Wednesday, 23 May 2018

SURFING WITH DOGS OFF LEADS: A MAWGAN PORTH POEM...

Floaters

Bodyboarding alone ‘tween flags of red and yellow
Was confining but I feared a lifeguard’s bellow
Of harsh admonishment should I have strayed
Outside the markers and my embarrassment displayed;
I was bodyboarding totally alone,
As my minders sat in their jeep relaxed and prone…

So I guess it came as an unpleasant surprise
When, as I surfed I was aware of dog owners’ cries;
Balls from plastic slings were then hurled   
Into the sea near me, where the waves unfurled;
“Why here?” I groaned, “There’s a whole shoreline free,
Why are your barking dogs retrieving right next to me?”

Were my eager, panting, canine companions classed
As bathers now? I was totally aghast;
I wondered whether during my next ride there’d be
Brown canine floaters surfing alongside me…

Pete Ray
April 2018

Mawgan Porth beach, April 2018. 
I followed the rules, surfed between the red and yellow flags and was very careful but then a couple of dog owners arrived and slung balls for their dogs to chase and retrieve from the sea. Unbelievably however, they did so between the bathing flags, despite the fact that there was a vast expanse of shoreline for them to exploit.
People, also dogs, amaze me…

Thanks for that.   

Monday, 21 May 2018

AFC BINLEY'S MANAGER EDWIN GREAVES ASSESSES HIS TEAM'S 2017-18 SEASON...



"Firstly I would like to congratulate all at Coventry Plumbing for winning the Alliance 3 title and all at Balsall & Berkswell Reserves for winning the Alliance 4 title.


These were great achievements by two very good sides and totally deserved.

Back in July when preseason started, as a Manager you always set yourself and your team a realistic target that you hope to achieve for the season.


The table doesn't lie over a course of 24 games, although our season went down to 20 games as 2 teams unfortunately folded during the season.


We didn't get off to the best of starts in the first 4 weeks: we played 7 games, winning 3, drawing 2 and losing 2.


What I found interesting was that we didn't win any of our 3 midweek games, drawing once and losing twice.

Our results then seemed to settle down and it was an amazing achievement from the lads to win 12 out of the remaining 13 fixtures, with just the one defeat.

In between those games we had two very good Cup runs.


We managed to get to the Bedworth Nursing Cup Final, losing to a very good Christ The King Reserve Team and that was a great experience for my set of lads, as they finally started to believe in how good they can be as a team.


We made some new friends on that night with our performance.


The other Cup that we entered was the Foleshill Chairty Cup, in which we were beaten by Rugby FC.
They were a very good footballing side who had too much for us but we were able to come off the pitch knowing that we had done our best.

Our season itself ended on the 21st April, with Coventry Plumbing having 6 fixtures remaining.
We needed Plumbing to slip up but like the worthy champions they are, they won all of their remaining fixtures.

So we have to settle for being runners-up but to get promoted with this set of lads is something that I am happy about and we achieved our season's target.

We also have a double celebration now as the Reserve Team also got promotion, so those lads can be happy with themselves too.


The players have now got 6 weeks off and then we start again!

As for me, there is unfortunately no rest.


Players need to be persuaded to stay for another season, players leaving need to be replaced and a pre-season needs to be planned.

Don't you just love this beautiful game we call football? It's a good job that we have the World Cup to watch, as all of a sudden my Saturdays have become free!

Thank you all for taking the time to read my thoughts and for following AFC Binley this season..."



EDWIN GREAVES, 
MANAGER, AFC BINLEY...

Sunday, 20 May 2018

HATHERN FC 1-1 BARLESTONE ST GILES: MATCH REPORT & IMAGES...

Hot Irons Finish Leaves Hathern Flat…

Hathern FC 1-1 Barlestone St Giles
2 X 8= THE SKIPPERS & THE TOSS...

