Pre-season Friendly at Atherton Community School
Atherton Collieries 6 Farnworth Town 2 (att 20)
I'm not a big fan of pre-season friendlies, but I made a late decision to head to Atherton School's playing field, which apparently doubles as Atherton Collieries' training ground, for this warm-up match.
The fixture was apparently a late decision itself, replacing Collieries' scheduled fixture in Eccles against AFC Monton.
The Manchester League side might have given them a tougher game than Farnworth, who play in the third tier of the Lancashire Amateur League and were no match for hosts.
Collieries scored three goals in each half, and virtually fielded a different team in each half. Their only blip was slack defending which saw them concede twice within a minute, about 20 minutes into the game, to see their early 2-0 lead wiped out.
No facilities for spectators, not that any would be expected for a game like this, although a steep grass bank along one side provided a good viewing point.