Game 22 – Aston FC  5  FC Birmingham 1 17/9/2016

Due to time constraints I can’t write a full match report but I attended this game in Birmingham AFA Division 6 . Aston in the claret dominated the game even missing a penalty. This game took place at Holly Lane Social club after being moved from the Hub . They fell behind early on as a goal was slid in before Aston scored a penalty before half time.  They added 4 more in the second half including a screamer at the end.

Admission – Free Attendance – 10

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Game 21 – St Thomas Aldridge 4  St Andrews Netherton 8 17/9/2016

Yesterday I went to this goalfest in the West Midland Christian League Division 2. Played at Streetly Community Centre both sides were unbeaten so far and St Thomas were in the blue and yellow with St Andrews in the West Bromwich Albion kit.

Amazingly this game was 1 1 at half time with STA taking a lead on 3 mins shooting low into the far corner. SAN equalized on 34 minutes , ghosting in to head home.

Then came a stunning second half that inclued 10 goals. Straight from kick of Netherton papped in from a right wing cross. It was 3 1 when a defensive blunder was pounced upon and slipped under the keeper. It was 3 2 when STA struck s central shot high into the net.Netherton made it 4 2 with a strike from edge of the box. Then it was 5 2, from another low cross the ball was slipped in.

Another defensive blunder created Nethertons sixth before they had a penalty for goal number 7 . I could barely keep up to write the goals . It was the eight , with a well worked move from  the wing to shoot into the far bottom corner. Aldridge then finally scored a goal with a snap shot into the bottom corner.  Nethertons keeper then saw the red card for abusing the referee (I think). Aldridge got the final goal of a crazy encounter with a header after a cross from the left. An amazing encounter of maybe how not to play real football but entertaining.

Admission – Free Attendance – 7

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Game 20 – Ilfracombe Town 1  Braunton 4 6/9/2016

While on my Devon holiday I took in this cracking clash at Marlborough Park. This ground has featured on my blog before in 2014 but there was no game happening. On entering the ground I found there is an extra covered stand behind the goal. Tonight’s visitors were Braunton.

 I can’t say I know alot about Braunton,  well  nothing at all but they seem a very good and competitive side. Ilfracombe have had a strained history of late dropping out the Western league and now play in the North Devon league, to which I confess I didn’t know existed until last week. Marlborough Park is on the Marlborough Road,  a huge hill outside the holiday village and is an ok ground but a little bland but of course you can see the sea from it so it’s all good in my book. There is a small seated stand as you enter and the one behind the goal. 

The first half was a great affair , I was impressed with both sides. Ilfracombe battering Braunton but wasting their efforts. Braunton fired an early effort wide before Ilfracombe took the lead on 9 minutes, pulling the ball back from the byline and after the first effort was blocked the bundled in from 4 yards. Ilfracombe also hit the post with a free kick that hit be base of the post and was cleared. Braunton were back in it on 33 minutes , chaegging into the box before laying the ball off for a teammate to tap in. 
Three minutes later it was 2-1, Braunton in the yellow , crossing the ball from the left, playing it back in for number 10 to finish at close range. The second half was a quieter affair with Braunton stI’ll on top and they went further in front whend Brauntons impressive number 10 was brought down on the corner of the box, the resulting free kick was met with a diving header by number 10 into the bottom corner. Braunton crushed Ilfracombe with a late goal from s low cross on the right,  the ball fell at the feet of an unmarked player who bent a great finish beyond the keeper.  All in all cracking entertainment,  disappointed with Ilfracombe performance though. Star players were Brauntons 10 and 2.

Admission – Free but donation given  Attendance – 130 ??

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Game 19 – Corinthians SK 3 Dudley Lions 2 3/9/2016

The West Midland Christian League kicked it’s season back off today with this sodden affair. This game played at Rectory Park opposite Good hope hospital in Sutton Coldfield was played in torrential conditions and left everybody soaked to the skin. 

We were treated to a crazy 5 minutes as these sides went all out . Corinthians in the green charged into the box on 52 minutes, shooting a low angled shot that deflected off the sliding defender, deceiving the keeper and settling in the bottom corner.  There was an immediate response from Lions with a bobbler into the far corner. On 55 minutes, SK  went ahead from a corner the ball was stabbed back in and was poked in from 5 yards.

