September 2021

Relativity

There was a young lady named Bright,

Who travelled much faster than light,

She Started one day

In the relative way,

And returned the previous night.

by Arthur Barker

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Wednesday 1st September 2021

Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division South

Northampton ON Cheneks 0

Bugbrooke St Michael’s 2

Daniel Porter 11, 42,

Referee:- Harry Price                                Attendance:- 141.

Admission:- OMGDS£4.00 (£7)                          Programme:- £1.00.                        Hot Chocolate:- £1.00

The Old Northamptonians ground on The Billing Road hosts mainly rugby and cricket, but a small corner is devoted to the football team and, despite the team dugouts, which severely restrict viewing, it is a quaint backwater of football in Northampton. Sadly, their resources are depleted. This was their third successive defeat in the league and, in reality, they were abject in the face of the visitors determination. Two first half goals and the second half was a non-event!

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Thursday 2nd September 2021

4th Test Match at The Oval Day 1

India 191 all out (61.1 overs)

Virat Kholi 50, Shardur Thakur 57, Chris Woakes 15-6-55-4

Ollie Robinson 17.3-9-38-3

England 53 for 3 (17 overs)

Dawid Mala 26* Joe Root 21Jasprit Bumrah 6-2-15-2

Good toss for Joe Root to win and with a dull, cloudy start, England made the most of it! India were 54 for 3 at lunch and 122 for 6 at tea, but then, an amazing 69 runs from the final ten overs of the innings including 57 from Thakur, who smote the fastest ever half century in test history at The Oval (50 off 31 balls) and included seven fours and three sixes in his knock of 57. England batted woefully, losing both openers with just six runs on the board. Then, right near the end, they lost talisman, Joe Root! Tomorrow should be a very interesting day!With son, Jim and grandsons, Sonny and Kingsley. Great day out!!!

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Saturday 4th September 2021

Southern Combination Football League Premier Division

Pagham 1

Jack Langford 85,

Saltdean United 0

Referee:- James Kerten. Official                                                Attendance:- 187

Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£6).                                               Programme:- £1.00

A match preceded by an excellent meal at “The Lion”, just down the road from Pagham’s neat and well kept ground, situated immediately adjacent to the cricket club. “The Lions” for so they are nomenclatured, are presently leading the league, but the visitors arrived with four games in hand, and with a 100% league record thus far. It was a dour struggle with defences coping better than the attacking forces. A single goal, some five minutes from time settled the contest in favour of the home side, when a draw might have been a fairer result. With Phil Evans.

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Sunday 5th September 2021

English Schools Cricket AssociationU-15 National Schools T20 Finals

at Arundel Castle

1st Semifinal – Shrewsbury School defeated Manchester Grammar

2nd Semifinal – Whitgift School defeated Bradfield College

FINAL Shrewsbury 130 for 9 (20 overs) lost to Whitgift School 136 for 6 (19.2 overs) by four wickets.

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Tuesday 7th September 2021

Lords Cricket Ground

ESCA 253 all out in 44.3 overs

lost to

MCC (won toss) 256 for 8 in 47.2 overs

The white seats of Lords were as quiet as a shroud in the brilliant sunshine, but the small gathering were treated to a run fest as over five hundred runs were scored with MCC justly taking the spoils in their annual fixture against ESCA (English Schools Cricket Association). ESCA, batting first, lost five wickets for twenty five runs at the end of their innings, with some sloppy batting. MCC were more circumspect and batted assiduously reaching their target with nearly three overs still remaining!

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Thursday 9th September 2021

Emergency Services League

Warwickshire Police 3

Dan Stanton 66, 83, Craig Marshall 70,

WMAS Coventry 1

Craig Cunliffe 74,

Referee:- Madhan Jassal.                                                         Attendance:- 23

Admission :- F.O.C.                                                                 Programme:- NONE

Warwickshire Constabulary HQ hosted this match between the police and West Midlands Ambulance Service. Heavy showers before, but the rain mostly held off during the match, however it was pretty dark by the end of the contest. There were no goals until well after the hour mark, but then, four goals in the final twenty minutes or so. The victory deservedly went to the hosts in an entertaining encounter. With John Main, Lee West, Martin Hayden and Dave Wooding amongst others!

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Friday 10th September 2021

Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division North

Loughborough Students 2

Olusanya Fadahansi 34, 52,

Sleaford Town 0

Referee:- William Murray.                                                   Attendance:- 173

Admission:- OMGDS £2.50 (£5).                                       Programme:- £2.00

Loughborough University Stadium is a ground far above the norm for UCL football and wonderfully comfortable for watching the game. Tonight, perennial strugglers, Sleaford Town, put up a pretty good fight, and their goalkeeper made several excellent saves including a penalty, but the students were just too good for them, and really ought to have made more of the chances they created. A goal either side of half-time was scant reward for the opportunities they carved out! With John Main, Lee West, Joanna Baroudi and Chris Berezai, amongst others!

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Saturday 11th September 2021

Pitching-in Southern League Premier Division South

Wimborne Town 1

Ben Scored 21,

Chesham United 2

Jaden Thompson-Brissett 54, Kyle Davidson-Gordon 75,

Lewis Rolfe sent off 49,

Referee:- James Welsh.                                                     Attendance:- 384

Admission:- OMGDS £8.00 (£12).                                Programme:- £2.50

The New Cuthbury has been well designed with plenty of car parking (at £1.00) and a grass pitch with a floodlit 3G pitch adjacent. There is cover on three sides and seating for around 200. A bit miffed to discover concessions advertised at £7 when I had paid £8 on line for my ticket. Both these sides are struggling this season in the bottom five of the division, but it was Wimborne who looked to be in most danger. They took a first half lead against the run of play, then, Chesham had a player dismissed for violent conduct and yet they went on to score two goals and dominate the match! Six bookings and a sending-off, but it was by no means a dirty match.

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Sunday 12th September 2021

Rutland & District League Division 1

Burghley Park (won toss) 186 for 8 (45 overs)

lost to

Barnack 187 for 3 (37 overs)

by seven wickets

This quintessentially quaint English cricket ground is situated in the grounds of Burghley Park, home of the horse trials, in Stamford. William Cecil’s magnificent mansion is visible from the pavilion. This year marks 250 years of cricket at the ground. This match had a very end of season feel about it. Neither team was in danger of relegation, but neither were they challenging at the top! Burghley Park started slowly and after 30 overs were 89 for 3. The last fifteen overs produced nearly 100 runs. Barnack, in response started at a gallop and at 30 overs had reached 158 for 2. Inexplicably, it took them a further seven overs to knock off the final 29 runs!

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Monday 13th September 2021

U23 Premier League 2 Division 1

Leicester City U23 1

Wanya Marcal-Madivadua 77,

Lewis Brunt sent off 4,

Crystal Palace U23 6

David Omilabu 10, 38, Rob Street 12,49, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi 42, 57,

Referee:- Tom Bishop.                                           Attendance:- c350

Admission:- £3.00.                                               Programme:- None (free team sheet)

Leicester City’s new £100 million state of the art training facility at Seagrave, just off the A46, north of the city, hosted it’s first competitive match this evening, but the match was blighted by the 4th minute sending off of central defender, Lewis Brunt. Leicester never recovered and conceded four first half goals. They performed better in the second half, but still shipped a further two strikes, before, at last getting on the score sheet in the last ten minutes of the game.

