Ceredigion League, Division One
Aberporth 3 Crannog 2 (att 166)
An early start was needed to complete the scenic drive to the Cardiganshire coast in time the morning's opening fixture in the Ceredigion League "hop".
I've seen a handful of games in this league before, but as luck would have all three of the day's staggered kicks offs, plus the first of Sunday's two games, were grounds I was yet to visit, so it was worth the effort and expense of a weekend away.
The only problem with seeing so many games in a short space of time is that they tend to merge into eachother and details are easily forgotten. Perhaps I should take more notes.
The main feature of the opening game was a remarkable second half fightback by the home side. Aberporth trailed 2-0 by half time, as both sides struggled to cope with a stiff, and chilly, breeze.
Despite looking down and out, after the break Aberporth struck back, aided by an own goal and a penalty, to get the day's football off to an entertaining, if not particularly skillful, start.
Aberporth's ground, the Civil Service Ground, is in the neighbouring village of Parcllyn. The roped off pitch is in the sports ground of a former Ministry of Defence site, now effectively privatised and operated by Qinetiq. Indeed, looking back at a Welsh football yearbook from 1991, the club were then known as Royal Aircraft Establishment Aberporth.