December 2021

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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by Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)

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Saturday 4th December 2021
Sky-Bet EFL Championship
Blackpool 0
Luton Town 3
Sonny Bradley 42, Elijah Adebayo 54, Jordan Clark 90+1
Referee:- Peter Bankes.                                                       Attendance:- 11,366
Admission:- Hospitality (£80.00).                                 Programme:- included (£3.00)
It is just over fifty years since my last visit to Bloomfield Road and a lot of water has travelled under the bridge since that day in May 1971 when Blackpool of the First Division drew 1-1 with Manchester United in front of a crowd of 29,857. Then, it was Jimmy Armfield’s swan song, his 627th and last game for Blackpool before retirement. Denis Law scored for United and Tony Green replied for Blackpool. Today’s attendance was less than half that figure and Luton Town were the visitors for what is, in reality, a second division contest. The hosts were outplayed today, in the midst of a cutting, squally wind and pretty heavy rain. The Hatters were more direct and incisive, with three clinical finishes whilst The hosts were timid and feeble. The hospitality was excellent value, for my grandson’s ninth birthday and he and his brother also enjoyed the train journey to and from Banbury!
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Jim with Sonny and Kingsley
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The travelling faithful, well rewarded!
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This is Ludovic Sylvestre who has played for both Barcelona and Blackpool, with Sonny and Kingsley in the hospitality suite.
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Tuesday 7th December 2021
Southern Counties East League Challenge Cup 1st Round
Meridian VP 1
Dwayne West 65 (pen),
Erith and Belvedere 5
Henry Dasofunjo 4, Callum McGeehan 47,Olli Bate 68, James Dyer 80, Richard Jimoh 90+3
Referee:- Ashley Rodi.                                                            Attendance:- 32
Admission:- OMGDS £4.00 (£6).                                      Programme:- £2.50
Storm Barra swept through during the afternoon depositing several inches of water on the south east, but despite postponed matches elsewhere, Meridian VP (Valley Park) survived and despite flooded dugouts, the cup match against Erith & Belvedere from the premier division went ahead as scheduled. The visitors occupy bottom place in their division whilst the hosts are third from bottom of the division below and the gulf in class was evident, even though Meridian managed to reach half time only one goal down. The second half was a different affair as the visitors raced to a deserved victory. A basic stadium with hard standing all round and a fifty seater Meccano stand, but very little else. Excellent clubhouse facilities just outside the ground.
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Wednesday 8th December 2021
FA Youth Cup 3rd Round
Rugby Town 0
Cheltenham Town 4
Brennan Barrett 13, Joe Hunt 41, Connor Jakeways 49, 52,
Referee:- Joe Woolmer.                                               Official Attendance:- 426
Admission:- OMGDS £4.00 (£6).                             Programme:- £2.00
At Rugby Town’s impressive stadium on a bitterly cold evening and in front of a substantial crowd, the young hero’s of Butlin Road, who had already put out league opposition in the previous round, just didn’t do themselves justice. Two goals in each half killed them off in a match strangely devoid of passion and atmosphere, despite the large crowd. The crowd looked to be far larger than the official attendance!
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Saturday 11th December 2021
Wessex League Premier Division
Amesbury Town 0
Fareham Town 8
Casey Bartlett-Scott 39, Jack Breed 40, Ethan Jones 50, Ben Rowthorn 63, Declan McCarthy 72, Gary Austin 80, 90+3, Josh Benfield 83,
Referee:- Lucas Bomela.                                                 Attendance:- 73
Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                                Programme:- £1.00
Amesbury, a small market Town in the shadow of Stonehenge, can lay claim to being the oldest settlement in the country with evidence going back more than 10,000 years! Sadly, their team is struggling this season. No wins in the last twenty-one matches and only two draws, they lie next to bottom of the division. Today, for just over half an hour, they defended heroically, but then conceded twice in quick succession. In the second half, Fareham laid siege and popped in a further half dozen. A very basic arena, but friendly and hospitable!
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Turnstile? No, just the way in!
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Tuesday 14th December 2021
The sky was leaden grey and a thin mizzle drifted down, going past the ancient (but seasonal) lamp post at the bottom of Caistor, the War Memorial and Lydia’s cafe, down Church Gap, and across the railway line, the fields and the river Welland to Thorpe-by-Water. From there to Lyddington and St Andrew’s Church, alongside the Bede house where formerly twelve alms people were housed (“no lunacy, Leprosy, or French pox”). In Uppingham, the church of St Peter and St Paul bestrides the skyline, and inside, the sanctuary window was well lit. Uppingham School is everywhere else in the town! Down the Stockerston Road and across the fields until … the Eyebrook reservoir swings into view. Keeping the water to the right, back up to the top of Stoke Dry hill and across more fields, back down to Lyddington. From there, via Gretton Weir, back to the village itself, with new houses sprouting at the bottom of Station Road. Fifteen stiles and 12.96 miles.
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The Victorian (and seasonal) lamppost at the bottom of Caistor Road in Gretton
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The Eyebrow Reservoir
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Saturday 18th December 2021
Pitching-in Northern Premier League Division 1 West
Ramsbottom United 1
Jamie Rother 50,
City of Liverpool 0
Referee:- Matthew Tyres.                                              Official Attendance:- 297
Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£9).                                       Programme:- £2.00
A beautiful sunny afternoon grew quite chilly by the end of this match at The Riverside Stadium, nestling betwixt the railway line and the cricket club. The Santa Special was pulled by an Bulleid SR Pacific, but an ancient L&YR Pickersgill 0-6-0 also made an appearance. Despite the paucity of goals, this was a good contest with the sides evenly matched and the game was won by a slightly fortuitous goal to the home side, deflected into the net, five minutes after the interval. With Graeme Holmes, who was match analyst for City of Liverpool.
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Pickersgill 0-600 formerly of The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway
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One of OV Bulleid’s Southern Region Pacifics pulling the Santa Special
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Tuesday 21st December 2021
