War Memorial Athletic Ground
The sad thing about this time of the year is that the season is coming to an end, but the great thing is that before the end we are treated to some great penultimate football matches as clubs up and down the country look to rise to the top or avoid the drop. In preparation for next weekend's trip to Bristol to watch Manor Farm lift the Western League Premier title at The Creek before visiting Rovers at The Mem for the first time, I found myself driving over to Stourbridge last night for some Evo-Stik Premier Division Playoff action at the War Memorial Athletic Ground- my 70th Ground to date.
|This one was always gonna be a busy one|
|Come on you |
|The Stourbridge lads would be hoping to see Workington bow out again|
As the last few fans crammed into the ground's three-sided viewing areas, we were almost ready to get underway. One lad, who I'm guessing is a regular, shouted out to his mate "I see that all the FA Cup fans are back" and a few others around me certainly looked like first-timers at the War Memorial. Whereas some will have been here for the disappointment of a 0-1 defeat against Sutton Coldfield Town on Monday night in October, others will only have happy memories of the season's FA Cup run which saw Stourbridge go all the way to the FA Cup Third Round, knocking out National South side Whitehawk and League One outfit Northampton Town in the process. An eventual Adebayo Akinfenwa goal ended their record-breaking run as Wycombe Wanderers just about took the spoils, but for me the Glassboys were the greatest story of this year's FA Cup. A bold claim I know, and I'm sure the footballing hipsters out there will be quick to remind me of Lincoln City's triumphs over Brighton and Burnley, or Sutton United's win against Leeds United, but people also forget that Stourbridge started their Cup run back in September in the First Qualifying Round and they had to fend-off three sides before even being considered for the stage in which the Imps enter from.
|Anyway, enough about the past. Time to grab a beer|
|HT, 1-0 to the hosts|
|Talk about end-to-end|
|Next up, extra time|
|Queue pitch invasion|