The first period of this game, played in mid-May sunshine on a hard pitch sprinkled with dandelion stalks, was forgettable, if goalmouth incidents are what you look for in a soccer match. Take out two wayward finishes by Hathern’s skipper Sam Gee and midfielder Jay O’Neil, both of which flew horribly off target, plus a free-kick by Gee which at least forced a catch from Saints’ goalie Luke Gibson, the hosts fashioned hardly anything. The guests were no more incisive before the interval either: a near post touch wide by Johnny Roberts, a front stick miscued header by Joel Storer to home ‘keeper Dan Owen, plus a wild Storer strike from 25 yards which veered off target were all they could conjure up in the 45 minutes. What the few spectators were left with was hustle and bustle, inaccuracy too but also some decent individual performances, notably those of tricky home forward Yasim Regrag and his marker, the Saint Tom Winfield, plus Liam Walton, who battled the offensive channels selflessly for Hathern. Damian Irons was often seemingly smooth in possession at left-back for the visitors, George Hickling was lively in the Saints’ attack, whilst both skippers, Gee and Dave Roberts were examples of commitment throughout the match.
WALTON KICKS OFF...

SAINTS 3 & 8, IRONS & DAVE ROBERTS: STRONG GAMES...

GEE FORCES A TEAM-MATE TO HEAD-BUTT THE REFEREE...

The opening period of the second-half continued in a similar mode to what had occurred before the interval, except of course for Hathern’s opening goal and then a miss by Stefan Bowler. Apologies to Stefan for the Hathern team-sheet was illegible for the most part and I could barely decipher his surname, reading it as Bowker at the time… However, it was the dangerous Regrag, a red rag to a bull for the Saints’ defence at times, who made the difference. A one-two with Walton was attempted by the winger but the ball was returned to him by Gee and he dribbled towards the left post, from where he beat the efficient Winfield and slipped to the byeline. He then cleverly fired a shot between the upright and the shocked Gibson into the far corner of the net.
STORER STARTS HALF TWO...

1-0...

REGRAG THE SCORER...

Bowler’s miss stemmed from a left-flank free-kick which was knocked down by Irons’ chest and the Hathern man’s instant shot as he fell flew well off target. The busy Keiran King was replaced for the hosts by Alex Swift but this coincided with a decent response by the visitors. Indeed, until the final few moments, Hathern were forced back by their hungry opponents. Strangely though, most of the threat came in the final quarter-hour, after Saints’ central defender Callum Harris had glanced an offensive header too wide from a corner, something he would repeat later in the half. Following a brave dive at Storer’s feet by Owen and a caution for the over exuberant Gee, Hickling became more involved as he foraged with more freedom and found more space on the left flank. He cut inside from that wing and curled one effort wide, despite the presence of a couple of supporting forwards, before Joe McLoughlin was booked for the guests. 
McLOUGHLIN HAS A WORD...

WINFIELD & REGRAG: A GOOD TUSSLE...

When the closing stages arrived, Saints were still seeking parity and first a left-side Hickling corner saw a near post shot by Harris strike home defender Jake Maden, whilst Roberts’ rebound effort was blocked well by Swift. The ball flew to Hickling on the left but Owen grabbed the forward’s delivery although he carried the ball over his byeline at the expense of a corner. Another Saints corner saw Harris again glance the ball off target. Lawrence Al-Hirari replaced home left-back Chris Stephenson before Barlestone finally and deservedly equalised.
REGRAG SUFFERS...

A Hickling free-kick from 25 yards bounced as the tall Owen plunged awkwardly to his right to attempt a save but his palms knocked the ball straight out to where two opponents were lurking and it was Irons whose left boot rocketed the rebound high into the Hathern net.
1-1...

SCORER IRONS SUFFERS FOR HIS GOAL...

A low Storer delivery was so nearly slid home by the onrushing Hickling, before the same Saint’s next shot struck a pair of buttocks and finally Roberts’ header from a Hickling corner was blocked on the goal-line, seemingly by a combination of Barlestone skipper Dave Roberts and home defender Jake Purple. From this let off, Walton and two colleagues broke onto a stretched St Giles defence and the striker released Regrag to run free but his subsequent left foot shot flew disappointingly into the side-netting. And as the game ebbed away it was the hosts again who so nearly snatched an unlikely winner. Al-Hirari miscued a shot but was flagged offside anyway and then the otherwise excellent Maden shoved a close range effort past the near post as time expired, from Purple’s low pass.

