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Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« on: Sun 31 Jul 2022 20:55 »
The season got under way this weekend, as did the latest instalment of rail strikes, preventing a visit to Penistone, so the choice fell upon

Saturday 30th July 2022
NCEFL Premier Division
Thackley   1   v   1   Golcar United
Christopher Rose (Sheffield); Josh James, Craig Smith.

The reasons were several: as Gary Chapman once said, Thackley is one of the pleasantest clubs to visit (though not to leave after dark on the unlit, unpavemented lane); Golcar is a club I have grown to like in the past couple of years; both clubs are firmly and commendably rooted in their local communities; Mr Rose had not been seen in the middle before.The main one, however, was to discover whether the assistant listed as Craig Smith (Lancashire) was the young man from Cherry Tree, whom I remembered from cricketing days. It wasn't - and on reflection, he would be into his forties by now.

The game was always enjoyable and played in a very decent spirit for the most part. Thackley went ahead after 20 minutes, a cracking effort from the corner of the box into the opposite top corner. There were appeals for a Golcar penalty on 23 minutes, quickly waved away, without much in the way of protest. Two minutes later a cross from near the right touchline was met with a strong far-post header to give Golcar the equaliser.

The yellow card made its appearance on 61 minutes, a visiting player stopping a not-particularly-promising attack - not wrong, but maybe not strrictly necessary. It reappeared again on 65 minutes, something of a mystery, the guess being that it went to the home number 10 for speaking out of turn after a Golcar player had regained his feet after an injury pause, but maybe for the visitor for an unnoticed foul. (Is the sin-bin experiment still operating?) There was a long word with one of the Golcar bosses on 73 minutes - Mr James may well have been the instigator - and two routine cautions for Golcar players for fouls to stop attacks. To avoid being caught the wrong side of the players'exit JCFC headed towards the corner of the ground. And so we reached 93 minutes, with Thackley officials calling on Mr Rose to blow for time. Unfortunately, he didn't. A Thackley forward then broke clear and ran into the penalty area, where a challenge from behind saw him go to ground. Mr Rose had not had time time to get a decent angle and was looking from more or less straight behind and quickly waved play on. Thackley supporters and JCFC reckoned that there had been a foul; one Golcar player was quick to lean over the man on the ground, as if to berate him for simulation. A Golcar supporter, coming from close to the incident, declared that his side had been lucky as it should have been a penalty. The final verdict rests presumably with Mr Observer Haycock and his bodyguard. (She must surely by now know as much about refereeing as most watchers.) It shows, though, how one late decision can affect people's view of an otherwise very satisfactory refereeing performance.

It had been a good afternoon, and cheap into the bargain: free bus travel, £3 admission, £1.30 for coffee and £2 for a programme represented excellent value. The programme, in particular, was superb - not the glossy advertising rag that is sometimes found, but well-researched and interesting, with a fine assortment of funnies to boot. Even at Golcar's home matches. JCFC had never discovered that the village owes its name to Saint Guthlac - even Whistleblower's in depth knowledge of saints might be stretched by that one.

Sadly, the coming week offers no accessible matches and next weekend's FA Cup fixtures have not offered a chance to take in more than one game.
« Last Edit: Sun 31 Jul 2022 21:15 by JCFC »

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #1 on: Sun 07 Aug 2022 07:58 »
Well, it only took northern rail a week of the season to scupper JCFC's plans. Engineering work meant that the only trains in or out of Huddersfield were the Sheffield ones, so £23.20 was invested in a ticket to Mansfield Woodhouse, to take in the match between Sherwood Colliery and Long Eaton United. The train left on time, but gradually fell behind schedule, with large numbers of passengers boarding in South Yorkshire and the connection to Worksop had departed by the time we reached Sheffield. The service runs hourly, so would not reach Mansfield Woodhouse until 15.07, so Will Murray was spared the distorting lens. Fortunately there was an alternative, in the form of

Saturday 6th August 2022
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Handsworth   1   v   0   Sleaford Town
Scott Mason ("Mansfield way"); Tristan Churcher, Joseph Golland

It was the dullest of dull first halves - after 44 minutes JCFC's notepad was blank. At this point the visitors presented a Handsworth forward with a clear chance, but their keeper dived to turn the shot round the post.

