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My Matchday - Welsh Groundhop 2014 - Bank Holiday Monday

I would have loved to have done the whole weekend of this years Welsh Groundhop but unfortunately I was only free on Bank Holiday Monday. I made an early start, picking up north-east celebrity Groundhopping couple Lee and Katie in Houghton-le-Spring at 6.45 on route for the drive to north Wales . The journey went smoothly with no heavy traffic so we made good time, arriving in Holywell at 9.30. The early arrival meant we had time for a  pre-hop drink in the local Wetherspoons before the 11 o'clock kick-off, but unfortunately our day didn’t get off to the best of starts, as Katie was stung in the eye by a wasp. She bravely soldiered on, although Lee suggested that she can only count the other grounds on the hop if she gets a wasp sting!

412.Halkyn Road
Holywell Town 3v0 Llandyrnog United
Welsh Alliance Division 1
11am ko
The day began in the market town of Holywell (Welsh: Treffynnon) which is the fifth largest town in Flintshire, lying to the west of the estuary of the River Dee. Holywell takes its name from the St Winefride's Well, a holy well surrounded by a chapel, which has been known since Roman times. The well has been a pilgrimage since about 660 when Saint Winefride was beheaded there by Caradog who attempted to attack her. Pilgrims worldwide visit the well, which is one of the Seven Wonders of Wales and the town is known as The Lourdes of Wales.
Football in Holywell was first established in 1893 when Holywell FC  became one of the seven founder members of the North Wales Coast League, playing on a ground known as Ffordd Fer (Short Way) The club went to the wall in 1902, but three years later a new club took their place in the shape of Holywell United, rejoining the NWC League for the 1912-13 season. The club later played in the newly formed north division of the Welsh National League between 1921 until 1929, when they changed their name to Holywell Arcadians.The new name brought success as the club were Welsh football League Champions twice in three seasons at the turn of the 1930s.
After the Second World War Holywell Town were formed with a new home at Halkyn Road, where they’ve played ever since and also adopted the nickname of “The  Wellmen” The club enjoyed instant cup success and switched from the West Cheshire League to the Welsh League North in 1949, winning the title in 1952-53. From the mid-1960s Holywell played in local leagues and also the Clwyd League until becoming founder members of the Cymru League in 1990 and the League of Wales two years later. The Wellmen currently play in the Welsh Alliance League Division 1 after being relegated from the Cymru Alliance in the 2005–06 season.
Halkyn Road is found on the edge of the town centre. The main spectator facilities are found along one side of the ground, alongside the changing rooms and clubhouse which is in the middle of a refurbishment. There are two similar wooden covered stands one side kitted out with red painted bench seats and the other with terracing, which also houses the Wellman’s Retreat snackbar.  In between is another covered enclosure with seats and standing each side of the players tunnel, which is finished off with the club name on the facade. The dugouts are at the far side, with three sides of open hard standing. Lighting is provided with four lamp poles on each side and there’s a prominent slope running across the pitch. 
Hollywell ran out comfortable winners in the Division 1 fixture with Llandyrnog United. The Wellmen took an early lead through Sam Jones, who fired in a right foot shot after four minutes and doubled their advantage with a close range bullet header from Luke Tyson just before half time. The hosts missed a hatfull of chances in the second half, including Sam Jones missing a penalty, but they did manage to beat the ‘keeper in the 69th minute when Graeme Williams but pressure on the defenders goal line clearance, the ball bouncing off his shins and rolling over the goal line.
So a good start to the day, a decent game and a warm hospitality provided by the staff and volunteers.
Matchday Stats
HTFC 3(Jones 4 Tyson 47 Williams 69) LUFC 0
Att.377
Top Bloke - Sam Jones(Holywell Town)
Programme

