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  1. On holiday in Plymouth, and took in the Truro v Harrow game on Sat (I had a lot of family links with Truro - father, grandparents - anyone old enough to remember the Navy Arms in Fairmantle St? -, etc, etc and count myself as a long distance follower and have watched them on several grounds in the midlands). Attendance given as 116 I think. There seemed to be a fair number getting on the coach back after the game, I overheard a number discussing Parkway so assumed that they were Parkway supporters, or perhaps officials. One or two hoppers as well. There were a group of perhaps 15 from Harrow, plus officials. Given the cheering when Truro scored perhaps a few more made their own way from wherever. It is a decent standard so it is a shame that more locals weren't interested. Truro set off like a bomb and could have had a couple of quick goals, but after 10 minutes Harrow took over and dominated the first half. Truro seemed to play a lot of hoof balls to Harvey and Neal, but with midfield too far away from these two, the ball kept coming back. Second half Truro upped the tempo, kept the ball much better with more passing to feet, and dominated the second half. What I didn't like, and don't at any level, was, after getting the second goal, 'game management' (horrible phrase) took over, and the last ten minutes became very niggly and nearly turned nasty. Mustn't forget to comment on the setup at Parkway - excellent in all areas, friendly officials from both Truro and Parkway. Well worth a visit for anyone who hasn't been.
  2. And there were plenty of people who were offering their opinions AT THE TIME, and were proved right. Unfortunately we have a 'leader' (cough, cough) who has a typical management view that unless he had the idea, it is a bad one. But, he is a bit of a lad isn't he.
  3. I thought that someone would jump in with this Timmy. It is a misinterpretation of the word 'promotion', caused by the FA's use of language. This is not a promotion following winning the league on the pitch this season, which is what the wiki pages would suggest. It is an promotion/upward movement as a result of the restructure proposal from the FA, which has been on the agenda for a couple of years and based on results over two seasons. Different things, same result. Yes, it looks as if Parkway may well benefit as well. Congratulations to both clubs, with others still in with a chance of following suit. Saltash United Football Club would like to announce the intention to accept the restructure proposal by the @FA
  4. Wiki pages for all leagues (I think, certainly the ones that I have looked at, which is a lot!) set out their tables section in that way, indicating which positions would NORMALLY achieve promotion/relegation. Whoever edits the Western League page (and numerous other leagues) just hasn't yet edited it to take account of the early end to the season. All promotion/relegation into and from steps 2-6 have been scrapped for this season. So, no promotion for Parkway.
  5. The SWPL is at the same level as Western 1, which is why promotion from SWPL is to Western Prem. Relegation from Western Prem is at the FA's discretion, but would be on a geographical basis. For example, Saltash would return to SWPL, but Cullompton may well end up in Western 1. Neither would be relegated to the St Piran as that is more than a one division drop. A club refusing promotion would be relegated two divisions I think, but I stand to be corrected on this. (Sorry that I haven't got any postcards at the moment, didn't know that they were still around.)
  6. As with cricket Dave. International Umpires do not make decisions on even the most obvious run-outs, stumpings, no balls any more as they know that the third umpire will do the job for them. As with football, the poor sods at lower levels have to make the decisions without any help. Strange how the top level refs/umpires seem to need the help, but the rest don't.
  7. Don't know if it will help but try this. Google nonleaguematters.co.uk on top line click on tables archive click on nonleaguetables.co.uk link pick a season, then scroll down to see if any leagues you are interested in are there - I know that ECPL tables are available for some seasons at least.
  8. With the talk of improving Parkway to Southern League standard, what about National League standard should Truro be promoted either via the league or through restructuring?
  9. Not so much a joke as a true* story. Many years ago, Falmouth were due to play at home to Truro. The Truro players met at their clubhouse to prepare to travel over. Suddenly one of the players announced that he really didn't fancy bothering with the game, he just wasn't interested, Amazingly a number of players agreed and they decided to forfeit the game. One player wasn't happy with this, a new signing, Stewart Yetton, so he suggested that he go over and take on Falmouth on his own. The rest thought he was stupid, but eventually said, go for it if you want. So he did. The rest of the players stayed in the club and watched Soccer Saturday and waited for the scores to roll in. Nothing. Nothing again. Then, up pops Falmouth 0 Truro 1 (Yetton 44) Gobsmacked the players were glued to the screen. Nothing. Then up pops Falmouth 1 (Smith 90 +7) Truro 1 Almost immediately Yetton walks through the doorway, absolutely distraught. 'Sorry lads, I've let you all down badly today'. The others told him not to be so daft, he'd played Falmouth all on his own, and got a draw. Yetton wouldn't have it, keeping on about how he had let them all down. Eventually someone said 'How have you let us down, and how did you get back so quickly? Yetti replied 'Well I got sent off just after half time.' * well sort of trueish. (Story inspired by Falmouth's most loyal supporter repeatedly telling us on here just how rubbish Falmouth are.)
