Sunday, 17 February 2008

Game 527

Wakefield 0-3 Rossendale United
Northern Premier League Division 1 North
Saturday 16th February 2008
College Grove

For the third game in a row my original plan went out of the window, this time it was due to Goole not answering their phone. Why? Anyway I had confirmation that Wakefield was on and that back-up choice Stocksbridge Park Steels was off. For the first time this calendar year I had a travelling companion that was not a member of my familar but a good friend, Kevin Zupp who is Lutterworth Athletic's secretary and programme editor. We decided to head "up north" anyhow and left Leicester at around 12.45, with the plan being to stop at the services on the M1 before you get to Sheffield and try Goole again. Still no answer and we made the rather easy decision to go to Wakefield. With neither of us ever venturing into Wakefield before we relied on the sat nav to get us to the ground and we arrived at around 2.30. The ground is part of the Wakefield Sports Club set up which includes a floodlit hockey pitch and a bowls club. All three were in use this afternoon and we managed to get the last parking space in the complex. The football pitch is a tight enclosure with the turnstiles on the nearside corner nearest the hockey pitch. We were charged £7.50 admission which included a programme. There is a 300 seater stand on the far side of the ground with some open terracing to the left hand side (if facing it). The offices and clubhouse are all portakabins with merchandise and old programmes available before and at half time.

The game itself was not the best I have seen this season but was compeitive throughout. The home side probably had the better exchanges during the first half which ended goalless. The second half saw the visitors come out with all guns blazing and scored three goals inside eight minutes between the 52nd and 60th. The first came from Joe Booth* who scored with a shot from the edge of the penalty area into the top corner. The second came five minutes later when two Wakefield players went for the same ball, clashed heads which allowed Rossendale to take advantage and double their lead when Phil Eastwood* scored at the second attempt. The third and final goal saw Eastwood score his second three minutes later to finish the game in terms of the outcome. To be fair to the home side they did create a few chance towards the end of the game but went unrewarded.

* - from Wakefield F.C. website
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