Kerry 3 Meifod 2

Monday 30th August 2010
Kerry 3 Meifod 2
Spar Mid Wales League Division 2
At: Dolforgan Park
Kick-off: 5-15 pm
Admission: £38 hop ticket including 12 page programme
Attendance: 215
Weather: sunny
Duration: first-half: 46:24; second-half: 46:57

Kerry (white / navy blue / navy blue): 1. Ryan Andrew, 2. Liam Andrew, 3. Tom Jones, 4. Kyrren Chawney, 5. Adam Pugh, 6. Dyfrig Rees (capt), 7. Keiren Groves, 8. Darren Holloway, 9. Adam Putson, 10. Elliot Jones, 11. Matt Mumford. Subs: 12. Danny Jones (for Holloway, 31), 13. Oliver Jones (not used), 14. Sam Morgan (not used), 15. Josh Morgan (for Liam Andrew, 69), 16. Daryl Mowatt (not used). Mgr: James Beaven.

Meifod (red/black/black): 1. Richard Downes, 2. Arwyn Richards, 3. James Ruggeri, 4. Matthew Jones, 5. Mark Williams (capt), 6. Richard Corbett, 7. Gareth Horton, 8. Hayden Clifton, 9. Philip Hughes, 10. Hamish Clifton, 11. Andrew Hughes. Subs: 12. Simon Hughes (for Andrew Hughes, 82), 14. Stuart Davies (not used), 15. Andrew Weaver (not used), 16. Mark Holman (for Corbett, 70). Mgr: Geoff Whittle.

Referee: Simon Jenkins (Twywn).
Assistants: Eddie Bryce (Llandinum) and K. Grogan (Welshpool).

1-0 Dyfrig Rees (3)
1-1 Andrew Hughes (11)
2-1 Elliot Jones (56)
3-1 Matt Mumford (88)
3-2 Philip Hughes (90+2)

Kerry: Matt Mumford (YC, 73), Matt Mumford (YC/RC, 90+1)
Meifod: none

Montgomery Town 5 Llanfyllin Town 0

Monday 30th August 2011
Montgomery Town 5 Llanfyllin Town 0
Spar Mid Wales League Division 2
At: Cwstanymur
Kick-off: 2-15 pm
Admission: £38 hop ticket including 12 page £1 programme
Attendance: 272
Weather: sunny
Duration: first-half: 45:51; second-half: 48:49

Montgomery Town (red with red and black sleeves / black / black): 1. Steve Goodwin, 2. Daniel Lewis, 3. Peter Mills, 4. Lee Jones (capt), 5. Ryan Davies, 6. Jake Parr, 7. Tom Evans, 8. Shane Kirkham, 9. Gary Bromley, 10. Ross Harris, 11. Tony Meredith. Subs: 12. Alex Bromley (for Gary Bromley, 73), 14. Michael Cockram (for Harris, 68), 15. George McNatee (for Cockram, 83).

Llanfyllin Town (black and white stripes / black / black): 1. Jake Woodhouse, 2. Asheek Boolauky, 3. Nick Jones, 4. Lee Green, 5. Efyr Morris (capt), 6. Gary Ellis, 7. Llion Parry, 8. Gus Harris, 9. Steve Laws, 10. Mikey Booth, 11. Adam Weston. Subs: 12. Allan Richards (for Morris, 49), 14. Callum Vaughan (not used), 15. Joe Swanwick (not used), 16. Iwan Parry (not used), 17. Triston Curteis (not used).

Referee: Paul Ballantyne.
Assistants: Roy Price (Forden) and Marcus Vaughan (Llangollen).

1-0 Lee Jones (12)
2-0 Gary Bromley (31)
3-0 Jake Parr (73)
4-0 Jake Parr (80)
5-0 Alex Bromley (86)

Mongomery: none
Llanfyllin: none

Carno 1 Llanidloes Town 2

Monday 30th August 2010
Carno 1 Llanidloes Town 2
Spar Mid Wales League Division 1
At: Ty Brith Field
Kick-off: 11-00 am
Admission: £38 hop ticket including 24 page programme
Attendance: 311
Weather: sunny
Duration: first-half: 47:10; second-half: 49:14

Carno (green and black stripes / black / black): 1. Chris Brown, 2. Chris Davies, 3. Lee Powell, 4. Dan Kenyon, 5. Tom Richards, 6. Steve Jones (capt), 7. Rob Bennett, 8. Dan Pierce, 9. Chris Gethin, 10. Pete Rees, 11. James Davies. Subs: 12. Geraint Jones (for Kenyon, 76), 14. Dave Jones (not used), 15. Gwyn Williams (for Parry, 36), 16. Greg Harries (not used), 17. Jamie Davies (not used).

Llanidloes Town (yellow/green/green): 1. Aaron Warwick, 2. Daniel Lewis, 3. Rhys Evans, 4. Colin Reynolds (capt), 5. Warren Sherwood, 6. Andrew Jones, 7. Nefyn Savage, 8. Jack Bermingham, 9. Andrew Green, 10. Barry Bellis, 11. Gareth Mansell. Subs: 12. Gareth Jones (for Green, 77), 14. David Jarman (for Evans, 52), 15. Rhys Jones (not used).

Referee: Aled Jones (Aberaeron).
Assistants: Sue Jones and Sam Richards (both Newtown).

