Saturday, 22 April 2017

LITHERLAND FRUSTRATED BY RESOLUTE DAISY HILL

DAISY HILL 0 LITHERLAND REMYCA 0
NWCFL 1 @ THE NEW SIRS
22 APRIL 2017 --- 3PM
LITHERLAND ON THE ATTACK AT DAISY HILL
The hopes of obtaining an automatic promotion spot were dealt a serious blow for Litherland by a resolute Daisy Hill who spent much of the game defending with tremendous gusto and then very nearly snatching the winner in the third minute of stoppage time.
For the blog this was also a frustrating encounter being the third nil nil game on the trot and I cant remember a time when this run last happened, if ever, I even had some of my texting me after the game saying let them know where I was going next and they would avoid the game!
As ever a start from base station saw us travelling over to Manchester for the third time in just over a week and after a comfortable change at Oxford Rd we were soon passing Athertons LR's ground and pulling into Daisy Hill station at just after midday.
BLUE PLAQUE FROM THE LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
In the planning for the game we found out a few interesting history facts about Daisy Hills adjoining town of Westhoughton and having discovered a 'spoons we took a small walk to the town.  First point of interest was the blue plaque on the White Lion which told the story of The Luddites who had burned down the mill opposite the pub in 1812 in protest at the development of machinery that they feared would take their jobs.
A MODERN SPOONS THE ROBERT SHAW
The lunch stop was decided as the spoons which goes by the name of The Robert Shaw having known very little about the name it was named after the actor, born in the town, of the same name who appeared in The Sting and Jaws to name just a few.  Before we settled down for dinner we took a look at the house on King St, opposite the 'spoons, where Shaw was born.  The only slightly obscure thing was that during Shaw's life he seems to have had a well reported battle with the alcohol and now he has a pub named after him.  Lunch called and after Mick had gone through much of the menu by the time he found an item they had not run out of we finally settled down for some eats in this modern establishments.
THE JOHN WESLEY BOLDER
Upon departing we took a circuitous route to the ground which called to see a bolder that John Wesley stood on to preach from in the area in 1785 to the large gathered crowd.
An interesting visit to the town with a lot of history associated to the area.  On arrival in the vicinity of the ground Daisy Hill Cricket Club were hosting a T20 game which already looked packed on this sunny day with lots of stalls and activities in full swing, we bypassed the entertainment turned up the approach drive way to The New Sirs and the grounds large tilting and clubhouse and changing rooms of character are the first thing to tell you of your arrival.  This area as been much photographed elsewhere so to be different I elected not to use any pictures.  The top side sees entrance through a small turnstile block with a blackboard featuring todays nice little message from Daisy Hill's Chairman thanking the supporters.
NICE LITTLE MESSAGE FROM MR CHAIRMAN
Admission paid it was disappointing to find no programme published for the game at step 6 level for the fair few travelling Litherland fans and the hoppers.
The ground then to the left is the aforementioned changing rooms block with a lean on roof to the front with yellow tip up seats.  The far touchline is out of bounds and the near touchline has a small covered terrace and the dug outs to the far goal, as per the near goal, a curved pathway behind the goal and a warming up area.  The pitch is railed off with a selection of standard poles plus new style horse racing tubular railing.
Plenty of friendly people here at the game from both sides and NWCFL officials all alongside the ever friendly Liverpudlians.  It was good to catch up with Jeff whose son Luke Holden was to come off the bench in the second half, a very enjoyable chat Jeff all the best to you and Litherland.
The public address system was competing with its relative at the neighbouring cricket ground but as we kicked off Litherland needed a win to keep their hopes alive for an automatic promotion spot and for Daisy Hill it was all about pride.
COLIN QUIRK HAS IT ALL UNDER CONTROL
The early action saw Jake Connor hit the post and then suffer an injury for his efforts at the other end Daniel Gregory tested the visiting keeper David Potter but overall the pressure was coming for the visitors but some poor delivery seemed to be letting them down.  As the first half wore on Colin Quirk got a sharp shot away that Kyle Hynes cleared off the line to deny Litherland.
