Sheffield County Senior League, Division Two
Wombwell Town 2 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic development 1 (att 120)
Wombwell Town are a newly-formed club and their active Twitter feed had been promoting this match, their first home fixture, after they opened their account with an away win at the weekend.
If it hadn't been for their Twitter I doubt I'd have spotted it was a 7.30pm kick off under floodlights, and so just about in range for an after-work trans-Pennine trek via the Woodhead Pass. For once the traffic was lighter than I feared and so I made it with time to spare.
Wombwell's marketing effort had certainly paid off, and I arrived to find a rapidly filling car park and a crowd that teams much higher up the football pyramid would be proud of. Free admission helped, but other teams in this division don't charge and might expect only a tenth of this crowd.
There was a real buzz about the place, although Worsbrough's second team ('development' seems to be the on-trend way of describing reserves) punctured local optimism when they took an early lead.
Wombwell soon equalised, and for much of the rest of an entertaining match both sides had chances but seemed incapable of taking them. When efforts were on target the goalkeepers were equal to them, and a draw looked likely until Wombwell got an 87th minute winner.
Wombwell Recreation Ground has staged senior football before, but not in recent years as far as I'm aware. It's a decent facility, but in need of some TLC which it'll hopefully get now Wombwell Town have made it their home.
There's a clubhouse behind the goal near the entrance, and a stand on one side of a pitch that is surrounded by an old cinder running track. The touchline opposite the stand was taped off, allowing fans to stand pitchside rather than watching from beyond the track.
The floodlights weren't great, but good enough for this level and without them I wouldn't have made it to this game. All in all a very enjoyable evening, and good to see a new club who seem to have harnessed the enthusiasm of the local community, no easy feat. I hope they prosper.