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Tuesday 14th September 2021

Southern Counties East League Premier Division

Glebe 2

Jamie Philpot 3, Aaron Watson 18,

Tunbridge Wells 0

Referee:- Chris Clarke.                                  Attendance:- 96

Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£8).              Programme:- £2.00

Situated almost in the middle of nowhere, just inside Kent, Glebe have a very extensive club house offering a variety of sustenance and all but a short walk to the ground itself which has cover and seats down one side and some cover behind one goal. They presently sit atop the premier division of the league, but this evening’s performance was run-of-the-mill rather than the stuff of champions. With John Main.

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Wednesday 15th September 2021

Midland League Premier Division

Worcester City 4

Fortune Maphosa 37, Dan Westwood 49, 63, 78,

Stourport Swifts 1

Matthew Gardner 18,

Referee:- David Hinton.                                               Attendance:- 490

Admission:- OMGDS £6.00 (£8).                             Programme:- £2.00

Claines Lane is the home of The Worcestershire FA and Worcester City, back at last within the city boundaries. There are two football pitches, both floodlit a la Biggleswade in the olden days, except that the extra pitch is 3G. Excellent refreshment facilities with home made pies, pasties and cakes as well as the burger van and a bar. Seating for around 200 in two small stands, but otherwise narrow standing room on the other three sides. The Swift’s were gifted an opening goal early on, but the teams were level at the interval and a second half hat trick from Dan Westwood ensured that the visitors were well beaten.

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Thursday 16th September 2021

EUFA Europa League Group C

Leicester City 2

Ayoze Peres 9, Harvey Barnes 65,

Wilfrid Ndidi sent off 90+2

SSC Napoli 2

Victor Osimhen 69, 87,

Referee:- Tiago Martins (POR).                                            Attendance:- 29,579

Admission:- OMGDS £28.00 (£36).                                    Programme:- £3.00

In a pulsating encounter, an under strength home side had to pull out all the stops in the final twenty minutes after taking a two goal lead. Man of the match was Napoli’s flamboyant striker, Victor Osimhen, whose dominant performance and command in the air brought him two goals. Good match … for the neutral! With son, Mike and grandson, Freddie.

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Saturday 18th September 2021Witney & District League

11.00am Division 2

Cassington Rangers 0

Ducklington 0

Referee:- Ben James.                                       Attendance:- 133

Admission:- £3.00.                                     Programme:- £1.00

2.00pm Division 1

Freeland 4

Ethan Simlett 17, 52, Lewis White 25, Liam Harris 83,

Witney Royals 1

Ryan Harris 86,

Referee:- Steve Bryce.                                     Attendance:- 116

Admission:- £3.00.                                       Programme:- £1.00

5.00pm Premier Division

Hanborough 2

Jack Morton 41, 56,

Hailey 3

Freddie Buckingham 70, Nathan Kimber 73, Cameron Foster 83,

Referee:- Jason Hunt.                                    Attendance:- 166

Admission:- £3.00.                                        Programme:- £1.00

After the morning mists departed, the sun beat down from a cerulean firmament which sadly couldn’t produce a goal in the first match. The second game saw more entertainment, with top of the table Freeland smashing four goals before a solitary reply from the visitors. The final match produced an explosive finish as the visitors unjustly went two goals behind only to claim victory with three second half strikes in fifteen minutes towards the end of the contest!

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Tuesday 21st September 2021

3rd Women’s ODI – Leicester

England 178 all out (48.3 overs)

lost to

New Zealand (won toss) 181 for 7 (45.5 overs)

by three wickets.

It was good to meet up with former colleagues under the warm cerulean firmament of Grace Road – sorry … “The Uptonsteel County Ground” – in Leicester for the third Women’s ODI. England’s batting was disappointing. They lost wickets with clockwork regularity and their paltry total was never going to trouble the visitors … was it? England gave it a good go, but at the death, an excellent 70no by man of the match, Maddy Green, settled the contest in New Zealand’s favour, and ended their sixteen match losing streak. With John Lord and Ellen Wallace.

John Lord, Ellen Wallace, and yours truly, Eddie McGeown

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Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Uhlsport United Counties League Division 1

Blackstones 1

Joe Cox 60,

Aylestone Park 8 (eight)

Tom Hill 16, Spencer Edwards 21,Shay Brennan 29, 34, 80,

Joe Latham 41, 54, Harry Sheffield 84,

Referee:- Paul McVey.                                                     Official attendance:- 64

Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                                 Programme:- £2.00

Lincoln Road is magical on Autumnal evenings with the floodlights bathing the trees and a full moon overhead. Sadly, the home team are having a torrid start to the season and this was their seventh defeat in eight games. Confident Aylestone, on the other hand are flying high and by half time they had bagged five goals, but, crucially, had also had a man sent off which cramped their style, somewhat, after the interval. It will be a long hard season for the hosts after their successful battle to stay in The UCL.

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Thursday 23rd September 2021

FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round

Quorn 2

Chib Chilaka 21,37,

Leicester Nirvana 1

Stuart Lamont 14,

Referee:- Andrew Cuthbert.                                          Attendance:- 134

Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£7).                               Programme:- £2.00

A mild Autumnal evening with the moon barely waning from full, two teams slugging it out like energised heavyweight boxers and all taking place on a 3G pitch. The visitors scored first, but the hosts responded with two quick strikes – all this in the first half. After the interval, although the visitors exerted increasingly intense pressure, including a missed penalty, the hosts stood firm to take the prize money and a place in the next round. With John Main, Lee West and Dave Wooding.

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Saturday 25th September 2021

Vanarama National League North

Darlington 1

Luke Charman 61

Jake Cooper sent off 31,

York City 2

Clayton Donaldson 23, 35(pen),

Referee:- Richard Aspinall.                                                   Attendance:- 2,176

Admission:- Hospitality £40.00.                                         Programme:- incl. (£2.50)

By train, and then on foot for 1.9 miles from the station. Fairly basic package: meal plus programme and team sheet (the sweet didn’t arrive until 2.55pm!). A large crowd deserved better. The referee sent off a home player after half an hour, unnecessarily, but the hosts were already trailing and conceded a second shortly after. They pulled a goal back after the interval, but they never seemed likely to salvage anything out of the game!

