Liverpool County Premier League, Premier Division
Byrom 4 Liver Academy 2 (att 40)
After an uninspiring start, off the pitch at least, this turned out to be a surprisingly decent night's entertainment.
Byrom are one of four Liverpool County Premier League clubs using the 3G pitch at the Liverpool County FA Ground in Walton Hall Avenue, and this was the first of a series of midweek league games scheduled here.
With no pitchside barrier, technically a requirement for a "step seven" game, the referee ruled that all spectators had to stand outside the fence, ensuring we all had a very poor view of the action.
I watched through the thick metal fence for about 15 minutes or so, an experience similar to watching League football in the 1980s, before joining the increasing numbers who ignored the instruction and had returned inside.
By the second half almost everyone was standing along the touchlines, and enjoying an absorbing and high quality game.
Byrom had made a tremendous start, scoring two great goals inside the first few minutes. The score stayed at 2-0 into the second half, but while Byron were the better side it always looked as if they might need a third goal to make the game safe.
When they got their third it was a couple of minutes after Liver Academy had, as they'd threatened, pulled a goal back. The visitors weren't finished though, and with eight minutes remaining they again reduced the arrears, and once again it wasn't long before Byron re-established a two goal cushion.