Continental Star v Fairfield Villa

2pm  31 December 2016

Midland Football League, Division Two
Continental Star 0 Fairfield Villa 4 (att 40)

I rounded off 2016 with a visit to the new home of Continental Star's first team who, after many years of groundsharing, are now based at a venue called The Hub in the Perry Bar district of Birmingham.

Facilities are basic, which may be a reason why the club dropped two divisions after finishing bottom of the premier division last season, but there's plenty of scope for development and it's good to be able to visit the club at a home of its own.

Despite the double relegation the club may yet fall further, and a comprehensive defeat against Fairfield Villa did nothing for their hopes of climbing away from the foot of the table.

The visitors were always on top, and the contest was effectively over by half time after Fairfield netted three first half goals. They added one more after the break, but Continental Star showed enough neat touches to suggest results may begin to improve.

The main feature of The Hub is a two-tier building which houses the changing rooms, beyond which is a large playing field with several pitches.

The main pitch is barriered along one side, where there's a pair of dugouts, while the rest of the perimeter is roped off, although for the most part the rope was lying on the grass. A few advertising boards are around the pitch, although they're still awaiting sponsors.

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