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Monday 27th September 2021
Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division
Rugby Borough 4
Ollie Chater 33, 42, 85, Halim Halim 72,
Magna 73 0
Referee:- Steve Kings.                                                       Attendance:- 51
Admission:- F.O.C.                                                            Programme :- NONE
The hosts have won all their seven league encounters this season, whilst the visitors are only one place behind them in the table. On a 3G pitch, this was a lacklustre affair which the home team negotiated successfully in their quest for top spot.
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Tuesday 28th September 2021
Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League
Premier Division South
Sheerwater 3
Darijus Sulnis 47, Anthony Oybanufe 53, Leon Dadey 89,
Molesey 1
Jeff Twumasi 60,
Referee:- Michele Gallo.                                                         Attendance:- 101
Admission:- OMGDS £4.00 (£7).                                       Programme:- £1.50
Very grateful for the lift to the ground from the station by a very sympathetic police officer. The match was played on a 3G surface at a very basic Eastwood Leisure Centre facility, which included cover down one side with a row of seats (maybe 100) at the rear of a two step terrace.The weather played its part. Precipitation in biblical proportions, with thunder and lightning, threatened to turn the match into a water polo contest. No goals before the interval, but three in the first fifteen minutes of the second period, gave the hosts a 2-1 advantage. Molesey threatened a comeback, but a third home goal at the death, gave the victory and the points emphatically to Sheerwater. With Jonny Crane and Mark Sumner.
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday 29th September 2021
FA Youth Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
Rugby Town 2
Archie Osayande 24, Leo Stone 88 (pen),
St Neots Town 1
Julinito Gomes 22,
Referee:- Joe Larkin.                                                             Attendance:- 123
Admission:- OMGDS £2.00 (£3).                                      Programme:- NONE
Such a magnificent arena as this deserves better than the UCL, but rumours abound about the ground being sold for development. It would such a shame! This evening, all the action, apart from the winning goal, occurred in the first half, including the sending off of a home defender. The second half was a desultory affair with both teams meandering towards penalties, until, less than a minute from the end, the hosts won a penalty and took the tie!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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August 2021

Let No One Steal Your Dreams

Let no-one steal your dreams 

Let no-one tear apart 

The burning of ambition 

That fires the drive inside your heart 

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Let no-one steal your dreams 

Let no-one tell you that you can’t 

Let no-one hold you back 

Let no-one tell you that you won’t

Set your sights and keep them fixed 

Set your sights on high 

Let no-one steal your dreams 

Your only limit is the sky 

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Let no-one steal your dreams 

Follow your heart 

Follow your soul 

For only when you follow them 

Will you feel truly whole 

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Set your sights and keep them fixed 

Set your sights on high 

Let no-one steal your dreams 

Your only limit is the sky

by Paul Cookson

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Monday 2nd August 2021

Past the parish church of St James on a warm and sunny morning, down church gap, across the fields and the railway line, alongside the meandering, weed encrusted River Welland, to Thorpe by Water, whilst a cow and her calf disinterestedly glance over at the passing strangers, and onwards to Lyddington, just brushing the edge of the village, before pressing on to Caldecott across more fields and over yet more stiles. The church of St John the Evangelist was actually open for once and, inside, the war memorial noted name, rank, regiment and date of demise. Captured Maureen and Alison on the barely discernible embankment of the former railway line from Rugby to Peterborough, on our way back past Fairchild’s Wood and alongside The River Welland again, with St James’ church just visible above the tree line, Gretton Weir was weed choked and then back to Gretton Green. With Alison and Maureen, 17 stiles and 7.86 miles.

Maureen Owens and (right) Alison Merricks

Gretton Village Green

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Thursday 4th August 2021

Today’s meander from Gumley in Leicestershire, started out from The Bell Inn, with a very Grettonesque village library just across the road. Following The Jurassic Way to Saddington, past The Parish Church of St Helen and along a fairly steeply undulating route, taking in Saddington Reservoir and a couple of thoroughbreds. In Saddington itself, the occupant of Loafabout Cottage seemed to be loafing about long after shuffling off his mortal coil! Onwards to Smeeton Westerby, crossing The Grand Union Canal and catching up on village history, then, down a track which eventually brought us back to The Grand Union canal and into Foxton Locks, where a fine draught of Thomas Lister was eagerly quaffed before the short excursion across the fields and back to Gumley. With Alison Merricks, nineteen stiles and 7.66 miles.

Saddington Reservoir, constructed to feed The Grand Union Canal

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Saturday 7th August 2021

Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Beckenham Town 0

Colliers Wood United 0

Referee:- Dane Johnston. Attendance:- 172

Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£8). Programme:- £2.00

The train took the strain from Kettering and the ground was less than five minutes walk from Eden Park Station. Very warm welcome, but sadly no draught ale in the bar! A neat and well maintained ground, with seats on both sides and plenty of additional cover, but the match itself was nothing to write home about. The only incident of note was a 70th minute penalty to the visitors which was smashed against the angle of post and crossbar.

Graham Ross, formerly of Desborough, was at the match. He moved to be closer to daughter and grand daughter in Beckenham.

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Sunday 8th August 2021

Rutland League Division 2 (at Uppingham)

Newborough (won toss) 164 all out in 40.1 overs

lost to

Uppingham 165 for 4 in 26.0 overs

A damp start and a few showers during the first innings, but the match was comfortably completed with a handsome victory by six wickets for third in the table, Uppingham against top of the table, Newborough.

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Monday August 9th 2021

Pre-Season Friendly

Stevington 0

Bedford A6 1

Adam Drackulic 31,

Referee:- Luke Damon. Attendance:- 14

Admission:- F.O.C. Programme: NONE

Stevington will be playing in the top division of The Bedfordshire County League this season, whilst newly formed Bedford A6 will be playing Sunday League football. However, I suspect there will be several players playing in both teams as the season progresses. Tonight, the visitors were demonstrably the better side in a very ordinary contest. With John Main.

After the match on the way home, there was a torrential downpour which necessitated stopping the car in a lay-by whilst the worst f it passed over head!

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Tuesday 10th August 2021

Kershaws Cambridgehire County League Premier Division

Cambridge University Press 1

Jack Chandler 57,

Cherry Hinton 0

Referee:- Vitalii Burnus. Attendance:- 89

Admission:- F.O.C. Programme:- NONE

The pitch was beautifully manicured, with a wood down one side and a conservation area and, on the other side, the sprawling buildings of the university press. There was a good crowd to witness this opening fixture of the Kershaws League and two strong sides cancelled each other out until an exquisite volley from the edge of the area, by Jack Chandler, settled matters, just before the hour mark.

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Wednesday 12th August 2021

Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division

Redgate Clayton 1

Dave Ash 67,

Silverdale Athletic 0

Referee:- John Burgess. Attendance:- 85

Admission:- OMGDS £1.00 (£3). Programme:- NONE

A regulation county league ground with no cover, but a railed pitch that dropped quite steeply towards the far goal and the woodlands beyond. There was a bar and tea and coffee and a fairly average match won in the 67th minute with a strike from Clayton’s Dave Ash after we had despaired of ever seeing the ball hit the back of the net! With John Main.

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Saturday 14th August 2021

Ebac Northern League Division 2

Willington 0

Billingham Synthonia 1

David Onions 84,

Referee:- Tim Craig. Official attendance:- 74

Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£5). Programme:- £1.00

What a wonderfully atmospheric ground, straight out of the 1950s, redolent of cloth caps and warm beer and gently declining with age. These two teams once graced the higher echelons of the league, indeed, nearly fifty years ago, the hosts held the mighty Blackburn Rovers to a goalless draw on this ground in the FA Cup. Sadly, things went badly wrong for them in today’s closely fought tussle. With twenty minutes to go, they had a man dismissed for two bookable offences and then, they conceded the only goal six minutes from the end.

I had been scheduled to visit Darlington FC of The Vanarama National League North, but I had a telephone message whilst on board the train to Darlington, to say that the match had been postponed after a COVID-19 issue at the club. I stayed on the train until Durham and got a taxi from there to Willington.

