Wednesday, 28 September 2016

September 2016

September has been a busy month in more ways than one. Not only have I been watching and photographing football as usual, but my wife Angela gave birth to our first child on Thursday 15th.

Saturday 3rd September
MELTON TOWN 4-3 DAVENTRY TOWN
United Counties League Division 1
@ Digital Deadline Park, Melton Sports Village, Burton Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Adm: £2  - got charged the concession rate
Programme: £1
Attendance: 50 (head count)

This ground was my number 1 priority to visit this season, and there were two reasons for this:

1) This was the only ground in Leicestershire & Rutland down to step 8 (level 12) that I hadn't visited and
2) Also the only venue I needed to re-completed the United Counties League again.

Melton moved into this venue at the back end of last season having previously played at the All England Sports Ground in Melton itself and the Hoby Road Sports Ground in nearby Asfordby. The King George V Sports Village is the site of the former grammar school, and is also home to the town's rugby and hockey clubs. Digital Deadline Park is on the north side of the site and is completely seperate from the other venues. It has its own entrance and there is a small seated stand behind the near goal. Also there are changing rooms and a tea bar. Floodlights should be erected in early October.

The game was a really good one and entertaining for the neutral. Daventry were the better side in the first half and deservedly took the lead on the fifteen minute mark. By half time and Melton were level with Ash Palfryman converting from the spot, Daventry re-took the lead early in the second half with a penalty of their own. The hosts then raised their game, taking control and scored three goals to lead 4-2. With the game going into stoppage time Daventry pulled a goal back, but it was too little too late.

63 more photos can be viewed online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p834261484 

Sunday 4th September
STOKE GOLDING SUNDAY 1-0 MARKET BOSWORTH 2000 (SUNDAY)
Hinckley & District Sunday League Premier Division
@ Stoke Golding Recreation Ground, Hall Drive, Stoke Golding, Leicestershire

My first Sunday League game of the season, and I made my way in a south westerly direction towards Hinckley, and Stoke Golding lies a few miles west of the town. The recreation ground is behind the village hall and parking is at a premium, especially as today there were two kids games going on as well.

I chose this game as I expected it to be a close one between the two teams, and as the score suggests this turned out to be the case. The hosts were generally the better side and scored the only goal early on in the first half.

41 photos of the game can be viewed online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p886883273

Monday 5th September
COVENTRY SPHINX 0-5 SPORTING KHALSA
Midland Football League Premier Division
@ Sphinx Drive, Coventry

Admission: £6
Programme: £1.50
Pin Badge: £3

Very little football is played on Monday evenings, and Sphinx are I believe the only club in the Midlands that choose to play midweek fixtures on this day of the week. With nothing happening this evening I decided to make my way down the M69 for a first visit here since 2003.


The ground is a simple affair but completely adequate for Sphinx's needs and requirements. Spectators are only allowed on 2 1/2 sides of the ground and the only structure pitch side is a stand on the right hand side. I asked a club official if I could go on the sides that were out of bounds to take photos, and this was given the all clear as long as I wore a high-vis jacket. 

The game was as the score suggests fairly one sided. The visitors pretty much dominated from the off and scored at regular intervals throughout the game.

43 photos can be viewed online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p7481002

Saturday 10th September
BEAUMONT TOWN 4-3 GLEN VILLA
Leicester & District League Premier Division
@ Beaumont Park, Bennion Road, Leicester

Admission / programme: none
Attendance: 10


De Montfort University have put money into, and developed this site. This was played on the 3G pitch - spectators are allowed on two sides and there is a small stand past the half way down the far side. There are dugouts on the near side and it is also floodlit as well. There are also a couple of grass pitches which are back to back like Aylestone Park FC - both of these have floodlights and the one nearest the changing rooms / clubhouse has two stands - one seated and one standing room only. 


Beaumont went into the game as division leaders with a 100% record from their opening five games, though all their games have been close. Glen had only played one game so far - a 9-4 defeat @ closest rivals two weeks ago. The game was pretty decent for this level. The hosts started off better and deservedly took the lead after 15 minutes. The lead though lasted just three minutes. Going into the final few minutes of the half and the visitors left midfielder had two excellent chances, but missed them both and inside sixty seconds it became 2-1. 