A few minutes into the second period, JCFC's weary sigh drew sympathetic agreement from nearby spectators, one commenting that you could write what had happened to date on a postage stamp, leaving JCFC thinking that the new code section would not be needed. Just after the hour, it was the turn of the home defence to gift Sleaford an unmissable scoring chance, which was duly missed. As the soporific afternoon wore on, further amusement in the stand was caused by a comment that even the fouling had not been very good. Perhaps appropriately in a match which prompted thoughts of Waiting for Godot, in which nothing happens - twice, on 83 minutes Handsworth got Lucky, taking advantage of a couple of rebounds to prod home the winner.

Mr Mason had an excellent reverse gear and made a couple of splendid curving sprints, getting very wide, in a game which did not really test him. He is lightly built, though with a slightly lived-in appearance of someone already into his thirties, at a guess. (There speaks the 74 year old!) His two assistants were more sturdy in appearance, neither of them quite qualifying for "Bright young thing" status, but all three officials performed well.
 
The day's real stars, however, were the two ladies in the clubhouse, who produced pie chips and gravy an hour before the match.

Contrary to previous expectations, it will be possible to take in another tie today.



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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #2 on: Mon 08 Aug 2022 09:28 »

Contrary to previous expectations, it will be possible to take in another tie today.

As things turned out, it was possible - though "nobbut just." The route allowed for a connection time of 32 minutes at both Leeds and Derby, so missed connections should not have been a problem. At Leeds, however, it was announced that the CrossCountry train was delayed by 29 minutes, though the company's website's revised schedule showed an arrival in Derby in time for the next train. The delay grew by a few minutes and both before and after Wakefield the train trundled rather slowly. By the time we should have reached Derby, we were still North of Rotherham, and approaching Chesterfield as the next train left Derby. The only solution was to take a taxi - with a driver who wanted me to choose which route to take. In the end there was time to grab a cheeseburger and a tea on arrival at

Sunday 7th August 2022
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Belper United   0   v   3   Lichfield City
Robert Pealing (Nottinghamshire); David Henfrey, Jack Simpson.

Mr Pealing did not turn out to be the imagined wiry young hopeful. It should not, however, be inferred from this that he was old and hopeless. On the field his age would have been guessed as about 40; at close quarters, though, he appeared rather younger.

The first minute produced an almighty collision between two players: JCFC was inclined to give it as a foul by the defender, but as usual he was wrong. Mr Pealing promptly gave the free-kick the other way and nobody was unhappy (except the two men groaning on the ground - fortunately both recovered.) On 7 minutes JCFC was surprised at the award of a free-kick for what seemed a perfectly executed tackle by a home defender, and this time his view was supported by several Belper players. Lichfield were well on top and the Belper keeper was kept busy, making a couple of miraculous saves. On 26 minutes a couple of players found themselves gently wrestling on the gound, Mr Pealing having a quick word, but rightly deeming no further action necessary. The half ended with another brilliant save by the keeper after his defenders had given the ball to the opposition striker. There was a sense of disbelief at the break that the visitors were  not already several goals clear.

Belper actually started the second half quite well, but Lichfield finally took the lead on 53 minutes. The home side did create a couple of decent chances, but blasted the ball over the bar. Mr Pealing called a Lichfield defender for a lecture after he had chirruped too persistently. There was a strange moment at a substitution, with Mr Pealing being called from the other side of the pitch for the briefest of words with Mr Henfrey, before making his way back across to his position. Reason unknown. Lichfield added two goals in the closing minutes as even the home keeper ran out of saves.

Despite a slightly greater degree of noise on the pitch - notably from the Lichfield keeper, who was not always too careful in his choice of language - Mr Pealing had coped very comfortably. The suspicion remained, however, that this was perhaps his right level. Given JCFC's lack of judgement in such matters, wise gamblers (if that is not a contradiction in terms) would be advised to invest a few bob on promotion in forthcoming windows. The two assistants were both different from those named in the programme, but did well and had no reason to use those names as aliases.

The train from Belper to Derby was on time, but CrossCountry again were running late, leading to the connection in Leeds being missed. Brighouse had disappeared from the "Next train for" board as the 21.30 was cancelled. Ironically it was northern who solved the problem, with a train to Bradfor4d, from where a bus enabled JCFC to reach home at 21.58.

