Wednesday, 23 August 2017

STUDLEY FC 1-1 RACING CLUB WARWICK: LINK TO THE MATCH HIGHLIGHTS...

JUST BEFORE A SHOWER SENT ME RUSHING ACROSS TO THE GRANDSTAND...

THE STUDLEY MOUND: MY USUAL STANDPOINT...

THE SKY WARMS AFTER THE RAIN SHOWER...

NICE...

FLAGGING UP THEIR TEAM...

THE BODGING WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT HE WASN'T CONSIDERED AN HONOURED GUEST...

NEAT PROGRAMME COVER...

CLICK THIS MESSAGE TO GO TO THE MATCH HIGHLIGHTS...

Sunday, 20 August 2017

RUSHALL OLYMPIC 1-0 STALYBRIDGE CELTIC: FULL MATCH REPORT & IMAGES...

Dell Penalty Rebound Computes Narrow Rushall Victory

Rushall Olympic 1-0 Stalybridge Celtic


This encounter quickened somewhat and livened up considerably following the penalty awarded to the Pics which Dom Dell scored at the second attempt, following a decent initial save by Celtic ‘keeper Joe Slinn. Rushall hurried and harried to prevent their guests from regaining parity, whilst Stalybridge raised their pace in a vain attempt to snatch a goal they probably deserved on the overall balance of play. Both ‘keepers made a few saves in this match but despite the real effort produced by both teams, excitement was at a premium in truth and it was something of a surprise that a goal was scored at all. Celtic often moved the ball about with more slickness, yet Olympic’s left-flanker Stan Mugisha was a dangerous and rapid runner, while home skipper and ex-pro’ Liam Lawrence was the controller in midfield for the hosts and Oli Roberts displayed some smart passing for the visitors and delivered a number of impressive set-piece feeds. 
STEVE BURR IS AWAY, THEN...

THE YELLOW-FLAGGED LINESMAN LOOKS LIKE HE'S ABOUT TO PRACTISE HIS SEMAPHORE CODE... 

The game produced a keen contest between Celtic wingback Greg Wilkinson and the spirited Mugisha, whereas ‘Bridge’s left wingback Joe Garvin was in direct opposition to home right-winger Will Hancox, leaving the home full-backs Charlie Duke and Ciaran Best more space to rush forth and cause some consternation for the Celtic defence. Visiting strikers Aaron Burns and Jake Charles will have better days though; the latter was too often crowded out and saw a couple of shots blocked, whereas Burns’ afternoon was split between being hauled to the ground by foul means and shooting four efforts either high or wide. Try as they did, Celtic were unable to grab that late equaliser and bottom of the table Rushall were plainly relieved when the referee’s whistle blew a finish to seven added minutes. 
EARLY SECONDS & MUGISHA IS FLOORED...

Visiting skipper Luke Ashworth was cautioned in the opening moments for a yank on the sprightly Mugisha but goalmouth action at the Celtic end was limited to a blocked Mugisha shot, a clipped Dell effort wide and an angled drive by Hancox who had been freed on the right and which Slinn parried well at his near post. Dave Moli, starting as ‘centre-forward’ for the Pics was cautioned for diving but did see an angled effort deflected over the goal-frame by a Celtic defender too. Stalybridge, although often tidy in their approach play, were let down by their finishing in truth and apart from two skied efforts by Burns, right-side attacker Theo Bailey-Jones might have done better on a break than shoot weakly at home goalie Dan Crane, for Rushall were shorthanded in defence and both Burns and Charles were to Bailey-Jones’ left.
ASHWORTH NOW HAS 89 + 7 MINUTES OF ADDED-TIME TO AVOID ANOTHER BOOKABLE CHALLENGE...

Home defender Lewis Probert was warned for a foul on Burns but committed another similar offence during the second period and was again only warned, once again bringing into question the consistency of some refereeing. From this challenge, Roberts struck a 20 yard free-kick against what looked like Lawrence’s arms, raised in front of his face in the defensive wall but Roberts cleverly shot the rebound at goal, forcing the unsighted Crane into a good swooping save down by his left upright. Hancox blocked a Garvin drive from the ensuing corner and when poor home ball retention allowed Garvin to clip a 40 yard effort over the stranded Crane, the ‘keeper was relieved to see the shot drop onto the outside of his goal-net.
MOLI IS PUNISHED FOR DIVING...