The second half saw the visitors have their best spell of the game and deservedly equalised around the midway point. It was a cracking goal as one of their central midfielders placed a shot into the top corner from thirty odd yards. A couple of substitutions for the home side changed the game as they scored two in the space of oa few minutes around the 75 - 80 minute mark. With the game going into the final stages Glen got a third of the afternoon. They still had time to create two excellent chances but could not find the equaliser. 


Monday 12th - Friday 16th September
LEICESTER ROYAL INFIRMARY KENSINGTON BUILDING

This was the non-football week, and one week that will live long in the memory. Right from the off we, the wife and I were told that due to her age and being diabetic, she would have an induced labour. Monday morning came and we were told to make our way to the hospital. 

Tests were done and plenty of waiting around. Come Wednesday evening and I made my way home @ 9pm, but by 11.30pm I had a phone call which basically went, "they have broke my waters and I am in pain". An hour later my mum and myself were back at the hospital to find Ange in a delivery room. A long few hours followed and by 5am she was ready to begin pushing. By 7am our baby daughter Esme Joyce Campion came into the world weighing in at 6 lbs 6 ounces.

Saturday 24th September
HERTFORD TOWN 3-2 BRANTHAM ATHLETIC
FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round
@ Hertingfordbury Park, West Street, Hertford, Hertfordshire

Admission: £6
Programme: £1
Attendance: 162
Pin Badge: £3
Can of Coke: £1

With the wife and baby occupied for the afternoon, I took advantage and went somewhere that is normally out of reach on any given Saturday. With plenty of choice, in fact there was too much choice, I opted for Hertford Town FC. 

This was one I'm glad I made, with the ground being decent for the level. A rustic old main stand straddles the half way line on the near, and there is some shallow covered terracing behind the near goal. There is a small social club, catering hatch and club shop also on the near side. If needed the club have the space the erect further stands and other buildings. 

The game...a combination of goal keeping howlers and a late dramatic winner. Brantham took the lead inside sixty seconds, Hertford then took control and the lead themselves before a gift for the visitors, and this allowed them to draw level almost immediately. The second half was a more scrappy affair, and it wasn't until very late in the game that it came to life again. Brantham created and missed two good chances, and they were made to pay. Hertford booked their place into the next round, when deep into stoppage time and a low shot from the edge of the area went in via the post.

58 photos can be viewed online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p455645055

Sunday 25th September
DONISTHORPE RESERVES 6-3 NEWHALL SOCIAL CLUB
Burton & District Sunday League Division 4
@ Donisthorpe Recreation Ground, Ramscliffe Avenue, Donisthorpe, Leicestershire

Attendance: around 20

This was a venue that until a few months ago, I wasn't even aware of and became my 179th visited in Leicestershire & Rutland. Donnie set up a reserve side in the summer and chose to play games here, while their first team continue to share the facilities @ Moira United FC. As expected it is a basic affair - typical Sunday League football if you like, with parking being on Ramscliffe Avenue itself or down a track that leads to the pitch side.

The game wasn't that bad as Donnie fielded a few first teamers who have signed on for both tgeams, and with goals coming at regular intervals this kept things ticking over. Beats sitting at home on a Sunday morning!!!

56 photos of the game can be viewed online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p565162537

Tuesday 27th September
LEICESTER ROAD 5-1 COALVILLE TOWN DEVELOPMENT
Leicestershire & Rutland FA Senior Cup 1st Round
@ Leicester Road Stadium, Leicester Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire)

Admission: freebie
Programme: £2
Attendance: around 50

I was asked my Coalville's manager if I was able to come down to take photos of this game, and this I agreed as long as it was also worth my while. What I meant by that is financial by agreeing to purchasing digital copies.

The game was fairly one sided with the home side having the better of things for the majority of the game. That said the visitors did have their moments, and took the lead with a lovely strike from the edge of the area. By half time and Leicester Road had turned things around to lead 2-1. An excellent save from a free kick early in the second half kept the scorers level, and that was as close as Coalville got. After this three more goals were scored to put a fairer reflection on the proceedings.

This was my sixth visit to this stadium, with three being for football and three for American Football.

