NWCFL PLAY OFF SEMI FINAL @YOCKINGS PARK
12 MAY 2018 --- 3PM
|WHITCHURCH ALPORT PLAY OFF FINAL APPEARANCE BECKONS|
The end of season tour continues and like any old rock band in the last week or so we have taken in gigs in Cheshire, Powys, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and today Shropshire or to give it that horrible name of a few decades ago Salop. Whitchurch Alport as with most of the last few new grounds had been on the radar before but due to the inclement weather of recent seasons had always looked an on its own risk but with the weather now showing signs of summer this fixture was a great option to visit.
|EARLY CHANGE AT DERBY ALLOWED A SHOT OF THE NEW PLATFORMS BEING BUILT|
Arriving in Whitchurch just at half past midday there was time for a gentle wander into town and first spot was the Turret clock manufacturers building a skill that the town is noted for but now operated by auctioneers. Mind you not any old auctioneers but partner Christina Trevanion the popular BBC personality from shows of the ilk of Bargain Hunt, as we moved into the town the most notable attraction was the collection and variety of wonderful buildings and the architecture of them. The town itself other than this is unremarkable and very much gives the feel of the border town that it is situated by the Welsh border.
|A SMART WELCOME TO WHITCHURCH ALPORT FC|
|ITS NOT ALL ABOUT THE LIGHTS THIS IS A SMART SET UP|
|THE FAR SIDE AND IT ALL SAYS SMART|
|NO WORDS NEEDED|
|WARNING ALPORT CAPTAIN SIMON EVERALL WILL FEATURE HEAVILY ON HERE IS SOME OF HIS TATTOOS|
|THE ICE CREAM VAN IS OVER THERE|
To the game well play offs are often tense nervous dour affairs with moments of heartbreak for one side and complete joy for the other well that probably sums this encounter up. Sandbach had won both previous league meetings and although Alport had finished higher the winner would have to be resolute. Both sides were the latter word in the former sentence and also their work rate was unquestionable but the nerves and tension got them I guess in a dour first half there really was little of note except for a substitution of the injured Nicky Porter by the in the end match winner Joe Cuff after 29 minutes.
|I KNOW HE IS IN THE PICTURE AGAIN AS WELL AS THE ACTION|
|OK ITS £10 TO JOIN THE SIMON EVERALL FAN CLUB|
Could Alport hand on......... you bet! There was really on a melee on the stroke of time to note following a late challenge form a Sandbach player which I guess the referee and his assistants lost because how it wasn't a red card I'm not sure but following the calming down of reactions the ten minutes of stoppage time added were not too nervous and the red army can look forward to a Thursday night final.
Lets put on record here the blog enjoys the neutrality its given with not following one club or the other but I hope Whitchurch Alport go on to win the play off final and take their place in step 5 you just couldn't help but love the club on this visit today, I hope to return here soon.
An about turn to the edge of the town for hopper provision saw once again a busy service back to Crewe before changing to the one carriage bus on rails to Derby and a swift change to arrive back at base station just before 8pm.