FC Cavaliers v West Bridgford

3pm  2 January 2016

Nottinghamshire Senior League, Premier Division
FC Cavaliers 0 West Bridgford 5 (att 65)

With lots of rain having fallen, and plenty more forecast, it made sense to avoid to risk of a late postponement by taking the safe option of a game on an artificial surface.

I chose table-topping West Bridgford's visit to FC Cavaliers, a nomadic club who, for this season at least, are based on a new all-weather facility at the Forest Sports Zone. The ground seems to be part of Nottingham Forest's community commitment, and is on the edge of a large park which stages the city's annual Goose Fair.

The pitch is typical of its type, being floodlit and enclosed by a high fence. The official spectator area is on the side nearest the entrance, but I opted for a better view by sneaking to the far side.

On a gloomy and damp afternoon, although it was nowhere near as wet as weather forecasters had predicted, there was plenty of bright football to admire. Most of it was thanks to West Bridgford, who made good use of the excellent surface to play neat passing football.

They went ahead early, and were 3-0 up by half time. With the contest already over the second half lacked a little bite, but two late goals gave the scoreline an emphatic look. The visitors thought they'd got a sixth in stoppage time, but it was ruled out for offside.

The ground isn't on Google Maps yet, but click here for a map showing its location


  1. Hi, SteveB - love reading the blogs. May I suggest that you visit my club sometime, on a Sunday morning? I play for Cople Sports FC. We have a great surface and would be good to see our club featured on this popular blog.


    1. At the moment I only watch Saturday football, if I took in Sunday games as well I'd never be home at a weekend. Thanks for the invite though.