Combined Counties League, Division One
Abbey Rangers 1 Dorking Wanderers reserves 0 (att 48)
A few hours after a return visit to Colchester United's training ground to see a game on the main pitch, I made another return trip, this time to the new main pitch at Abbey Rangers.
I'd previously seen Abbey play a Surrey Elite Intermediate League game on the old main pitch that was some way from the clubhouse. Since then promotion to the Combined Counties League has meant a need for improved facilities, and the club have created a decent ground closer to the clubhouse (and not overlapping their old pitch, hence my return).
The Addlestone Moor pitch is railed off, has a paved pathway around two sides, and a covered area, built onto the clubhouse, behind the goal. No seats yet, but I'd guess a seated stand is in the pipeline.
This fixture came hot on the heels of what sounded like a gruelling extra time FA Vase defeat on the Isle of Wight for Abbey, which might explain a somewhat sluggish performance against opposition I expected them to defeat comfortably.
The highlight was a terrific first half volley, which turned out to be the evening's only goal. Abbey thought they should have had a couple of penalties, I agreed with them about the first, but not the second.
Dorking's second eleven looked solid but unspectacular, although they came very close to snatching a draw as they piled on some pressure in the closing minutes.