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The pantomime reaction of those inside Wembley watching a one sided Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester City marked the occasion. The first use of a simple yet highly beneficial technology, the shaving foam.
The positives, well rehearsed training ground routines and hours of practice are not stopped by cynical cheating. Leighton Baines is going to get close to 200 points on fantasy football this season
The negatives, possible long-term damage to multicolored football boots everywhere and no excuse as your side fails to score a free-kick for the fourth consecutive season.
Next step – give the linesman a canister to stop full-backs nationwide stealing 10 yards on every throw-in.
Ground number 122
first visit = AFC Telford v Macclesfield (12th August 2014) Vanarama Premier Division
An impressive looking modern facility, there are far worse in League 2! Lots of onsite parking to help boost income from each game. I inadvertently managed an almost complete circuit of the ground in my haste to get inside, with several aborted attempts to hand over my £15.
Can’t comment on the pie hut unfortunately, but I did witness one Macc fan trying to tackle a pie the size of his head, so at least someone enjoyed the hospitality. Had to stand behind the goal, but was nicely elevated so I could see all the lines of the pitch. Also a mention to the very helpful steward who pointed out where everything was and made us feel very welcome.
The only let down for me was that the stand behind the dug out was merely an open terrace; as if the money had run out, something seen at Morecambe and many other grounds.
Game number 12 of the 2014/15 season
The second round of fixtures in the top tier of non-league football brought together two sides expected to struggle this season. The Silkmen came into this on the back of an opening day victory over Braintree, while the Bucks held on for an impressive away point at Welling; despite being reduced to nine men.
The result was a thoroughly entertaining game played at an impressive tempo considering the stage of the season. The first half produced four goals, the pick of which was a superb volley from Owens. Struck after good control of the chest, it just clipped the underside of the bar, with Taylor well beaten. Goal of the season contender and one which will no doubt see Owens try his luck at every opportunity for the rest of the season.
A memorable moment in the first half, as an errant Telford effort from the edge of the box struck the face of the stand, high above Rhys Taylor’s goal. Whilst it was disappointing to miss the sight of all available ball boys within 3 miles being scrambled to retrieve the ball from someones garden; we were treated to a giant ‘R’ tumbling from the stand, narrowly avoiding the Macclesfield custodian. Cue possibly the loudest cheer of the evening.
As so often happens, 3-1 proved to be a dangerous lead. Macc seemed intent to sit back and invited pressure for long periods of the second half. Telford’s bombardment comprised long throws, what seemed like 15 corners and a central defenders making various forays into Silkmen territory. A combination of luck, Rhys Taylor and some woeful finishing allowed the away side to cling on.
An excellent victory for Macc, to maintain a 100% start. A marked contrast from last season, where six points took an excruciating ten games to accumulate. Just another 44 points from safety………
Entertainment = 7/10