Reserve Team Regular
May 6, 2019, 10:34 PM
Team(s): Tring Town 1987-2003, Leverstock Green 2003-
Southern League Div 1 Central Play-off final
Bromsgrove Sporting 4 Corby Town 3 (aet)
Adm: £9, Prog £2, Tea: £1, Att: 2943
After staying overnight at Cherwell Valley services I made the astonishingly quick and easy journey to Bromsgrove, arriving earlier than anticipated. Bromsgrove isn't the most fascinating place to kill a couple of hours, so when I went into a cafe for lunch I was quite glad when they told me it would take 25 minutes...
I was in the ground at around 1:15 and was far from the first one in. After walking round the ground for a bit I settled on a seat in the main stand, which was already well-populated. By 2:20 the tannoy announcer was saying that the stand was full, by 2:35 the Shed was full and they were advising people not to change ends and to pick a place to stand and stay there for the whole game. As everyone got there early, there was no need for a delayed kick-off.
The game wasn't great to start with, but once Corby took the lead it took off and became a classic, the second half in particular. If Barcelona had scored Bromsgrove's second goal the pundits would have been talking about it for hours, such was the quality of passing and movement in the build-up and the finish. The third goal arrived a couple of minutes later (Bromsgrove having already had a penalty saved as well) and it looked all over then, but Corby fought back brilliantly to level at 3-3. After sitting in the same seat for over three hours I finally got up to visit the toilet and get another tea.
Extra time was great as well, and Bromsgrove went back in front just before the interval. In the second period they had the ball in the net again but the ref had already blown for a penalty and the Corby keeper produced a second superb penalty save. Bromsgrove held out for a win which was deserved, but you had to feel sorry for Corby.
My first visit to this ground, and what a fantastic ground it is. Possibly not the ideal occasion to visit with a crowd this size, as I usually like to move around, but in the end the stand was the ideal place to watch a great game.
Easy trip back on the M40, and I could have been shafted by the M25 closure in Essex (I think it's still closed now) but fortunately few people seem to know about the back route from J26 to Gallows Corner, so I was hardly delayed at all.
(This post was edited by ARL on May 6, 2019, 10:35 PM)