June and July 2022

!Loyal Fan

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You can take your golf and the rolling greens
You tennis with manicured courts neat and clean
Your soccer, your swimming, your basketball scene –
None measure up to…………FOOTBALL!
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You can reel in that trout on the end of your line
Spit out your chew while you’re ridin’ the pine
Pick up that spare with a strike, not a nine
But none spell excitement like…………FOOTBALL!
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The screaming, the cheering, the noise of the crowd
The crashing and bashing of helmets so loud
That winning touchdown that makes us all proud
Nothing’s as awesome as………….FOOTBALL!
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And there’s not another thing I’d rather do
Than cheer for that team in the maize and the blue
My heart’s in the ‘BIG HOUSE’ – I wish I were, too
There’s nothing I love more than…………FOOTBALL!

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by Linda Ori, 6th June 2008

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Saturday 4th June 2022
Northants County League Division 2
At Finedon Dolben
Kettering Town (won toss) 246 for 9 (50 overs)
defeated
Finedon Dolben 2nd XI 164 all out (39.5 overs)
by 82 runs
Umpire: Eddie McGeown.
Intermittent light rain (and sometimes a bit heavier) marred the first innings, but the visitors made the most of the conditions and racked up a very respectable total. The hosts, faced some tight bowling, and were unable to put a significant partnership together. They fell well short of the target. Match played, by both sides, in a keen competitive and spirited manner. Fine pint of beer festival ale in the bar at the close of play!
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Tuesday 7th June 2022
Vitality Blast Northern Section (at Leicester)
Leicestershire Foxes (won toss) 135 all out in
19.1 overs lost to:
Lancashire Lightning 139 for 3 (16.1 overs)
The Foxes meagre total was never going to trouble top of the table Lightning, but a couple of rain stoppages upset the rhythm of the visitors who were 81 off nine overs and then lost a couple of silly wickets which slowed the scoring rate, before a final dominant flourish which saw the winning ball hit for six. Very acceptable Beer and Balti hospitality!
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Thursday 9th June 2022
Vitality Blast Northern Section (at Northampton)
Northants Steelbacks (won toss) 220 for 5 (20 overs)
defeated
Worcestershire Rapids 147 all out (16.4 overs)
by 73 runs
This was a masterclass by The Steelbacks! Chris Lynn top scored in their innings with an imperious 113 not out (9×6 & 8×4) and skipper Josh Cobb not only scored a half century, but also took 5 for 25. Poor Rapids we’re swept aside, with only Ed Barnard, formerly of Shrewsbury School, top scoring with 42. With sons, Mike and Liam and grandson Freddie!
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Saturday 11th June 2022
Northants County League Division 8 (at Great Bowden, Market Harborough).
Bowden 2nd XI (lost toss) 145 all out (40.1 overs)
lost to
S&L Corby 2nd XI 146 for 9 (40.0 overs)
by one wicket.
Umpires: John Noah and Eddie McGeown.
East Midland trains thunder past the ground every few minutes, trees line the ground and one, lightning-struck trunk, surrounded by a metal railing stands well inside the playing area, (four runs if any part of it is struck by the balll!). In a low scoring contest, neither side batted well and the visitors narrowly scraped over the line, nine wickets down, with the assistance of four byes!
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Saturday 11th June 2022
Grandson Freddie (aged eleven) took 6 wickets for 21 runs off ten overs in S&L Corby 4th XI victory at Kettering. Posting only 96, S&L reduced Kettering to 94 all out to win by two runs! Future England Captain? All the wickets were clean bowled!
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Sunday 12th June 2022
Rutland & District Cricket League Division 2
At Ketton
Whittlesey (lost toss) 174 all out (38 overs)
lost to
Ketton 175 for 2 (38.1 overs) at Ketton.
Umpires: Mark Poucher & Eddie McGeown.
Ketton’s extensive sports complex houses a fine cricket facility dominated by the skyline of Ketton Cement works. Today, inserted by the hosts, Whittlesey were unable to post a challenging target and Ketton polished off the score and the victory with almost seven overs to spare. Excellent pint of locally brewed ale after the match.
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Thursday 16th June 2022
(Ashbourne) Summer League Cup Semi-final
Red Lion 2
James Ingram 8, Sam Parker 81, 
Osmaston 1
Jacob Edge-Lucas 72
(at Brassington) Referee:- Adam Gill
Attendance:- 55          Admission: £2.00             Prog: NONE
Favourites, Osmaston were stung by an early strike from James Ingram on 8 minutes for Red Lion. They worked hard to get back Into the game but we’re let down by wayward shooting, until a penalty by Jacob Edge-Lucas brought them level after 72 minutes. It was not to be their night, however, when ten minutes later a precision free kick from the edge of the area by Sam Parker, gave Red Lion a slightly fortuitous victory! With John Main. Red Lion progress to entertain Doveridge in the final.
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John Main suffering from a bad back!
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Sunday 19th June 2022
East Midlands Women’s Cricket League
Premier Division (at Burton Latimer)
Burton Latimer Women 144 all out (42.3 overs)
defeated
Caythorpe Women 51 all out (19.3 overs)
by 93 runs.
Umpires Martin Dobbs & Eddie McGeown
Caythorpe won the toss and inserted the hosts on a low slow pitch, restricting them to what appeared to be a modest total. However a purposeful spell of devastating bowling, dismantled the visiting batting line up and the hosts gained a surprisingly easy victory!
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Tuesday 28th June 2022
Huntingdonshire Charity Match
Huntingdon Town 0
Eunice Huntingdon 0
Referee: James Sweek.                              Attendance:- 104
Admission: F.O.C.                                     Programme: NONE
A mild, sunny evening on an outside pitch at Jubilee Park, home of Huntingdon Town, where a large gathering of Ukrainians and their supporters offered Borsch and cakes and raffle tickets for a 65 inch state of the art TV set. The hosts were entertaining a Ukrainian/Polish team from The Peterborough & District League. The match itself was less than enthralling. Opportunities were few and far between, but the welcome and the atmosphere was touchingly genuine and fulsome!
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Friday 1st July 2022
2021/22 India Test Series 5th Test Day 1
India 338 for 7 (73 overs – rain interrupted)
v England
First day of the fifth test between England and India (at Edgbaston) held over from 2021, courtesy of eldest son Jim. It all looked good for England at 98 for 5, but then Rishbah Pant scored 146 at more than a run a ball, and India reached 338 for 7 (73 overs) at the close, in a rain affected day.
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Saturday 2nd July 2022
Pre-Season Friendly
Kiveton MW 0
Hallam 3
Danny Patterson 44, 82, Liam Royals 54 (pen).
Referee:- Dan Brown.                                       Attendance:- 102
Admission: OMGDS £1.00 (£3)                     Programme: NONE
There is quite a facility at Hard Lane. A couple of football pitches and a separate cricket pitch, but access was initially difficult because of building work at the entrance. Hallam are NCEL Division 1 champions and they eventually overcame the spirited resistance of their CML rivals. With John Main and Dave Higgins.
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Friday 8th July 2022
EUFA Women’s European Championships Group B
Germany 4
Lina Magull 21, Lea Schuller 57, Lena Lattwein 78, Alexandra Popp 86,
Denmark 0
Referee:- Esther Staubli                             Attendance:- 15,746
Admission:- £20.00.                                   Programme:- £8.00
This match was held at a very nearly full Brentford Community Stadium on a fine, warm evening and Germany showed just what England will be up against if they meet them in the quarter finals. They were strong, determined and skilful and they kept Denmark pinned back for long periods. Three second half strikes reinforced a dominant performance. I didn’t buy the programme, it is just not worth it and the refreshment outlets were ludicrously over priced, but there was a good atmosphere and a very entertaining encounter!
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Wednesday 13th July 2022
EUFA Women’s European Championships Group C
At Leigh Sports Village
Netherlands 3
Damaris Egurrola, Stefanie Van der Gragt 17, Lineth Beerensteyn 62,
