Archive for August, 2008

Long Eaton United vs Hallam – Monday 25th August 2008

My 9th match of the season and one I was desperately looking forward to. The day started early up at about 9ish and helping with bits round the house. At around 12 I went to get ready for the match, stopwatch, flag, hooter, clipboard, pens all bagged up and then went for a quick shower before getting a flask ready. Flask on a summer’s day? Yeh, whatelse do my parents drink while I watch the match?

I packed the laptop and camera away and stuck them straight in the car, I knew we’d win or so I thought :O

We set off at about 1:20 and headed straight for Buxton down the A6. We hit traffic at Hazelcroft garage so we turned round and went through Batham Gate, through to Wormhill and dropped down into Miller’s Dale. We’d been going 20 minutes and I knew it would be a struggle to make it if we didn’t make Ashbourne within 1/2 an hour. We got onto the A515 finally after 30 minutes and were in Ashbourne for 2:12, 48 minutes to travel the 24 miles, easy? Nope it wasn’t to be. We didn’t exit Ashbourne till nearly twenty past and it was going to be an almighty struggle. We got to Derby eventually with 20 minutes to kick off. Still we had to cross Derby and the into Long Eaton, the arduous 12 miles in 20 minutes. As it were we were halfway down the A52 and over the M1 with 7 minutes to kick off and so we flew into Long Eaton itself with 3 minutes to spare. I reached the ground after a little confusion 3 minutes after kick off. Phew!

After the surprising £2 admission I went straight to the back of the Big Jim Stand to watch the game and within 5 minutes of my arrival Long Eaton scored!

This below is a copy of my match report, its barely 350 words and very short. The article continues below the report

Long Eaton United vs Hallam F.C

Hallam came into the game on fantastic league form unlike Long Eaton who had very inconsistent form coming into the game.

Hallam kicked left to right in their new Red and Black away kit looking from the Big Jim stand and it was Hallam who had the best of the early chances. A low shot was from 6 yards was pushed away by the keeper. But it was the Blues who took the lead. No 9’s ball in found Alex Steadman who turned and lashed the ball beyond Hallam’s keeper for 1-0 after just 10 minutes.

Neither side could assert authority over the match and a scrappy affair ensued. Hallam’s play was uninspiring and Long Eaton looked dismal themselves. Hallam’s best chance of the half came when Richard Carrington’s volley from 12 yards from a Tevendale cross was beaten away by the keeper. Other than that Rob Ward should of done better just before half-time as his shot from 25 yards was caught low.

Half – Time at Grange Park – Long Eaton United 1 Hallam 0

Half-Time Verdict: Despite our dominance in terms of possession we are unable to turn possession into chances.

I’ll not make it up really, the second half was totally chanceless. Long Eaton got their second just on the hour as Adam Newton turned in Alex Steadman’s cross, it was pretty much game over but to be fair Long Eaton didn’t look a brilliant side. With around 17 minutes remaining one Long Eaton and one Hallam player tangled in the middle of the pitch, the Hallam player down on the floor was kicked by Long Eaton’s 11 who not only got the free-kick didn’t get punished for his violent conduct.

The game was sliding away not before Chris Wood knocked the ball in after a goalmouth scramble it was game on again and with the one of the last kick’s of the game Rob Ward smashed a shot into the outside of the post.

Full – Time at Grange Park – Long Eaton United 2 Hallam 1

Verdict: To follow

Over half-time I bought 3 cheeseburgers for £1.50 each, that was my fare to get to Long Eaton bought 🙂 which was a shame because I did want to pay my £5 towards petrol. Long Eaton got another and Rob Ward pulled one back with 10 minutes left and We exited the ground at 16:54 a and set off in search of the A52 and we headed back, we shot off down a dual carriageway and on one extremely rare occasion I missed a turning and we ended up on the A50. I couldn’t believe it I was desperately annoyed because I was wanting to get home. After 20 minutes we ended up back on course and on the A52 within 35 minutes of leaving the ground. That was 10 minutes longer already. We were in Ashbourne within about 20 minutes more and on the A515 and headed home. We got to Buxton at about 18:20 and somehow on course to get home 5 minutes quicker than we got there. We got home dead on 1 hour 37 minutes after leaving the ground.

I headed off and finished my match report. Leaving my blog for today. I came downstairs and found 1/2 my Becks had gone, the shit shock horror! Unphased I had my tea and at around 10 found I’d got a Marston’s Old Empire. At 5.7%, pale ale and with a nice bitter taste to it its a fantastic beer. I prefer it to any other, its similar to the cheaper German lager Tyskie but more to my taste.

