It’s something I’m not a fan of in football. It’s obviously one of many things I’m not a fan of in football. When a league choose to use a ground that isn’t a member club for a cup final… like this one.
The Bescot Stadium holds just over of 11,000 people. The 628 packed in to just one stand felt like a sizeable crowd…. until you looked at the empty three surrounding the pitch.
So, I got ‘permission’ from Mrs S to go to this on Monday lunch time. With a busy few weeks behind us, and the purchase of the trouble and strife’s dream car on Sunday, I rushed home from work in time for a quick snack… before heading in to a stop-start journey to Walsall. I arrived at The Bescot around 7.15pm.
A fiver on the gate and a quick word with the league Press Officer, Gary, and I found a seat to the left side of the stand.
Plenty of noise from Hinckley – maybe a tad too much at times – and most chants led by a small child. They bring atmosphere to all their games, as we found out at Heanor when Hinckley visited us for the FA Cup Extra Premilinary Round Replay in August.
Arguably the most enjoyable game I’ve watched in a few years. Alvechurch wrapped up the double, after bagging the Premier Division title a few weeks back. Hinckley finished in second place in Division One, 85 points… 19 behind title winners Bromsgrove Sporting.
Hinckley were beaten by St Andrews quite heavily across the two-legged semi final, 8-4 in the end. It’s just a shame that they are a disgrace to themselves and the league in fielding a ringer, wrong name and all! It’s not park football gents, do us all a favour!
The first half finished goal-less. Hinckley were the better side by a country mile and Alvechurch had their three centre backs to thank, in front of the the goalkeeper Ryan Price, who had a fine game.
628 people. One snack bar. It was like the opening scene of Casualty at one point. Bodies flying everywhere! I queued for 5 minutes and then gave up – hopefully they have cleared the queue by the time you read this!
I’ll leave the match reporting detail to someone who knows what they’re doing….
Credit to both clubs for the way they conducted themselves on and off the field. For my first visit to Walsall FC, I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I also can’t wait to see Alvechurch at Basford, Carlton, Loughborough Dynamo and Gresley next season. Alvechurch and Sporting Khalsa are two of my favourite MFL clubs and if you’re looking for a Midland based game on a blank Saturday next season, give them a visit!
Penistone Church FC v Bridlington Town AFC at Bramall Lane.
Wednesday 17th May 2017
I’ll be joined by Luke on this one, the good man behind Town Ground TV