Keele University v Walsall Phoenix reserves

7.30pm  6 November 2017

Staffordshire County Senior League, Division One
Keele University 4 Walsall Phoenix reserves 1 (att 28)

My last visit to see football at Keele University was in 2002, when they played on a grass pitch surrounded by a running track.

That ground still exists, and is apparently used for most Saturday afternoon games, but midweek night matches are on a newer floodlit 3G pitch next door. Both are part of the busy sports centre on the campus at Keele.

In most respects it's a typical artificial pitch enclosed by a high fence, but it does benefit from a proper area for spectators along one side and a small seated stand, which is a rarity for these type of grounds in England.

For me, and the handful of other groundhoppers who made up a fair proportion of the crowd, it was a case of taking the opportunity to tick off the ground rather than the visit of Walsall Phoenix's second team being particularly attractive.

It wasn't a bad game though, with Keele playing some decent football as they scored twice in each half for a comfortable win. The visitors' second half goal was well taken, but the game was already beyond them by the time they scored.

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