I decided to go to bed sometime after midnight contemplating our performance and the fact we’d got another title favourite in Liversedge away on Saturday. I wasn’t particularly dissappointed though, we’d got 7 games at Sandygate in the period between Christmas and early February. If the weather is anything like it was last year, wiping out 3 Sandygate games within the space of 3 weeks then we could be in with a fixture pile up. The last thing we want to have Sandygate destroyed by the weather in winter or our advantage over other teams could be gone.

Thnx

Tom 

 

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Buxton vs FC United of Manchester – Saturday 23rd August

After a pathetic and dismal perfomance vs Ilkeston Town on tuesday night Buxton must have been looking for a win to rekickstart the season for themselves. At least thats what we hoped for. Having bought these precious tickets around 2 weeks before the game I had hoped they were going to be worth something. Although hope and reality is totally different.

The day came, up early at around 8ish to walk the dog only to go back to bed for a couple of hours. After messing about on message boards, playing with the dog and talkin to my mate did I finally go and get ready for the match. I wore my usual sort of clothes, trainers, jeans, shirt/designer t-shirt with my black jacket on. Despite the warmth I had to find somewhere to put the tickets. At around 12:40 I finally decided to take the dog for a quick walk before everyone came back from Sheffield at around 2ish. 12:50 I locked the door, set off and headed for the station.

The walk to the station as mentioned in earlier posts is bloody difficult. From the market place cut down between Chandlers and the Stocks cafe, down the steps to the main road. Cross the road, walk past the park and around through Rowton Grange, this is about 1/2 a mile in all and still only half the distance. The walk from here is undoubtedly silly, cross over onto Station Road from the end of Rowton Grange. Up Station Road which just keeps going up till you arrive at the Station where you can see all of Chapel.

I arrived around 10 minutes early and considering the heat, 19 minutes wasn’t a bad time. So with the train scheduled to come for 13:21 at 13:19 the usual announcement voiced over the station, “We are sorry to announce that the bla bla bla has been delayed by approximately 10 minutes.” Great, it arrived only 6 minutes late, that almost proved to be a fatal mistake for me.

I got on the train and it was packed to the rafters with Mancs, standing was the only option. I bought a ticket, now thats different for Northern Rail. We arrived at Buxton and the police looked well prepared for the afternoon and credit to them. My mate had already fled the station and I set about looking for him. He had no phone effectively and I walked round Buxton, up through the town to Terrace Road, to the ground, to the station then back to the ground where I went to get a Dr Pepper the long way round and got it. After an hour walking back along towards Silverlands I found him, god damn that was lucky.

We went in and took a place behind the goal. The ground filled up and I said 1939 the attendance before the game and didnt find out until 6 ish. The football was drab only at half-time I grabbed a Steak ‘n’ Ale pie with peas and gravy, ooooffttt it was worth it 🙂

FC United inevitably scoring when Jamie Baugley lashed the ball into the roof of the net, as much as the 900 strong home record willed for a winner it wasn’t to be and the poor performance wasn’t helped by Mark Hume again using his temper. The police performed better than either of the poor sides, keeping law and order well and keeping drunk idiots from ruining the game. 

At full-time I had 40 minutes to my train and with around 2/3rds of the 1200 FC United fans after a train it was race to get back. Northern Rail need to be praised as well for putting on 4 long carriages to help ease the need for a train, a wonderful gesture and great organisation. When it set off it was a quick service back to Chapel when I made an advance to cross the driver nodded then pipped loudly at me, I greeted him with 2 fingers and a loud f**k off ya c**t!! Not necessary by him or me, why pip at me though? I walked back home to discover the attendance….a grand total of 2090, just 141 off my estimate, something was going right for me ha ha

TJ

Buxton vs Ilkeston Town – Tuesday 19th August

Clearly some games are not meant to be, after praying for the rain to stop all day it did for 5 hours and the game would kick off at 9:30pm most wished it hadn’t stopped.

At 7:15 we set off for Silverlands accompanied by my sister who is best mates with Shez’s sister, his little brother wanted to join in the fun so the 5 of us stood on the shed in time for the start of the 1st half. The game got underway and I felt right from the off the game wasn’t going to go Buxton’s way. The referee and his assistant on our near side made it difficult to play any ball over the top and after about 15 minutes.  

After about 20 minutes Buxton simply gave up and when Morgan Amari Smith ran through into the box dived and was awarded a penalty I knew Buxton couldn’t recover against the opposition and with the officials. As it were the weak penalty was saved by Hartley but he couldn’t get near the rebound for 1-0 Ilkeston Town. Half-Time came and went with a hot chocolate, me, my mate and his brother stood in hope but when Amari Smith hammered home halfway through the second half after a goalmouth scramble that was it. At this point Ilkeston started to protect their lead using pathetic timewasting techniques which a normally referee would have penalised for. As it were he did sweet f**k all and combined with a poor Bucks performance it was game over.

