The Non-League Paper
Each week the Amateur Football Combination has a column in the Non League Paper, our report is being written by Rob Hicks on Saturday evening after the game.
To produce this report, we need as many clubs to submit brief match reports to Rob by 6.15pm on the day of the game, by leaving them on voicemail on 07860 532 598. Please leave it on the voicemail, as he can then listen to it later and type it up at the same time.
We aim to cover as many matches as possible, within the 400ish words allotted, although there will tend to be a bias towards 1st team football and the higher divisions, because this is most attractive to the Non-League Paper, we will try and cover as much of the league as possible.
When you ring in the report, please try and give the names of key players (goal scorers, creators, etc) from both teams - that makes for the best sort of match report, and increases your chances of your report being included.
Sample Match Report
Here is an example of a decent report (from 28th October 2006), which filled just over 100 words, gave a flavour of the game, yet still managed to report the names of half a dozen of the key performers, and the key moments. Inevitably it's slightly biased towards Meadonians, because they rang it in - ideally I'd prefer to have separate reports from both clubs, and then I can write a balanced report mixing the two. Nevertheless, it gives an idea of what we're looking for:-
"In a high quality match, Meadonians opened the scoring after 15 minutes, as Leon Smith took the ball down the right wing, beat his man, drew two players and then crossed for Jack Costello who met the ball first time to score from the edge of the box as his shot flew in off the far post. Meadonians continued to press but James Holdsworth held firm in the Hamptonians goal, but with 75 minutes gone Ed Glover got in front of his marker to head a second into the top corner and send the holders through, as a defence marshalled by Brain Hanley and Ally McCombe seldom looked likely to be breached."
than anything, we need clubsí co-operation with the Non-League Paper. If we
donít have a report, we canít include it, and the better the report, the more
likely we are to be able to use it.
If you want to see your club and playersí names in lights, this is your opportunity.