Welsh League, Division Three
Newport YMCA 3 Cardiff Corinthians 3 (att 35)
I allowed what should have been more than enough time for a bank holiday weekend drive to south Wales, but countless delays meant I still missed the kick off at Mendalgief Road.
There'd been no goals when I arrived, and based on on what I saw of the first half (which was most of it) I doubt I missed much. YMCA hit the post and had an effort cleared off the line, but it was a match between two poor sides.
Any lack of quality was understandable, as both sides have been relegated and there was nothing at stake in their final game of the season. Newport YMCA had the additional excuse of playing their fifth game in just eight days.
The home side's opening goal, after 59 minutes, was the cue for the game to spark into life, heralding an amazing final half-hour. YMCA just about deserved to edge in front, but within three minutes Corinthians had scored twice to snatch the lead.
YMCA equalised, Corinthians regained the lead, then YMCA scored a late leveller to make it 3-3. Overall a draw was probably a fair result, and there was enough decent football in the last 30 minutes to suggest both sides are capable of regaining their Welsh League place over the next 12 months.
I liked Newport YMCA's ground. It's very enclosed and has a small but perfectly adequate covered standing area on one side, and some banking behind the near goal close to the YMCA buildings. The pitch wasn't the best, presumably the reason why postponements left the club with a hectic late-season schedule, and the surrounding vegetation is overgrown and looks poised to engulf the whole place.
I was last here 22 years ago, but the pitch used that day was some distance from the old YMCA clubhouse, and has since been covered by a retail park, so this counted as a new ground for me.