Heysham v Freehold

6.15pm  24 August 2015

North Lancashire & District League, Division One
Heysham 1 Freehold 3 (att 19)

A venue listed as "pitch 2, Salt Ayre Sports Centre" might not seem very enticing, but the three grass football pitches at the Lancaster facility are all quite separate from each other, and enclosed by trees and greenery.

Added to that, each pitch has a regular tenant club, and it was a good evening to visit with not just Heysham but also Torrisholme (pitch 1) and Morecambe Royals (pitch 3) also having first team home games.

I'd seen Royals play on their pitch some years ago, so Heysham's game was my first choice, and I was rewarded by a decent game.

The home side took the lead, but by half time Freehold had battled back to lead 2-1. There wasn't much between the sides and Heysham worked hard to level in the second period, but their hopes evaporated with Freehold's late third goal.

With pitches two and three now ticked, I just need to return to Salt Ayre one more time to complete the trio of grounds.

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