Thursday, 2 December 2021

PADSTOW 1920: THE SCREENSHOTS...

 Padstow 1920: The Screenshots…



The working quay is a greyscale muddle,

Scorning daily life, harsh and dour.

Blackened vessels, as if scorched, huddle,

As they languish tethered,

Often mast against slim mast

To grimy, stone harbour walls,

Fixed in deep Padstow mud, gathered 

By the slick low tide which enthrals

And shadowed by incongruous quayside buildings, weathered.

Such a tired plethora of misfits, constructed

To cater to local industries of the past

And not to appeal to the discerning eyes

Of visitors, braving storm or gale

But tenements and dull derelictions… 



Pete Ray

29th November 2021



From old movie footage of Padstow harbour, I took screenshots of three separate views, then whilst there recently, I took photos of today’s typical views of the same scenes in daylight and also at night.






Made for interesting comparisons, I reckoned…





Wednesday, 1 December 2021

PERSHORE TOWN 3-1 WARSTONES WANDERERS: THE INDEPENDENT, HONEST, LIGHT-HEARTED MATCH REPORT...

 Plums Ease Wanderers Out Of The Smedley Crooke Cup


Pershore Town 3-1 Warstones Wanderers


The Mowdog’s thoughts…


Filming at night under floodlights acceptable for Step 5 games and below can be a minefield for focusing the camera and so it proved at Pershore but it’s really annoying when the only piece of action which is captured out of focus ends up being a goal…


So it proved in this cup-tie when James Baldwin’s smart goal virtually settled the match for the Plums. I can only apologise… There is enough on the footage to see the strike however… Just about.


WAITING FOR A LONG KICK...

West Midlands League Division 2 team Warstones, second in their league with three matches in hand over leaders Saltley Stallions, gave a good account of themselves on the night though and missed a number of chances to score, particularly those squandered by Ash Brown and Dan Lawrence while a fine drive from downtown by Marcus Flint took a deflection off home defender Jordan Adams to force Plums’ goalie Elliot Hart into a fine flying save.


LAWRENCE WAS BOOKED FOR WEARING GLOVES, ER, SORRY, FOR UPENDING WEBB...

Certainly the hosts missed chances too but visiting ‘keeper Tom Greenhouse was forced to retire hurt after making a blocking save from Town’s Josh Willis although he had received lengthy treatment earlier in the match too. Luke Draisey took over between the poles for Wanderers but Ash Brown was dismissed late in the second period too, so it was a tough night all round for the plucky visitors.


Jacob Crumpton had pulled Warstones back to 2-1 before the interval, the home goals courtesy of Peter Tonchev’s deflected effort and a low shot by Willis which Greenhouse didn’t seem to realise was going inside his left stick. The out of focus third goal was neatly set up by Town although Baldwin’s shot appeared to pass close to the gloveman.


GREENHOUSE: PLAGUED BY THIS EARLY INJURY...

It was also strange to see Danny Janes and Tom Millward at the Plum-helm after so long at FC Stratford but hey, that’s football I guess… 


The behaviours…


Danny Janes’ thoughtful and calm approach to his touchline presence contrasted sharply with that of the Wanderers’ manager, Leon Brown, who was emotional, vocal and totally immersed in every aspect of his team’s performance. He entertained me too and on the commentary, we kind of shared duties, for our voices can both be plainly heard… Brilliant…


Player Ash Brown was dismissed during the second period and I can only guess that it was for something uttered but the guests also had Dan Lawrence, John Shaw, Reece Lampitt and skipper Craig Radford cautioned, while the only Plum booked was replacement Roland Krol.


BALDWIN TAKES A BREATHER BUT WHAT IS WILLIS SAYING?

Both the visitors and the hosts claimed penalties but neither incident was deemed worthy of a spot-kick although in truth I was too far away from each incident to offer a fair opinion.


