Portstewart v Banbridge Town

3pm 6 February 2016

Northern Ireland Football League, Championship Two
Portstewart 1 Banbridge Town 3 (att 50)

The wet and windy weather which blighted the morning's match at Clough was even worse at Portstewart, a pleasant coastal town in County Londonderry.

Fortunately, as a Northern Irish League venue, the ground has a seated stand to shelter from the elements. There's also a pleasant clubhouse, where I settled in ahead of kick off to enjoy the second half of Leicester's Premier League win at Manchester City.

The first half of Portstewart versus Banbridge was a bit of a comedown by comparison, as both sides struggled with the conditions as much as with each other.

Thankfully, the second half was a lot better, as struggling Portstewart, just one place off the bottom of the league's lowest tier, broke the deadlock. Their lead didn't last long though, and Banbridge ran out deserved winners.

I liked Portstewart's ground. The stand may be a prefab, of the sort seen at so many venues these days, but it's a decent size, while opposite a good-looking modern building houses the changing rooms and clubhouse.

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