413. Roe Plas Meadows
St Asaph City 3v1 Mochdre Sports
Welsh Alliance Division 2
2.15pm ko
We arrived in the birthplace of former Liverpool, Leeds United(cannot really count Newcastle) and Welsh international Ian Rush with a good hour to spare before kick off. With a population of just under 3,500 and built around its ancient cathedral, St Asaph(Welsh: Llanelwy) is the newest city in Wales, giving its status as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. According to some historians the Roman fort of Varae sat on the site of the Cathedral, but it’s believed to have developed around a sixth-century Celtic monastery founded by Saint Kentigern, and is now home to the small fourteenth century St Asaph Cathedral. This is dedicated to Saint Asaph (also spelt in Welsh as Asaff), its second bishop. After finding a good parking space we visited the cathedral, which is the smallest in Britain, measuring just 182ft long and 68ft wide.





Football in St Asaph has been played since the 1880’s, although no official records of the club exist until the 1970’s when the city was represented in the Clwyd League, where they finished runners-up in 1976-77. The club folded in 1980, but reformed ten years later and rejoined the league, becoming champions in 1992-93 and promotion to the Welsh Alliance. The progress of the club game to an abrupt halt, when after an arson attack on the ground they were forced to call it a day. In 2000 a junior club was formed and the senior team was re-established in 2006 after the Council built a new pavilion at the ground. The new set up have made terrific progress, winning three promotions to rise from the Clwyd League Division 2 up to the Welsh Alliance for the 2013-14 season, finishing fourth in their debut campaign in Division 2.
The entrance to the football ground at Roe Plas Meadows is through a parkway where the pavilion and car park is at one side of the pitch. There are a couple of slap-dash dugouts erected on this side with the rest of the ground roped off from the grass verges, with some fancy yellow goal nets. The club were very friendly and they made every effort to make us welcome. They were also very grateful that the threatening forecast of heavy rain had held off throughout our stay. 
The second game took a similar pattern to the first with a comfortable win for the home side against Mochdre Sports. The hosts took the lead with a breakaway goal on 21 minutes, after defending a free kick, they won possession and played a through ball to Duncan Midgley who ran on to calmly round the ‘keeper and score. The points were clinched on the hour mark with two goals in the space of a minute, with Midgley grabbing his second followed by a left foot shot by the unmarked Dave Evans. With a quarter of an hour remaining the visitors pulled one back when Jordan Phillips intercepted a chested back pass by the defender to nip in and score, but it was a mere consolation as St Asaph were worthy winners.



Matchday Stats 
SACFC 3(Midgley 21,61 Evans 62) MSFC 1(Phillips 75)
Att.254
Top Bloke - Duncan Midgley(St Asaph City)
Programme


414. Y Morfa View Leisure Centre
Kinmel Bay Sports 2v2 Glan Conwy
Welsh Alliance Division 2
5.15pm ko
For our finally game and the last of ten matches over the Welsh Hop weekend, we headed up to the coast to Kinmel Bay (Welsh: Bae Cinmel) in Conwy county borough, which is a suburb of Rhyl and lies across the River Clwyd in the neighbouring county of Denbighshire.
Kinmel Bay Sports FC is a relatively new club, originating from the relocation of Abergele Rovers in 2011. The club won the Clwyd League treble of league, cup and Challenge Cup two years running and joined the Welsh Alliance, where they won their first trophy at this level just last season in the Lock Stock League Cup.
KBSFC "Proper ground"
Considering the atrocious conditions this was the best game of the day, so top marks to both teams for producing a good open contest. Glan Conwy raced into a two goal lead in the opening twenty minutes, the first through Richie Orme  who picked the ball up in midfield before racing in on goal and firing the ball under the ‘keepers body. The lead was doubled when Luke Fountain robbed the ball off a defender to run on and score, but the hosts halved the deficit on 32 minutes with a well taking free kick on the edge of the box by Kyle Luffman. The second half began with the heavy pissing rain, pissing everyone off, but an early goal by Ryan Woods, nodding in at the near post from a corner had the game all square at 2-2. The pitch held up well during the game and both teams continued to battle for the winning goal, but it wasn’t to be and overall a draw was a fair result.
This game was actually postponed on Thursday due to a fall out between the club and the owners of the leisure centre over unauthorised improvements to the pitch. To cut a long story short the upshot is the match had to be played on another pitch, with the Welsh FA allowing the game to take place as long as cover was provided for subs and club staff. The lads at GroundhopUK had serious negotiations to get the game on with both sides in the debate acting like spoilt bairns. Laurence promises to spill the beans on this debacle, so keep an eye on his blog this week for the juicy details.
The main pitch at Y Morfa View Leisure Centre is behind the building, having wooden dugouts and is fully fenced off. Facilities for spectators is in the leisure centre with the food hall actually being in a sports hall with a food hatch and chairs provided. It’s a pity we didn’t have a basketball or a football on hand because the hoop nets and goals were there if anyone fancied a game. The second pitch used for the game was at the bottom end of the complex, where spectators were restricted to one side of the pitch, although some found an alternative dry haven, sheltered by trees, bushes or in Lee’s case in the neighboring kiddies playground inside the space rocket.

