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Another two games, Alsager Town vs Hallam – THE BIG ONE :)

I am certainly one to go on about the weather, as an avid football fan its valid. The weather in the run up to this Saturday’s two games was (being blunt yet totally fair) f**king crap.  Rain for an entire week. Was it just North West Derbyshire or the whole of the country. I’ll answer that one in two words, micro climate. Derbyshire’s rainfall must excess that of all but 2 county’s in England. Cumbria and Cornwall. Cumbria is far north and all weather systems hit the South West first.

This was to be my 49th ground, I’ve seen football at 48 different places, furthest North being Esh Winning in County Durham and furthest South, Hastings United. I’ve been to the national stadium of Gambia but not for a match. It was also game 99 in watching Hallam, it may also bring forward game 100, game 100 would be a replay vs Alsager Town.

Anyway it was an early start again 7:30 and we had set off for Darley Dale at 8:10 arriving in 50 minutes that were uneventful. I had made the mistake of wearing my black trainers for a game where hard standing was the car-park and rain was part of it. I was stood waiting for the game to start with Dad, at kick off time the shed where the goals were kept weren’t open and this delayed kick off. We put them up in the rain and just as the game was about to start I was given the chance to be a linesman. Like an idiot I took the flag

Now I will never criticise linesman yet again, its a hard job and at first rather daunting. In this game the referee made most of the decisions anyway. Buxton Wildcats vs Buxton Wolves it was by the way. Had the Wolves not defended so deep I’ve of been able to call 20 offsides in this 70 minute encounter. I actually flagged just 2. The ball went out so it didn’t matter.

The rain was that fine stuff that gets you wet and my feet were soaked. Half-Time it was 1-1, second half 5 goals went in, 5-2 it ended. Mini TJ wasn’t gonna come through to Alsager so I could enjoy a Cheshire pie instead of match photos, I’d rather eat than have photos of the game, many would agree. A pie is part of football.

The game ended at 11:15 and it was time to yet again depart Darley Dale Cricket Club without any sort of win. We jetted back off to Chapel arriving at about 12:20 in good spirits. By the way we didn’t set off till 11:30, somebody can talk for England….

Having arrived back in Chapel I got last minute things done, bring my bag containing Clipboard, 10 pens, my horn and a flag. I made myself a flask of tea and got some food out for Mum and Dad taking me to Alsager Town. I was actually organized and so I decided to go and get the navigator ready. We never waited for 1:30 and set off at 1:10 knowing I’d actually arrive more than 1/2 an hour prior to kick off, this somewhat of a rarity nowadays with me.

The journey down to Alsager was so uncomplicated I couldn’t believe it, A6 to Buxton, A54 over to Congleton in pouring rain! Having got to Congleton it was a case of working out how to get through it, it was signposted really well and we went on the A34 on the Newcastle road and then a right into Alsager. The ground is on one of the first right turnings, we followed the road round taking several turnings and eventually arrived. The ground address is a cul de sac, the ground entrance a car’s width gap in the far corner.

The ground opens up below you once you enter, there are three stands, all in very different condition, the near terrace looked quite modern and so I never moved. The game itself was worth watching, for a detailed report. Hallam really should of won and of course didn’t, two equalisers and two Alsager goals that should never have happened.

I quite like Alsager, dump to some but not to me. This was my 49th different ground, I don’t hate any really, some places are worse to go to than others. This remindered me of Eccleshill United in the NCEL. The mini flag I had and the annoying horn and consistent shouting was just like what I did at Eccleshill but here the locals didn’t mind one Hallam fan. They are probably used to it, the Far Side Ultras have gone but away fans making a racket are always welcome apparently.

I met Dogsy123 and Drawoh off NLZ and Alsager’s forum. They are excellent and I felt very welcome. I had a pie at half-time this was half warm, Meat and Potato swimming with Gravy for £2.00, ok not brilliant but I like a pie all the same.

The game went to extra time and it really wasn’t worth it, both sides were tired. I can’t stress that enough.

The replay is Wednesday night at Sandygate, I hope to go but don’t think I can.


Liversedge vs Hallam – Saturday 30th August

This could possibly break the 1000 words I wrote last time as I had yet another eventful trip to da Sedge. The game for me at least was in doubt it was only on Saturday morning it would become viable and soo after packing everything up. I got to work making the usual flask and getting all geared up for the match in usual attire of jeans, trainers, t-shirt and jacket.

