Pre-season Friendly at Edge Hill University
Fleetwood Hesketh 1 Litherland REMYCA 2 (att 17)
I'm not a big fan of pre-season friendlies, the lack of a competitive element is always evident and, as a result, the football is often dull.
However, they can be a useful way of seeing games on unusual grounds, and so I can be tempted as long as I don't have to travel too far.
Ormskirk is close enough to Manchester to be in range for a friendly, and the chance to return to Edge Hill where I last saw a game in 2000. The grass pitch used that day, by long-gone Birchfield FC in the long-gone Liverpool County Combination, is now covered by a car park.
The Edge Hill campus has been transformed beyond all recognition in the last 15 years, with more building work continuing. Among the many new additions is a modern 3G football pitch, floodlit, with permanent dugouts and enclosed by a high fence.
It was on that pitch that Southport-based Fleetwood Hesketh, from the "step seven" West Lancashire League, took on Liverpool-based Litherland REMYCA, who play a step higher in the North West Counties League.
As expected, the more senior side won the game, scoring twice in the first half. Hesketh scored the game's best goal, early in the second half, and probably deserved a draw.