Saturday, 21 August 2010
THORNE COLLIERY 2-7 AFC HUCKNALL
Saturday 21st August 2010
Central Midlands League Premier Division
Moorends Welfare Ground
The only reason I chose today’s game is that it kicked off at 1pm which, with Mrs Rambler working in the morning allowed me to be home by 4.15pm. I have watched at least one “new” club play a home game each season in the Central Midlands League (CML) since 1998 when I saw Long Eaton United play an FA Vase tie. For the record Thorne are the 44th team on this list.
Thorne itself is an historic market town in South Yorkshire 11 miles north east of Doncaster with a population of around 16,000. The town became a permanent settlement around AD700 and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The football club don’t actually play in Thorne itself but in the neighbouring village of Moorends which lies to the north of the town. The ground is the Moorends Colliery Welfare Ground which is also home to the local cricket club. The two pitches do not overlap with a service road running between them. The football ground is fully enclosed with metal fencing separating it from the rest of the complex, a large stand runs along the near side of the pitch with is the only form of cover at the ground, but on a day like today with glorious weather in South Yorkshire it was more of a case of sheltering from the sun and heat.