Saturday 12th November 2011 Ko 2.00pm
United Counties League Division One
BURTON PARK WANDERERS 0
HARBOROUGH TOWN 0
match abandoned after 9 minutes
The town of Burton Latimer has only one real claim to fame, its where the Weetabix factory is! Other than that its one of a clutch of villages separated from Kettering by the A14. The club started life as Kettering Park Wanderers but moved to Latimer Park in 1971 and apart from last season groundsharing at Rothwell Town, they’ve been there ever since.
The ground proved to be far more impressive than I’d expected. Fully enclosed, there’s two stands, one with bench seats. The odd bit is the floodlight poles without lights. Presumably the ground was once lit, but now the poles seem shorn of even the cabling.
We had the minute’s silence for Remembrance Sunday, beautifully announced by the PA man, and before I had much of a chance for have a chat with fellow hopper Stan Green, Harborough full-back Sam Hearn fell to the floor after a routine challenge, clearly in agony. There was a lengthy wait for the paramedic to arrive and once he did the spectators were ushered into the clubhouse. Shortly after, the correct decision was made to abandon the game.
Not the greatest of visits, but these things happen, and writing this, I’ve just found out that young Hearn sustained a double fracture. So the right decision was made and I wish him a speedy and successful recovery.