CMFL NORTH @ MANOR WAY
25 NOVEMBER 2017 --- 3PM
|MANOR WAY HOME OF ASKERN FC|
After a weather watch week the frost was not as bad as forecast and soon disappeared allowing this original choice to remain in play with the chance of a first visit to Askern and surprisingly the viewing of AFC Bentley who were of course the opposition at last weeks Appleby Frodingham encounter. Todays transport was, as ever, fulfilled by overcrowding and the lateness of all bar one service the final bus from base town to base. Chesterfield station on a Manchester Utd home day is always a busy sight especially for the four carriage option to Sheffield with standing spot secured I was grateful to alight at steel city with the awaiting crowd so large that I'm not sure they would all be able to board. Still a quick dash to an adjoining platform and onto the late leaving Scarborough bound train with a seat!
|ASKERN A GATED VILLAGE|
A quick look around found a community run library sadly closed, it is of course Saturday afternoon, remnants of the old railway station platforms and for food time a Cooplands. The food outlet is a Doncaster version of Greggs that a few years ago got into some difficulty and a lot of the stores further afield from their base closed but Askern still had one and without a fanciable chippy the last spicy vegetable pasty was devoured. Over the road to the lake which is a superb asset for the area with a lakeside café, just closing, also adding to the facility.
|3 IN 1 THE LAKE, PIT WHEEL AND OVERSEN BY THE WATER TOWER|
The walk back south of the centre towards Manor Way found me arriving at the Miners Welfare in need of a comfort break thankfully I got in but there were 'members only' signs everywhere I was going to have a drink but when I found another on the entry to the bar area I chickened out, mind you the club was packed solid with about 3 patrons.
|TERRACE STAND FROM BEHIND THE FAR GOAL|
With admission and programme secured a quick ground tour to the right are a selection of cabins and outbuilding type structures the first is the tea bar of which I made use on a couple of occasions and was met by the pleasant lady giving up her time to serve the cold masses, around 28. Beyond was a toilet block and behind grounds mans storage, this whole side has wide hard standing and a nice if slightly set back seated stand to the far goal we are into grass standing territory. Down the other touchline is a small but adequate covered stand with behind it running large pylons carrying the areas power. Back to the main entrance and the pavilion for the cricket club doubles back with the lower end used by the football club for changing facilities the whole ground has a feeling of space with much grass encompassing the boundary for warming up on.
|OVERVIEW OF PROCEEDINGS WITH TODAYS PROGRAMME|
|HERE COME THE TEAMS|
|ASKERN KEEPER JONES SAVES FROM THE SPOT|
Josh Paskell was felled from behind but Jack Varley saw his kick saved by Danny Jones in the Askern goal.
|PASKILL  OPENS THE SCORING|
The second period of an increasingly cold game allowed me a brief time to catch up with Bentley official James Irwin a pleasure to catch up with all things non league and of course CMFL and Bentley. It proved to be the correct moment as young Irwin, Alex, coolly struck the ball past the out coming Jones to make dad and the Bentley following joyous.
|THE LIGHTS AND WARM BACKDROP|
|ONE LAST LOOK AT THE MAIN STAND OVERSEEING MATCH ACTION|
An enjoyable day on a very cold afternoon this had been an enjoyable visit to north of Doncaster to an interesting little village plus the chance to catch up with Bentley for the second week running.