Posted by: musinganorak | January 21, 2011

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Football Grounds

#644 Spelthorne Sports Club, Spelthorne Sports

Season 2010/11

#47 Spelthorne Sports 1 Virginia Water 3, Surrey Elite Intermediate League

British Beer

#3445 Binghams : Doodle Stout 5.0%

Posted by: musinganorak | January 21, 2011

About As Local As It Gets

With friends due to visit us I had to stay fairly close to home for a game today, although with the weather still bad the prospect of any football looked bleak. Salvation came with a posting on the Tony Kempster Forum on the Monday evening – somebody had spoken to Spelthorne Sports and they were confident their game with Virginia Water in the Surrey Elite Intermediate League would go ahead. Not only did this raise the prospect of a game it was to take place on the closest ground to home that I had yet to visit. Result!

I arrived at the ground about 30 minutes before the midday kick-off and it was immediately obvious the amount of work that had been put in to ensure this top of the table clash would go ahead. There were huge piles of snow around all of the touchlines that had been shovelled off the pitch the day before. As yesterday in Cheshire this was one of the few games taking place today and so a number of hoppers had assembled by kick-off time eager to fulfill their holiday football need.

Spelthorne Sports were top of the table, and on a decent unbeaten run, whilst the visitors were snapping at their heels in second place. Unfortunately it was obvious that the heavy pitch was hampering both teams attempts to play decent football, but that didn’t stop them trying. The home side had the better of the first half with the visiting keeper making some good saves to keep them in the game. The deadlock was broken just before half time when Virginia Water played a good through ball that was coolly placed in the bottom corner.

Within a couple of minutes of the restart it was 2-0 when another good forward pass was converted by a brilliant lobbed finish in to the top corner. The home side piled on the pressure in an attempt to get back in to the game but wasted a number of chances before conceding a penalty for hand ball and subsequently a third goal. Spelthorne Sports did manage to score in the 87th minute but it was nothing more than a consolation. In the end their determination to get the game on, whilst much appreciated by those watching, may well have been the reason they lost their 9 match winning streak. I was just happy to have seen a second game in two days over the holiday period, and I was home in 10 minutes!

Posted by: musinganorak | January 12, 2011

On The Move

I’ve just got hold of the WordPress app for my Android phone which means that my blog can be getting further behind while I’m out and about!

Posted by: musinganorak | January 10, 2011

List Updates – 27/12/10

Football Grounds

#643 Lambeth Grove Stadium, Woodley Sports

Season 2010/11

#46 Woodley Sports 2 Cammell Laird 0, Evo-Stik League Division 1 North

Posted by: musinganorak | January 10, 2011

All Hail The Inventor Of Artificial Turf!

For the second year running I missed out on my Boxing Day football fix. Last year I didn’t mind as I was in Ethiopia, this year it was down to the poxy weather and I did mind. Luckily though the long weekend meant that there would be further opportunities for festive football, if the weather would allow it.

I set off North to take my Mother home after her Christmas visit, and even before I left it wasn’t looking good with games falling all over the country. I had one opportunity available to me otherwise it would be a straight there and back trip. After safely getting Mum home I headed over to my brother’s to exchange seasonal greetings and, more importantly, check the state of play further North. A quick check online brought forth positive news, the game was on and so I set off for the outskirts of Manchester and the 3G pitch of Woodley Sports. Woo-hoo!

This Evo-Stik League Division 1 North encounter was originally scheduled to be played at Cammell Laird but the powers that be, showing a degree of common sense not normally encountered in football administration, had switched the game to Woodley to take advantage of their artificial pitch. This did result in the match programme being supplied by the visitors, something that could easily confuse a stupid person. I was momentarily confused.

It soon became apparent that this was one of very few games to have beaten the weather today as groundhoppers from all over the country gradually appeared at this football oasis. I spent the time before the game catching up with friends from North Wales, the East Midlands, East Anglia, North East England and the Home Counties.

The game itself though was something of an anti-climax with neither side showing too much skill. The home side eventually ran out winners, 2-0, but that didn’t really matter. What mattered to everybody who had been drawn to the ground was that we had seen a game of football. Not many people could say that today.

Posted by: musinganorak | December 22, 2010

List Updates – 20/12/10

British Beer

#3444 Binghams : Coffee Stout 5.0%

Posted by: musinganorak | December 18, 2010

List Updates – 16/12/10

British Beer

#3443 Loddon : Razzle Dazzle 4.3%

Posted by: musinganorak | December 18, 2010

List Updates – 11/12/10

Season 2010/11

#45 Ashford Town (Middlesex) 1 AFC Hornchurch 0, FA Trophy 1st Round

Posted by: musinganorak | December 18, 2010

Tangerine Dream

After having spent a week off work with a particularly nasty chest infection I was in no state, or mood, to travel far in search of football. I opted, therefore, for the easy route and my first competitive match of the season at Ashford Town (Middlesex) who were hosting AFC Hornchurch in the FA Trophy.

On paper this was no contest, the visitors were on the fringe of the play-offs in a league one step higher whereas Ashford are having a distinctly average season in the league. But it was a cup game.

The match was not the best and all of the best chances fell to Hornchurch but a combination of good goalkeeping and luck meant that the score remained goalless at half time. The second half was much more of the same and the home side should have been well and truly beaten. But as we approached the 90 minute mark neither side had managed a goal, and it was doubtful whether Ashford had actually managed a shot on target. Or even off target.

As the end approached, and with it the prospect of a midweek trip to Essex for the replay, the home side managed one last attack down the left. The ball was whipped in and somehow it was a tangerine shirt who managed to make contact in the 6 yard box and force the ball home. Cue wild celebrations for an undeserved, but very welcome, victory. Bring on the next round!

Posted by: musinganorak | December 15, 2010

List Updates – 04/12/10

Football Grounds

#642 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff City

Season 2010/11

#44 Cardiff City 1 Preston North End 1, npower Championship

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