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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Game 22 – Castle Vale 0 Inkberrow 7 16/11/19

Woeful Vale had a second half collapse and gave Inkberrow the win they so really deserved. Nathan Davies hatrick lead the way in this performance.

After taking my daughters swimming, this was the nearest game I could get to. This Midland Division 3 game saw 12th placed Vale at home to high flying Inkberrow in the red strip.

It was as one sided as can be but after fluffing several chances and hitting the bar they finally took the lead through Davies on 37 minutes, when he flicked the ball beyond the keeper. Vales keeper is worth a mention as he made several good saves. Just before half time it was 2-0 sliding the ball under the keeper.

Vale started the second half brightly testing the keeper a couple of times before collapsing. Terrible defending paved the way for the third and fourth goals, another low finish before cutting the ball in from the byline and bundling the ball in.

The fifth was the goal of the game from the substitute who rifled in from 25 yards. It was 6-0, when Inkberrow were allowed to run and run, before a low shot bounced helplessly off the diving keepers legs, the final goal came when Davies turned and lashed in from eight yards.

Admission – Free Attendance – 40ish

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Game 21 – Rushall Olympic U18 0 Lincoln City 4 6/11/19

Rampant Imps end Rushall’s dreams

 

Last night I was back at Rushall again in a bid to restart my stuttering season. On a wet and drizzly Wednesday night, Rushall’s youth side were playing their biggest game to date as for the first time in their history they had reached the first round of the FA Youth Cup. They had big opposition in their way , League side Lincolns youth set up.

Dales Lane was very busy and mainly filled with teeny boppers aged around 15, and some with very low maturity. It was a decent game, but the gulf in class was evident with Rushall camped in their own half for most of the game. Lincoln took the lead on 27 minutes , a move off the right came into the box, the loose ball found a player who finished beyond Alex Graham. It was 2-0 on 43 minutes , when a back header let in the unmarked number 11 to finish from a angle. There was then a long delay as a Rushall player was stretchered  off with a injured knee.

The second half, was much of the same and Lincoln added a third on around 60 minutes, with a low drive that Rushall nearly kept out on the line, Lincoln added a late goal to kill Rushall’s dreams and now Wrexham await Lincoln in the next round. Rushall can be proud of their achievements and who knows next year could be their year.

Admission – £5   Attendance – Possibly around the 200 mark ?

 

Blurred Picture but was the first goal

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Game 20 – Rushall Olympic U21 13 Hawkins Sports 0 29/10/19

On Tuesday I attended Dales lane since it has gone 3g. This game was in the JW Hunt cup and was completely one sided in fact it could have been 30-0, If not for the actions of Hawkins keeper it could have been a lot worse. It was 7-0 at half time.

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Game 19 – Borrowash Victoria 2 Belper United 4 12/10/19

                Borrowash-out

Today, I headed 45 miles from home, to the Derbyshire area of Spondon, which is home to Borrowash Victoria of the East Midlands League. Now firstly before I begin, I must say how ridiculously hard it is to find the ground.

I arrived at where the sat nav said at 2.45, but found nothing. I drove around the area, asked 3 sets of locals, 2 sent me to a local park where I found a playground. Eventually, I was directed to the general area who even then gave me the wrong instructions , I found a green gate with a long abandoned social club that was boarded up, beyond that was the ground, confusing to say the least. I was accompanied by Trotterhopper on a rare outing. On arrival at the ground, we were relieved of £2 , and told the gate man of my troubles but showed no reaction, Trotterhopper then mentioned about them getting a sign up but his response was to tell us Belper had just hit the bar… ok then.

Borrowash have had a torrid time so far in the league losing all ten opening games while Belper have had a average start. These sides met in a cup game in the week which they managed to draw 0-0.

The ground is called The Anderson Electrical Arena, and is better than expected. A decent stand and seating/covered standing behind. It also has a small bar and food hut. The game was pretty good to once I got on.Belper on the blue, took the lead on 23 minutes, running down the right and Curtis Williamson heading in on the line. They were 2-0, on 27 minutes,Sam Vickers converting a low half volley from 20 yards. The punishment kept coming though on 41 minutes, Ryan Baker taking the ball to the corner of the box and squeezing the ball past the keeper in a slow rolling action.The second half was a bit different, much more slow. The Vics though showed some fight with two quick goals, first Troy Carty squeezing a bobbling shot beyond the out of position keeper before Jordan McCourt hit a 20 yard low shot beyond the static keeper. They were undone though by what looked to be an offside goal as he raced away and squeezed the ball in at the near post . Victoria’s keeper made some smart saves to keep the score down. A decent way to mark Non League Day. After the game we had a pint at the quite decent Harrington Arms in near by Elverston.

Admission – £2 Attendance – unsure possibly 120

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8 years on

Last Thursday , my blog reached its eighth birthday. I started the blog on the 26th September 2011 , and marked it with a tiny snippet about a game I visited, Cradley Town 0 Pegasus Juniors 1, seems a long time , and mine seems to have outlived many others, at this point its 82,000 hits from all around the world ,people have come and gone, as have their blogs from the groundhopping scene, but I somehow still have managed to keep going,

So thank you , for still visiting my blog and continuing to still be interested in my travels

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