While its hard to fault any clubs hosting a groundhop game I have major issues with those at Kinmel Bay Sports. The main gripe being the half-time raffle. If anyone had never ever been to a non-league football match in their life and I asked them “when is a half-time raffle drawn?” you’d have to be as thick as pig-shit not to realise to answer is in the question. Near the end of the game we headed into the leisure centre to find out about the raffle and the football scratch card which we had also had our hard earned pennies on. The lad and the lasses who sold the tickets were nowhere to be seen, so we asked the club chairman and he said he was sick of people asking about it. Afterwards I headed to the car while Lee and Katie stayed back to find out what was happening, and the chairman told them that they should forget about the raffle and just be grateful they put a match on, which makes you realise what an absolute tool this club has in charge and I can fully comprehend the hard work GroundhopUK had to endure to provide a third match today.




Matchday Stats
KBSFC 2(Luffman 32 Woods 48) GCFC 2(Orme 8 Fountain 19)
Att.221
Top Bloke - James Jones(Kinmel Bay)
Programme

Due to my comedy sat nav, heavy rain,poor visibility, fog, 50 mile an hour stretches on the M62/A1 and dropping off Lee and Katie, I finally got home at 11.30. It was four and a half hours since we were at the match but my legs and feet we still soaking wet, so when I got home it was a hot bubble bath, cup of tea and a bottle of Old Peculiar in that order. It was a long eventful day where apart from getting soaked to the skin, being part of the greatest half time raffle rip-off and one of us getting stung in the eye by a wasp, it was quite an enjoyable day out in north Wales.  

Spondoolicks
Matchday ticket for all three matches including programme £14
@Holywell
Pin badge £3
Nicey spicey sausage sandwhich £1.50
(Courtesy of Chris Berezai - cheers!)
Bubble & squeak £1
Coffee 80p
@St Asaph 
Pin badge £3
Chocolate brownie £1
Tea 50p
@Kinmel Bay
Pin badge £3
Chicken and mushroom pie £2
Bovril £1.50


Foetoes (64 pictures from all three matches)

Pic of the Week Cup 2014 - Round 4

100FgC Squad #30 Matt Ross - Taubate(Brazil)

100FgC Squad#195 Graeme Holmes

FB Group Member Paul Paxton - Windsor

100FgC Squad#4 Jack Warner - Bury Town

FB Group Member Mark Evans - SC Lustenau(Austria)

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My Matchday - 410 Silverlake Stadium

Eastleigh 2v2 Gateshead
Vanarama Conference
Saturday 16th August 2014

Whereabouts and Whatsabouts
Eastleigh is a railway town in the South Hampshire conurbation, situated between Southampton and Winchester, which lies on the River Itchen, one of England's premier chalk streams. The former Roman settlement lies on the old Roman road, built in A.D.79 between  Winchester and Bitterne. A Saxon village called ‘East Leah’ has been recorded to have existed since 932, ‘Leah’ being an ancient Anglo-Saxon word meaning ‘a clearing in a forest’. The Domesday Book of 1086 gives a more detailed account of the settlement, which is referred to as 'Estleie'