And the game ended all-square… Hathern’s Adam Porter and Maden had competed well in defence, as had the Saints’ duo Harris and Mike Hills but in fairness, despite the efforts of Regrag, Walton and Bowler for the hosts and Hickling, Storer, Johnny Roberts and McLoughlin for the visitors, the two offences were somewhat awry on the afternoon, despite the promptings of Hathern’s O’Neil and Saints’ Nathan Singh, plus those mad final ten minutes… 

TEAMS:

HATHERN FC:
DAN OWEN, JAKE PURPLE, CHRIS STEPHENSON, ADAM PORTER, JAKE MADEN, JAY O’NEIL, STEFAN BOWLER, SAM GEE (CAPT), KEIRAN KING, YASIM REGRAG, LIAM WALTON.
SUBS:
JACK INSLEY, LAWRENCE AL-HIRARI, ALEX SWIFT, BEN TAYLOR.

BARLESTONE ST GILES:
LUKE GIBSON, TOM WINFIELD, DAMIAN IRONS, MIKE HILLS, CALLUM HARRIS, NATHAN SINGH, JOEL STORER, DAVE ROBERTS (CAPT), JOE McLOUGHLIN, GEORGE HICKLING, JOHNNY ROBERTS.
SUBS:
SHAUN ROBINSON, ALLAN HUDSON, ANT HURD.


     

Saturday, 19 May 2018

HATHERN FC 1-1 BARLESTONE ST GILES: LINK TO THE MATCH HIGHLIGHTS...

CLUB BADGE SHOWING THE FAMOUS HATHERN CROSS...

THE BODGING WASN'T CROSS AT ALL, LOVING THE GREAT WEATHER...

WAITING FOR A SAINT...

RATHER A SPARSE DUGOUT...

DOES NOBODY LIKE HIM?

THE FACILITIES...

WHERE THE SMELL OF ROTTEN GRASS CAME FROM...

THE BALL SCOOPERS...

WALSALL FC HOME PROGRAMMES FOR SALE...

WALSALL HOME PROGRAMES FOR SALE:

82 PROGRAMMES IN FINE CONDITION FROM GAMES 
I SAW THERE BETWEEN 1978 & 2005, INCLUDING THE CENTENARY SEASON...

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1993-94: 1 ISSUE...

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2004-05: 1 ISSUE...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

'MOUSEHOLE': A NEW POEM ABOUT JULIE ADLARD'S CLAY COLLAGE PAINTING...

‘Mousehole’



There's a tallness about it,
As if the buildings are on tiptoe,
Stretching clear of rough seas, frenzied tides
And violent winter weather…

There’s a quaint austerity about it,
As if time has been bleached away;
Sunset smothers scarlet roofs with deep pinks
And fiery hues fused together…

There’s a quiet fascination about it,
As if its kaleidoscope quay walls
Harbour memories, with steep steps, flimsy ladders
And vessels tightly tethered…

There’s a disorder about it,
As if quayside boats are strewn pieces
From a board game, abandoned haphazardly
And awaiting tidy hands to gather…

There’s a beauty about it,
As if it will draw you in, helplessly
With leaning oars and paddles, lurid amber nets
And dinky lobster pots, dotted about, unbothered…

Mousehole’s wide harbour steps
Into its intriguing past entice:
Herring and pilchards,
Seiners and luggers
And a salient peace, unique and concise… 

Pete Ray
May 2018

Julie Adlard’s clay collage picture of Mousehole…


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

REDDITCH BOROUGH 6-0 HAMPTON: REPORT & IMAGES...

An Evening To Forget For Depleted Hampton, As Borough Fight For Their Lives

Redditch Borough 6-0 Hampton
AINSLEY SEIVWRIGHT MEETS ASTON VILLA'S MILE JEDINAK...

MORRISON KICKS OFF.
I WONDER WHETHER HE SHOPS AT SAINSBURY'S?

