Southern Combination League, Division Two
Alfold 1 Roffey 1 (att 62)
A pre-dawn departure for the long drive to the Surrey/Sussex border was a bit of risk given the need for a pitch inspection before this match was given the go ahead, but I gambled on the weather not being too bad and I had back up games if necessary.
As it turned out the pitch at Alfold was in perfect condition for an entertaining game between localish rivals in the third tier of what I still think of as the Sussex County League.
I guess the league's name change better reflects the fact the a few non-Sussex Clubs, like Alfold, compete. The village is just on the Surrey side of the county border, and the football club are based at the village sports ground in Alfold Crossways.
The roped off pitch has a pair of dugouts on one side, a clubhouse including a tea bar behind the goal and not much else other than a couple of car parking areas, but it's in a nice setting and on a bright and sunny morning it was a good place to watch football.
Alfold aren't having the best of seasons, above only the hapless Ferring going into this game, but according the match programme recent results have been an improvement and they fully deserved their point from this game.
They got it thanks to an 89th minute penalty, having gone behind to a goal in the final minute of the first half. All in all it was a decent game between two reasonable sides, and well worth the early start and the long journey.