Comedian and actor Benny Hill, was a famous resident of Eastleigh. Before seeking stardom on stage and screen, Benny’s first job was in Woolworths in Leigh Road, before becoming a milkman at the Hanns Dairies. His time working in the town on a horse-drawn milk float inspired my personal favourite novelty record of all time -  Ernie, the fastest milkman in the West which was a Christmas number one in 1971. There’s a plaque laid in Benny’s honour next to the site of the now demolished dairy under the Swan Centre and a new road has been named Benny Hill Close, although many of the new home owners weren’t happy with the decision.





Eastleigh FC are nicknamed “The Spitfires” after the Supermarine Spitfire, the British single-seat fighter aircraft which was used by the RAF and many other Allied countries during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in Southampton and first flown from Eastleigh Aerodrome, which is now Southampton International Airport, where a replica has been placed on the roundabout at the airport entrance.

Plantpot History
The club was formed as a pub team in the Fleming Arms and were originally known as Swaythling Athletic. They joined the Hampshire League in 1950 and changed their name from Swaythling to Eastleigh in 1980. The became founding members of the Wessex League in 1986, winning the league in 2002–03 and promotion to Division One East of the Southern League. After the reformation of the pyramid system in 2004 the club were transferred into the Premier Division of the Isthmian League, winning the play-offs in their debut season after a third place finish. They made the Conference South play-offs in 2008-09 but lost out to eventual winners Hayes & Yeading, and again in 2012-13, this time losing the semi-final in a penalty shoot-out against Dover Athletic.Last term promotion to the top table of Non-League was achieved, winning the league title after finishing five points ahead of runners-up Sutton United.
Ground visit no.410 Silverlake Stadium(Ten Acres)
Current Conference grounds visited 22/24 
English Non-League Grounds visited 200

Ten Acres has been the club’s home since leaving Walnut Avenue in 1957. The ground benefited from major development in 2006. The old Silverlake Stand cover was extended and 150 seats were added to the Main Stand. The grandstand sits on the halfway line, decked out with 371 blue flip seats elevated above the dugouts at the front. The brick dugouts were knocked down in the summer and replaced with Perspex dugouts closer to the pitch. There’s open terracing each side of the stand with a snack bar, toilets and hospitality cabins.
The East Terrace was also added in 2006 and during the summer the former East stand at Sandy Park, the home of Exeter chiefs RFC was rebuilt along the whole side and extended with a section behind the clubhouse goal, giving standing cover for 2,000 spectators. In the far corner an additional 50 blue flip seats have been added and on the roof is a TV gantry(which made its full debut on Thursday) and a scoreboard.
The Clubhouse building also houses the club shop where the Conference South trophy was proudly on display, and at the other side of the covered terrace is the Eastleigh FC Executive Club. The Silverlake Stand has now gone and the land is currently being prepared for a new 2,300 seater stand. The record attendance is 3,191 for a friendly match against neighbours Southampton in July 2007. 
The Match
Gateshead turned around a half time deficit to grab a well deserved point in Hampshire. The Heed were gifted the lead on 21 minutes when a right wing cross from Maddison was headed past Flitney by the unchallenged Dean Beckwith. The Spitfires shot into the lead with two goals just before half time, both from set pieces. A free kick from the right was met by Ben Strevens, nodding in at the far post, then a corner kick was swung to the back stick where Jack Midson headed in unmarked. The equaliser arrived ten minutes after the restart when good wing play from substitute JJ O’Donnell teed up Alex Rodman who stooped in a header at the far post.
An entertaining encounter could have gone either way, then in 85th minute a late challenge by Michael Green on Rodman saw Eastleigh reduced to ten men. The Tynesiders pushed for a late winner but couldn’t take advantage of the numerical advantage so had to settle for a point, as both team start the season with 7 points from the first three games after bagging two wins in the opening week.