Pitching-in Southern League Premier Division Central
Peterborough Sports 2
Dion Semble Ferris 20, Dan Jarvis 9-+3
Banbury United 3
Morgan Roberts 8, missed penalty 23, Chris Wreh 15, Jay Williams 34,
Referee:- Thomas Hancock.                                                       Attendance:- 415
Admission:- OMGDS £7.00 (£10).                                        Programme: £2.00
The Bee Arena is vastly improved since my last visit a couple of years ago, but it is still a hotchpotch, with seating giving a poor view of the match and narrow hard standing around the pitch, but no terracing. There is a new clubhouse with bar and food hatch and entrance to the ground has moved to the far side of the pitch. Tonight, third place Turbines faced top of the table Puritans, and they were always second best. Banbury raced to a first half 3-1 lead which included a missed penalty and were content to hang onto their lead, which they did comfortably, until the hosts snatched a second goal at the death. With son, Mike and grandson, Freddie and good to see Paul Proctor, who had made the long journey from Hampshire!
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Freddie with grand dad, Ed
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Wednesday 22nd December 2021
Bleak and bare was the landscape and the ground underfoot was hard, crunchy and … hoar frosted on the children’s play area. St James’ church stood silent sentinel on the route down Church Gap and over to Thorpe by Water across the still River Welland and along leaf filled paths. Seaton All Hallows church reared up on the skyline on the far side of the valley, whilst in front, sheep munched the frosted sward. The George & Dragon – too early for duty – and the Welland Viaduct came into view at the end of the village, before striding on to Morcott, under the narrow railway bridge on the long abandoned spur line to Uppingham. Past Morcott, to the windmill on the A47 and down to Barrowden, The Exeter Arms, the duck pond and the church of St Peter with its fine, delicate spire. The track bed of the old railway line to Peterborough (from Rugby) is still visible on the path leading to Turtle Bridge, whilst on the river itself, swans glide sedately by. The church of St John the Baptist, in Harringworth, had a seasonal tree at its entrance and on the way out of the village, there was a small abandoned hut between the legs of the viaduct. Back, high above Harringworth, Seaton was just visible across the valley and then, finally, back in Gretton, the new houses, adjacent the pocket park, are nearing completion. Three stiles and 14.14 miles.
Gretton Play Area
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St James’ Church, Gretton
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All Hallows Church, Seaton
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Thursday 23rd December 2021
Worcestershire Senior Cup Quarter-final
Redditch United 3
Tali Jallow 45, Romario Martin 46, TiagoNassunculo
Stourport Swifts 2
Lee Hughes 33, Connor Gator 70,
Referee:- Craig Thompson.                                                         Attendance:- 525
Admission:- F.O.C.                                                              Programme:- “on line”
In a highly entertaining encounter, the lowly placed visitors, some two steps below the hosts in the pyramid, put up spirited resistance and even took the lead midway through the first period. United equalised on the stroke of half-time and added a further two strikes within ten minutes of the restart. Swifts struck again on 70 minutes, but they were unable to conjure up the equaliser and the hosts progress to the semi-final.
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Sunday (Boxing Day?) 26th December 2021
Toolstation Western League Division 1
Sherborne Town 4
Tom Budden 36, Dec Cornish 50, Ollie Hubbard 58, Anth Herrin87,
Radstock Town 0
Referee:- Darren Geay.                                                             Attendance:- 211
Admission:- OMGDS £4.00 (£6).                                          Programme:- none
What a gem of a football club! The weather helped, mild and sunny, and a good turn out for this hastily rearranged fixture. There was no programme because the match had only been arranged 48 hours earlier after the original team had dropped out. Radstock were worthy opponents, but high flying Sherborne showed them no mercy and efficiently dispatched them with a brace of goals in each half. Very friendly club, teams and attendances provided! With John Main.
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Monday 17th December 2021
Combined Counties League Premier Division South
Horley Town 1
Chad Goulter 86, 
Redhill 3
Jawarie Brissett 9, Sam King 39 (pen), Billy Frost 71,
Referee:- Josh Osofa.                                                       Attendance:- 203
Admission:- OMGDS £4.00 (£7).                                 Programme:- £1.00
Miserable murky, wet morning in Surrey for this local Derby at the well appointed New Defence, stadium, home of Horley Town. Excellent viewing from the upstairs glassed in bar and a good stand for around 100, just below as well as cover behind each goal. In a match strangely lacking in atmosphere for a local derby, the visitors imposed themselves early and never gave the hosts a look in until they allowed them a consolation goal in the last five minutes!
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Monday 27th December 2021
Southern Counties East League Premier Division
Rusthall 0
Bearsted 2
Referee:- Steven Goldup.                                                       Attendance:- 246
Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£8).                                      Programme:- F.O.C.
A long, winding, narrow, mysterious and treacherous route eventually arrives at the rustic Jockey Farm Stadium, home of Rusthall on a very wet and muddy afternoon. Despite a pretty poor season, (the hosts lie third from bottom in the table), there was a healthy and vociferous reception for the home side who conceded after only two minutes and went two down before the half hour mark. That was the end of the match as a contest and a turgid second half was thankfully consummated after three added minutes!
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Latin(?) a bit rusty, but … “Only the best can survive”?
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Thursday 30th December 2021
Sky-Bet EFL Championship
Nottingham Forest 0
Huddersfield Town 1
Referee:- Gavin Ward.                                                               Attendance:- 27,159
Admission:- OMGDS £20 (£30).                                              Programme:- £3.00
A mild evening and a pretty well filled stadium for a match, whilst short on goals, was nonetheless an enthralling encounter. The visitors struck on the half hour mark and had to withstand some sustained second half pressure. You got the feeling that if Forest could get one goal, they might go on to win, but determined Huddersfield withstood the onslaught and just about deserved the victory and the spoils. With grand son, Freddie and John Main.
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Freddie at Nottingham Forest, high up in The Brian Clough Stand. His 78th new ground and his 28th League ground.
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Other Matches:

Wednesday 1st December 2021

BUCS Women’s Midland Tier 2   2.00pm

Loughborough University Women’s Third 13 Leicester University Women’s First 1  

Attendance:- 17

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Wednesday 1st December 2021

BUCS Women’s Midland Tier 3

De Montfort Univ Women’s First 0 Birmingham Univ Women’s Third 15    Attendance:- 9

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Thursday 9th December 2021

Leicestershire Midweek Floodlit Youth League Central Division

GNG Oadby Town U18 3 Anstey Nomads U18 9                                 Attendance:- 19

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Wednesday 15th December 2021

Women’s FA Premier League Intercontinental Tyres Cup Group C

Coventry United Ladies 2 Tottenham Hotspur Women 3              Attendance:- 220

This was Coventry United Women’s final match before liquidation

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Thursday 16th December 2021

Leicestershire Midweek Floodlit Youth League Central Division

GNG Oadby Town U18 0 Anstey Nomads U18 Swifts 9                Attendance:- 20

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Monday 20th December 2021

Midland Floodlit Midweek Youth League Premier Division South

Rugby Town U18 1 Halesowen Town U18 3                           Attendance:- 104

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November 2021

November

No sun – no moon!
No morn – no noon –
No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! –
November!

by Thomas Hood (1799 – 1845)

