Pitshanger Dynamo v Southall reserves

12.45pm  24 October 2015

Middlesex County League, Premier Division
Pitshanger Dynamo 9 Southall reserves 0 (att 8)

There was due to be a Middlesex County League "hop" game this morning at AFC Wembley, but it disappeared after it was discovered the pitch didn't meet the league's  minimum size requirements. Luckily for me, another game in the same league kicked off early instead.

Pitshanger's game with Southall reserves was a late addition to the fixture list, and the early start was to accommodate another event already planned for the Argyle Road pitch later in the afternoon.

Whatever the kick off time, it wasn't going to be an easy task for Southall, who are struggling at the wrong end of the table. They battled well, and restricted mid-table Pitshanger to just two first half goals.

The second half was very much one-way traffic, and Pitshanger were ruthless enough to take most of their chances for my biggest win of the season so far. Southall deserved a goal for their efforts, and were twice denied by by the same post in the second half.

A previous Pitshanger club played in the Middlesex County League in the 1990s, and when I went in 1994 they played on a railed off pitch on Scotch Common. That pitch still exists, minus its wooden railings, but Dynamo play just to the north at the West London Sports Ground.

The ground is a little better than I'd expected. The pitchside pavilion is ageing, but houses changing rooms and a snack bar and provides a covered standing area for spectators. There's a pair of dugouts on the opposite side, but I was surprised the pitch wasn't even roped off, usually a requirement for "step seven" football.

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