1.30pm 8 December 2012
Lancashire & Cheshire Amateur League, Rhodes Cup First Round
Tintwistle Athletic 1 Chorltonians 2 (att 12)
Had to stay close to home today, and this intriguing league cup tie, with the added benefit of a 3G pitch ensuring the weather wouldn't intervene, proved a great choice.
The Rhodes Cup is for the first teams across the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur League's many divisions, and Premier Division high flyers Chorltonians may have expected an easy win against Division Two Tintwistle, who'd lost a league match against Chorltonians' reserves last week.
But the visitors were given a real fright by Tintwistle before the finally booked their place in the next round. The game's opening hour was goalless, despite chances at both ends and the home side coming closest.
Chorltonians finally went ahead when a free kick was floated into the penalty area, and ended up in the net. I'm not sure if it connected with a defender's head, a forward, or just the keeper's fist, but after such a fine performance it was soft goal for Tintwistle to concede.
The home side refused to dwell on the disappointment though, and were level thanks to a well taken goal just five minutes later.
Both sides continued to create chances as extra time beckoned, but a terrific finish just six minutes from the end put Chorltonians back in front, a lead they just about hung onto. Tough luck on Tintwistle, but a neutral it was a very entertaining game, and a good advert for the league.
Tintwistle Athletic use an all weather pitch at Glossopdale Community College, in the Hadfield area of Glossop and a short distance from Tintwistle itself. It's a typical 3G set up, with the floodlit pitch enclosed by high fencing, although spectators can stand inside.
One curiosity, that I can only recall seeing at one other 3G pitch staging "proper" football, was a pair of wires crossing the pitch (used to hang netting to divide the area into three five-a-side pitches). Whenever the ball hit a wire, altering its direction, the game restarted with a drop ball.