Clarendon’s first goal
Clarendon threw away a 2 goal lead to draw yesterday morning. I am desperately trying to get normal service resumed in my groundhopping but there is always something happening, yesterday I had to take my daughter to her friends party so could only do this game in the morning in the West Midlands Christian League.
The game took place at King Edwards girls grammar school and was the second time I have visited here, ironically nearly 2 years ago to the day and exactly the same fixture, Clarendon won 3 1 that day.
At the start of the day Clarendon in the yellow were 3rd and Chawn 8th . It was cold and the grass was extremely wet. Clarendon had all the early pressure and took the lead on 17 minutes charging at the keeper before sliding to scoop the ball beyond the keeper from 8 yards. They were 2 0 up and looking comfortable on 25 minutes, Chawns excellent keeper saving a free kick but spilled the ball the rebound was blocked before Clarendon bundled the ball over the line at the third attempt.
The second half saw Clarendon back off more and Chawn got a penalty from a clumsy challenge, he send the keeper the wrong way. Chawn were level cutting into the left of the box and steering the ball in at the far post.
I was approached by the groundsman in the second half and had a 40 minute chat. Telling me how he is groundsman and coach to all the girls sides and also told me of the problems he Is having with the newly built drug rehab centre next door throwing needles daily into the grounds.
Attendance – 10
Last night, I limped onto 25 games as I saw my first game in a fortnight and once again at Boldmere.
This game in the Walsall Senior cup saw a first half slaying of higher league Chasetown. Chasetown provided some early pressure forcing Lewis fenney into a one handed save from point blank range.
Boldmere in the white took the lead on 22 minutes, a cross from the right nodded in by Joe Lyng. On 36 minutes, Ben Usher-Shipway collected the ball on the right of the box and sent the ball into the far bottom corner. The rest of the game was quite poor but Boldmere deserved the win.
My first game in a couple of weeks saw me at Church Rd for this game in the Birmingham Cup. Just lately, I have been so incredibly busy with things regularly popping up on Saturdays meaning I cannot get to games , leaving this season a write off by the look of things, but I endeavour to get to games when I can.
Boldmere in the white took the lead despite early pressure, from the penalty spot with a strike down the middle. That was as good as it got for the Mikes who had a second half horror show.
Bedworth were level a minute into the second half, a cross from the right nodded in at the second attempt after the keeper parried in. Bedworth took the lead, shooting in from.yhe left of the box.
They made it three,with a similar goal charging down the left before shooting a low hard strike. The final goal came ten minutes from the end , taking the ball off a defender and firing into the far corner.
Admission – £7 rip off Attendance 70ish
With only doing a lowly 22 games so far this season, I forced myself out to this although I didn’t really want to. The game in the Midland Division 3 saw two of the worst sides I’ve seen in recent years take on each other.
The game was at the Vale stadium , the only change was that most of the seats in the stand have changed to red to incorporate Romulus’s move to the ground. Star have done well so far and moved into second place with this win.
Star in the red had a effort blocked on the line before taking the lead on 9 minutes , Anthony Smith charging through one on one taking it round the outrushing keeper and tapping in from 3 yards. That was as good as it got as an agonising 75 minutes of cancelling each other out.
Star finally netted again in the 94th mnute through Smith, a throw in was dinked towards the 6 yard box and Smith collected and turned to fire in from 6 yards. Vale had a goal chalked out at the end, I thought the goal had stood but the fa have uploaded a 2 0 result so I’ll just put it was a 2 0.
Admission – £3 Attendance – 16
Rushall crashed out of the FA Youth Cup to a dominant Borough side. The game at Dales Lane saw Brad Shinton give the pics a dream start after around 25 seconds , with a low strike.
Borough in the white, equalised on 24 minutes, a low ball from the right was steered beyond Price from 6 yards. On 39 minutes, it was 2-1 to Rugby shooting on the turn. Rugby added to a great turnaround by scoring their goal of the game , a 25 yard dipping strike that Price palmed into his net.
Rugby continued to batter the pics, scoring a 58th minute penalty. They then had a free kick tipped over the bar before wrapping up a five star performance by running unchallenged and shooting low and in off the post from 18 yards.
Admission – £3 Attendance – 77
On Saturday, I visited my brother in Wales and his son in law plays for Caersws so I told him I’d give him a mention on the blog.
Obviously, normally you would never get me at a game like this but, here it is for my Bro. His son in law made his debut last week scoring 2 in a 6 1 win but this week Caersws were awful finding themselves 2 0 down at half time before a horror show second half . Most of the goals were tap ins after some horrific goalkeeping.
The game was played at the old rec a side pitch of Caersws fc. Beautiful views of rolling hillside. This is the first game in 7 years that I didn’t take pictures for obvious reasons.
I headed to Staffordshire alone for my next game and ground 201 Wellbeing Park. The journey took me 55 minutes due to heavy traffic at the Scott Arms but once I got through the delays it was a good run in the falling rain.
I arrived bang on 3pm, Wellbeing Park is confusing as you walk in their are 2 pitches and a clubhouse, there was a game on one of the pitches with 2 fans, I thought this can’t be it. On closer inspection, I found a walk way/alley type thing and found the game on down there although on approach I heard silence. After paying the £5 admission , I found the decent pitch long stand with a few seats in the middle the rest is railed. It’s a good little ground in truth, but felt desolate with such a small number of people. I counted 19 people in first half and 22 in the second.
Stone in the red strip, are now in the North West Counties league and are about 4 off the bottom, Laird were even lower at the start of the day. As for the game, Deary Deary me what a poor side Stone are, no disrespect but when your right back is your star man it’s saying something. They made Laird look Like a premiership side and should have really been a 10 -0 game, I am really struggling to remember a Stone chance.
They held out for 17 minutes before conceding a corner, the resulting set piece met by the stooping header of Steven Rothwell. Six minutes later it was 2-0, again from a corner taken by Burke, Adam Rooney met the ball with another header.
The second half , was all Laird again although Stone did play slightly better but Laird were very wasteful. They also had three penalty shouts waved away but they always looked dangerous going forward. Laird had a two on one with the keeper but instead on shooting laid the ball off but the ball trundled out for a goal kick. I hope Stone improve and fast if they want to stay in the league.
Admission – £5 Attendance – 19 Prog – £1.50 ( all colour mainly adverts with a small insert in the middle)