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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #120 on: Sun 20 Nov 2022 14:35 »
There was no problem with the bus this time, though by the e4nd of the afternoon JCFC was rather wishing there had been.

Saturday 19thy November 2022
NPL Division 1 East
Brighouse Town   1   v   4   Long Eaton United.
Joe Moss; Alfie Finch-Critchley, Adam Gibbons.

Several weeks ago, in the aftermath of the defeat by Grantham, this had been picked out as Brighouse's next possible source of points. They made a decent start, and after 10 minutes JCFC remarked to his friend, that on the evidence so far, they had nothing to fear but mistakes. The more astute friend pointed out that the visiting winger was pacy.  Three minutes later he was proved correct, as the winger was largely responsible for Long Eaton's taking the lead - though in self-defence JCFC could point to an error of judgement by the young home keeper. The same two players were involved five minutes later in the visitors' second goal. The home defence continued to look frail, allowing attackers to run past or through them, but Town clung on until the 43rd minute, when Long Eaton scored an all-too-easy third. Brighouse got one back within a minute and hopes were briefly raised, only to be snuffed out within secoinds by the visitors' fourth goal.

The second half was tedious in the extreme. Long Eaton did not need to try too hard, though they did create - and miss -  the best chance of the game. Brighouse waited until three-quarter time before their second shot on target, met with a good save by the keeper. They did hit the crossbar late on, but otherwise there was little incident.

Mr Moss offered less in the way of patter than some of his colleagues - or maybe JCFC's hearing is becoming as defective as his eyesight. He did scoot rapidly around the pitch - (maybe his dad once did?) - giving himself good angles to make crisp and correct decisions, allowing for little or no contestation. He might, perhaps, and arguably should, have shown a yellow foe a high challenge that resulted in an injury to the Town striker's thigh. The card did appear towards the end - there must have been more to the nature of the foul than immediately apparent, as no Brighouse attack could be described as promising. JCFC's sympathy goes to the unfortunate Mr Observer, who had to find something to say about very good refereeing of a non-event. It would be good to see Mr Moss confronted with a more testing encounter, but maybe he has the knack of keeping things calm on the pitch.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #121 on: Sun 20 Nov 2022 17:22 »
Hearing of my minor scrape at Arlesey, a YLOMA kindly sent me a card to wish me well. In error(?) she got the l and the s the wrong way round. I shall be tempted to think of the place in that way from now on.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #122 on: Mon 21 Nov 2022 16:34 »
East Arseley or West?Perhaps being a bit cheeky?
Best wishes/take care/happy public transport journeys.

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #123 on: Sun 27 Nov 2022 12:34 »
East Arseley or West?Perhaps being a bit cheeky?
Best wishes/take care/happy public transport journeys.

Sorry, Boris10, I never got to the bottom of that one.

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #124 on: Sun 27 Nov 2022 13:18 »
Another Saturday of rail strikes saw JCFC take the bus. It would have been possible to alight en route and watch the match between the top two sides in the division above, but the attraction of a match between two newcomers to Step 6, an unfamiliar ground and a referee with a splendid name proved stronger. This allowed time for an interesting eavesdropping on the bus to increase JCFC's limited knowledge of veterinary science: "A horse is just a pretty cow." Alighting at the right stop, the route worked out on the map was followed - to end at a recycling centre. Fortunately a pleasant green track was discovered and would have been enjoyable with all the Autumn colours still much in evidence, but for two worries - would there be a way out at the end and it would be totally impracticable for a return in the dark. Luckwas in - the Slazenger Sports Ground was located in time for a pasty and a cuppa before

Saturday 26th November 2022
NCEFL Division 1
Horbury Town   3   v   2   Beverley Town
Lewis Pursglove (S&HFA); Matthew Co9llins, John Hislop.

The oddly-placed small stand would offer no view of the play, so JCFC was forced to stand throughout. Perhaps there are plans to bring the ground up to a better standard in time. To add to the growing Rate the Ref Hymn Booik, Horbury was the birthplace of Onward Christian Soldiers, written when Sabine Baring-Gould was a young curate there. (St Gedrtrude came along somewhat later.)

The first half hour proved totally forgettable, but a rapid raid from halfway put the home side ahead on 32 minutes, only for Beverley to respond a minute later. A header from a corner just before half-time saw the visitors take the lead. JCFC spent the interval working out the "official" route back to the bus-stop: it involved heading in the opposite direction to start with.


