Friday, 31 August 2012

The L&R 100

Friday 31st August 2012
Alliance Football League Division 1
Garden Street, Thurmaston, Leicestershire

Sunday League football on a Friday night!!!

After a busy weekend a week ago with two games in Somerset and a further one in Birmingham, a quiet one is one the cards with less travelling involved. First up is a game in the Leicestershire based Alliance Football League between Thurmaston WMP 2009 and FC Hoskins.

I don't know a lot about either side but a number of the Thurmaston players played for (the now defunct) Syston Midland Railway last season in the Leicester Sunday League (LSL. I saw Syston four times and they won all of them including the final of the LSL Premier Cup final @ Hinckley United FC. This was a game that saw me witness one of (if not) the worst challenge / foul / assault I have ever seen at a football game, which saw the opponents (Wigston Car Breakers) goalkeeper break the leg of Syston forward  Troy Buccolossi  in two places. All is know about Hoskins is that they are ran from the Tom Hoskins pub on Beaumanor Road in Leicester and they play their home games at the Mowmacre Sports Ground on Thurcaston Road.

The pitch on Garden Street is located in the middle of Thurmaston, set back from the main Melton Road that runs through the village. It is in a nutshell a recreation ground - end of with their being no facilities pitchside. The players change in the nearby Thurmaston Progressive Working Mens Club.

A cracking game of Sunday League football that was played on a Friday night on a village rec. 
A deserved win for Thurmaston against one of the division favourites. 
Seven goals, two penalties, a sending off and a very poor ref. 

Thurmaston (playing in the black and white stripes) opened the scoring inside sixty seconds, only for Hoskins to be awarded a very soft penalty some thirty seconds later. Penalty scored - game all square. Fifteen minutes and Thurmaston re-took the lead, only for a f**k up between their gk and defender resulted in a gift of a second equaliser within ninety seconds. Thurmaston were then awarded a very dubious penalty themselves around the midway point of the half - penalty scored and it became 3-2. Towards the end of the half and Thurmaston doubled their advantage to go in at half time 4-2. 

The second half saw Thurmaston dominate the opening exchanges but could not put the game to bed. Hoskins then took control and got a goal back with a header at the far post - game on. The game was end to end but Thurmaston looked very dangerous on the counter but failed to kill of Hoskins. Around five minutes fro

m the end Thurmaston should have been awarded another penalty but the ref turned it down. In contrast to the two given harshly in the first half, this one was clear cut with Jamie Sharman being brought down from behind - no consistency. The ref then sent off Ryan Whatley for presumably foul and abusive language due to protesting the decision, though this was an over the top reaction. More chances came and went in the final few minutes for either side, but Thurmaston get the three points in the opening game of the season. 

Finally a reference to the title - this was my 100th venue that I have seen football at in Leicestershire and Rutland.

A slideshow of 27 photos taken during the 1st half can be viewed below:
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