Cheltenham Civil Service v Broadwell Amateurs

3pm  21 August 2015

Gloucestershire County League
Cheltenham Civil Service 1 Broadwell Amateurs 3 (att 64)

It's less than 18 months since I last visited Cheltenham Civil Service's Tewkesbury Road home, when I took advantage of a Saturday lunchtime kick-off to tick off a venue that was then hosting Gloucestershire Northern Senior League football.

The club has had an eventful time since then, earning promotion to the Gloucestershire County League and then winning that competition at the first attempt.

Promotion also meant fencing off a pitch, and as the club now uses a pitch directly in front of the clubhouse, and one that doesn't overlap where I saw them play last time, a return was necessary to visit what is, by my groundhopping "rules", a new ground.

Champions they may be, but it's been a difficult start to this season for Civil Service. Newly-promoted Broadwell took full advantage, condemning their hosts to their fourth defeat from their opening four fixtures.

Civil Service looked to have turned a corner when they scored the only goal of an entertaining and evenly-matched first half. But Broadwell stepped up a gear after the break and were well worth the three goals that gave them victory.

Apart from a plastic post and rail around what is now the main pitch at Civil Service, and a pair of dugouts, little seems to have changed from my last visit. On a damp afternoon, and following heavy rain earlier, the pitch was perfect. The Civil Service social club is decent and, handily, the building also provides a bit of cover from the elements for those watching football.

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