UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE DIVISION 1 @ DIGITAL DEADLINE PARK
22 OCTOBER 2016 --- 3PM
|ACTION AT MELTON TOWN FC|
Decision made on Saturday morning from the usual selection of games that had been reduced to around 3 matches and with the chance of a first visit to Melton Mowbray and the clubs football ground now situated on Melton Sports Village Burton Road alongside some pastry the choice was made of a visit to NE Leicestershire.
|THE GREETING SAYS FOOD|
|PURVEYOR OF THE FAMOUS MELTON MOWBRAY PRODUCT|
|SMART SIGNAGE IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY AROUND THE APPROACH TO THE GROUND|
After the short walk through the leafy posh suburbs of Melton we arrived at Melton Sports Village a council owned privately run site. Along the approach driveway there are a selection of buildings but behind the sports centre on the left is a hockey astroturf pitch which was in use plus there seemed to be some activity from Melton Rugby Club too. Access to the football pitch which is behind the hockey pitch is signposted by a selection of modern signs along a walk way that gives the feel you are about to embark on one of those walks around a country park run by your local council.
|MELTON TOWN ON THE BALL|
A quick look at the ground and Melton Town FC moved back into the town towards the later stage of last season after gaining promotion from The Leicestershire Senior League here they are with new floodlights and a smart little basic set up. All of the business end of the ground is behind the turnstile with a selection of cabins offering hospitality, grounds mans store, snack bar, stand and toilet block before you reach some nice changing rooms cabins with wooden stickered effect being their highlight. The quirky feature here is the stand named The Barbie Reeves Stand which has around 100 full size green tip up seats with a temporary style structure topped off with a canvass roof. The whole build is secured into the floor but I guess it may be fun when the wind gets up overall its very similar to The New Saints in The Welsh Premier League but on a smaller basis in relation to its length. The whole ground is railed off with the far side being a grassed area fenced off to the rear but containing home and away dugouts. The bottom end goal backs away to further playing fields and is green meshed fenced as we come back up the near side touchline we are back on tarmac hard standing which continues around the business end too. So its a smart new affair with a tightly cut pitch that offers a slope away from the entrance it all looks quite nice. As with many step 6 grounds there is no PA system and the programme is just an 8 page affair but is a smart little effort with reading from the manager, chair, visitors page, history, results, tables and team details so overall it mostly does its job.
|ST MICHAELS MANAGEMENT TEAM OF MITCH AUSTIN [RIGHT] AND JIM FREEMAN ARE CAUGHT COMPLETELY UNAWARE OF THE CAMERA!|
There was plenty of time for a visit to the snack bar for some refreshments and a little bit of chocolate to keep the strength up!
|REFEREE GRAY HAS A CHAT WITH MELTON CAPTAIN LEE MANN|
|REUBEN NOEL RICHARDS GETS A HEADER IN|
The second half started with Melton in the ascendancy and after 48 minutes Shannon Myring saw visiting keeper Harry Oldham deny him.
The visitors were looking dangerous on the break and one such move supplied the winning goal when a laid in ball off the right found the home defence off the pace and Duffy fired home from just inside the box past Richard Cragg in the Melton goal after 58 minutes.
|MORE FUN IN THE VISITORS TECHNICAL AREA|
A draw would probably have been most neutrals score line here but much as the blog often struggles for a good UCL game this one was one of the better ones with a credit to both teams who gave it there all in an attacking encounter.
With a gentle walk back down to the station we arrived with around 15 minutes to spare before securing our first seat of the day on the 1730 departure which sailed by in conversation with a pleasant couple who were returning to Leicester.
Leicester station was crowded with home fans and Crystal Palace supporters after their home game in the Premier League today but this didn't interfere with out plans to travel and secure, wait for it, our next set of seats! We were soon at base station just shy of 7pm and returning via a stripey boys bus after a very enjoyable day out with two entertaining sides.
|VICTORIOUS ST MICHAELS|