Atherton Collieries

FA Vase 1st Round
Atherton Collieries 5
Jarrow Roofing 0
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A Vase fixture , visiting one of my favourite clubs in North West, and a fixture between two teams from different leagues, today's choice of fixture was really a no brainer.
Alder Street is a typical gritty northern venue and is always a pleasure to visit.

Colls were very impressive today and they gave Jarrow a real good spanking. Was expecting a stronger following from the North East but only around 10-15 fans made the effort. The fifth Colls goal was a 'Goal of the Season' 25 yard rocket volley into the top corner . It was his first ever goal for Colls and he ran fifty yards to celebrate with the Colls bench.

The Colls Management are really a classy bunch . The way they set the team up today was most impressive and the performance the team produced was outstanding.
I have a feeling they will be going very deep in the Vase this season along with securing promotion to the Northern Premier League. They deserve all the success that comes their way.

It was another fantastic visit to the Colls , the bar was buzzing after what was a comprehensive mauling of a good team. The best all round team performance i have seen this season by far. 

 It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

Frickley Athletic

Northern Premier League
Frickley 4 Buxton 4
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Good to see a busy Westfield Lane today supporting 'Academy Day' and watching League leaders Buxton roll into town.

The game was a cracker with a 95th minute equaliser for Buxton securing a point. The last gasp equaliser came at the fifth attempt after a 'pinball machine'/keystone cops style moment in the Frickley six yard box.
Thought the ref made too many mistakes today and how he found six extra minutes only he knows. Frickley went goal crazy in the first half and were already two goals up in no time. From then on the game became an end to end cracker. The Frickley gaffer Lee Norris played himself due to needs must. He even scored just before half-time but was too knackered to celebrate.

Another eventful matchday up Westfield Lane all in front of the highest crowd of the season. Brilliant entertainment.


FA Trophy
Clitheroe 0
Stocksbridge PS 5
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Revisit to Shawbridge. The ground has been spruced up a bit since my last visit five years ago.It looked very good in the sunshine.
Pre-match was the obligatory visit to Clitheroe Castle for a bird's eye view of the ground followed by brunch in one of the many cafes in town.

Steels put in a strong performance and controlled the game throughout with some well worked goals which included two one-on-ones, a worldy half volley, a superb free kick and a penalty. Clitheroe seemed void of any ideas and seemed more interested in the fancy flicks and step overs. Steels however kept things simple with the forward-back-forward pass routines which turned the Clitheroe defence at ease.

Shawbridge is a cracking non league ground full of nooks and crannies. Excellent bar/lounge and catering facilities. The locals are a friendly bunch and always make the casual visitor feel welcome. It ranks very highly in my all time favourite non league grounds for it is that good.