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Wednesday 3rd November 2021
FA Youth Cup 1st Round
Aylestone Park 4
Joseph Buckingham 54, Charlie Kilburn 72, Aaron Nuttall 89, Scott O’Brien 116,
Lincoln City 4                AET
Oisin Gallagher 14, Freddie Draper 47 (pen),Jovon Makama 90+2, Billy Brooks 113,
Referee:- Sam Weston                                        Official Attendance:- 503
Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                  Programme:- £1.00
Aylestone Park won 3-1 on penalties.
Wow!!! This was an epic cup-tie with a strongly partisan crowd, as little Aylestone Park from the fringes of Leicester, knocked out mighty Lincoln City of League 1. There was no warning of what was to come as the visitors opened the scoring after 14 minutes and then doubled their lead at the very start of the second period. Back came the hosts to lead 3-2 on 88 minutes, only to be pegged back before the final whistle. Extra time, a rare beast, these days, only increased the score from 3-3 to 4-4 and kicks from the penalty mark would decide the winners. Josh Wormleighton, the home custodian and captain saved the first three penalties taken against him, the hosts took the shoot-out by 3-1 and great scenes of jubilation appropriately ensued!!!!
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Thursday 4th November 2021
From The Horse and Jockey in Manton, on the shores of Rutland Water, we followed the walk along the banks of the lake,on a cool breezy morning, all the way to Egleton where we left the lake and crossed the railway line before climbing the hill over to Brooke where a couple of pigs forlornly hoped for sustenance! The Church of St Peter hosted a scene from Pride and Prejudice, being filmed there some 16 or 17 years ago. Pressing on past Brooke Priory and across the fields to Braunstone in Rutland where the clock sits awkwardly atop the tower of All Saints Church and at the base a hideous figure keeps evil away. Along the road to Hibbits Farm and beyond to America Lodge before entering the lost village of Martinsthorpe, where a substantial solitary residence has a wonderful view of the lake and then the track across the fields back to Manton. With Alison Merricks, seven stiles and 10.17 miles
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The Horse & Jockey at Manton
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All Saints Church, Braunstone-in-Rutland
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Thursday 4th November 2021
EUFA Europa League Group C
Leicester City 1
Daniel Amartey 58,
Spartak Moscow 1
Viktor Moses 51,
Referee:- Halil Umut Meyer (Turkey)        Attendance:- 30,222
Admission:- OMGDS £22.50 (£30)       Programme:- 33.00
Thursday night football at The King Power Stadium. This tepid affair ended tamely with Leicester unable to summon up the spirit and endeavour to break dow a very ordinary Moscow side.
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The view from my seat in the stadium
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Saturday 6th November 2021
Pitching-in Northern Premier League Division 1 East
Hebburn Town 1
Lee Cooksey 69 (og)
Stocksbridge Park Steels 5
Josh Nodder 6, Luke Mangham 16, 59, Ross Goodwin 28, 48,
Referee:- Sam Parnaby.                                     Attendance:- 287
Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£7).                   Programme:- on line
Hebburn Sports & Social Club, not too far from the south bank of The Tyne, is a neat, spruce ground, with two pitches and a hard court play area – and a couple of new seated, but unroofed stands for around 180 souls. The visitors who, prior to today, had lost four of their five away games, did a real job on the hosts. Three goals up in half an hour and a further two second half strikes, they also supplied the scorer for Hebburn’s lone effort and ran out worthy winners.
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Monday 8th November 2021
A crisp, bright morning which became quite warm under the fiery sun. This walk was a variation of last Thursday’s walk from The Horse & Jockey in Manton. On the way to Egleton – Burley House was easily visible – we met some black sheep, but in Egleton itself, we doubled back to cross the railway by bridge at Gunthorpe. In St Peter’s graveyard in Brooke, a priory once stood (1153-1535), and the ripe berries flourished. Inside the church, the elaborate tomb of Charles Noel (1591-1629) and his wife Mabel, dominated the sanctuary. There is a “Noel Arms” on the main road at Whitwell on Rutland Water. Walking down past America Lodge to the lost village of Martinsthorpe, Rutland Water itself is clearly visible in the distance and on the site of the now deserted village … but one house remains. With Alison Merricks and Norma Jarvis, two stiles and 7.86 miles.
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Rutland Water
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Burley House
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The Church of St Peter at Brooke
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The tomb of Charles Noel inside St Peter’s Church, Brooke
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Monday 8th November 2021
FA Women’s Championship
Coventry United Ladies 1
Rio Hardy 43,
Bristol City Women 1
Abi Harrison 81,
Referee:- Robert Massey-Ellis.                                                  Attendance:- 195
Admission:- OMGDS £7.00 (£10).                                         Programme:- on line
Coventry’s Butts Arena hosted this second tier women’s match, and the hosts, who had only one point from their opening seven fixtures, deservedly doubled that total and perhaps, might have held on for victory. They opened the scoring in the last minute of the opening period and held on until the 81st minute before the visitors struck the equaliser. A few days later I received a parking ticket fine for £100. There were no signs and no-one collecting money in the car park. Pay within 14 days and it was reduced to £60. Absolute rip-off!!!
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Tuesday 9th November 2021
JW Hunt Cup 1st Round
Bilbrook Santos 1
Leon Salmon 38,
Bilston Town 8
Dimitri Duntley 13,18,51,56,Kevin Nickle 65, Matthew Vaughan 75, Kieron Miller 76, 84,
Referee:- Nathan Lloyd.                                                     Attendance:- 60
Admission:- £4.00.                                                             Programme:- NONE
The JW Hunt Cup has been in existence since 1926, sponsored by local business entrepreneur, John William Hunt, proprietor of Chillington Tools His aim, and still the charitable aim of the cup, is to raise funds for the blind. This evening’s encounter, the last of the first round matches, pitched WMRL division 2 Bilbrook Santos, against Midland League division 1 side Bilston Town Community and the gulf was reflected in the score line. Very friendly and helpful officials, excellent filled rolls in the club house and a very entertaining evening all round! With John Main and Jack Warner.
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Saturday 13th November 2021
Combined Counties Leaguer Premier Division South
Raynes Park Vale 2
Callum Davies 19, Jordan Gallagher 50,
AFC Croydon Athletic 1
Luwayne Greenwood 11,
Referee:- Gareth Burton. Attendance:- 103
Admission:-OMGDS £5.00 (£8). Programme:- £2.00
MATCH ABANDONED 75 MINUTES
Raynes Park has a careworn look about it, but there is lots of work in progress. A new turnstile, fencing around two sides of the ground, new floodlights and a new toilet facility are all being installed and, perhaps, we should have visited later in the season! The match was meandering along inconsequentially until, in the seventy-fifth minute, a minor incident exploded into fisticuffs involving all twenty-two players, the substitutes and officials from each bench in a mass brawl. Despite repeated whistle blowing, the referee was unable to restore order and, finally, he was forced to abandon the contest. Be interesting to see what the consequences are!
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Is this the smallest stand … smaller than at Esh Winning FC?
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Monday 15th November 2021
Almost six miles along the railway line from Gretton, across the Harringworth Viaduct, the rails go underground for a short while, and reappear between the villages of Glaston and Wing. The weather this morning, as we set out from Wing, was warm and sunny and, at last, the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” was in full swing. The path from Wing took us across the fields to the village of Pilton with its tiny church of St Nicholas. Crossing more fields, the village of North Luffenham to our left and the church of St John the Baptist. In South Luffenham, a fine house stands where once had been Luffenham Railway Station. Pressing on to Morcott, crossing a tributary of the River Chater and briefly glancing inside the church of St Mary the Virgin. The track then took us across more fields for a couple of miles to Glaston on the busy A47. Down Church Lane we crossed through the graveyard of St Andrew’s church where beams were being replaced in the roof, before taking the road past Glaston Carpet Superstore, down to Glaston Tunnel and back up to Wing Maze. With Alison Merricks, Maureen Owens and Norma Jarvis, nine stiles and 8.26 miles.
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South Luffenham, where the railway line used to run to Stamford
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Alison Merricks
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Tuesday 16th November 2021
Midland League Premier Division
Stone Old Alleynians 1
Romulus 2
Referee:- David Hinton.                                                             Attendance:- 99
Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                                            Programme:- £1.00
On a dank Autumnal evening these two teams served up a pretty committed fare. Old Alleynians are playing, this season, at Kings Park, the former home of now defunct Meir KA. The ground is careworn, a couple of hundred seats behind one goal and limited cover down the near side. The hosts took the lead at the end of the first period, but a rejuvenated Romulus took a firm grip on the match in the second half and ran out worthy winners. A motley gathering of hoppers swelled the attendance!, John Main, Lee West, Martin Hayden, Lee Vaughan, Alan from Leicester, Mark Farnell and Lucy, amongst others.