Portugal 2
Carole Costa 38, Diana Silva 47,
Referee: Ivana Martinac. Attendance:- 6,966
Admission: £20.00. Programme: £8.00
The Whistling Wren hostelry, hard by the stadium was doing a roaring trade, so I partook of a modest repast and a pint of fine ale (no beer in any of the grounds – only lager and cider!). Sadly the stadium was barely half full and the standing area behind one goal was completely empty – except for the commentators groups. The game was pretty reasonable, but only because Netherlands, who were the superior side, allowed carelessness and casual play to creep into their game and, in the end, they were a tad fortunate to garner the victory!
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Saturday 16th July 2022
Pre-Season Friendly
Skelmersdale United 3
Jordan Southworth 35, Darren Brannigan 60, Joe Nicholson 82,
Morecambe XI 3
Adam Meyer 8, Triallist 12, Triallist 77,
Referee: Carl Rooney.                   Attendance: 219
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5)                    Programme: None
Skem are reduced to playing on a plastic pitch in a metal fenced complex, a substantial comedown from their heady days of Amateur Cup Finals at Wembley! This was a good game, however, with the young Turks of Morecambe exerting themselves in the opening half to take a deserved 2-1 lead, but Skem turned it round in the second half and earned a hard fought draw. With John Main.
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Sunday 17th July 2022
Rutland Cricket League Division 1
At Castle Hill, Uppingham
Barnack (won toss) 271 for 8 (45 overs)
defeated
Uppingham Town 118 all out (26.2 overs)
by 153 runs
Umpires: Chris Gilham & Eddie McGeown
It was warm at Castle Hill, but there was a cooling breeze to make the conditions palatable. Barnack posted a pretty challenging total, but not as high as the return fixture three weeks ago when they smote 350 runs. The hosts bowled doggedly, but to little effect and then were undone by the visitors bowling and fielding attack and succumbed, tamely to 118 all out. Good to see Ajaz Akhtar playing in the fortieth year of a career that started way back at Old Deaconians in 1983.
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Monday 18th July 2022
EUFA Women’s European Championships Group D
Italy 0
Belgium 1
Tine De Caigny 49,
Referee:- Ivana Martincic.                     Attendance:- 3,919
Admission: £20.00.                                Programme: £8.00
On a sweltering evening at the mini Etihad in Manchester, two sets of partisan fans kept the decibel levels high, but on the pitch, a combination of the extreme heat and the tension of knowing that only one team could progress, meant that this was a cagey affair. Belgium won it with a strike just after half time, but they were subjected to periods of intense Italian pressure. Belgium progress to the quarter finals, where they will meet high flying Sweden!
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Thursday 21st July 2022
Pre-Season Friendly
Cadbury Athletic 2
Studley 0
Referee:- Simon Lane.                              Attendance: 82
Admission: F.O.C.                                     Programme:- NONE
The sumptuous, gothic, Victorian pavilion dominates the sports ground on Bournville Lane, with the elegant statue of Terpsichore, the Ancient Greek muse of Music and Dance (and, presumably, sport), greeting the visitor at the entrance. Cadbury Athletic of Midland League Division 2 were entertaining premier division opponents, Studley and the visitors made the better start and really ought to have put away a couple of very decent chances. The hosts grew into the game and, in the second half, with both sides having made numerous changes in personnel, it was they who deservedly struck twice to claim a decisive victory!
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Saturday 23rd July 2022
Pre-Season Friendly
Horbury Town 8
Ben Agu 2, 27, 38,James Cusworth, 51 (pen), 58,Saif Akbar 69, 74, Sam Kyeremeh85,
Huddersfield Amateurs 1
Nathan Hirst 73,
Referee:- Adam Gibbons.                             Attendance:- 26
Admission: F.O.C.                                         Programme:- NONE
Horbury Town are gearing up for a first season in The NCEL, both on and off the pitch. Evidence of floodlights being installed, hard standing around the pitch, but the only cover is a 50 seat Meccano stand and the site is somewhat exposed! On the field, a new influx of players comfortably saw off their opponents, starting with a first half hat-trick from Ben Agu. A further five second half strikes wrapped up the victory with the visitors only response from Nathan Hirst on 73 minutes! With John Main.
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Monday 25th July 2022
Pre-Season Friendly
Chatteris Town XI 0
Histon U18 6
Harley Fisher, 3, Jamie Herbert 4 (og), Ben Suckling 23, Joel McGuiness33, 44, Callum Gilben 85,
Referee:- Paul Gale.                                     Attendance: 52
Admission: F.O.C.                                       Programme: NONE
Quite an impressive small stadium, but the stand was out of action awaiting repair and an upgrade which will allow viewing front and rear on adjacent pitches, all courtesy of local company, Aerotron, who are undertaking the work using completely recycled materials. On the pitch, the hosts, recovering from a mass desertion to follow the previous manager, fought hard but were overcome by a strong youth squad from Histon. Chair of the hosts, Vicky Bennett has high hopes and ambitious plans to advance the club!
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Monday 25th July 2022
Good walking weather! 9.3 miles from Gretton, nine stiles, three hours and twelve minutes and ….. I should have taken a hat!
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Tuesday 26th July 2022
Pre-Season Friendly
Burwell 4
Jack Carter 21, 27, Evan Baird 52, Arran Derakhshan 80,
Fordham 1
Ben Atkinson 32,
Referee:- Lee Sherwood.                                      Attendance: 27
Admission: F.O.C.                                        Programme: NONE
These two local rivals – a mere four miles apart – deep in the Cambridgeshire fenlands, ply their trade at about the same level in the Cambs County League. Burwell are a very recent amalgamation of Burwell Tigers and Burwell Swifts and their brand new emblem (see picture) was the result of open competition. The visitors started the better, but as the game wore on, a raft of substitutions tilted the game decisively in the hosts favour.
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Friday 29th July 2022
United Counties League Premier Division South
Lutterworth Town 3
Mwanyongo Pearson 18, 37, Jordan Wilson 25 (pen),
Rothwell Corinthians 2
Marcel Rzeszutek 59, Zac Allen 89,
Referee:- David Brennan.                        Attendance: 320
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£6).            Programme: £2.00
The first competitive league match of the season was also the first match of the UCL Hop. The match started late (the hop coach broke down en-route) and there was a further hold-up after a linesman collapsed, so that it was almost ten o’clock before the match finished! Lutterworth were much the better side in the opening period, but the visitors upped their work rate after the interval and actually scored four times. Sadly, two of them were disallowed and they lost narrowly, but restored some pride! With John Main.
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Saturday 30th July 2022
United Counties League Division 1
Southwell City 2
Ed Munton 15, Ben Selby 40,
Kirby Muxloe 2
Benjamin White54, 71,
Referee: Robert Pealing.                           Attendance: 128
Admission: £3.00.                                     Programme: included
Centenary Park, Brinkley is the new council owned home of Southwell City, but it is yet a work in progress. Concrete hard standing behind one goal and down one side, footings for four floodlight stanchions are in place and there is a small covered standing area down one side, seating has yet to arrive. There is a well appointed clubhouse serving hot and cold food. On the pitch, newcomers to the league, Southwell, shot out of the starting blocks and deservedly claimed a two goal half-time lead. However, by full time, the visitors had drawn level. With John Main.
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Trent Bridge 2nd August 2022
The Royal London One Day Cup
Nottinghamshire Outlaws (won toss) 290 for 7 (50 overs)
defeated
Sussex Sharks 225 all out (44 overs) by 65 runs
Brilliant day’s cricket in The Royal London One Day Cup, where Nottinghamshire Outlaws defeated Sussex Sharks by 65 runs, with sons, Jim, Mike and Liam and grandsons, Freddie, Sonny and Kingsley, and, the icing on the cake, was a chance meeting with …. Joe Root. Great day Out.
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Other Matches:

Thursday 2nd June

Umpire: Eddie McGeown

Northants U11 104 all-out (21.2 overs)

lost to

Derbyshire U11 105 for 1 (18.2 overs)

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Sunday 26th June

East Midlands Women’s Cricket League Division 2 South

Umpire: Eddie McGeown

Market Overton Women 249 for 9 (40 overs)

defeated

Bowden Women 52 all out (17.1 overs) bu 197 runs

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Thursday 30th June 2022

Fred Truman State Schools U-13 FINAL Northants

at Burton Latimer Umpire: Pratik Rachh and Eddie McGeown

Bishop Stopford School U13 118 for 3 (20 overs)

defeated

Prince William School U13 (won toss) 83 for 9 (20 overs) by 35 runs

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Monday 4th July 2022

Pre-Season Friendly

Raunds Town 1 Stevenage 3                  attendance:- 136

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Wednesday 6th July 2022

Pre-Season Friendly

YPD All Stars 0 Eynesbury United 1    attendance: 31

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Saturday 9th July 2022

Bedford Khalsa Tournament Premier Division Semi-Final

GNG Leicester v4 Singh Brothers Derby 1       attendance:- 102

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Saturday 9th July 2022

Bedford Khalsa Tournament Division 2 Group 1

Punjab Lions Bedford Reserves 7 GNP Sports Coventry 4   attendance: 129

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Sunday 10th July 2022

East Midlands Women’s Cricket League Division 1

at Sileby (Leics) Umpires: Alan Pearce & Eddie McGeown

Thrapston (won toss) 23 all out (20.3 overs)

lost to Sileby 24 for 0 (3 overs) by ten wickets

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Tuesday 12th July 2022

Pre-Season Friendly

Aylestone Park 2 Corby Town 5     attendance: 159

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Sunday 25th July 2022

Rutland League Division 1 (at Burghley Park)