Matchday Stats
EFC 2(Strevens 40 Midson 44) GFC 2(Beckwith 21OG Rodman 54)
Att.1081
Top Bloke - Phil Turnbull (Gateshead)

Spondoolicks
Admission £12
Pin badge £2.50
coffee £1.30
Programme £2.50
48 pages(12 adverts)
Best craic. 
..the club has decided to use the income generated from our first ever live game on BT Sport to you the fans. The money will be used to help subsidize the fans away travel this season which will result in making travel prices £10 cheaper to all games this season. (Page 7)

My Matchday
It was surreal leaving at lunchtime to go and watch Gateshead play 330 miles away at the bottom end of the country. This is the furthest I’ve travelled to watch the Heed play but its also the latest I’ve departed to get there! Seven fans took the HeedAir...sorry!...the FlyBe flight from Newcastle to Southampton Airport which was due to take off at 12,05pm and arrive in Hampshire at 13.25. The plane took to the skies ten minutes late, but landed ten minutes early, so the flight duration took just an hour. According to the sign outside the terminal its only 99 steps from plane to train, so I nipped along to Eastleigh by rail for a quick pint and to tick off The Wagon Works JD Wetherspoons. On my arrival back I underestimated the distance from Southampton Parkway to the ground, but luckily a passer by told me about a shortcut so I got to the ground ten minutes before kick off. 
Welcome aboard HeedAir

At the game I spoke to Squad#108 John Robinson and #196 Keith Arthur who had also travelled to the game from opposite ends of the country. I was staying the night in Southampton and John tipped me off that there’s a bus which stops outside the ground which would take me straight there, instead of the long trail back to the train station. On exiting the ground the bus was just pulling into the stop, so I arrived at my overnight digs nice and early. 
I spent my Saturday night at the guest house watching the tele….Howay! Give y’sel a knock.... of course I didn't ..I went into the town on the lash! My HeedAir travel companions were staying in Eastleigh, so I became a Mr.William Nomates, because I wanted to do the three ‘Spoons boozers while I was staying in Southampton. I also drank in a couple of pubs in between including visiting one which I suspected may have been a gay bar*, the clue being pairs of blokes sitting very close together and notice board adverts for pink festivals, I might have been wrong but I didn’t hang around the find out, even though they had an untried ale on offer.
I left the guesthouse at 9am next morning, luckily there was a bus stop just around the corner with a service that took me straight to the airport, so it was nicely timed for my 10am flight back to Newcastle. I was sitting back in Gallowgate View before noon supping a cuppa, chuffed with a point for Gateshead and ticking off a far flung ground courtesy of HeedAir.
(* It was The London on Oxford Street if anyone cares to clarify)
Foetoes  - 30 pictures from the Silverlake Stadium and match ticket.


Bevy Almanac
Eastleigh
The Wagon Works(JDW) (Southampton Road) 
Itchen Valley ‘Pure Gold’ (4.8%)***+
Southampton
Giddy Bridge(JDW)(London Road) ;
Jennings ‘Sheep Thrills’ (3.9%)***
The Spitfire(QE2 Mile) ;
Black Sheep ‘Monty Pythons Holy Ail’ (4%)***+
Admiral Sir Lucas Curtis(JDW)(Canutes Road) ;
Barley Browns ‘Black IPA’ (5.2%)***+
The Grapes(Oxford Street); 
Goddard ‘Fuggle Ale@(4.8%)****
The Standing Order(High Street) ;
Flack Manor ‘Double Drop’(3.7%)****
Hanlons ‘Stormstray (5%)****

Non-League Day 06.09.2014

This fifth Non-League Day takes place on Saturday 6th September. If your one of those footy fans who just concentrates on the teams that appear on the football coupon, then this is the day to make a change and watch one of your  local football clubs in action.

