Tuesday, 12 May 2009

End of season report

As it turns out my last game of the season was the Castle Donington v Newmount game at the end of April - my earliest ever finish. It has not been a bad season in terms of watching football, not helped by my shifts at work. I never had any plans to watch any games in the Spartan South Midlands League but ended up taking in four games during the early part of the season. I'm not good at sticking to targets or predictions that I make as this season I only managed one - to complete the Leicestershire Senior League (LSL) in terms of 1st team clubs. This saw me watch home games for Ashby Ivanhoe, Evington and FC Dynamo. Over the coming years there will be less likely that I will watch any more games in the LSL. At present it seems that the only new club in the LSL next season will be Melton Mowbray BS. This is because I have started watching games in one of it's three feeder leagues - the Leicester & District League which is due to time and cost and I hope to watch all remaining clubs in the Premier Division next season, preferably involving Kingsway Rangers. Six games were watched this season, four in the Premier Division and two in Division 1 and all games involved either Desford or the afore mentioned Kingsway Rangers.
The list of new clubs watched is as follows:
Central Midlands League: Bulwell Town, Parkhouse, Thoresby Colliery Welfare
Conference: Histon
Hellenic League: Witney United
Leicester & District League: Broughton Astley, Burbage Old Boys, Desford*, Glenfield Town, Kingsway Rangers, St Patricks
Leicestershire Senior League: Ashby Ivanhoe, Evington*, FC Dynamo*
Midland Combination: Continental Star, Loughborough University*
Midland Regional Alliance: Castle Donington Town
Northern Counties East League: Shirebrook Town
Southern League: Bury Town
Spartan South Midlands League: Aylesbury Vale, Buckingham Athletic, Langford, New Bradwell St Peter
West Midands (Regional) League: Gornal Athletic, Wolverhampton Casuals
* - clubs playing at venues already seen games at
As I have already stated I am no good at making predictions but I always do and this is a list of 25 clubs that I hope to watch next season: (subject to changes during the close season)
Central Midlands League: Church Warsop, Kirkby Town, Nettleham, Pinxton
Leicester & District League: Belgrave, Blaby United, Cosby United, Houghton Rangers, Welby Lane United
Leicestershire Senior League: Melton Mowbray BS - if promoted
Midland Alliance: Tipton Town
Midland Combination: Castle Vale, Fairfield Villa, Meir KA
Southern League: Nuneaton Town, Romulus
Spartan South Midlands League: Ampthill Town, Winslow United
United Counties League: Olney Town, Rushden & Higham United, Sleaford Town
West Midlands (Regional) League: Bloxwich United, Goodrich, Shenstone Pathfinder, Tividale
No doubt this will change as the season progresses.
see you in August.
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