A 'CELTPIC' IS A MYTHICAL CREATURE WITH THE FRONT END OF A CELT & THE REAR END OF A PIC, AS DEMONSTRATED ON THE LEFT.
ANOTHER CELT AWAITS A PIC REAR...

As the half ended, Charles was crowded out close to the Pics’ goal and after Kristian Scott appeared to be shoved from behind by Celt Andy Langford, Moli went close from 7 yards out, his blocked shot ricocheting from his own leg for a goal-kick. Neither Moli, nor Celt Bailey-Jones re-emerged after the break, interestingly… The blustery wind blustered colder, the pattern of play rarely broke from its previous mould but suddenly, at around the 77th minute mark, a spot-kick would change the script completely…  
WILKINSON & MUGISHA: A GOOD TUSSLE...

HOME SKIPPER LAWRENCE PRACTISES FOR LATER IN THE GAME...

Two opportunities were fashioned by Celtic at the start of the second period but Burns miscued a decent pass by Charles wide of the near post from 12 yards then after replacement Matt Wolfenden had seen a shot blocked, the ball fizzed out for Wilkinson to drive goalwards from 24 yards but Crane flew left to beat the ball away well. In response, Picman Hancox was unable to convert beyond the far post following Best’s deep centre and home substitute Zak Lilly made a strong run but Slinn fell right to save the eventual shot comfortably. After Wilkinson and Wolfenden, that well known firm of estate agents, had set up Burns for another shot which ballooned too high, Slinn scrambled an untidy Lilly shot behind for a corner, before Celtic’s offensive play saw a Roberts corner bounce wide of the near upright off a defender and the subsequent flag-kick headed much too high by Alex Honeyball. 
STEVE BURR'S FACE SAYS IT ALL, REALLY...

Another Charles effort was blocked and Adam Jones’ stretching header flew wide of the far stick from a Roberts free-kick delivery but suddenly the game changed dramatically. A Celtic challenge near the edge of their 18 yard box was punished by the referee with a penalty decision and although Slinn did really well to save Dell’s first shot, the forward converted the rebound from a few yards out. 
1-0: DELL...

DELL IS CONGRATULATED...

HONEYBALL IS COMMISERATED WITH...

Celtic’s attacking play became more rushed, obviously but they only managed to find the home defence digging in like World War 1 infantry in Belgian trenches and although Lassana Mendes replaced Langford, the best chance the visitors actually created was from a rare loss of possession by Duke but Charles’ powerful strike was deflected over the target. The hosts were being forced to use the pace of Mugisha on the break as time ebbed away and one fine run ended with a low shot which Slinn fell to save comfortably and after Mugisha was cautioned for fouling Burns (no surprise there), the industrious Kristian Scott clipped a decent shot over the Celtic crossbar, following a good run on the right by replacement Danny Waldron, who had earlier replaced Hancox. 

SUFFERING BURNS...

MUGISHA IS CAUTIONED FOR BEING THE LATEST PIC TO FLATTEN BURNS...

Lawrence had apparently taken several knocks during the match and went down twice to receive lengthy attention as the game waned, causing some real frustration for the visiting Celts (against the Pics? You couldn’t make that up…) and naturally the breaks in play disrupted the visitors’ late rally and any flow they had mustered. Eventually Lawrence limped slowly from the field and was replaced by Jayden McCalla… And the game blundered, stop-start to an untidy finish.
"TAKE YOUR TIME OVER THE THROW & I'LL GO DOWN HURT A COUPLE OF TIMES AS THE GAME GETS CLOSE TO THE END..."
JUST JOKING, LIAM, HONESTLY...

Celts Jones, Ashworth and Honeyball were solid enough in defence and ‘keeper Slinn did his job well, as did Wilkinson but with only Roberts really looking creative and the two strikers being unable to take any of their opportunities, Rushall kept it tight at the back with Sam Whittall and Lewis Probert immense, along with gloveman Crane. 

Me? Having spotted this…    

#NextGame
@ROFCOfficial vs @StalyCelticFC 
⚽️Evo Stik Premier
📆 19| 08| 17
📍Dales Lane| WS3 3QH
⏱3pm 

#TheCelticWay 👊

🔵⚪️🔵⚪️🔵⚪️

…on Stalybridge’s Twitter feed, I typed the postcode into my satnav, ending up in, er, Bloxwich and what should have been a 40 minute journey from Solihull became one of 65 minutes, involving asking four locals where the ground was; one of them knew. My fault; I should have checked the club’s address more carefully, for the actual postcode is WS4 1LJ…

Helpful…

I got home in 35 minutes though…  

TEAMS:

ABOVE: RUSHALL OLYMPIC & BELOW: STALYBRIDGE CELTIC...