THE TRIPLE BELL TOWER OF ST JAMES OVERVIEWS PROCEEDINGS ON THE PITCH
We went into the break goalless and the possibility of my third goalless game in a row was on the cards, but surely Litherland's dominance would produce a goal.
ITS ON THE TIP OF MY FOOT
It so nearly happened on 55 minutes when it was Quirk again who got a 25 yard effort in only for the ball to crash down off the underside of the bar and away to safety.   The pressure built and 3 minutes later substitute Holden tested Craig Haynes in the home goal who went fell length to fingertip his effort away from the goal.  Michael Boyle was next to test Haynes and again the home custodian stood up and blocked the REMYCA mans effort.
HAYNES SAVES THE DAY AGAIN FOR DAISY HILL
This game had been all Litherland as they searched the 3 points their campaign needed for automatic promotion and Daisy Hill had been outstanding in their work rate to deny them.  The sucker punch nearly came in the third minute of stoppage time when Ashley Stott for Daisy Hill broke through lobbed the out coming Litherland keeper David Potter only for his effort to agonisingly hit the post.  This fired up Litherland who had a succession of three corners that were all cleared many with the acrobatics of Craig Haynes in the home goal.
At the end the Litherland players slumped to the floor they had given their all and with a little bit of luck would probably have won but in credit to Daisy Hill they had battled for every ball and made this a very difficult game for the promotion chasers.
LITHERLAND CAPTAIN STEPHEN KING COLLAPSES TO THE FLOOR SHATTERED AT THE FINAL WHISTLE
From a neutral point of view it missed a goal and when you've seen 2 games without a goal you can but hope.  So its now 3 on the trot and all we are saying is 'give us a goal'.
With half an hour to spare before our Northern Rail carriage was due we popped along to watch some T20 cricket next door and did a boundary circuit it was really good to see families out watching and the weather hold for the club especially with the attractions they had put on.  Oh yes and there were runs scored id didn't finish at 0 for 0.
Smooth connection at Oxford Road saw the blog arrive back at base station around 8pm and searching for the fixtures for a game that might just feature goal now!

Friday, 21 April 2017

KILBURN AND IVANHOE SERVE UP ANOTHER GOALLESS GAME

AFC KILBURN 0 V WIRKSWORTH IVANHOE 0
MIDLANDS REGIONAL ALLIANCE PREMIER @ CHAPEL ST
21 APRIL 2017 --- 6.30PM
CHAPEL ST HOME OF AFC KILBURN
The second goalless game on the run provided an interesting visit if not a game with many chances, there were less than on Monday at Graham St Prims!  With little resting on the game for either club there was once again lots on endeavour but on a pitch that was hard control at the vital moment seemed to become difficult as the few efforts there were flew high and wide.
SIGNS FOR BOTH ATTRACTIONS
Chapel St the home of AFC Kilburn who are in their second season at the Welfare following a change of name from Ambergate FC which still adorns some of the clubs clothing, however the signs around the entrance now all proudly display 'AFC Kilburn' and it is excellent to see a club back in the little village just off the A38.  Having seen the ground on quite a few local walks we had looked at a visit for a year or so and after walking up the hill to the village from Kilburn crossroads our first call today was to Kilburn Fish Bar.
OUR SIGNS HIGHER THAN YOURS
The food was good and the first impression was of cleanliness the whole place looked spot on plus you cant miss them the have an orange sign which is perched very high above street level.  Tracing our steps back to the Welfare car park which was filling up we opted for a Lemonade in the club which was awaiting a darts and dominos night something we were to find out later was very popular when the cars started parking behind the goals at the Welfare end.
GROUND ENTRANCE
Kilburn MW had graced the Central Midlands league from 1983 to 1993 and indeed were one of the original members, I believe they are looking at re joining the league and would be a good asset.  The ground will need some tidying up but this is not beyond the realms of achievability for CMFL standards.  The 2 entrance gates is a mini style turnstile and would easily be able to take an admission gate.  Once through to the left are the changing rooms which externally pitch side have a small cover to offer protection from the weather.  Behind the goal is grass standing and the far touchline is not accessible to spectators, the far goal is also grass standing with the near side touchline hard standing and the site for the dug outs.  This area as with a few others would needed the damaged pitch side barriers repairing and replacing plus some panels of the corrugated fencing probably need replacing around the exterior to enclose the ground.
