself and Leighavfc got down the M5 easy enough so decided to visit the quays before getting to the ground.

The Sawmills is a nice little set up behind a rather ugly ibis hotel. The ground reminded me a little of Claines lame in width and with the metal railing. Helenic league Longlevens in the red were looking to turn over their Western League opponents.  I saw Cribbs in April easily beat Clevedon but the side today didn’t seem to have the quality of April’s. 

The game started rather slowly and didn’t spark into life until the 31st minute when Cribbs struck a shot into the top right. Longlevens got back in it after Cribbs made a defensive blunder passing the ball straight to the home side, the player kept composure to slot beyond the keeper.

I must say , Longlevens is the friendliest club i have come across on my travels and that is all down to one person. A man with the initials AB on his top who made conversation with us asking where we were from and asked us to sign the ground hopper register, I spotted Tony Incenzo’s name at the top before giving me a laminated souvenir.

Longlevens equalised  straight into the second half,  volleying the ball in despite the keeper getting a hand to it. Cribbs scuffed in a low finish before taking the lead, after hitting the bar the ball was eventually fumbled in underneath the diving keeper. 

There was still time for late drama as Longlevens rolled in a low strike into the bottom corner. Cribbs were awarded a late and very soft penalty but the keeper was equal to it . Call us morbid but afterwards we made a visit to a part of Gloucesters darker history as we visited Cromwell street home of the famous West Murders  there is now a alley way where the house once stood but blimey what a horrible street.

Admission – Free  Attendance – 31 h/c

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Game 6 –  Coleshill Town 1 Tividale 5 3/7/17

A watered down Coleshill side were taken apart by their black Country visitors last night. Coleshill fielded a side consisting of under 21s and first teamers. Tividale on the other hand were looking to bounce back after a miserable campaign last season. 

This was my first visit to Packington Lane since January 2015 and since then there has been a artificial pitch installed. Entry to the game was free and I would guess there was probably about 90 in attendance. 

I was accompanied at the game by Leighavfc and we witnessed our first goal after 10 minutes,  a cross from the right was nodded home by Tividale in the yellow strip. It was 2-0 after 19 minutes,  cutting in from the left before rolling the ball in at the near post. It was then 3-0 on 21 minutes, a free kick not the box deflected of a Tividale player to wrongfoot the keeper.

Coleshill got a goal back on 28 minutes, with a low shot from 20 yards. The second half was mainly one way traffic again , going 4-1 up sliding in a cross.from the right before meeting a sweet half volley to destroy the young Coleshill side.

Admission – Free  Attendance – 90ish

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