The good(!) news is that rail strikes are planned for the next two Saturdays, so there is no risk of such journeys then.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #3 on: Tue 09 Aug 2022 05:12 »
Nice to see you back with your amusing reports - I particularly enjoy reading about the journeys to and fro each match - they would make good reading on Train websites!!! - it amazes me that you bother sometimes with all the 'obstacles' you have to overcome to actually get to a ground in the first place - I wonder if any of the refs/assistants read your reports -I'm sure they would benefit by so doing
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« Reply #4 on: Tue 09 Aug 2022 07:34 »
Nice to see you back with your amusing reports - I particularly enjoy reading about the journeys to and fro each match - they would make good reading on Train websites!!! - it amazes me that you bother sometimes with all the 'obstacles' you have to overcome to actually get to a ground in the first place - I wonder if any of the refs/assistants read your reports -I'm sure they would benefit by so doing


I echo the appreciation for JCFC's excellent accounts of his travelling  and footballing adventures. I have no direct knowledge but I would be extremely surprised were not his match reports a regular topic of conversation among the match officials whose exploits appear in Pyramid Patrol.
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« Reply #5 on: Tue 09 Aug 2022 10:36 »
Nice to see you back with your amusing reports - I particularly enjoy reading about the journeys to and fro each match - they would make good reading on Train websites!!! - it amazes me that you bother sometimes with all the 'obstacles' you have to overcome to actually get to a ground in the first place - I wonder if any of the refs/assistants read your reports -I'm sure they would benefit by so doing

i can assure you there's plenty of refs in the area who do

i suspect many fear JCFCs review more than the observers!! if only we knew where he was in advance...
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« Reply #6 on: Tue 09 Aug 2022 17:00 »

Mutn3 reported on a game that I was on last season and although he/she didn't mention my performance it was nice to read about it. I'm sure others feel the same way

Keep it up JCFC and Mutn3, it's much appreciated
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« Reply #7 on: Tue 09 Aug 2022 19:39 »

Mutn3 reported on a game that I was on last season and although he/she didn't mention my performance it was nice to read about it. I'm sure others feel the same way

Keep it up JCFC and Mutn3, it's much appreciated


Were you AR or 4th then Conkernut ? I presume so for it would be strange for a site which provides input on match officials not to comment on the performance of the referee.


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« Reply #8 on: Tue 09 Aug 2022 20:02 »

Mutn3 reported on a game that I was on last season and although he/she didn't mention my performance it was nice to read about it. I'm sure others feel the same way

Keep it up JCFC and Mutn3, it's much appreciated


Were you AR or 4th then Conkernut ? I presume so for it would be strange for a site which provides input on match officials not to comment on the performance of the referee.



You may or may not have noticed the frequent diversion that threads take on this forum - from a match report to poetry via the state of the railways, obscure towns oop north, palm trees protecting the southern softies from all the sun we get, the price of bread, ring roads, hymns and whatever else can be linked in along the way! There is always that one person who attempts to get a thread back on topic, they normally fail miserably though...
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #9 on: Tue 09 Aug 2022 23:34 »

Mutn3 reported on a game that I was on last season and although he/she didn't mention my performance it was nice to read about it. I'm sure others feel the same way

Keep it up JCFC and Mutn3, it's much appreciated


Were you AR or 4th then Conkernut ? I presume so for it would be strange for a site which provides input on match officials not to comment on the performance of the referee.



You may or may not have noticed the frequent diversion that threads take on this forum - from a match report to poetry via the state of the railways, obscure towns oop north, palm trees protecting the southern softies from all the sun we get, the price of bread, ring roads, hymns and whatever else can be linked in along the way! There is always that one person who attempts to get a thread back on topic, they normally fail miserably though...


Noting that this post about attempting to get a thread back on topic comes immediately after mine I sincerely hope I am not regarded as the culprit.  I pride myself on being one of this forum's great diversionists and have always found journeying down the byways far more rewarding that the direct routes. I would be mortified were I to stand accused of relevance !
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« Reply #10 on: Wed 10 Aug 2022 08:20 »
Nice to see you back with your amusing reports - I particularly enjoy reading about the journeys to and fro each match - they would make good reading on Train websites!!! - it amazes me that you bother sometimes with all the 'obstacles' you have to overcome to actually get to a ground in the first place - I wonder if any of the refs/assistants read your reports -I'm sure they would benefit by so doing

i can assure you there's plenty of refs in the area who do

i suspect many fear JCFCs review more than the observers!! if only we knew where he was in advance...

i feel this may have taken on more significance after last night...

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« Reply #11 on: Wed 10 Aug 2022 09:06 »

Mutn3 reported on a game that I was on last season and although he/she didn't mention my performance it was nice to read about it. I'm sure others feel the same way

Keep it up JCFC and Mutn3, it's much appreciated


Were you AR or 4th then Conkernut ? I presume so for it would be strange for a site which provides input on match officials not to comment on the performance of the referee.

