Peterborough & District League, Division One
Stamford Belvedere 1 Wittering 3 (att 314)
After the morning's game at Ketton the second hop match was a United Counties League game at Blackstones FC, a ground I'd been to before, although I was alarmed to realise my visit was 28 years ago.
My memories from a September 1988 FA Vase tie against Norwich United are hazy, but from the photo of the ground I took that day not great deal has changed, and their Lincoln Road ground in Stamford remains a nice venue.
Anyway, rather than blog about revisits, match number three was a new ground for me, albeit a much more basic one. I doubt much has changed at Stamford Belvedere since 1988 either, other than name of the school in which they're based was Queen Eleanor and is now the Stamford Welland Academy.
The pitch is behind the school buildings, and was roped off with a pair of sturdy dugouts on one side painted in the club's colours. Again the organisation was good, with parking well-marshaled and a barbecue to feed the hungry hoppers.
Seeing so much football in a single day means games have to very special to stand out, and although there was plenty of effort from the players this wasn't a memorable 90 minutes. Both clubs won promotion to Division One last season, and Wittering were fairly comfortable winners to top the table before anyone else had kicked a ball.