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Saturday 12th October 2011 ko 10.30am

Midland Combination U21 League East/North Division

WOODBOURNE SPORTS 4 (Shemwell 20 Thomas 51 Mullings 56 Carter 87)

STAPENHILL 2 (Weir 39 Crawshaw 58)

Att 10 (h/c)

Entry FREE


Tea-in-a-mug 50p

The Burrows is not to be confused with Earlswood Town’s ground, that lies a good 2 miles away. This is very much a community facility, with the clubhouse being a community centre, complete with skittles alley. Just head down Rumbush Lane and its easy to find.

And what a friendly club Woodbourne is! Genuinely pleased to see two visitors they really couldn’t do too much to help me, with the lineups and information on the club. The club used to have an adult section, but this folded a few years back. One would imagine that this league entry could be used a handy platform for a return to a adult game.

The team it seems will, in time, mature nicely. Noticeably younger than their visitors, they took a few minutes to settle but soon managed to play excellent, passing football on a very wet pitch. Both sides were conspicuous for playing the game the right way, passing and moving, supported from the sidelines, again the right way, by a small bunch of Dads and officials. Tips and encouragement very much in evidence, this was an easy game to watch and I’d imagine to both play and officiate at.

Shemwell’s thumping free kick opened the scoring, but that looked a little harsh on Stapenhill so Weir’s equaliser was probably justice. After half time Woodbourne upped the tempo, and Thomas’ lob drive from 25 yards was undoubtedly the goal of the game. Mullings found himself on the end of an excellent cross top make it 3-1 and Carter did move or less the same to answer Crawshaw’s goal inbetween.

So, if you fancy seeing a game played how it should be, a friendly club, who are clearly going places, you could do a lot worse than paying trip to The Burrows on a Saturday morning.