  10. I went to Blackpool last week. NEVER AGAIN!!! I was walking along the prom, and in the distance I could see a large group of people. As I got closer I could see a couple in the middle. They were screaming and shouting at each other at full volume, much to the amusement of the crowd. Then it started to turn nasty, and the couple started hitting each other, fists at first, then from somewhere the woman found a frying pan, and started clouting the man with it around the head and body. I guess that someone called the police, as a copper arrived and tried to stop the couple from fighting. Amazingly it worked, but instead of calming down, they started to attack the copper, hitting him with fists and the frying pan! The crowd were loving it, especially the kids. Then, out of nowhere, a crocodile appeared and stole ALL of the sausages. (That's the way to do it)
  11. I have been down in Plymouth from the Midlands for a few days so thought I'd 'tick off' Saltash, they were one of the few grounds down that way that I hadn't ticked as every time I've been in the area for several years they have been away! Nice set up, I have been to several worse Southern League grounds in my time. Easy to find. Plenty of room in the car park. Virus procedures very good, from temperature testing, track and trace by app or paper, one way system, two out of every three seats closed off. As far as I could see most people were being sensible. Decent pitch. Oh, and a decent half time pasty as well. Excellent programme. Friendly and helpful officials. I always take in a game when I'm down south two or three times a season, and also watch some step 6 football in the Midlands, and feel that in general the standards in the SWPL are better than in the equivalent league up here. The surprising thing to me was how poor Saltash were, I was certainly expecting more from them. But a lot of this was down to the way Newquay played, and they deserve a lot of credit. They set up in what looked like 4-5-1 with very disciplined defending and lightening quick breaks when the chance came. I don't know the names but the wide right midfielder (Louis something possibly) ran rings round whoever tried to mark/tackle him. Saltash did a lot of passing around at the back, but showed no idea of how to break down the Newquay defence, with a lot of high balls being picked off by the defenders. Newquay's movement on and off the ball was far superior to Saltash. The only problem for Newquay was that they created so many excellent chances, many ending up in one on the keeper, but missed the majority - no joke but they could have had double figures if only they could take their chances. The surprise was that the score line ended up so close, but this did not reflect the game. The strong end to end wind may have contributed a bit! As an ex referee I am loath to comment on officials, but yesterday's ref was very inconsistent to say the least. Numerous very strange decisions. Several bad fouls ignored, but free kicks given for virtually nothing. I lost count of the number of cards, a lot of them unnecessary in my opinion, and I felt that his performance was possibly the main reason why several players became a bit frustrated and some lost a bit of self control at times. I had to leave bang on the whistle, but just saw a couple of cards flashed as the players left the field, and heard his whistle being blown a lot as I was in the car park - I don't know what went on and haven't seen it reported as yet. A shame as from the side I thought that on the whole the game was played in reasonably good spirit. In common with a lot of step 6/7 football, two assistants who tried but failed to be able to keep up with play, leading to several iffy offside/ball out of play calls. Sorry, no offence meant. Overall, as a neutral, I enjoyed my visit and I'll look forward to being able to return at some stage, hopefully when Saltash are back on top form!
  12. How on earth did the ref not see the foul in the build up to the first goal? Too far away? Even the eventual scorer stopped and looked at the ref expecting a whistle.
  13. This offer and similar have been made several times over the last couple of years. He always goes to ground, refusing to engage, in the same way that he did when offered the chance to talk to club officials re ground move/developments. But the alleged prohibitive cost of entry (anyone know how much entry is for OAP's at Falmouth?) is only one of a whole list of reasons that he has given; wrong day, wrong time of day, wrong weather, too far to travel, too much rubble near the entrance, etc etc etc. And yet he is an expert on all matters Falmouth and football in Cornwall in general without actually seeing any of it. Easy to sit at home and criticise when you know nothing.
  14. Stoke Gabriel v Falmouth a couple of years back. Just about everything else was off. Heavy snow and ice and rain, howling gale end to end. No idea how the game was started let alone finished, unless it was just to avoid Falmouth having to come back later in the season. Watched the game from inside the club, only time I have ever watched a live game from inside anywhere. Would you believe that I was actually on holiday in Plymouth at the time, took me the rest of the week to thaw out.
  15. Whoever he is, it is a complete waste of time trying to make sense of his posts, or to get into a sensible discussion with him despite many many attempts by respected posters over the years. Best bet, as has been posted above, is to ignore him.
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