Eye United v FC Peterborough

1.30pm  30 July 2016

Peterborough and District League, Division Three
Eye United 3 FC Peterborough 0 (att 196)

July is a bit early for non-League clubs to get their seasons underway, although the FA's decision to begin the FA Cup next weekend meant a few leagues were kicking off on Saturday to give clubs some competitive action.

Participation in the national cup competition is a distant prospect for Peterborough and District League sides, but their excuse for an early start was an organised groundhop and the chance to get some extra spectators, and some extra income, thanks to staggered kick off times.

I had some non-football weekend commitments which limited me to just one match on Saturday and one on the Sunday, but it was good to see competitive football as the new season slowly comes to life.

The fourth level of the Peterborough League wouldn't normally be on my groundhopping radar, but this was a chance to visit a ground I'd missed when the previous incarnation of Eye United, who played several divisions higher, played here. They left the venue, and eventually morphed into Peterborough Northern Star FC.

The Lindisfarne Road ground is predictably basic, but very much a football ground with a partly railed off pitch adjacent to a clubhouse. The club were well organised to cater for the larger than usual crowd.

On the field it wasn't a thriller, although Eye were well worth their win, against newly-promoted FC Peterborough. The hosts scored once in the first half and twice in the second to get their season off to the best possible start.

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