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Monday 16th August 2021

Northern Premier League Division 1 Midland

Coleshill Town 2

Kai Tongue 56 (pen), Liam Molesworth 57,

Cambridge City 1

Michael Davis 73,

Referee:- Kurt Bartlett. Attendance:- 185

Admission:- OMGDS £7.00 (£9). Programme:- £1.50

On a cool evening and a 3G surface, these two teams produced a competitive encounter which looked unlikely to produce goals until the hosts struck twice in a minute around the hour mark. Cambridge City, whose new ground is scheduled to open in January, pulled a goal back with fifteen minutes to go, but an equaliser proved elusive. With John Main and Paul White.

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Tuesday 17th August 2021

Uhlsport United Counties League Division 1

Holwell Sports 2

Harry Allcock 11, 41,

Birstall United 4well Sports, Birstall United, Barnwell Country Park,

Paul Pallett 48 (pen), 87, 89, Dominic Watts 63,

Referee:- Gregg Hargrave. Attendance:- 76

Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£5). Programme:- £1.00

Neither of these teams have started the season well, but, at Holwell’s neat, quaint ground, just outside Melton Mowbray, the hosts must have felt pretty pleased with themselves at the interval with a two goal advantage and little in the way of opposition! What a change in the second period. Birstall were level by the hour mark, ran the home side ragged and popped in two more goals within a minute right at the death. A lesson for the hosts, don’t take your foot off the gas!

This was my only visit to Holwell Sports since my first visit there on 24th February 2009, when they beat Radford FC 3-0 in The East Midlands counties League (attendance: 85). I have been back twice, but each time the match was postponed!

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Wednesday 18th August 2021

Lunch at The Sondes Arms in Rockingham and a wander around Barnwell Country Park with Mike and Bec and Charlotte and Claire McGeown plus a full squad of mini McGeown’s #nextgen

From left: Kingsley, Lydia, Tess, Sonny and Freddie

Tess

Tess, Lydia and Sonny

Lydia and Tess

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Wednesday 18th August 2021

Pitching in Northern Premier League Division 1 Midland

Corby Town 2

James Tague 48, Steve Diggin 56,

Wisbech Town 0

Referee:- Luke Scott. Attendance:- 379

Admission:- OMGDS £6.00 (£10). Programme:- £2.00

A rare visit to Steel Park, where basement boys, Wisbech Town, fresh from a 0-4 home thrashing by top of the table, Coleshill Town, started brightly and their big defenders snuffed out most of the home attacking threats. Shortly after half time, however, the hosts scored and just before the hour mark, veteran, Steve Diggin, doubled the score and there was no way back for the visitors. With grandson, Freddie.

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Thursday 19th August 2021

Royal London Cup FINAL at Trent Bridge

Durham won the toss

Glamorgan 296 for 9 (50 overs)

defeated

Durham 238 all out (45.1 overs)

by 58 runs

An excellent day’s cricket, rather let down by the poor attendance (7,200) but the hospitality was superb and one or two of our party were a tiny bit the worse for wear at the end! Durham were the favourites, but Glamorgan batted doggedly through their overs and posted a challenging total. Then they bowled with determination and every time Durham looked like getting into their stride … they took a wicket. In the end, they deserved their victory, but poor planning by the ECB meant that the finalists were only known two days before the date of the cup final itself!

from the left:- Eddie McGeown, John Lord, Phil Evans (with Sonny, in front), Jim (with Kingsley in between him and Garry Miller, Freddie McGeown, Mike McGeown, Liam McGeown and Ian Widdowson.

A spontaneous and impromptu speech by Daz Bibby before the match in fond memory of Graeme Askham, whom we all knew and are so very sad that he is no longer with us!

John Lord and Eddie McGeown

from left:- Sonny, Kingsley and Freddie

Daz Bibby with a half hidden Gary Miller

Phil Evans, Gary Miller and Ian Widdowson

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Saturday 21st August 2021

Vanarama National League North

Gloucester City 4

Danny King 45, Fabien Robert 56, Kevin Dawson 76, Matt McLure 88,

York City 0

Referee:- Darren Rogers. Attendance:- 2,039

Admission:- OMGDS £11.00 (£13). Programme:- £2.50

Gloucester City’s interesting new stadium (and this was the opening league fixture with spectators), appears to have many of its structures derived from haulage containers with a wooden fence to surround it all. On the field, however, the team performed like a well oiled machine, slow to get going, but a goal right on the interval led to a second half onslaught which produced a further three strikes and York were a well beaten side come the final whistle! Plastic pitch! “Prorsum Semper”? I think it translates as ‘always going forward’.

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Monday 23rd August 2021

Out past the playing fields ‘silent as a peak in Darien’ at this early hour, past the new houses being erected next to the pocket park and out across the fields to Harringworth Lodge, silent and weed strewn. Onwards to the escarpment atop the valley and a view of the Welland Viaduct and Harringworth church, whilst alongside the path, a cow with crazy horns loitered. At Spanhoe airfield, a small plane glistened in the sunlight. Through the quarry and down to Turtle Bridge and from there along the Jurassic Way into Harringworth and the parish church of St John The Baptist. Through a great arch of the Welland Viaduct, past a group of resting sheep, across more fields and along the road to Thorpe by Water, catching a glimpse of a small pied-a-terre, then, under the old railway line, through a new set of gates, rendering TWO stiles redundant, more fields and over the railway line and back to the welcoming sight of St James’ tower. Six stiles and 12.18 miles.

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Monday 23rd August 2021

U23 Premier League 2 Division 2

Birmingham City U23 0

Newcastle United U23 4

Charlie Wiggett 13, Dylan Stephenson 39, 83, Niall Brookwell 80,

Referee:- Tom Bishop. Attendance:- 181

Admission:- £3.00. Programme:- Free team sheet

Newly promoted Birmingham City were no match for a rampant Magpie side, who slotted in two goals in each half and really could have added several more. The match was played at Nuneaton Borough’s Liberty Stadium.

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Tuesday 24th August 2021

Carabao EFL cup 2nd Round

Brentford 3

Yoane Wissa 60, Bryan Mbueno 75, Marcus Forss 86,

Forest Green Rovers 1

Jack Aitchison 9,

Referee:- Will Finnie. Attendance:- 12,137

Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£10). Programme:- £2.00

The Caracrap Cup provided a first opportunity to visit Brentford’s Community Stadium, wedged in between the railway and the M4 and an entertaining encounter, in which the minnows dominated the first half and took a 1-0 lead into the interval. The hosts brought on some of their big guns in the second half and eventually blew them away, but it was a plucky performance by the visitors, who had a defender dismissed for a two footed tackle, midway through the second period. With John Main and grandson, Freddie.

The M4 was closed leaving London and we were trapped in the queue being directed off the motorway. We negotiated our way round to the A40 and A406 (North Circular Road) and thence to the M1, but it was 1.20am before I decanted Freddie back in Kempton Close!!

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Wednesday 25th August 2021

Chromasport Northants Combination Division 3

Corby Pegasus Reserves 1

Keane Jordan 72 (pen),

Kettering FC 2

Jordan Capps 9, 41,

Referee:- Stephen Hoare. Attendance:- 27

Admission:- F.O.C. Programme:- NONE

After the impressive Community Stadium at Brentford last night, tonight’s encounter took place in the more prosaic surroundings of the brooding, burgeoning, tree lined West Glebe in Corby, where two first half strikes from Jordan Capps won the match for the visitors despite a late, second half, Keane Jordan penalty for the hosts. With John Main.