SK furthered their lead on 65 mins , charging into the box before laying the ball off for a teammate to tap in . There was further farce at the back for SK when the Lions had a hopeful punt from 30 yards that flew through the keepers gloves into the net . Everyone was grateful when the whistle was blown as the rain came down harder and harder.
Admission – Free  Attendance – 9

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Game 18 – Castle Vale Town 1  Barton United 1 29/8/2016

Ninety minutes of my life I won’t get back . Firstly two good things after finishing work at 2 this was an easy ground to get to and also it wasn’t a 0-0. This truly dire game was played in the Midland League Division 3 and was also my second visit in a week.

I was accompanied by Pasty Sam for this game and we had high hopes as these two sides met on Saturday in which Barton had won 5-2. Sadly the game was rubbish although the weather was warm and sunny as two hopeless finishers went head to head at who could be the worst. The answer to that was Barton over all as Vale just shaded being the better side. Castle Vale took the lead on 43 minutes, from a free kick on the corner of the box that eluded the keeper and settled in the far bottom corner.

The second half was more about Vale but both sides were so wasteful, spooning chance after chance over the bar. United in the green finally scored with a strike into the left side of the net from 12 yards. The referee then pulled several minutes out of the bag , but still no one could score again 

Admission – Free  Attendance -20

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Game 17 – Romulus Reserves 5 Cadbury Athletic Reserves 2 27/8/2016

Due to financial constraints, I decided do this new ground as it cost bugger all, ground 141 was Lindridge Road , the training ground of Evo Stik side Romulus. This is where their reserves and youth play.
On arrival I found and extremely small and tight car park but I managed to just get a space. It is basically a field with 2 pitches and not much else but their is very much a country feel to the ground with fields in the background.

This game in the Midland Reserve League was quite good in truth but was spoilt at times by a overzealous referee. We had out first goal after 5 minutes Romulus’s forward latching onto a through ball for a one one one who flicked the ball beyond the keeper.

Two minutes later it was 2-0, side skipping the keeper and pushing the ball to far at a angle but the player steadied himself to roll into the far corner.  Romulus bagged their third on 29 minutes shaking off a challege on the wing a low cross was swept high into the net from 13 yards.

Cadbury in the purple,woke up and got a goal of their own on 43 minutes, placing a low ball into the net after coming from the right channel. By this time the rain was lashing down so fortunately the trusty brolly came in handy. The second half wasn’t as good but Romulus went 4-1 up after spraying the ball to the right of the box the ball was drilled high.

Romulus then made it a 5 star performance with the final goal,   a poor goal to concede with literally a pass shot into the net from 18 yards. Cadbury threatened slightly at the end with a fierce headed saved before netting a penalty at the death with a low penalty that came off the post.

Admission – Free  Attendance – 19 h/c

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Game 16 – Wolverhampton Wanderers U23  3 West Bromwich Albion U23 1 26/8/2016

Tonight, I decided to cross off the last of the big West Midland League clubs and visit Molineux home of the Wolves. The ground is very good as you would expect but I wasn’t overly keen on it in truth. We were made to sit in the lower section of the Billy Wright stand.

Frankly it was the worst first half I have seen this season bordering on dire. This is why I much prefer non league football there is a lot more passion. Wolves were by far the better side but did nothing with it a daisy cutter was the best they could knock up.

Wolves fans actually cheered when the Baggies did their own daisy cutter straight into Harry Burgoynes grasp. The only moment of quality was when Alex Palmer turned a shot away for a corner just before half time.

Fortunately the game livened up in the second half the Baggies taking a 59th minute lead , from a corner the ball bounced in the air for centre back Jack Fitzwater to head in. Wolves were back in the game from the penalty spot Conor Ronan converting.

On 74 minutes, Wolves went ahead when Niall Ennis came down the left, crossing to the far post and Bright Enobakhare tapped in. The final goal came on 87 minute, a low cross from the right was powered home by Enobakhare from 6 yards. Entertainment at the game came from a overweight Albion fan who even got his belly out at one point when a wolves fan called him a fat ****.

Admission – £4  Attendance – 604  Team sheet – 20p

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