FA VASE 2ND QUALIFYING ROUND AT MEADOW LANE
24 SEPTEMBER 2016 --- 3PM
Off we go then to Leicestershire this week to the home of Birstall Utd freshly promoted to the East Midlands Counties League after winning the Leicestershire Senior League last season for The Buildbase FA Vase game versus West Midlands Regional League Malvern Town. It would be the chance to catch up with a team in todays visitors who we will probably not see too much during a season. Base station departure went well we even managed a seat but by Loughborough a 10 minute journey to Leicester became 30 minutes due to a signal fault. Still not to be outdone we made a sharpish bit of foot movement to get us into Leicester's new Haymarket bus station for the Centrebus 22 to Birstall. Having arrived in the village on the northern edge of Leicester we had a look around the shops before electing to eat at Birstall Fisheries a smart chip shop sadly today no pictures of food or premises but the fayre was in the top half of the fish and chips league!
A quick ground descriptor would probably be given by the clubs Chairman Gary who we chatted to when he described it as a 'work in progress'.
|SMART NEW TURNSTILE BLOCK AT MEADOW RD|
Before the game there was a good chance to catch up with a few hoppers including two chaps from Wales also Mark from Worksop who had made the journey on bus, train and tram. Thanks guys really good to chat and catch up with some non league news, Mick had gone off in search of the large selection of Malvern supporters who had travelled today and also an interesting selection of locals who had spotted this enticing game.
|MALVERNS PLATT FEELS THE FORCE OF SAM KEE BIRSTALLS RIGHT BACK|
Birstall went close again with an effort cleared off the line before on 17 minutes the visitors equalised Nathan Platt weaved a cross into the back post for Nathan Hughes to head home. Malvern nearly went ahead when a sliced clearance had to be cleared off the Birstall line before the home side went close with a Dan Jelly effort well saved by Weaver.
|DAVE REYNOLDS FLYING THROUGH THE AIR|
|MALVERN SUPPORTERS SIGNAL FOR BRYAN CRAVEN LONG CORNER OR SHORT|
|CRAVEN FREE KICK GOES JUST OVER|