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Friday 27th August 2021

A Bicycle Ride

Starting out from Normanton, past the half submerged church and along the cycle track across the causeway – the easy part of the journey – stopping for a group photo by the sculpture at Sykes Lane and then pressing forwards to the Hambleton Finger, where at the tip, the road slides gracefully into the water. Nineteen miles completed, it was time for lunch at The Horse and Jockey in Manton, atop the railway tunnel and then, the last leg back to Normanton … exhausted! With son, Mike and grandson, Freddie and youngest son, Liam and his wife, Beth, twenty-three and a half miles!

The half-submerged Normanton Church

from left: Freddie, Ed (hidden), Liam and Beth

The road down the Hamilton peninsular ends – or continues – into the water!

Hamilton House Conference centre

St Edmund’s Church at Egleton

Michael in front and Freddie behind

The entrance to The Manton Tunnel

A fine pint of “Jockey”.

Beth and Liam

Mike and Freddie

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Friday 27th August 2021

Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division South

Lutterworth Town 5

Daire Tendai 7, 11, 16, 28, 63,

Long Buckby 4

Adam Shaw 62, 68, Haydn Price 79, Tom Yorston 87,

Referee:- Mark Shapland. Official Attendance:- 125

Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£6). Programme:- NONE

This game appeared over in fifteen minutes as home skipper Daire Tendai rifled in three superb strikes. He added a fourth before the half hour mark and at half-time, the hosts looked unassailable. Long Buckby kept plugging away and pulled a couple of goals back, either side of another scorching strike from Tendai. Two further goals were bagged by the visitors, but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat. A very entertaining encounter! With John main and Mark Wilkins.

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Saturday 28th August 2021

Isthmian League South Central Division

Bracknell Town 2

Timi Eweka 54, Shamar Moore 74,

Sutton Common Rovers 1

Kiyo Brown 22,

Referee:- Stephen Rea. Official attendance:- 267

Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£8) programme:- on line

Free team sheets available.

Bracknell have invested considerably (some day as much as £3 million) in Sandhurst Town’s ground, mainly from the proceeds of the sale of their own ground. The effect is interesting, but largely soulless, much as the fare on the field was, in this match. The visitors took a deserved first half lead, but two second half strikes from the hosts ensured that the victory and the points went their way!

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Monday 30th August 2021

Southern Counties East League Premier Division

Erith Town 1

Dan Palfrey 11,

Holmesdale 0

Referee:- David Rowland. Attendance:- 64

Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£8). Programme:- £2.00

The Erith Stadium is home to Bexley Athletics Club, as well as Erith Town FC and is largely a ground with viewing and plenty of seats, but only down one side (and a view across to The QE II bridge in the background) and with basic tea and coffee making amenities. For all that, the welcome was friendly and team news was freely available -as was cake from the directors at half-time. The match was a dour affair with an eleventh minute goal separating the sides when a draw might have been a fairer result.

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Monday 30th August 2021

FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round

Woodford Town U-18 5

Asher Barnes 6, 14, 35, Alex Boloman 50, Albert James 71,

Potters Bar Town U-18 0

Referee:- Gheorgh Mirara. Attendance:- 99

Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£7). Programme:- NONE

A very basic stadium with a running track around it and all the playing action taking place thirty or forty yards away, across the grass and running track. A low slung stand, seating maybe a hundred spectators and a bar made up the rudimentary facilities. Very helpful staff provided team and match information and the hosts gave no quarter to a visiting team apparently decimated by players away at The Reading Festival, with Asher Barnes ruthlessly striking a first half hat trick!

Tuesday 31st August 2021

Combined Counties League Premier Division North

Wokingham & Emmbrook 1

Jake White 65,

Ascot United 2

Harry Laflin 38, 58,

Referee:- Joseph Kasper. Official Attendance:- 230

Admission: OMGDS £4.00 (£7). Programme:- £1.00

Since the demise of Wokingham and the loss of their ground, Emmbrook CC have housed the re-incarnation on the edge of their cricket field. There was a thriving and well patronised bar with plentiful food and a large gathering had congregated for this local derby. The hosts have not enjoyed the best of starts to this season. They have a dismal league record of four defeats and, this evening, they were beaten, again, by a far superior Ascot side. The match boiled up in the second half with tempers raised and five bookings. It was feisty and tempestuous as local derbys can be, but the visitors prized away the victory and the points.


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July 2021

July 2021

WILL OF THE NATION

I will stand – side by side
Wave the flag, salute the shirt
Celebrate this magic
For all the years of so called hurt

Enjoy all the euphoria
Give my full support
But I will not boo an anthem
In the name of sport

I will not sneer at those who kneel
Will not whistle, will not jeer
Instead, I’ll raise my voice and sing
When my chosen team appear

I will dream of dreams victorious
And all England expects
Whatever happens on the night
Respect – respect – respect

by Paul Cookson (1961 – )

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Saturday 3rd July 2021

Pre-Season Friendly

Plymouth Parkway 1

River Allen 76 (pen),

Plymouth Argyle 5

Brendan Galloway 30, Ryan Hardie 44, Luke Jephcott 52, Panutce Camara 70, Oscar Rutherford 86,

Referee:- Lee Swabey. Attendance:- 900

Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£10) Programme:- on line

A major development of the ground for entry into The Southern League, has seen cover on all four sides installed and a new 400 seater stand. Bolitho Park is named after a local novelist and club benefactor, Janie Bolitho, and the ground sits on the former Royal Navy College of HMS Thunderer. It was Argyle (who brought thirteen substitutes) who were thundering, today. They led 1-0 after a quiet opening period, but blasted four second half strikes before the hosts were able to pull a goal back, some ten minutes from time! With John Main.

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Monday 12th July 2021

On an overcast and humid morning, this was a gentle stroll around Gretton village, taking in Kirby Hall, where the peacock was in strident voice, onwards towards the mysterious and well guarded facility on the other side of Kirby Road, where the path was so overgrown (and wet) that the verdure rose to shoulder height. Back onto Gretton Brook Road, up the farm track and across the fields to join the track that leads to Corby Road, and, just across the road, the footings have been marked out for the new crematorium. Wonderful views from the top of the escarpment on West Hills, and down below, the railway tunnel underneath. A babbling Brook and a return to Gretton up Arnhill, three stiles, and 8.86 miles with Alison and Norma.

Kirby Hall

Corby Tunnel

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Pre-Season Friendly

East Harling 1

Charlie Webb 78,

Long Stratton 4

Toby Gower 3, 35, 88, Jordan Scent (og) 42,

Referee:- Richard Daniels. Attendance:- 59

The picturesque church of St Peter and Paul with its distinctive flying buttresses presided over this match and the hosts, trying out their new camera paid for by public subscription, were keen and lively, but no match for their higher division opponents. Three first half strikes killed them off but they fought well and after the usual avalanche of half time substitutes, drew the second half 1-1. Good to see Peter Miles there!

