Anchorsholme v Plungington

7.15pm  25 June 2018

Catforth and District Summer League, Division One
Anchorsholme 7 Plungington 1 (att 15)

The 131st and final game of my 2017/18 season was a first visit Fleetwood Town's very impressive training complex at Pool Foot Farm in Thornton Cleveleys.

It won't be my last visit to the venue though, as Fleetwood's youth team play on one of the grass pitches and there are two enclosed 4G grounds. This game was played on the second pitch, furthest from the main building.

I expected a close game between two sides who have made solid starts to the summer league season, but an early red card for the visitors left them at a disadvantage they couldn't overcome.

The 10 men actually equalised Anchosholme's early opener, but the home side regained the lead before half time and the second half was one-way traffic. The Plungington keeper did well to keep the score down.

The ground is a standard artificial venue, with a floodlit pitch surrounded by a fence. There is a barriered area for spectators, running halfway behind one goal and along three-quarters of the near touchline.

The game had a low key feel, and there was a choice of viewing with Spain v Morocco being shown on an outdoor big screen just beyond the pitch, although in place of the TV commentary was a constant background of pop music. A strange way to end my football season, but 2018/19 will begin in just a few days.

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