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« Reply #150 on: Tue 31 Jan 2023 03:37 »
JCFC   - it never ceases to amaze me the amount of time you obviously spend studying road and rail timetables in order to get to some fairly obscure grounds, and then spend more time in actually travelling to those grounds and then reverse everything to get back home sometimes fairly late in order to post your very entertaining  reviews
I suppose this is down to absolute dedication  or madness!!!! (no offence intended)
However I still enjoy your posts and long may it continue
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #151 on: Tue 31 Jan 2023 08:09 »
I think perhaps JCFC follows Robert Louis Stevenson's dictum 'it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive'. Certainly the commitment shown to this tier of football is absolutely commendable. Indeed " long may it continue " because for me ( and I know I am not alone ) JCFC's reports on Pyramid Patrol win the RateTheRef Oscar every year.
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Re: JCFC - travelling
« Reply #152 on: Tue 31 Jan 2023 10:44 »
JCFC   - it never ceases to amaze me the amount of time you obviously spend studying road and rail timetables in order to get to some fairly obscure grounds, and then spend more time in actually travelling to those grounds and then reverse everything to get back home sometimes fairly late in order to post your very entertaining  reviews
I suppose this is down to absolute dedication  or madness!!!! (no offence intended)
However I still enjoy your posts and long may it continue

Thank you for the kind remarks. Dedication would imply some worthy end, rather than merely ill-informed and occasionally scurrilous musings. So madness it is - after all, I have already been classified as "daft" by David Richardson and certified as "bonkers" by no less an authority than James Bell - both people whose judgement I respect.

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #153 on: Tue 31 Jan 2023 10:58 »
I think perhaps JCFC follyws Robert Louis Stevenson's dictum 'it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive'.

I did not realise that RLS was the source of that quotation, but it has certainly been true of some grounds and many matches over the years. Incidentally, the abandonment pf the tie at Tring at the weekend might have offered an opportunity to add Episode 13, but with rail strikes on Wednesday and Friday, Saturday seems more like a case of travelling hopelessly. Fortunately, tonight should be simpler - I could always walk home if the worst comes to the worst.

PS  If this site believes I am going to start spelling realise with a z, it has another think coming
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #154 on: Tue 31 Jan 2023 17:18 »
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PS  If this site believes I am going to start spelling realise with a z, it has another think coming

Quite right too.  I recall when working in Leatherhead writing a paper and submitting it to our editor (a Portsmouth supporter, but she was OK).  I had written "sulfur" and was admonished for doing so. My defence (not as my spell check would prefer "defense") was that IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) now used sulfur was met with - "We are always interested in the opinions of IUPAC but here at LFRA we will use the English - sulphur."
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« Reply #155 on: Tue 31 Jan 2023 17:25 »
I know nothing about IUPAC, but I had learnt that from watching Pointless. I don't like it - but then, I am not a scientist. Will we have to start mispronouncing Aluminium next?

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #156 on: Wed 01 Feb 2023 21:02 »
If it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive, there are times when it would be better not to travel at all. On a cold, damp, windy night, one such occasion was experienced at

Tuesday 31st January 2023
NPL Premier Division
Liversedge   1   v   0   Gainsborough Trinity
Jack Hall; Gordon Greaves, Matt Coles

Entry to the ground was briefly delayed by a scout from Boston United, whose name did not appear on the list at the turnstile. To his credit, he offered to pay and claim it back from Boston - as a paying customer, i rather feel that should be the norm.

The visitors had opted for a grey strip with a touch of bilious yellow - goodness knows why anyone would - which was just about distinguishable from Sedge's sky blue from the stand, but none too easily. They proceeded to dominate the play for most of the first half. There was an  early yellow for Sedge, before a Gainsborough header was just off target. The visitors had a strong shot midway through the half, but again, just missed the target. On 28 minutes Mr Hall allowed advantage after a strong Liversedge foul, summoning the offender when the ball finally went dead. It looked likely to earn another yellow card for Sedge, but Mr Hall settled for an extended lecture. Minutes later, his jaw got further exercise, this time the recipient of the talking-to being a visiting defender. Sedge did eventually come into the game and took the lead from a 39th Minute corner.

Gainsborough received two yellow cards midway through the second half, with one for Liversedge following. There was little to warm the blood - goodness knows what the scouts  (there was at least one other) learnt from an encounter between two pretty mediocre sides. In added time Gainsborough worked a clear opening in front of goal, but a desperately weak shot was easily saved.

In a scruffy sort of match it was never possible for Mr Hall to be outstanding, but his triage was sound and there can have been no real complaints from either side - not that that  ever stops some players.

The 47 minutes waiting in Cleckheaton bus station passed comfortably enough, the further 20 in a draughty shelter at Mayo Avenue did not.

