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"I didnt see that coming ffs " was the comment made by a shell shocked Bowers supporter on hearing the final whistle. But in truth Witham fully deserved their emphatic victory. The 4th Witham goal was a top corner , 25 yard curler. But by then the game was won.
Witham's 3rd goal was a penalty (softish) but to decide who took it , two Witham players decided by a game of rock,paper,scissors. It was emphatically dispatched.
At the end of the game all Witham players went over to celebrate with the solitary Witham fan , who to his credit never stopped singing. He is in fact a TV star from Channel 4's The Undateables Programme !
Bowers had just rattled off 9 straight wins, so i suppose it had to end sooner rather than later. But they are a club on the up curve and i have no doubt they will be right up near the top come the end of the season. Bowers gaffer is a class act and i enjoyed meeting him. I enjoyed the ground as it was full of nooks and crannies but just a shame i caught Bowers on an off day. Excellent visit in every respect.
The club began life in an old wooden cricket pavilion in 1947 on the site of what is now Pitsea Market. A move to Gun Meadow, Pitsea saw the purchase of a prefabricated building which was used as changing rooms. The building of the new A13 from Canvey to the Five Bells roundabout saw the compulsory purchase of the ground and the club's move to its current home at Crown Avenue, Pitsea. The ground was purchased from Basildon Development Corporation along with a prefabricated building which still serves as the dressing rooms. After the war years, once stability had come to the nation, many new sporting clubs sprang up. One such club was Bowers United, started in 1946 by Bert Salmon, playing at Gun Meadow, Pitsea, in the Thurrock & Thameside Combination, he was to be joined a few years later by his brother Len Salmon, who passed away and is sorely missed by everyone within the club. The biggest tribute Bowers Sport & Social Club could give him was to name his beloved football stadium after him.