Saturday 15th May 2010 (3-00 pm)

Patchway Town 4 Ellwood 2
Surridge Gloucestershire County League
At: Scott Park
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: none; Programme: £1
Attendance 71
Weather: sunny
Duration: first-half: 46:42; second-half: 47:48

Again in Surridge Gloucestershire County League and kicking off at 3pm, the same time as the FA Cup Final, second-from-bottom Patchway Town twice came from behind to record a 4-2 victory over bottom side Ellwood. Ed Dawkins gave Ellwood an early lead which they held Adam Grinter levelled things up three minutes after halt-time. Ellwood bounced back to regain the lead in the 68th minute with a great strike from Martin Reid which was cancelled out within seconds of the restart by Dan Webb. The game could have gone either way but Patchway claimed the points from the entertaining encounter with late goals from Tom Knight and Matthew Fowler. The pitch was fully railed off inside a large public park.

Patchway Town (black and white stripes with white sleeves / black / black): 1. Martin Alford, 2. Tom Knight (capt), 3. Luke Drew, 4. Paul Barnes, 5. Nick Rugman, 6. Robert Foster, 7. Matthew Webb, 8. Matthew Fowler, 9. Adam Grinter, 10. Dan Webb, 11. Callum Bagley. Subs: 14. Oliver Bacon (for Foster, 35).

Ellwood (blue/blue/blue): 1. Lee Barnard, 2. Lee May, 3. Ed Dawkins, 4. Phil Crabb, 5. Chris Stock, 6. Darren Weyman, 7. Martin Reid, 8. Byron Ranford (capt), 9. Gary Wildin, 10. James Addis, 11. Julian Addis. Subs: 12. Richard Stevenson (for May, 66).

0-1 Ed Dawkins (7)
1-1 Adam Grinter (48)
1-2 Martin Reid (68)
2-2 Dan Webb (69)
3-2 Tom Knight (85)
4-2 Matthew Fowler (90+1)

Patchway: none
Ellwood: none

Saturday 15th May 2010 (12-00 noon)

D.R.G. Stapleton 0 Brimscombe and Thrupp 3
Surridge Gloucestershire County League
At: Frenchay Park Road
Kick-off: 12-00 noon
Admission: none; Programme: £1
Attendance 43
Weather: sunny spells
Duration: first-half: 46:10; second-half: 48:07

The first leg of a Cup Final day ‘double’ on the northern outskirts of Bristol went to true to form as Brimscombe and Thrupp recorded a 3-0 over hosts D.R.G. Stapleton. John Dalton scored either side of half-time in the 34th and 54th minutes to put the visitors in charge and substitute Luke Fletcher wrapped up the scoring with a late third goal. Brimscombe and Thrupp finish the Surridge Gloucestershire County League season in fifth position while D.R.G. will end up 10th or 11th depending on whether Kingswood win their final game. D.R.G.’s ground was located close to Frenchay Hospital on the B4058, less than a mile south of M32 Junction 1.

D.R.G. Stapleton (claret with sky blue sleeves): 1. Neil Hanson, 2. Matt Maynard, 3. Jason Thatcher, 4. Robert Selman, 5. John Henson, 6. Jordon Hazel, 7. Martin Nicholls (capt), 8. Dean Clarke, 9. Michael Tippins, 10. Leon Cozens, 11. Liam Powell. Subs: 12. George Robbins (not used), 14. Darren Werrett (for Tippins, 89), 15. Mike Saddler (for Powell, 59), 16. Femi Balogun (for Cozens, 80).

Brimscombe and Thrupp (blue/blue/blue): 1. Adam Thomas, 2. Jack Connon, 3. Louis Purse (capt), 4. Jonny Davis, 5. James Tubb, 6. Oliver Roberts, 7. Steve Bennett, 8. Matt Blythe, 9. Peter Smith, 10. Chris Underwood, 11. John Dalton. Subs: 12. Andy Neale (for Davis, 77), 14. Luke Fletcher (for Dalton, 73), 15. Aaron Boothe (not used), 16. Phil Baker (not used).

Referee: M Halford.
Assistants: M Kerfoot and M Dadds.

