Posted by: musinganorak | January 21, 2011

About As Local As It Gets

With friends due to visit us I had to stay fairly close to home for a game today, although with the weather still bad the prospect of any football looked bleak. Salvation came with a posting on the Tony Kempster Forum on the Monday evening – somebody had spoken to Spelthorne Sports and they were confident their game with Virginia Water in the Surrey Elite Intermediate League would go ahead. Not only did this raise the prospect of a game it was to take place on the closest ground to home that I had yet to visit. Result!

I arrived at the ground about 30 minutes before the midday kick-off and it was immediately obvious the amount of work that had been put in to ensure this top of the table clash would go ahead. There were huge piles of snow around all of the touchlines that had been shovelled off the pitch the day before. As yesterday in Cheshire this was one of the few games taking place today and so a number of hoppers had assembled by kick-off time eager to fulfill their holiday football need.

Spelthorne Sports were top of the table, and on a decent unbeaten run, whilst the visitors were snapping at their heels in second place. Unfortunately it was obvious that the heavy pitch was hampering both teams attempts to play decent football, but that didn’t stop them trying. The home side had the better of the first half with the visiting keeper making some good saves to keep them in the game. The deadlock was broken just before half time when Virginia Water played a good through ball that was coolly placed in the bottom corner.

Within a couple of minutes of the restart it was 2-0 when another good forward pass was converted by a brilliant lobbed finish in to the top corner. The home side piled on the pressure in an attempt to get back in to the game but wasted a number of chances before conceding a penalty for hand ball and subsequently a third goal. Spelthorne Sports did manage to score in the 87th minute but it was nothing more than a consolation. In the end their determination to get the game on, whilst much appreciated by those watching, may well have been the reason they lost their 9 match winning streak. I was just happy to have seen a second game in two days over the holiday period, and I was home in 10 minutes!


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