0-1 Barry Bellis (44)
1-1 Chris Gethin (64)
1-2 Colin Reynolds (90+4)

Carno: Pete Rees (YC, 45), Colin Reynolds (YC, 73)
Llanidloes: Andrew Jones (YC, 43)

Llandrindod Wells 1 Bont 1

Sunday 29th August 2010
Llandrindod Wells 1 Bont 1
Spar Mid Wales League Division 2
At: The Broadway
Kick-off: 6-30 pm
Admission: £38 hop ticket including 24 page programme
Attendance: 374
Weather: sunny
Duration: first-half: 49:50; second-half: 46:58

Newbridge-on-Wye’s hold on the record attendance for a Welsh groundhop fixture lasted barely two hours before Llandrindrod Wells set a new high of 374.

As mentioned in the Abermule blog, the Spar Mid Wales League Division 2 is new for the 2010/11 season, though Llandrindrod Wells have members of the Mid Wales League before. Indeed I saw them host Penparcau back in May 1993 when the competition has just one division.

After a goalless first half, visitors Bont, the current Cambrian Tyres League Division One Champions, took the lead on the hour. Captain Tristan Jones hit a rising 25-yard drive which Adam Wright could only fingertip into the top-right corner of the net.

However, the home sides grabbed a point with an 82nd-minute equaliser. Substitute Daniel Thomas delivered a corner from the left which was cleared to the edge of the area from where Michael Watkins hit a low right-foot shot into the bottom right corner of the area.

The full-time whistle signalled the end of the second full day and the start of a 92 mile or 2½ hour drive home before more football tomorrow at Carno, Montgomery and Kerry to round off the 2010 Mid Wales League Hop.

Llandrindod Wells (blue shirts with white sleeves / blue / white): 1. Adam Wright, 12. Marco Parry, 3. Will Green, 4. Sean Powell, 5. Michael Watkins (capt), 6. Shaun Williams, 7. Robbie Nicholls, 8. Johnny Williams, 9. Chris Davies, 10. Paul Watson, 11. Daryl Nicholls. Subs: 12. Huey Lewis (for Powell, 8), 14. Aaron Martin (for Davies, 71), 15. Daniel Thomas (for Parry, 67), 16. Ashley Thomas (not used), 17. Will Cleaton (not used).

Bont (orange/white/orange): 1. Trevor Jones, 2. Ceri Jenkins, 3. Tristan Jones (capt), 4. Gwynfryn Hughes, 5. Ben Jenkins, 6. Josh Davies, 7. Glyndwr Hughes, 8. Andre Marsh, 9. Jamie Evans, 10. Sion Meredith, 11. Owain Schiavone. Subs: 8(black shorts). Andrew Gilbert (for Davies, 71), 14. Dewi Hughes (not used), 15. Ifan Evans (not used), 16. Ian Lee (not used), 17. Owen Jones (not used).

Referee: Andrew Mills (Llanyre).
Assistants: Steve Fisher (Llandrindod Wells) and Steve Bradford (Cross Gates).

0-1 Tristan Jones (60)
1-1 Michael Watkins (82)

Llandrindod Wells: Will Green (YC, 63)
Bont: Glyndwr Hughes (YC, 22), Tristan Jones (YC, 45+1), Jamie Evans (YC, 80)

Newbridge-on-Wye 4 Builth Wells 2

Sunday 29th August 2010
Newbridge-on-Wye 4 Builth Wells 2
Spar Mid Wales League Division 1
At: Penbont
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: £38 hop ticket including 12 page £1 programme
Attendance: 322
Weather: sunny
Duration: first-half: 45:31; second-half: 47:12

After Rhosgoch, the second match on today’s hop itinerary was the Division 1 local derby between Newbridge-on-Wye and Builth Wells which turned out to be, though only for a few hours, a Welsh hop record holder.

On the way down to the first game, a few miles north of Rhosgoch, I’d spotted a turn for a place called Glascwm. Now, the village isn’t one on the tip of many people’s tongue, but the name of ‘Glascwn’ brought back memories of cycling holidays and a simple-category youth hostel I planned to visit but never managed to visit. A quick look at the map suggested that driving to Newbridge via Glascwun wasn’t a detour at all. I expected the village to be at the top of a hill not as it was, downhill in a valley. The hostel closed in 1997 after 50 years of service and one of the outbuildings is still in situ.

After bad pre-trip planning for Rhosgoch, there was more of the same in Newbridge-on-Wye though this time I had the correct village but couldn’t find the ground. A quick drive round drew a blank and I asked a pedestrian. Trouble was this chap must have got his lefts and rights wrong as I ended up going round in a circle.

One feature in the centre of the village I kept noticing was a prominent fountain, made of polished pinkish granite opposite the New Inn. The inscription read: ‘Erected by public subscription in the memory of the Rev. J. E. Lloyd the first vicar of Newbridge-on-Wye & Llysdinam 1883-1902’.

Finally, to end the frustration, I asked someone else with a better sense of direction who told me the ground was down the B4358, signed Beulau, from the main road at the northern end of the village. Aha, there was the ground on the left immediately after crossing the Rover Wye.

As with all the hop grounds so far, the place was buzzing. The sun shone brightly and warmly. And, to the delight of a non-meat eater, baked potatoes with butter, cheese and baked beans were on the menu.

