BUCS Midlands 5A
Birmingham City University 1 Oxford University III 0 (att 1)
The first of this season's BUCS (British Universities and College Sport) matches, and one of those rare, but not unknown, occasions when I'm the sole spectator at a match. Apart from me, everyone else here was either playing or a substitute/linesman/coach.
To be fair this wasn't the afternoon's most attractive fixture. I chose it purely by geography, as a game that was on my route back to Manchester from a morning appointment in Somerset, allowing me to break the long journey with some fresh air, 90 minutes of football and a new ground.
Those that stayed away probably made the right call, as this wasn't a match to remember. It was scrappy from start to finish, with the only goal coming in first half stoppage time.
Apart from the goal, and an early shot that flashed just wide, Birmingham City University created few chances. Oxford played the better football, and shouldn't have lost the game, but when chances came their way they were wasted.
Birmingham City University's sports ground is The Pavilion, in Moor Lane. The modern pavilion building itself is impressive, and main pitch is railed off, with dugouts.
My game was played on an open pitch next door to the railed one, one of four games taking place on the many pitches. There's also just one rugby pitch, and the game on that was the afternoon's only sporting fixture to have attracted a handful of spectators.