Burghclere v Wallingford Town

5pm  17 September 2016

North Berkshire League, Charity Shield Group A
Burghclere 2 Wallingford Town 2 (att 169)

Burchclere were staging the day's final 'hop' match, with a cup tie against a Wallingford Town side who I'm more used to seeing at higher levels prior to their drop into local football.

They were second best against Burghclere, falling 2-0 behind after conceding a goal in each half, but managed an unlikely comeback late on thanks to two goals in quick succession.

The North Berkshire Charity Shield is organised on a group basis, so the drawn game meant a point each rather than extra time and/or penalties. Just as well, as the game finished quite late after being held up due to a nasty-looking injury to visitors' goalkeeper, who left the ground in an ambulance.

Both Burghclere and Wallingford are in the top division of the North Berkshire League, and the standard of football was noticeable higher than at the morning's game at Blewbury.

Burghclere Sports Club has the feel of a proper football venue, helped by advertising boards and dugouts on the far side of the pitch. The near side was roped off, making it essentially a one-sided ground for spectators.

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