Penn and Tylers Green v Didcot Town reserves

3pm  18 March 2017

Hellenic League, Division One East
Penn and Tylers Green 5 Didcot Town reserves 1 (att 57)

Penn and Tylers Green's move to a new pitch at the start of the season is likely to prompt debate among groundhoppers as to whether or not it counts as a 'new' ground.

It's the same address, clubhouse and changing rooms as where they played previously, and the old ground still exists and is still used, just beyond the new arena.

My rule is a different pitch counts as a different ground, and so a return visit to French School Meadows in Penn was my agenda for this season.

The club is on the up. The new pitch has coincided with a team flying high at the top of the division, and this comfortable win against Didcot's second eleven took them a step closer to being crowned champions.

I'm not sure if promotion would follow though, as the ground isn't yet floodlit and there's no seats in the covered enclosure that's been erected on one side. The ground is a work in progress though, and while it's already a nice venue further improvements will surely follow.

Penn and Tylers Green dominated the opening half against Didcot, and deservedly led 3-0 at the break. The visitors were better in the second half and made more of a game of it, but the hosts still added two more goals before Didcot managed a late consolation.

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