We set off for Cleckheaton at about 12:45 after Monday debelacle at Long Eaton taking 1hr 45 to complete a journey 1hr 20 long.  Cleckheaton however was just under 1hr 20 away but nothing could be taken to chance. As it were the journey through to Glossop, onto Holmfrith, into Huddersfield and out into Cleckheaton was smooth and took around 1hr 10.

I got in the ground took some photos and watched my laptop lose all its battery, great ha-ha!! I had a quick chat with Hallam’s manager before picking my 6 seats. After all standing was better than siting on the floor ha-ha!!

So during the game you get the usual sarcasm, pathetic fans thinking they are god, so what?? We dominate and then lose 2-1 in the last 10 minutes. Hallam were magnificent though and I think of what mite of been. As a result of arriving early my laptop has no power and I’m unable to write my report up.

Got home an hour after full-time, bit annoyed really. Typical day with Hallam though


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.




Hallam vs Retford United

Late setting off for this one, quick 1 hour to get changed and everything sorted. We set off from Chapel at 6:40 for the 7:30kick off and arrived with 5 minutes to spare. I took a place in the main stand, one of only sides open, the other being the cricket nets end behind the goal

Hallam vs Retford United

Hallam’s line up included several familiar faces and some new signings as Matt Griffin and Richard Patterson both started in defence and midfield respectively

Hallam kicked the first Sandygate game of the pre-season campaign off and kicked from right to left down the slope. Early on there was nothing much to talk about as both sides had their share of possession and the notable chance a Retford shot from around 20 yards flying over the bar

On 15 Hallam’s 11 whipped a volley over before 6 flashed a header across the face of goal. They were half chances but unlucky as Hallam had a fair share of possession. Retford almost took the lead on 27 as a tantalising ball flew in and 4 slide in under pressure from the Hallam centre half’s his 6 yard effort crashed off the bar and came out.

With half an hour gone Retford looked the more likely to score and got a big chance as 11 was hacked to the floor in the box, the referee pointed to the spot with any hesitation. ___ ran up put the ball to Martin Taylor’s left and saw his poor shot pushed away back into open play. Will Tomlinson against his old club then almost gave Retford the lead as he turned and thundered a shot across the goal only to find the bar in the way of his effort.

This pressure and effort from Retford counted for nothing as Scott Bates was played in, he turned inside and slotted the ball inside the near post, 1-0 Hallam

Half – Time at Sandygate – Hallam 1 Retford United 0

Scorer: Scott Bates, 40

The second half started the way the first did as neither side seemed desperate to get forward. Hallam made two half-time subs James Tevendale and Sheffield’s Rob Ward coming on upfront. On the hour Retford should have taken the lead as Hallam’s defence fell to sleep a vicious shot from 12 yards on the angle flashed wide of the post with most of the Badger’s following thinking it was in.

With 21 minutes remaining Hallam had made 6 subs, Rob Cam, Thomas Kytolo, Gavin Hunter and Billy Rowley all entered the field of play. Retford hopefully placed a ball over the top most expecting it to come to nothing but somehow it was flicked over Martin Taylor and into the top right of Hallam’s net for 1-1.

An awful mistake in Hallam’s defence allowed 9 to whizz down the left wing unfortunately he went too far down the pitch and when he did shoot his effort was repelled by the on rushing Taylor.

The referee appeared to be making quite a few questionable decisions and on 79 minutes his worst for the better. Rob Cam burst into the box and had appeared to be brought down by the centre half a penalty was given Rob Ward stepped up and placed it to the keeper’s right, until Retford were ready to take kick off I didn’t realise we’d scored….2-1 Hallam.

For all their effort Retford couldn’t create much after the second goal as a resilient Hallam defence withstood all pressure. The referee blew up without any stoppage time and Hallam had won deservedly albeit in controversial circumstances

Full – Time at Sandygate – Hallam 2 Retford United 1

Scorers: Scott Bates 40, James Tevendale 79. Will Tomlinson 69

Verdict: Despite the 6 subs in the second half Hallam won and looked comfortable defending a lead. Justice wasn’t served entirely, Retford missed a penalty after a clear foul and Hallam scored a penalty after a questionable decision. But on the balance of the 90 minutes Hallam definitely deserved the 2-1 win and look top 3 material.

I exited the ground, packing up my camera and laptop and clipboard knowing I’d seen a good game. I was back home within 40 minutes.