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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #225 on: Sun 23 Apr 2023 23:17 »
And as for what happened when I got my hands on Rev James, well discretion forbids me to divulge any more except to say that I received a lot of admonishment from the wagging Bishop's Finger.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #226 on: Mon 24 Apr 2023 05:35 »
A Cautionary Note

Arriving early for Saturday's fixture, I had a dalliance with an Ossett Blonde. Scarcely had my lips made contact when I found myself toppling backwards and being helped to my feet from the floor. The moral: Don't take liberties with Ossett Blondes - they must pack quite a punch.


Indeed most cautionary. I have had a similar experience with that delightful but feisty Belgian, Stella Artois who has a considerable bite as well as punch.

I avoid Stella. When in Belgium, I prefer the gentle charms of the generic Blanche Citron.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #227 on: Mon 24 Apr 2023 05:38 »
And as for what happened when I got my hands on Rev James, well discretion forbids me to divulge any more except to say that I received a lot of admonishment from the wagging Bishop's Finger.

...with a warning of the need to use your Brain's more wisely, no doubt.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #228 on: Mon 24 Apr 2023 20:02 »
So Saturday afternoon was spent at

Saturday 22nd April 2023
NPL Division 1 East
Ossett United   0   v   0   Grantham Town
Jack Hall; Dwayne Chappell, Fotios Skoutas.

The home team had nothing particular to play for, the visitors were safe from the relegation play-offs as long as Lincoln United did not win at Consett. The result was a very conservative opening from both sides, the object appearing to be to have the ball in play as little as possible. After two early ball-changes Mr Hall smelt a rat and refused the third request. When news arrived that Lincoln had taken the lead, Grantham, at least, began to show a little more urgency. Ossett had a header from a corner cleared off the line on the half hour, Grantham were twice denied in quick succession - once by the post, then by a desperate keeper. Grantham's number 20 had the air of a good player gone to seed, and he proved adept at instigating holding and then going to ground claiming that he had been fouled. He did have a good shot tipped over the crossbar on 42 minutes, however. An angry rant by the Ossett captain drew a strong warning from Mr Hall a minute later. There were Grantham appeals for a penalty when the number 5 barged number 20 in effecting a clearance - it could perhaps have been given, but maybe number 20 had cried wolf too often. In added time there was a yellow card for the Ossett number 9, for contact when jumping that caused a head injury. Mr Hall recouped the Brownie point he had lost for wheelie luggage by whistling for half-time with the ball out of play for a throw.

By now Consett had gone ahead against Lincoln, so Grantham looked pretty safe - and the timewasting grew even more irritating. Mr Hall did his best to chivvy players of both sides at substitutions, retrieving the ball for restarts, but with limited success. Would a card - or a general warning to captains have been in order? There was a deserved yellow for the Ossett captain for wiping out an opponent. Ossett got away with a handball in a dangerous attack, but fortunately the defence cleared the danger. A late yellow card for Grantham brought an end to a frustrating afternoon.

It had not been the sort of game in which the referee could create a great impression in Mr Observer Taylor's copious notes, silk purses out of sow's ears are beyond the scope of all officials, but at least matters were brought to a satisfactory conclusion. Not the best of Mr Hall, perhaps, but a decent standard nevertheless. With luck, Mr Observer will have agreed.

As a further note, JCFC was a little sorry to see that Mr Hall has been appointed, as last year, to a promotion semi-final, rather than a final. On the plus side, for one of us, at least, he will most likely be around to see again next season.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #229 on: Fri 28 Apr 2023 21:53 »
The West Riding fa had been unusually secretive about their Senior Cup Final - details of all their other finals were posted on the website, but not this one. Nevertheless, JCFC  set out in good time, having opted to catch the 18.15 260 bus, which would avoid the trudge up to the ground. It was shown on the screen at stand E as expected at 18.28, subsequently altering gradually to 18.33. No great problem  - until 1837, when it disappeared from the screen, the next bus took its place on the stand - but the next 260 was not until 20.45. Not for the first time Arriva buses had failed to live up to their name.

So, back home to Brighouse. I hope that the officials, whoever they may have been, had a brilliant game and that those lucky enough not to rely on buses enjoyed an excellent match. My wishes for Arriva buses are less charitable.

Twitter tells us that Step 6 Campion came from behind to beat Step 3 Liversedge 2-1. Next season, by the way, the 3 step difference will be just 1.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #230 on: Sun 30 Apr 2023 16:23 »
The 17.30 kick-offs gave a somewhat unreal feeling to

Saturday 29th April 2023
National League
Halifax Town   1   v   1   Eastleigh
Dean Watson; Neil Evans, Michael D'Aguilar. 4thers: Peter Brown.

