Game 101 – Alum Rock 0 Sparkhill United 3 20/5/2017

I was going to call time on my season last week but I’ve pushed for a extra one  with the BCS cup final at West Bromwich Albion. They charged £1 to get in and the heavens opened just after.

Alum Rock have finished in second placed while Sparkhill won the League and we’re looking to do the double. Alum Rock in the red strin bossed the first half but had poor firepower up front and did nothing with it firing a host of chances wide.

The second half was a different story as Sparkhill looked rejuvenated and took the lead on 51 minutes, a deep cross from the right was nodded in from 4 yards by Habeel Nawaz . On 55 minutes,  it was 2-0  a corner was met with a side glanced header by Tariq Rashid into the far corner. There was further damage done on 68 minutes ,  a pass down the middle let in Allando Davis  to slide the ball underneath the outrushing keeper for 3-0. Alum Rock brought a smart one handed save out of Sparkhills keeper from a free kick. There was late drama as Sparkhill went down to ten men, the defender saving with his hands . Alum rock stepped up and cannoned the ball off the bar compounding a miserable day for them.

Admission – £1  Attendance  851

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Game 100 –  Paget Rangers 2 Redditch Borough 1 16/5/2017

I finally hit the 100 mark for the first time ever, and I must say I am very happy to have reached it. My 100th game was st the Bescot for the Midland League Challenge Cup Final between promoted Rangers and Redditch.

The game was delayed 15 minutes due to the world war 2 bomb that had been detonated in Aston. Redditch in the blue were a much more physical side and I think Rangers looked worried almost scared at what was in front of them early on.

Redditch were ahead on 7 minutes, a run down the right, a low cross was easily finished by Billy Garvey from 7 yards. Page did find a way back into it in fortuitous circumstances, Dean Morris’s free kick off the wing,  plunged deep into the box and eluded the grasp of Borough’s flapping keeper. With the minutes drawing to a end, both sides went for it but it was Dan Carter’s finish into the bottom corner on 90 minutes that settled it sparking a crazy dance along the touchline by Rangers manager Jason Lanns.  

Admission – £5 Attendance – 293

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Game 99 – Wychall Wanderers 2 Monica Star 4 11/5/2017

I am now very close to the 100 mark but had to endure another trip to Boldmere for another cup final. This was a more interesting one though, as it had 2 over 35 teams who included a few ex professional players.

Monica Star have ex Birmingham player Lee Carsley as their main figure head aswell as ex villa players Darren Byfield, Lee Hendrie and Stillian Petrov Although the latter lasted just 7 minutes.

Lee Hendre gave Star in the red the lead on 12 minutes with a 25 yard strike beyond Taylor bottom corner. Wychall never looked in it and scored off their first shot, Leon Blake’s 25 yarder going in off the post. The lead didn’t last long, as in 34 minutes Matty Robinson headed in.

Straight into the second half, Byfield slotted home a penalty before it was wrapped up by Robinson, shaking a challenge off to roll the ball into the far corner. Wychall pulled a late goal back through James Myatts shot across the keeper.

Admission – £3    Attendance – 150ish

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Game 98 – Burton Albion Ladies 7 Crusaders 0 7/5/2017

An ideal opportunity to cross off the Pirelli Stadium on the cheap last night and to see a top of the table clash. I am rather perplexed about this ground, although nice looking I am trying to work.out how it is allowed to host Championship football. 3 sides are terracing and are very low level stands.  The ground has a capacity of less than 7,000 with just over 2000 seats , quite incredible for a club playing in the second tier.
Burton have walked this league and Crusaders a very poor side somehow finished second which maybe speaks volumes of the quality of this league. Button took the lead on 3 minutes, Jordan Atkin turning to fire home . It wjas 2-0 on 33 minutes, from a corner Tasha Rothery”s scuffed strike found its way in.

On 41 minute’s,  it was 3-0 Atkinson first effort was blocked by the keeper, but she followed up with a rebound. It was much of the same in the second half going 4-0 up, with the goal of the game, just out the box Grimadell’s dipping shot looped over the keeper.

Atkin hit a poor penalty that rolled in for a hattrick , quite what the keeper was doing I am not sure as she just crumpled on the spot.  Amy Ramsdale scored a good goal nodding in a deep cross, again though a goalkeeping error palmed in the header. The final goal I did not believe was a penalty,  extremely sift in my opinion and the Crusaders definitely felt aggrieved chasing the referee about but Hayleigh Sutton took the kick, the first effort was saved but she tapped in the loose ball. Burton hit the bar at the death.

Admission – Free  Attendance – 150ish


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Game 97 – Walsall U18 2 Shrewsbury Town U18 0 6/5/2017

Walsall eased past Shrewsbury I’m a fast paced game at Ray Hall Lane yesterday. I am still desperately trying to hit my 100 games target with time running out but I  still hopeful of getting it done.

The weather was quite grey and dismal in Birmingham with light drizzle. Walsall have been doing well in their youth alliance league in 3rd placed while Shrewsbury remain in mid table.

Walsall took the lead through Cairns low drive after the ball was cut back by Fisher, the low shot took a deflection off the keepers foot. 

Shrewsbury were their own worst enemy though and after a lazy pass across the box by Taylor,  Candlin intercepted the ball before rounding the keeper.

Attendance – 83  h/c

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Game 96 – Nineveh FC 2 Niger FC 2 5/5/2017

I know a lot of people reading my blog will probably raise their eyebrows when they see this on my blog , as Pastysam would say … serious barrelscraping , but it wasn’t about that tonight. It was about going to watch my workmate,  Gambia’s finest export Ali Trawally play.

He plays for Nineveh in the yellow strip but I cannot give you much information as I know literally nothing about the sides, league they play in etc. The game was held at Birmingham City.

Ali Trawally

Nineveh took the lead on on 35 minutes, after a finger tip save, the loose ball was buried. Five minutes later,  a free kick off the wing was whipped in to the back post and was met with a Bullet header.

Nineveh always seemed to have a slight edge and took the lead from a corner which was nodded in. The green team managed to take the game to penalties from the penalty spot. The game went to penalties we went to the front and soon gathered around by a very large number of Africans who went mad after Niger had 2 soft penalties saved which sparked a pitch invasion that the 5 stewards on duty could do nothing about. Well done Ali who won player of the season trophy as well. 

Attendance – 160ish

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Game 95 – Basford United 1 Carlton Town 4 2/5/2017

Last night, I visited another of the 92 when I visited Notts County’s  Meadow Lane. The ground was hosting the Nottinghamshire Saturday Cup Final between these 2 evo stick sides.

The ground is quite impressive really, the step’s are very steep on the main stand though so something to watch out for. Before the game we had a quick drink in the Trent Navigation pub around the corner before heading to the ground. 

Directly outside the ground you can see Nottingham Forests City Ground that is just yards away over the River Trent. Admission was £5  that included a programme. 

Carlton in the black and white bossed the game though, and took the lead on 15 minutes, Hooton shaking off a challenge before firing past Saul Deeney. As ford equalised from the spot though, Hutchinson made no mistake.

Carlton made it 2 1 when Elliot fired into the roof of the net from an angle just before half time. Blair made it 3 1 on 74 minutes curling the ball into the far corner. The final goal four minutes from the end a mix up at the back allowed Hooton to nip in for his goal for a convincing win.

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