Baffins Milton Rovers v Liphook United

6.45pm  4 August 2015

Hampshire Premier League, Senior Division
Baffins Milton Rovers 3 Liphook United 0 (att 40)

When I saw this fixture, on a night when I had little else to pick from for a new ground, I thought it'd be a chance to visit Portsmouth-based Baffins ahead of their imminent move to a new ground. Instead I got to watch the second game at the new venue.

It's the early stages of a work in progress, just yards from the former pitch. Players still change in the old changing rooms, then walk across the old pitch, and a cricket pitch, to reach a newly enclosed area to the north of the Langstone Harbour Sports Ground.

Portable buildings are in place, and once connected to relevant utilities will serve as more convenient changing accommodation. A concrete base has been laid for the arrival of a stand, while at present a pair of old dugouts provide rudimentary small stands. The pitch is roped off, with a rail no doubt planned.

Club officials have clearly worked hard to create an enclosed football ground. They could do with some rain to aid the pitch, which is hard and bumpy, and didn't help what was a scrappy encounter with Liphook.

The home side have their sights set on promotion to the Wessex League - the new ground is crucial to that - and this win made is maximum points from their two opening fixtures. Baffins looked good, going a goal up just before half time, then adding two more after the break. Liphook played their part with some decent football, but rarely threatened a comeback once they went behind.









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