Though players changed at the farm near the main road and walked up to the pitch, the ground named ‘Penybont’ boasted a wooden stand containing three rows of bench seating, and also a refreshments hut.

Hop games are always special and today’s game had an extra special ingredient. Just eight miles separates Newbridge and visitors Builth Wells and local rivals were meeting for the first time at senior level.

Looking at the league table, Newbridge hadn’t got off to a good start, losing their opening two league games. Builth, in contrast, had six points on the board from home victories over Presteigne St Andrews and Dolgellau which followed an opening day defeat at Berriew.

Builth Wells (in orange shirts, black shorts and black socks) got the game underway in warm sunshine, admittedly with a blustery wind, and under a mostly blue sky. They attacked the near car park end in the first half.

Despite playing yesterday, Newbridge (wearing all white) got off to a great start by taking the lead in the 10th minute. Luke Boundford delivered a long throw into the Builth area which was poorly punched by keeper Ryhs Hughes. The ball wasn’t cleared and Jordan Cooper fired home. ‘Dan Farmer’ was announced as the scorer and there was logic to this – Farmer was no. 9 on the line-up borad but actually wearing no. 8 shirt.

The lead lasted nine minutes. Glen Huntley did well to tip Tom Brown’s initial shot onto the bar but Kevin Lewis slotted home the rebound. Playing into the wind, the visitors took the lead just before the half-hour mark. Steve Parry cross deep from the right and Shane Pritchard sent a looping header over Huntley and into the net.

The attendance headcount took place and the figure of 322 surpassed by just three spectators the previous record for a Welsh hop game of 319 set in 2006 at Aber Valley YMCA.

Newbridge levelled things up in the 63rd minute. Gavin Samuel brought down Adriani Girolami inside the area and Matt Aubrey, once of Bristol City, buried the resulting penalty into the corner of the net.

It got even better for the home side three minutes later as they regained the lead. Aubrey slipped the ball into the path of John Samuel on the left side of the area who fired a low shot into the opposite corner of the net.

And Newbridge put the outcome beyond doubt in the 81st minute. Substitute Sam Hope crossed from the left and Aubrey scored his second goal of the game with a glancing header.

Full-time and the short five or so mile drive to Llandrindrod Wells.

Newbridge-on-Wye (white/white/white): 1. Glen Huntely, 2. Taran Lewis, 3. Phil Ruell, 4. Adriano Girolami, 5. Luke Boundford, 6. John Foster, 7. John Samuel, 8. Dan Farmer, 9. Jordan Cooper, 10. Matt Aubrey, 11. Steve Morgan. Subs: 12. Dan Bradbourn (not used), 14. Sam Hope (for Farmer, 72), 15. Cephas Grey (for Aubrey, 85), 16. Danny Evans (for Cooper, ht), 17. Kieran McAuley (not used).

Builth Wells (orange/black/black): 1. Rhys Hughes, 2. Jason Samuel, 3. Gavin Samuel, 4. Lee James, 5. Steve Parry, 6. Shane Pritchard, 7. Greg Lawrence, 8. Neil Davies, 9. Harry Barnstable, 10. Tom Brown, 11. Kevin Lewis. Subs: 12. Aled Jones (for Parry, 59), 14. Tom Rowlands (not used), 15. Shane Claridge (for Jason Samuel, 85), 17. Phil Draper (for Lewis, 76).

Referee: Paul Morgan (Aberystwyth).
Assistants: John Davies (Aberystwyth) and Dave Bywater (Prestigne).

1-0 Jordan Cooper (10)
1-1 Kevin Lewis (19)
1-2 Shane Pritchard (29)
2-2 Matt Aubrey (63 pen)
3-2 John Samuel (66)
4-2 Matt Aubrey (81)

Newbridge: none
Builth Wells: Steve Parry (YC, 31)

Rhosgoch Rangers 10 Talgarth Town 0

Sunday 29th August 2010
Rhosgoch Rangers 10 Talgarth Town 0
Spar Mid Wales League Division 2
At: Crow Lane
Kick-off: 11-30 am
Admission: £38 hop ticket including 8 page £1 programme
Attendance: 229
Weather: rain
Duration: first-half: 47:44; second-half: 44:52

Day three of the inaugural Mid-Wales Hop involved three games in the south of the league’s patch – Rhosgoch, followed first by Newbridge-on-Wye and then Llandrindrod Wells.

The journey down to Rhosgoch started with a familiar 70-odd mile stretch, retracing the exact route I’d taken to Knighton eight days ago. 5 Live provided good company on the way and an interview with legendary travel writer Bill Bryson made me smile.

From Knighton, the plan was to take the B4355 in the direction of Presteine, but somehow I missed the left turn approaching the town centre. Instead I took the A488 down to Monaughty and a left turn on to the B4356, passing near the site of the 15th Century Battle of Bryn Glas, before getting back on my chosen route at Whitton.

The places names started to interest me – Beggar’s Bush, Evenjobb, Burlingjobb. What were the origins? That question can wait for another time.