Mr Warson had been seen twice in the early stages of his Level 3 career, several years ago. Each time there had been an apparent error - not necessarily of his making - but JCFC had very much approved of his general onfield manner and in subsequent matches his excellent work had made him a favourite referee at that Level, but his promotions have meant that he has not been seen for some years. Mr D'Aguilar was seen refereeing (well!) at Hyde even longer ago, before taking the Assistant route. He had obviously not been taking Mr McNamara's rejuvenating pills. Nor, it seemed had the unfamiliar 4thers. Mr Evans was also a new name to JCFC - no need for rejuvenating pills there.

Halifax started impressively, having a strong shot pushed away by the keeper, but Eastleigh began to look dangerous with some pacy attacks. On 16 minutes there was a clash of heads, both players going down and requiring treatment and a new shirt in the case of the Eastleigh man. There may have been more to it than seen from the top of the stand, from where it looked an accident, as Mr Watson showed a yellow card to the Halifax number 27, much to the recipient's surprise. The visitors were twice denied by the keeper, but took the lead on 28 minutes. It was proving a rather unattractive game, with players auditioning for Strictly, though Craig Revel Horwood would have found fault with their holds.

Easleigh had a shot hit the bar early in the second period, bur then began to employ various timewasting manoeuvres. Mr Watson had a quick word with a player who went to take a throw, before leaving it to a colleague, and at the next stoppage made the point informally to his captain. Halifax had a shot tipped over the bar and Eastleigh number 12 was shown a yellow for what had looked a strong, but fair, tackle. Visiting players began to develop injuries: Mr Watson was alive to this and made a point of calling trainers on immediately, resulting in players leaving the pitch. Guess what? The next man to go down with nobody near him was the keeper, who was already doing stalwart work by hanging onto the ball for 14 seconds each time he took possession of it. Sadly, no caution was forthcoming, but there was a late one for a visitor for playing on after the whistle. In the seventh minute of added time a Halifax effort hit the inside of the post, rebounded beyond the opposite post, was played back in and turned into the net for the equaliser.

From the stand, it was not possible to tell whether Mr Watson's manner war as good as recalled, though he did look to have a number of amiable-looking individual chats. There was one very intelligent bit of movement: as the visiting keeper came wide to his left to catch the ball, so Mr Watson moved sharply to his right to be in line with the side of the area. In the end, there was no problem, but it was a good precaution. He allowed one very good advantage, the ball being played to the winger in space to run on. When his inept cross ended comfortably in the arms of the keeper, Mr Watson was berated by the Halifax intelligentsia for not having given the free-kick. One despairs at times! Though not as supreme a performance as JCFC had hoped to see, Mr Watson saw matters to a comfortable conclusion and looked to be well enough received at the end.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #231 on: Wed 03 May 2023 19:58 »
The then young(ish) JCFC had been to Doncaster Rovers once, but that was over 50 years ago (v BPA, I think, referee Reginald J Horner of Halifax) but that was at Belle Vue, not the present ground. The approach to the stadium this time was most agreeable, but then JCFC made a grave mistake - ordering a pulled pork bap, which had a curious taste and a desperately dry texture. Still, it was a good place to enjoy

Tuesday 2nd May 2023
NCEFL League Cup Final
Golcar United   1   v   2   Winterton Rangers
Michael Robinson (E Riding); Matthew Collins, Jermaine Isherwood. 4thers: Joshua Drake.
 
Mr Robinson was slim, light on his feet and from a distance had a rather mousy appearance, though when seen at closer quarters as he went to collect his medal(?), his beard gave him a more raffish, piratical appearance. AR1 was a more substantial figure (though not to excess) while the smiling AR2 had copied the Hooper hairstyle.

Golcar made the early running, the Winterton keeper having to back-pedal on 25 minutes to stop a lob from 40 yards. There was a further scramble in the Winterton goal area just a minute later, but the danger was averted. On 34 minutes the Golcar keeper and a Rangers attacker were both down injured and Mr Robinson soon stopped play. The restart was confusing as it seemed to be with a goal-kick. Perhaps Mr Robinson, like JCFC, had forgotten which side was deemed to be in possession when play was halted or maybe he decided belatedly that the attacker had fouled the keeper and it was in fact a free-kick. Whatever, it was a pragmatic decision, as nobody saw fit to question it. At this stage the players had given him nothing to worry about, but a couple of free-kick awards began to be contested, notably by the Golcar number 3. A good Winterton shot was touched over for a corner, at which the keeper came and flapped unsuccessfully, to be rescued by his defenders. Winterton were having a good spell and netted on 43 minutes, only to find AR2's flag raised. A tackle by the Winterton number 2 brought what looked perhaps a harsh yellow card, but a minute later the one for the Golcar number 3, stopping a very dangerous attack after a defender had lost his footing, was thoroughly deserved.