Umpires: Dave Ford and Eddie McGeown

Burghley Park (won toss) 209 all out in 43.2 overs

lost to

Wisbech 210 for 2 in 32.2 overs by 8 wickets

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Wednesday 27th July 2022

EUFA Women’s European Championships Semi-final

Germany 2 France 1   attendance: 27,445

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Thursday 28th July 2022

Cricket at Kettering Town

Umpires: Alan Pearce and Eddie McGeown

Beds/Hunts U13 Girls 47 all out (14.3 overs

lost to

Northants U13 Girls 58 all out (13.3 overs)

then

Northants U13 Girls 84 for 5 (20 overs)

defeated

Beds/Hunts U13 Girls 56 all out (11.4 overs)

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Sunday 31st July 2022

East Midlands Women’s Cricket League Division 1

Umpires Alan Bowden and Eddie McGeown

Kibworth (won toss) 61 all out in 23.2 overs

lost to

Kettering Town 62 for 4 in 16.3 overs

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May 2022

Soccer Girl

She gets out there and hustles
She does her very best
It’s all about the teamwork
And winning is her quest

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Pretty as a picture
She could be most anything
But for now she’s chosen soccer
And working hard for her team

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Pony-tail is flying
The ball is flying too
She’s got those rules down good
And she knows just what to do

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So come on folks and watch the game
If you want to see the best
A girl who could be a beauty queen
But soccer is her quest!

