Skipton LMS v Grassington United

6.30pm  18 May 2015

Craven and District League, Premier Division
Skipton LMS 1 Grassington United 5 (att 15)

Tonight Skipton LMS play in the final of the prestigious Craven FA Cup, so a meaningless end-of-season league fixtures just 24 hours before the big game was never going to be a highlight of the season.

To be fair I had been warned, when checking the game was definitely going ahead I was told that LMS intended to field a weakened side. The side was so weak they kicked off with just 10 men, although they did eventually muster a full 11, and even a couple of subs.

As a match it was a no contest. Grassington took an early lead, and by half time were 4-0 ahead, despite not playing great football themselves.

The second half was at least more even. What should have been Grassington's fifth goal was bizarrely ruled out by the referee, who thought the ball had hit a post when it in fact it rebounded off the rear stanchion inside the goal.

The visitors' official fifth wasn't long in coming though, and against the odds it was LMS who scored the game's final goal. Hopefully it'll be a very different LMS I see in tonight's final.

LMS's Sandylands home is a something of a Skipton sporting hub, as part of a complex that includes well-equipped cricket and rugby grounds, tennis courts and a sports centre. The football ground is enclosed, with changing rooms near the entrance and a narrow pitch with a dugout on either side.

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