Time ball

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a ball arranged to drop from the summit of a pole, to indicate true midday time, as at Greenwich Observatory, England.

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Richard French had a glorious chance to level on the hour mark after a first time ball in from Corey Shepherd but, six yards out and with the goal gaping, headed over.
"This'll sound like a backhanded compliment, but I mean it in the best way possible: The only time Ball Lightning disappoints is when one compares it to Remembrance of Earth's Past....
An excellent long hit from Boccard reached Boon near the circle whose first time ball found Florent van Aubel in front of the goal who made no mistake.
Finally, a first time ball form Myhill released Omar al Haziazi who nipped passed his marker and drilled the ball to the back post where Durnin was waiting to slot home to score the equaliser just before the half time whistle.
This wasn't the first time Ball received comparisons to great players.
David Silva carried the ball forward from deep and spread wide for Nolito, whose first time ball across goal was tucked home clinically by Sterling.
The notion of dropping a time ball actually dates back to 1833 with the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, dropping a wooden ball every afternoon at one o'clock so that nearby ship captains could precisely set their navigational chronometers.
A Cardiff free-kick was headed clear and Adam Clayton swept a first time ball out to the right to send Albert Adomah surging down the flank.
Boro had a glorious chance to wrap up the points on 64 minutes when Zenden played an outstanding first time ball in to Gaizlka Mendieta, but the Spaniard's attempt flashed just wide of Robinson's left-hand post.
Anderson then created the Wearsiders' second goal with a lovely pass out wide to Sumner, whose first time ball into the box was met by Ellis - who headed into the goal at the back post.
This time Ball, gangster Terry Bates in EastEnders, will play Hazell as an ageing ex-cop - which will ring truer to the books the original series were based on.