CHANGING ROOMS AND COVERED STANDING
The views are quite pleasant and for an end of season game the scene was set for a nice evening of football  in an acceptable setting.
Having obtained the teams thanks to the referee there was also chance for a quick chat with AFC Chairman Jeff and as with other clubs striving for advancement we wish the club success in its efforts.
WIRKSWORTH [GREEN] KEEP THE BALL IN PLAY
To the game well as mentioned the pitch was hard and probably didn't help proceedings there was lots of effort but it was agricultural and industrious much of the early pressure came from Wirksworth with Liam Sheldon prominent in the action, after that Kilburn did have a chance in front of goal but time allowed this effort to be blocked by a despairing last minute tackle from an Ivanhoes defender.  Half time arrived with the football purists frustration and realisation that it was just 40 minutes each way.
AFC KILBURN TIDY UP AT THE BACK
After a break we were under way for more of the same except for the last 10 minutes which livened up a little the only talking point was an altercation between Kilburn's Sam Beadle and Wirksworth's Jack Higton who both received yellow when a less lenient referee would have produced red in the card selection machine.
SAME BEADLE [4] CAUTIONED FOR KILBURN
With the agreed 80 minutes this was to be the blogs 2nd 0-0 of the season and the first goalless draw for either of these clubs this season, typical!  After Chapel Street being used by many clubs over the proceeding years including Ripley Town its great to see a team under the name of Kilburn now plying their trade back in the village.
WIRKSWORTH NUMBER 10 JACK HIGTON RECEIVES HIS CAUTION
Back to the club for a swift lemonade before returning on the nines to Alfreton and the back to base with a quick change just before 10pm.  Game wise it was disappointing but it was an enjoyable evening with best wishes to both sides for next season.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

PRIMS AND VICS BLANK ONE ANOTHER OUT

GRAHAM ST PRIMS 0 V BORROWASH VICS 0
ECML @ BAYTREE CARS STADIUM
17 APRIL 2017 --- 12 PM
GRAHAM ST PRIMS WITH THE FORMER ASTERDALE CLUB OVERVIEWING PROCEEDINGS
Some goalless games are crackers this one was the proverbial bore draw even though there was plenty of effort and endeavour it has to be said that barn doors will not become an endangered species after this 90 minutes.
After a long weekend of football you can probably [?] overdose and this may have been one step too far after seeing the equivalent game last season which equally didn't pull up any trees I made the short journey for this 12 noon kick off, well done to both clubs.  The gate of around 75 certainly pulled in a few hoppers and it was good as ever to see Malc there from the 'on the road' blog and also catch up with Michael and Paul from the Chesterfield the latter who I had not seen for a while and always attends some interesting games.
The journey was launched on The Comet to Derby before a quick change to an I4 service departing just before the ground for a visit to Asda where on this Bank Holiday Monday the nations favourite hobby, shopping, was already being enjoyed be masses of people.  Breakfast was not to be fish and chips but a tasty cheese and onion sandwich and cold sausage roll the life of a hopper!  Having jumped back on a further Trent bus we were soon at the ground and with the Asterdale Club still in a poor state the whole feel of the area is downtrodden.
A WARM WELCOME FROM ROB REES WHO ATTEMPTS TAKE OFF
A warm welcome was offered at the gate and a rather good programme is produced by Prims, well done its always a credit to smaller clubs when they make this sort of effort.  Thankfully my first greeting was with Chesterfield based referee Rob Rees who I had not seen for a while as ever a jovial approach to our conversation as we caught up, thanks Rob.
PERSONAL STANDS AT THE BAYTREE
The ground is pretty much as per described in August 2015 with the stand down the side opposite the touchline now repaired a collection of I believe cigarette shelters offering a separate booth each although you have to dodge the posts.  Last time the blog visited the stand seats had been damaged but thankfully the club have been able to repair these.  The ladies in the snack bar were still stocking a full compliment of instant soups for your sampling there are almost enough to sample a different one at every home game!
