Combined Counties League, Premier Division
CB Hounslow United 0 Banstead Athletic 1 (att 56)
Pre-Christmas family commitments meant I was going to be in west London anyway, so I was fortunate the fixtures fell kindly and the weather was benign, allowing me to visit CB Hounslow United's new ground.
For a newly-built ground at this level 'The Lair', in Green Lane, is an impressive venue. A large clubhouse dominates the turnstile side of the ground, there's a well-proportioned seated stand on the opposite side, and a small covered standing area behind one goal.
The most surprising and unusual feature is an electronic scoreboard in the corner of the ground, which counts off the 90 minutes as well as keeping track of goals.
Sadly the scoreboard operator had little to do during this game (although being non-League I'm sure he or she had plenty of other jobs to be getting on with while we spectators enjoyed the action).
It was a game that needed a goal to come fully to life. Luckily we did get a goal, but unfortunately it came so deep into stoppage time there was barely time for CB Hounslow to restart the match.
The home side should have won. They were the better side and had more of the play, but they rarely looked like breaking down Banstead's well organised defence. The visitors occasionally looked dangerous on the break, and having withstood plenty of pressure they succeeded on the break in the final seconds.