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #157 on: Thu 02 Feb 2023 12:54 »
Tuesday 31st January 2023
NPL Premier Division
Liversedge   1   v   0   Gainsborough Trinity
Jack Hall; Gordon Greaves, Matt Coles
Funnily enough I also watched Gainsborough Trinity play away from home on Tuesday evening; at Grantham Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup Quarter Final.  A number of previous failed attempts to play the game had apparently left the visitors fearing a fine from the Lincolnshire FA if they cried off due to the deadline for the round to be completed.

Grantham Town 3 v 0 Gainsborough Trinity
Lee Hartley; Aimee Keir, Laura Van Lier; Ellis Mills

Gainsborough predictably fielded a team of youth players and trialists and Grantham appeared to have followed suit.  It looked and felt like a youth team game.  A refereeing team of one level three and three level fours unsurprisingly had no difficulty in keeping this under control and were comfortably the most impressive performers on a cold, windy evening. 
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #158 on: Fri 03 Feb 2023 03:47 »
Tuesday 31st January 2023
NPL Premier Division
Liversedge   1   v   0   Gainsborough Trinity
Jack Hall; Gordon Greaves, Matt Coles
Funnily enough I also watched Gainsborough Trinity play away from home on Tuesday evening; at Grantham Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup Quarter Final.  A number of previous failed attempts to play the game had apparently left the visitors fearing a fine from the Lincolnshire FA if they cried off due to the deadline for the round to be completed.

Grantham Town 3 v 0 Gainsborough Trinity
Lee Hartley; Aimee Keir, Laura Van Lier; Ellis Mills

Gainsborough predictably fielded a team of youth players and trialists and Grantham appeared to have followed suit.  It looked and felt like a youth team game.  A refereeing team of one level three and three level fours unsurprisingly had no difficulty in keeping this under control and were comfortably the most impressive performers on a cold, windy evening.

Interesting to note that the two female assistants appear to be highly thought of in Lincolnshire
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #159 on: Sun 05 Feb 2023 14:18 »
The reference in last week's Non League Paper report from Lincoln United to "promotion-chasing Brighouse" drew grim laughter from those who see them regularly and who feel "relegation-dodging Brighouse" is a more accurate view of the present situation. Nevertheless, the usual suspects were in attendance for

Saturday 4th February 2023
NPL Division 1 East
Brighouse Town   2   v   2   North Shields
Karl Parker (Sheffield); Dwayne Chappell, Jamie Cogill?

Some three and a half years ago, a shambolic competition was organised - using the term in its loosest sense - in Yorkshire. Two of the sides meant to take part dropped out, and we never discovered what happened to the game between Yorkshire and the Chagos Islands. For the match between the hosts and Island of Jersey Parishes, the referee was Mr Parker - then a Surrey-registered new Level 4. He did well enough, without commanding total respect. Since then, he has appeared regularly in Yorkshire and been promoted to Level 3 this season.

Brighouse had the ball in the net early on - unnecessarily, as the whistle had long gone for offside. Mr Parker had a gentle word with the attacker as he trotted back. On 12 minutes, he headed to the North Shields bench to have words with someone. A minute later, a Brighouse attacker was needlessly taken down in the area and Mr Parker was right on the spot to award the penalty. The visitors had already shown a propensity to greet any decision against them with a less-than-edifying verbal response, but the protests were not too prolonged on this occasion. Or that would have been the case, but as the kick was about to be taken, the keeper raced from his goal and plonked himself in front of the ball and had to be ushered back. Time for a caution, thought JCFC. The taker, though, was not deterred and gave Town the lead. Brighouse, however, are generous hosts and granted the visitors an equaliser through a headed own goal on 22 minutes. When North Shields added a second just after the half hour, an all-too-familiar gloom descended on the locals.

Brighouse attacked the second half with a little more energy and drew level within a minute. Exchanges were a little more even - Shields created the better clear chances (indeed, the only ones) but their finishing was fortunately as poor as Brighouse's defending.  The SEPAR was in good voice, directing his comments at the visiting players - and occasionally his own - but remarked several times that the referee was doing well, and not just at the four yellow cards shown to North Shields as the game meandered to its conclusion. Town now face a run of four away games - a positive result at Carlton on Tuesday is needed.

JCFC had not been over-impressed with Mr Parker at the previous sighting, or was maybe just grumpy at the general chaos of the occasion, but formed a different view this time. He was always well positioned, giving himself a degree of width when appropriate, and his decisions appeared accurate and were always given sharply and confidently. Though JCFC would have liked to see action against some of the verbals, they never lasted or got out of hand, so Mr Parker was vindicated in ignoring them. A very positive verdict from JCFC is pretty much the norm, but wonder of wonders, while making his way out of the ground, the stentorian friend awarded his man of the match to the referee.
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