Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Houghton Main 2 v Handsworth 6 - Sheff & Hallam CSL Prem

Wednesday 16th April 2014
at Middlecliffe Lane, Little Houghton
Pete's Patisserie, Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League, Premier Division
Houghton Main (2) 2
Nicky Harper 6,
Kieran Hirst 39
Handsworth (2) 6
Scott Bates 2,
Lee Hudson 19,
Alex Rippon 59, 69,
Samuel McKay 77,
Jack Hall 88
Attendance 97 (at kick off)
Congratulations to Handsworth FC - County Senior League, Premier Division champions 2013-14
Match details to follow ASAP

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Staveley Miners Welfare Under 18/19's trials for 2014-15 season
Trial dates for players interested in being a part of Staveley Miners Welfare's Under 18's and Under 19's sides for next season are being held on Saturday 26th April and Saturday 3rd May, from 9.30am until Midday at the ground, on Inkersall Road, Staveley, S43 3JL
Just turn up on the day; or if you require more information contact the club in advance: - club sec
01246 471441 - club
07530055849 - club sec.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Notts Senior League Groundhop 2014

Admission (and programmes) to all 5 games £15 inclusive, by ticket purchased in advance.
Financially, these events are an absolute Godsend to clubs, so respect where it is due to the people who put the time into organising them, namely, in this particular case: Rob Hornby.
Rob Hornby ... as seen on TV (at Ruddington Village FC)
It's usually free to watch games in the Notts Senior League, but I'm more than happy to have paid a few quid per game, to help clubs raise some much needed funds towards their running costs, match officials fees and all the other untold other expenses that grass roots football incurs.
Details to follow ASAP
Friday 11th April
Precision Sports Nottinghamshire Senior League, Premier Division
at Cotgrave Welfare Ground
Cotgrave FC (0) 4
Lewis Dobbins 53
Kyle Waddell 55
Jamie Kirkby 63, 90+
Burton Joyce (1) 2
Roman Easom 40, 75
Liam Cooper, Tyrone Booth, Lee Stanley, Graham Lynn, Kyle Waddell, Ben Smedley, Shaun Jackson, Cameron Waddell, Jamie Kirby, Lewis Dobbins, Ryan Thorpe
Subs - Michael Holvey, Dougie Mills, Mark Wheeldon, Lee Collison, Steve Astill
Burton Joyce:
Roscoe Easom, Danny Harris, Marco Della Rocca, Matt Hayes, Roman Easom, Matt Ward, Rowan Cooper, Sam Buckle, Troy Smith, Ryan Easom, Michael Stray
Subs - Ben Truman, Nat Roberts, Jamie Powdrill, Luke Stocks. Adam Swietlinski

Saturday 12th April
Precision Sports Nottinghamshire Senior League, Premier Division
at Wollaton Sports Association
Wollaton FC (1) 3
Jordan Alls 24, 54, Tony Atkins 46
Beeston Town (0) 0
Att 282
Joss Hourdlee, Luke Humphreys, Roberto Labbate, Tom Lambert, Antony Atkins, Adam Campbell, Dane Rawson, Mark Palmer, Jordan Alls, Chris Atkins, Roy Killeaey
Subs - Mark Middleton, Jordan Tarr, Luke Farmer, Joe Richardson, Rikki Turner (GK)
Luke Gibbons, Tom Fryer, Craig Howkins, Mitchell Robinson, James KNight, Ben Cheatle, Aiden Blewitt, Jason Jude, Sam Mannon, Alex Ford, Alex Cooke
Subs - Chris Allen, Jack Wilkinson, Tom Richardson

Saturday 12th April
Precision Sports Nottinghamshire Senior League, Premier Division
Elms Park
Ruddington Athletic (0) 0
Boots Athletic (0) 1
Anton Bonnick 51
Att 319
Ruddington Village:
Lewis Horseley, Ricky Benwell, Jordan Hassell, Phil Hopkinson, Ben Johnson, Dan Asher, Mark Devonshire, David Rimington, Matt Carver, Craig McMorran, Tristan Rhodes
Subs - Leigh Sissons, Matt Thompson
Boots Athletic:
Elliot Griffiths, Jake West, Ash Harrison, Chris Hutchinson, Alex Bowles, Ash Murdoch, James Starduck, Wayne Jones, Anton Bonnick, Kev WAlker, Tian Walker
Subs - Gaz Willows, Mark Harrison, Gareth Rees, Micky Lucas

