NWCFL 1 @ THE NEW SIRS
22 APRIL 2017 --- 3PM
|LITHERLAND ON THE ATTACK AT DAISY HILL|
For the blog this was also a frustrating encounter being the third nil nil game on the trot and I cant remember a time when this run last happened, if ever, I even had some of my texting me after the game saying let them know where I was going next and they would avoid the game!
As ever a start from base station saw us travelling over to Manchester for the third time in just over a week and after a comfortable change at Oxford Rd we were soon passing Athertons LR's ground and pulling into Daisy Hill station at just after midday.
|BLUE PLAQUE FROM THE LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY|
|A MODERN SPOONS THE ROBERT SHAW|
|THE JOHN WESLEY BOLDER|
An interesting visit to the town with a lot of history associated to the area. On arrival in the vicinity of the ground Daisy Hill Cricket Club were hosting a T20 game which already looked packed on this sunny day with lots of stalls and activities in full swing, we bypassed the entertainment turned up the approach drive way to The New Sirs and the grounds large tilting and clubhouse and changing rooms of character are the first thing to tell you of your arrival. This area as been much photographed elsewhere so to be different I elected not to use any pictures. The top side sees entrance through a small turnstile block with a blackboard featuring todays nice little message from Daisy Hill's Chairman thanking the supporters.
|NICE LITTLE MESSAGE FROM MR CHAIRMAN|
The ground then to the left is the aforementioned changing rooms block with a lean on roof to the front with yellow tip up seats. The far touchline is out of bounds and the near touchline has a small covered terrace and the dug outs to the far goal, as per the near goal, a curved pathway behind the goal and a warming up area. The pitch is railed off with a selection of standard poles plus new style horse racing tubular railing.
Plenty of friendly people here at the game from both sides and NWCFL officials all alongside the ever friendly Liverpudlians. It was good to catch up with Jeff whose son Luke Holden was to come off the bench in the second half, a very enjoyable chat Jeff all the best to you and Litherland.
The public address system was competing with its relative at the neighbouring cricket ground but as we kicked off Litherland needed a win to keep their hopes alive for an automatic promotion spot and for Daisy Hill it was all about pride.
|COLIN QUIRK HAS IT ALL UNDER CONTROL|
|THE TRIPLE BELL TOWER OF ST JAMES OVERVIEWS PROCEEDINGS ON THE PITCH|
|ITS ON THE TIP OF MY FOOT|
|HAYNES SAVES THE DAY AGAIN FOR DAISY HILL|
At the end the Litherland players slumped to the floor they had given their all and with a little bit of luck would probably have won but in credit to Daisy Hill they had battled for every ball and made this a very difficult game for the promotion chasers.
|LITHERLAND CAPTAIN STEPHEN KING COLLAPSES TO THE FLOOR SHATTERED AT THE FINAL WHISTLE|
With half an hour to spare before our Northern Rail carriage was due we popped along to watch some T20 cricket next door and did a boundary circuit it was really good to see families out watching and the weather hold for the club especially with the attractions they had put on. Oh yes and there were runs scored id didn't finish at 0 for 0.
Smooth connection at Oxford Road saw the blog arrive back at base station around 8pm and searching for the fixtures for a game that might just feature goal now!