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Wednesday 30th November 2011 ko 7.45

Combined Counties League Division One

BEDFONT SPORTS 6 (Watts 12 67 81 90p Kanani 43 Ventour 90)

CB HOUNSLOW 2 (Peters 59p Stewart 86og)

Att 31 (h/c)

Entry & Programme £4

Tea £1

Its almost a groundhopping rite-of-passage that when a visit is paid to Bedfont Town FC you place yourself at the far side and take pictures of planes flying low over the ground as they land at nearby Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4. Incidentally the ground was used as base by the Unite Union during their dispute with British Airways.

Bedfont Sports play next door, albeit at right angles, and if, anything the potential for the aeroplane shot is even greater, as the planes seem to fly over the top of the clubhouse! Mind you on this occasion the potential was lower as it was dark! Nevertheless a regular occurance was the roar of a transatlantic jet coming into land.

Sports are very much the newer of the two clubs, being formed as a Sunday side in 2002 and quickly progressing into Saturday football, through the Middlesex League and into the Combined Counties. I’ve seen some lousy grounds in the lower reaches of this league, and I’m pleased to note that Bedfont Sports Ground isn’t one of them. The folks are friendly, and although it took an age to get served at the tea bar and all the essentials of life are in place, although I do wonder who will actually use the seats given their location-set back and towards one corner. Another sop to the ground-graders, the players tunnel must be one of the shortest edifices out there! But the ground is homely and a large groundhopper contingent enjoyed both its facilties and good game.

This was a real local derby, even if the vast majority of the crowd had travelled way further than the players. The visitors too, a a new club, being formed in 1989 and were named after Cater Bank, a company owned by father of the club chairman, which then sponsored the club. In the 2005–06 season, they finished second in the Middlesex County Football League Premier Division and successfully applied for promotion. Their cause wasn’t helped by goalkeeper Bilal Khan arriving just after kick-off, so midfielder Barry McWilliams took the gloves. I would note that Khan was subsituted in, at half-time, so the stand-in let in 2, he let in 4!

6-2 was very harsh on Hounslow, the difference between the two sides being Jack Watts, whose late runs completely bamboozled the defence. Highlights? Saman Kanani’s thumping shot from 18 yards, and Carlton Stewart’s equally thumping shot, into his own net, an attempt to hook the ball clear.

More than anything else though I’ll remember my visit as a great excuse to catch up with friends.