Shortly before the hour mark a Horbury attacker beat his marker on halfway, and ran on to equalise with a strong finish. The winner for Horbury came on 74 minutes, the ball curiously trundling in slow-motion fashion thr5ougfh a group of defenders before ending in the net,

JCFC had expected the referee to be the standard tall, slim, dark-haired young template, but Mr Pursglove did not match that model; short of stature, stocky of build, well-endowed of posterior, fairish of hair and of indeterminate age. From a distance he might have been a fit 40-something, though at closer quarters he looked much younger. Whether he was young enough tyo be the Lewis Pursglove (middle name Joseph) born in Rotherham in 2000 is not certain. He issued two yellows, both to home players, and kept a firm grip on proceedings without difficulty, without adding greatly to the4 gaiety of the occasion, though JCFC's mood may have influenced that view. JCFC would be happy to see him again - a second visit to Horbury being less likely.

The walk back to the bus stop passed easily enough, with a wait of 25 minutes, and Huddersfield was reached in nice time for the 18.25 Bradford bus. Alas, it was one of the 40% of those listed on the departure board to show the legend CANCELLED. Another hour's wait for the next one, but at least the Bus Station offered seats and was warm - pity the poor souls waiting along the route.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #125 on: Sun 27 Nov 2022 13:24 »
The day did have one cheering feature. In JCFC's absence, Brighuse Town recorded a 4-1 win away at Consett. They do better when this scribe is not here, so with another trip South for the Vase next weekend, they may be able to pick up another three points against Lincoln United.

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #126 on: Tue 29 Nov 2022 12:01 »
 
⏰ Sat 3pm
🍻 Bar Open
🍔 Kitchen open
📺 WC on TV

The last item is worrying - better go easy on the pre-match cuppa this weekend.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #127 on: Sun 04 Dec 2022 10:15 »
The appointments people had not made things simple. The referee at Buckhurst Hill on Friday night had been seen just a few weeks ago, so the World Cup won the day. Two Vase matches were possible, the nearest with a referee seen already this season, so JCFC opted for the match where the referee had been seen six years ago and headed for

Episode 10
Saturday 2nd December 2022
FA Vase 3rd Round
Whittlesey Athletic   1   v   3   Romford
Christopher Darling; Andrew Hitchcox, Paul-Valentin Mihalache.

The train journey went well, with a change at Peterborough. Unfortunately, Whittlesea (sic) station is barely on speaking terms with the town, while the football ground  maintains fairly distant relations with both. JCFC had memorised the route, but was led astray when the road he planned to take was marked cul-de-sac, thereby adding  fifteen minutes of (unnecessary) walking. The ground was eventually accessed along a muddy drive with potholes full of water. In view of the previous post, both the toilets and the television  were avoided.

Mr Darling had been seen once before, when JCFC thought he had done well, though whether the experts watching (Messrs Richardson and Coote) agreed is anyone's guess. On that occasion JCFC had bizarrely suggested that anglepoise lamp must have featured in his DNA. Though his elbows jutted at times, there were no such thoughts here: instead his running style , tentative in appearance, called to mind Auntie Elsie competing in the egg and spoon race - but it got him where he needed to be. Brownie points for the badges and long sleeves. One assistant was dark-haired , tall and imposing, the other fairer, shorter and less so, though he was kept busy with his offside flag, particularly in the second half.

The first ten minutes were end to end - with little in between, resulting in a number of stoppages for clashes of heads under high balls, before an element of football was introduced. The home subs were sent to warm up - in bibs that were the same shade as Romford's pink strip, and Mr Darling rightly intervened. On the half hour a minor off the ball tangle led to a lot of noise. Mr Darling produced his yellow card a few minutes later, shown to a visiting player. Whittlesey took the lead on 37 minutes, from a free-kick whose position caused some discussion, There was a yellow card for a member of the coaching staff as a result. Romford equalised a minute later.

Romford had much the better of the second half, taking the lead just before the hour and almost immediately having a further effort ruled out for offside. The home number 8 received a yellow card late on and Romford sealed their win with a low shot from 30 yards.

After the slight contretemps in the first half, Mr Darling had, perhaps understandably, adopted a policy of sprinting rapidly (Auntie Elsie temporarily banished) with arm outstretched and long whistle blast towards any foul. This technique ran the risk of over-dramatising things and creating extra tension - but it worked and he was able to keep a tight grip and retain control to the end.

