Willington AFC

Northern League - Division 2
Willington 3 
Alnwick Town 0
Gate £5
Atten 70ish

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Barnoldswick Town

FA Cup Extra Prelim Round
Barnoldswick Town 2 
Dunston UTS 2
Gate £5
Atten 201

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As soon as the draw was made this fixture caught my eye. Mainly because its a ground i have wanted plus it is a fixture of teams from different leagues. Northern League supporters always follow their team in good numbers and today was no different as three coach loads came down to Lancashire for this FA Cup tie.

The ground is tricky to find and if you follow the sat nav it will take you down some winding country lanes , past an allotment. Not until you finally reach the ground are you fully convinced there is a football ground at all !. But once you arrive life is good again because the welcome is very friendly and the setting is lovely. The place was busy today with a cricket match taking place on the adjoining field and Fairground rides in full swing in the field behind. 

The game itself was always competitive and held the attention throughout. When Dunston took a 5th minute lead it looked to be the first of many and when the scored a 2nd it looked game over. But Barlick never gave up and kept plugging away and finally got their reward with a penalty which was duly dispatched. The tide was now turning and Barlick kept pressing and got an equaliser and could have even snatched a winner in injury time. Barlick deserved the replay if only for their positive attitude throughout. But i doubt they are looking forward to a 220 mile midweek trip to the north east.

All in all a very enjoyable day out in sunny Lancashire.

March Town

March Town 3 
Wisbech Town 0
Gate £5
Atten 130+

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Upon arrival all seemed quiet in the Fenland Market town of March. Little was i to know at the controversy that lied ahead.

I was greeted on the gate by a very friendly father & son team who welcomed me to the club. Upon entry my eye noticed the fantastic wooden main stand which dominates the lovely spacious ground.

Prior to the outbreak of WW2 the town of March boasted two senior clubs, March Town FC and March GER United FC, with the GER Sports Ground home to the latter since its opening in 1923. Although the modern nickname of ‘The Hares’ and also the club crest is clearly a reference to the March Hare; the older ‘Railwaymen’ nickname is a reminder of the Great Eastern Railway (GER). Founded in 1911, United had originally purchased the then Shepperson’s Field from the local grammar school by floating shares of £1 each, and the splendid wooden grandstand that is very much the focal point, was constructed the same year.

 After i had completed my usual cir-cum-navigation of the ground i was approached and welcome by the club secretary as he had not recognised me before. I thought that was a lovely gesture and very classy. 

The BKD Cup is in memory of the three March Town youngsters, who tragically lost their lives in a car accident. This is one way that the club can pay tribute to them and preserve their memory.What a fantastic day this was in every respect.

Local rivals Wisbech Town are from a higher league but The Hares gave them the run around today. They scored three superb goals and the overall team performance was very impressive. The iconic main stand is simply fantastic and they expect it to still be there for at least another 3 seasons. The new clubhouse is excellent and catering facilities are also very good. Except today there were no Onions available for my cheese burger. Big error when OB is in town !

It was quite funny actually because everybody in the ground knew no onions were available so everyone in turn asked for them much to the amusement of the guys in the tea hut !

It was a wonderful day spent with the Hares , super friendly club with a very decent team this season. Why it has taken me so long to visit here i have no idea but i least i have finally been able now to say i have. A lovely ground , fantastic relaxed atmosphere and a very enjoyable game to watch.

It just does not get any better.