Grimethorpe Sports v Penistone Church reserves

1pm  7 October 2017

Sheffield County Senior League, Premier Division
Grimethorpe Sports 1 Penistone Church reserves 1 (att 50)

Sadly Grimethorpe Sports are no longer based in Grimethorpe, but having embarked on a nomadic existence they're settling into their new home on the second pitch at Athersley Recreation FC's Sheerien Park ground.

They're going well in the league, and should have won this top of the table battle against Penistone's second team. The home side took a first half lead, and spurned plenty of chances to extend their advantage.

They paid the penalty for wastefulness in the second half, literally, when a spot kick given for a trip in the box was converted to make the score 1-1. Both sides had chances to win the game, Grimethorpe again guilty of missing the best of them, but there were no more goals.

The home side's identity seems to be in a state of flux at the moment. The gateman asked if I'd come to 'see the reserves', Grimethorpe's kit looks similar to Athersley's, and the badge on the shirts calls them Grimethorpe and Athersley Sports FC.

If they're not already, they're well on the way to becoming' Athersley Recreation's de facto second eleven.

Such semi-official backing from the host club at least meant the tea bar was open for the early kick off (ahead of Athersley's game on the main pitch at 3pm) so as well as a pre-match coffee I was able to enjoy pies and peas at half time.

The second pitch at Sheerien Park is a decent football ground in it's own right. The pitch is railed off on all four sides, although there's no access to the end backing onto the main ground, and there's a pair of neat dugouts.

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