West Wratting v Wisbech St Mary

2pm  6 September 2014

Cambridgeshire League, Premier Division
West Wratting 3 Wisbech St Mary 1 (att 35)

It's 10 years since I last ticked off a ground in the Cambridgeshire League, and even longer since I last visited one on a Saturday. It was the obvious league to look at after the morning game in Cambridge, and this fixture stood out thanks to it 2pm kick off, and hour earlier than the division's other games,

The early kick off was because the club's 'A' team had a home game afterwards, and there's only one pitch at the pleasant West Wratting Recreation Ground.

From the car park there's a new-looking clubhouse to the right, while the pitch runs lengthways in front. It's roped off on three sides, the exception being the far end with borders a high hedge. Managers, coaches and subs have benches which are, literally, benches.

This was an okay game which was entertaining enough without hitting any great heights. West Wratting took a while to get into their stride, but when they did so they looked much the better of the two sides.

A goal in each half looked to have sealed a comfortable win. Wisbech St Mary played some nice football, but with no end product. That changed with five minutes left when they pulled a goal back to set up an exciting finish.

In the closing seconds the Wisbech keeper, a lively character who revelled in a bright pink jersey and lively banter with home supporters (earning himself a yellow card for his colourful language), joined the attack for a corner. West Wratting cleared, and with no one in goal the last kick of the game was the home side's third goal.









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