LET THE ACTION BEGIN
Overall its a tidy ground with standard fayre for East Midlands Counties football and for todays game Prims neighbour-about 100 yards away- Borrowash Vics were sat in mid table and looking to secure a victory over their fellow Derby club.
VICS ADAM KEMP WOW HOW MUCH BEARD OIL DOES THAT TAKE
To the game and the first half well industrious and agricultural sum it up with little of note and an array of shots missing the target just about covers the proceedings.  A couple of cautions by referee Rees seemed to settle any potential difficulties down before we entered the second period.
REFEREE REES EXPLAINS HIS OFF SPIN
The second half produced the first shot on target in the opening minutes when Devon Livingston saw his snap shot well pushed away by Charlie Wood in the Prims goal.
PRIMS ATTACK IN THE FIRST HALF
The encounter return to norm then until the last 5 minutes or so upon which both teams had chances to break the deadlock a deflected free kick saw Celson Patricinio stick a boot out to attempt to convert from close range bit the ball flew over the bar and then at the other end Jack Tyson saw his header cleared and the ball fell to James Rushby who probably had the best effort of the game but the visiting keeper Simon Dye was equal to it with an excellent save.
PRIMS GO CLOSE
Like the dour game on the TV you keep watching with every belief that from 0-0 there will be a goal and improvement but as the second half winds on you know it isn't going to happen ditto here really.  Full of commitment from both sides but as an entertainment spectacle it didn't happen today.
A sharp return to Derby and back on the space vehicle to base arrival was secured at just short of 4pm.
THE BLOGS CHARIOT AWAITS

Sunday, 16 April 2017

CHARNOCK RICHARD TITLE PUSH GOES ON WITH WIN AT PRESTWICH

PRESTWICH HEYS 0 CHARNOCK RICHARD 3
NWCFL 1 @ ADIE MORAN PARK
15 APRIL 2017 --- 3PM
ADIE MORAN PARK HOME OF PRESTWICH HEYS
Charnock Richard produced 3 second half goals without reply to retain top spot in The North West Counties Football League Division 1 and the search for promotion 2 seasons running comes ever nearer.
Another day another game and as Dave the Burnley fan always says at this time of the season its Camel time take on the water for the trip into the desert when there is no footy for ooh at least 8 weeks!  So today we retraced one third of yesterdays steps leaving Derbyshire just before 1130 headed up with 2 units providing a comfortable 4 carriages and we hopped into an old '153' which was heading the service up into Sheffield, sorry drifted into to much train info there!  A smooth transfer to Metrolink and the Bury service enabled us to take a brief view through the trams windows of a busy Saturday in Manchester before we sped out to our destination.  Tickets purchased for our destination of Besses o' th' Barns, don't ask I've no idea either, but with every intention to depart at Prestwich.
OASIS NO ITS ARMSTRONGS ACTUALLY
Its a bit further and that funny name would be our departure station at the final whistle but as most readers will know this blog has become as much about the purveyors of good fish and chips than anything!
There it was Armstrongs Home Of The Jumbo Cod sat the establishment of good fish and chips on Bury Old Road if reviews were to be believed.  The first rule of a good 'un is a queue and here we had one three serving and still about 10 in the line get in there.  The jumbo fish was on offer but even my eyes were not that big and I went for the regular cod with the same size chips all totalling in at around £4.50, a veritable feast dear reader and one that pops into the top echelons of the fish and chip league table.
CHALLENGING AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE MUCH LIKE TODAYS TEAMS
Soon to arrive at the ground, in fact sooner than I had predicted, you know you are arriving by the thunderous sound of the adjacent M60 which was to accompany the afternoons proceedings, it does rather spoil the atmosphere as did the biting cold wind, come on English weather then again it is a Bank Holiday weekend.