Saturday 12th April
Precision Sports Nottinghamshire Senior League, Premier Division
Platt Lane
Keyworth United (2) 3
Ben Clarke 4, 52, John Crawley 35
Sandhurst FC (1) 2
Cliff Clarke 8, Adam Bradford 49
Att 372
Keyworth United:
Ryan Jennings, Sam Clements, Sam Jackson, Gareth Ellis, Paddy Sneath, Duncan Smith, Adam Taylor, John Crawley, Ben Clarke, Matt Chilvers, Bruce Walker
Subs - ASh Scadden, Nicky Jones, Tom Richards, Luke Burrell
Allen Sellars, Andy Lobley, Chris Snowball, Dan Abbott, Dan Munson, Dan Ellis, Adam BRadford, Cliff Clarke, Charlie Wormwald, Eric Pearson, Nathan Smith
Subs - Ricky Eadson, Gaz Tye, Matt Iddon, Mark Cauldwell, Chris Anderson

Saturday 12th April
Precision Sports Nottinghamshire Senior League, Division One
Regatta Way
West Bridgford (1) 2
Jurgen Charlesworth  9 , 75
Bingham Town (1) 1
Nicholas Gammon 19
Att 448
West Bridgford:
Sam Clark, Toby Sewell, Tom Coole, Eddy West, Jordan McKenzie, Chris Marks, Pat Newsome, Chris Hayes, Jurgen Charlesworth, Aaron Large, Jamie Prince
Subs - Ryan Tittensor, Sam Prince, Tom Randall, Steve Griffiths, David Erentz
Bingham Town:
Charlie Abbott, Tom Hardy, Ollie Turton, Andrew Nicholson, Drew Hatton, George Abbott, Tom Spencer, Jamie Archer, Nicholas Gammon, Adam Sentance, Jonathan Morley
Subs - Rob Hallam, Derek Ball, Lawrence Sheppard, Michael Carpenter, Jake Wall
Note* These are the correct team line ups for the 5th and final game of the Notts Senior League Groundhop, the team sheets that were issued were incorrect. These things happen :-)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Staveley Miners Welfare 1 v Barton Town Old Boys 3 - NCEL Prem

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Wednesday 9th April 2014
at Inkersall Road, Staveley, S43 3JL
Staveley Miners Welfare (1) 1
Joe Flint 30
Barton Town Old Boys (1) 3
Gareth Barlow 11, 76
Scott Phillips 76
Admission £5. Programme £1.50. Attendance 81
This week has been filled with sadness since hearing of the passing away of Staveley Miners Welfare stalwart Bernard Tilley on Saturday.
His presence will be sorely missed.
Prior to kick off the teams and spectators observed an immaculately observed minutes silence for a very popular man, who was one of the most well mannered, humble and knowledgeable people I've ever had the pleasure to know in football circles; mainly through our many meetings and chats at Under 19s games.
Commiserations to Bernard's family and everybody who knew him.
Tonight's visitors to 18th placed Staveley Miners Welfare, were high flying Barton Town Old Boys, who are currently 3rd in the table and still just about in the running for the NCEL Premier title.
Dec Howard, the former Retford United Under 19's keeper, who recently signed from Parkgate, became the ninth different player to start a game in the number 1 shirt for Staveley this season and although he ended up on the losing side tonight, he actually played very well.
Another ex Retford Under 19's player who emerged from tonight's defeat with pass marks, is Luke Walker, who switched clubs and moved across to Staveley last season.
Having impressed with the reserves recently, Luke featured in Saturday's 6-2 defeat for the first team and bagged himself a goal. Tonight, although he only featured in the game for the last ten minutes, he was unlucky not to have scored twice and put quality balls in from both wings as Staveley went on the offensive, looking to get back into the game.
Joe Flint, another product of the local Under 19 scene (at Mansfield Town) scored Staveley's only goal, but tonight Barton Town Old Boys, had that bit more in their tank than the Blues and deserved their win.
The visitors towering front pair, Gareth Barlow and Scott Phillips, are a testament to the word stamina. They'll keep making run after run into the right areas all night long, until the opportunity arises for them to inflict damage on opposition defences, or take advantage of any odd slip up here and there .... and that pretty much summed their game plan and the eventual outcome tonight.
Well played Barton ... and God bless you Bernard Tilley.
Match report by my fellow SMWFC press gang co-conspirator Jim McIntosh