However, my evening was confused somewhat when a guy walked past the grandstand at the break and called up to me: “Hello Mowdog…” No idea who he was… Hmm…  


Jacob Crumpton…


Enjoyed watching this ‘centre-forward’ who made himself available all game and scored his team’s only goal, as well as seeing a low right-foot shot from 16 yards saved by Hart’s shins as the ‘keeper advanced and fell right.


The goal stemmed from a free-kick by Kane Lewis at inside-right which was nodded back across goal from beyond the far stick by Radford. Left-back Joe Prosser might have scored at the near post but he miscued, allowing the switched-on Crumpton to latch onto the ball and convert into the left corner of the net. Neither Wanderer was marked… 


THE AUDIENCE IS IMPRESSED AS SKIPPER RADFORD BALANCES A KNEELING SPECTATOR ON HIS HEAD...

Late on in the match, Crumpton had a powerful low drive blocked well by home defender Martin Fowler but Ash Brown’s rebound effort drifted wide of the left upright.


Indeed, midfielder Ash Brown struck a free-kick wide in the opening 45 then really should have scored from 15 yards later in the match but smacked his shot well over the goal-frame from an unmarked position. Mr Janes might just have been wondering who should have been covering the midfield Wanderer…  


The remaining Warstones offense…


Before the recess Lawrence missed two decent opportunities, first (totally unguarded) heading badly wide of the left pole from Ash Brown’s right-side free-kick, then lifting a shot from 23 yards way too high.


The busy and bustling Tom Piggott slid in on Hart during the first-half and was penalised, arriving just too late to get in a telling touch on the ball.


DRINKS FOR THE FORWARDS...

The effective Liam Wilkinson would rue his unmarked finish before half-time too when he lifted Lewis’ left-side centre over the target, wastefully.


It was left to Flint of the Warstones (not War of the Flintstones…) to provide one of the highlights of the match, for his excellent shot from downtown took a slight deflection off Plum Adams which produced a spectacular leaping save from Hart who tipped the effort over his crossbeam.


Josh Willis…


He was simply everywhere and noticeably so, not only because of his whiteish boots. The pale numbers on Pershore’s shirts are often tough to see on the wide blue and white stripes but his feet were rather easy to identify.


He took most of the set-pieces also but did fire wildly high then wildly wide in the opening half, before scoring with a low shot from 20 yards which surprisingly failed to bring a dive from Greenhouse who maybe thought the ball was going past his left post. It wasn’t… 


Willis fired a free-kick at the ‘keeper after half-time, shot another set-piece too high, then hit a shot from open play off target but when he drove low from inside-left, Greenhouse had enough gas to advance and block well although it was the goalminder’s last action before being replaced in goals by Luke Draisey who was already on the heavy turf as a substitute.


RADFORD IS ABOUT TO BE BOOKED...

Petar Tonchev…


This left-sided Plum attacker has smart feet and possesses trickery, if not a combative tendency. His very early goal involved taking a Jake Cavens pass inside the penalty-box at inside-left and tricking both Wanderers’ players John Shaw and Lewis, allowing him the space to curl a shot towards the right vertical which Radford could only lift higher into his own net.


Tonchev shot over the crossbar instinctively when Adams poked a right flank Willis corner back into the middle of the goal but it happened too quickly for a measured shot, I reckon.


More efforts at goal by the Plums…


Adams headed strongly off target from a Willis corner, central striker Aidan Clark shot low towards the left post, an effort subsequently smothered aside by Greenhouse, but the burly Town striker missed from inside the 6 yard box later on when Baldwin’s clever pass found him alone. The shot, at full stretch, rose too high.


ASH BROWN, SECOND FROM LEFT, IS DISMISSED...

Substitute Reece Lampitt shot over the bar, Krol’s free-kick drive was palmed and caught by Draisey but Baldwin settled the issue after smart play by both Fowler and Clark at inside-left and the forward’s low left-footer rolled past Greenhouse’s dive and into the right side of goal, probably nudging the upright. 


The final words…


It was good to return to Pershore for a match where I spotted Family Webb on my way out… I hope they are all well…


WEBB MARKS ASH BROWN...

