Tag: AFC Telford United

Hayes & Yeading United – The Comeback Kings

Five minutes into the second half of their Blue Square South play-off semi-final at home to Eastleigh, one could have forgiven Hayes & Yeading United supporters for feeling as if they should cut their losses and just go home. Already three down by half-time, a James Mulley own goal had made it 4-0 to Eastleigh, but even the most optimistic of their supporters would have been unlikely to have been able to predict what happened next. Hayes managed to pull two goals back in the first leg, before travelling to Hampshire and winning the second leg 4-0 to send themselves through to the final of the Blue Square South play-offs, where they would go on to play Hampton & Richmond Borough, who had beaten the pre-season promotion favourites Chelmsford City in their semi-final, at Hampton’s Beveree. A crowd of over 3,000 packed into Beveree for the final, and Hayes took an early lead after Dale Binns crossed for Scott Fitzgerald to score from close range. The rest of the first half passed largely without incident, but the second half more than compensated for this. Four minutes, Shaun McAuley levelled for Hampton and, with twenty minutes left to play, disaster struck for Hayes. Their goalkeeper Delroy Preddie had successfully claimed a cross and wandered out to the edge of his own penalty area. He put the ball down to clear...

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Match Of The Week: Tamworth 0-1 AFC Telford United

The weather hasn’t been as cruel as it might have been to the football schedules this weekend. Considering that the newspaper headlines have been all about the worst winter weather for twenty years, with offices and schools closed and public transport running much as it would in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear holocaust. Across the south of England, a swathe of matches have been called off, but this is a good thing. Permission has been obtained to bring pitch inspections forward by twenty-four hours, which means that thousands of miles worth of wasted journies have been avoided. At The Lamb Ground, the pitch is inspected again at 12.30 on the Saturday lunchtime, and the game is on. The travelling support from Telford doesn’t have that far to travel anyway – it’s only thirty-five miles from the new town to the north-west of Birmingham to the small market town just to the north-east of the city. The snow has been shovelled from the pitch and sits against the advertisement hoardings of how lucky everyone is that the game is actually on. It’s no understatement to say that this is a real six pointer. Tamworth are six points ahead of Telford, who are in fourth place in the table, with Gateshead and Southport between them. A little chink of daylight has opened up between them, and Telford need a win...

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The Dark Side Of Non-League Football

Congratulations, of sorts, to Kettering Town, who became (after Chelmsford City last week) the second club in English senior football to win their league championship yesterday. Their 3-0 win against AFC Telford United yesterday was coupled with a 3-1 defeat for second placed Stalybridge Celtic at Boston United, which meant that the Conference North championship to Rockingham Road and guaranteeing Conference football there next season. The result, however, was overshadowed by considerable crowd trouble in and around the ground, as well as in the centre of Kettering itself. Supporters of both clubs were keen to distance themselves from the trouble. The rumour currently doing the rounds is that hardcore hooligans from Wolverhampton Wanderers (who had a day off yesterday because of the FA Cup semi-finals) decided to travel down to down to Northamptonshire because their team had a day off. This has, for a long time, been a problem for non-league clubs. I wrote on here last year about the arrival of Brighton troublemakers at the FA Vase quarter-final between Whitehawk and Truro City, and a match between FC United of Manchester and Newcastle Town was disrupted by the decision of groups of “supporters” of Manchester United and Stoke City to use the fixture as an opportunity to renew old acquaintances. Part of the problem is that courts will ban persistent troublemakers, but they will only ban them from...

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