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Retford United 1 v Glasshoughton Welfare 2 - NCEL Prem

Tuesday 8th April 2014
at the Jones & Co. Stadium/Cannon Park
NCEL Premier Division
Retford United (0) 1
Sam Jones 56
Glasshoughton Welfare (1) 2
Reece Chappell 27
Andy Seed 85
Admission £5. Programme £1.50. Attendance 68
Retford United:
James Hitchcock, Danny Smith (Andy Walkden), Graeme Severn, Jake Stannard, Rob Sanderson, Liam Gaughan, (Liam Nelthorpe 85), Bobby Johnson (C), Sam Jones, Gav Cooper (Liam Slack 45), Reece Thompson, Ben Muirhead
Unused subs - Danny Jarvis, James O'Neill
Glasshoughton Welfare:
Paul Hargreen, Serroa Hillaroa, Colin Leung, Adam Walsh, Jamie Williams, Mark Newton, Josh Thorpe, Andy Seed (C), Reece Chappell, Tomas Halverson, Liam Kellett
Unused subs - Josh Prudhoe, Matt Cressey
When I was very, very young, my next door neighbours, Mr & Mrs Green, had a dog that used to make a really high pitched howling/yodeling type noise, every time that this song by Slim Whitman (or the other version by Frank Ifield) used to come on the radio ... or was it still called a stereogram back in those days?

Mr Green was quite famous, for having been one of the press photographers who was stood in the background, when Neville Chamberlain made his famous and ill fated 'Peace in our time' speech in 1939.
As well as being a news and sports photographer and a fireman, Mr Green also had an oil painting of the Flying Scotsman passing through Retford Railway Station (for the benefit of our younger readers, it was a steam locomotive) displayed on Blue Peter, his son Don appeared on the programme talking to Peter Purves. How cool is that?
As East Retford upon Idle goes, that is a fairly substantial celebrity CV, I think you'll agree.
A few years later, Jimmy James, the singer with Jimmy James and the Vagabonds moved in a few doors down the road too. He gave me my first ever vinyl records, that had those push out black plastic middles, so he's probably responsible for starting off my music collecting fetish, which still continues in an unabated and very expensive way, until this day.
Yes, I still own this one .
His band toured as support to the Who n' all sorts of pop star types would visit his house from time to time.
So why am I telling you all of this?
Hmm, well, to be honest, I'm waffling, because I can't think of very much to say about tonight's, end of season, 'nowt to play for, going through the motions, football match.
Reece Chappell put Glasshoughton in front after 27 minutes, but Retford equalised through Sam Jones on 56 minutes.
With the clock ticking down towards full time, Reece Chappell received the ball in the middle of the pitch, but looked too knackered to venture forward with it. He saw off a challenge from Rob Sanderson fairly easily and sent his team captain charging off towards the Badgers goal, where he slotted the ball past James Hitchcock to claim all three points for the west Yorkshire side.
A draw had looked on the cards up until that point, but the couple of dozen hardy souls who had travelled down the A1 won't have been complaining.
FT - Retford United 1 v Glasshoughton Welfare 2
Not entirely the most awe inspiring game I've watched this season, if truth be told.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Sheffield United Community 2 v Liverpool Feds 4 - Northern Womens Combination League

Sunday 6th April 2014
at the Jones & Co. Stadium/Cannon Park (Retford United FC)
Northern Womens Combination League
Sheffield United Community (2) 2
Liverpool Feds (1) 4
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More details to follow ASAP

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Ampthill Town 1 v Harefield United 1 - Spartan (South mids) Prem