It was nice to see ‘Paincastle 10’ because I knew, with plenty of time in hand, that Rhosgoch was less than 10 miles from the sign. But something started to puzzle me. Why wasn’t ‘Rhosgoch’ appearing on direction signs? Was I heading for the wrong Rhosgoch? Eventually I past the ‘RHOSGOCH’ sign at the start of the village and into the 40 mph zone but still wasn’t sure, especially when countryside returned after passing a few white bungalows on the left-hand side. A feeling of ‘bad planning’ came over me and an annoyance with myself for not putting the post code into Google Maps beforehand to confirm where I was supposed to be heading. Suddenly houses appeared along with a red phone box, small church and a 20 mph zone. And, finally, the presence of parked cars and a sense of a something big taking place, calmed my nerves, which finally eased with a board proudly displaying the words ‘RHOSGOCH v TALGARTH SUNDAY 11:30 AM KICK OFF’. I had indeed arrived at the correct Rhosgoch!

Hopefully, the only panic of the day was over, or so I thought.

A small gazebo marked the entrance and provided much needed shelter from the elements for Andy Sneddon to display his badge collection. The pitch ran lengthways away from the road, with dugouts down the left-hand side and trees down the right-hand side separating it from the primary school next door. For a big game like this, some of the school’s facilities were put to good use.

The game kick-off in wind and rain and I stood opposite the dugouts with a couple of other travellers. Barely 110 seconds had elapsed before the referee was forced to make his first decision, admittedly an easy one, to award a penalty. It was converted and the same team scored again in the 8th minute.

But some of us were confused, including me.

I thought home side were in yellow, away team in stripes. Why would the away team be wearing colours that matched the corner flags? I made my way around to the dugouts – goal celebrations confirmed it was indeed the home side banging in the early goals.

So to put the record straight. Rhosgoch got the game underway attacking the road end in the first half. Trefor Lloyd was brought down by Talgarth keeper Brian Kirkham in the second minute and Liam Jones converted the resulting penalty. The in the 8th minute, Trefor Lloyd was put clear and coolly slotted home with just Kirkham to beat.

The third goal came 10 minutes later when Josh Watson smashed home a right-foot shot from fully 30-yards out. Watson made it four in the 28th minute, scrambling the ball home from Jones’s cross.

And the goals kept on coming for Rhosgoch. Trefor Lloyd (32nd minute) fired home the fifth at close range after his initial shot was fumbled by the luckless Kirkham. The sixth goal (40th minute) came from Jones’s cross which Andrew Lloyd headed home at the near post. And there was time before the interval for Jones to convert Trefor Lloyd’s pass as heavy rain fell again.

Half-time 7-0 to Rhosgoch.

Rhosgoch carried on where they had left off and added their eighth goal six minutes after the restart. Kirkham parried Jones’s free-kick and Andrew Lloyd slotted home the rebound. And, amazingly, it was 9-0 in the 55th minute. Sam Lloyd did well on the left to get into the area and Geraint Lloyd fired home from 8 yards out.

How long would it be before the tenth goal came? Well, Talgarth mounted a rally and Andrew Latham forced keeper Adndrew Latham to produce a diving save. Austin Mellor saw also saw a shot blocked on the line amid appeals for handball. The visitors actually had 10 corners during the second half and failed to convert one of them.

Apparently there was someone in the crowd who had never seen a team win precisely 9-0 but he ended up being ‘disappointed’ when Rhosgoch scored their tenth goal with the last kick of the game. Kirkham, still wearing his Petr Cech style skull cap, rushed off his line out to the right, failed to claim the ball which Andrew Lloyd slotted into an empty net.

Final score 10-0 and the first time a team had reached double figures during a hop game.

Rhosgoch Rangers (red and black stripes / black / black): 1. Andrew Kettle, 2. Chris Price, 3. Paul Morgan, 4. Sam Lloyd (capt), 5. Phil Davies, 6. Matthew Lloyd, 7. Liam Jones, 8. Andrew Lloyd, 9. Trefor Lloyd, 17. Geraint Lloyd, 11. Josh Watson. Subs: 12. Paul Williams (for Matthew Lloyd, 20), 14. Adam Jones (for Watson, 59), 15. Simon Guinane (not used), 16. Bradley Coles-Perkins (for Jones, 59).

Talgarth Town (yellow/black/black): 1. Brian Kirkham, 2. Paul Julian, 3. Ben Rees, 4. Jamie Smith, 5. Andrew Latham (capt), 6. Hal Fraser, 7. Scott Pavey, 8. Kevin Lloyd, 9. Rob McNamara, 17. Gavin Perry, 11. Tom Pavey. Subs: 12. Scott Powell (for Fraser, 38), 14, Austin Mellor (for Rees, 74), 15. Dan Bowen (for Perry, 69), 16. Joel Wheal (not used).

Referee: Dave Bywater (Presteigne).
Assistants: Steve Fisher (Llandrindod Wells) and Jack Watkins (Presteigne).

1-0 Liam Jones (3 pen)
2-0 Trefor Lloyd (8)
3-0 Josh Watson (18)
4-0 Josh Watson (27)
5-0 Trefor Lloyd (32)
6-0 Andrew Lloyd (40)
7-0 Liam Jones (45)
8-0 Andrew Lloyd (51)
9-0 Geraint Lloyd (55)
10-0 Andrew Lloyd (90)

Rhosgoch: Sam Lloyd (YC, 24), Chris Price (YC, 66)
Talgarth: Kevin Lloyd (YC, 24), Andrew Latham (YC, 36), Gavin Perry (YC, 47)

Llanidloes Town 2 Llansantffraid Village 1

Saturday 27th August 2010 (7-30 pm)
Llanidloes Town 2 Llansantffraid Village 1
Welsh Cup Second Qualifying Round (aet)
At: Victoria Avenue
Kick-off: 7-30 pm
Admission: £38 hop ticket including 8 page programme
Attendance: 302
Weather: rain
Duration (45): first-half: 45:51; second-half: 48:57
Extra-time (15): first-half: 16:39; second-half: 17:10

Llanidloes Town (yellow/green/green): 1. Aaron Warwick, 2. Daniel Lewis, 3. Rhys Evans, 4. Colin Reynolds (capt), 5. Warren Sherwood, 6. Andrew Thomas, 7. Nefyn Savage, 8. Jack Bermingham, 9. Andrew Green, 10. Gareth Jones, 11. Gareth Mansell. Subs: 12. Andrew Jones (not used), 14. David Jarman (not used), 15. Barry Bellis (for Gareth Jones, 59).

