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Day: November 11, 2007

The FA Cup – Weekend Final

Right, I promise that this will be the last time that I mention the FA Cup for the time being, but here’s a brief round-up of what happened this weekend overall. The surprise that the BBC had been hoping for happened at Plainmoor this afternoon, when Torquay United came from a goal down to win a very entertaining match against Yeovil Town by four goals to one. Yeovil, of course, were celebrated giant-killers whilst they were a non-league club but today they were completely outplayed by a Torquay United side that will almost certainly now see the odds against them winning the Conference this season slashed. The other non-league sides playing today were somewhat less successful. Gainsborough Trinity were beaten 6-0 at home by Hartlepool United, whilst Forest Green Rovers raced into a two goal lead against Rotherham United before being pegged back to a 2-2 draw. As I mentioned briefly on here yesterday, there wasn’t enormous amount to get over-excited about, though a couple of the goals that were scored were out of the absolute top draw. I already mentioned Altrincham’s goal against Millwall in their 2-1 home defeat – an outstanding pre-planned move from a free-kick which ended up with the ball being lashed in off the far post from a very tight angle. I still haven’t been able to find a video of it online, but...

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Eastbourne Borough 0-4 Weymouth

Sometimes you get the feeling before you even leave the house that it’s not going to be a good day. A quick check of the internet had confirmed that “planned engineering works” were adding an unnecessary half an hour to an already tortuous journey (how can a twenty mile journey take an hour and a half in this day and age?) and, added to that, Eastbourne play in red, which is always going to temper my support for them somewhat. On paper, this was a fixture with a bit of spice behind it. Eastbourne Borough were unbeaten in all competitions this season and sit at the top of the Conference South, whilst Weymouth spent heavily to get into the Conference in the first place and almost bankrupted themselves in the process. They’re still there, but in 17th place – uncomfortably close to the relegation places. A clear out in January got rid of most of their most expensive players (and a manager, Gary Hill, who curiously lost interest when it became apparent that the money had run out), along with an enforced tempering of expectations on the terraces. Priory Lane is not an unattractive place to watch football – almost entirely covered and with two bars, one of which was pleasingly empty more or less constantly. They are also the owners of the world’s best scoreboard. The people of...

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