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Non league Day and Reasons for Regular Nonleague football Chipstead 1 Barking 1 FA Trophy Dogs Come Too


If I were a clever writer I would arrive at some witty headline that encompasses dogs and Barkingfc. Non league day has become a regular date in the calendar when International football means no top level games and crowds are higher.

Although a Brentford fan I manage to catch 10-15 non league games a season and am no stranger to positive reasons to watch non league. Let me summarise the key reasons why far more spectators should visit Chipstead:

  1. Entrance a very fair £9 including a programme. Some clubs such as Carshalton have moved away from paper programmes to e-programmes for obvious reasons.
  2. Free car parking at the ground
  3. Dogs are welcome. Today there were at least 4 dogs there. All on leads and having a good time, with some fields around the ground ( with access) meaning that it was a good thing to let them walk before the game.
  4. Friendly spectators. Folks can and do walk around the whole ground, and of course seats in the small stand are free.
  5. Football quality is good. Some fans who do not frequent non league games may imagine overweight pub teams kicking each other to bits. This analogy is totally wrong. There was high skill level, good organisation, 100% effort all game and some excellent individual skill.
  6. Chipstead play an open and attacking brand of football. They use their wingers  and have a traditional old fashioned centre forward (Alan Tait). In short echelons higher in entertainment than for example the hideous international fare provided by England.
  7. There are players to watch. The player catching the eye today was Leon Lalor-Dell, a skilful pacy left winger, who scored the Chipstead goal, and made what should have been another 3-4 goals.

There is nothing wrong with watching higher class league football, but why not take in the occasional non league game too? And if you fancy finding a tree stump behind the main stand. Especially if your dog needs a day out.

Bizarre football stories today 29th October


When your side plays on Friday night it is a good opportunity to watch the football stories as they come in as they do

  1. The Colne FC goalkeeper Matthew Johnson sadly broke his leg and was left waiting an hour in the cold and wet for an ambulance . 
  2. Brackley in National league north took 12 fans to their away match at Halifax. 
  3. The referee in the Holmer Green v Edgware town FC match abandoned the game allegedly because of the constant moaning of a fan! This I cannot easily believe!! 
  4. Jazzi Barnum-bobb is the real name of a real footballer at Newport County and he scored away at Accrington 
  5. The name of the Accrington stadium is the Wham stadium 
  6. In the FA trophy  Brightlingsea Regent away at Metropolitan Police the final score was 2-6 but what was more remarkable was that Brightlingsea Regent scored four of their goals in the 45th minute . In fact there were five goals in the 45th minute! To complete the fun five substitutions took place in the 45th minute with three cautions! All this in front of a crowd of 125 . Worth knowing a bit more about that game. 

A visit to Molesey FC and why all football fans should visit non league games


A humble first round FA Trophy game Molesey v Didcot Town. A spare saturday arose as Brentford had defeated QPR on friday night, the first win over their neighbours from 4 miles away in 50 years. What made me choose this game?

  1. Parking is easy
  2. Cheeseburgers are good
  3. Molesey play an attractive type of football fast paced
  4. Only 8£ entrance
  5. A cup game that may have something riding on it on the day

Considering the crowd was 95 and lets assume all adults, which clearly it was not, the maximal gate takings would be £760. So the prize money from the FA becomes quite important. A tiny bit of research tells me that the winner yesterday, Molesey, gets £2700. Roughly equivalent to the gate takings from 4-5 routine games.

FA Trophy Season 2015-16 Payments made from The FA’s Prize Fund
Preliminary Round winners (64) £2,500
First Round Qualifying winners (72) £2,700
Second Round Qualifying winner (36) £3,250
Third Round Qualifying winners (40) £4,000
First Round Proper winners (32) £5,000

http://www.thefa.com/fa-trophy/more/fa-trophy-prize-fund

 

The cheeseburger was good as was the chips, a total of £5 and little need to eat anything else that day.

The game was a feisty game played generally in good spirit. The referee might have allowed a bit of laxity before sending off Rob Sheridan for two fairly benign yellow cards. He also might have wanted to update himself on the FA rules regarding sent off players. The player watched the remainder of the game from the touchline behind a barrier essentially with me, though might have discarded his shirt …..

Having checked the rules. This is what it says “A player, substitute or substituted player who has been sent off must leave the vicinity of the field of play and the technical area.
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/laws/football-11-11/law-12—fouls-and-misconduct.aspx#7B9Jzt2xM5bxoOlT.99

So I guess it depends on the interpretation of what constitutes the vicinity of play.The game ended Molesey 1 Didcot Town 0.

A visit to non league does restore faith in what football can and should be like. Yes, there is swearing and fouling, but generally less of the antics that have become embedded in league players. A player on the ground does mean he is hurt.

I did however have a little smile at the programme and clearly Didcot were keeping their team a secret. Not sure I have ever seen a programme actually that did not list at least a guess at the various team members.

Cheeseburger and chips at Molesey FC

Cheeseburger and chips at Molesey FC

Cheeseburger and chips at Molesey FC

Cheeseburger and chips at Molesey FC

Rob Sheridan Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Rob Sheridan Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Craig Lewington

Craig Lewington

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Goal.Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Goal.Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

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Molesey 1 Didcot Town 0. FA Trophy


A good game of football. A single goal separated the two teams but in relaity it could have been 3-3. The football was good. The cheeseburger was too. Am not sure of the FA rules after a player is sent off but not sure he should be watching from the touchline even if he does take his shirt off! the crowd was 95, so he made it 96.

