Liverpool Old Boys Amateur League. Division Two
St Margaret's Old Boys 6 Convocation 1 (att 30)
It says something about the winter weather that the Liverpool Old Boys Amateur League's second division, despite only containing eight teams, is finishing its fixtures in June. I can't recall visiting a new ground in England, for a regular season game, so late.
There was plenty to play for at St Margaret's CE Academy, and the home side's win was a necessity to take the title race into their final game on Saturday. If they beat Collegiate Old Boys in that they're champions, lose and their opponents win the league, while a draw would leave rivals Wood Street top.
Visitors Convocation, formed by Liverpool University graduates and apparently with a Kuwaiti international in their ranks, needed a win to avoid the division's wooden spoon. After competing well for the first hour or so they collapsed towards the end.
It took 30 minutes for St Margaret's to take the lead, and the score was still only 1-0 at half time. Two second half goals in quick succession gave the hosts breathing space, and as the game wore on they exploited ever bigger gaps in the Convocation defence to add more goals. The visitors at least scored one for their efforts.
The crowd was boosted by groundhoppers taking advantage of a match when options to watch football are scarce, if available at all. We stood around an open pitch in the school playing field, and on a warm and sunny evening, with some decent football, it was very enjoyable.