Theatre Boys v Baxters

7.15pm  8 June 2016

Catforth and District Summer League, Division One
Theatre Boys 2 Baxters 2 (att 14)

Theatre Boys might sound like a team of aspiring thespians, but in fact they're a long-established Sunday side with their roots in Preston's Theatre Hotel pub, where they were formed in 1971.

I don't watch Sunday football, at least not winter leagues, but at this time of year Theatre Boys are one of the clubs who make up the two division Catforth and District Summer League.

Until recently it was an unofficial league, with the county FA presumably turning a blind eye to allow village teams to compete. Now its official it's increasingly dominated by regular Preston sides keeping fit during the close season.

Theatre Boys are based, this summer at least, on a school pitch in Ashton-on-Ribble, a Preston suburb. I'd expected them to use the enclosed artificial pitch, but instead they played on grass, one of two pitches marked on the school playing field.

The home side scored early and before too long had doubled their lead against Baxters, who play Saturday football in the Mid Lancashire League during the winter. It was an even game though, and Baxters were good value for the two second half goals that earned them a point.

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