Midland Combination, Division Two
Inkberrow 1 Kenilworth Town KH 6 (att 17)
Twenty-two years ago, almost to the day, I visited Sands Lane in Inkberrow and watched the home side win a Worcester and District League match against Tewkesbury YMCA. Living in Worcester at the time, it was an easy local trip.
The pitch used that evening still exists, but in recent years the club have built two new pitches, either side of a cricket square, in what was a field adjacent to the original ground. Both pitches have modern dugouts, in a worse state than the sturdy old-fashioned brick ones next to the old pitch, and the main pitch is fully roped off, the other just partly roped.
It's been a tough season for Inkberrow, currently bottom of the league, and they were always second favourites for the visit of table-topping Kenilworth. The game started in a downpour, but Inkberrow, with a stiff breeze behind them, started more brightly than the weather, hitting the crossbar early on.
It was a bit harsh on them that before long they found themselves 3-0 down, as Kenilworth took control of the game, and the points.
Into the second half the game threatened to peter out, but Kenilworth became complacent at the back and Inkberrow pulled a goal back. That sparked the visitors back into life, and they responded with three more goals.