thanks to everyone for the help, greatly appreciated. I found the problem
After I noticed the line "machine_reset_phase_3" was missing when I added it I left the # sign on the line.
Once I removed it everything is working now.
Didn't know about the yellow lights. Appreciate the advisement on that
I do know about the extra pin (8 vs 9)
thanks for all the help. I'm sure I'll back again at some point! lol
I should be ok now until I have to program how the scoring works.
eg one contact sets off a series of actions and if statements.
dreading that one...