Thursday 15th July 2021

Starting out from Easton-on-the-Hill, where an Italian flag overlooked the war memorial in the village, along to the church of All Saints, a 12th century edifice with a recently constructed maze and then down the hill to cross over the railway line and under the rumbling Great North Road, proceeding along the banks of The River Welland, into Stamford via Freemen’s field. Then we climbed out of the town, over the railway station, up to Burghley Park Golf Club and down Warren Road, over the A1, this time, and past Wothorpe Lodge before a detour making difficult progress through some heavy undergrowth to reach Wittering Airfield and the road back to the war memorial in Easton-on-the-Hill. With Alison and Harry, two stiles and 7.34 miles.

Stamford Station

Wothorpe Lodge

RAF Wittering

Thursday 15th July 2021

Pre-Season FriendlyGreat

Wakering Rovers 1

Jake Gordon 79 (pen),

White Ensign 0

Ayo Odukoyu penalty saved 85,

Referee:- Stephen Crossley. Attendance:- 56

Admission:- £5.00. Programme – none

A closely fought contest depended on the outcome of two penalties. The hosts scored deep into the second half, the visitors had their penalty saved five minutes later and with that opportunity went their only chance of salvaging anything from the game!

Saturday 17th July 2021

Pre-Season Friendly

Bovingdon 1

Ethan Flanagan 37,

Harrison Rogers s/o 39,

Leighton Town 2

Danny webb 38, Ashley Kampen 80,

Referee:- Billy Morgan. Attendance:- 77

Admission:- £3.00. Programme:- NONE

These two Spartan South Midlands sides are separated by a couple of divisions and it was the hosts, the lower of the two sides, who narrowly succumbed after conceding an equalising goal five minutes from half time, when goalkeeper, Harrison Rogers was dismissed for allegedly abusive language. They held on gamely with ten men until the eightieth minute, when they conceded what was the crucial winning goal.

Monday 19th July 2021

On a hot, humid morning with the sun beating down mercilessly, it was little wonder that, what might have been a gentle amble, turned into a challenging trek. Westwards from Southwick Water Tower across fields well structured for the walker, until a downhill treacherous stretch to Main Street and the chicane in the road to Bulwick. The farm track led up to Cross Ways Farm, and even further, climbing insidiously up to Boars Head Farm and then into the shade and shelter of Southwick Wood and all the way down to the village, itself and the parish church of St Mary. Sadly, The Shuckborough Arms is closed on Mondays, so there was no opportunity to slake our thirst! With Alison Merricks, no stiles and 6.76 miles.

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Pre-Season Friendly

York City 1

Kurt Willoughby 52,

Sunderland XI 1

Dan Neil 29,

Attendance:- c1,000. Admission: OMGDS £8.00 (£12) Programme: sold out

First class on LNER Azuma from Peterborough to York. A three mile walk to the ground and … very under impressed. It looks like the poor end of a cinema/health centre/coffee shop complex, with bog standard seating and jobsworths in charge of the shop. Three times I was told that I was at the wrong gate but nobody offered to show me where the right gate was! The match was regulation pre-season friendly with swathes of replacements. York fell behind towards the end of the first half, but scored early in the second period and an 87th minute penalty to Sunderland was well saved by the home custodian, Jameson. A draw was a fair result!

LNER Azuma train at Peterborough Station

York Minster

Saturday 24th July 2021

Pre-Season Friendly

Boston United 3

Jordan Burrow 10, Jake Wright (jun) 11, Joe Leesley 40,

Norwich City U-23 3

Rob Nizet 60, Dan Adshead 61, 89,

Referee:- Alistair Wilson. Attendance:- 642

Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£8). Programme:- NONE Free team sheet

The Jakemans Community Stadium is not quite finished, with the away end still to be completed and many a Pilgrim fan must be asking themselves why? Why did we exchange the iconic stadium at York Street for this soulless tin box? It was a good game though, despite sixteen substitutes being used in the second half. The hosts snapped up two goals in the first ten minutes and added a third five minutes before the break. Norwich came back strongly with two goals around the hour mark and a last gasp, barely deserved, 89th minute equaliser. With John Main.

Monday 26th July 2021

Leaving via the Kingswood Local Nature Reserve and turning into the Danesholme Estate in Corby and then across the A6003 and onwards through endless fields of golden cereal, crossing bridges over waterless streams and eventually reaching the tiny village of Pipewell, where, once, King Richard I held his Parliaments. There was also a Cistercian monastery from 1143 until its dissolution in 1538 and Pipewell Hall is built of its stone. The Abbey Church of St Marry, built in 1881, is the smallest church in Northamptonshire and Mary Budd, the daughter of Samuel Lloyd of steel heritage fame, is buried there. Returning through yet more fields and parallel to the Oakley Road, on rarely trodden paths, emerging at The Spread Eagle, climbing Lewin Road to Morrison’s Supermarket and back to Kingswood. With Alison and Maureen, twelve stiles and 6.6 miles.

Thursday 29th July 2021

Pre-Season Friendly

Rothwell FC Aztec 4

Gav Ledgeway 53, 60, Sam Linnet 65, Kyle Hankins 79,

Wellingborough Grammarians 3

Brandon Bull 34, Drew Male 55, Cristian Midrigan 71,

Referee:- Luke Pinkerton. Attendance:- 17

The grounds of Montsaye School in Rothwell were busy this evening, but the main match started cagily and the only goal in the first period went to the visitors. There was a refreshment bar, but little else to enhance the playing arena, In the second half, however, the hosts had the advantage of a flurry of strikes and took the contest a tad fortuitously. With John Main.

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June 2021

HOPE IS ALWAYS HIGHEST BEFORE KICK OFF

The hope that springs eternally 
Dreams we don’t restrict
Every possibility
Before the first ball has been kicked

If all the stars align this time
And every cog has clicked
Everything falls into place
Before the first ball has been kicked

In theory this could be “the one”
That no-one could predict
Stranger things have happened
Before the first ball has been kicked

Potential combinations
If the right team has been picked
The world may be our oyster
Before the first ball has been kicked

All ducks lined up in a row
All switches have been flicked
Status green – good to go
Before the first ball has been kicked

Strategies for victories
All the boxes ticked
We sing of hope and glory
Before the first ball has been kicked

Before reality kicks in
And once again, we’re tricked
Hope is always highest
Befopre the first ball has been kicked
Following our hearts
Before the first ball has been kicked

by Paul Cookson

Tuesday 1st June

A cycle ride round Grafham Water with son, Mike and grand son Freddie on a very warm day. Sadly, whilst Dad and Grand dad had hired bikes with plenty of gears, poor Freddie had brought his own bike and struggled a bit up some of the inclines. Perhaps a new bicycle for his birthday is called for? Half way round, we dined at The Wheatsheaf, a hostelry in East Perry on the south bank of Grafham Water and enjoyed a sumptuous repast. Freddie and Mike and I have now circumvented Pitsford, Rutland and Grafham reservoirs.