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by Marilyn Lott

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Tuesday 3rd May 2022
Abacus Lighting Central Midlands League
Premier Division South
Mickleover RBL 4
Owen Brader 26, 45, Lewis Durow 41, 86,
Arnold Town 0
Referee:- Ryan Kelly.                                   Attendance: 38
Admission: OMGDS £1.00 (£3).              Programme: £1.00
Sad to see Arnold Town fall so low. Twenty years ago, I saw them playing at their well appointed old ground in the centre of Arnold which they also shared with the town cricket club. This evening on RBL’s overgrassed and bumpy playing surface, they were taken apart by a side at the other end of the table and the score line was generous in Arnold’s favour! Will they survive the drop? It looks increasingly unlikely. With John Main, Chris Berezai and Tony Morehead.
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Wednesday 4th May 2022
Wharfside Electrical Milton Keynes Sunday League
Sherington Athletic 8
George Chappell 2, 16, 56, Nathan Clarke 14,Dylan Cunningham 35, 38, Jade Aris 39, Luke Garner 61, 
MK City ‘A’ 1
Tate Burns 29,
Referee: Kyle Wells.                                   Attendance: 25
Admission: F.O.C.                                     Programme: NONE
I know that this is the ‘silly season’ and matches are hard to find, but nothing could be sillier than this evening’s weird encounter. We turned up at Perry Lane for a North Bucks Premier Division match. However, the two teams playing …. It gradually emerged … were from The Milton Keynes Sunday League. We only found out – largely by accident and default – when we tried to decipher the FA Full Time website information on the original game … which we gather, was postponed, and this one hurriedly arranged in its place. The hosts, top of the table and unbeaten drubbed their mid-table opponents. With John Main and David ‘DJ’ Johnston.
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Saturday 7th May 2022
Southern Combination League
Division 1 Play-off FINAL
Midhurst & Easebourne 1
Marcus Bedford 69,
Shoreham 0
Referee:- Daniel Austin.                                       Attendance: 511
Admission: OMGDS £2.50 (£5).                        Programme: £2.00
The Stag’s rustic little arena was accessed by a narrow entry through which at least a couple of hundred cars passed today, all efficiently parked between pitch and club house/ changing rooms. There was a wooden stand with benching for perhaps a hundred spectators and a tiny covered standing area behind one goal. Teams were displayed outside the club house, but the catering was basic – or it would have been, but for a travelling burger van. As for the game, the hosts deservedly won a dour contest with a trickle of a goal after seventy minutes which barely crossed the line before a defender forlornly hooked it away! With Jon Main.
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Sunday 8th May 2022
Rutland & District Cricket League Division 1 (at Burghley Park)
Burghley Park (won toss) 143 all out (37.5 overs)
Lost to
Peterborough Town 147 for 2 (25.4 overs)
Umpires:- Katherine Coultate and Eddie McGeown
Burghley Park have been playing cricket here for over 150 years. The pitch is within the grounds of Burghley House where the famous horse trials are held and within sight of Burghley House itself, and with a fine view of three of Stamford’s five churches. The hosts were indebted to a fine knock from Ben Woodward who scored 77 of his teams total, but it wasn’t enough to halt a Peterborough rampage to victory!
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Tuesday 10th May 2022
Peterborough & District League Cup FINAL
Warboys Town 1
Ben Duncan 13,
Deeping Rangers Reserves 3
Rajan Badiani 19, 37, Scott Waumsley 90,
Referee:- Ben Woodward.                                Attendance:- 287
Admission:- F.O.C.                                           Programme:- On Line
This was a feisty, bone crunching encounter in the 3G cage at Netherton United. A handsome crowd was there to see the reserves lift the trophy, but only after Warboys had taken the lead early on, found themselves behind at the interval, but then, late in the second half, they lost their custodian, dismissed for a dogso offence, and their resistance was quashed with a third strike right at the death. Man of the match from last Sunday’s cricket match at Burghley Park, Ben Woodward, was tonight’s referee!
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Wednesday 11th May 2022
National League North Play-off Eliminator
York City 2
Level John-Lewis 10, Mitch Hancox 49,
Chorley 1
Connor Hall 26,
Referee:- James Westgate.                                            Attendance:- 6,394
Admission: Hospitality (£45).                                     Programme (incl) £2.50
Quite a crowd for this play-off first round at The LNER Community Stadium, but comparatively few (319), from Chorley. It was a nervy and tense encounter, with neither side able to stamp any authority on the contest. After each side had scored in the opening period, the match hinged on a goalkeeping howler which gifted York their second goal in the 49th minute and put the hosts into the next round. Cue massive pitch invasion at the final whistle!
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The bright sun that shone right into our eyes for the first half, gradually subsided and made the se4cond half much easier viewing!
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Thursday 12th May 2022
JW Hunt Cup FINAL
Lye Town 2
Adam Meacham 14, Ben Billingham 74,
Boldmere St Michaels 1
Lewis Archer 54,
Referee:- Kevin Williscroft.                                  Attendance:- 288
Admission: by invitation (£6/4).                        Programme: incl (£2)
I was delighted to receive and accept an invitation from Alex Hamil MBE, the president of the JW Hunt Cup to this years final tie at The Castlecroft stadium, home of Old Wulfrunians. Both sides were playing in their first final in the competition and both play in the top division of The Midland League. Indeed, Boldmere recently won a resounding 4-0 play-off victory at Chalfont St Peters. This evening, in a spirited contest, however, they were undone by a determined Lye Town, who snatched victory with a 74th spectacular free-kick winner from Ben Billingham!
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Saturday 14th May 2022
Northants County Cricket League Division 1
At Brixworth
Loddington (won toss) 226 for 8 (50 overs)
defeated
Brixworth 146 all out (38 overs) by 80 runs
Umpires: Graham Abbott and Eddie McGeown
On a warm, sunny and cloudless day in Northamptonshire, Loddington started well but then gave away a flurry of wickets which saw them reduced to 88 for 6 after 15 overs. They recovered well with some watchful batting to reach 226 for 8. In contrast, Brixworth also lost early wickets and were reduced to 42 for 5 after 15 overs. They were never really able to recover and slumped to an eighty run defeat.
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Some oriental plant life in the grounds of Brixworth Park!
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Monday 16th May 2022
Spartan South Midlands Division 1 Cup FINAL
Shefford Town & Campton 1
Jake Renney 90+2,
Stotfold 0
Referee:- Toby Carlisle.                                           Official Attendance:- 147
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£7).                           Programme:- £1.00
This match was played at Manor Fields in Bletchley, the home of The Milton Keynes Irish Centre, which was opened by Uachtaran Na hEireann (President of Ireland), Mary McAleese in 2007. Champions, Stotfold had already defeated Shefford by 6-1, 4-0 and 3-0 this season, but in a lethargic encounter this evening, it was their opponents who took the spoils with a goal in the 92nd minute. They deserved their late victory having struck the woodwork three times in the second half!
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Saturday 21st May 2022
Montgomeryshire League Cup FINAL
Trewern 2
Tobias Dival 81, Joe Beddoes 90+1,
Meifod 1
Philip Hughes 42,
Referee:- Roy Ingram. Attendance:- 191
Admission: F.O.C. Programme:- £2.50
Llanymynech, who hosted today’s final, in the warm sunshine, lay claim to being the oldest football club in Wales, having been founded, they claim, in 1858. Today’s encounter saw champions elect, Meifod take on third place Trewern (orange & black). It was a game of few chances, one of which, Meifod took just before half-time. It looked like that would be the only strike, until Trewern scored twice in the final ten minutes, the second one in the last minute of added time, to take a deserved victory and carry off the trophy. Excellent organisation by the hosts!
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At the far end, behind the trees is a culvert that once took the railway line to Oswestry
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An opportunity (not to be missed) to put my hands on the trophy
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Sunday 22nd May 2022
East Midlands women’s Cricket League
Division 2 South (at Kibworth)
Kettering Women 338 for 2 (40 overs)
Defeated
Kibworth Women 125 for 7 (40 overs)
by 213 runs
Umpires Rodger Barker and Eddie McGeown
Some excellent batting by the visitors, who amassed a prodigious innings at more than eight runs an over. Their bowling was less impressive and the hosts salvaged some pride by batting out their forty overs, albeit for a somewhat meagre total.
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Tuesday 24th May 2022
Cambridge & District Sunday League Division 2
Haddenham Rovers 5
King Bill 0
Referee:- Ceredig Cottanch-Chell.                         Attendance:- 93.
Admission F.O.C.                                                     Prog. NONE
In the dying embers of the season, when all that is left are the very lower leagues, it is sometimes possible to unearth a gem, and so it proved this evening. The hosts, from deep in the Fenlands and striving to become divisional champions, were held for all but the final twenty minutes to a single goal advantage, but then the floodgates opened and King Bill from The King William IV tavern in Histon (although they play their home matches at Girton Recreation), were finally dismantled!
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Saturday 28th May 2022
Cherwell Cricket Leavue Division 3B
at Kingston Bagpuize, who won the toss
Kingston Bagpuize 173 all out (44.2 overs)
lost to:
Chipping Norton 174 for 8 (43.2 overs)
In a tense match which climaxed towards an enthralling finish, the visitors prevailed, despite losing a hat trick of victims on 39 runs (39 for 2 to 39 for 5). Thereafter, Riasat Ali held the innings together with a fine, unbeaten 66 and with 8 wickets down, Chippy, well captained by Jim McGeown, crawled over the line. Good match! Kingston Bagpuize, meanwhile are awaiting the construction of a splendid new clubhouse.
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The visiting team captain, Jim McGeown, who managed a couple of wickets and nine runs with the bat before a somewhat dubious LBW decision!
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Sunday 29th May 2022
Rutland & District Cricket League Division 2
at Stamford. Stamford won the toss
Stamford 250 for 6 (45 overs)
defeated Werrington 215 all out (40.3 overs)
Umpires: Chris Gilham & Eddie McGeown
On a good batting strip, the hosts made the most of winning the toss, and Andrew Hulme smote an unbeaten 112. The visitors pursued the target with vigour, but lost wickets regularly and fell 35 runs short. The Danish Invader is a hostelry in Stamford and it appears that they sponsor the cricket team. The Hansel and Gretel house behind the sight screen looks faintly sinister, but to get to it, you would need to cross the busy main road between Stamford and Market Deeping!
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OTHER MATCHES:-

