Hull United v Bottesford Town

7.45pm  10 November 2015

Northern Counties East League, Division One
Hull United 2 Bottesford Town 1 (att 431)

A morning appointment in central London meant it was a struggle to get to Craven Park in Hull in time for kick off, but it was worth the effort to see an entertaining game in a stadium that was better than most I get to visit these days.

Hull United have a short, but interesting, history. They've risen rapidly from the Humber Premier League to Northern Counties East League football, but a dispute regarding their home ground in Dunswell has meant a mid-season switch to share Hull Kingston Rovers rugby stadium.

Groundshares by non-League football clubs at professional rugby league stadiums have a habit of not working out well for the round ball teams, but hopefully Hull United will defy the trend and settle into Craven Park, or, as its currently known for sponsorship reasons, the KC Lighstream Stadium.

They don't lack support, home crowds were apparently high before the move, and over 400 turned up for the visit of Bottesford, all housed either in seats in the main stand, or on the terraced paddock to the front.

Unused were a large seated stand behind the left hand goal, a massive covered terrace on the opposite touchline, and a small undeveloped area of terracing behind the right hand goal. Hull United seemed well prepared for the crowd, and to make the best use of their new home.

One the field they kept up their promotion challenge against high-flying Bottesford thank to a goal in each half. The visitors pulled a goal back towards the end, and were perhaps unlucky not to leave Hull with a point.

All in all a decent night out, and a rare chance to visit a proper sports stadium as a "new ground".

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