Saturday 5th April 2014
(Molten) Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
at Ampthill Park
Ampthill Town (1) 1
Danny Watson 39
Harefield United (0) 1
Ryan Ashe 85
Admission £6. inc. programme.
Attendance 63
Ampthill Town:
Martin Conway, Josh Kisby, Alvin Rajaram, Robbie Goodman (C), Dave Murphy, Tyrone Taylor, Warren Garcia, MIchael Lyon, Lea Coulter, Danny Watson, Sam Holmes
Subs - Steve Flux, Dan Green, Kyle Duncan
Harefield United:
Michael Pearce, Connor Butler, Jordan Keeley, Gunew Ferguson, Austin Schofield, Ryan Egan, Paolo Cicero, Ryan Ashe, Ryan Kinnane, Mark Sergeant, Jack Reader, Jack Grit, Andrew Hiblen, Seldyn Grant.
(Harefield squad list, inc. subs, not in number order)
Ampthill, is a very well kempt, small rural town (population 6000), situated in a charming and picturesque area of Bedfordshire, in between Bedford and Luton.
The name 'Ampthill' is of Anglo-Saxon origin. The first settlement was called 'Aemethyll', which literally means either 'ant heap' or 'ant infested hill'.
But you can find out all of that kind of stuff on Wikipedia, so I'll stop pretending to know all sorts of things about local history and stick to proving that I know bugger all about football instead..
This was the first time I've ever been to Ampthill, but having now made it's acquaintance, it probably won't be the last.
If I'd concentrated a bit harder at school and ended up with a much better paid job than the one I've got, Ampthill is definitely the sort of place I'd like to retire to one day.
But hey! The estate I live on, in a north Nottinghamshire 'historic market town' isn't without it's own charm.
The football ground is neatly tucked away inside a country park, just off Woburn Road, as you head due west out of town, the rugby ground is just across the road and the cricket club play next door.
The 'Ampthill Hub' a cafe and meeting place that is central to all of the park's amenities, is situated just outside the main entrance of the ground and their is a welcoming clubhouse once you get inside too.
Though it's an enclosure that would benefit from a bit of TLC, personally I liked it, a lot, it's definitely got a lot of charm and character.
I particularly enjoyed being able to view the game from the raised standing area and seating. You don't miss much from up there ... so maybe the match referee Mr R Trinder should make good use of these facilities the next time he officiates here.
The local crowd are a friendly and knowledgeable bunch, to which end I must thank Ampthill's club secretary Eric Turner and their goalkeeper Martin Conway's mother, for filling me in with a few details ... I'm quite sure the gumshield advice will prove to be invaluable.
Background info:
It's a two horse race for the title in the Spartan League Premier Division, between Ampthill United and Hanwell Town.
Though after this afternoon's results, Ampthill's chances of claiming the top spot were somewhat diminished because they are now relying on results elsewhere going their way, even more than they originally were when today's game kicked off.
Ampthill started the day one point in front of Hanwell in the table, but the Middlesex side have a better goal difference and four games in hand on their Bedfordshire title rivals.
"And I must stipulate that I do not award stoppage time penalty kicks"
With Hanwell being expected to win this afternoon, in their away game against lowly Leverstock Green (who have conceded more goals than any other team in the league this season ... exactly 100 before today), it was vitally important for Ampthill, that they not only beat tenth placed Harefield Town, but that they beat them well.
Though the home side couldn't afford to count their chickens and be complacent, because only last month, Harefield had held Hanwell to a 1-1 draw ... and when these two sides last met, back in September, in the reverse fixture, Ampthill only narrowly won that game, 3-2.
As things turned out, Hanwell only narrowly won at Leverstock after coming back from being a goal behind to grab a vital 2-1 win.
But unfortunately for Ampthill, this game never went to plan and though they could point to three big contributing factors, namely: 1) they started today with a makeshift side owing to seven first picks being unavailable, 2) that they ought to have been home and dry by half time, and 3) two stonewall penalty decisions went against them in stoppage time, maybe it could also be said, that the enormity of what three points would mean from this game, had got to the home side a bit and their nerves were getting better of them at times, when they rushed things in front of goal, instead of adopting a more measured and patient approach.
Now that is what I call a photo prop.
On Tuesday night, Hanwell are at home against seventeenth placed Hadley, while Ampthill travel to Oxhey Jets, where they play a brand of Association Football that doesn't require goalkeepers, if their 9-5 victory over Hertford Town today is anything to go by.
Next weekend's big match in the Spartans League Premier Division, will be, Hanwell Town v Ampthill Town.
Take notes y'all, there will be a quiz at the end.
Ampthill will have been kicking themselves for not having already finished this game off by half time.
Profligate finishing is the polite way of describing the string of wasted chances that went begging, as time after time, a lack of sharpness in front of  the Harefield keeper, Michael Pearce, saw the home side doing themselves no favours whatsoever.