Llansantffraid Village (green with white sleeves / green / green): 1. Jimmy Hayns, 2. Neil Prescott (capt), 3. Ed Williams, 4. Ian Kynaston, 5. Ben Oakley, 6. Matthew Davies, 7. Chris Aitkin, 8. Almyn Williams, 9. Chris Bishop, 10. Josh Thomas, 11. Wayne Austin. Subs: 12. Bryn Jones (for Austin, 119), 14. Jack Jones (for Kynaston, 98), 15. Rhys Jones (not used).

Referee: Gwilyn Lewis (Caersws.
Assistants: Anthony Jones and Raymond Jones (both club representatives).

0-1 Josh Thomas (48)
1-1 Andrew Thomas (84)
2-1 Gareth Mansell (101)

Llanidloes Town: Barry Bellis (YC, 111)
Llansantffraid Village: Wayne Austin (YC, 63)

Four Crosses 0 Meifod 0

Saturday 27th August 2010
Four Crosses 0 Meifod 0
Spar Mid Wales League Division 2
At: Foxen Manor
Kick-off: 3-30 pm
Admission: £38 hop ticket including 24 page £1 programme
Attendance: 203
Weather: sunny
Duration: first-half: 45:48; second-half: 45:43

Four Crosses (green with white sleeves / green / green): 1. Chris Ellis, 2. Mark Bloom, 3. Chris Johnson, 4. Mark Dutton, 5. Mike Bebb, 6. Alex Gunn, 7. Gareth Jones, 8. Ryan Morris, 9. Ian Jones, 10. Steve Tomkins (capt), 11. Elliot Townsend. Subs: 12. Dan Jay (for Tomkins, 84), 14. James Whittaker (for Morris, 63), 15. Sam Kerr (not used), 16. Darren Jones (for Bebb, 63), 17. Rob Owen (not used).

Meifod (red/black/black): 1. Richard Downes, 2. Arwyn Roberts, 3. James Rugger, 4. Matthew Jones, 5. Mark Williams (capt), 6. Richard Corbett, 7. Hamish Clifton, 8. Alun Hughes, 9. Andrew Weaver, 10. Philip Hughes, 11. Andrew Hughes. Subs: 12. Gareth Horton (for Corbett, 55), 14. Simon Hughes (for Rugger, 77), 15. Stuart Davies (for Andrew Hughes, 87).

Referee: Neil Carpenter.


Four Crosses: none.
Meifod: none.

Llanfyllin Town 2 Kerry 3

Saturday 27th August 2010
Llanfyllin Town 2 Kerry 3
Spar Mid Wales League Division 2
At: Cae Llwyn
Kick-off: 12:30 pm
Admission: £38 hop ticket including 32 page programme
Attendance: 211
Weather: sunny
Duration: first-half: 45:42; second-half: 50:15

Llanfyllin Town (yellow/blue/yellow): 1. Jake Woodhouse, 2. Kelvin Hughes, 3. Nick Jones, 4. Lee Green, 5. Gary Ellis, 6. Mike Booth, 7. Gus Harris, 8. Ben Boyd, 9. Llion Jones (capt), 10. Shaun Evans, 11. Steve Laws. Subs: 12. Allan Richards (not used), 14. Callum Vaughan, 15. Asheek Boolauky (for Hughes, 71), 16. Adam Weston (for Llion Jones, 54), 17. Eyfr Morriss (not used).

Kerry (white / navy blue / navy blue): 1. Ryan Andrew, 2. Liam Andrew, 3. Tom Jones, 4. Kyrren Chawney, 5. Adam Pugh, 6. Dyfrig Rees (capt), 7. Keiren Groves, 8. Darren Holloway, 9. Adam Putson, 10. Elliot Jones, 11. Matt Mumford. Subs: 12. Brett McBride (for Liam Andrew, 77), 14. Sam Morgan (for Putson, 70), 15. Josh Morgan (not used). Mgr: James Beaven.

Referee: Mike Hughes.
Assistants: club representatives.