0-1 John Dalton (34)
0-2 John Dalton (54)
0-3 Luke Fletcher (86)

D.R.G.: John Henson (YC, 89)
B&T: Matt Blythe (YC, 70)

Saturday 8th May 2010

Yorkshire Main 4 FC Brimington 1
Abacus Lighting Central Midlands League Black Dragon Premier Division
At: Yorkshire Main Miners Welfare, Edlington Lane
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: £2; Programme: 50p (16 pages)
Attendance: 30 (headcount)
Weather: sunny spells
Duration: first-half: 45:17; second-half: 48:05

Yorkshire Main finished the season on a high with an emphatic 4-1 victory over FC Brimington. Facing a side with squad numbers and names in their back of shirts, Main took the lead in the 27th minute through Steven Newton and should have quickly doubled it but Luke Hindsley fired a penalty wide. However, Hindsley made amends and became the ‘main man’ by bagging a hat-trick with goals in the 33rd, 72nd and 85th minutes. David Alder-Heaver scored a very late consolation for the visitors in the 86th minute. Yorkshire Main finished the season in fourth position in the Abacus Lighting Central Midlands League Black Dragon Premier Division, moving ahead of Easington United who lost their final game at Bentley Colliery.

Yorkshire Main (claret/claret/claret): 1. James Kynston, 2. Kory Twigg, 3. Dave Tracey, 4. CJ Bryant, 15. Josh Ball, 6. Dan Jarvis (capt), 7. Ryan White, 8. Dan Turner, 9. Steven Newton, 16. Luke Hindsley, 11. Darren Bird. Subs: 12. Lloyd Moore (for Twigg, 50), 14. Josh Forbes (for Bryant, 68), 10. Liam Hanley (for Turner, 80).

FC Brimington (blue and black halves / blue / blue): 29. Adam Valente, 24. Kirk Bradshaw, 14. David Venn, 19. Simon Newton (capt), 21. Matthew Beavers, 8. Tom Fairweather, 22. Tom Simpson, 15. Edward Surplice, 5. Jonathan Bownes, 10. David Alder-Heaver, 4. John Tyrell. Sub: 3. Lloyd Brown (for Bradshaw, 62).

Referee: M Eyre (Lincoln).
Assistants: R Allen and K Davidson.

1-0 Steven Newton (27)
2-0 Luke Hindsley (33)
3-0 Luke Hindsley (72)
4-0 Luke Hindsley (85)
4-1 David Alder-Heaver (86)

Yorkshire Main: Dan Turner (YC, 71), Luke Hindsley (YC, 86)
FCB: none

Thursday 6th May 2010

Littleton 0 Shirley Town 0
Midland Combination Division 1
At: Five Elms
Kick-off: 7-00 pm
Admission: £1; Programme: none
Attendance: 30 (headcount)
Weather: sunny spells
Duration: first-half: 45:00; second-half: 45:10

On General Election day, Littleton and Shirley Town provided the football equivalent of a ‘hung parliament' as neither side managed to find the net in this Midland Combination Division 1 game. None-the-less, the evening was anything but a dull ‘end of season’ affair with plenty of entertainment, commitment, goalscoring opportunities and refereeing controversy at a really friendly and welcoming club. Late arriving players meant Shirley started the game with nine men and didn’t have a full complement until the 13th minute. And the visitors finished with ten men as Luke Dugmore was sent off for two bookings. Five Acres is a serious candidate for a high position on my list of favourite grounds.

Littleton (red/white/red): 1. Daniel Edwards, 2. Connor Trotman, 3. Will Begg, 4. Adam Humphries, 5. Karl Scott, 6. Alex Baird, 7. Thomas Coley, 8. Tim Beattie (capt), 9. Simon Brain, 10. Joe McKeon, 11. Daniel Reeves. Subs: 12. John Gregory (not used), 14. Kevin Ingham (for Scott, 84), 15. Kays Sibanda (for McKeon, 78), 16. Dan Trotman (not used), 17. Grant Pinkney (for Reeves, 67).

Shirley Town (white/green/green): 1. Brett Clowes (capt), 2. David Price, 3. Shaun Farrell, 4. Liam Farrell, 5. Jayson Keane, 6. Steve Deccey, 7. Luke Dugmore, 8. Lee Dunkley, 9. Chris Chapman, 10. David Baxter, 11. James Brearley. Subs: 12. Richard Dugmore (not used), 14. Dean O’Sullivan (not used).

Referee: G Blackmore.
Assistants: M Imms and D Amor.


