North Riding FA Challenge Cup, First Round
Huby United 0 Boosbeck United Athletic Club 2 (att 11)
The ever-excellent Football Traveller magazine alerted me to this unusual early kick off, which otherwise I'd probably have missed.
Boosbeck wanted an early start to accommodate a charity event at their ground in the afternoon. Huby agreed to playing at 11am, and I was one of nine groundhoppers, in a "crowd" of 11, who made the most of the opportunity for an extra game.
Huby play in the fourth tier of the York League, while Boosbeck are from the Eskvale and Cleveland League. I had no idea which side were likely to be the strongest, but Boosbeck deserved their win.
They had most of the play, took a lead late in the first half, and, after a brief rally from Huby, a second goal in the final minute of the game wrapped up a comfortable win.
Huby play on the village sports ground, on the far side of a cricket square from a pavilion that has some cover, and a few seats, for spectators happy with a distant view of the action (or a much better view of the cricket, presumably).
The pitch itself was roped off for a few yards along the centre of each touchline, which was more than I'd expected, and was a pleasant venue on an autumnal morning in North Yorkshire.