Or maybe not, as JCFC, needing to catch the 17.29 train - and be there before the crossing gates closed - or face a two hour wait, set off in added time. The drive was squelched through with difficulty, but thereafter things improved. The direct route was found (via the marked cul-de-sac) and all went smoothly.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #128 on: Mon 05 Dec 2022 13:46 »
Very enjoyable read JCFC.
Keep up the good work !
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #129 on: Tue 06 Dec 2022 14:27 »
A train to Hitchin, a rail replacement coach to Luton and a rapid bus ride along the excellent Busway made for a very early arrival at

Episode 11
Sunday 4th December 2022
FA Vase Round 3
Dunstable Town   2   v   3   Tring Athletic
Elliott Mayer; Marc Rister, Jake Bloom

Fortunately the turnstile and the small bar were already in operation at 13.00.

Mr Mayer had been the referee for a match at Biggleswade United which never got under way, the goalkeeper collapsing during the warm-up (Fortunately recovering in hospital overnight.) On that occasion it was a tall, fairly mature member of the officials who seemed to be in charge. Clearly he must have been an assistant, as Mr Mayer turned out to be young, short and bearded. On a very cold afternoon, his choice of short sleeves cast doubts on his sanity, but encouraged him to move very rapidly about the pitch. AR2, addressed by the referee at one stage as Jack, went with pretend long sleeves (as detailed by Ref Watcher elsewhere) and black gloves, while wearing his socks Denton style.  Mr R15TER went with the sleeves and gloves, but appeared to have commandeered his girlfriend's tights. He might get away with it in Bedfordshire, but there are places where that garment might not "have such kindly judgement given" - Frickley or Maltby, for example.

The Dunstable number 6 made an early bid to take over Mr Mayer's job, rushing, with a colleague, to the scene of a Tring foul, offering voluble advice as to the action to be taken and being reluctant to go away. That finally achieved, Mr Mayer called the Tring number 17 for a long lecture and seemed about to settle for that, but the player may have talked himself into the yellow card that was eventually shown. JCFC was willing Mr Mayer to call the home 6 back to spell out that his intervention was not welcome, but referees do not do that. A splendid run down the right wing enabled Tring to take the lead just after the quarter hour. Number 6 was in the action again on 24 minutes, this time in the role of defence counsel, but his pleadings were again unsuccessful and Mr Mayer rightly showed a yellow to the home number 5. Two minutes later, Tring doubled their lead through a diagonal ball to the right, some nifty footwork and a good shot. Number 6 was no more successful as counsel for the defence when his number 2 was rewarded for a reckless tackle with a sight of Mr Mayer's yellow card.

Dunstable pulled a goal back in the second half, Tring adding a third on 76 minutes. The home side added a second on 84 minutes and continued to push for an equaliser, but Tring held out to proceed to Round 4.

After a well-handled match, it was a chilly JCFC who walked back into town, whence two buses saw him back into his hotel in time to watch the England game. Sadly, as England passed the ball to and fro, allowing Senegal a couple of possible chances, the old fool nodded off and woke to find that England had scored.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #130 on: Fri 09 Dec 2022 08:03 »
" while wearing his socks Denton style."?

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #131 on: Fri 09 Dec 2022 08:34 »
" while wearing his socks Denton style."?

I have no knowledge of the sartorial habits of your former near neighbours, Microscopist, so apologies for the element of ambiguity. Michael Denton, former Level 3 referee and FL assistant was well known for wearing his socks pulled up over his knees.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #132 on: Fri 09 Dec 2022 22:39 »
" while wearing his socks Denton style."?

I have no knowledge of the sartorial habits of your former near neighbours, Microscopist, so apologies for the element of ambiguity. Michael Denton, former Level 3 referee and FL assistant was well known for wearing his socks pulled up over his knees.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #133 on: Thu 22 Dec 2022 23:00 »
A very happy Christmas Day to all readers and everyone involved in Non-League football.

To all club treasurers, a fine Boxing Day, with large crowds to boost the coffers.

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« Reply #134 on: Fri 23 Dec 2022 14:41 »
A very happy Christmas Day to all readers and everyone involved in Non-League football.

To all club treasurers, a fine Boxing Day, with large crowds to boost the coffers.

Thanks  .........  and a very Happy Christmas to you, too !!!