Saturday, September 16, 2006

Game 11: Laverstock & Ford 6.2 Andover New Street 16.09.06 (Wess 1)

Spoilt for choice locally with Laverstock and Bemerton at home in the league and Downton home in the FA Cup. Decided to pay my first visit to Laverstock’s ground which I’ve seen many times from the train to London.

Arrived about 2.30 which seemed to be pretty early, only 1 other paying customer in the ground. Very good programme for a pound with details of the home team, updates on recent games, a Wessex League round up and directions to all the League 1 teams which will come in handy over the next few months. Apparently the club are looking to install a 50 man stand to go with the recently installed floodlights and the current work on putting a hard standing around the ground. It looks as if at some point the pitch has been moved as behind one of the goals was an isolated dug out. Weather was overcast cloud all afternoon, which isn’t the best for photography.

Laverstock started off brightly but it was difficult to see where a goal was going to come from during the first 20 mins. Laverstock were playing some good passing football but weren’t making any clearcut chances. Out of the blue Andover scored a couple of goals in quick succession – one where the keeper came out early and the Andover player took it round the keeper and one bullet header from a corner. Laverstock managed to pull a goal back with a header to go in at half time 2.1 down.

Was a bit worried about where the car was parked but only 1 ball went over to that part of the car park and just skidded off the bumper. Handy for half time as I could pop into the car and listen to the half time updated from Radio Wiltshire and Radio Solent.

Laverstock started the second half brightly and pulled a goal back shortly after the restart. The game then settled down and it was again difficult to see where a goal was going to come from. Chatting to one of the Laverstock regulars, it appeared that they were finding goals hard to come by in the past couple of weeks. However a period of pressure led to a third and then a final flourish towards the end where three more goals were added in quick succession. The pick of the bunch was a 35 yard strike, which flew across the keeper and into the net.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Game 10: Salisbury City 1.0 Welling United 01.09.06 (NCS)

A Friday night fixture due to England’s World Cup fixture on the Saturday and a chance to catch up with Alan who was making his first Salisbury appearance of the season. Andy was on one of his European jaunts, perhaps wisely given his unofficial Welling away end membership card, although we did spot his Welling supporting mate Stuart in the car park before the game. Salisbury had not beaten Welling in their six previous meetings and it didn’t look like that would change in a scrappy first half. However a much improved Salisbury team came out for the second half and Matt Tubbs popped in the winner from a Prince cross in the second half.

After the game we popped into the bar rather than wait in the car for the traffic to subside and Alan almost quizzed Jon Bass on his days in the Reading reserve team…. maybe next time!