Sunday, 15 July 2012

Pre-season double

Saturday 14th July 2012


PARKGATE 0-6 ROTHERHAM UNITED
Roundwood Stadium, Green Lane, Rawmarsh


Two games for me yesterday as originally I was going to watch some American Football, then a noon kick off caught my eye between Parkgate and Rotherham United. Decision made and then it was a case to what to go and watch at 3pm - a good friend of mine Rob Hornby got in touch to say he was going to watch Glapwell v Shirebrook @ Clune Street in Clowne. Decision made again and the plan was sorted.

I left home at around 9.45 for the journey north up the M1 to Rawmarsh, a small town located a few miles north of Rotherham. The traffic was light and the journey uneventful. On arriving at the Roundwood Sports Complex the car park was already full, but luckily I found a space at the entrance to the slip road that takes you down to the complex. The complex is host not only to the football club, but bowls club, golf course and cricket club as well. Rotherham United also have their training ground at the site. 

Admission to the game was £5 but this was kindly waved for me on the condition that I allow them to use the photos I took. A further £1.50 was spent on a programme, £3.50 on a club badge and £2 on raffle tickets.

The ground is very tight and compact and spectators are allowed on two sides of the ground only. There is a seated stand on the side where the entrance is and there is further cover along the other side of the ground.

As expected Rotherham won this game comfortably with four goals in the first half and a further two in the second. It could and probably should have been more but in the end it was a good workout for both teams and also enabled Parkgate to bring in some much needed income. 


A slideshow of photos of the ground and game can be viewed below:





GLAPWELL 2-0 SHIREBROOK TOWN
Clune Street Recreaton Ground, Clowne


For my second game of the day I made the twenty mile journey south to the village of Clowne in Derbyshire. With Rob Hornby already there I arrived with around ten minutes to kick-off. As expected there was nothing in the way of spectator or pitch side facilities, and to be honest I would not normally have come this far from Leicester to watch a game at a venue like this.


A report on the game can be found on Glapwell's website @ http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/glapwell/news/winning-start-to-pre-season-620310.html


Nineteen photos of the game can be viewed in the slideshow below:





Finally last but not least Rob Hornby has his own charity blog "Around the Grounds 2012-13" and this can be viewed @ http://aroundthegrounds2012-13.blogspot.co.uk/
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