36 photos taken during the game can be viewed online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p175860441

Monday, 29 August 2016

another catch up

Match details and photo links to my travels over the past four weekends

Sunday 31st July 2016
SAWTRY 0-2 STILTON UNITED
Peterborough & District League Premier Division
@ Greenfields, Straight Drove, Sawtry, Cambridgeshire

Admission: £4

Programme: didn't purchase one
Attendance: 534

67 photos of the ground and game can be viewed here http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p160899355

WITTERING HARRIERS 5-2 LONG SUTTON ATHLETIC

Peterborough & District League Division 1
@ Townsend Road, Wittering, Cambridgeshire

Admission: £4
Programme: didn't purchase one
Attendance: 250

43 photos of the venue and game can be viewed here
http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p226148915

Sunday 7th August 
HIGHWORTH TOWN 2-1 TADLEY CALLEVA
FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round
@ The Elms, Highworth, Wiltshire

Admission: £6
Programme: sold out
Attendance: 161

72 photos of the ground and game can be viewed here
http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p788778649

Saturday 13th August
BILBOROUGH TOWN 2-0 BASFORD UNITED COMMUNITY
Notts Senior League Premier Division
@ Harvey Hadden Stadium, Wigman Road, Nottingham

Admission: £2
Programme: 50p
Attendance; 45

48 photos of the ground and game can be viewed here
http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p1069082483

Saturday 20th August
EATON SOCON 3-0 OVER SPORTS
Cambridgeshire County League Premier Division
@ River Road, Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire

Admission: free
Programme: £1
Attendance: 50

65 photos of the ground and game can be viewed here
http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p364759547

Saturday 27th August
DINNINGTON TOWN 11-1 WELBECK LIONS
Central Midlands League Division North
@ Phoenix Park, 131 Laughton Road, Dinnington, South Yorkshire

Admission: £2
Programme: £1
Pin Badge: £3.50
Attendance: 38

57 photos of the ground and game can be viewed here
http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p687444710

Monday, 18 July 2016

recent sporting action

Over the past two weekends I have watched a photographed two different sports in three different counties. 

1) Sunday 10th July 2016
HEMSWORTH MINERS WELFARE 1-2 TADCASTER ALBION
Pre-Season Friendly
@ MDC Sports Stadium, Wakefield Road, Fitzwilliam, West Yorkshire

Admission: £5
Programme: £1
Food and drink available from the clubhouse

No idea why this pre-season game was scheduled for a Sunday, but I wasn't complaining one bit as it gave me a chance to visit this ground. I had to take a detour at the start and the end of the day as I picked up my travelling companion from Oadby.

Not a bad game with both teams taking it reasonably seriously. No traffic problems either going or coming back, though we stopped off twice on route to two JD Wetherspoon outlets on the way home - The Blue Bell in Hemsworth and The Horseshoe in Wombwell.

photos of the ground and game can be viewed here...Hemsworth

google maps showing the location of Hemsworth Miners Welfare FC...


2) Saturday 16th July 2016
RAVENSHEAD 1-1 BILBOROUGH UNITED
Pre-Season Friendly
@ Ravenshead Leisure Centre, Longdale Lane, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire

Admission / programme: none
Attendance: no more than 10
Hot and cold drinks available from vending machines in the reception

The hosts are newly promoted to the Notts Senior League this season, and having watched quite a few games in this league saw it as an ideal opportunity to tick this venue and club. Also a friend of mine Rob Hornby was going to be at the game, and with our paths not crossing for around fifteen months it gave us a chance to catch up.

Reasonable entertainment considering the level with both goals coming within three minutes of each other early in the second half. The game was not played on Ravenshead's main floodlit pitch, but this wasn't something that concerned me at all as I don't tick different pitches at the same location.

photos taken during the first half can be viewed online here...Ravenshead

google maps showing the location of Raveshead FC...


3 & 4) Sunday 17th July 2016
LEICESTER BLUE SOX 13-5 MILTON KEYNES BUCKS
LEICESTER BLUE SOX 5-0 MILTON KEYNES BUCKS
BBF Double A Central Division
@ Western Park, Park View, Leicester

This was a double header with both games being played over seven innings each. The first was quite feisty and a few flash points occurred, while the second game thankfully passed off without incident. As the scores suggest Leicester ran out comfortable victors in both games and moved to a record of 10-11 with four games remaining. The only side in the six team division with a record above .500 are leaders Birmingham Bandits. 

photos of game 1 can be viewed here...Blue Sox, while photos of game 2 can be viewed here...Blue Sox2 

google maps showing the location of the Blue Sox...

