Maltby Main v Wickersley at Sheffield Hallam University

3pm  9 July 2016

Pre-season Friendly at Sheffield Hallam University
Maltby Main 2 Wickersley 1 (att 32)

After the morning's match in West Yorkshire I headed to South Yorkshire where Northern Counties East League Maltby Main where hosting county league Wickersley at the Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park.

I'd seen the university's own team here back in 2007, when they played Glasgow University on a Wednesday afternoon. Back then it was a basic sports ground rather than a 'sports park'. The transformation since then is impressive, and the football pitch used that day is now Sheffield Eagles Rugby League ground.

There's a floodlit grass football pitch, that I thought this game might be played on, but instead it was on 'synthetic pitch one', which is dedicated to football and alongside 'synthentic pitch two' which is used for rugby.

Two 45-minutes halves in this game, and the surprise was that it took Maltby until the final minute of the first half to go in front, as they looked much the stronger team.

With an hour gone Maltby made eight changes, the new players wearing a different kit to the starting eleven (the three who stayed on changed their shirts to match). Two minutes later the new-look Maltby doubled their lead, although a Wickersley penalty reduced the deficit and set up a close finish.

Maltby held on to win, although Wickersley might have deserved a draw for their efforts, especially in the second half.

Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park isn't on Google Maps yet, but here's a link to the pitch location

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