COVERED TERRACE AND TURNSTILE ENTRANCE
Adie Moran Park has a set of old steel gates swung open with its name encompassed within and the open weeping car park offers ample room for all to park.  To the far entry is the turnstile and a warm welcome is given we also purchase an excellent programme, well done Prestwich Heys!  The ground has plenty of room for development with masses of space behind either touchline and nearly as much behind either goal.  The whole ground is fenced off with concrete layered fencing.  To the immediate right is a covered flat terrace running a third of the distance behind this bottom goal.  To the left are I guess the old steel cabin changing rooms which have now been superseded by some smart new modern cabins and beyond this a small bar area which also features a snack bar at the same time.  Todays crowd of 209 was I suspect the biggest of the season and it was great to see following Charnock supporters as well as Prestwich fans in attendance with a fair few hoppers.  Prestwich are developing but with a big crowd there snack bar needs to be housed separately as I guess today they didn't take as much as they could have, we certainly only made one visit and would normally spend more.  The only other minor was just one gents toilet also tucked away in the bar emergency plans may have to be made if your desperate and its a big crowd!
A NEW STAND FOR PRESTWICH HEYS FC
Anyway back on the ground journey an the club have jus recently erected a 50 seater stand of 2 rows of smart red tip up seats.  Walking round you can see the Heaton communications tower in Heaton Park and over now on the far touchline are the extended and very smart dug outs.
SMART DUG OUTS
With the crowd filtering in we opted to do a couple of circuits with Mick getting in conversation and me trying to keep warm!  Prestwich Heys started the game just off the play off places with a tough run in but hopes of extending their season after promotion from the Manchester League this has been a great season for them in step 6 as it has been for their visitors Charnock Richard who are top following their promotion as runners up from the West Lancashire League.
HEATON PARK COMMUNICATIONS TOWER
The first half proved a tight affair with both sides testing one another but failing to put too much together of meaning the blustery wind and importance of this game probably not helping.  The most noteworthy first half effort came from Carl Grimshaw who latched onto a loose ball 25 yards out and just as his effort looked to be going in Andrei Stinca in the Heys goal pulled off a superb save to push the effort over the bar.
CHARNOCK ATTACK
From a neutral point of view you felt Prestwich needed to score first but of course just 3 minutes into the second half it was Charnock Richard who took the lead when Spencer Bibby drove home a free kick off he left beating Stinca it looked the ball looked to have gone straight in but Grimsahaw was claiming a touch.  A minor distraction on 59 minutes when Lee O' Brien was asked to change his shirt by the referee but when his management team couldn't see anything wrong they got involved resulted in one of them being dismissed for his protests, O'Brien cautioned and you guessed it he still had to change that shirt.
PRESTWICH HEYS TRY TO BREAK THROUGH
During this passage of play it was good to catch up with Rob a Blackburn supporter now living I Wigan who was on the family Easter visit and a good conversation about all things non league ensued good to meet you Rob, enjoy your football travels.
The visitors made it 2-0 Mathew Davison crossed for Grimshaw to head home and from here on in there was only one winner with Heys a spent force and struggling to get back into the game.  There was time for Grimshaw to get away and slip the ball past the out coming Stinca in the home goal for the third and a hat trick although on 83 minutes with the chance to add to his tally he didn't cover himself with further adulation when from the penalty spot he blasted that high he'd have probably missed another set of goals stacked on top although Wigan were claiming the 2 points.
CLOSE UP WITH THE LEAGUE LEADERS
Overall Charnock Richard showed what a good side they are in a very tight top section of the league and they have to keep winning to secure the title but today showed they can do that.  For Prestwich Heys they will find it hard to make the play offs now but they have has a superb debut season and must be very pleased with their efforts which have more than established them at this level.
The return journey started then at Besses o' th' Barn, there you go I did type it again although it took a few times, and with an efficient journey back into Piccadilly we made the 5.43 and disembarked at base station just before 7pm, great return to get back in good time.
An enjoyable day out as ever with 2 friendly non league clubs who I shall look out for, when I return you just know where lunch will be from don't you?

CEFN DRUIDS SECURE WELSH PREMIER STATUS

CEFN DRUIDS 3 V LLANDUDNO 2
WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE @ THE ROCK
14 APRIL 2017 --- 2.30PM
CEFN DRUIDS IN ACTION AT THE ROCK
This highly entertaining 5 goal thriller saw Druids come out on the right side of the goals and the three points added to their WPL League Licence already gained secured their berth in the top league in Wales for the 2017/18 season.
