Railway FC

Hope Valley League - Division 'A'
Railway FC 3 Youlgrave United 2
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The village of Peak Dale is located a couple of miles north of Buxton, between two limestone quarries. The village used to house quarry workers and their families. The sight of the pitch and the quarries in the distance whilst descending into the village is a sight to behold. The Hope Valley never disappoints in that department. 

The Railway FC manager aka 'Porky pig' should really be known as the local 'Roman Abramovich' as not so long a go the club were on their knees after the old management left with a few thousand pounds worth of debts. Porky didnt want the club to die to he paid the debt himself which means they are still around today.Having spent most of his life in the area he said he just had to do something.
I had a great chat with Porky and he asked “ have you visited FC Trunk yet ?” …. “well, we beat them 9-0 and we are shit !” 

The game itself was enjoyable with both teams giving it their best shot. The ref did fine and the game flowed accordingly. As always in this league the goals were not in short supply.That makes the six matches I have seen in this league this season has produced 35 goals, I am certainly not complaining.
The scenery was as usual eye catching and another enjoyable afternoon was had in a league that never disappoints.


Northern Premier League
Marine 3 Frickley 3
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Forget the saying a 'game of two halves' because this was a game of two-thirds & one-third ! For 70 minutes Frickley dominated the match from the start.
17 minutes later they were 2-0 up with two excellent goals. The second was a 20 yard blockbuster volley.

When Frickley made it 3-0 they were in cruise control.  But within 18 minutes it was 3-3. The tipping point was when the Frickley goalie caught the ball just outside the box, he was sent off and they had no reserve goalie on the bench. He was instead enjoying his matchday refreshments in the crowd. 

Frickley decided to have no sub goalie on the bench for the first time today.   Big mistake because it came back to haunt them in a must win again.

Loads of shirt pulling by Marine players but the ref said he never saw anything all afternoon. The ref also 'missed' the nasty elbow smashed against a Frickley defender's nose , blood everywhere, and his nose ended up like a corkscrew. The ref also 'missed' the WWE wrestling body slam on the Frickley player. Very poor ref who definitely needs to visit an optometrist on Monday morning.

The last 15 mins was fantastic end to end nervous tension as both sides pressed for the winner.

The 'Scouse House' was purveying food and beverages in the usual fashion. Very good club shop. All in all an enjoyable re-visit after a 7 year gap.


Cleethorpes Town

FA Vase 5th Round
Cleethorpes Town 3
Atherton Colleries 2
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This is what the Vase is all about. Two teams flying high in different leagues, both with good wining records to protect and both half decent. Once again the traveling Colls 'barmy army' made a massive contribution to the occasion. Lots of inflatable instruments on show , fancy dress costumes, green wigs and 'Marcal Marceau' look-a-likes and plenty of noise. 

Colls took an early leave via a headed own goal after superb in-swinging free kick was delivered perfectly with power and pace. Colls pushed forward and could/should of have at least two more before making it 0-2 as a result of a quick break. But the tipping point of the match came moments before HT as Cleethorpes grabbed an unlikely goal. Then within ten minutes of the restart it they well level at 2-2. 
But as the second half unfolded Cleethorpes were first to virtually every ball and Atherton produced very little. Colls captain missed a sitter , mainly through fatigue. As extra time beckoned Cleethorpes got a corner and somehow the ball trickled in the net for the winner. But Colls had one last throw of the dice and very nearly scored an unlikely equaliser. 
The Colls bench were devastated but in truth based on the second half alone Cleethorpes deserved the victory and a place in the QF
I suspect it didn't help matters that they could hear the celebrations in the adjoining changing rooms.

Classy touch from a young Cleethorpes ball boy who gave an Atherton Collieries young lad a big 'hard luck' hug at the end - lovely gesture. 

Atherton players devastated after conceding a last gasp goal

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