Manchester Saturday Morning League, Division One
Brushes Rangers Spartak 3 Old Stretfordians 1 (att 6)
Brushes Rangers Spartak really are the gift that keeps on giving for a Manchester-based groundhopper, as they seem to find a different home ground almost every season. This time they're using a new 4G pitch at Alder Community High School, on the edge of Hyde.
Like most 3G and 4G pitches it's not an exciting venue, but the fenced-in pitch is set back from the main road, is some distance from the school buildings, and on an October morning was surrounded by trees in autumn colours, making it a nice place to watch a game.
The only annoyance - other than an earlier-than-advertised kick off which meant I missed the opening few minutes - were the overhead wires used to divide the pitch into areas for small-sided games. They seemed unusually low, and were hit by the ball several times. Surely they could be removed when the pitch is being used for 11-a-side fixtures?
That aside it was a decent game. A pair of well-taken goals, one in each half, put the home side in control of a keenly-contested fixture. Old Stretfordians, newcomers to the league but well-established in Saturday afternoon football, pulled a goal back, but a third for the hosts settled matters.