The closest we came was when Ilkeston’s centre half clipped the ball onto his own bar. Towards the end certain players from both sides vented their frustration out on each other and it was childish, not really needed

The game ended and a scrap broke out on the pitch. I for one can’t wait to visit the NMG for the return in March HAHA! Where we’ll take 3 points…hopefully 😉

The journey back was just me and my sister shouting about the game, our frustration was clear. It wasn’t a good match to watch but I’ll back on Saturday, after all I have my tickets

Buxton vs FC United of Manchester on Saturda

Tom

Hastings United vs Ashford Town (Middx)

Saturday 16th August 2008 – Hastings United 1 Ashford Town (Middx) 2

Name – Pilot Field

Story of the day – Early start, out of bed at 8am and had breakfast knackered after virtually no sleep as I was freezing in the tent. We set off for Eastbourne Airshow after only 1 hour 20 decided to go back to Hastings and drop me off at Hastings vs Ashford Town (Middx) I arrived with 20 minutes gone but got in

Stadium Accessibility – A21 into Hastings, St Helens Road to the roundabout, up the hill, down the road up the hill again and its on the right on Elphinstone Road (cant remember any road names ) ph34r.gif

Parking – The road where the ground is and anywhere you can!

Admission – £9, £6 and £3 for Under 18s great value at Ryman Premier level

The Area – Nice, tucked away from most of Hastings set down below road level

The game itself – Okish, Hastings smashed the bar before Scott Harris headed Ashford ahead, after half-time Hastings always looked second best and after rounding the keeper, Harris curled it into the far corner for 2-0 on the hour and it was game over. Wiseman impressively curled one beyond the keeper in the last minute for 2-1 but by then it was over and despite a late push it was all in vain.

Capacity – Main Stand holds around 800 to 1000, far side around the same. Cole Warren End 600 or so, near end around 1500. Between 3700 and 4100, actual is 4,050.

Inside The Ground – Main Stand holds around 800 to 1000 with around 500 standing places to the front. The opposite side is uncovered and at the top of the bank is the Firs, an old ground which you can still make out. This side holds around 800 to 1000 again. The Cole Warren far end is a small terrace covered to the middle and the end holds around 600. At the far end is a massive terrace a similar size to Buxton’s railway end this gives a good view of the action, holds around 1500 at this end

View – As I had the option of standing I stood behind the near goal in the first half with a good view. I didn’t watch much of the match and took quite a few photos. Second half I stood infront of the main stand.

Atmosphere created – home fans – Quite a decent set of fans of the 407 crowd there were 5 Ashford fans, me and 401 Hastings fans who had a drum some singers and did well, 7.5/10 atmosphere

Atmosphere created – away fans – Cheered very loudly and never shut up, 9/10

Other Points – Absolute dead neutral for the first time ever, glad I’ve gone I’ve heard the seasons left at Pilot Field are numbered and the ground is a gem

TJ

Tickets bought for Buxton v FC United of Manchester

Thursday afternoon I set off for Chapel station and walked up for the 4:30 train, I got on and surprise surprise! No conductor and I didn’t pay for a train to Buxton again. Thats about 5 times in a row

Got off the train in Buxton and walked up Terrace Road, got a bottle of Dr Pepper from Sainsburys and walked slowly to the ground. At about 4:55 I went in bought two tickets for me and Shez, £8 in all but he owes me that money! HAHA !!

I got back to the station for 5:05 and got the 5:30 train back that was 10 minutes late, got off in Chapel and that was one thing sorted. 😀

Thnx

Tom

Chapel Town vs Glossop North End Reserves – Wednesday 6th August

This was a game I was looking forward to watching, my 5th pre-season game and the 3rd different side I’d watched at home. This time it was Chapel Town. I was ready in jeans and t-shirt 1 hour before the match before setting off at 6:10 for a 6:30 kick off and walked down to Rowton Park around 10 minutes away. I took a diversion and walked up to High Street Chippy, chip buttie and a can of Dr Pepper for £2.10. After a brief delay there it was 7 minutes to kick off. I ran through the park at idiotic speed and was halfway there within 2 minutes. I arrived on Willow Drive and walked up the track to the ground.

I stood on the near side looking over towards the stand side. The stand itself is tiny and used mainly as dug-outs. Even in rain people still watch, its Chapel and people go to watch footie in all weather. After around 10 minutes I saw a guy I’d met on a message board he goes to a few Chapel Town games when not at New Mills. I had a chat and with painting drying looking more entertaining.

I spoke to a couple of lads I’d seen at the Buxton vs Macclesfield game who I’d known for around 18 months. We were talking and the Glossop 16 came in with a horrific tackle on Chapel’s left back, completely taking him out, it was a leg breaker but he got away with it, he was extremely lucky and so was Chapel’s left back.

