EVOSTIK LG 1 SOUTH @ THE MOAT GROUND
17 DECEMBER 2016 --- 3PM
|THE MOAT GROUND GRESLEY FC|
As is becoming a regular feature of the blog it was all a last minute selection to visit Gresley today for the first time from a list that did not even feature the game the evening before. The Moat Ground had been on the 'to do list' for too long and with the mass of Christmas travel out and about the decision was made to stay somewhat more local. The home of The Moatmen Church Gresley is not the easiest on public transport and with Newcastle at Burton today I played it careful with a first change at Derby for a local train to the brewing town, needless to say it was a standing only journey's again.
|AEC ROUTEMASTER READYING FOR DEPARTURE TO CHURCH GRESLEY|
|LUNCH IN STAFFORDSHIRE|
|NOW A 3 SIDED GROUND BUT THE SITE OF A FORMER COVERED STANDING AREA|
|FULL LENGHT VIEW OF THE BUSINESS AREA|
|TERRACING AND SMALL STAND OPPOSITE THE MAIN STAND AT GRESLEY FC|
|THE UNIQUE SEATS|
|GRESLEYS OWN MURAL|
I had not caught up with Spalding for a fair while and it was good to see a few local to the blog faces in Nathan Whitehead and Jordan Lemon who would start today.
|WHITEHEAD AND LEMON IN PRE MATCH MODE|
|NATHAN WHITEHEAD SPALDING FC|
|THE RESPECT HANDSHAKES START WELL|
Half time brought respite from the average fayre but the second half began in much the same fashion with Spalding looking organised and as the game went on both sides benches became more animated and were probably providing most of the entertainment. The home supporters were non too happy when every time Spalding manager Dave Frecklington appealed to referee Postin for a decision he seemed to get it so much so that after the second penalty decision Gresley manager Damion Beckford-Quailey was advised his next viewing position would be the stand if he continued with his protests. Before we got to the penalty Higginson supplied a deep cross off the left and Lemon saw his shot strike the post.
|ALVIN JARVIS HAS AQUICK CHAT WITH REFEREE POSTIN|
The remaining minutes of this game were spent with the benches in constant appeal mode, Gresley fans feeling hard done by with the referees decision and a general tetchiness as Spalding undoubtedly knew how to break up a game and it has to be said succeeded well in their task.
Five minutes from time the game was settled before Gresley could get any pressure built up and it was a cracker with Varley making up for the penalty miss earlier smashing home the ball from 25 yards out Peet got a hand to it but could not stop the back of the net rippling, probably the highlight of the match although the benches and management teams worked pretty hard to push it to second. The joy in which Spalding celebrated this and the proceeding goal says something about the togetherness of the side and a few minutes later at the final whistle they had gained all three points and Gresley were left to have a warm down and discussion in the centre circle as the officials left the field to a chorus of boos and a few advisory comments from the home fans.
Not the best of games but the ground more than made up for it with time on your hands its one of those grounds you want to stand and just watch because I'm sure every part has a story to tell.
Return then from just outside the ground was met with a modern double decked that took me back to Burton and I opted to take the X38 express bus to Derby and onwards to the station where upon arrival a train to base station was just pulling in and wait for it a seat was claimed before departure at just short of 7pm.
|ONE MORE OF THE ROUTEMASTER OH GO ON THEN|