1-0 Gus Harris (38 pen)
1-1 Elliot Jones (79)
1-2 Matt Mumford (81)
1-3 Keiren Groves (86)
2-3 Tom Jones (90+3 og)

Llanfyllin: Nick Jones (YC, 60)
Kerry: Ryan Andrew (YC, 37)

Abermule 1 Llanfair United 0

Friday 26th August 2010
Abermule 1 Llanfair United 0
Spar Mid Wales League Division 2
At: Abermule Community Field
Kick-off: 6-30 pm
Admission: £38 hop ticket including 8 page £1 programme
Attendance: 261
Weather: sunny
Duration: first-half: 45:36; second-half: 49:34

Abermule (yellow/red/yellow): 1. Jonathan Jacks, 2. Shaun Jones, 3. Nick Mumby, 4. Rob Bayliss (capt), 5. James Turner, 6. Jed Rodway, 7. Scott Jones, 8. Stuart Emberton, 9. Chris Carrol, 10. Stefan Rowlands, 11. Huw McGrath. Subs: 12. Andy Lloyd, 14. Dan Baker (for Rowlands, 81), 15. Kirk Cuffley (not used), 16. James Langford (for Rodway, ht), 17. James Jandrell (not used).

Llanfair (navy blue / navy blue / navy blue): 1. Lee Andrew, 2. Tim Gomm, 3. Matt Spencer, 4. Steve Andrew (capt), 5. Dan Jones, 16. Tom Ryder, 7. Luke Gethin, 8. Elliott Jones, 9. Paul Griffiths, 10. James Vaughan, 11. Bryn Jones. Subs: 12. Steve Benyon (for Jones, 79), 14. Sion Ellis (not used), 15. Mark Richards (not used).


1-0 Shaun Jones (37)

Abermule: Nick Mumby (YC, 88), James Langford (RC, 90+3)
Llanfair: Matt Spencer (YC, 88), Dan Jones (RC, 90+3), Steve Andrew (RC, 90+4)

St Harmon and District 0 Rhayader Town Reserves 14

Saturday 21st August 2010
St Harmon and District 0 Rhayader Town Reserves 14
Watson Associates Mid Wales League (South)
At: The Bryn
Kick-off: 6:00 pm
Admission: £2; Programme: £1 (12 pages)
Attendance: 40 (headcount)
Weather: drizzle
Duration: first-half: 46:45; second-half: 45:32

Second game of the day and one which produced a 14-0 victory for visitors Rhayader Town Reserves.

St Harmon and District (orange/black/orange): 1. Ed Jones, 2. Alan Evans, 3. Tom Evans, 5. Mark Evans, 6. Liam McKay, 7. Steve Hughes, 8. Aaron Jones, 10. Adam Martin, 11. Neil Rees (capt), 14. Dale Hughes, 17. James Griffiths. Subs: 18. Ed Powell (for Tom Evans, 8), 4. Brian Lewis (for Griffiths, 49), 9. Ryan Evans (for Rees, 58), X. Dave Lewis (not used).

Rhayader Town Reserves (yellow/black/yellow): 1. Kevin Price, 2. Gareth Earp, 3. Jason Coles, 4. Paul Davies (capt), 5. Dan Goodman, 6. Mark Davies, 7. Dylan Jones, 8. Rhys Thomas, 9. Darren Murphy, 10. Tom Jones, 11. Josh Rees. Subs: 12. Jordan McFadden (for Murphy, 58), 14. Jamie Naylor (not used).

Referee: Steve Fisher.

0-1 Mark Davies (3 pen)
0-2 Tom Jones (8)
0-3 Darren Murphy (10)
0-4 Darren Murphy (20)
0-5 Darren Murphy (26)
0-6 Josh Rees (28)
0-7 Mark Davies (42)
0-8 Tom Jones (47)
0-9 Tom Jones (56)
0-10 Mark Davies (57)
0-11 Dylan Jones (79)
0-12 Tom Jones (85)
0-13 Jordan McFadden (86)
0-14 Jordan McFadden (87)

Cards: none

Knighton Town 5 Sennybridge 0

Saturday 21st August 2010
Knighton Town 5 Sennybridge 0
Watson Associates Mid Wales League (South)
At: Bryn-Y-Castell
Kick-off: 2-30 pm
Admission: £2; Programme: none
Attendance: 40 (headcount)
Weather: cloudy
Duration: first-half: 46:35; second-half: 47:02

Knighton Town (red with white shoulders / red / red): 1. Joe Prosser, 2. Gary Evans, 3. Corin Jones, 4. Harry Worton, 5. Sean Millward, 6. Stuart Jarvis, 7. Liam Watts, 8. Matt Davies (capt), 9. Ryan Spacey, 10. Kyle Chillery, 11. Mark Wozoncraz. Subs: 12. Marco Alhanasian, 14. Aaron Stewart (for Spacey, 62), 15. Dave Allday (for Watts, 68), 16. Neil Davies (for Evans, 82), 17. Billy Hylett.

Sennybridge (sky blue and white stripes / black / black): 1. Danny Cain, 2. Paul Richardson, 3. Gary Tindall, 4. Ross Anderson (capt), 5. Jason Keddle, 6. Chris Chandler, 14. Mark Morgan, 8. Sean McLean, 9. Alex Moses, 10. Ryan Jones, 11. Scott Pressdey. Subs: 7. Shay Edwards (for Pressdey, ht), 15. Robbie Quest (for Morgan, 54).

Referee: Mr Beamond.