I liked Radford, the Warstones skipper for he defended with resolve and led by example but despite the presence of Wilkinson and Ash Brown in their midfield, the guests didn’t quite have enough to take the Plums to a penalty shootout. 


Flint supported Radford well but equally Adams and Kirk Layton worked hard in the Pershore defence too, whilst Cavens was quietly efficient in the Town midfield. 


Webb? Usually there when Town needed someone to break up an attack and slip the ball to a better placed colleague…


It’s what he does…


TEAMS:


PERSHORE TOWN:

ELLIOT HART, CURTIS TOWNLEY, MARTIN FOWLER, STEVE WEBB (CAPT), JORDAN ADAMS, KIRK LAYTON, JAMES BALDWIN, JAKE CAVENS, AIDAN CLARK, JOSH WILLIS, PETAR TONCHEV.

SUBS:

MATT ENNIS, TOM MILLS, ROLAND KROL, SCOTT LOADER.


WARSTONES WANDERERS:

TOM GREENHOUSE, JOHN SHAW, JOE PROSSER, LIAM WILKINSON, MARCUS FLINT, CRAIG RADFORD (CAPT), DAN LAWRENCE, ASH BROWN, JACOB CRUMPTON, TOM PIGGOTT, KANE LEWIS.

SUBS:

REECE LAMPITT, LUKE DRAISEY, RHYCE BROWN, NORBERT SANTINIO, SCOTT STEVENSON.






PERSHORE TOWN 3-1 WARSTONES WANDERERS: THE LINK TO 16 MINUTES OF VIDEO ACTION WITH COMMENTARY...



THE AUTUMN TREE HAS THE BEST VIEW...

THE WANDERERS' MANAGER'S MATCH COMMENTARY WAS EMOTIONAL THROUGHOUT...

SO IT'S WARSTONES @ PERSHORE...

PLEASE DON'T TELL ME THAT CRUMPTON'S FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMME USED TO BE 'TRUMPTON'...

THE WARSTONES MANAGER & I HAD TO COMPETE WITH THIS...

"SHIT, I'VE LEFT MY MASK IN THE CHANGING-ROOM..."

GOALIE HART DISTANCES HIMSELF.
A LITTLE...

THE PYDOG & THE BODGING QUITE LIKED THE NEW SEATING AT PERSHORE...

Monday, 29 November 2021

POTTON UNITED 2-2 BUGBROOKE ST MICHAELS: THE INDEPENDENT, HONEST, LIGHT-HEARTED MATCH REPORT...

 Badgers Grab A Point, Depite The Culling…


Potton United 2-2 Bugbrooke St Michaels


The Mowdog’s thoughts…


I really do badger-watch… But this encounter, played in windy, cold weather at The Hollow in Potton actually did see the culling of Badgers. One, Badger Calvin Green, was binned for sinning, another, Badger Jake Bull, was dismissed for tripping but I guess that both culls were deserved.


ANOTHER LONG CLEARANCE IS ABOUT TO BENEFIT FROM THE WIND...

However, Green had been incensed by the officials following Potton’s first period equaliser, which first highlighted the difficult relationship between the main official and his subordinates. Sadly, I do need to address what occurred because it had a direct influence on how the match played out.


FIELD IS CAUTIONED...

Firstly, a replacement linesperson caused mayhem for the Badgers when he failed to spot home forward Sam Dowridge on the left byeline when skipper Aaron McCardle’s inadvertent header forced a smart save from Bugbrooke ‘keeper Jake Bull, for Dowridge was surely in an offside position at that point. With the Badgers appealing to the ‘assistant’, McCardle received a pass from Dowridge and dispatched it into the net. 


Cue arguments and an inquisition by Bugbrooke’s players and in turn their coaching staff, all of which in truth never really dissipated.  


THE RATHER OVERWHELMED REFEREE IS QUESTIONED...

The referee however, simply moved to the middle of the pitch after speaking briefly with his assistant and there was quite a delay as visiting defenders ‘discussed’ the issue with the linesman. The referee did nothing more but wait, patiently…


AS FIELD SCRATCHES AN ITCH, THE REFEREE ATTEMPTS TO CALM THINGS DOWN ON THE SIDELINE...

