Wisbech St Mary v Halstead Town

3pm  26 November 2016

Eastern Counties League, Division One
Wisbech St Mary 1 Halstead Town 1 (att 36)

Wisbech St Mary were one of several new clubs promoted to the Eastern Counties League this season, and they've made a good start at the higher level after stepping up from the Cambridgeshire League.

The visit of Halstead, beaten only once in the league, was going to be a tough test, but after a hard-fought afternoon I imagine both sides will be relatively satisfied to have taken a point.

Halstead went ahead early, and should have extended their lead by half time. They paid the penalty for failing to do so when Wisbech St Mary scored to level the game during the second half. All in all it was a decent game.

Wisbech St Mary is a village just outside the town of Wisbech. The football club is based at the local sports and community centre, which as well as the first team pitch has plenty of others for the club's many youth teams.

First team games are played on an enclosed ground that's floodlit and has cover along the near side, although at present there's no seats.

Hard standing runs along the near side, where it is set back from the pitch, and at both ends, but the far side is out of bounds, presumably because the lack of a path means it falls foul of league rules. I'm not a fan of three-sided grounds, and I can't understand why the Eastern Counties League should care whether or not I might get my shoes muddy, but despite that very minor irritation I enjoyed my visit.

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