Friday, 13 September 2013
catching up...(7th and 8th September)
Last weekend saw me take in two games of football, one on the Saturday and one on the Sunday. The Saturday saw me change my plans, which was originally to be Oadby Town v Peterborough Sports and instead I headed into Nottinghamshire to catch up with Rob Hornby who was attending a game in the Notts Senior League (NSL). I last met up with Rob on Easter Monday at Wollaton FC. This time he was heading to NSL new boys Greyfriars FC. Greyfriars FC play their home games on the Burton Road Jubilee Park in Carlton, to the east of the Nottingham city bounday, and the venue is as basic as they come. There is a very small car park which is totally inadequate when like today, there are two football games going on. I arrived at 2.40pm after a pint at The Wheatsheaf in nearby Burton Joyce to find Rob already there. This was to be Greyfriars' first home game of the season and saw them up against unbeaten Moorgreen, who had won three and drawn one of their opening four games and without conceding a goal in the process. It was a hard fought game, but one in which the visitors never looked like losing. They opened the scoring inside the opening twenty minutes through Matt Clowes and added two more after the break for a comfortable three nil victory. There was as expected no admission charge or programme issued, and also no refreshments for spectators.
The game on Sunday morning saw me head east to the other side of Leicester to the village of Scraptoft. The game chosen was an Alliance Football League Division 5 fixture between Humberstone 2000 and United Revolution. Humberstone have moved to the village in the summer and now play their home games at Aylestone St. James RFC on Covert Lane. The rugby club is a well appointed set up and there are three pitches, two of which are floodlit and a large clubhouse as well. The game today was played on the middle pitch and there is no pitch side furniture to speak of. The visitors who come from Huncote started the brighter of the two teams, but against the run of play the home side took the lead around the fifteen minute mark. This set the pattern for the rest of the opening forty five minutes, as without being outplayed United found themselves four down at the interval. By this my brother had joined me, having walked up from his house with his dog and youngest son. The clubhouse was open and selling drinks (tea & coffee - £1) and hot food (sausage sandwich - £1.50), and we then spent some time chatting while keeping an eye on the football. By the end of the second forty five minutes Humberstone had added another five goals to record a slightly flattering nine nil victory.