       

Saturday, 19 August 2017

RUSHALL OLYMPIC 1-0 STALYBRIDGE CELTIC: LINK TO MATCH HIGHLIGHTS...

THE PICS LIMBER UP...

RUSHALL: MY FIRST TIME IN DAYLIGHT...

THE FACILITIES...

YOU CAN'T SCRATCH YOUR BUM IN THIS DUGOUT...

STEVE BURR LOOKING VERY INVOLVED IN THE SECRETIVE NETHERWORLD OF NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL...

I LIKED THIS...

LOTS OF REMINDERS WHERE WE WERE...

BEHIND THE GOAL...

THE MEDIA AREA: I WASN'T ASKED... :(

NEAT...

VERY NEAT...

DOES YOUR GOOD WIFE WHITEN YOUR PUMPS, STEVE?

HAULED IN: THE CELTIC DIE-HARDS...

MY VIEW OF THE FAR GOAL WAS INTERFERED WITH DURING THE FIRST-HALF BY A STEWARD, SO THESE THREE CHAPS DECIDED TO BAULK MY VIEW AFTER THE INTERVAL... 

THE BODGING WAS RATHER FRIGHTENED OF RUSHALL...


Thursday, 17 August 2017

RUSHALL OLYMPIC v STALYBRIDGE CELTIC: MATCH PREVIEW...

RUSHALL OLYMPIC v STALYBRIDGE CELTIC: 
SHORT MATCH PREVIEW

It will be good to return to Rushall Olympic on Saturday for an Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division clash with Steve Burr's Staybridge Celtic. 

Relegated Celtic began their season with a 1-0 home win against the Dabbers of Nantwich Town last Saturday, courtesy of an Alex Honeyball header just prior to the interval. They then travelled to Whitby on Tuesday night but despite equalising a Weledji goal with Aaron Burns' strike during the opening half, they trailed 2-1 at the interval, Whitby's second goal being netted by Carson. The scoreline remained the same until Honeyball scored an own goal and Carson completed his brace during the final five minutes and Celtic's journey back to Stalybridge must have been rather depressing... 

Rushall's start to the campaign has been really disappointing however, losing 2-0 at Warrington last weekend, the goals being scored by Hughes and Mwasile, then going down 0-2 at home to present league leaders Grantham Town, whose two goals were nabbed by Shaw. Consequently the Pics lie at the foot of the league table on goal difference, although Buxton, Shaw Lane and Coalville have also failed to register a point. 

Staybridge currently lie 15th in the league table and so both teams have much to prove in the clash at Dales Lane...

I look forward to my second visit to Dales Lane, for my only match there was in October 2008, a 2-0 victory over Leek Town, during which the Pics netted first and last minute goals from Preston and Lamey.

I wrote some words about my visit which appear below and the images taken look so dark...  

Coverage of this week's game will be at themowdog.blogspot.co.uk 

Dales Lane

Dark, forbidding hutches
Cowered from the insistent,
Persistent
Floods of light;
Steely, disturbing webs
Shivered in the swirling,
Twirling
Gusts of night…

White, squatting dugouts
Peered from the dreary,
Weary
Encumbrance of night;
Pallid, stooping moon
Glimmered in the cherished,
Perished
Embers of light…

Pete Ray 


Dales Lane, home of Rushall Olympic: a 2-0 win v Leek Town in October 2008, goals by Preston & Lamey…







Wednesday, 16 August 2017

FAIRFIELD VILLA 1-5 REDDITCH BOROUGH: REPORT & IMAGES...

