CMFL NORTH @ STONE CLOSE
23 SPETMEBER 2017 ---3PM
|TEAMS PREPARE FOR KICK OFF AS THE 1502 TO LINCOLN PASSES BY KIVETON PARK|
|THE FORMER COLLIERY OFFICES|
|RENISHAW CHAIRMAN MARTIN BAXTER WITH PET POOCH ONE FOR THE NON LEAGUE DOGS PARADE|
Todays journey was via a delayed everything bus to base station train to Sheffield and then train to Kiveton Bridge through the former industrial hot beds of South Yorkshire by passing the former site of the Orgreave Coking Works picture of industrial strife of the 80s. Through Woodhouse station the disused rail could not hide the former activities of heavy industry and so to Kiveton Park at just after 2pm. A good old mining village whose pit which closed in 1990 formerly employed over 1,700 people the pit offices still stand as a testimony to those times now taken up by small businesses and with an adjacent sports park too. At the end of Colliery Lane the pit site has now been turned into a county park and woodland with all remnants of the villages proud past swept away.
|MAIN STAND AT KIVETON SOON TO BE SRPUCED UP WITH FORMER YORKSHIRE CCC SEATS|
Kiveton Park had a reputation for producing many good footballers of old but its most famous son was Herbert Chapman who went on to become more noted for his managerial abilities from Huddersfield Town to Arsenal where in the 30's they became a dominant force under his guidance.
A brief cut through the housing estate brings you to Stone Close and sweeping by the cricket club to the gate with admission and programme paid there was time to take a few pictures before wandering off to the changing rooms which are beyond the minor pitch and a catch up with Sharon the Chairman's wife who is running todays catering.
|CHANGING ROOMS PLUS THE ALL IMPORTANT REFRESHMENT AREA|
|RENISHAW MANAGER WAYNE BURGIN ADVISES THE TEAM FROM THE TOUCHLINE|
|FIRST HALF ACTION|
|THE PLAYERS CANT WATCH REFEREE TRINDERS BALL SKILLS|
The half time break was taken up walking to the tea bar for refreshments and it has to be said again conversation with home and away supporters which sum up the friendly nature of non league a pleasure to catch up with quite a view from both sides.
|ITS CLOSE BUT EVERYBODIES WATCHING|
In the closing stages Quibell again denied Ashmore for Renishaw who on a better day may have had a hat trick for the home side. All that was left was for Watson to get his fourth and the visitors seventh moments before the referee blew the final whistle.
|PRUDUE ON THE BALL FOR APPLEBY FRODINGHAM|
An enjoyable visit to see Renishaw at Kiveton a very agreeable afternoon all round, including the friendly club officials from both teams, with some encouraging signs from an enthusiastic home club who hopefully will start to turn the corner soon. Looking forward to a revisit soon.