NOTTS SENIOR LEAGUE PREMIER DIV @ THE HARVEY HADDEN STADIUM
4 MARCH 2017 --- 3PM
|HOME OF BILBOROUGH TOWN FC|
Once again the joys of spring had greeted the week with Friday bringing hours of continuous rain which as usual meant Saturday morning was a constant check on games that were on and with a lack of 3g games locally we opted for a Nottingham trip and set off with every intention for the second week running of visiting Radford. Secretly though on our usual services to Nottingham, Comet and R1, constant work found that Wollaton and Bilborough Town had passed pitch inspections. The latter became the priority and provided I could manage a few pitch side pictures at this athletics stadium it would be todays choice and with thanks to manager and secretary Steve Lee that request was granted.
|HARVEY HADDEN STADIUM|
Refreshed with non corporate fish and chips we set off on a 30 minute walk along the ever widening boulevards of Beechdale to approach The Harvey Hadden Sports Village, which does what it says on the tin and contains todays venue the athletics stadium.
The whole set up is fairly smart with a new cycle way and too the right hand side the stadium which is entered by a turnstile were our £2 is paid plus 50p for todays programme. This immediate block is a 2 storey affair with toilets below and officials changing rooms above, the players change in a new brick building to the right of your entry. The original building has a nice old style plaque commemorating its opening in 1959 by Sir Arthur Porritt the stadium is in honour of course to Harvey Hadden, I guess many locals would have no idea as I didn't. Sadly there seems to be no information board either at the ground or within the reception area but Mr Hadden was a former textile magnet from Nottingham who moved to Canada in later life and of course he has a ever lasting memory here in the north west of the city.
|BILBOROUGH CORPORATE FLAGS|
|OUTLAWS SCOREBOARD WITH WOLLATON HALL IN THE DISTANCE|
So with the game approaching kick off Bilborough were lined up ready waiting for Sandiacre who had not reached the approach point yet and some wondered if they were lost. The home side were top of the table in a close race for the title although they are ahead on points they have played a few more games than their rivals. The Notts/Derbys border side Sandiacre were struggling at the wrong end of the table but after a narrow loss at fellow title chasers Awsworth Villa last week todays performance would add to a thought that they are in the wrong position on current efforts.
|SANDIACRE IN POSESSION|
|SANDIACRE KEEPER WAY COMES OUT ON TOP WITH CONNOR CROFT CHALLENGING|
|IVANOV SAVES FROM TARRANT|
Over the 90 minutes this was a fair result, Sandiacre must question why they can get results like this against two of the top teams, are they in the wrong position or do they just play well against the top teams. Bilborough will count this as 2 points lost but they look a well organised side and as ever its often better to have the points in the bag before the rush comes at the end of the season to get the games in.
From just outside the gates we made the Nottingham City service 28 back to Canning Circus where we just missed the R1 which was spot on time needless to say last week it was 25 minutes late but as ever that's the rule of public transport! After a convoluted route changing at Eastwood and Ripley for the last Comet base was finally arrived at around 8pm and the thought springs to mind that I've got back faster from North Wales.
Enjoyable hop well worth taking a look at this stadium don't let the athletics track put you off their are some good views.