Sunday 15th May 2022

Rutland Cricket League Division 2 (at Ketton)

Ketton (won toss) 197 for 8 (45 overs)

lost to:

Werrington 200 for 4 (28 overs)

Umpires: Mark Poucher and Eddie McGeown

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Tuesday 18th May 2022

Sherington AthleticMidland Regional Alliance Division 1

Burton United 4 Mickleover RBL Reserves 5       Attendance: 12

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Wednesday 19th May 2022

Leicestershire Midweek Floodlit Youth League Cup FINAL

Harborough Town u18 3 Aylestone Park u18 3  Attendance:- 204

Aylestone Park won 5-4 on penalties

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Monday 30th May 2022

U-13 Cricket at Uppingham School

Northants U-13 129 all out (28.3 overs)

defeated Beds & Hunts U-13  50 all out (19.4 overs) by 79 runs

Umpires: Simon Clark and Eddie McGeown

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Tuesday 31st May 2022

U-13 Girls Cricket at Thrapston

Cambridgeshire U-13 Girls 121 for 8 (20 overs)

defeated Northants U-13 Girls 88 for 5 (20 overs) by 33 runs

Umpires: Simon Clark & Eddie McGeown

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Tuesday 31st May 2022

U-13 Girls Cricket at Thrapston

Cambridgeshire U-13 Girls 66 for 8 (16 overs)

defeated Northants U-13 Girls 47 for 6 (16 overs) by 19 runs

Umpires: Simon Clark and Eddie McGeown

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April 2022

 My Old Football
You can keep your antique silver and your statuettes of bronze,
Your curios and tapestries so fine,
But of all your treasures rare there is nothing to compare
With this patched up, worn-out football pal o’ mine.
Just a patched-up worn-out football, yet how it clings!
I live again my happier days in thoughts that football brings.
It’s got a mouth, it’s got a tongue,
And oft when we’re alone I fancy that it speaks
To me of golden youth that’s flown.
It calls to mind our meeting,
’Twas a present from the Dad.
I kicked it yet I worshipped it,
How strange a priest it had!
And yet it jumped with pleasure
When I punched it might and main:
And when it had the dumps
It got blown up and punched again.
It’s lived its life;
It’s played the game;
It’s had its rise and fall,
There’s history in the wrinkles of
That worn-out football …
by J. Milton Hayes (1884 – 1940)

 

Saturday 2nd April 2022
Southern Counties East League Premier Division
Sheppey United 7
Billy Bennett 6, 17, Dean Grant 57, 78, Warren Mfula 61,77,84,
Deal Town 1
Billy Monday 72,
Referee: Teddy Osborn.                         Attendance: 449
Admission: OMGDS £5.00 (£7).         Programme: £1.00
Sheppey United, champions elect of The SCEL, have a 4G plastic playing surface and a ground that looks like it has been thrown together from a pile of lorry containers and then liberally splashed with red paint. Prior to the match, a truly sumptuous repast at The Aviator, a hostelry maybe half a mile from the stadium. A pretty ordinary opening session saw the 4th placed visitors battle determinedly, but still fall two goals adrift at the interval. In the second half, Sheppey ran in five more goals to a solitary reply from Deal and ran out worthy and emphatic winners. With John Main (pictured).
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John Main at the turnstile
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On the balcony adjacent to the bar, a display of “Items” material
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The bar and Board Room are on the top floor behind the terraced area.
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Tuesday 5th April 2022
Sky-Bet EFL League One
Cambridge United 1
Harvey Knibbs 80,
Wycombe Wanderers 4
Sam Vokes 7, 54, Josh Scowen 56, Garath McCleary 89,
Referee: Craig Hicks.                                        Attendance: 4,751 (454 away support)
Admission: Hospitality.                                   Programme: incl. (£3.50)
Very impressive and generous hospitality, well managed and arranged, with seats in the directors box! The Abbey Stadium has not changed much in the six years since my last visit, but the team are a division higher! This evening, however, they were comprehensively dismantled by a visiting side who gave them no time and no space and for whom four goals was scant return for their effort. Thoroughly enjoyable evening with son, Mike and grandson, Freddie.
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Freddie and his Dad, Mike at the hospitality table!
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Harvey Knibbs, scorer of the Cambridge United goal, with Freddie after the game!
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Wednesday 6th April 2022
United Counties League Division 1
Saffron Dynamo 1
Jamie Starbuck 36,
Hucknall Town 2
Joe Butler 62, Craig Westcarr 77,
Referee: Andrew Cuthbert.                             Attendance:- 61
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                  Programme: £1.00
It must be a five minute walk from the club house to the pitch, which has a tiny Meccano seated stand and a small covered terrace area and viewing realistically from behind the near side goal and on the far side of the ground, only. Well placed Hucknall struggled in the first half and went to the interval a goal down. In the second half, they took the game by the scruff of the neck and scored twice – the second from Craig Westcarr – to record the win and secure the points. With son, Mike and grandson, Freddie.
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Thursday 7th April 2022
EUFA Europa Conference Quarter final
Leicester City 0
PSV Eindhoven 0
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK).                  Attendance: 31,327
Admission: OMGDS £20.00 (£30).         Programme: £3.00
A frustrating night at The King Power Stadium as these two teams fought out a cagey quarter final first leg in front of a bumper crowd. The Foxes main concern appeared to be avoiding defeat and several of their players were below par. For PSV Noni Mandueke impressed with his skilful, mazy runs, but in total, there were only three accurate attempts on goal and that, in a nutshell, says it all! With grandson Freddie and John Main.
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Saturday 9th April 2022
Southern Combination League Premier Division
Hassocks 2
Sam Smith 58, Jack Troak 86 (pen),
Littlehampton Town 6
Aaron Capon 19, Dion Jarvis 22, Zac Harris 47, 82, Lewis Jenkins 61, Jordan Clark 63,
Referee:- Neil Wallace.                       Attendance: 178
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£6).     Programme: £1.00
Champions elect and FA Vase finalists, Littlehampton Town were today’s visitors at The Beacon Ground, Hassocks’ rustic establishment overlooked by not one but TWO windmills on the South Downs. The trip down by train was not uneventful with our starting point, Huntingdon, gridlocked because the main road into town was closed! The slow detour to the station and the subsequent rail journey to Hassocks was made worthwhile by a match that produced eight goals as the lowly hosts were soundly thrashed by the visitors. Good game and Hassocks never gave up, but they just weren’t in the same galaxy! With John Main.
The view from London Bridge Station as we made our way by rail from Huntingdon down to Hassocks