Chapel Town got the ball in midfield and the 11 looped a lob towards the goal from around 30 yards, most thought it was over and I continued talking, out the corner of my eye I saw the ball hit the post and fall in! Unbelieveable! Over half-time Glossop swapped their entire side for a completely different one…in a different kit.

Chapel were donning their away strip, yellow and black quarters! This is the last showing of this before the change to AC Milan and Internationzale colours, apparently its going to be great. I’d say keep Black and White, after not losing a home match all year in it last season.

A funny moment came with little of the 2nd half gone, Chapel striker rounded the keeper with an open net to aim at he walked it to 1 foot out and scuffed his shot wide. Glossop didn’t punish but when they did it was fatal. 3 goals in the last 10 minutes, a Maradona run, a penalty and a tap in won it. Thats about it and they missed from 6 yards out with the goal gapping halfway through the 2nd half to.

At full – time I was walked straight home and ate!

Thnx

Tom

Buxton vs Shrewsbury Town – Tuesday 5th August

Ever since the Macclesfield Town game I’d looked forward to this match. I knew Shrewsbury would send a reserve side and youth team mixed. After all the started the season on Saturday. But oh no! At 9am on Tuesday morning manager Paul Simpson named his side to face Buxton, a full first team  :O the perilous shock! I was almost celebrating!

The day passed with rain, rain and wait for it…RAIN! I took a walk with my dog at 12 ish to Eccles Pike, quite possibly the highest point in the local area. I walked up through Chapel, up Eccles Road, to the crossroads and braved myself. In t-shirt and 3/4 length shorts I travelled further up Eccles Road, to the farm where my dog was born. I stopped looked at the summit and didn’t see it. All I could see was fog, well we are in Derbyshire, the steep slope became more gentle until I climbed and climbed and climbed the last 400 yards in about 5 minutes. The rain was getting heavier, the dog was getting wetter and I was drenched. We reached the gate at the bottom of the top and I shouted ‘faster!’ and was dragged wonderfully to the top of the the hill and the famous circle at the top. Took a while to admire the minimal views I had due to the fog and feed the dog, I thought I was in a shower. No the rain was torrential. God knows what will happen to the game tonight I thought.

The dog is as hard as nails and loves all forms of weather, well she is a border collie and as she panted I smiled on my way back to Chapel, the 25 minute journey took no time at all and the rain gradually eased off. Stopping as I walked through the door, I opened the door looked out and said Derbyshire!! laughing.

The rain was minimal after about 4pm, good at least Shrewsbury are travelling, nothing can stop it now…..your probably thinking, what did then? Nothing did, at 7:10 I was greatfully dropped off outside Silverlands armed with £10. I payed my £2.50 and walked round to where me and Shez normally stand on the terrace on the far side, its undercover thankfully. He isn’t here tonight he’s 13 miles away sleeping at someone’s house.

My place on the terrace was opposite the Shrews dug-out, back step. The game kicked off before I’d got to my place this walked wasn’t as long as my half-time walk though.

For the first 15 Buxton competed until the right winger was played while been clearly stood 5 yards offside he played in 9 who slotted home. 6 minutes later Buxton failed to clear their lines from a corner and Shrewsbury forced the ball over the line, own goal or not I’m not sure. Just 60 seconds later the game was in tatters for Buxton as the influencial 8 ran through, rounded Jason Stanley, Stanley got back to his goal as the attacker went too far forward but the 8 clipped it over him for 3-0.

Half-time came and most were ready to leave but I wasn’t. I payed £2.50 for goals. I walked round towards the end of the half to the servery, after about 5 minutes I ordered for the 2nd time in 2 Buxton home games, Pie, Peas and Gravy and a Hot Chocolate, at £2.75 it was excellent value for what little money I have. Now I’m not working for 4 weeks. The walk back to the far side of the ground was tough, coat over my arm, hot chocolate in left hand, food in other, fork in top of it was going to escape. I didn’t want a repeat of the Macc game. I looked stupid but I got back safely.

Now for the next 40 minutes or so it was a case of when are they next going to score. As it were Buxton for the last 25 minutes at least pushed forward well and were rewarded as they pushed forward on the counter and a 20 yard, hard low effort to the keeper’s right finished off arguably the finest move of the game. People were sure Buxton had pulled another back minutes later, the ball bundled in but Shrewsbury cleared for a corner.

The final whistle went, the referee was certainly an unpopular man. You would say Buxton deserved at least 1 goal, Shrewsbury were going to collapse but I have to admit their swift, fluid counter attacks always look a threat.

The Bucks got a good reception off the pitch and I felt 15 goals in 3 games was good value, 50p a goal? Give me that any day of the week

Thnx

TJ