Pre-season Friendly at Partington Sports Village
Mersey Valley 1 West Didsbury and Chorlton 1 (att 19)
The prime attraction this friendly held was a chance to see a game at Partington Sports Village, a well-equipped sports centre on the edge of Greater Manchester.
The venue was switched to here, at short notice, because Mersey Valley's own ground wasn't available. Football-wise, there's a large playing field, on which this game was played, and a caged, floodlit 3G pitch.
In truth it was a rather scrappy and disjointed game, not helped by the visitors' mass half-time substitutions. It was 90 minutes that reminded why travelling more than just a few miles for for a pre-season is rarely, if ever, worth the effort.
That said there was plenty to admire, especially from the "home" side, who played better football than I'd expect for a team in the Cheshire League's third, and lowest, tier.
They went ahead with a well-taken early goal, but it wasn't long before West Didsbury and Chorlton, who play four divisions higher in the North West Counties League, were level. Surprisingly there were no further goals, despite chances for both teams.