Freddie on his own bicycle

Freddie and grandad Ed

Freddie and Grand Dad Ed

Tuesday 1st June 2021

Long Eaton Sunday League Division 1

FC Erewash 2

Nathan Frost 54, 65,

AFC Kirk Hallam Reserves 4

Mason Proctor Smith 1, Ryan Shotton 18, 66, James Taylor 90+1,

Referee:- Timothy Lewis. Attendance:- 14

At this late stage in the twilight of the season, any game is welcome and this contest in Sawley, whilst not reaching the heights, still produced six goals and as many scorned, yet reputable, chances. At half time and 2-0 to the visitors, it was hard to see where a home goal might materialise, yet they were level just after the hour mark. Barely a minute later and they were again in arrears and a late strike finished them off! With John Main.

Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Nene Sunday League Division 2

Thorpland Club 81A 5

Shaun Bragg 3, 13, Lloyd Blank 18, Kye Rolfe 44, Jack Blanks 76,

Northampton Sapphires 3

Dean Lukeman 5, Rory Hales 71, Darryl Pearce 81,

Referee:- Wayne Chalmers. Attendance:- 12

At the scragg end of this season, the visitors who are lying fourth in the table, looked jaded and were easily turned over by the bottom placed hosts who scored four first half goals and three of them in the first quarter of an hour! The second half was more evenly balanced, the visiting custodian scoring the final goal with a bullet header from a corner. Not a classic! With John Main.

Thursday 3rd June 2021

By rail from Banbury to Sheffield with grandsons, Sonny and Kingsley, a tram ride and lunch in a local hostelry before the journey back to Banbury and a magnificent GWR Hitachi express on Banbury platform 2! Great day out!

Waiting for the tram in Sheffield, Sonny (left) and Kingsley.

On board the Chiltern Railways train back to Banbury

The GWR Hitachi at Banbury Station

Saturday 5th June 2021

Central Midlands League Division 1 Central

Kilburn 3

Bradley Wheldon 33, Lee Davey 40, Jordan Mighty 51,

Woodhouse Colts 4

Ross Turner 49, Charlie Simpkin 54, 59, Max Radford 73,

Referee:- Aidan Jackson. Attendance:- 56

A convocation of keen hoppers swelled the attendance at the tight little Welfare Ground in Kilburn with rows of terraced housing hemming it in. The hosts squandered a two goal half-time lead and eventually succumbed by the odd goal in seven – exactly the same score when these two met nine days ago! It was cricket weather and the game was also attended by CML vice-president, Stan Wilton.

John Main in the blue T-shirt and Jack Warner arms folded standing on the picnic table

Sunday 6th June 2021

Rutland Cricket League Division 1 (at Uffington)

Uffington (won toss) 205 all out (44.4 overs)

Burghley Park 209 for 5 (40.2 overs)

Burghley Park won by 5 wickets

Burghley Park (20pts) Uffington (7pts)

On a cloudy, overcast afternoon in the village of Uffington, just outside Stamford on the road to Spalding, the hosts elected to bat and found themselves at 18 for 3 after eight overs. They recovered to post a respectable total on a small pitch, but were gradually overwhelmed by the fire power of the visitors, whose home is in the grounds of Burghley House in Stamford. A keenly contested match!

Monday 7th June 2021

A walk across the fields from Gretton to Harringworth Lodge, where the weed strewn lake had visibility right down to the bottom! Onwards across the yellowed sward to the top of The Welland Valley where the viaduct was sharply visible – and even the church of St John the Evangelist in the foreground. On the way down to Turtle Bridge, the windmill at Barrowden dominated the skyline and pink hawthorn was in evidence. Turtle Bridge bestrode a sluggish River Welland and on the walk into Harringworth, we had converse with a friendly quadruped! A lot closer to the viaduct and it’s 87 arches and adjacent to the road back to Gretton, a monument to a vicar’s wife of many years ago, killed in a coaching accident. Sheep, managed very efficiently by sheep dogs, barred the pathway home, so back to the road and the welcoming Gretton sign! With Alison Merricks. One stile and 10.47 miles.

Wednesday 9th June 2021

Nene Sunday League Division 2

North Star 8

Hilton Arthur 9, Tyler Jones 13, 49, Ethan Curtis 29, Danny Brown 62, 75, Josh Healey 81, 85,

Albany Athletic 0

Referee:- Jakob Gielczyk. Attendance:- 42

The final match in this division saw the hosts as runners-up take on third bottom Albany Athletic. The gulf between the sides was reflected in the scoreline, where, but for some excellent custodianship, the final score might have run into the teens. Even though they finished as runners-up, the hosts have been promoted TWO divisions, straight into the Premier Division of the league for next season!

The North Star shirt has a star in black outlined on the front of the shirt.

Sunday 13th June 2021

East Midlands Women’s Cricket League Division 1 (At Gedling Colliery).

Gedling Colliery (won toss) 150 all out in 39 overs.

tied with

Ockbrook & Borrowash 150 all out in 40 overs.

In an exciting and entertaining contest, the youthful sprit of the hosts was matched by the mature experience of the visitors who must have felt they had the job done after dismissing the home side for 150 on a good batting strip. They kept wickets intact, scoring 50 off their first ten overs and at 106 for 4 off 25 overs they looked odds on for victory, but the hosts kept chipping away until with one ball to go, the scores were tied and the visitors lost their final wicket attempting a winning run off the last ball of the match! Great game!

Monday 14th June 2012

From Harringworth, through Shotley and up the hill, heavily enshrouded with oil seed rape. From the top, on either side of the Welland Viaduct, the parish churches of Harringworth and Seaton were both visible. Wild roses at Spanhoe and a field of linseed oil grass before crossing the quarry above Wakerley, where a drone hovered over us! Down the track to Turtle Bridge and back along the riverside to Harringworth. With Alison, Norma, Kate and Maureen on the hottest day of the year so far, no stiles and 5.5 miles.

Wild roses at Spanhoe

A field of Linseed

(left tp right): Alison, Kate, Norma and Maureen

(left to right): Kate, Maureen, Alison and Norma

Thursday 17th June 2021

Pre-Season Friendly

Halse United 1

Longford Park 5

Referee:- Grant Cross. Attendance:- 24

These two teams are seeking admission to The Oxfordshire Senior League (although the hosts are aiming even higher for The Hellenic League). On a dull showery evening, the first hour was pretty ordinary as the sides shared two goals, however, in the final twenty-five minutes, the visitors had four unanswered strikes and ran out easy winners!

Saturday 19th June

Pre-Season Friendly

Southend Manor 2

Luca Prentice 58, Luke Jepson 74,

Tower Hamlets 1

Trevor … 84,

Referee:- Adam Miller. Attendance:- 42

Under a brooding sky with flurries of rain, Southchurch Park did not look its best. The seated area was caged off and the rest of the ground was wide open – no need to pay to get in! The game was equally drab with goals seemingly very unlikely until three arrived in the final half hour including one huge howler by the visiting custodian!

Sunday 20th June 2021

East Midlands Women’s Cricket League Division 1

Kibworth Women (won toss) 123 all out in 36 overs

lost to

Gedling Colliery Women 124 for 3 in 20.4 overs

by 7 wickets.

It was a damp start to the match and chilly, too as a seriously under strength Kibworth elected to bat first and struggled to post a challenging total. The youthful Gedling side polished off the target in just over twenty overs.