Littleton: Thomas Coley (YC, 22), Tim Beattie (YC, 38), Joe McKeon (YC, 45), Alex Baird (YC, 62)
Shirley: Luke Dugmore (YC, 24), Chris Chapman (YC, 37), Lee Dunkley (YC, 70), Luke Dugmore (YC/RC, 75)

Monday 3rd May 2010 (6-30 pm)

Stretton Eagles 3 Goldenhill Wanderers 1
Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division
At: Shobnall Road, Burton-on-Trent
Kick-off: 6-30 pm
Admission: £2; Programme: none
Attendance: 70 (headcount)
Weather: sunny spells, cold wind
Duration: first-half: 45:27; second-half: 47:30

League leaders Stretton Eagles took a giant step towards securing the Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division title with a 3-1 victory over Goldenhill Wanderers. In front of a sizable gathering of fellow football travellers, Stretton missed a host of chances before taking the lead in the 35th minute from the penalty spot. They scored a second four minutes after the restart through Goldenhill pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute. The points should have been secured long before Brent Upton restored Stretton’s two-goal advantage late in the game. Unusually for a non-league side outside the Blue Square Premier, Stretton used squad numbers so took the field with players wearing 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 14, 15, 19 and 30!

Monday 3rd May 2010 (3-00 pm)

Coventry Amateurs 1 Blackwood 2
Midland Combination Division 3
At: David Sinclair Goulding Sports Ground
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: none; Programme: £1-50 (12 pages)
Attendance: 30 (headcount)
Weather: showers and sunny spells, cold wind
Duration: first-half: 46:20; second-half: 45:51

This 3-00 pm kick-off was the first leg of a May Day Bank Holiday double. Blackwood, the new 2009/10 Midland Combination Division 3 champions, made it 25 wins out of 28 league games with a 2-1 victory over a lively Coventry Amateurs side who, 16 days ago, inflicted one of only two league defeats suffered all season by the table toppers. On an afternoon that had rain, hail, sunshine and a blustery cold crosswind, Blackwood took the lead with a comical own goal in the 13th minute. They made hard work of adding a second which didn’t come until the 84th minute and Coventry quickly pulled a goal back to make the final few minutes interesting. Blackwood’s attack was led by former Stafford Rangers reserve Ross Clarke.

Saturday 1st May 2010

Shirley Town 2 Fairfield Villa 1
Midland Combination Division 1
At: Tilehouse Lane
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: none; Programme: none
Attendance: 25 (headcount)
Weather: sunny spells
Duration: first-half: 45:04; second-half: 47:42

Shirley Town dented Fairfield Villa’s hopes of finishing top of the Midland Combination Division 1 with an unexpected 2-1 victory. Going into the game on the back of six straight defeats, Shirley took an early lead through James Brearley. Fairfield got back on level terms just before the hour mark when Lewis Cosgrove powered home a header. However, Chris Chapman regained the lead in the 78th minute and Shirley held on to claim the points.

Shirley Town (red/red/red): 1. Brett Clowes, 2. David Price, 3. Tom Martin, 4. Liam Farrell, 5. Shaun Farrell (capt), 6. Steve Deacey, 7. Lee Dunkley, 8. Gary Ross, 9. Chris Chapman, 10. David Baxter, 11. James Brearley. Subs: 12. Dean O’Sullivan (not used), 14. Jayson Keane (for Brearley, 68), 15. Luke Dugmore (not used), 16. David Dainty (not used).

Fairfield Villa (yellow/yellow/yellow): 1. Marc Rogers, 2. Lewis Cosgrove, 3. Andy Pike, 4. Spencer Hicks-Kenward, 5. Matthew Harris, 6. Scott Walsh (capt), 7. Paul Donnelly, 8. David Rousell, 9. Brendan Hicks, 10. Craig Cosgrove, 11. Darren Price. Subs: 12. Adam Guest (for Craig Cosgrove, 56), 14. Stephen Morgan (for Pike, 86), 15. Martin Townsend (for Rousell, 56), 16. Adam Davis (not used).

Referee: R Osbourne.
Assistants: B Haddock and J Bousfield.

1-0 James Brearley (6)
1-1 Lewis Cosgrove (58)
2-1 Chris Chapman (78)

Shirley: Lee Dunkley (YC, 47), Gary Ross (YC, 90+3)
Fairfield: none