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March 2022

The Frog

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Be kind and tender to the frog

And do not call him names

As ‘Slimy Skin’, or ‘Polly Wig’,

Or likewise ‘Ugly James’

Or ‘Gap-a-grin’ or ‘Toad-gone-wrong’,

Or ‘Billy Bandy-knees’:

The Frog is justly sensitive

To epithets like these.

No animal will more repay

A treatment kind and fair;

At least so lonely people say

Who keep a frog (and by the way,

They are extremely rare).

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by Hilaire Belloc (1870 – 1953)

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Tuesday 1st March 2022
West Midlands (Regional) League Division 1
Sikh Hunters 3
Chris Brown, Ricardo Dudley 84, Jack Bradley 90+1,
Gornal Athletic 4
Thomas Rann 21, Callum Lloyd 29, Bradley Maslen Jones 42, 66, Matt Holland s/o 52,
Referee:- Simon King.                                    Attendance: 42
Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£5).             Programme:- NONE
This was a rip roaring contest at Long Lane Park where bottom of the table Sikh Hunters nearly pulled off a shock result against top of the table, Gornal Athletic. They were 0-3 down at the interval, but pulled one back almost Immediately. The visitors, apparently comfortable, then had a man sent off and were reduced to nine men when a further player was sin-binned. They added another goal and looked safe until the closing minutes, when Hunters pulled back two goals and only the final whistle prevented an equaliser! Eight bookings, two sin-binned and one sent off. With John Main, Joanna Baroudi and Antony Robinson.
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The main stand looks quite good in this picture, but, in reality, it was pretty dilapidated with bird droppings on some seats and others broken.
It was situated nearer to one goal down the nearside of the ground
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Friday 4th March 2022
Lancashire Football League West Division
Macclesfield Town u23 2
Mir Ishaq 7, Zoller Gray (pen) 84,
Fulwood Amateurs u23 1
Kane Froggatt 35,
Referee:- Ethan Murray.                        Attendance:- 58
Admission: F.O.C.                               Programme: NONE
John Main drove us both up to Lancashire and the Premier Inn just off junction 4 on the M65 for the start of the North West Counties Hop, but we didn’t go to the first game at Golcar (we’d already been) and plumped for this esoteric fixture at The UCLAN Sports Arena, where we met up with a very worried Graeme Holmes, whose beloved Everton are sinking towards the foot of The FA Premier League! The kick-off for this match had been put back to 8.00pm because of children’s training sessions and, prior to kick-off, we adjourned for cake and hot chocolate to a cafe situated across the road from the car park.
Quite what Macclesfield Town are doing in The Lancashire League is a mystery as is why they are playing at UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire). There was some mention of sponsored players from abroad playing in Macclesfield’s colours and Fulwood Amateurs of The West Lancashire League must be at least a couple of steps below the hosts – even at their demoted level. This was a feisty match which threatened to explode on more than one occasion and did so right at the final whistle. A draw would have been a fair result, but a dubious penalty award, six minutes from time, gave victory to the hosts! With John Main and Graeme Holmes.
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Saturday 5th March 2022
North West Counties League Division 1 North – k.o.: 11.00am
Bacup Borough 6
Dennis Sherriff 7, Alex Mellor 25, 45, Anthony Hall 36, Kyle Siddle 77, Joseph Fallon 90,
St Helens Town 1
Dale Korie-Butler 14 (pen), Phillip Clarke s/o 34,
Referee:- Kieron Chell.                              Attendance:- 460
Admission: £5.00.                                   Programme:- £2.00
A very pleasant and olde world stadium.
On a very heavy playing surface at Bacup Borough’s rustic Cowfoot Lane, these two teams played out a rip-roaring encounter, especially in the first half where there were five goals, five bookings and a dismissal. The hosts added a further two goals after the interval to register a convincing victory against the backdrop of the lower Penines.
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Saturday 5th March 2022
North-West Counties League Premier Division – k.o.: 2.00pm
Padiham 1
Benjamin Hoskin 45+2,
Ashton Athletic 5
Joe White 16, Thomas Carr 23, 54, 74, Daniel Morton (og)50,
Referee:- Lee Harding.                               Attendance:- 378
Admission: £5.00.                                      Programme:- £2.00
Arbories Lane Memorial Ground was neat, fresh and resplendent in Royal blue and the corned beef hash was in great demand, but the home team were mugged. Playing down the slope in the first half, the visitors garnered a slender 2-1 half-time advantage. However, two strikes within ten minutes of the restart and a final goal fifteen minutes from time, ensured an imperious and well deserved victory.

