Saturday 28th October 2000

Finchampstead 3 Prestwood 2
Cherry Red Records Hellenic League Division 1 East
At: Finchampstead Memorial Park
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: none ; Programme: £1 (36 pages)
Attendance: 20 (headcount)
Weather: rain

I’d previously visited Finchampstead Memorial Park back in April 1993 when they defeated Reading Town 2-1 in a Charrington Chiltonian League Premier Division.

This season, both Finchampstead and today’s visitors Prestwood are enjoying their first Hellenic League campaign after a merger with the old Chiltonian League was completed during the summer.

Attacking the road end in the first half, Finchampstead took the lead in the 10th minute. Howard Jaeger got down the left and pulled the ball back to Danny Humphreys who gave the keeper no chance of stopping a low first-time shot.

With rain falling continuously throughout the game, Prestwood almost levelled within two minutes. Richard Mabey hit a long-range free-kick which home keeper Keith Strong tipped over.

The home side doubled their advantage in the 20th minute. Humphreys was again on target this time with a close-range header from Jeremy Lynch’s cross.

It got even better for Finchampstead a minute later with a third goal. Danny Russell fired home at close range from near to the left-hand post. The same player was denied another goal when Matt Brion tipped over a shot.

To their credit Prestwood pulled a goal back as the interval approached in the 44th minute. Paul Batchelor chased a long clearance, rounded the keeper down the inside right channel and slotted home.

In an amazing turnaround, the visitors scored again in first-half stoppage time. Craig Eden crossed into the area from the right and Brett Evans headed home.

It was 3-2 when the referee blew the half-time whistle and that remained the scoreline at full time. Just after the hour mark, Jeremy Lynch cleared off the line to prevent Prestwood netting an equaliser.

Finchampstead (sky blue and white stripes / black / black): 1. Keith Strong, 2. Steve Richardson, 3. Lee Goddard, 4. Marcus Pearce, 5. Jeremy Lynch, 6. Ben Rice, 7. Howard Jaeger, 8. Danny Russell, 9. Danny Humphreys, 10. Bruce Rolls, 11. Darren Wilson. Subs: 12. Darren Kettle (for Rolls, ht), 14. Jan Wojna (for Rice, 55), 15. Chris Mather (for Rice, 87).

Prestwood (claret/white/claret): 1. Matt Brion, 2. John Tilbury, 3. Richard Pontin, 14. John Tilbury, 5. Paul Smith, 6. Paul Mullen, 7. Richard Mabey, 8. Paul Batchelor, 9. Brett Evans, 10. Richard Eshelby, 11. Craig Eden. Subs: 12. Scott Hawkes (for Eshelby, 59), 15. David Yeabsley (not used).

Referee: John Sayer (Lower Earley).

1-0 Danny Humphreys (10)
2-0 Danny Humphreys (20)
3-0 Danny Russell (21)
3-1 Paul Batchelor (44)
3-2 Brett Evans (45)

Saturday 21st October 2000

Bath City 2 Stafford Rangers 2
Dr Martens League Premier Division
At: Twerton Park
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Programme: £1-50 (52 pages)
Attendance: 802
Weather: -

Harrow Borough 0 Stafford Town 0

Saturday 14th October 2000
Harrow Borough 0 Stafford Town 0
FA Cup Third Qualifying Round
At: Earlsmead
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Programme: £1 (28 pages)
Attendance: 184
Weather: -

Harrow Borough (red/white/red): 1. David Hook, 2. Andy Rose, 3. Danny Nwaokolo, 4. Dwayne, 5. Mark Cooper (capt), 6. Oliver Lyons, 7. Otis Roberts, 8. John Hurlock, 9. Pat Gavin, 10. Mark Xavier, 11. Frank McCormack. Subs: 12. Dladimar Gusavac (for Roberts, 77), 14. ? Prutain, 15. Hakan Hayrettin (not used), 16. Oliver Petersen (not used), GK. Ole-Christian Braathen (not used).

Stafford Town (blue/blue/blue): 1. Robert Plant, 2. John Gomersall, 3. Nick Anthony, 4. Simon Carter, 5. Neil Walters, 6. Alan Somerville, 7. Nick Dunne, 8. Warren Campbell, 9. Michael Stark, 10. Russell DeMatteo, 11. Chris Curtis. Subs: 12. Mark Tilson (for Somerville, 89), 14. Phillip Skelton (not used), 16. Kevin Warrilow (not used), 17. Lee James (for Stark, 85), GK. Jon Edensor (not used).

Referee: SJ Phipps.

Saturday 7th October 2000

Hitchin Town 1 Chesham United 2
Ryman League Premier Division
At: Top Field
Kick-off: 12-00 noon
Admission: £6; Programme: £1-20p
Attendance: 258
Weather: drizzle

Hitchin Town (yellow/green/green): 1. Darren Bonfield, 2. Scott Cretton, 3. Sam Turner, 4. Mark Burke, 5. Robert Kean, 6. Ian Scott, 7. Carl Williams, 8. Shaun Marshall, 9. Gary Dixon, 10. Adam Parker, 11. Jeran Meah. Subs: 12. John Bone (for Cretton, 63), 14. Cliff Akurang (for Marshall, 49), 15. Nick Grime (for Scott, 70).

Chesham United (sky blue and claret quarters / claret / claret): 1. Delroy Preddie, 2. Brian Statham, 3. Martin Fox, 4. Lee Kersley, 5. Fitz Hall, 6. Scott Canham, 7. Dereck Brown, 8. Stuart Storer, 9. Victor Renner, 10. Dudley ‘DJ’ Campbell, 11. John Butterfield. Subs: 12. Kieran Corcornan, 14. Simon Harland, 15. Craig Farley (for Butterfield, 73).

Referee: John Pearce (Essex).

1-0 Adam Parker (25)
1-1 Dudley Campbell (37)
1-2 Dudley Campbell (42)