The other assisting official was confusing to watch. He was unable to wave his flag in any manner which portrayed what kind of decision he was making, so when he spotted a foul, he wobbled his flag lightly in front of himself, leaving his indecisive intentions to the imagination. Thus a free-kick wave of his flag was similar to that for a throw-in decision and the referee had to go and speak to the fellow a few times to find out what his rippling flag meant. The chap looked like a reticent child waving his Union Jack rather sheepishly as the Queen passed by in a car…


However, the referee also lacked decisiveness and consistency, cautioning Dan Field of Bugbrooke, yet failing to show a yellow card to Potton’s Joe Gauge or Josh Howard-Dobson, then Bugbrooke’s Aidan Webster for similar offences. Nor did he yellow-card anyone after a short scrap which developed later in the game. He didn’t spot Louis Octave’s boot stepping on that belonging to Badger Greg Ling either…


IS THIS ALL ABOUT THE OFFICIALS?

Yes, the job is tough, yes the weather was poor but errors by officials are rarely acted upon and their integrity is certainly rarely questioned…




The game itself…


It was a poor match. There was little creativity shown throughout, although in all honesty it seemed that visiting striker Ed Panter might win the game on his own in the opening minutes. He ended up in goals though, after Bull had been dismissed late in the second period.


The wind certainly affected the encounter but too many times the ball was lifted upwards when perhaps more ground football would likely have been the more profitable tactic. 


Chances were few and far between but two of the goals were wind-assisted, one was likely offside and the other was the result of a messy goalmouth scramble. 


SOMEONE FINDS A DULL MOMENT TO PLAY AIR-GUITAR...

Aaron McCardle…


The home skipper played a decent game and was surprisingly effective in the air although his only header at goal was glanced well wide from a cross by Dowridge.


His goal, as mentioned above, originated from a miscued shot by Sylvester which deflected off his head, forcing Bull into a flying save to his right. That is when Dowridge nudged the ball back to his skipper who swept a left-footer into the right side of the net.


A low second period shot by McCardle was saved by the falling replacement goalie Panter near the right pole but the skipper was also involved in the dismissal of Bull. He chased Sylvester’s long clearing pass, accompanied by Badger Field but Bull’s rash rush outside his 18 yard box saw McCardle stumble and fall. A free-kick certainly, also a red card offence…


Ed Panter…


This guy worked the channels intelligently at times but in all fairness he wasn’t too often rewarded with creative passes, despite the efforts in midfield of Joe Power, Ling and Green. 


His early goal was splendidly taken, following a huge wind assisted clearance by Bull which home gloveman Sam Irish raced outside his penalty-box to head clear but Panter had cleverly dropped deeper, unnoticed by two home defenders who were watching the ball. Panter subsequently executed his lob from downtown sweetly into the vacant net with Irish still absent from his goal.


The Badgers on offense…


An early drive, wind-aided, by Ben Drinkwater was tipped over the crossbar by Irish who then dealt with a swirling Field free-kick from the right-flank. The delivery benefited from the wind and caused Irish to back-pedal then make a leap to turn the ball to safety which was a spectacular piece of action. Irish saved a low Josh Whaler shot too in the opening 45 but beyond half-time some rain was mixed in with the wind and really, little penetration was shown by the Badgers.


They did take the lead again though when a right-side flag-kick by Green caused mayhem in the 6 yard box, as both number 5s, Royals’ Loren Maxwell and Badger Tom Caton jumped for the ball in traffic with Irish. However, the ball inadvertently fell against Irish then behind him, where substitute Binder hacked his effort over the goal-line with a back-heel from point blank range.


Incredibly, with ten men, the Badgers might have snatched a very late win but following a free-kick, George Barnell lifted a chance over the target from 15 yards…


ROYALS' FORWARDS SYLVESTER (10) & MAXWELL SEEM NOT VERY SOCIALLY OR FOOTBALL-WISE DISTANCED...