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Wednesday 17th November 2021
FA Youth Cup – 2nd Round
Aylestone Park 1
William Warren 74,
Sheffield Wednesday 2
Sean Fusire 25,Bailey Cadamarteri 30,
Referee:- Lee Hartley. Official Attendance:- 1,250
Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£5). Programme:- £1.00
On a cold November evening, Aylestone Park, in front of a record crowd for the ground, just lost out to their illustrious opponents. Wednesday took a two goal lead into the interval and it looked for much of the second half, that the hosts had accepted their fate. A William Warren feee kick brought them back into the match after 74 minutes but they were unable to snatch an equaliser despite seven minutes of added time at the end of the contest. With John Main.
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Friday 19th November 2021
Eastern Counties League Division 1 South
Holland 2
Anthony Spyvou67 (pen), 68,
May & Baker 2
Jamie Marsh 57, 77,
Referee:- Mahdi Elhalawany.                                                  Attendance:- 124
Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                                       Programme:- £1.00
In the fifteen years since they took over from St John’s (Clacton) FC, Holland have travelled comparatively rapidly. The ground has a new club house and changing rooms and a seated stand for around ninety spectators and there is a substantial fence around the pitch. Other than that there is very little else of note at the ground. On the pitch, they are pretty mid-table this season whilst their opponents are riding high. There was no score at the end of a fairly tepid first period, but in the second half, the hosts were made to pay for some glaring misses when May & Baker took the lead twelve minutes after the break. Back came Holland, well led by skipper, Anthony Spyrou, who scored two goals, the first a penalty, to give them a deserved lead. However, with around ten minutes to go, the visitors equalised and looked the more likely right up to the final whistle!
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Saturday 20th November 2021
FA Vase 2nd Round
Tunbridge Wells 1
Kyron Lightfoot 35,
Walton & Hersham 0
Referee:- Harry Wood.                                                   Official Attendance:- 320
Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£8).                                Programme:- £2.00
There might have been only one goal, but this was a rip roaring cup-tie at The Culverden Stadium. The visitors, who sit proudly atop The Combined Counties League, had already beaten their SCEL opponents in the FA Cup this season, but they fell behind to a delicious flick from Kyron Lightfoot, some ten minutes before the break, despite having been comfortably the better side. The second half was a war of attrition as the visitors threw everything – including a penalty – at the hosts, but were unable to break down a very determined defence. Some very partisan support for both sides!
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Monday 22nd November 2021
U23 Premier League 2 Division 1
Leicester City 1
Tawanda Maswanhise 3,
Tottenham Hotspur 4
Malachi Fagan-Walcott 37, Harvey White 41, 58, Tobi Omole 53,
Referee:- Thomas Parsons.                                    Attendance:- 374
Admission:- £3.00.                                                  Programme:- Free team sheet
On a cold evening at Seagrave, The Foxes brand spanking new training facility, the visitors ran out comfortable winners, but it could have been so different. Leicester opened the scoring after three minutes and ran the visitors ragged for the next half an hour or so. Tottenham’s first shot on goal arrived just after the half hour mark, but by half-time, they led 2-1. Whatever was said to the young Foxes during the break had the opposite effect of what might have been intended. They came out lacking in any sort of confidence and quickly conceded two more goals. At the end and after a missed penalty, they were a well beaten side!
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Tuesday 23rd November 2021
A dazzling sun burnt down from a cloudless aquamarine firmament on the way across the field and down the track to Corby Road, whilst golden leaves festooned the pathway and then, across the road and into the plantation, where the fierce orb still penetrated the naked trees. The landmark “pepperpot” which provides air to the railway tunnel far below, points the way to the escarpment, high above the Welland Valley and where, in the distance, the village of Caldecott is visible. The track emerges near the top of Rockingham hill and the route continues down past The Sondes Arms and across the fields behind it towards the outskirts of Great Easton where the spire of St Andrew’s Church is just discernible. At Caldecott the clouds were filling up the sky above the church of St John the Evangelist, with its beautifully crafted memorial plaque. Heading back across the fields to Gretton Weir and beyond to where the track climbs up and over the railway line until St James’ Church towers above Church Gap and onwards past the Baptist Church to complete the journey. Nine stiles and 10.74 miles.
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Tuesday 23rd November 2021
United Counties League Premier Division South
Bugbrooke St Michael’s 1
Daniel Porter 62,
Rugby Town 3
David Kolodynski 11, 13, Luke English 44,
Referee:- Dave Brennan.                                                      Attendance:- 79
Admission:- OMGDS £2.00 (£5).                                     Programme:- on line
The visitors are some twelve points and seven places better off than The Badgers and it showed! Three first half strikes ended the game as a contest and although the hosts managed to reduce the deficit, it was only after Rugby replaced their iconic top scorer, David Kolodynski, who had already grabbed two goals! Entertaining game at Birds Close!
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Wednesday 14th November 2021
Southern Counties East League Challenge Cup Prelim Rnd
Lewisham Borough 3
Bryan Zepo 8, Cairo Duhaney 21, Abioseh Davies 93,
Kent Football United 2. AET
George Harris 59, Antonio Gonnello 88,
Referee:- Daniel Wyatt. Attendance:- 27
Admission:- £5.00. Programme:- £2.00
What a nightmare! Came down by train from Huntingdon, fully expecting to catch the 22.06 return journey. The match went to extra time and the referee wasted twenty minutes deciding whether to play extra time because of a single pylon floodlight failure! The match eventually finished at 10.40pm without going to penalties and I was just able to catch the 22.51 return train from Ladywell, close by Borough’s ground. 23.31 from London Bridge reached Huntingdon at 00.55 and I was eventually home by 01.35. Fo all that, Lewisham Borough is a very friendly club and there were refreshments and sight of the team sheets and a small room to shelter from the cold and to write up the match. The ground is somewhat basic, with a running track and all the paraphernalia of Athletics (long jump, Hammer/discus areas), but there was a small stand down one side and a good view all round. The hosts raced into an early two goal lead and the visitors spent all the second half clawing it back, only to lose out to a goal scored in the third minute of extra time.
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Thursday 25th November 2021
EUFA Europa League Group C
Leicester City 3
Patson Daka 11, James Maddison 21, Wilfrid Ndid 33,
Legia Warsaw 1
Filip Miladenovic 26,  Mahir Emreli penalty saved 26,
Referee:- Denis Aytekin.                                       Attendance:- 30,543
Admission:- OMGDS £22.00 (£30).                  Programme:- £3.00
End to end stuff in the first half as The Foxes swept from the bottom of Group C to the top in one match. Harvey Barnes and James Maddison were heavily instrumental in breaking down the Legia defence and in the second half, with Leicester already leading 3-1, the only real action came in the visitors enclosure, where the 1,134 visiting fans set off flares and fought with police! With John Main and Tony Morehead.
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Saturday 27th November 2021
Pitching-In Southern League Division 1 South
Lymington Town 0
Paulton Rovers 7 
Liban Ibrahim 3, Jack Ball 6, Leighton Thomas 7, 16, 37, David O’Hare 43, Will Harvey 48,
Referee:- Iain Parsons.                                        Official attendance:- 63
Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£10).                   Programme:- £2.00
The wind played its part, but even so, Lymington Town, at their very Spartan accommodation, were woeful. They were four goals down in sixteen minutes and six down at the interval. In the second half, they had the wind at their backs, but never looked like denting the arrears and, in fact, conceded a seventh goal! It was bitingly cold and the wind blew goal to goal across The Sports Ground which is shared with the local cricket club and has hard standing on only two and a half sides. It is a mystery how they gained ground grading for step four! Very helpful club Secretary who provided team sheet and official attendance. With John Main.
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Tuesday 30th November 2021
Southern Counties East League Premier Division
Welling Town 2
Manny Adetokunbo 48, James Miles 60,
Glebe 1
James Philpot 10,
Referee:- Terry Osborn. Attendance:- 74
Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£8). Programme:- £2.00
Welling Town are tenants, this season, at The EFES Stadium home of Kent Football United. The ground was a patch of grass some seven years ago and while still a work in progress, great strides have already been taken. The Boots are struggling, lying next to bottom of the premier division, whilst Glebe are riding high on top of the league. When the visitors scored early on, it looked likely to be a substantial away victory, however, The Boots held out until half-time and in the second half, they resorted to direct tactics, which brought them two goals and a richly deserved victory! With John Main.
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OTHER MATCHES:-

