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Re: [Armchair Libero] Saturday 9th November 2019:
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Nov 9, 2019, 9:19 PM
Location: South Birmingham
Team(s): Barnstoneworth United; Bostock Stanley
NORTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
Ellwood AFC 1 - 2 Milkwall
. No real furniture save a folded over corrugated flap to keep the rain off, but the clubhouse was nice and had good wifi.
They had three bus-shelter stands (at least) back in their County League days; obviously all sadly gone as I remember it as a beautiful little ground.
I was further east today where it was dry but brisk at:
13.45 - Cliff Bullen Challenge Cup : Parson Drove 5 Chatteris Town 0. Attendance : 27; f&n
This competition started life as the Cambs Senior Cup back in 1897 but doesn't appear quite so senior these days with the bigger clubs taking part in the Invitational Cup instead. Today's tie pitted Parson Drove, in higher mid-table in the Peterborough Prem, against former ECL side Chatteris who are down the table in the Cambridgeshire Prem. It's now forty years since Parson Drove had a remarkable FA cup run to the 4th qualifying round, eliminating Chelmsford City, Felixstowe and Kings Lynn (away) before losing 1-0 at Burton Albion. They've folded twice in the interim but thankfully returned in 2017 and this time they look like going places.
Their ground on Main Road is behind the village hall and till recently was merely a pitch. Now they've got lights, hard-standing all round, fully-railed with two seated arena stands on the right hand side and a small covered terrace opposite. Rumours abound of players being paid silly sums but they're not tearing up the Peterborough League (yet) having been promoted to the Premier Division this season alongside Uppingham Town who currently sit eleven points ahead of them. What they do have is a Step 6 facility assuming the dressing rooms etc pass muster. They're in the village hall which serves hot drinks and basic snacks only.
Parson Drove is a linear village on the exposed Fens, a few miles west of Wisbech St Mary and the drive there from Peterborough involves some of those infamous rollercoaster droveways alongside deep water-filled trenches to keep the driver on their toes. There's not a lot going on though The Swan inn had a few ales and some interesting "characters" including a green-haired barman old enough to know better. A travelling Red Bus chippy apparently passes occasionally but no sign today.
I bumped into a local hopper who I've encountered a few times in these parts but whose name I can never recall - originates from Reading, now retired to March. He informed me this could get ugly as Chatteris had just lost their manager and a number of players, as is often the way at this level, to Wisbech St Mary's while the home side were hot when they felt like it. The first half was competitive though Parson Drove did score twice. They completely dominated the second half and the final whistle came as a blessing to Chatteris who were facing shots-in at that stage.
Dry throughout but the rains arrived as I passed Peterborough on the return journey which was made without a break and key in door for 6.
(This post was edited by buncranaboy on Nov 9, 2019, 10:41 PM)
Post edited by buncranaboy
(Qatar World Cup bid member!) on Nov 9, 2019, 10:41 PM