1-0 Kyle Chillery (28)
2-0 Kyle Chillery (48)
3-0 Danny Cain (62 og)
4-0 Matt Davies (72)
5-0 Matt Davies (84)

Knighton: Kyle Chillery (47), Gary Evans (YC, 80)
Sennybridge: Scott McLean (YC, 12), Ross Anderson (YC, 45)

Holwell Sports 3 Gedling Miners Welfare 4

Tuesday 17th August 2010
Holwell Sports 3 Gedling Miners Welfare 4
FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Extra Preliminary Round Replay
At: Welby Road
Kick-off: 7-45 pm
Admission: £4 including 16 page programme
Attendance: 149
Weather: sunny, mild
Duration: first-half: 49:23; second-half: 50:06

Holwell Sports (green and yellow stripes / green / green): 1. Paul Burton, 2. Tom Cooper, 3. Dean Randall, 4. Robbie Aldridge, 5. Dave Saddington (capt), 6. Niall Prenderville, 7. Steve Smith, 8. Ash Palreyman, 9. Ben Stainsby, 10. Nick Hardy, 11. Graham Keast. Subs: 12. Gavin Williamson (not used), 14. Andy Teare (not used), 15. Mark Tinsley (not used), 16. Lee Mann (not used), 17. Shannon Myrring (not used), 18gk. Matt Caton (not used).

Gedling Miners Welfare (red/red/red): 1. Ross Cherry, 2. Marc Williams, 3. Nathan Lovett, 4. Dan Roberts, 5. Cory Nightingale (capt), 6. Dave Marlow, 7. Jamie Brown, 8. Chris Hall, 9. Ben Greenhaugh, 10. Ashley Winfield, 11. Craig Boulton. Subs: 12. Anthony Atkins (for Nathan Lovett, 59), 14. Jamie Lovett (not used), 15. Grant Russell (for Williams, 75), 16. Steve Cox (for Brown, 59), 17. Luke Price (not used), 18. Chris Muldoon (not used), gk. Lance Walker (not used).

Referee: David Webb.
Assistants: Ian Danson and Toby Day.

0-1 Craig Boulton (25)
1-1 Graham Keast (27)
2-1 Nick Hardy (39)
3-1 Ash Palreyman (45)
3-2 Ben Greenhaugh (45+1)
3-3 Ben Greenhaugh (80)
3-4 Craig Boulton (90+2)

Holwell: none
Gedling MW: Cory Nightingale (YC, 50)

Gedling Town 2 Boston Town 4

Saturday 14th August 2010
Gedling Town 2 Boston Town 4
FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Extra Preliminary Round
At: Riverside Stadium
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: £4; Programme: £1 (28 pages)
Attendance: 74
Weather: sunny and showers
Duration: first-half: 45:42; second-half: 49:02

Gedling Town (yellow/blue/yellow): 1. Shaun Bodkin, 2. Simon Labatte, 3. Mark Littlewood, 4. Jimmy Spiers, 5. Ashley Dyce (capt), 6. Jack Davis, 7. Mick Galloway, 8. Rob Burton, 9. Grahame Epps, 10. Ben Middleton, 11. Aaron Large. Subs: 12. Joe McShane (not used), 14. Mark Ellison (for Galloway, 66), 15. Simon Ellison (for Epps, 76), 16. Lewis Capewell (for Littlewood, 63), 17. Aaron Ryan (not used).

Boston Town (sky blue / navy blue / sky blue): 1. James Doughty, 2. Mark Thompson, 3. Shaun Baker, 4. Nathan Stainsfield, 5. Mark Foster, 6. Ollie Pinner, 7. Lawrence Lambley, 8. Lewis Brooks, 9. Gary Bull (capt), 10. Liam Nimmo, 11. Adam Jackson. Subs: 12. Tony Pasco (for Pinner, 61), 14. Lee Orret (for Bull, 71), 15. Dan Schiavi (for Thompson, 71), 16. Alex Beck.

Referee: David Styles.
Assistants: Gary Brown and Ivor Watkins.

0-1 Liam Nimmo (21)
0-2 Lawrence Lambley (31)
1-2 Ben Middleton (42)
2-2 Aaron Large (44)
2-3 Gary Bull (52)
2-4 Liam Nimmo (53)

Gedling: Mick Galloway (YC, 61)
Boston: Tony Pasco (YC, 75)

Handsworth 4 Glasshoughton Welfare 0

Wednesday 11th August 2011
Handsworth 4 Glasshoughton Welfare 0
KoolSport Northern Counties East League Division 1
At: Olivers Mount
Kick-off: 7-45 pm
Admission: £2; Programme: £1 (12 pages)
Attendance: 184
Weather: mild, dry
Duration: first-half: 47:29; second-half: 49:03

Handsworth marked their first-ever game in the KoolSport Northern Counties East League with a 4-0 victory over Glasshoughton Welfare 0

Handsworth (black and amber stripes / black / black): 1. Liam Richardson, 2. Simon Megson, 3. Wesley Hill, 4. Jason Tee, 5. David Kippax, 6. James Mitchell (capt), 7. Daniel Smith, 8. Andrew Battersby, 9. Russ Hobson, 10. Ryan Johnson, 11. Lee Brunt. Subs: 12. Liam Greenfield, 14. Chisanga Nshindano (for Hobson, 84), 15. Tyrone Crapper (for Smith, 82), 16. Kingsley Lewin, 17. Tom Roebuck (for Tee, 82).

Glasshoughton Welfare (blue and white hoops / blue / blue): 1. Matthew Herchall-Smith, 2. Adam Sadler, 3. Craig Fragley, 4. Ashley Robinson, 5. Paul Mattison, 6. Andrew Birkett, 7. Michael Long (capt), 8. Del Pollock, 9. Jamie Bird, 10. Liam Radford, 11. Dean Lackie. Subs: 12. Timothy Edney (for Lackie, 57), 14. Craig Edwards (for Long, 70), 15. Nathan Hazelden (for Fragley, 63), 16. Darrell Young (not used), 17. Paul Hegarty (not used).

