Sheffield County Senior League, Premier Division
Oughtibridge War Memorial Sports Club 6 Swinton Athletic 0 (att 43)
I wanted to stay fairly local today, so a trip to the outskirts of Sheffield suited me perfectly, especially as it's an area that's just out of reach for early and end of season midweek games after work.
I thought high-flying Swinton would win this game with ease, and they struck the frame of the Oughtibridge goal in the opening moments. But the home side scored first, after around 10 minutes, and soon after doubled their lead.
Swinton thought they'd pulled a goal back just before half time, but a linesman's flag ruled it out for offside.
Three minutes into the second half a foul in the penalty area handed Swinton an ideal platform from which to launch a comeback, but the spot kick was sent high over the bar.
Soon after that the home side scored a third, and a red card for Swinton ended any hopes they had. Oughtibridge scored three more, to cap a good performance the belied their lower mid table league placing.
Oughtibridge play at War Memorial Park, an quirky venue that was given to the local community as a war memorial in 1921. It has a lot to recommend it. A pavilion near the entrance includes changing rooms, a bar and tea bar, and was built recently after its predecessor was destroyed by floods in 2007.
From there the pitch is on the far side of a cricket square, and runs widthways. The near side is roped off, either side of the cricket pitch, while the far side has a collection of assorted dugouts, covered and uncovered standing areas, and some bench seating. It's set in a valley, alongside the Rover Don,
A bonus was the free match programme, available from the clubhouse. It's an interesting read, although little of its content related to the match, but quite a lot had been cut and pasted from the Daily Mail website.