Villa Slump In Evening Sunshine, As Borough Take Their Chances

Fairfield Villa 1-5 Redditch Borough

Redditch Borough beat Pelsall Villa 1-3 away last Saturday, then Fairfield Villa 1-5 away in this game, so it makes sense that if they were to play the languishing, out of form Aston Villa away next, the score could possibly be 1-7… The scoreline at Fairfield maybe flattered Boro’ slightly but they certainly created more clear-cut chances overall, despite the fact that forwards Billy Garvey and Steve Joynes failed to score themselves, although to be fair they would claim the assists. Players were late arriving for the 6.30 kick-off which wasn’t surprising after a day of work, then travelling through heavy traffic and so late changes had been made to the expected starting line-ups. The guests netted two of their four opportunities before the break, whilst the hosts forced visiting ‘keeper Lee Garghan into just one save of note in the first-half but the Boro’ goalie erred to gift a goal to Villa after the interval and with substitutes Sean May and Ollie Booth (both listed as original starters) looking lively for Fairfield it seemed just a matter of time before parity might be achieved. Until that is, Boro’ overwhelmed their hosts with three late and devastating goals…

Until midfielder Dave Phelan rapped in the first Boro’ goal there had been no real sign that the visitors were in an offensive mood, for the hosts had threatened a few times on the right flank where winger Ellis Blakemore and right-back Ryan Molesworth looked rather dangerous. They combined for Blakemore to swerve deep into the penalty-box but he didn't get in an effort at goal, which brought the angry bellow of: “…f******’ shoot…” from the Villa dugout. A couple of corners were won too but only a wayward header by defender Reuben Wilson stemmed from those and Boro’ soon responded with a 35 yard free-kick by Garvey which dropped over the home crossbar. And then Redditch struck…
A SERIOUS MOMENT...

VILLA KICK OFF...

INTERESTING BACK-DROP...

Garvey battled for possession and released Phelan on the right who was not flagged offside despite a few hopeful waves by Villa’s defenders. Phelan moved inside and seeing ‘keeper Aaron Collins not racing out towards him, closed in on goal and fired a low shot into the bottom left corner of the net. Almost immediately Joynes’ clever pass released Garvey on the left and he moved in from an acute angle to shoot against the base of the front post, with the ball nicking off Villa defender James Finn for the hosts to clear.
"HEY, REUBEN, LOOK! A RARE BUTTERFLY HAS LANDED ON THE GRASS OVER HERE..."

"I SEE NO SHIPS..."

A COUPLE OF PLAYERS LEAP TO BE THE FIRST TO GET A FALLING FLAGPOLE THROUGH THEIR SKULLS... 

0-1...

PHELAN HAS SCORED...

True, Fairfield reacted with some zeal but subsequently would be caught by another Garvey break on the right. However, Dan Wilkes was proving increasingly useful on the Villa left and after Wilson’s pass had set up Stuart Hall for a close range shot which was blocked by Garghan’s legs and Hall was unable to connect with Molesworth’s delivery from the right, Wilkes took a pass from Loz Martin, cut inside but drove his shot across the face of the Boro’ goal. When Wilkes was fouled, Hall’s 22 yard free-kick clipped the wall, looped upwards and Garghan held onto the falling ball. 
695: NOT THE NUMBER ON THE BACK OF MY BANK CARD...

BORO'S DEFENSIVE WALL PREPARES TO DEFLECT HALL'S FREE-KICK...

LOZ MARTIN (5): PLAYED UP FRONT FOR SHENLEY RADFORD AS A KID, WHILST MY SON JAMIE WAS THE GOALKEEPER...

HATFIELD'S BEARD OFFERS MORE BALANCE TO THE DEFENDER...

MOLESWORTH (9) WATCHES AN AERIAL CLASH...



Eventually though, an astute Joynes pass freed the onside Garvey on the Redditch right and his low pass towards the deep lying Matt Fearon allowed the number 10 to strike a falling shot from 12 yards which appeared to enter the net near the right upright off the goalie’s shins. Wilkes was hurting and was thus replaced by Ollie Booth, who became influential for Villa and would have a few goal attempts after the break but the opening half ended after Garvey had raced clear for Boro’ again, beating Finn in the process but was foiled by the advancing Collins who saved with his body. 
0-2 NOW...

FEARON IS THE SCORER...

The half had been littered by scruffy passes, surrenders of possession by both teams and on a hard pitch with low sunlight affecting players’ vision, the match had been frenetic and lacking any real rhythm. But as I wrote above, the combatants had been working all day, many had dashed to the match straight from work and I guess it was no surprise that the fayre had often been untidy…

Sean May had replaced Molesworth for Villa at the break and the hosts began the second period with a pair of headed opportunities from Blakemore’s deliveries. Finn nodded a corner past a post and Booth’s glancing effort was too fine and drifted towards the left flank. Garvey and Joynes combined to set up Phelan again for Redditch but his low shot was weak to Collins, before Craig Maillins rose well for a right-wing Garvey corner but his downward header bounced up like a kid on a seafront trampoline at Swanage and flew over the right angle of bar and post. Soon though, Villa received a pre-September Christmas gift from Garghan…
MID-EVENING SKY...

