Peterborough and District League, Premier Division
Leverington Sports 2 Peterborough ICA Sports 0 (att 304)
This should have been the second Peterborough and District League game of the day. At 11am Long Sutton Athletic and Tydd St Mary kicked off their division one encounter but, sadly, it was halted by a serious injury after just 10 minutes.
Following a delay of close to an hour, during which a pair of first responders arrived and did their best, it was a clear an ambulance was required and the referee wisely abandoned the game.
Groundhoppers are often divided on whether or not to 'count' abandoned games. I feel life is too short to worry too much, but also that 10 minutes of play is too short to count a ground as being 'hopped', so I'll return to Long Sutton in the future. For now though, best wishes to the injured player for a speedy recovery.
With the morning's action truncated I arrived at Leverington, a village just outside Wisbech, very early. I had time to enjoy a pint from the clubhouse and a spot of reading while sat in my car, parked in the large Church Road sports field, before the action began.
It wasn't the greatest of games but it was good to watch a full 90 minutes after the earlier disappointment. The home side won thanks to two second half goals, the clincher in stoppage time.
Leverington's ground is typical for the league. The pitch is mostly roped off, although there's fencing and advertising boards along the far side, where the dugouts are situated. For some reason the referee wasn't happy with spectators standing along the barriered side, so it was a squeeze along the roped off touchline for most of the 300 or so spectators.