This I believe would be my hat trick of Welsh games for the season a poor return for a lover of the Welsh league scene but today would prove a friendly and entertaining day including in it a visit to a new ground in The Rock.  Start was from base station just before 9.30 and with Bank Holiday's upon us this Good Friday would already feel like a Saturday as we entered the process of not having a clue what day it really was.  First change was made at Stockport were we decided, being on time, to make the all stoppping Chester train after a brief comfort stop we were soon standing for the first time as we headed for Wales.  The Holyhead to Lllanelli Arrive train service, now there's a journey and a half, was pretty rammed at arrival and departure.  As ever though this brought its benefits when our 20 minute journey to Ruabon station saw us meet a couple of Wrexham fans from Colwyn Bay and we had the chance to talk about the Racecourse Ground or Glyndwr University Stadium or whatever title it parades under at present.  Anyway superb old ground with a lovely new curved stand and a club crying out for a return to league footy good to meet you guys keep the belief in your club.
THE  PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT
Having said farewell we remained on the train for a further 5 minutes and departure at Ruabon had seen us make a pact that if there was a taxi in we would take a look at the nearby Pontcysyllte Aqueduct the longest in the UK.  Sadly of course there wasn't one and as per any public transport timing the bus to the ground was at 1240 with the train timed to arrive at 1241, you really couldn't make it up could you ?  Except somebody did.
Our walk to Cefn Mawr took us along the busy B5605 and with the adjacent railway line following us it would have been great to have seen the old Cefn Mawr station still in use.  Through Rhosmedyre we took the option of turning in towards the village on Plas Kynaston Lane the site of the clubs former ground which is now adorned with a lovely 'T's' which seems to have waved bye bye to the mutual shop in the village.
THE IMPRESSIVE VIADUCT ON THE WREXHAM TO SHREWSBURY LINE
As we climbed to the main[?] commercial area a quick turn back gave us the view we wanted in the distance of the aqueduct beginning with 'p' and to the left the stunning viaduct which takes the Wrexham to Shrewsbury railway line.  The village has I'm sure suffered from the arrival of a big supermarket with many of the local shops appearing to have gone and going down the niche market.  Many of the villages/towns in North Wales seem to have a similar feel to them and although the overall feel is fine there is an underlying thought that you have never quite found the place and somebody as put it away in a box to be brought out again when you have left.
FIRST VIEW OF THE ROCK
So with time pressing for the 2.30pm kick the short walk to The Rock was undertaken and after a steep rise towards the car park and turnstile we were greeted with a warm welcome by the lady at the turnstile and as Mick fumbled about with his change I was eager to take a look at The Rock with its disused quarry face.
Immediately to your left is the clubhouse, changing rooms and snack bar followed afterwards by the toilet block and smart stand.  The remainder of the ground is hard standing with wooden fence to the rear except for the feature the rock face opposite the main stand from the former quarry this side also has the dugouts which are split by the double decked TV gantry.  I guess you could say the ground would be and is a standard basic new ground but the siting of it with this back drop gives it a special feel. Mick had got into conversation with quite a few people including steward Kelvin who was from Derby!  Interestingly the chap knew a lot about the club and had a commitment to following his team and was a good representative of all things Ancienst to us.
THE MAIN STAND
Today proved to be a non fish and chip shop day, couldn't find one in Cefn and although we managed a chip cob from the 'hatch' it wasn't the best advertised.  Mick then saw burgers coming out and a pie, having lost him I fund him through the camera lens polishing off an additional pie!  It was a shame the club didn't show a menu board as a visitor I wasn't sure they had some of these things on offer and just plumped for a small chip cob and coffee.
Cefn Druids have a rich history oldest club in Wales and you know this blog I wont go back through loads of history except to say they are now in a very nice place with a steady ground and a nice set of officials who all seemed very friendly.  The latter is always welcome when you have made a long journey and does the club credit with a good public address system getting us towards kick off there was time to catch up with a few more visitors including some Llandudno fans.  Also in attendance today were Mardon College old and new from Exeter Uni who made for a good atmosphere on their annual visit to the club.
SAM HART FREE KICK FOR LLANDUDNO
So to the action and it was Cefn who took the lead after 11 minutes Ashley Ruane weaved his way into the box and his shot was parried by Dave Roberts but it fell to Michael Pritchard who slotted the ball home.