Monday 21st June 2021

A gentle amble from the village of Tansor, just beyond Oundle, across the busy A605 and along the track passing The Oundle School shooting range and onwards into Ashton-in-the-Wold and a break at The Chequered Skipper hostelry. The small cottage at the entrance to the village was the site of an horrific and unsolved double murder in 1952, but now looks more like the cottage of Hansel and Greek! A noisy pair of peacocks haunted the village and some damage had been done to a window of the Creed Chapel. Onward to Oundle across the footbridge and passing a silent swan gliding downstream like a galleon. On the other side of Oundle, the weir was in full flow and the church spire of St Peter’s in Oundle was clearly visible. With Alison, Maureen and Kate, eight stiles and 6.2 miles.

Oundle School Shooting Range

Gate House, AshtonWold Estate, Oundle.

George Henry Peach and Lillian Peach were attacked by an intruder at their home with a hammer as they slept in their bed. They were found there by the proprietor of the Three Horseshoes public house when he called at their home to deliver some meat that a butcher’s roundsman had previously tried to deliver on the morning of Saturday 25 October 1952.

Creed Chapel, Ashton-in-the-Wold

St Peter’s Church in Oundle

Monday 21st June 2021
Pre-Season Friendly


Bessacarr 1

Jordan Turner 29,

Armthorpe Welfare 1

Harry Brown 14,

Referee:- Adam Biela. Attendance:- 93
The hosts currently occupy a lower division place in The Central Midlands League, some two divisions below their opponents this evening. They play on a poorly maintained council pitch, full of bare patches and with minimal facilities. A tick and run for your average hopper. Nonetheless, they gave a good account of themselves, this evening, negotiating a draw with their illustrious visitors. Both goals came in the first period. The second half marred by the multiplicity of substitutions. With John Main.

Saturday 25th June 2021

Cricket at Oundle School

Oakham School 100 for 7 (20 overs) and 145 for 9 (20 overs)

lost to

Oundle School 127 all out(20 overs) and 119 for 4 (15.5 overs)

by six wickets.

On the ground where WG Grace scored his 200th century, these two sides contested an interesting format after rain washed out the first hours play. After a disappointing first innings, the visitors posted a challenging 145 for 9 from their second innings and at first, it seemed that it might be enough, but a strong partnership between skipper and main strike bowler took the home side to a well deserved victory.

Sunday 27th June 2022

Cricket at Kibworth

East Midlands Women’s Cricket League Division 1

Ockbrook & Borrowash (won toss) 74 all out (34 overs)

lost to

Kibworth 75 for 7 (32.5 overs)

by three wickets

Under brooding, overcast skies, the visitors struggled to set a challenging target. However the hosts also struggled against some determined and aggressive bowling and it appeared for a while, that the result might be in the balance. Late order batting retrieved the situation and ensured a first victory for the hosts! A free pint in the bar at the end of the game for the thirsty umpires!

Wednesday 30th June 2021

Cricket at Oundle School.

Kimbolton School won toss

Oundle School 183 for 7 declared (46 overs)

drew with

Kimbolton School 108 for 9 (46 overs)

This was a “time” match and after a very slow start, the hosts posted a competitive total with a watchful half century from DCB. Kimbolton started confidently, but once they lost both openers, wickets fell regularly, mainly due to a devastating spell from J Howard who posted impressive figures of 17-10-27-7. However, despite twenty three overs in the final hour, the visitors hung on for the draw in an exciting climax to the match.

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May 2021

Abou Ben Adhem

Abou Ben Athen (may his tribe increase)

Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,

And saw within the moonlight in his room,

Making it rich and like a lily in bloom,

An angel writing in a book of gold:-

Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,

And to the presence in the room he said.

“What writest thou?” – The vision raised its head,

And with a look made of all sweet accord,

Answered, “The names of those who love the lord.”

“And is mine one?” said Abou. “Nay, not so,”

Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,

But cheerily still, and said, “I pray thee then,

Write me as one who loves his fellow men.”

The angel wrote and vanished. The next night

It came again with a great wakening light,

And showed the names whom love of God had blest,

And lo! Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest.

by Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)

Monday 3rd May 2021
Bedfordshire County League Supplementary Cup Group B Kick-off: 12 noon
 
Ickwell & Old Warden 4
Andrew Vallon 41, 59, Lee Threadgold 77, 83,
Flitwick Town Reserves 1
Reece Smith 4,
Referee:- Tom Welsh.                                             Attendance:- 23
Windy and cold, but dry as the village side gifted the visitors a goal start and then whipped in four unanswered strikes in response!
Monday 3rd May 2021
Bedfordshire County League Supplementary Cup Group B Kick-off:- 2.30pm
 
FC Polonia 4
Mateusz Antonium 2, 40, Marcin Bator 5, 50,
St John’s (Luton) 1
Mo Elbayan 67,
Referee:- Paul Medlin.                                                               Attendance:- 25
Two goals in the first four minutes put the hosts firmly in the driving seat, but they spent the remainder of the opening period withstanding some extensive pressure from the visitors. Then a further two goals- one each side of the interval ended the game as a contest. The visitor’s consolation came twenty minutes from the end.
 
 
 
Monday 3rd May 2021
Bedfordshire County League Supplementary Cup Group D Kick-off:- 5.00pm
 
Lea Sports PSG Reserves 1
Alex Bailey 77,
Shefford & Campton B 4
Tom Winch 32, 73, Sam Gibbins 45, Ryan Lewis 82,
Referee:- Peter Parkins                           Attendance:- 23
The rain finally arrived midway through the first period and grew increasingly heavy, but there was shelter! The hosts were devastatingly outplayed and at times were under siege in front of their own goal. That there were only two goals to the visitors in each half was a criminal waste of the opportunities on offer, but the best goal of the game came from the host’s player manager, Alex Bailey!
 
 
 
Tuesday 4th May 2021
Oxfordshire Senior League OSL Premier Cup Kick-off:- 6.30pm
 
Kennington Athletic 2
Steve Woodhouse 9, Matty Crossan 44,
Bure Park 2
Ryan Collins 1, Rowan Chappell 85,
Referee:- Justin Sercombe.                                                                    Attendance:- 57
An entertaining game on a cool evening, but the rain stayed away! The visitors scored in the first minute and equalised five minutes from time. The hosts looked comfortable with the lead for most of the second half, but couldn’t hang on until the finish.
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday 8th May 2021
Coventry Alliance Peter Toogood Cup 5th Round
 
Brinklow 7
Conor McKiernan 14, Scott McCulloch 25, 35, Ryan Byrne 32, Dave Mekush 39, Molsan Pulford 58, 69,
Craftsman 0
Referee:- Madhan Jassal.                                                                            Attendance:- 31
The rain fell voluminously, very much like the goals did for the hosts, who had amassed five before the interval and squandered nearly as many. Only two more strikes in the second half. It really should have been double figures! With John Main.
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday 9th May 2021
Rutland Cricket League Division 2 (at Oakham)
 
Oakham (won toss) 259 for 7 (45 overs)
Defeated
Werrington 208 for 9 (45 overs)
by 51 runs
Considering the amount of rain that fell yesterday, the pitch played remarkably well and an opening partnership of 140 got the home side off to a good start. They posted a formidable total. However, the visitors kept pace for much of their innings, but unfortunately kept losing wickets. In the end it was a comfortable victory.