Humber Premier League, Premier Division
Reckitts 3 Chalk Lane 0 (att 41)
On a wet day the best way of guaranteeing a game being on is to head to a team that uses an all-weather pitch, or, as I did today, somewhere with plenty of 3G and 4G pitches just in case a back up is needed.
Reckitts play on grass at the Hull University sports ground in Inglemire Lane, but there are so many clubs in Hull using artificial pitches that getting a game was never likely to be a problem.
As it was the Reckitts pitch, although very wet, was playable, for a clash between two of the sides challenging at the top of the table. It was also a local derby, with Chalk Lane based just a few yards away on the university's 3G pitch.
The game lived up to its billing, with some good football played by two very committed sides on a proper old-fashioned muddy pitch. It was fun to watch.
Reckitts scored the first half's only goal, and added two more after the break. The 3-0 scoreline was harsh on Chalk Lane though, as they more than played their part in providing an enjoyable afternoon,
The Humber Premier League is a "step seven" league, but many of the venues are basic. Reckitts, traditionally among the league's strongest sides, have a base that's typical for the league (as least for those clubs who still play on grass).
It's just a pitch, taped off along most of one side where some dugouts are also positioned. Changing rooms are in the university sports centre building, which is on the opposite side of the road. Seven years ago I saw Reckitts play on another basic roped pitch, next door at the police sports ground.