Ryman Premier League
Bury Town 2
Enfield Town 1
A visit to Ram Meadow had long been on my 'must do' list and my only regret is that i did not visit much earlier. The town, the club and the ground are superb and make for a very pleasant visit in every way. When you first approach the ground you arrive in a large council car park and the immediate impressions are somewhat misleading. For when you enter the ground to discover this well kept secret behind the unattractive fencing, your feeling changes immediately to one of contentment and satisfaction.
It is always a delight to find a ground at this level of the Non League Pyramid that provides covered accommodation on all four sides. The most immediate feature of Ram Meadow is the unusual main stand, with its rather deep wooden steps-cum-seats, and sharply angled roof supported by numerous pieces of timber. From research i had imagined the main stand much bigger than how i found it.But its charm is its own, and it presents wonderful views all over Ram Meadow and beyond. Namely the vast sugar processing plant looming behind one goal and over the other, the more attractive cathedral tower and the towns roof tops.
The welcome was friendly and helpful. It also has an impressive club shop as well as an impressive lounge/bar area. A most enjoyable, well maintained venue, it will be a shame when they move.
I really enjoyed the match. Both teams were fully committed and produced a decent game with a sting in the tail.It would be fair to say that the Visitors from London had the better of the first half and looked dangerous and energetic with most attacks. The Rams were too narrow and they paid the price when they went one down on the half hour and clever worked goal from Enfield , they now had Hope.
But after the break Bury got on top and deservedly equalised from goal machine Sands (10) after sustained Town attacks. They then sat back as Enfield came back at them, and as time ticked on a draw was on the cards ..... until deep into injury time after a Bury corner the ball somehow trickled over the line after a bit of pinball in the box. The linesman signaled a goal as Enfield tried to play on, and he was spot on with the important decision. The Londoners looked dejected to lose right at the death, and rightly so because they gave as good as they got in this entertaining match.
|Bury Town players celebrate their late, late stoppage time winner !|