Plymouth Marjon v Millbrook

7pm  31 March 2018

South West Peninsula League, Division One West
Plymouth Marjon 2 Millbrook 3 (att 293)

I'd guess that 293 must be a record home crowd for Plymouth Marjon, thanks to the Saturday evening kick off and the game being part of the South West Peninsula League groundhop. It also gave me the chance to visit the final ground I needed to complete the league.

The 3G pitch at least meant the game was never in any doubt despite the wet weather, and although I had low expectations for the ground the club coped well with the large crowd and the matchday experience was better than I'd expected.

There was plenty of room for spectators inside the fence that encloses the pitch, and outside there's a raised standing area giving an elevated view, although when the trees are in leaf it might be a little obscured.

Marjon are the football team of Plymouth Marjon University, which originated as St Mark's and St John's colleges in London in the 1800s, before the merged institution relocated to Devon in 1973. The sports centre and football pitch are part of the campus to the north of Plymouth.

It was a game that sprung into life in the second half. Millbrook scored the first half's only goal, and looked to be heading for victory when the students had a player sent off after the break. But 10-man Marjon scored twice in quick succession to turn the game around.

They couldn't hold onto the lead though, and Millbrook made the most of an extra player on the pitch to score twice to win an entertaining game.

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