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Blue Sox baseball

Sunday 3rd July 2016
Leicester Blue Sox 16-10 Long Eaton Storm
BBF Double A Central Division
@ Western Park, Park Rise, Leicester

Baseball is not a sport that you associate with this country, and of the big 4 North American sports, is the least popular in terms of interest and participation. It was only until a couple of years ago that I realised that my home town had a team at all. I went down last summer and photographed a few innings, and this was my first opportunity of 2016 to have another go. My interest in the sport started around two years ago when I finally got round to getting the BT Sport television channels. I started watching it and then learnt some of the rules and terminology to help me understand and enjoy the game more. The interest cranked up a few notches when a trip to the States came to fruition, and the wife Angela and I managed to take in a game at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. From that point the Cubs became my team and I now follow them as much as I can from this side of the Atlantic. 


The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is the national governing body of the sport within the United Kingdom and was founded in 1987. The adult league structure is split both in terms of ability and geography, and brief summary is below with the number of teams in brackets:


  • National League (7)
  • Triple A - South (6)
  • Northern Conference (12)
    • North East (4)
    • North Central (4)
    • North West (4)
  • Double A (15)
    • Central (6)
    • South - A (5)
    • South - B (4)
  • Single A (21)
    • South - A (6)
    • South - B (5)
    • South - C (5)
    • South - D (5)
The Blue Sox were formed in 2006, though the sport has a long history in the city of Leicester, with the earliest reference going as far back as 1876. More information can be viewed here...history. The club compete in the Double A Central Division and compete against teams within roughly sixty miles - Birmingham Bandits, Long Eaton Storm, Milton Keynes Bucks, Nottingham Rebels and the Stourbridge Titans. 

The drive to where the Blue Sox call home takes around five minutes, and if I didn't have my camera equipment with me, would have probably walked there. There are no facilities for the teams or spectators on site, with the only permanent structure being a green cage behind the plate. 



Both teams had a mix of nationalities playing for them and including British, American, Taiwanese, Lithuanian and various Spanish speaking nationals. This game that I witnessed was the second of a double header, and was played over seven innings. When only one game is played in an afternoon then the full nine innings are played. To be fair I didn't pay a lot off attention going on as I was behind the lens, and more interested in getting some decent photographs of the action. Thankfully this turned out to be the case, and I will hopefully be down again on July 17th to take some more photographs. 



The full gallery can be viewed by clicking here...Blue Sox




Sunday, 5 June 2016

Review of the season - 2015/16

With my football watching now done for the 2015/16 season, here is my review of my football and sport watching since the 1st July 2015.

No. of football games watched: 44
No. of new football grounds / venues visited: 39

No. of home wins: 19
No. of away wins: 21
No. of draws: 3
No. of abandoned games: 1

Highest number of goals seen in a game: 15 - 08/11: South Wigston v Magna Town 2012 (11-4) 
Largest home victory: 8 - 13/09: Abbey Lions v Glevum Town (9-1)
Largest away victory: 12 - 04/10: United East Midlands v The Griffin (0-12)

Best new ground visited: Yankee Stadium, New York City FC
Favourite new ground visited in relation to level: Recreation Way, Mildenhall Town FC
Least favourite new ground / venue visited in relation to level: Glen Parva Recreation Ground, Medz FC - a case of avoiding the dog shit.

Most welcoming club: Sileby Town
Least welcoming club: Dover Athletic - away supporters treated like criminals, no programmes for sale and not even allowed to go to their club shop.
Favourite town / city visited for or due to football: New York City. One of the world's greatest cities. The wife and I loved our time there, though the trip to NY was not planned around football. More the case that I got lucky.

No. of other sporting games watched: 43 (2 American Football; 1 Baseball; 16 Basketball; 2 Ice Hockey; 4 Rugby League; 17 Rugby Union and 1 Speedway)

Favourite new venue visited:

Wrigley Field, Chicago

East choice this one. Fortunate to be able to get the finances in place to have a trip to NY and Chicago, and Wrigley Field is something special. The stadium oozes character and you can feel the history of the place. Probably the only stadium visited so far that I would love to be a regular at.

