Yep, that's it: Frome Town 2 Boreham Wood 2. Frome made their visitors look ordinary for an hour; it was all Boreham Wood for the final half-hour.
Adrian Foster managing Frome; Sam Cox playing in a holding midfield position for Boreham Wood.
I'd planned to take advantage of a rail ticket to go to Whitehawk v Chelmsford relatively cheaply. But, unfortunately, I was under the weather and - with thundery showers forecast for Sussex - I took the less-demanding option.
4-4 at Whitehawk but I'm not complaining. Nor was I too upset that First Great Western doesn't carry coverage of BT Sport on the screens at Castle Cary station.
A unusual trip for me during the week; to Shortwood United with Taunton Town on the team coach. And, with a narrow lane from Nailsworth up to the ground, this called for one of the smallest vehicles in the local coach company's fleet. Officials and supporters in the front seats; players to the back. A series of "pick ups" along the M5 between Taunton and Almondsbury; same places again in reverse on the way home.
A messy journey at tea time; we got there at 7.05pm. Time for a pint, a cuppa and a plate of more-than-decent cottage pie for a couple of quid. It's not a bad game. Taunton have much of the play but go in a goal down at half-time. They miss a penalty, slip a second goal and then pull one back as the game becomes better and better. It ends Shortwood United 2 Taunton Town 1 (attendance: 76).
Nosh for the players and officials afterwards. More cottage pie by the looks of it. My mate has whipped out his laptop and has done the match report by the time we're back on the coach. It's been an ordinary, unremarkable evening in the world of non-league football. Shortwood have been welcoming hosts; the Taunton Town officials are always a pleasant bunch; the players a decent set of lads. I'm glad I had the chance to go along. It's just a shame the Town didn't pick up at least a point for their troubles.
It's probably been a more "productive" - if that's the right word - season than I'd anticipated with respect to visiting football grounds for the first time.
Barnet, Braintree and Dover were my "targets" with Torquay United. I've now been to all the grounds in this division. Hence I think I'll give Nuneaton a miss. New set up; out on the by-pass; a fair trek from the railway station.
Bishop's Stortford and Hemel Hempstead were a "bonus" in the FA Trophy. I've also been to Whitehawk and Gosport Borough in the same division. Conference South certainly appears a very open league with no "stand out" teams. You wonder if, whatever teams are promoted, they'll struggle next season.
I've also been to Merthyr Town and Marlow; two grounds which I'd been meaning to visit for a long time. Two very different places of course. Indeed, not for the first time, I'm reminded of a friend who has either been to Marlow or Harlow. He can't remember which. Hmm. I'd regard that as the time to give up.
Adding Cams Alders to my new ground list. Fareham v Cove a charity preseason friendly with all monies going to Macmillan as this was in memory of Tony Kempster. With a £1 donation requested to get in and a £1 programme as wel if wanted consider the crowd at a head count was app 110 (great crowd for a PSF at that level) to raise Â270 is very touching.
I never made it to Fareham Town for the FA Cup tie in 1988. I had a dim memory of the goals being shown on TV later in the evening and, sure enough, this rather fuzzy version exists on youtube:
When Torquay United encountered Fareham the Hampshire club was in the Southern League Premier which, in the days before Conference South and North, would have been one of three regional leagues immediately below the Conference. That was the peak for Fareham; they reached that level in 1982 and were relegated in 1989 just a few months after those FA Cup matches. Fareham then had nine years at the step below before dropping to the Wessex League in 1998. That’s where they remain; the same grade as Buckland Athletic. They’ve not threatened to come back; a club from a large town playing amongst teams from much smaller communities.
I visited Cams Alders a few weeks ago. I suspect the ground always hung around the sturdy main stand which dominates proceedings. It was constructed during the 1970s when the council had grand intentions for the facility. An athletics track was soon installed but didn’t last long; as far as I’m aware the other three sides were never developed. Now, because of the short-lived track, the stand is rather too far from the pitch for its own good. Nonetheless, in a league of modest metallic structures, Fareham’s rather stands out.
