Sutton United v West Midlands Police

3.07pm  12 April 2014

Midland Combination, Division One
Sutton United 5 West Midlands Police 0 (att 37)

Like many English games on this day this kicked off seven minutes late, and was preceded by a minute's silence, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy. Twenty-five years ago to the day I was at my cousin's wedding in the West Midlands, and by chance returned to the area for the anniversary.

The motivation for picking this game was partly that it fitted well with the evening's game in Nottingham, and partly that if Sutton United's successful season results in promotion then they'll need a better ground than they have now, and so a move to groundshare elsewhere could be on the cards.

The ground they have, in Sutton Coldfield, should be more than adequate for the next league up, despite lacking floodlights or any cover for spectators. Essentially it's just a railed off pitch, but there's a a decent clubhouse and the set up has a thriving feel to it.

On the pitch it was an easy, and rather uninspiring win, for the hosts. They scored early in each half, then added three more goals towards the end to give the scoreline a look that reflected the balance of play. West Midlands Police are apparently leaving league football at the end of the season, and played as if they had little at stake.

Sutton United FC in a larger map

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