In my top five stadiums visited ever for any sport. 

Favourite action photos that I took during the season: 

This shows Stuart Griffiths celebrating after scoring for Tuffley Rovers in their FA Cup tie @ Ardley United back in August. He realised after scoring that I was there with my camera and started running towards me, and luckily I managed to get the shot in focus. 

Other photos of the ground and game can be viewed here - photos

This one was taken @ Veseyans RFC in mid-March and is of a line-out. What I personally think makes the photo stand out is the trees in the background, giving the foreground a real sense of perspective. 

Other photos taken at this game can be viewed here - photos

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

recent outings

Saturday 16th April 2016
WHITTLESEY ATHLETIC 5-0 LEVERINGTON SPORTS
Peterborough & District League Premier Division
@ Feldale Field, Drybread Road, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire

Admission: none
Programme: not issued
Attendance: around 50
Hot drinks: 50p

A first game in the Peterborough & District League in around a year, and myself and my dad saw promotion chasing Athletic have a comfortable victory over their opponents.

Athletic were formed a couple of years ago through the merger of Whittlesey United and Coates Athletic, and should they finish above Netherton United they will be playing in the United Counties League next season. The ground is set on the eastern edge of the town and is a work in progress - there is hard standing around three sides of the pitch and permanent dugouts on the far side.

The hosts won this game comfortably and in truth the final score should have been by a greater margin.

33 photos of the ground and the game can be viewed online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p641546618

Monday 11th April 2016
CHEADLE S.M.U. 0-1 CHEADLE TOWN
Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division
@ Cheadle Sports Village, Thorley Drive, Cheadle, Staffordshire

Admission: none
Programme: not issued
Attendance: 65

An extra night off from work and after finishing some jobs in and around the house, I noticed some fixtures that I could get to. An easy run up the M1 and across the A50 and I was at my chosen destination. There are two pitches at this site and both of the clubs in action today use the main pitch nearest the changing rooms. The pitch is fully railed off and dugouts are on the near side. The only hard standing is in front of the afore mentioned building.

The rain came a few minutes before kick-off and thankfully I had my waterproof lens cover in my car. Good job as well as the rain did not relent at all during the game and by the finish it was pretty much dark.

The game saw a competitive local derby in which no quarter was asked or given. The only goal of the game came right at the start of the second half - unfortunately I cannot give any description of it as I was back at my car getting a drink.

match photos taken during the game can be viewed online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p709582822

Saturday 9th April 2016
ASHBY IVANHOE DEVELOPMENT 1-3 BOTTESFORD
North Leicestershire League Division 1
@ Western Park, Avenue Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire

Admission: none
Programme: not issued
Attendance: 6

Needed to stay local as I was watching the Leicester Riders basketball team in action that evening, and decided on a cheap afternoon. Ashby formed a development side at the start of the season and have been playing their home games at a venue not used by the clubs first and reserve teams. This was also a venue that I hadn't been used by open age football before.

As expected the venue is very basic with only a prefab building on site housing the changing rooms, though there is some on site car parking. This was the final game of the season for both teams and the visitors needed to win to be in with a chance of winning the divisional title ahead of Greenhill YC reserves. The game wasn't the best, but the visitors did what they needed to do.

some photos taken during the game can be viewed online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p651873486

Monday 28th March 2016
MILDENHALL TOWN 2-1 SWAFFHAM TOWN
Eastern Counties League Premier Division
@ Recreation Way, Mildenhall, Suffolk

Admission: £6
Programme: £1.50
Pin Badge: £3


Like everyone else who planned a morning game in the Combined Counties League, it turned out my choices were all postponed. By 8am I decided that due to the weather it was not worth the risk of the drive south down the M1. Instead I did the food shop before waiting to see what was confirmed as on. A number of clubs confirmed that their respective game was on via twitter and it was then a case of choosing one. In the end I decided to head east for around 100 miles.

