Sunday, 3 February 2013

Another late change of plan

Saturday 2nd February 2013
Peterborough & District League Premier Division
Manor Field, Station Road, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire

Apologies but there is no report today due to a late change of plan. I was all set to re-complete the Leicestershire Senior League with a visit to Ashby Ivanhoe's new ground for their game against Cottesmore Amateurs, but around 11.45am I saw that the game had been postponed. Bloody annoying as I had already done the background work for a report and also that I had arranged to meet my dad at the ground. With not wanting to mess around checking numerous league websites for fixtures I looked on the Peterborough League website to see what was on, and noticed that both Whittlesey sides Blue Star and United were at home with 2pm kick-offs. A phone call to the Blue Star secretary confirmed their game was on, but on arrival I decided to watch United instead against Coates Athletic.

There are two grounds at the Manor Leisure Centre in the town, though both use the same car park. United have their own clubhouse and changing rooms and their ground (Manor Field) is too the left, while there are two pitches which are part of the leisure centre itself. These are used by Blue Star and Coates Athletic. The Manor is very easy to find with it being both close to the station and town centre and is signposted from the A605 that runs east to west through the town.

In a nutshell Coates upset the form book with a deserved 2-1 victory over their higher placed hosts. A cracking free kick early on put them one up, but this was cancelled out ten minutes later with a curling shot past the United keeper. Coates should have ahead at the interval but a shot cracked against the corner of the upright and another effort was cleared off the line with the keeper beaten. The winner came from the penalty spot shortly after the half time interval, but the awarding off it  appeared to be harsh from my perspective.

Admission / programme: none
Attendance: around 30ish
Tea: 50p
Coffee: 60p

41 photos taken of the game can be viewed in the slideshow below:
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