Stone Dominoes 3-2 Abbey Hulton United (Pre-season Friendly)
Yesterday marked the 50th Anniversary of the England National Team's greatest footballing achievement and that was enough of an excuse for me to find a game, not that I need one! With the luxury of an early finish from work, my original plan of a first trip to Eccleshall's Pershall Park had fallen after their match against Leek County School Old Boys was cancelled. This left me with two options; a risky dash down to Willenhall to try and catch Sporting Khalsa vs Punjab United or a safer bet of seeking out a more local ground in Wellbeing Park.
|Within the boundaries of Yarnfield Village|
|Lovely day for it|
|Where is everyone?|
|Pitch 2 was the location of today's game|
|Basic, but I'm sure it does the job for Stone Old Alleynians|
|Saint Brock was even kitted out in Man United keeper shorts|
|Black clouds, stay away|
|The Dominoes were standing firm so far|
|Who'd be a non-league football manager?|
Abbey Hulton looked to get the equaliser and went close again straight from kick-off. The until now unmentioned ref for today's match was pretty woeful, and without going into much detail I would like to summarise his game with a description given by one side's manager. "The ref wants a fucking pole shoving up his fucking arse!"- fair description in my eyes.
Both sides ended the game with many chances, and Abbey Hulton even hit the bar, but ultimately the game would finish 3-2 to Stone. A truly confusing moment came at the end of the game which I would genuinely appreciate anyone readying to clarify to me. Around the 80th minute I saw the ref produce a red card to someone, not sure who, and then I missed what happened after from afar. A minute or so later I had a count up and it still appeared that 22 players were on the pitch, so whether the red card was rescinded or the only other thing I can think of is that he allowed a sub to be made instead of dropping a side to ten men? Either way it was an odd end to a poor performance from the man in black, who will always be remembered by me for a final moment of comedy in stoppage time. As AHU had a corner at the death, the ref stood outside the box and just as the kick was taken, he shouted out "I'm watchiiiiiiiiiing!" like some madman psychopath.
Upon the ref's whistle I departed the ground straight away in an attempt to beat the post-match traffic that was bound to arise from the dozen or so spectators. I left Wellbeing Park and that was it, ground number 38 visited and it is one that I may visit again to see Stone Old Alleynians on the "big pitch". Next up for me will be a trip to Essex next weekend.
|Don't quit your day job, lad|