I'm using Non-League Day as an opportunity to visit a football ground that's on my "To-do list" so I'll be heading to Seel Park in the outskirts of Manchester for Mossley v Lancaster in the Evo-stick First Division North.
More details on how you can get involved and find a nearby Non-League game is on the website;

My Matchday - UCL and Peterborough & District Football League - The Opening Weekend Hop! (part two)

Sunday 3rd August 2014

After an enjoyable Saturday at the Peterborough Groundhop I was looking forward to the next two games, and even though I had a shit sleep I was boosted by a hearty breakfast which set me up for the day. The coach picked us up at 9.30 and we were on our way to our first game at Peterborough North Star in the Dogthorpe area of the city.

407.Chestnut Avenue
Peterborough North Star 1v6 Holbeach United
United Counties League - Premier Division
11am ko
 The club formed at the turn of the 20th century as a brickyard team based in the village of Eye initially named Northern Star, before becoming Eye United. They joined the Peterborough & District League and won promotion to the Premier Division in 1973. From 1999 a further three titles in four seasons followed, including winning all 30 league matches, as well as the Peterborough Senior Cup and the Jack Hogg Charity Shield in 2000-01.

The club had played at Lindisfarne Road since the 1960’s before moving to their current ground on Cheshunt Road as the club seeked promotion to the United Counties League.
In 2003 they joined the UCL and were renamed Peterborough Northern Star in 2005, finishing runners-up in 2007–08. The club weren’t promoted to the Premier Division due to ground grading issues, but after winning the league and again finishing second, promotion was granted for the 2010-11 season as the required improvements were made at Cheshunt Avenue.
 The main reception to the ground has a cafe bar at the right hand side and the clubhouse to the left, which has a large TV screen showing Sky Sports so after a busy day yesterday I was able to catch up with the football news. The paying entrance into the ground is from behind the goal, where there’s a covered section and the Star Snack Bar. On the far side there are two 50 seater mini-stands decked out with blue seats and in between is a large all in one brick dugout. There’s also another small covered section on the near side with the rest of this side open which continues around to the bottom end goal.

Peterborough North Star embraced the event with a penalty shoot out for the bairns, a bouncy castle and even the ice cream man was here. The top prize in the half time raffle was a television set, which I mentioned to the lass selling the tickets could be a problem getting it back home on the train to Newcastle, although Lee & Katie did win a prize but thankfully not the gogglebox.
 North Star faced much fancied titled contenders Holbeach United and if you asked any supporter of the home side, they’d say they were also were up against the referee as well. The hosts got off to a great start when Phil Stebbing gave them a seventh minute lead, but after twenty minutes it all began to go wrong when Jonny Clay brought down Spencer to concede a penalty. The referee judged the defender as the last man and from the spot kick Lee Beeson made no mistake and from this point the visitors never looked back. Just after the half hour a lovely flick from Jake Gibson set up Ashley Fueller, and they extended the lead early in the second half when Liam Parker headed home a corner kick. 
 On the hour mark North Star were reduced to nine men, Stebbing received a second yellow card after a reckless challenge and from then on it was just a matter of how many the Tigers would score. The Holbeach manager exploited the numerical advantage by putting on pacey striker Livodokuhle Dube and he quickly bagged himself a couple of goals, the first of which was finishing off a great interchange of passes after a quick break from a North Star corner. Deep into injury time Jake Duffy made it half a dozen, wrapping up a terrific win to start the new season.
I enjoyed my visit to Peterborough North Star having regretted missing out on seeing Dunston play at Chestnut Avenue a few seasons back in the FA Vase, but I’m glad I made it for the groundhop, its just a pity I was here to see North Star get gubbed!




