Crockenhill 2 v Woodstock Park FC 1
Kent Invicta League Div 1
Gate : £4 - (inc Programme)
Atten : 8 (eight !)
Ground : Quicky little ground in a rural location in the Kent countryside near Dartford 7/10
Match Enjoyment : Plenty of huff & puff by two energetic teams produced and enjoyable game 7/10
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Two seasons ago i met a chap at the Tonbridge Angels v Lowestoft 3-3 game i remember him recommending a visit to Wested Meadow home of Crockenhill FC. For some reason his advice had slipped my mind until a few weeks ago until reading Kerry Miller's excellent Non League Book. Upon some investigation i noticed they had brought forward a January fixture - my juices were flowing and an immediate visit was required if anything out of curiosty. I had not been hopping for a while due to serious health issues and this was the perfect venue to get 'back in the saddle'.
Due to no floodlights it was a 2pm kickoff , which was ideal on this overcast, gloomy and cold winters day.
My usual routine is to find the ground first , get my bearings and then visit the local area for some sightseeing and Pre Match Meal. My venue was the 'ambitiously' named Tip Top Cafe.
|Special No 3 ! with no Bubble !|
|The Tip Top Cafe !|
After my yummy brunch washed down with almost a bucket of tea i was all set to go. When i arrived back at the ground there was still nobody to be found and kick off was just under two hours away. I was beging to think it had been called off -But as luck would have it just then they all started to arrive , just in time for West Ham's easy victory over Cheatski .
It was an odd little place and once inside it seemed like a rabbit warren inside the main stand and by chance i had found the Lounge Bar which was inside actually colder than it was outside !
The bar itself was covered everywhere from floor to ceiling in football flags, scarves, photos and memorabilia galore. Teams from all over the world, such as Juventus ,Dynamo Moscow, Milan, Bayern Munich.
When i had asked a local had all these teams played here ,he just nodded with a beguiling smile and a wink !
As i walked around the ground i had noticed some quirky things :
- Why was there so many beer kegs scattered around the place , i had counted at least 15 ! one was even by the corner flag !
- Did they have the narrowest players tunnel ever ? i even saw one of the away teams coaches unsuccessfully negotiating it with a bag of balls and got himself stuck in the process !
alone had swelled the crowd by 20% !
|The whole crowd !|
It was a decent game and both teams huffed and puffed with many chances either end.
About half way through the first half i heard a scream from the bar , to my delight the Hammers had scored another ! - when i returned a few minutes later i started talking with Isaac and then a few more minutes he had forgotten to tell me that whilst i was away there had been a goal ! Crockenhill were 1-0 up - i had not heard a dickie bird and it must have been the most silent reaction by so many to a goal ! I had missed a goal ! but it made me chuckle because it reminded me of my never to be forgotten trip to New Mills FC when i missed the first 4 goals ! (final score 11-0 !)
Just enjoy the crisp sunny day and the lovely surroundings.
Crockenhill scored a lucky goal to go 2-0 ahead only for Woodstock to pull a goal back to set up a very enjoyable last 15 minutes as they laid siege on the home goal. By now it was nearly dark and all you could see was the high vis strips on some of the players boots moving around the pitch like mini Orange meteorites !. The final whistle blew and the home side hung on well.
Its was a tip top game ,on a tip top crisp day, at a tip top non league ground, tip top company , all starting off at the Tip Top Cafe !!!!!