The day Town were washed away by  the Dolly Blues at the Giant Axe

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A strange headline (not unknown for me !) which perhaps needs a little explanation. Lancaster City, formed over 100 years ago, play in blue colours which resembled the colour of “Dolly Blue” washing tablets and bags that were around at the start of the 20th century. The stadium name was given as it was the centrepiece of a sports club, the exterior wall of which was, when viewed from above, the same shape as an axe head.

The coach trip for the meagre number of Townites headed off on time towards the home of Solihull Moors to collect players etc. Apart from officials and Carl’s folks, there were just 4  other fare paying passengers. The M6 was to be our major route northwards. Surprisingly no holds ups were experienced, with good weather and good progress was made. We took an obligatory 45 minute break (for Paul, the driver) at Charnock Richards Services. Yours truly was actually able to enjoy his sandwiches, flask and crossword “Al fresco” on a bench in the chilly sunshine ! The journey  continued apace until we arrived at the stadium at 1.00pm. We could have had time to stop off at Blackpool perhaps !

The Giant Axe, overlooked by the main railway line and castle, comprises a main stand of 500 seats, a covered 3-tier terrace one end, an open multi-tiered terrace with crush barriers the other end. Far side had basic open terracing, with a small stack of converted shipping containers to provide sponsors’ lounge and other facilities.  A burger van was situated one side of the main stand (Dolly Diner) and the other end found a small Dolly Bar and a small refreshment kiosk – another Dolly Diner. I did not see any dolly mixtures being handed around by dolly dealers. (Am I allowed to say that nowadays ??)

The crowd was later announced as 252, of which the coach numbers of Townites were boosted by perhaps half a dozen doughty car-people. Sadly there were few volunteers to bear the “big brother” banner as the author of this travelogue was giving the newly-found “little brother” an airing.

To report on the actual match is probably best left without much comment. A day when Town were “washed away” without any team member giving an acceptable performance. Played “off the park” first half, Town at least contained the home team second half; a miniscule relief to the shell-shocked away supporters who feared a landslide score !

Setting off from Lancaster at 6.10pm for the long trek home, further “grief” was felt by the coach travellers when Rod announced the winner of “Rod’s Predictor” ….yes, Rod himself !!

A convenience break was taken at Keele Services before the unhappy day-trip terminated at Moodchimp at 9.45pm.

Perhaps, with Tuesday’s Hereford match now postponed due to their Trophy replay, it will give Carl and the lads time to regroup, rethink and re-energise before another long away-day to Tiverton.

Rugby Town 0 Town Youth 4

Town Youth returned to winning ways in the MFYL Premier Division South with a comprehensive success over struggling Rugby Town at Butlin Road on Wednesday evening.

Even with a squad decimated by injuries and illness they were still far too good for the Division’s bottom side and dominated the game throughout.

Town looked sharp right from the kick off, and after twice going close they took the lead through Ben Couki just after the quarter hour mark.

They continued to have far more of the possession and only the post prevented them doubling their lead before Couki’s close range finish following a goalmouth scramble put them two up at half time.

It was more of the same after the restart with Town in total control and never allowing Rugby a look-in.

Harry Wilson on his debut made it 3-0 and Jamie Ford added Town’s fourth as they comfortably saw the game out with the added bonus of their third clean sheet of the season.

 

Redditch United 3 Town 0

A much changed Town exited the BigFreeBet Cup at the Trico stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Reds led 2-0 at the break and added a third from the penalty spot ten minutes into the second half to complete a comfortable win.

A full report is now available under the First Team Match Reports Section.

Welcome back little friend

T’was before last Guy Fawkes night

But subsequent to Halloween

That Secretary Rose got such a fright

By what had not been lately seen

 

What was it made him shiver and scream

As he opened up the office drawers ?

Was it all part of an unusual dream

Or was it the creakng of the doors ?

 

As he searched for a long lost document

He reached into the dark back space

And over a soft bundle his fingers went

What was it that made his “ticker” race ?

 

Bravely he extracted this mystery bag

To then breathe slower to end his fright

It was only the original supporters’ flag

Not missing – just stored well out of sight !

 

We’ve now two banners bound for Lancaster

To proudly show our support for the Town

But who will be our second flag master

To raise this banner and then take it down ?

 

Right now Carl and the lads need our backing

In Cup, Trophy and to climb the table

So let’s send all our opponents packing

By showing as much support as we are able

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town 3 Bishops Stortford 1

In the first ever League meeting between the two sides a Man of the Match performance from Will Grocott ensured that Town deservedly took all three points.
After firing Town into a half time lead from the penalty spot he had major role in Town’s two goals in five second half minutes which effectively put the result beyond doubt and the Bishops late strike was too little late.
A full report  is now available under the First Team Match Reports Section..

Town Youth 0 Alvechurch 3

Alvechurch maintained their grip on top spot in the MFYL Premier Division South with a deserved win at the MoodChimp Stadium on Thursday evening.

Nick Ballinger’s side went into this game missing a number of regulars including Ben Couki, Harry Hartin, Yussuf Saleem and Bradley West but they put in a spirited performance against a physically stronger and far more experienced and streetwise Church line-up and were still very much in the game until Church secured the points with their third goal with just over a quarter of an hour to go.

As expected the Church piled on the pressure straight from the kick off and Town keeper Archie Donaldson pulled off a couple of smart saves in the opening ten minutes to prevent them taking an early lead.

But with Sacha Everard and Jamie Ford in commanding form in the middle of the Town backline the Church were unable to break through until the 24th minute when Callum Debar seized on a Town defensive error to cut in from the right and fire past Donaldson from a narrow angle.

Town responded with Tom Rowe particularly lively wide on the right, and they came close to equalising on the half hour mark when George Dawson’s shot from 20 yards out fizzed inches wide.

Soon after a thunderous effort from the Church’s leading scorer Aiden Vaughan rattled the Town bar, and three minutes before the break the Church went two up when a long cross from the right was finished off at the far post by Ben Tilbury.

With Walsall bound Dylan Parker watching his now former team-mates it was Town who made the brighter start to the second half with Dan Parvin having a close range shot blocked by a defender, but they couldn’t find that elusive final touch as the Church showed that they could defend as well as attack.

And on 74 minutes the table toppers made sure of the points when a fiercely struck drive was pushed out by Donaldson plunging to his right only for Vaughan to react the quickest and slot the rebound into the net.

Even then Town were not done with and George Kirby saw his rasping right footer palmed away by the imposing Church skipper and keeper Brad Carter at the foot of his right hand post as they kept going right to the end.