Early in the second half Golcar were caught offside, the player becoming active in his own half, but the kick was taken in the opposing half. JCFC cannot keep up with law changes!  The Winterton number 4 was summoned with some difficulty for a lecture on 51 minutes, in the course of which Mr Robinson's hand shot up several times, but without any clear evidence that any of these gestures involved a card. Before the kick was taken, Mr Robinson had an explanatory word with the offender's skipper. A minute later, it was a foul  by the Golcar number 5 that definitely saw the yellow card brandished. On 56 minutes there was another slip by a Golcar defender, the keeper parried the shot, but Winterton were able to take the lead from the rebound. When the Golcar keeper again parried a shot shortly afterwards, the follow-up effort was easily dealt with and within seconds Golcar had equalised. On  the hour, the Golcar number 3 received a second yellow. With ten men Golcar retreated into full defensive mode, with clearances to a lone attacker being quickly returned. Winterton took advantage with a goal from a corner. They had a great opening on 75 minutes, but the keeper blocked the shot. Winterton soon had a brilliant effort come back off the frame of the goal before Golcar began to make the occasional raid, only to put their best chance wide and Winterton in the end proved deserved winners.

If Mr Robinson was perhaps not quite perfect in JCFC's view, he nevertheless did a pretty good job, as did the two efficient-looking assistants. They were well received at the end, and deservedly so. Credit to Golcar, who accepted defeat with some grace, staying to applaud their opponents as they collected the Cup - we can all recall examples where some professional players have not managed that much. Credit, too, to Winterton, whose victory completed a successful four days. At least they will not be lifting that trophy next season, as Saturday's win at Coggeshall saw them promoted to Step 4.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #232 on: Fri 19 May 2023 19:22 »
With the regular season over and just one match remaining, it is time, once again, to express thanks to aaa for his sterling work throughout the season in posting details of appointments. His work is invaluable - and much appreciated.

Thanks to all who keep the site functioning smoothly, to the officials who run the various leagues and especially to the volunteers whose hard work  keeps their clubs running.

Best wishes to referees at all levels for an enjoyable Summer. Come back refreshed and raring to go next season - and remember: JCFC knows nothing about refereeing, so you are always far better than he could ever have aspired to be.
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« Reply #233 on: Fri 19 May 2023 19:47 »
With the regular season over and just one match remaining, it is time, once again, to express thanks to aaa for his sterling work throughout the season in posting details of appointments. His work is invaluable - and much appreciated.

Thanks to all who keep the site functioning smoothly, to the officials who run the various leagues and especially to the volunteers whose hard work  keeps their clubs running.

Best wishes to referees at all levels for an enjoyable Summer. Come back refreshed and raring to go next season - and remember: JCFC knows nothing about refereeing, so you are always far better than he could ever have aspired to be.

JCFC - just a word of thanks for keeping us (me anyway) entertained with all your amusing antics travelling to and reporting on lower League matches which makes a refreshing change from Premiership etc - so well done and thank you
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« Reply #234 on: Sat 20 May 2023 09:01 »
With the regular season over and just one match remaining, it is time, once again, to express thanks to aaa for his sterling work throughout the season in posting details of appointments. His work is invaluable - and much appreciated.

Thanks to all who keep the site functioning smoothly, to the officials who run the various leagues and especially to the volunteers whose hard work  keeps their clubs running.

Best wishes to referees at all levels for an enjoyable Summer. Come back refreshed and raring to go next season - and remember: JCFC knows nothing about refereeing, so you are always far better than he could ever have aspired to be.

JCFC - just a word of thanks for keeping us (me anyway) entertained with all your amusing antics travelling to and reporting on lower League matches which makes a refreshing change from Premiership etc - so well done and thank you


Many of us RTR correspondents would wish to associate ourselves with this vote of thanks to JCFC for his Pyramid Patrol match reports. They are always informative, invariably amusing and never anything less than generously written. It occurs to me that in future years, anyone reading for a doctorate in early twenty first century social history especially as it relates to amateur sport or transport infrastructure, will find JCFC's Reports a very valuable source material.
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« Reply #235 on: Sat 20 May 2023 22:49 »
Id like to share my own thanks to JCFC for his always entertaining reports, as well as all others who contribute to this thread and of course our appointment poster extraordinaire aaa. This thread is a lovely diversion from all of the posts on that terribly important higher level football, and almost certainly provides the most relatable content for those of us involved actively.
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« Reply #236 on: Sun 21 May 2023 19:20 »
Thank you for the kind remarks, folks. Even when one feels they are not really deserved, it is always nice to receive compliments. Anyway, when you shortly find yourselves facing another helping of indigestible tripe, you will have yourselves to blame.
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« Reply #237 on: Sun 21 May 2023 20:36 »
In a move to save 11 on fares, JCFC opted to take the Slow Train 11 stations along the Penistone line from Huddersfield to Barnsley. Once part of the route of the South Yorkshireman between Bradford Exchange and Marylebone, via Sheffield Victoria, all but the short sections between Stocksmoor and Shepley and around Penistone Station has long been reduced to single track. The disused platform at Brockholes is a little untidy with weeds, but the old station building, with its LMS signs intact is still atmospheric. No porters, of course, (has anyone under 60 seen a porter, except in films?) and no cat on a seat (though if there were a seat, any self-respecting cat would quickly claim possession.) The picture however was enhanced by two milk churns, of different sizes - those were the days. From Barnsley a bus to Doncaster led to:

Saturday 20th May 2023
Sheffield and Hallamshire Saturday Senior Cup Final
Emley   2   v   0   Maltby Main
Gareth Thomas; Adam Burgess, Chris Rose.
4thers: Luke Watson.

At the NCEFL Final the other week, spectators had been in the East Stand, this time we were in the West Stand. Fortunately there was no sight of the pulled pork bap.

The two league matches between the teams had ended in draws, so a tight contest was expected. From the stand it was possible to admire the smart haircuts of Mr Watson, Russ and Banno fils, there in his official capacity. The purple-sweatered gentleman masterminding proceedings had not required such attentions.

Emley made the early running, but on 12 minutes JCFC  wondered if Mr Burgess missed a trick. The ball was played through and looked to be heading for a goal kick, so Mr Burgess stopped. The Emley keeper, however, came wide to intercept it on the dead ball line - or was it just over? It didn't really matter and play was allowed to continue without problems, but the assistant would have been unable to offer a definitive verdict if it had. So, what is the correct action, to follow in or not? Mr Burgess is an experienced assistant, so was presumably correct. Mr Thomas was correct four minutes later to allow a Maltby attack to continue when a collision off the ball saw a Maltby man go to ground and exact retribution when Emley won back possession. The Maltby managers were not convinced and received a stern word, which appeared to prove effective for the rest of the match. On 21 minutes, Emley netted from a rebound, but Mr Rose was quick to flag for offside. The stay of execution was not long, Emley taking the lead three minutes later and doubling it after a further three, when a Maltby player could have claimed an assist. Maltby had a great chance on 34 minutes, but put the ball wide.

Maltby came out fighting after the break, their number 2 pi king up a yellow for one poor tackle too many, and proceeded to dominate the third quarter  with some slick passing and rapid attacks. One such saw the Emley keeper rush to rescue his side with a block, Maltby putting the follow-up shot agonisingly wide of the unguarded net. Emley were still lively, hitting the bar with a shot just after the hour. Gradually they regained the control they had shown in the first half and were looking comfortable as the board went up showing five minutes to be added. At this point, with Maltby about to take a throw, Mr Thomas flashed a card and an Emley player left the pitch, with little argument. It seemed strange to see a straight red in such circumstances and JCFC conjectured that there must have been more to it than the dissent mentioned in the clubs' twitter and match reports - discriminatory language to an opponent came to mind - but it seems not. It lifted Maltby for the closing minutes, but Emley saw the game out with little difficulty.

It is several years since JCFC  first saw Mr Thomas referee.On that occasion, he was fine, but did not really stand out, but with each subsequent viewing he has looked increasingly accomplished. He seems to have a good feel for  the game, uses his whistle sparingly but effectively and maintains effective control. It was no surprise when he was promoted to 2B at the end of last season and on this occasion his assured triage was first rate.

The final whistle saw a large number of Maltby supporters head straight to the exits, but those who did remain were generous in their applause not only of their players,  but of the officials and of the Emley side. The Maltby twitter reporter was equally sporting in his praise for the victors. JCFC's opinion of Maltby Main has undergone a radical upward revision.

So, a third final in Doncaster. Two this season, one mentioned on this site or its previous incarnation, many years ago. Kudos to anyone who can identify what it was. Clue: it was not at Belle Vue.
 
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« Reply #238 on: Mon 22 May 2023 13:03 »
Emley made the early running, but on 12 minutes JCFC  wondered if Mr Burgess missed a trick. The ball was played through and looked to be heading for a goal kick, so Mr Burgess stopped. The Emley keeper, however, came wide to intercept it on the dead ball line - or was it just over? It didn't really matter and play was allowed to continue without problems, but the assistant would have been unable to offer a definitive verdict if it had. So, what is the correct action, to follow in or not?
Always follow the ball to the goal line with animated gusto, firstly to avoid problems like the one outlined above and secondly because observers like it when they see it; easy marks!
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« Reply #239 on: Mon 22 May 2023 15:36 »
Id like to share my own thanks to JCFC for his always entertaining reports, as well as all others who contribute to this thread and of course our appointment poster extraordinaire aaa. This thread is a lovely diversion from all of the posts on that terribly important higher level football, and almost certainly provides the most relatable content for those of us involved actively.

Couldn't agree more.  Thanks to both !!!