MICHAEL PRITCHARD [10] CELEBRATES HIS OPENER
Llandudno were soon level when a close range overhead kick flew back off the bar and after a mini scramble Lee Thomas finished even with the attempted Cefn clearance crashing the ball back off the underside of the bar and into the goal.  Just shy of the half hour mark Cefn Druids went back into the lead when Pritchard got his second at the near post with a sharp finish.
MIKE WILLIAMS CLEARS FOR LLANDUDNO
The second half started in good spirit with Roberts saving from Joshua Jones before the visiting number 1 was on hand again to save from Ellis Healing.  Llandudno were not giving this game up and if anything were becoming more dominant home keeper Michael Jones had to be alert to save from Danny Hughes.
With 8 minutes to go Ruane pulled one out of the top drawer for a goal of the season contender when wide on the right he screamed one over Roberts onto the far left hand corner of the goal to make it 3-1.
As Cefn started to consider their safety back came Llandudno to give them a few final moments of doubt when on 90 minutes it became 3-2 when Marc Williams headed home at the back post.
Probably the best game of 2017 for the blog although that is not been set by very high standards for me this year, this though was a thoroughly enjoyable game in a ground that I also found interesting.  I guess Huw Griffiths Cefn's manager would be very pleased with his side who performed well but there was certainly plenty for Alan Morgan his opposite number to take heart from.
HUW GRIFFITHS HAPPY CEFN DRUIDS MANAGER AFTER 90 MINUTES
The return journey was mapped out to take a bus journey to the station at Ruabon but with no timetable in the bust stand and a look a confidence in the previously found information we opted for the walk back and caught the train with a few minutes to spare.  The return journey saw us meet up with and console our Wrexham pals who had seen their side lose 3-1 to Maidstone and at this point we also met one of their mates who travels from Darlington to see the Robins.  we sadly did not have long enough to chat to these guys as we were all soon departing at Chester but it was a pleasure to catch up with you, thanks for the chat!
LLANDUDNO MANAGER ALAN MORGAN
Journey back to Stockport was uneventful and with a quick visit to the big 'M's' we were soon departing the famous platform '0' at Stockport and arriving back at base station just short of 8pm.
Overall a very enjoyable day with a recommended visit to Cefn Druids next time I'd probably go an hour earlier to spend a little more time in the area.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

NEWARK TURN THE TABLES ON TIDESWELL

TIDESWELL UTD 1 NEWARK TOWN 2
CMFL NORTH @ ST JOHNS RD
8 APRIL 2017 --- 3PM
TIDESWELL UTD FC
Three lovely strikes provided the goals that punctuated the mundaneness of this 90 minutes and the two from Arron Martin with just one from Dave Boden allowed Newark Town to quickly overturn last weeks defeat in Nottinghamshire to the same team.
After a search for games with a purpose at this stage of the season the blog still ended up selecting a game with little too play for but it was a chance to make a first visit to Tideswell Utd and on a beautiful spring day with not a cloud in the sky a trip to this lovely Peak District village was selected.
The option for an early departure from Chesterfield was taken at just after 1030 and by 1120 we were in this typical Derbyshire remote rural village.  Having visited the village many times before nothing was to new for me but for the purpose of the blog let me say there is dry stone walls, sheep, quaint stone cottages, sheep, the villages Church known as The Cathedral in the Peak, sheep, and 2 fish and chips shops!  The latter gave a big dilemma and as we made an early detour to take some uninterrupted pictures of the ground we came back to the main road and had a look at Elliotts and decided to walk through the village first.
TIDESWELL LOOKING LOVELY IN THE SUN
After admiring this beautiful village with its superb community of local shops we came back towards The Corner Chippy for our selection today and with a late departure at 6.30 we did discuss visiting Elliotts for tea but in the end settled on a sandwich from the Coop!  With plenty of time we settled down on a seat outside St John The Baptist Church [Cathedral in the Peak] todays offerings were somewhere in the mid table of the fish and chip league.  A walk around the village took us up to the Market Sq and as we journey back towards a drink we settled down in The Horse and Jockey after originally trying to get served in The George only after waiting 5 minutes to be ignored and see a bloke who had just walked in receive service first, never one to accept an injustice off we went, in a huff, and our £5.90 was duly deposited with the pub at the opposite end of the village!