Wednesday 10th November 2021

Northern Premier League Midland Division 1

Corby Town 2 Sutton Coldfield Town 1                                             attendance:- 378

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Monday 15th November 2021 

Leicestershire Senior Cup 1st Round

Rugby Borough 2 AFC North Kilworth 2              AFC North Kilworth win 4-2 on penalties  attendance:- 82

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October 2021

To Autumn

Season of Mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit that round the thatched-eves run;

To bend with apples the moss’d cottage trees,

And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;

To swell the gourd and plump the hazel shells

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,

And still more, later flowers for the bees,

Until they think warm days will never cease,

For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

by John Keats (1795 – 1821)

 

Friday 1st October 2021 k.o.: 7.45pm
Scottish Lowland Football League
Bo’ness United 3
Matty Flynn, 29, Devon Jacobs 43, Nick Locke 67,
Civil Service Strollers 1
Robert Cole 44,
Referee:- Stewart Luke.                                                                      Attendance:- 507
Admission:- £7.00.                                                                             Programme:- £2.00
On a wild, wet, windy night, these two teams served up a rip roaring contest, full of thud and blunder and not a little skill. Newtown Park for all its name suggests is a quaint, old fashioned stadium with steep terracing on three sides, cover down one side, but bereft of seats! There was a good crowd strengthened by the invading hoppers and a good start to the three day Scottish event.
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Saturday 2nd October 2021 k.o.: 11.15am
East of Scotland League Division 1 Conference A
Dalkeith Thistle 8
Ryan Weston 28, 60, Darren McTernan 50, Darren Leslie 57, Greig Callaghan 66, Rhys Dixon (og) 70,Danny McFadden 76, Jack Burrows 89,
Tweedmouth Rangers 2
Michael Robinson 6, 33, (sent off 47,)
Referee:- Frazer Bushell.                                                          Attendance:- 309
Admission:- £7.00.                                                                    Programme:- £2.00
Leading 2-1 at the interval, the visitors had the scorer of both their goals dismissed for violent conduct very early into the second period. Thereafter, the hosts struck mercilessly and secured a resounding victory!
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Saturday 2nd October 2021 k.o.: 2.00pm
Scottish Lowland League
Bonnyrigg Rose 2
Lewis Turner 17, Kerr Young 59,
Dalbeattie Star 1
Lewis Todd 46,
Referee:- Graham Grainger.                                                                     Attendance:- 517
Admission:- £7.00.                                                                                   Programme:- £2.00
The rain threatened, but rarely affected this close tussle on a fairly sharply inclined pitch from corner to corner. The hosts could only garner a single goal advantage at the interval and come the second period, back stormed Star to equalise in the 46th minute. However, on the hour mark, Rose snatched what turned out to be the winning goal and hung on comfortably until the final whistle.
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Saturday 2nd October 2021 k.o.: 5.00pm
East of Scotland League Division 1 Conference B
Easthouses Lily 2
Lewis Sives 60, 63,
Glenrothes 5
Graeme Walker 9, 55, 90, Reece Brown 78, Lea Schiavone 89,
Referee:- Stuart Broadfoot.                                                             Attendance:- 228
Admission:- £7.00.                                                                          Programme:- £2.00
A small ground with a recently added seated stand for about 100, but with otherwise steep banking, was the venue for the third match of the day. The hosts were thoroughly outplayed and yet at one stage managed to pull two goals back and get on level terms. However, that would have been a travesty and three late goals sealed an emphatic victory!
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Saturday 2nd October 2021 k.o.: 7.45pm
East of Scotland League Premier Division
Newtongrange Star 2
Chris Robertson 27, 37,
Tranent Juniors 2
Sean Wringe 31, Craig Stevenson 61 (pen), 
Referee:- Ryan Lee.                                                      Attendance:- 401
Admission:- £7.00.                                                  Programme:- £2.00
A pretty impressive entrance to a stadium which boasted a covered terrace down one side and not a whole lot else (there were a dozen or so seats in front of the covered terrace). The hosts are enduring a challenging season and presently prop up the division. The visitors, meanwhile sit atop the league, but found themselves trailing 2-1 at the interval. It took a penalty on the hour mark to square the match and the draw was a fair result.
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Sunday 3rd October 2021 k.o.: 12.15pm
East of Scotland League Premier Division
Broxburn Athletic 0
Dundonald Bluebell 1
Elliot Ford 61,
Referee:- Will Pare.                                                               Attendance:- 278
Admission:- £7.00.                                                           Programme:- £2.00
Broxburn’s new build stadium (about ten years old, now), looks very impressive, with extensive offices, changing rooms and bar facilities, although, sadly, with a plastic pitch. On a wet, wild and windy morning, however, they coped less well with conditions than their opponents, who scored the only goal of the game after 61 minutes.
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Sunday 3rd October 2021 k.o.: 4.00pm
Scottish Women’s Premier League 1
Motherwell Ladies 3
Leanne Crichton 27, Lori Gardner 45, Jemma Hughes 66,
Hamilton Academical Women 0
Referee:- Conor Greenan.                                                 Attendance:- 128
Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£10).                                 Programme:- NONE
Alliance Park is home to Caledonian Braves of The Scottish Lowland League … and … Motherwell Ladies. Today’s match was a real basement battle. These two teams have played four games each and only the visitors had registered a win, although on the basis of this afternoons contest, the hosts looked the better equipped side as they battered Academicals and really ought to have struck more than three times. For long periods of the game, the home team, skilful, positive and determined, were encamped in their opponents half, and it looks likely that the visitors will struggle, this season, to maintain their top flight status.
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Tuesday 5th October 2021
Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division South
Lutterworth Town 2
Craig Maisiri 29, Keenan Marshall 52,
Bugbrooke St Michael’s 0
Referee:- Gary Lord.                                                                     Attendance:- 54
Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£6).                                             Programme:- £2.00
On a filthy night, with wind and incessant rain and very slippery conditions, it was no surprise that the game was not a classic and, indeed, deteriorated into a petty, niggly second half. The visitors missed a first half penalty before a goal either side of the interval, wrapped it up for the hosts. With John Main and Lee West.
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Thursday 7th October 2021
From Gretton Village hall, a long walk down “The Dusty” and across the fields to Kirby Hall, still open, this late in the year. It was overcast, yet warm as we crossed the Kirby road and found ourselves in the midst of the groundworks for the next phase of building development. It was difficult to locate the path, but eventually, through the woods and on to Deene, where the famous teapot topped monument still stood serene and ripe pumpkins adorned a garden in the village. Onwards across the marshy fields to cross the A43, and on much firmer ground, to complete the walk to Bulwick and the church of St Nicholas. The Pickled Village was open and we enjoyed frangipane and coffee before continuing our journey out of Bulwick and across to Harringworth Lodge, crossing over a surprisingly quiet A43. The fields were freshly ploughed and the going was quite challenging, but eventually, we reached Gretton and adjacent to the village hall, the building development continued apace! With Alison, Harry and Maureen, twelve stiles and 10.67 miles.
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Kirby Hall