Goalkeeping problems have apparently haunted Hampton this season but with a somewhat depleted squad at Redditch, they were then totally demoralised by conceding a first minute penalty and having defender Simon Hinsley dismissed. It is fair to say that he was, er, apoplectic about the decision. Having looked at the incident several times on a video clip, Hinsley’s challenge was abject, home striker Jak Albutt’s last body-touch of the ball had taken it to goalie Rich Anson and Albutt tumbled. A penalty, yes, certainly but really, was the foul worthy of a sending-off? Probably not, if common sense is applied… Dave Phelan rapped a fine rising spot-kick high into the left corner of the net to start the onslaught. And two more home goals followed quickly, poor Stanford Stewart, the Hampton forward was sacrificed to add a defender to the line-up and replacement Scott Bennett’s lack of height would not help the visitors’ cause, for several headed opportunities would be squandered by Boro’ before the interval.
HINSLEY MIGHT BE EXPECTING A CAUTION...

...BUT IT WAS A RED CARD...

1-0: PHELAN'S PENALTY...

Despite the height advantage in the Redditch ranks, Billy Garvey, who would bag a brace on the night, headed three set-pieces wide and Albutt glanced another past a post, as deliveries from left-back Rob Bruce and midfielder Ben Cox, as well as a couple of huge Albutt throws, threatened the guests’ defence. One Albutt throw simply bounced up and over the crossbar with no touch by anyone which was a really strange piece of action. Indeed, Albutt was a handful with his height, his bullish strength and an eye for goal. He drove one effort from Khurum Iqbal’s assist into the side-netting, before the lively and effective Garvey fashioned a shot from the left side with his right boot, only for the ball to bounce wide of the right upright. The two other early goals were taken too easily, in truth… 

Breaking from a rare Hampton corner, Iqbal, who had already mis-controlled the ball inside the Hampton 6 yard box to fluff an opportunity, punted a fine clearance for Albutt to chase and his awkwardness allowed Cox to fasten onto the ball, drive into the penalty-box right of centre and shoot a smart rising effort into the left corner of the net.
2-0...

COX THE SCORER...


Soon afterwards, Albutt gleaned his reward when he stretched out a left leg to divert Matt Turner’s right-side centre past the hapless Anson, although at first it seemed that Iqbal had netted…

3-0: GOAL FOR ALBUTT...

 But what of Hampton? The brothers Seivwright, Ainsley, who skippered the team, and Cameron were always good to watch in possession but their efforts at goal, in the second period generally, were struck from too far out and sailed over the home crossbar. They created stuff though but Phelan and the solid Garrath Hodgetts held firm in the home back-line. Despite winger Stuart Joy’s pace, he achieved little, er, joy during the game, although he had lifted a shot too high in the opening seconds. A right-flank Hampton corner was actually headed away from his goal-line at the near post by Hodgetts but really, the opening half was dominated by the very presence in the Boro’ midfield of Harry Rogers, the offensive weapons that were Albutt and the free ranging Garvey, plus the useful contributions of skipper Jamie Hatfield, Iqbal and Cox.
HUNG HEADS ON HAMPTON SHOULDERS...

Garvey wasted two free-kick opportunities by firing too high, one in each half but either side of goal four, Anson spilled a low Cox delivery and a forceful Garvey run to the right byeline saw his low centre deflected away for a corner. That fourth goal was poorly defended by Hampton, firstly by allowing Iqbal to reach the right byeline and then by allowing Albutt to swivel his buttocks and tuck a low shot, nutmegging Wes Fisher’s feet from behind in the process and from thence into the bottom of the net, as Anson stood rooted to the hard, dirt surface.

4-0...

ALBUTT AGAIN...

ANSON MUST FEEL LIKE HELL...

Two more first-half incidents were noteworthy: first a flare-up between Garvey, who was fouled and scratched his skin on the hard ground and his aggressor, the robust Robbie Stedman. Both squared up to each other, like the meeting of two boxers in a TV interview. Both were cautioned. Then, as the half ended, Garvey moved back from an offside position, appeared to shove an opponent into losing possession and that freed the onside Albutt to run forth and score but what the linesman opposite me was flagging for would be interesting to know. Hopefully the shove…
SCRAP 1...

SCRAP 2...

SCRAP: THE BOOKINGS...