The A14 behaved itself and on the whole traffic was fairly light all the way. Mildenhall's ground is located in the town centre next to Sainsbury's and is a pleasant little ground. No parking on site, but was advised to park in the free council car park - this is accessed by going through the car park of the previously mentioned supermarket. 

On the whole a scrappy game with the wind not helping proceedings. Hall took the lead inside two minutes and by the ten minute mark were two nil up. Inbetween Swaffham were awarded a penalty but a tame effort was put wide. The visitors did pull a goal back late on in the first half, and that was the final act of goal scoring. The second half saw plenty of huff and puff and a contender for miss of the season by the home #7. 

Decent tick and only my 4th ground visited in Suffolk after Newmarket, Bury Town and AFC Sudbury. 


ground and match photos can be viewed online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p556861966

Saturday, 19 March 2016

March 2016 - part 1

Saturday 12th March
VESEYANS 24-24 KIDDERMINSTER CAROLIANS
Midlands 2 West (North)
@ Little Hardwick Road, Streetly, West Midlands

Admission: none
Programme: not issued
Coffee: £1.50


Very few rugby union games in the Midlands region this weekend which had nothing to do with the Six Nations competition, but instead it was given over to cup competitions or for sides to play re-arranged games. It was a case of the latter with regards to this encounter.


Veseyans RFC were founded in 1927 by former pupils of Bishop Vesey Grammar School in nearby Sutton Coldfield. The ground is easy enough to find with it being located in the sticks just over a mile south of Aldridge. As you enter the car park is on the right hand side and the clubhouse to the left. The set up is home to several rugby pitches and a football pitch. The main rugby pitch is located immediately in front of the clubhouse and was part roped and part railed. A small manual scoreboard is located on the far side between the two dugouts. 


The game was my first at level 7 of the English league system and pitched two teams that were neither in the promotion race to Midlands 1 West or relegation to Midlands 3 West. The visitors were quickest out of the blocks and slotted over a penalty inside two minutes for a three point lead. For the majority of the next half hour Kidderminster continued to dominate the proceedings and they scored three converted tries to lead 0-24. With a possible hammering on the cards, Veseyans dug in and got their first points on the boards with a converted try late on in the half. The second half was not as one sided as the first, but all the points were scored by the home side. Firstly a converted try and then a penalty brought them within seven points. With the game going into its final stages Veseyans broke down the left and went over for their third try of the afternoon. A difficult kick was converted and tie the game, and this in the end was enough for a share of the spoils.

Match photos can be found in the gallery online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p886051221 

Saturday 5th March
STRATFORD UPON AVON 42-16 WHITCHURCH
Midlands 1 West
@ Pearcecroft, Loxley Road, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire

Admission: £4
Programme: free with admission


This was my second attempt of the season at heading to Stratford, as my first attempt had been aborted by the weather due to not wanting to get a soaking while taking photographs!!! Thankfully the weather forecast was for it to be dry in and around Shakespeare Country and this proved to be the case. I did encounter some of the wet stuff on the way there and back.





The club have been around for a very long time having been founded way back in 1877, and have played at their current ground since 1903. The ground is easy enough to find on the eastern side of the town and you enter down a narrow drive. It opens up and there are several pitches, with the main one on the left hand side. All the facilities - stand, clubhouse and changing rooms are on the far (left hand) side of the main pitch. Pearcecroft is also home to local league side Shottery RFC who play on one of pitches on the right of the driveway. The club currently reside in the sixth tier of the English league system, and are having a very good season. Going into the latter stages they are in the running for the play-off position with a number of other clubs. 

The score in this game does not reflect how the game was played out on the field. The Shropshire visitors dominated in terms of possession and territory for long periods but found the Stratford defence a tough nut to crack. An early score and a penalty have the hosts a 10-0 lead, with the visitors only points in the first half coming from a penalty of their own. After exchanging tries on several occasion the game became a two pointer for a while. It was only in the final ten minutes that the visitors wilted and Stratford ran in several tries for a bonus point victory, which on the balance of play was flattering. 

Overall a pleasant afternoon and my enjoyment of watching rugby union continues.

Photos taken during the game can be found online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p397546360

Other news

Away from the sport watching my wife Angela and I are to become parents for the first time later this year. At the time of writing she is currently @ the fourteen week stage, with the due date being the 18th September.