Having checked the rules. This is what it says  “A player, substitute or substituted player who has been sent off must leave the vicinity of the field of play and the technical area.
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/laws/football-11-11/law-12—fouls-and-misconduct.aspx#7B9Jzt2xM5bxoOlT.99

So I guess it depends on the interpretation of what constitutes the vicintiy of play.

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Goal.Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Goal.Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Craig Lewington

Craig Lewington

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Favourite Football Photos of this weekend


Carshalton AFC Juggling

Carshalton AFC Juggling

Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows

Leighton Town FC  Two headed monster

Leighton Town FC
Two headed monster

Almost a goal but not quite. Carshalton v leighton

Almost a goal but not quite. Carshalton v leighton

Sam Muzarek

Sam Muzarek

Hand ball

Hand ball

Carshalton 0 Leighton Town 2 – Photos


A decent enough game with Carshalton unfortunate to lose this game with an own goal followed by a poor piece of goalkeeping. They then created enough chances to have at least drawn the game but luck was not on their side. Leighton looked the more physical experienced side and maybe that was what Carshalton lacked. They also had a scary goalkeeper , Sam Mazurek and a physical centre forward, Alex Woodbine. There already is an excellent match report from  Chris Blanchard which can be accessed here, so enough about the game.

http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/carshaltonafc/teams/109282/match-centre/0-3132424

An unfortunate own goal Carshalton v Leighton  by Bobby Price

An unfortunate own goal Carshalton v Leighton by Bobby Price

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

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Sam Mazurek Leighton Goalkeeper saves.Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Adriano Moraes. Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Adriano Moraes. Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

 Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015


Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Adriano Moraes. Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Adriano Moraes. Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

 Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Sam Muzarek punches clear.Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Sam Muzarek punches clear.Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Sam Muzarek

Sam Muzarek

Alex Woodfine. Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Alex Woodfine. Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Woking 2 Wrexham 0


The nearer one gets to the end of the season the more certain matches matter. Woking are safe in the conference and in fact are the most successful part-time club in the UK. Wrexham are a full-time club striving to be back in the football league where they belong. The reality before this game was that their most likely channel would be the playoffs and after this game this is now a certainty. However it is worth just thinking how much football needs to be played by the better sides that are successful in the cup competitions and in fact Wrexham won at Wembley the FA  Trohpy a few weeks ago. They looked tired and most likely were tired having played 48 hours before. Woking were on top for most of the game and always looked the likelier team to score and they duly did twice in the second half in front of 1500 supporters. Jayden Stockley scored both goals and missed a simple chance for his hat-trick. He was the best player on the pitch. The other player to impress, mostly in the first-half was Dele Adebola, who is still a physical handful at this level.

 

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LOOKING WORRIED

LOOKING WORRIED

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chris Maxwell

chris Maxwell

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Dele Adebola

Dele Adebola

CHRIS MAXWELL BEATEN FOR THE FIRST GOAL

CHRIS MAXWELL BEATEN FOR THE FIRST GOAL

Jayden Stockley scores his second goal versus Wrexham

Jayden Stockley scores his second goal versus Wrexham

Carshalton Athletic 3 Lincoln City 1


Without doubt one of the best games I have seen this season. Not the most exciting nor skilful but the workrate and belief of the Carshalton players that they could beat Lincoln from the Conference was there from the start. Lets be frank, Lincoln were appalling. Little or no skill and little perhaps none desire to win the game. The Ryman Premier league table will tell you that Carshalton are not the best side, a sort of mid-table berth but with a few bad results of late. Yet watching them one would imagine that they were Blue Square south level. They battled, they defended well and in fact nick Hamann their keeper did not make a save all night. All their goals were good. Paul Vines must be man of the match as he scored all of them and the thrid goal was an exquisite finish from a one on one. I am not sure where David Holdsworth can go from here. His players are either very poor or very disinterested, and tonight a cocktail of both.

The crowd of 488 was good and about double the recent home gates. The away support from lincoln was quiet and would fill a small minibus. This however was Carshalton’s night and they fully deserved it. In the next round they are away to either Newport county or Worksop and i would not bet against them winning that too. Highlights of the game? Josh Gowlings hair, David Holdsworth expressions, the look of absolute horror on the faces of the Lincoln city directors sitting in the back of the small main stand. They must wonder what next. Maybe I can give them some advice. Find 11 players who want to play football, put in 90 minutes of effort and play for the club. This is one night I am glad to be a Brentford fan and not a Lincoln city fan.

One exception and that is Josh Gowling. One notices him by the hair. He came on as a late secons half substitute but put more work in in a few minutes than most team mates had all game. He also played with a smile on his face, and he apologised to the away fans gathering like a small pack of vultures near the tunnel at the end when the players departed.

Action

Carshalton Attack as they did most of the game

Action

David Holdsworth, Lincoln city Manager

Carshalton attack

Striking for goal

Joe Anyon beaten by Paul vines penalty

The rustic surroundings of Carshalton

Consolation goal for Lincoln

shellshocked Lincoln directors and chairman

Paul Vines

Paul vines

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