The Royals on offense…


McCardle assisted Liam Andrews for a shot which was blocked by the usually handy Power, Maxwell almost got his head to an Octave centre and after Whaler did well to stop a Sylvester shot on his goal-line following Octave’s right-byeline centre, Sam Willis saw a hard drive deflected away.


The second equaliser for the hosts…   


This goal stemmed from another long, wind assisted pass and it was Sylvester this time who kicked the ball a distance after Potton had defended a corner. Replacement Ibrahim Camara set off in a rush towards the Bugbrooke goal, alongside Field but the defender held off as Bull, not for the only time in the game, raced out of his penalty-box but failed to intercept the ball, leaving Camara to regain his balance and clip a shot with the outside of his favoured right boot from 25 yards, as Field attempted to cover but the ball bounced into the net to regain parity for the Royals…


After the goal, replacement George Brinkman dashed onto the field to take command of a juicy free-kick situation for Potton but his 26 yard left-foot shot drifted over the right angle of crossbeam and pole.


LOOKS LIKE BULL IS IN TROUBLE...

The final words…


Hard work by players such as Isaac Charles and Dylan Manufor for the Royals and also the Bugbrooke midfielders did not go unnoticed in an often frenetic contest. It was a match littered with stoppages, inaccuracies and complaints about the officials, so the fact that four goals went in at least offered the cold, rather unimpressed spectators some respite…


YEP, BULL IS GOING OFF...

All in all it was a strange afternoon for me at Potton who welcomed me so well to a very smart set-up.


I learned at 2.25pm that one of my twin cousins had just died in La Paz, Mexico and his brother, Derek was attempting to sort out the situation from his home in Florida…


I alerted family members before the match started and spent half-time responding to their replies…


So, my work on this game is dedicated to Dave Eastwood, A sea fisherman, a Birmingham City supporter, a father, a husband and a cousin…


TEAMS: 


POTTON UNITED:

SAM IRISH, DYLAN MANUFOR, JOE GAUGE, ISAAC CHARLES, LOREN MAXWELL, LIAM ANDREWS,  LOUIS OCTAVE, SAM WILLIS, AARON MCCARDLE (CAPT), JAMIE SYLVESTER, SAM DOWRIDGE.

SUBS:

CURTIS BLOXHAM, JOSH HOWARD-DOBSON, GEORGE BRINKMAN, IEUAN LEWIS, IBRAHIM CAMARA.


BUGBROOKE ST MICHAELS:

JAKE BULL, JOSH WHALER, DAN FIELD, GEORGE BARNELL, TOM CATON (CAPT), CALVIN GREEN, SAM TAMAKLOE, GREG LING, ED PANTER, JOE POWER, BEN DRINKWATER.

SUBS:

AIDAN WEBSTER, TOM BINDER, JOE LEWINGTON, CURTIS AVERY, DAN PORTER.




Sunday, 28 November 2021

POTTON UNITED 2-2 BUGBROOKE ST MICHAELS: THE LINK TO 23 MINUTES OF VIDEO ACTION WITH COMMENTARY...


THE FACILITIES END...

 

REF: "I'LL BE FINE COMMUNICATING WITH THE PLAYERS BUT DOING THAT WITH MY ASSISTANTS IS GOING TO BE THE REAL PROBLEM..."
AND SO IT PROVED...

IRISH: MADE SOME SMART EARLY SAVES...

ONE OF THE WHEELIE-NETS...

REMEMBERING KENNY DAVIDSON, AN EX-POTTON MANAGER...

ROYALS' RESPECT...

BADGERS' BOWS...

THE BODGING & THE PYDOG FIND THE SEATS RATHER ACCOMMODATING...

WHERE THE WIND LASHED...

GRANDSTAND VIEW...

DUGOUT BLISS...

YEAH, SMART...



HAPPINESS IS A SMALL SHELTER...

WHERE THE RED KITES FLEW...

THE BOUNDARY CAFE IN THE DISTANCE...

THE TREE END...