Arthurian League, Premier Division
Old Bradfieldians 1 Old Chigwellians 2 (att 3)
With the weather making football on grass a bit of a lottery I opted for a risk-free option of a pair of games on artificial surfaces, taking advantage of one of the Arthurian League's regular lunchtime kick offs.
The 3G pitch at Hampton Sports Centre is home to a several clubs, so most Saturdays there are games at both midday and two o'clock. Today's early game was a premier division fixture, more attractive than delving into the lower divisions.
It wasn't the greatest of games, although a strong breeze didn't help the players, but Bradfieldians will be wondering how they lost. They were on the front foot most of the game, and were denied time after time by Chigwellians' excellent goalkeeper.
The home side eventually broke the deadlock with about 15 minutes left and, as Chigwellians had barely managed a shot, that looked to be game over. But in stoppage time the away team stunned the hosts, scoring twice with what might have been the only efforts they had on target in the entire match.
The buildings at Hampton Sports Centre are showing their age, but the 3G pitch looks quite new and provided a decent surface. It's a typical caged venue, but there was no problem for the three spectators (two of us groundhoppers) to stand inside next to the pitch.