Half-time, a 4-0 deficit for Hampton’s ten men to contain and in warm weather too… However, maybe not warm enough for the referee to waste valuable daylight by stopping the first period for a drinks break, surely?
BORO' BEGIN HALF 2...

Early second-half replacements Tom Pitt and Korben Bennett were introduced by the guests, Rogers fed Albutt on the left but his lob was rather too high, then Garvey had three shots at Anson, the first hitting the gloveman, the second held onto and the third blocked, although from the last one, Bruce ballooned the presentable rebound over the trees. Cox also shot low to the ‘keeper but Hampton’s efforts were nevertheless plucky, with the Seivwrights always prominent, although the peeved Connor Hannigan was cautioned for his verbal frustration. Albutt was replaced after glancing a Cox free-kick well off target, along with Iqbal, for whom Tyriq Bailey-Nicholls and Callum Hall substituted… 
JEDINAK HAS BEEN TOLD THAT STEVE BRUCE IS WATCHING...

Hampton then squandered their best and tastiest goal chance; A deep Scott Bennett free-kick bounced off the side of Turner’s skull into the path of Korben Bennett, whose 7 yard unchallenged right-booter rose vertically instead of into the net for a consolation goal. Maybe his left boot was seething at its inaction…
A HAMPTON PLAYER WATCHES A BUZZARD BEYOND THE TREES...

THE REF LAYS DOWN A LAW OR TWO...

...THEN BOOKS HANNIGAN WHICH UPSETS A BORO' PLAYER SO MUCH THAT HE WEEPS INTO HIS SHIRT...

A Cox set-piece was pushed away by Anson, the other Callum Hall (two on the same team at the same time?) replaced Rogers for Boro’ and despite a later sliced shot by Hampton’s Hannigan, the final period of the game would subsequently belong to Garvey, who scored both of his goals in those late minutes. They came either side of a near post header by Hodgetts from a long left-side throw which was deflected for a right-wing corner. The first Garvey-goal was his own making really, chesting the ball down from a left-flank corner in a crowded 6 yard box and then smashing it high into the net from a slight angle. His second strike was as gentle as his previous goal had been vicious. Poor Cameron Seivwright was mugged by the heavily bearded Hatfield and his pass through inside-left sent Garvey clear and his nudge past the advancing Anson rolled gently just inside the right stick.
5-0: GARVEY...

6-0: GARVEY AGAIN...

There was no consolation for the visitors. They had been roundly beaten by Boro’, albeit from the advantage of having a man extra on the pitch and also from the starting point whereby Hampton’s initial eleven hadn’t been their strongest, or so I was informed during the match. 
ODD HOW WHEN YOU ARE DUMPED AT THE SIDE OF A ROAD, THERE NEVER IS A GOOD SAMARITAN ABOUT IN REDDITCH...

A HAMPTON COACH IS TOLD TO WEAR LONGER SHORTS...

"THIS ESCAPING RELEGATION STUFF IS EASY MEAT, MATE..."

With that kind of aptitude and physical prowess, it would be a surprise if Redditch didn’t gain the point against Montpellier in their next game which they need to avoid relegation… 

TEAMS:

REDDITCH BOROUGH:
LEE GARGHAN, MATT TURNER, ROB BRUCE, DAVE PHELAN, JAMIE HATFIELD (CAPT), GARRATH HODGETTS, BEN COX, HARRY ROGERS, JAK ALBUTT, BILLY GARVEY, KHURUM IQBAL.
SUBS:
TYRIQ BAILEY-NICHOLLS, CALLUM HALL, THE OTHER CALLUM HALL & ALEX BIRCH.

HAMPTON:
RICH ANSON, WES FISHER, ROBBIE STEDMAN, SIMON HINSLEY, CONNOR HANNIGAN, ADAM RICHARDSON, STANFORD STEWART, CAM SEIVWRIGHT, SCOTT MORRISON, AINSLEY SEIVWRIGHT (CAPT), STUART JOY.
SUBS:
TOM PITT, SCOTT BENNETT, CHRIS HILL, KORBEN BENNETT, GAVIN PARSONS.