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Pumpkins in the garden!
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The church of St Nicholas, Bulwick.
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The Pickled Village, Bulwick
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Thursday 7th October 2021
FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division
Loughborough Lightning 0
Derby County Women 3
Ellie Gilliatt 11, 13, Megan Tinsley 22,
Referee:- Guy Thrower.                                                           Attendance:- 128
Admission:- OMGDS £3.00 (£4).                                        Programme:- £2.00
Loughborough Lightning are an amalgamation of Loughborough Foxes and the University BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) women’s team. Sadly, things have not gone well this season for the students. They occupy third bottom place in the division, whilst their opponents are third from the top. There was a gulf in class and three first half strikes emphasised the point. However, a second half determined performance from the hosts ensured that no further damage was done. With John Main.
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Saturday 9th October 2021
Essex Senior League
Little Oakley 0
Ilford 0
Referee:- Leigh Ballinger.                                                        Attendance:- 110
Admission:- OMGDS £4.00 (£7).                                         Programme:- £1.00
The sun burned down from the azure firmament, but in the shade it was a chit billy! Little Oakley’s small neat ground has hard standing on two sides, a seated stand for fifty spectators down one side, and a small covered area for, maybe twenty souls behind the near goal. Both these teams are struggling in the bottom five of the league and this match was no classic. Indeed had they played until midnight, the score would probably have remained the same. Very friendly and a pleasant bar and huge filled rolls for £2 and … the weather helped! With John Main.
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Sunday 10th October 2021
A lovely morning for a short walk from East Carlton Country Park to Cottingham and back to the park via Middleton and the many antlered reindeer. No stiles and 3.42 miles.
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Tuesday 12th October 2021
Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division South
Desborough Town 1
Finlay Shorrock 66,
Hinckley Leicester Road 3
Matt Langham 1, 31, Sam Munton 68,
Referee:- Andrew Cuthbert.                         Official Attendance:- 89
Admission:- £6.00.                                        Programme:- £1.00
Always a pleasure to visit one of my favourite UCL venues. It is over two years since my last visit, but I was here on this day in 2010 and 2003. Tonight’s visitors are the current form team in this division. They have won all ten of their league games and tonight made it eleven wins in a row! They held a 2-0 interval lead, but the second half saw a much more determined Ar Tarn side pull a goal back, but the visitors regained their two goal advantage and held on comfortably for the victory and the points.
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There is some suggestion (Rumour?) that the iconic stand is to be removed at the end of the season
… and be replaced with something a little more modern (probably a Meccano stand!!!).
Apparently, the structure is not stable and riddled with asbestos.
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Wednesday 13th October 2021
Uhlsport United Counties League Division 1
Blackstones 3
Nathan Smith 45, 53, 74,
Barrow Town 3
Ethan Ballantine 10, 29, Tom Mangan 54,
Referee:- Ian Ruddock.                                               Attendance:- 63
Admission:- £5.00.                                                Programme:- £2.00
On a mild, balmy evening in Stamford, the hosts continued to struggle. The last time I was here three weeks ago, they shipped eight goals and by half-time tonight they were already two goals adrift and abject. The second half fight back saw them equalise within eight minutes and even after a third goal from the visitors, striker Nathan Smith was able to complete his hat-trick and Blackstones salvaged a point and a large measure of pride!
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Thursday 14th October 2021
The skies were rolling grey and there was a blustery breeze, setting out from Harringworth along the bank of the River Welland to Turtle Bridge and crossing it to enter Rutland and up to the track bed of the former railway line to Stamford. Across the fields and briefly into Barrowden where a couple of black sheep cantered towards the parish church. Onwards to Morcott, crossing the A47 and then re-crossing it at the far end of the village, down a steeply ploughed field with the mini viaduct for the Uppingham spur line just visible, and then the narrow footbridge under the spur line before the steep climb into Seaton, past The George & Dragon and the church of All Hallows. All down hill back to Harringworth, crossing The River Welland and under the impressive archways of the Welland Viaduct and back into the village and the church of St John the Baptist. With Alison Merrick’s and Maureen Owens, eight stiles and 7.51 miles.
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Saturday 16th October 2021
EFL League One
AFC Wimbledon 2
Nesta Guinness-Walker 68, Jack Rudoni 85,
Sheffield Wednesday 2
Lee Gregory 13, 61,
Referee:- Christopher Sarginson. Attendance:- 8,224
Admission:- Hospitality. Programme:- incl. (£3.00)
Top class hospitality with the family at The Cherry Red Records Stadium, home of AFC Wimbledon – BTPL (Back To Plough Lane) for the first time since 1989. The Wombles were not at their best today and for an hour or so, they seemed content to sleepwalk to defeat. The introduction of a couple of subs at 0-2, seemed to galvanise them into action and they purloined two excellent late goals and, at the death, a draw was just about the right result!
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Cora, Sonny, Freddie, Kingsley, Mike
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Monday 19th October 2021
A gentle stroll through Kingswood Local Nature Reserve, this morning, and then around the outside of the Danesholme estate and across the A6003 into the fields beyond. There were several fields with small streams crossed by sturdy bridges before reaching the road that led down into Pipewell, where the Abbey Church of St Mary is, purportedly, the smallest church in Northamptonshire and where Mary Budd, daughter of Samuel Lloyd, is buried. Just inside the church gate there is a small statue of the Good Shepherd. Back across different fields through a farmyard – “the bull in the field is tame said the farmer”. “What bull?” We said! Some challenging styles but eventually back across the A6003 and up through Great Oakley, past Morrison’s and into Kingswood. With Norma Jarvis and Maureen Owens, eleven stiles and 6.39 miles.
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Norma Jarvis and Maureen Owens
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Monday 18th October 2021
The FA Premier League
Arsenal 2
Pierre Emerich Aubameyang 8, Alexandre Lacazette 90+4,
Crystal Palace 2
Christian Benteke 50, Odsonne Edouard 73,
Referee:- Michael Dean.                                                                          Attendance:- 59,275
Admission:- hospitality.                                                                          Programme:- incl. (£3.50)
Cracking game, not so impressed with hospitality – more Macdonalds that haute-cuisine (although Freddie liked his chicken burger) and they didn’t even hand out team sheets which I thought was penny pinching and they said it was for COVID-19 reasons. Arsenal started out like a house on fire. Scored on eight minutes, but then Palace ground them down and equalised early in the second half and with a quarter of an hour to go, Palace took the lead to the exuberance of their fans. Four minutes into added time, Lacazette smote a last gasp equaliser! With grandson, Freddie.
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Tuesday 19th October 2021
Specsavers Surrey Senior Cup Preliminary Round
Abbey Rangers 1
Jack Watts 90+2 (pen)
Farnham Town 1
Daniel-Lloyd Stewart 48,                                       (2-4 on penalties)
Referee:- Derek Laing.                                               Attendance:- 31
Admission:- £7.00.                                         Programme:- included
