Wickersley v Stocksbridge Park Steels reserves

6pm  26 August 2015

Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League, Premier Division
Wickersley 1 Stocksbridge Park Steels reserves 1 (att 45)

It's fair to say I had low expectations of this, knowing before I arrived that it'd be a roped off pitch on a large playing field at the back of a school on the outskirts of Rotherham. It seemed a good ground to visit midweek, before the dark evenings meant I'd need to come on a Saturday afternoon.

But, as is often the case, it turned out a lot better that I'd imagined. True, it is just a pitch, roped off along one touchline, behind Wickersley School and Sports College, but on a sunny evening and in front of a larger than expected crowd it was good.

The pitch actually feels quite enclosed with the unroped side bordering fencing behind which new homes are being built, and one end backing onto a small-sided artificial pitch.

More importantly, it was a decent game. The only goals came, just four minutes apart, after around an hour. Stocksbridge went in front when a well-struck shot from distance was fumbled by the home keeper, before the home side soon equalised.

Once they'd levelled, Wickersley looked much more likely to win the game, but despite creating chances they failed to take them. On the balance of the 90 minutes, they'll probably look back on this as two points dropped.

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