Matchday Stats
PNSFC 1(Stebbing 7)HUFC 6(Beeson 22pen Fuller 34 Parker 49 Dube 71,79 Duffy 90+4)
Att.357
Top Bloke - Lee Beeson(Holbeach United)
Programme Pic



408.Manor Field
Coates Athletic 2v5 Oakham United
Peterborough & District Football League - Premier Division
2pm ko
For our final match of the weekend we headed 6 miles west of Peterborough to the Fenland market town of Whittlesey. The town sits between Peterborough and March and is historically connected between its two neighbours by the Fen Causeway, a Roman road which was constructed in the first century AD, the same route which is now followed by the A605. 
 During the summer a new club was formed in the Peterborough & District League as rival teams Coates Athletic and Whittlesey United joined forces. The club are initially playing as Coates Athletic and are using United’s Manor Field ground, until work on the new facility just along the road at Fedale is completed sometime next month.  The new ground is funded by the Fenland District Council and the Football Foundation, but with the club running a total of five team at different divisions within the league set up, they’ll also use the facilities at the Manor.
The club will be renamed as Whittlesey Athletic in the future, but they’ve already made a head start with this, as the club strip has the name and new crest already on their shirts.
 The Manor Field is basically a large plot of land used for cricket with the football ground at the side. The pitch is roped off with a pair of brick dugouts with seats courtesy of picnic tables and benches behind the bottom goal. The clubhouse has a bar with the changing rooms at opposite sides of the building, so both teams emerge from different exits. 
 After witnessing seven goals earlier in the day we were lucky enough to be treated to more of the same. The match got off to a cracking start with 3 goals in the space of four minutes, with Oakham’s Jamie Forbes heading on a free kick after 15 minutes, followed by an immediate response from Coates as Dan Drake found space in the box to round the ‘keeper and tuck the ball into the net. The parity was short lived however as Adam Rothery latched onto an underhit back pass to slide in, and surprisingly the goals dried up until first half stoppage time when Richard Nelson got on the end of a corner kick with a clever side foot shot from the edge of the box.
Oakham started the second half as they finish the first, after a jinky run from Nelson set up Tom Caldicot to fire home. Coates halved the deficit just before the hour mark when Adam Piergianni played a neat one-two to score from six yards. Another goal from the hosts would have set up a grandstand finish, however it wasn’t to be as Michael Nelson grabbed United’s fifth on 82 minutes, and their misery was complete when Simon Dalton saved Drane’s penalty late on.
Matchday Stats
CAFC 2(Drane 16 Piergianni 58)OUFC 5(Forbes 15 Rothery 18 Nelson 45+3 Caldicot 47 Nelson 82)
Att.401
Top Bloke - Richard Nelson(Oakham United)
Programme Pic






After the final match the coach dropped us off at Peterborough rail station, where we said our goodbyes and thanked Chris and Laurence for a top weekend, as they’ve again played a blinder organising an excellent hop. As I had three hours to kill before my train home and Lee & Katie had an even longer wait, we were left with no choice but to go on a post match pub crawl. I’ve already ticked off the two Wetherspoons in Peterborough, but as Lee & Katie have now caught the Spoons bug I took them to both pubs as well as the Samuel Smith’s Wortley Almshores and the Brewery Tap. Overall it was a fab few days, as well as the football it’s good to catch up with groundhopping friends and meet people for the first time who also share this hobby. I’ll hopefully be doing a few more hops this season, so I can look forward to plenty more “Grand Days Out” with GroundhopUK in the future.

Spondoolicks
@ North Star
Tea £1
99 Cornet(Frank's Ices) £1.50
@ Coates
CAFC worn jersey(no.9) £3
Coffee £1
(also see Saturday blog post for admission/programmes etc)




Bevvy Almanac
Drapers Arms (Cowgate);
FFF 'Altons Pride' (3.8%)***
College Arms (The Broadway); 
Ringwood 'Showmans Tipple' (3.8%0***+
Wortley Almshores (Westgate);
Samuel Smiths Old Brewery Bitter (Re-sup)***+
Brewery Tap (Westgate); 
Oakham 'Scarlet Macaw' (4.4%)****
Oakham'Bishops Farewll'(4%0****

Foetoes (50 pictures from both Sunday's games)