0.9 miles from Addlestone station (twenty minutes on foot) is the small neat ground of Abbey Rangers at Addlestone Moor. A couple of superior Meccano stands down one side with seats for maybe 100 in each and an extensive bar, refreshments and changing rooms behind the nearest goal. These two teams occupy parallel divisions in the same league. For much of the match, the visitors had the upper hand, scoring within five minutes of the restart after the interval. The hosts equalised in the last minute of added time with a penalty and then threw away the penalty shoot out. Entertaining match with Jonny Crane, who generously gave me a lift to Woking Station after the match ended!
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Wednesday 20th October 2021
Middlesex FA Senior Charity Cup 1st Round
Park View 2
Felix Kouassy 45+2, Raymond Agyemang 68,
Spelthorne Sports 1
Dan Lewis 90+5,
Referee:- Sebastian Fraser.                                           Attendance:- 18
Admission:- £7.00.                                                  Programme:- £2.00
There were hundreds of young children covering every inch of the 3G pitch when I arrived an hour before kick-off, so it was no surprise that the game only kicked off at 8.05pm. A fine covered stand beside the athletics track, but the view was obscured by a huge crane placed in front of it! No turnstiles – an official toured the stand collecting entrance and disbursing programmes. Spelthorne looked the more likely, but the hosts scored on the stroke oh half-time and when the second half commenced in monsoon conditions, it was the hosts who adapted the better and doubled their score just after the hour mark. All that the visitors could now muster was a consolation goal in the fifth minute of added time. One of their players spent most of the second half receiving treatment at pitch side in the torrential downpour!
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The view of the main stand with the tractor in front of it!
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The injured player lies on the touchline for a good half hour in the second half in the pouring rain
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Saturday 23rd October 2021
Buildbase FA Vase 1st Round
Fisher 1
Michael Sarpong 57,
Badshot Lea 2
Tane Caubo 29, 60,
Referee:- Kevin Steele.                                                      Attendance:- 162
Admission:- OMGDS £5.00 (£7).                              Programme:- £2.00
The last time I was here, some thirty-two years ago, it was Fisher Athletic and the ground was just across the road. That club folded in 2009 and today’s reincarnation still carry the name of the bishop executed during the reformation, nearly five hundred years ago. Today’s opponents top the Combined Counties League and, in all fairness, were a cut above their mid-table SCEL opponents. They led 1-0 at the interval, but conceded to a spirited home side midway through the second period before regaining the lead minutes later. For a match on plastic this was a pretty good contest.
Train from Corby Station to St Pancras. Victoria line Tube from St Pancras to Highbury & Islington. London Overground from Highbury & Islington to Rotherhithe. Then a 0-7 of a mile walk toSt Paul’s Sports Ground on Salter Road (SE16 6NT).
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Tuesday 26th October 2021
Pitching-in Southern League Premier Division Central
Royston Town 1
Dan Newton 30,
Banbury United 3
Chris Wreh 14, Morgan Roberts 65, Jack Stevens 75,
Referee:- Jack Whitmore.                                                    Attendance:- 311
Admission:- OMGDS £6.00 (£10).                                    Programme:- on line
Royston were entertaining the team most likely in this division. Banbury are unbeaten in the league this season and look a really strong contender for advancement to Vanarama. They brushed aside a sturdy challenge from the hosts, who had six men booked, and swept in three goals and, maybe, should have had one or two more. Probably half of the crowd came from Banbury.
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Thursday 28th October 2021
Some twelve miles west of Gretton is the village of Thorpe Langton, where The Bakers Arms is open occasionally during the week. Behind the pub, the path leads down to a ford in the river, and then begins the long and increasingly steep upward climb to the top of The Caudle, a mound some 400 feet in height with a trig stone at the top. The other side leads down to Stonton Wyville, where fresh eggs are for sale, mushrooms grow in the churchyard of St Denys and Kezia Norton, who died in 1713 at the age of 63, is buried. She could have shaken hands with Oliver Cromwell! Onwards to Glooston and the church of St John the Baptist, the strange ladybirds and where the pub is for sale. At Cranoe (pronounced cray-no), along the straight road, the church of St Michael sits on the hill. On the way back, The Caudle looks barely more than a pimple … until the climb starts, and then, back in Thorpe Langton, the church of St Leonard’s sits, raised up, behind the village. With Alison Merricks, seven stiles and 7.56 miles.
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The Langton Caudle
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Friday 29th October 2021
EFL Championship
Queens Park Rangers 1
Lyndon Dykes 45+5,
Nottingham Forest 1
Jack Colback 90+1,
Referee:- Andy Davies.                                            Attendance:- 15,089 (2,885)
Admission:- OMGDS £28.00 (£36).                    Programme:- £3.50
The neat and compact Kiyan Stadium has seats which challenge the knees of golden mouldies like me and we had difficulty locating our entrance turnstile (no help from the stewards), but a gratefully received (free) teamsheet! This was a regulation 1-1 draw. The hosts took the lead at the end of a drab first period and were more energetic after the interval, but a resurgent Forest snatched a point with a goal in added time right at the death! Perhaps, a little hard on the hosts
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Mike and Freddie
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Freddie and Ed
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Saturday 30th October 2021
FA Premier League
Burnley 3
Chris Wood, 4, Matthew Lowton 32,Maxwel Cornet 34,
Brentford 1
Saman Ghoddos 79,
Referee:- Jonathan Moss.                                                     Attendance:- 18,821
Admission/- (£35.00).                                                          Programme:- £3.50
The rain stopped, the rainbow arched over the stadium and the sun blessed the view across the moors and, today, Burnley were in the mood. They were ahead after four minutes and three up at the interval, not that Brentford were awful, more that Burnley were slick and determined, at least in the first period. After the break, the visitors came out more resolute and determined, but their only reward was a consolation strike some ten minutes from time. With Daz and Craig Bibby and Jonny Crane.
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Jonny Crane, Daz Bibby, Graig Bibby, Ed
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Other Matches:-
Monday 11th October 2021
FA Premier League 2 Cup Group C
Derby County U23 2
Luke Plange 45, Louie Watson 66,
Charlton Athletic U23 1
Ben Dempsey 76,                             attendance:- 113
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Monday 25th October 2021
Midland Floodlit Youth League: Joel Richards Memorial Cup 1st Round
Rugby Town 1
Leo Stone 83,
Bedworth United 1
Luke Alsop 85,
Bedworth United won 5-3 on penalties.                         attendance:- 116
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Wednesday 29th October 2021
BUCS Womens Premier Division
Loughborough University Women 6
Sophie Domingo 2, Emília Wilson 47, Ella Powell 59, Abbie Bensted 61, 
Toni Williams 86, Katrena Morrison 90,
Leeds Becket University Women 1
Elisha Hardcastle 66,                                                      attendance:- 41
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Wednesday 27th October 2021
Pitching-in Northern Premier League Division 1 Midlands
Corby Town 3
Curtis Hartley 16, Elliot Sandy 18, Jordan O’Brien 90,
Sporting Khalsa 1
Gurjit Singh 78,                                                       attendance:- 374
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Thursday 28th October 2021
Leicestershire Midweek Floodlit Youth League Central Division
GNG Oadby Town Youth 0
Aylestone Park Youth 10
Kaide Gibson 9, 37, Joe Oliveira 15, 17, 74, Joe Ball 35, Kaden Stokes 59, 72,
Stanley Rossell 73, Henry Beeby 90,                     attendance:- 46
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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.