Staffs County League
Ball Haye Green 5
Walsall Pheonix 0
Ball Haye Green formed in 1880 are a Leek based Football Club who are run by a hardy group of dedicated volunteers. Some with over 40 years service. Very impressive.
The ground is situated in a residential area and the ground is overshadowed by a Lighting Engineering factory which covers the whole of one side of the ground.The rest is open with a large car park, Club house,changing rooms & a tea hut. All very quaint. The walls of the clubhouse are covered with Leek football memorabilia dating back over a century it also doubles as the physio room and equipment storage.
The team manager 'Bondy' is a great guy. You can feel what the club means to him when he speaks. He has been there man & boy and he practically bleeds Green ! A very ambitious bunch who are doing well on the pitch and have high hopes of reaching the NWCFL sooner rather than later. I wish them every success.
The match itself was enjoyable but in the end Ball Haye's forwards proved the difference. It was a perfect day in every way. Fantastic bucolic scenery , beautiful weather and a visit to fantastic club with a great vibe with a genuine warm welcome for the casual visitor. Just perfect !