I was dugout side AR. It was Yaxley vs Spalding in August last year.

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« Reply #12 on: Wed 10 Aug 2022 09:55 »

Mutn3 reported on a game that I was on last season and although he/she didn't mention my performance it was nice to read about it. I'm sure others feel the same way

Keep it up JCFC and Mutn3, it's much appreciated

Not true - you definitely got a mention !

https://ratetheref.createaforum.com/general-discussion-5/pyramid-patrol-202122/msg36337/#msg36337
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« Reply #13 on: Wed 10 Aug 2022 15:37 »
Nice to see you back with your amusing reports - I particularly enjoy reading about the journeys to and fro each match - they would make good reading on Train websites!!! - it amazes me that you bother sometimes with all the 'obstacles' you have to overcome to actually get to a ground in the first place - I wonder if any of the refs/assistants read your reports -I'm sure they would benefit by so doing

i can assure you there's plenty of refs in the area who do

i suspect many fear JCFCs review more than the observers!! if only we knew where he was in advance...

i feel this may have taken on more significance after last night...

I imagined when ell posted yesterday that he suspected that JCFC would be heading to

Tuesday 9th August 2022
NCEFL Premier Division
Golcar United   0   v   1   Handsworth
Elliot Shiers (Leeds); Kerion Moore, Declan O'Regan

If he didn't, he did by the end of the warm up, as AR2 had apparently spotted your scribe minding his own business (a mug of tea and a sausage bap) in the stand. Shortly before kick-off, a cheery young man bounded up with a pleasant greeting. This turned out to be Umar Ahmed, who had been seen at Emley some time ago.

Mr Moore's unusual first name suggested that it should be pronounced like a Kelvinside resident's favourite comic films, but seemingly isn't. A recent smart haircut had left Mr O'Regan's crowning glory less striking than before, but as the light held until the closing minutes, he remained visible even without that beacon. Mr Shiers retained his upside down styling - he may be stuck with it for life.

Home supporters shouted for a handball penalty on 2 minutes, Mr Shiers being unimpressed, as was JCFC. Golcar created a couple of openings, but were off target, while Handsworth had a shot comfortably saved. A drinks break was called midway through the half, at which point Mr Ahmed reappeared, showing a message from a recently promoted official who had sailed through Level 3 remarkably quickly. The sentiments contained were flattering, if scarcely believable. The 37th minute brought a yellow card for the Golcar number 7, whether for the foul, partly hidden by the perspex of the dug-out, or for tapping the ball away when penalised. On 44 minutes a visiting forward was heading goalwards, with a defender in close attendance and was  brought down just short of the area. Mr Shiers saw it as a foul - and there is no reason to doubt him - and from that point the defender's early departure was inevitable. Significantly there was no contestation from the home bosses.


Despite being a man short, Golcar dominated the third quarter, creating numerous chances, but were unable to find the target. Their number 11 did find his target on 63 minutes, a thwack on his opponent's leg earning a clear yellow, which somehow his managers seemed to think harsh. At the second-half drinks break, an official from the Handsworth bench had something he wanted to complain about, but it was hard to think what, and he was given short shrift. As the players tired, play became scrappier, with more petty fouls and occasional cases of trying it on, to which Mr Shiers was mostly wise.  On 86 minutes Handsworth put in a cross, there were appeals for handball, Mr O'Regan flagged, the penalty was awarded and the home managers produced a string of language that would not have found favour with St Guthlac, who ensured that Handsworth scored from the spot - for a second late win in four days. At the close the handshakes were taking place stage left, when minor hostilities reappeared centre stage - fortunately quickly quelled by the arrival of Mr Shiers. It is not the first time that Golcar have failed to realise that the contest is over at the final whistle. The officials, though, had to endure a lecture from the home managers before they could leave the field.

Mr Shiers is not the most elegant of movers - not one of those referees who seem to float over the ground - but he is willing to work commendably wide when appropriate. His manner appears courteous and all three officials put in a decent shift. The real star, though, was Mr Ahmed, who insisted on giving JCFC a lift back to Brighouse. That young man should go far!
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« Reply #14 on: Wed 10 Aug 2022 16:01 »
it's never easy to predict where you might show up (unless besides brighouse!) but golcar seemed a fair shout yesterday!

a decent run out for sure and indeed my upside down head is set for life...

cheers!
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