01. Plainmoor (obviously) 02. Oxford United (Kassam Stadium) 10-08-05 (L0-1) 03. Plymouth Argyle (Home Park) (Pre season friendly only) 04. Cheltenham Town (Wadden Road) x2 05. Southend United (Roots Hall) 06. Stockport County (Edgeley Park) x2 07. Hartlepool United (Victoria Park) x2 08. Peterborough United (London Road) x3 09. Swindon Town (County Ground) x2 10. Port Vale (Vale Park) 11. Blackpool (Bloomfield Road) 12. Brentford (Griffin Park) 13. Tranmere Rovers (Prenton Park) 14. Huddersfield Town (Galpharm) 15. Bradford City (Valley Parade) 16. Bournemouth (Dean Court/Fitness first stadium) 17. Barnsley (Oakwell) 18. Hull City (KfC Stadium) 19. Sheffield Wednesday (Hillsborough) 20. Walsall (Bescot) x3 21. Oldham Athletic (Boundary Park) 22. Rochdale (Spotland) 23. Leyton Orient (Brisbane Road) 24. Barnet (Underhill) 25. Notts County (Meadow Lane) 26. Bristol Rovers (Memorial Ground) x3 27. Darlington (Darlington Arena) 28. Bury (Gigg Lane) 29. Birmingham City (St Andrews) 30. Lincoln City (Sincil Bank) 31. Northampton Town (Sixfields) 32. Wycombe Wanderers (Adams Park/Causeway) x2 33. Macclesfield Town (Moss Rose) 17-4-06 34. Carlisle United (Brunton Park) 29-4-06 35. Hereford United (Edgar Street - Dump!!) 36. Accrington Stanley (Fraser Eagles "Stadium") 37. Exeter City (Sid James Park, a dump!!) x2 38. New Wembley x2
39. Newcastle (St James Park) 31-3-05 vs Azerbaijan Won 2-0 Gerrard & Beckham 40. Manchester United (Old Trafford) 8-20-05 vs Austria (1-0) & 3-6-06 vs Jamaica (6-0) 41. Liverpool (Anfield) 1-3-06 vs Uraguay Won 2-1 Crouch & Joe Cole
42. Stoke City (Britannia) Conference Playoff final 14-5-05 Carlisle 1 Stevenage 0
01. Dunfermline Athletic (East End Park) 2-10-07 Pars 1 Ayr Utd 0 02. Dundee United (Tannadice) 31-10-07 Arabs 3 Accies 1 (CIS Cup) 03. Cowdenbeath FC (Central Park) 12-7-08 Beath 1 Dundee 5 (Friendly) 04. Alloa Athletic (Recreation Park) 14-7-08 Alloa 0 Airdrie 0 (Friendly) 05. East Stirlingshire (Firs Park) 15-7-08 East Stirling 1 St Johnstone 3 (Friendly) *The last ever game to be played at Firs Park 06. East Fife (Bayview) 16-7-08 East Fife 1 Edinburgh University 0 (Friendly) 07. Albion Rovers (Cliftonhill) 17-7-08 Albion 1 Celtic Reserves 4 (Jock Stein Friendship Cup) 08. Arbroath (Gayfield Park) 19-7-08 Arbroath 1 Sunderland XI 3 (Friendly) 09. Stenhousemuir (Ochilview) 21-7-08 Stenhousemuir 5 Airdrie 0 (Friendly) 10. Brechin City (Glebe Park) 26-7-08 Brechin 0 East Fife 1 (SFL Challenge Cup) 11. Livingston (Almondvale Stadium) 29-7-08 Livingston 0 Coventry City 0 (Friendly) 12. Stirling Albion (Forthbank Stadium) 9-8-08 Stirling 1 East Fife 1 13. Hamilton Academicals (New Douglas Park) 11-8-08 Hamilton 3 Dundee Utd 1 14. Raith Rovers (Starks Park) 12-8-08 Raith 1 Ross County 2 (SFL Challenge Cup) 15. Queen of the South (Palmerston Park) 17-8-08 QOS 2 Partick 0 16. Dundee (Dens Park) 26-8-08 Dundee 1 Partick 2 (CIS Cup) 17. Hearts (Tynecastle) 27-8-08 Hearts 3 Airdrie 4 (Pens) (CIS Cup) 18. St Johnstone (McDiarmid Park) 30-8-08 St Johnstone 2 Clyde 3 19. Hibernian (Easter Road) 13-9-08 Hibs 2 Dundee Utd 1 20. St Mirren (Love Street) 20-9-08 St Mirren 1 Falkirk 1 21. Falkirk (The Falkirk Stadium) 23-9-08 Falkirk 2 Queen of the South 1 (CIS Cup) 22. Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Tulloch Caledonian Stadium) 27-9-08 ICT 3 Kilmarnock 1 23. Annan Athletic (Galabank) 18-10-08 Annan 1 Cowdenbeath 2
With Kelty Hearts:
01. Kelty Hearts (New Central Park) several times 02. Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale (Saughton Enclosure) 21-04-18 Lothian 1 Kelty 0 03. Dalkeith Thistle (Kings Park) King Cup final 26-05-18 Kelty 7 Preston Athletic 6 (went to penalties) 04. Breadalbane FC (Home Street, Aberfeldy) 30-06-18 Elgin City vs Kelty pre season 05. Whitehill Welfare (Ferguson Park) 31-07-18 Whitehill 0 Kelty 6 06. Cumbernauld Colts (Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld) 03-08-18 Colts 3 Kelty 2 07. Vale of Leithen (Victoria Park) 01-09-18 Vale 0 Kelty 4 08. Lochmaben (New King Edward Park, Lockerbie) 15-08-18 Lochmaben 0 Kelty 5 09. Peterhead (Balmoor Stadium) 20-10-18 Peterhead 3 Kelty 2
Ex league grounds:
Boston United (York Road) 30-10-05 (L0-2) Rushden & Diamonds (Nene Park) 1-4-06 (L 0-1) Mansfield Town (Field Mill) Wrexham (Racecourse Ground) x2 Luton Town (Kenilworth Road, sh*thole!) Grimsby Town (Blundell Park) Chester City (Deva Stadium)
Other none league grounds:
Exmouth Town (Southern Road) Pre season 04/05 17-07-04 (W6-0) Newton Abbot FC (Coach Road) x2 Pre season 04/05 10-07-04 (W7-2) 21-3-06 (W4-3) Hinckley United (Middlefield Lane) 13-11-05 Barnstaple Town (Mill Road) Devon Bowl 1st Rd 2004/5 06-10-04 (W4-0) Clyst Rovers (Waterslade Park, Exeter) Devon Bowl 2nd Rd 2004/5 14-12-04 (W5-0) Tiverton Town (Ladysmead) x2 29-1-05 & 26-8-05 Buckland Athletic (Homers Heath) x3 13-7-05, 5-3-06 & 14-4-06 AFC Bideford (Sports ground) Pre season 05/06 23-7-05 (W6-0) Dawlish Town (Sandy Lane) x2 Pre season 05-06 02-08-05 (W5-0) Dawlish vs Saltash 27-12-05 Harrogate Town (Weatherby Rd) 15-11-05 (W6-5 on pens!) Bodmin Town (But not to see a game!) Burntisland Shipyard (Recreation Park) can't remember the details Broxburn Athletic (Albyn Park) 24-11-18 Broxburn 4 Craigroyston 0