Battersea Ironsides v AFC Cubo

11am  25 August 2014

Surrey Elite Intermediate League
Battersea Ironsides 2 AFC Cubo 3 (att 14)

The first leg of an ambitious trio of Bank Holiday matches brought me to the south London home of Battersea Ironsides.

I arrived only a few minutes before kick off, after making slower than anticipated progress through the capital once I'd left the M3 motorway. Luckily I was able to squeeze into one of the two remaining spaces in the car park, as the surrounding streets were lined with expensive parking meters.

Within seconds of the game getting underway visitors Cubo were ahead. A shot from distance beat the keeper but came back off the crossbar, before the rebound was pounced on for the goal. Cubo doubled their lead before half time, an advantage they deserved for clinical finishing and an all round greater appetite for the match.

Ironsides rallied after the break, but they had conceded a third by the time two late goals, one a penalty, gave them hope of possibly snatching a point. They came close, but ran out of time as the visitors held on to win.

Battersea Ironsides play in Earlsfield, between Wimbledon and Balham. It's a private sports ground, catering for other sports as well as football. The football pitch is roped down one side, effectively rendering a one-sided ground for spectators, and appeared well looked after, which was just as well as it had to cope with a downpour that accompanied the match.

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