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Saturday 5th March 2022
North West Counties League Division 1 North – k.o.: 4.45pm
Nelson 3
Kit Lloyd 12, 46, Jack Foster 33,
Chadderton 1
Harry Dean 86,
Referee:- Adam Watson.                               Attendance:- 351
Admission:- £5.00.                                        Programme:- £2.00
Victoria Park in Nelson is idyllic, with a row of former cotton workers cottages hiding the cotton mill with its tall chimney. On the opposite side of the pitch is an impressive stand, with seating for perhaps a couple of hundred souls. On the pitch, the hosts were in determined mood and held a two goal advantage at the interval. A further strike immediately after the break killed the game off and the visitors consolation came four minutes from the end. Nelson included four brothers from the same family in their team, and one of them scored two of their goals!
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Saturday 5th March 2022
North West Counties League Premier Division – k.o.: 7.45pm
Barnoldswick Town 0
Avro 2
Liam Ellis 53 (pen), 62,
Referee:- Adewunmi Soneye.                         Attendance:- 517
Admission:- £5.00.                                          Programme:- £2.00
The hosts had worked hard to make a success of this fixture off the pitch and a huge gathering turned out to support them with noisy “Ultras” from both sides contributing to the decibel level. On the pitch, however, the hosts, after dominating the first period without success, met a considerably more determined Avro side in the second half. The visitors took the game by the scruff of the neck and scored twice midway through the half, for a deserved victory.
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Sunday 6th March 2022
North West Counties League Division 1 North
Steeton 2
Tobias Jeffrey 33, Jordan Townsend 84, Andrew Briggs s/o 90
Ashton Town 1
Declan Hill 14, Ethan Van-Aston s/o 80,
Referee:- George Dennis.                            Attendance:- 479
Admission:- £5.00.                                       Programme:- £2.00
After the wonderful stadiums of yesterday, this characterless arena had a small covered area behind one goal created out of a lorry container and a small stand down the near side with seating for perhaps 100 spectators. Other than that, there was no cover. Two evenly matched sides jostled for supremacy. A goal to each side in the first half and deep into the second half, a draw looked the likely outcome . A visiting player dismissed for violent conduct some ten minutes from time tipped the balance and the hosts scored the winner with five minutes remaining, only to find themselves reduced to ten men with a dismissal for a second bookable offence. This was a finely balanced match, won by the finest of margins!
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Sunday 6th March 2022
North West Counties League Division 1 North
Ilkley Town 0
Garstang 0
Referee:- Anthony Parr-Robinson.                   Attendance:- 455
Admission:- £5.00.                                              Programme:- £2.00
Despite the sunshine, this was definitely not a day to venture onto Ilkley Moor without appropriate headwear. This ‘Roses’ fixture between teams from Lancashire and Yorkshire, was played out in a drab, featureless cage on a 3G surface with minimal cover – maybe fifty seats behind one goal and a short stretch of cover down one side. The match, sadly, was equally featureless as the two teams cancelled each other out and goals proved elusive.
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Monday 7th March 2022
FA Cup 5th Round
Nottingham Forest 2
Sam Surridge 30, Ryan Yates 37,
Huddersfield Town 1
Tom Lees 13,
Referee:- Graham Scott.                                    Attendance:- 27,417
Admission:- OMGDS £15 (£20).                     Programme:- £3.00
A good crowd on a cold evening for this fifth round FA Cup match, the last of the round, and a tasty home tie in prospect for the winners. All the goals came in the first half, the visitors striking first after a quarter of an hour and the home side scoring two in a seven minute spell ten minutes from the interval. Despite best endeavours, there was no addition to the score after the break and it will be Forest who entertain Liverpool in the next round. With John Main.
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Tuesday 8th March 2022
United Counties League Premier Division South
Rugby Town 0
Harborough Town 2
Freddie Robinson 44, Nathaniel Ansu 88,
Referee:- Stephen Davies.                         Attendance:- 212
Admission: OMGDS £4.00 (£8).            Programme: £2.00
The hosts, fourth in the table were looking to put one across the league leaders, however, it was not to be as the visitors dominated the opening session and scored with a strike on 44 minutes. The second half was an entirely different story, with a revitalised Rugby side pressing very hard for an equaliser which never came and then, in the 88th minute, a breakaway by the visitors saw them wrap up a hard won victory. With John Main.
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Thursday 10th March 2022
EUFA Europa Conference Round of 16
Leicester City 2
Marc Albrighton 30, Kelechi Iheanacho 90+3
Stade Rennais 0
Referee:- Orel Grinfeeld (IRS)                            Attendance:- 25,848
Admission: OMGDS £15.00 (£20).                   Programme: £3.00
A good result for The Foxes which didn’t look possible after an over cautious opening spell. Rennes looked confident and competent to upset the hosts, but only landed one shot on target all match! A blistering drive from Marc Albrighton in the first half and a precise and deft strike from Kelechi Iheanacho three minutes into added time at the end will probably be enough to clinch the tie. With John Main.
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Saturday 12th March 2022
Wessex League Premier Division
Bashley 2
Jamie Webber 9, Dan Thompson 30,
United Services Portsmouth 0
Referee: Derek Pratt.                                  Attendance: 192
Admission: OMGDS £5.00 (£7).             Programme: £2.00
Bashley, in recent memory, graced the upper echelons of The Southern League and, now, are trying to regain that status. Their ground is relatively compact, with covered seated and standing down one side of the ground, but no cover elsewhere. We were treated to a tour of the boardroom and a sumptuous breakfast repast, prior to the match. The hosts dominated the opening session of the contest and quickly established a two goal advantage, but thereafter criminally wasted several quite tasty opportunities. After the break, the visitors tightened up considerably and a dull stalemate ensued until the final whistle! With John Main.
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