Melksham Town

29th March 2013

Western League Premier
Melksham Town 2 
Radstock Town 1
Gate: £6
Atten: 103

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Ground: 9/10
Tucked away adjacent to Melksham House behind the market square, The Conigre, home to Wiltshire club Melksham Town Football Club since 1926 may not be the easiest ground to find unless you know where to look, but it is certainly worth the trouble.To hear the constant quacks in the nearby river only adds to the sights and sounds of this hidden gem. To be honest until about a month ago i had never heard of the club, but ever since i did a visit was never far away, despite the mileage. If you also add that it still has a manually operated scoreboard still in use makes a trip here a must thing for any self proclaimed ground hopper or non league football lover.

The Conigre, along all its painted corrugated metal. Equally however, it is distinctly worn around the edges and one can understand how the club might welcome a brand new ground, with updated facilities. Today the locals are in an even split about the move.

Match Enjoyment: 7/10
This was a highly enjoyable, game of two halves between two fully committed neighbours both battling it out for local bragging rights. I was pleased to see the manually operated scoreboard in action when Radstock scored a well deserved and well worked goal at the mid point of the first half , only because a good ground hopper friend drove all the miles to see a goaless match, hence no movement in the scoreboard.
In the second half the hosts picked up and got back in the game and not long later got a deserved winner.
The final whistle sounded and the locals left happy in the knowing a victory had been secured at 'their' manor, albeit ramshackle, worn around the edges and very homely. But for how long, if the proposed move to the other side of town goes ahead.

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