Along the many snickets and alleyways we arrived at the ground and before entering took a look at the cricket pitch and bowling green all of which created a multi sport venue.  There was time to catch up with Richard Lane from Newark Town a 'doer' of most things for the club plus of course The CMFL results round up a weekly bulletin.  Richard proceeded to tell me he had spotted a sign over the far side advertising a haulier with his name and that there was a street name named after him in the village.
RICHARD LANE SPOT NUMBER 1
"Cheers Richard" I said You see I'd already noticed this and though it would be a good play on Richards name but all the same here goes!
NEWARK SECRETARY RICHARD LANE HAS A ROAD NAMED AFTER HIM IN TIDESWELL
We contributed our entrance fees, programme and raffle to the pleasant lady on the gate Mick visited the snack bar and I took a look at the theatre of dreams.
OH YES AND RICHARD LANE [R]
Immediately on entering you are confronted by the roofless dug outs, I believe blown off in a strong winds a few weeks ago, moving to the right the pitch is railed off with hard standing all the way around although the grass is starting to win the battle.
SUN ROOF DOWN FOR A LOVELY DAY IN THE DUG OUTS
Over the far side is a part seated part terraced stand with 'TUFC' emblazoned on the metal sheet work.  The far goal has a steep bank behind it which gives a superb viewing area with some superb vistas of the rolling hills of Derbyshire.
MAIN STAND AT TIDESWELL
This area is accessed by some steep steps behind the goal or by the side of the stand a set of metal steps which make for an original feel the area certainly offers a good view of the game too.
VIEW FROM THE BANK
In a small crowd of around 25 Mick had gone off talking to a few locals and visitors among the visiting Newark fans were also a ground hopper from Sunbury on Thames and Mark a friend from Chesterfield with his walking buddy they had been out for a walk and called back to take in the game.  So once again a shame that the 'locals' probably only numbered 15 which is a real shame because Tideswell is a village and the small but dedicated band who run the club deserve some support in bigger numbers especially since their transfer to step 7 from The Hope Valley League this season.  Not only that the team currently sit in 4th place a tremendous achievement for their first season in The CMFL.
MORE BEAUTIFUL DEBYSHIRE
To the game well the first half was a non event goal less at the break with little to shout about save for both sides hitting the post from long range.  First it was Newark when soon to be goal scorer Martin struck the woodwork from 35 yards out and then half hour mark Alex Pugh from a similar distance repeated the trick for Tideswell.
NEWARK ON THE MOVE
The deadlock was broken on 63 minutes when Martin got his first with a sweet strike wide on the right from the edge of he box the ball flew across the goal and into the far corner of the Tideswell goal.  It was 2-0 to the visitors on 70 minutes when Martin, again, fired home this time from further into the penalty box.
EYES ON THE BALL
With 7 minutes remaining of the 90 Tideswell gave themselves a chance of rescuing proceedings when Boden found himself free in the box and he made no mistake smashing the ball into the top left hand corner.
FREE KICK FROM MARTIN LOOKING FOR HIS HAT TRICK
In the closing stages as Tideswell looked for the equaliser it was Newark who probably provided the neatest move of the game when Chris Dobbie sent Cole Maule away down the left and his cross found Tyler Martin unmarked in front of goal but he fired wide.
LOOK AT THE QUALITY OF THOSE DRY STONE WALLS
The long draught for a really entertaining game goes on for the blog as today didn't provide it however what it did provide was a cracking day out to watch some football in beautiful surroundings.  I love my Welsh football visits but there can be nothing more pretty than visiting Tideswell and taking in a game, if your hopping on public transport plan it carefully but it is achievable but probably avoid the bad weather months!
We now ha 1 1/2 hours to wait for our bus back to Chesterfield so back to the Coop for a 3rd time, haha, and a small picnic was enjoyed once again on the public seats in the village we proceeded to have a 3/4 of an hour walk around the edge of the village and once again take advantage of seeing Richard Lane the tarmac variety.
With a quick connection in Chesterfield base was achieved just one hour later at 7.30pm.