Referee: James Douglas.
Assistants: Craig Bailey and Wayne Escreet.

1-0 Russ Hobson (28 pen)
2-0 Russ Hobson (35)
3-0 Lee Brunt (37)
4-0 Ryan Johnson (81)

Ryton 0 Whitley Bay 2

Saturday 7th August 2010
Ryton 0 Whitley Bay 2
skilltrainingltd Northern Football League Division 1
At: Kingsley Park
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: £5; Programme: £1 (32 pages)
Attendance: 240 (headcount)
Weather: sunny after pre-match heavy rain
Duration: first-half: 46:55; second-half: 46:53

As the family went to the Newcastle Metro Centre so I headed a few miles east to Ryton. The visitors Whitley Bay, the current FA Vase holder, brought the famous trophy with them, and it was photo opportunity not to be missed. Heavy rain before kick-off preceded a goalless first half of few scoring opportunities though Ryton did miss a penalty a few minutes before the interval. But Whitley Bay took the lead soon after the restart and added a second goal to get their league season off to a winning start.

Ryton (blue and black stripes / black / blue): 1. Ben Starford, 2. Ryan Bell, 3. Andrew Dobby, 4. Craig Marron, 5. Ian Davidson, 6. John Parker, 7. Dave Burrell, 8. Craig Robson (capt), 9. Mark Davison, 10. Liam McBryde, 11. Andrew Inness. Subs: 12. James Allsopp (for Marron, 76), 13gk. Leonard French (not used), 14. Craig Knowlson (for Davidson, ht), 15. Robinson (for McBryde, 73), 16. Wansell (not used).

Whitley Bay (yellow/yellow/yellow): 1. Tom Kindley, 2. Callum Anderson, 3. David Pounder, 4. Craig McFarlane, 5. Smith, 6. Gary Ormston, 7. Paul Chow, 8. Damon Robson (capt), 9. Lee Kerr, 10. Adam Johnson, 11. Paul Robinson. Subs: 12. Phil Bell (not used), 13. Hayes (not used), 14. Gareth Williams, 15. Bainbridge (for Robinson, 83), 16. Brian Rowe (for Anderson, 61).

Referee: A. Backhouse.
Assistants: n/k

0-1 Paul Robinson (48)
0-2 Adam Johnson (59)

Ryton: John Parker (YC, 64)
Whitley Bay: Callum Anderson (YC, 9)

Biggin 0 Coach Rangers 2

Monday 2nd August 2010
Biggin 0 Coach Rangers 2
Summer League
At: Drury Lane
Kick-off: 7-00 pm
Admission: none; Programme: none
Attendance: 40 (headcount)
Weather: sunny
Duration (40): first-half: 40:42; second-half: 41:07

This was my second visit to Biggin’s unique and undulating Drury Lane pitch and Coach Rangers inched nearer to becoming Summer League Champions with a hard-fought 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Callum Woolley and Kevin Millward.

Coach went into this evening’s game top of the Summer League table with 56 points from 22 games, eight points clear of second-placed Bradley who had a game in hand. Biggin stood in 7th position on 31 points from 22 games.

Attacking the Drury Lane end of the ground in the first half, Coach took the lead in the 4th minute. Craig Frith’s long throw from the left wasn’t cleared and Callum Woolley volleyed home from six yards out.

Coach created several decent changes during the first half and Biggin keeper Stuart Millward needed to produce diving saves to keep out shots from both Richard Smith and Simon Wint.

In the 68th minute, Biggin were awarded a free-kick 25-yards out which fortunately for Coach was fired over the wall and bar by Andrew Wilton.

Needing a second goal to secure the win, it was a mistake that allowed Coach to double their lead in the 73rd minute. Stuart Frith’s slip allowed Kevin Millward to break into the area and slot home at close range (see photo right).

In the closing stages, Stuart Frith tried to make up for his slip and headed a free-kick just wide of the Coach net.

There was more than the win for Coach to celebrate after the final whistle as Bradley lost 1-0 at Doveridge. So they just need a win from either of their last two games to claim the title.

Biggin (red and white stripes / red / red): 1. Stuart Millward, 3. Joe Beech, 2. Matthew Alsop, 7. Roger Tomkinson, 6. Jim Annett, 10. Andrew Wilton, 8. Paul Williams, 14. Stuart Frith, 5. Thomas Fenton, 12. Josh Critchlow, 9. Matt Critchlow. Subs: 17. Ian Currington (for Matt Critchlow, 35).

Coach Rangers (yellow / black black): 1. Simon Hellaby, 6. Paul Godfrey, 15. Dave Shipley, 11. Martyn Taylor, 14. Craig Frith, 10. Dec Bacon, 5. Richard Smith, 8. Simon Wint, 12. Wayne Taylor, 9. Callum Woolley, 7. Kevin Millward. Subs: 3. Darren Handley (for Taylor, 66), 17. Terry Ford (for Woolley, 78), 13gk. Sean Jones (not used), x. Wayne Travers (not used).

Referee: Ian Fraser.

0-1 Callum Woolley (4)
0-2 Kevin Millward (73)