FC HODNET 1-1 NEWPORT TOWN
Shropshire County League Division 1
Hodnet Social Club, Shrewsbury Street, Hodnet, Shropshire
The ground is part of the local sports centre in the village with the pitch being roped off though permanent dugouts are in place. The social club is adjacent to the pitch and the club were well organised to cope with around 100 extra visitors to their club. Inside they had a selection of hot and cold food available including bacon baps, soup and sandwiches. The game itself ended in a 1-1 draw which on the overall balance of play I thought was a fair result. Hodnet were deservedly in front at half time through a well taken goal from their best player Scott Holiday. It was in the 22nd minute when he picked the ball up on the half way line and went on a run and when reaching the penalty area drilled a low shot past the visiting keeper into the right hand corner of the goal. The second half was a more scrappy affair with neither side exerting any authority on the game, this until the last fifteen minutes when Newport upped their game and put some sustained pressure on the hosts. Their equaliser came on 87 minutes when a very generous penalty was awarded and allowed captain Hendley to give his side a deserved point.
Programme: £1 - first ever issue I believe. Very impressive.
Attendance: 103 (head count)
Match rating: 2 out of 5
Google maps driving time and distance: 1 hour 40 minutes and 85 miles
WHITCHURCH ALPORT 0-3 GRAPPENHALL SPORTS
Cheshire League Division 2
Yocklings Park, Black Park Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire
The ground is located on the edge of the town and for the level they play at it is a cracking little venue. You enter in the corner of the ground and ahead of you is the small but smart social club and a seated stand which also houses the changing rooms. The first half was not the best with neither side being better than the other. The only goal of the half came on 39 minutes when an angled ball across the box was controlled by the visiting number 13 and then hit a low shot back across the keeper into the corner of the goal. Ten minutes or so into the second half and the visitors thought they had scored a second but it was disallowed by the referree. Just a minute later on 57 minutes and they did get their second when the scorer rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home. This seemed to wake the home side up and they had their best spell of the game and for around fifteen minutes they created some chances and looked like getting back into the game. Grappenall weathered the storm so to speak and clinched all three points with a third goal on 81 minutes with an angled shot into the top corner. This was without doubt the best game of the three, though to be honest it did not have a lot of competition.
Attendance: 48 (head count)
MORDA UNITED 0-5 ELLESMERE RANGERS RESERVES
Shropshire County League Premier Division
FC Hodnet: www.clubwebsite.co.uk/fchodnet
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