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Saturday 7th April 2012 ko 7.45pm

Northern Counties East League Division One

WORSBROUGH BRIDGE ATHLETIC 4 (Goff 52 Copping 67 Ruthven 72 Young 76)


Att 273

Entry & Programme Hop Ticket

Badge £3

So, 8 games in, one to go, and quite honestly I was frazzled. Yes, I know I devised this year’s format, and I’ve no regrets, it helped generate good attendances for all the clubs and that makes for a good pay-day for them. But as the coach pulled into the outskirts of Barnsley I needed a lift. That I got as soon as I saw the Park Road ground. We parked at the other side of the bridge on the A61 and walked across, and …..wow! What a ground, with the stand with a girder cross beam, and the floodlights either side close together, to accommodate the cricket pitch beyond the far goal.

The club did a roaring trade in the kitchen, so much so that after the game the cook told me she’d had to despatch someone off to Asda to buy more chips, when they discovered that was closed, they had to go to the Tesco in Barnsley itself to get the much-needed supplies! Godfrey the bus driver by this stage had long since worked out that his ticket allowed him hospitality. I found him with a piece of cake and a cup of tea well before I got mine at half time. The club were mighty proud of the pork pie on offer, which reminded me of a visit to another local club, Stocksbridge Park Steels where I encountered exactly the same thing. Perhaps its a South Yorkshire tradition!

There was a huge array of programmes on sale and the club seemed to do well with a raffle, and once the crowd count was completed I was able to watch the second half from a raised point above the near goal. With Chris and I, were the two club’s officials and the NCEL committee. It was most gratifying that many hoppers came up to all of us and thanked us for our efforts. It was appreciated by all of us, and its was fun when the German contingent came for a chat and the Worsbrough secretary found it hard to believe that someone would travel all that way to visit his club!

His footballers didn’t let him down either, running in four second half goals to put their visitors to the sword. My only issue was that the goals were in the far goal and the numbers of the Worsbrough shirts were difficult to read. So if your scorers differ to mine then I apologise, but these do come from the League website!

With the game drawing to a close we thanked the clubs for their efforts. We also thanked Dave Morrall, Karl Blackburn and Brian Gould of the NCEL. I hope we gave you the hop you were looking for. After returning to the hotel I gave two hoppers a lift to another hotel, then set off back for Oxford on the M1, in utter silence, contemplating what had been achieved.