Keswick v Carvetii United

2pm  29 November 2014

Westmorland League, Division One
Keswick 5 Carvetii United 0 (att 44)

A pre-match glance at the league table would have suggested this was going to be a comfortable win for Keswick, and when they hit the Carvetii crossbar twice in the opening five minutes it was clear that a surprise result was unlikely.

It didn't take the home side long to score, and by the end of a first half dominated by Keswick they had a commanding 4-0 lead.

The second period was better for the visitors, as Keswick were restricted to just one more goal. The final tally could, and should, have been more than five, and a red card meant Carvetii finished a man down.

The Westmorland League is home to many scenic venues, and Keswick's newish Fitz Park home is up there with the best. The ground itself is fairly basic though, just an unroped pitch next to a sympathetically-designed pavilion.

Next door, separated by a fence, is the "public" part of  Fitz Park, where Keswick played last time I visited. Back then the park pitch was used for early and late season games, when their erstwhile official home, Walker Park, was in its tourist-season use as a mobile home park.

Don't go looking for Carvetii on a map, at least not on a modern one. The Kirkby Stephen-based club are named after an ancient Celtic tribe, the Carvetii, who lived in what is now Cumbria.

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