The ‘keeper was fed a back-pass by Gareth Parfitt and decided to fool May, in August, which he did, veering right on the 18 yard line but Hall was lurking on the offensive left and whipped the ball away from the goalie, clad in purple like a plum, leaving the striker a simple task to steady himself and roll the ball into an empty net. Phelan gave way to Ash Woodfield for the guests, Garvey threatened twice, the second time following a sliced Collins kick, but suddenly, with the game finely poised, Booth became a factor for Fairfield.
1-2...

...& HALL BLESSES HIS RIGHT BOOT...

He took a Blakemore pass and his 25 yard drive was deflected wide, his corner was bundled wide by Finn and then his low 23 yarder was pushed behind for another corner by Garghan, falling left. Despite this, the clinical Redditch team replied with a settling third goal when Garvey’s pass from the left struck Wilson and fell for the unmarked Tom Trow-Poole, whose volley from 25 yards passed the statuesque Collins and bounced into the net, left of centre…   
TURNER HARASSES MARTIN...

1-3...

10 BORO' PLAYERS CELEBRATE...

TROW-POOLE THE SCORER...

Villa tried to respond with May’s running but only managed a Scott Holiday pass to Hall whose low shot was diverted for a corner by Garghan’s feet and after Dan Price had been replaced by DJ Pitt, another Booth effort from 25 yards bounced up for Garghan to claim. Typically, the visitors simply won a left-side corner, Garvey took it and Maillins left marker Wilson standing to power a standing header past Collins on the goal-line who was, er, standing…
GARGHAN CHECKS OUT THE LIFE-LINE OF HIS RIGHT GLOVE...

OMG: 1-4...

MAILLINS THIS TIME...

Before one could comprehend a 1-4 scoreline, Garvey slipped Woodfield in on the left and his angled shot beat Collins at the near post to engineer a joyous ending for the Redditch contingent. It remained only for Pitt to clip a shot from the left side of the penalty-box over the target at the near angle of crossbar and upright and the game was done in the shadows, as the sun began to set in a neat sky…
WOODFIELD HAS NETTED GOAL 5...

WOODFIELD'S EXPRESSION READS: "SEE THAT, BOSS?"

Joynes and Garvey must have been wondering at their inability to score on the night but their creativity actually won the game for their team. Jamie Hatfield, the skipper, all beard and no nonsense, kept his team switched on, Matt Turner, in late at right-back, played a sound match and despite his mistake ‘keeper Garghan made important saves at important times.

Villa were disrupted, yes, but Martin slipped the odd neat passes about, Finn was generally strong in defence and Holiday made the occasional swift run, although Blakemore’s trickery was the hosts’ main weapon, especially after Wilkes retired. Skipper James McKeon grafted manfully, often switching play with long passes but in fairness, the visitors took five of their chances, suggesting a clinical approach on the road and they have now netted eight and conceded only two goals in two away games to start the season… 

And Boro’ replacement Robert (the) Bruce kept on trying and trying to get on… It’s what he does…   

TEAMS:

FAIRFIELD VILLA:
AARON COLLINS, REUBEN WILSON, DAN PRICE, JAMES FINN, LOZ MARTIN, SCOTT HOLIDAY, ELLIS BLAKEMORE, JAMES McKEON (CAPT), RYAN MOLESWORTH, STUART HALL, DAN WILKES.
SUBS:
MAX BEVIS, BRAD TALBOT, DJ PITT, OLLIE BOOTH, SEAN MAY.

REDDITCH BOROUGH:
LEE GARGHAN, MATT TURNER, COURTNEY SOWE, TOM TROW-POOLE, JAMIE HATFIELD (CAPT), GARETH PARFITT, CRAIG MAILLINS, DAVE PHELAN, STEVE JOYNES, MATT FEARON, BILLY GARVEY.
SUBS:
ASH WOODFIELD, DEAN HAY, ROB BRUCE, ALEX BIRCH.