Wessex League, Premier Division
Verwood Town 1 Newport (Isle of Wight) 2 (att 40)
I don't often choose to visit floodlit grounds on Saturdays as they're better left for midweek matches, but I've never fancied the thought of a long late night drive home from Verwood, in Dorset, especially if I've got to be up early for work the following morning.
Visiting at night would also have denied me the chance to enjoy the New Forest, or at least that part of visible from the A31 heading west from Southampton. The views around Verwood Town's Potterne Park aren't bad either, at least on a sunny day, set as it is in a busy public park on the edge of the town.
Facilities inside the ground are rather less appealing, with a small seated stand and a separate section of cover, both kit-style constructions that make so many grounds looks the same at this level. If that's a criticism of the ground, it's not a criticism of the club, as everyone was very friendly, the snack bar was excellent and they produced a decent programme.
One the pitch it was Newport's day. They'd have expected to win this, and they did so more comfortably than a 2-1 score would suggest, even if they were hanging on a bit at the end after Verwood's late goal.
Before that Newport had a first half goal harshly ruled out for a foul, although they still took the lead before half time. Their second goal was early in the second half, and they should have scored more, which would have ensured an easier end to the game after Verwood's consolation.