After just six minutes Ampthill should've been in front, but when Sam Holmes ran onto a pass, over the top of Harefield's defence, he didn't get enough power behind his shot and Pearce saved easily.
Danny Watson played the ball across the face of the Hares goal from out on the right flank and though Lea Coulter came agonisingly close to connecting with the ball and breaking the deadlock, the visitors stood firm.
Warren Garcia latched onto a clearance by the Ampthill defence and knocked a slide rule pass into the path of Watson through the left channel into the visitors area, but the home sides number 10 over ran the ball, gave himself far too tight an angle to shoot from and hit the ball straight at Pearce.
Ampthill's captain Robbie Goodman, spotted Coulter making a run into the right hand side of Harefield's area and picked him out with a great pass, but Coulter's effort, across the face of goal, went narrowly wide of the left hand upright.
Harefield then enjoyed a spell of possession around Martin Conway's goal, but lacked the final touch to turn their possession into goals, then in the 39th minute, having absorbed a spell of pressure, Ampthill attacked down the left flank, Holmes swung a cross in from out on the left and Watson headed powerfully home to break the deadlock ... finally.
Ampthill survived a scare, right on the stroke of half time, when Cicero's free kick from out on the right, was met by a cluster of bodies from both teams, but Conway gathered the ball and the moment had gone.
HT - Ampthill Town 1 v Harefield United 0 ... it could and probably should have been 4-0 by now.
Most of Harefield's best moments, were orchestrated by Paolo Cicero, who put in a real captain's performance in the middle of the park. 
His distribution and strength in the tackle were very impressive all afternoon. And when Harefield started to get on top in the battle for midfield after the break, which in essence dictated how the game finally ended up finishing one apiece, it was Cicero's telling contribution that made all the difference in my humble opinion, though it took a really quality finish from Ryan Ashe to beat Martin Conway late in the game.
The second half wasn't as jammed packed with thrills, spills and near misses as the first had been, as the two sides stood toe to toe and cancelled each other out across the middle third of the pitch.
Ampthill's left back, Alvin Rajaram, who had been busy up and down the left flank, linking up with the attack before the break, showed that he was just as adept at tackling back and covering a lot of ground in defence after the restart too, he made a couple of timely interventions that thwarted Harefield's build up play and must have been a serious contender for man of the match, alongside Paul Cicero.
The makeshift Ampthill had lost a bit of their fizz as the game entered the final quarter of an hour and they combated Harefield's second half tactics, by flooding the midfield with players, preserving their slender lead and pushing Tyrone Taylor up front.
It nearly worked!
With time running out and Ampthill playing ever more deeply, it looked as though they had succeeded in suffocating the visitors attacking intentions out and to all intents and purposes they had adopted a horses for courses policy and hung on for three vital points.
But Ryan Ashe hadn't read the script and in the 8th minute, when he received the ball thirty yards out, with a crowd of players before him and no other options on, he smashed an unstoppable thunderbolt of a shot into the top right hand corner of Ampthill's net.
"You don't stop them!"
Conway must've seen it late, through the mass of yellow shirts in front of him, but there wasn't much that the Ampthill keeper could've done about it anyway.
The home side's afternoon went from bad to worse in stoppage time, when Watson's shot was denied by a great save from Connor Butler, it was almost on a par with the one that Gordon Banks made to deny Pele in the 1970 World Cup tournament, such was Butler's technique, agility and handling ... but unlike Banks, or indeed Michael Pearce ... Butler isn't a goalkeeper, he is a defender for Harefield United.
Quite what the referee saw is anyone's guess, but there was no penalty or red card awarded and he waved play on. Wow!
Moments later, Ampthill hit another cross deep into the Harefield area but a defender wrapped his arm around it's intended recipients neck and stopped him jumping to get his header in.
Once again, the ref saw nothing wrong.
Hmm ... he really should've watched the game from up on the banking, shouldn't he!?
FT - Ampthill Town 1 v Harefield United 1
Ampthill will doubtless still be cursing today's referee for a very long time and won't want to see him again for a very long time ... and even from my position of complete neutrality, I can't blame them.
But they really ought to have put away a couple more of their gilt edged chances in the first half, when they were on top in this vital game, meaning there would've been no need for stoppage time penalties to give them the win they so desperately needed.
Football's got a habit of biting you on the arse when you least expect it ... and fate well and truly sank it's teeth into Ampthill's  fleshy parts this afternoon.
It's difficult not to feel a certain amount of sympathy for them, even though they did contribute to their own downfall by missing a sack full of chances.