Wednesday 30th July 2014 ko 18.30
West Dean Charity League Intermediate Section
TIDENHAM 3 (Shipp 11 Jacobs Jennings 90) Murphy missed penalty 8
MUSHET & COALWAY 3 (Howard 2 Hawson 33p Bick 39)
So more West Dean League action, except this time I found myself at a southern outpost for the North Gloucestershire League. The Tidenham War Memorial Hall, is found in Tutshill, around a mile from the bridge over the Wye into Chepstow and Wales. The name “Tut” refers to the watchtower that use to guard against Welsh incursions in medieval times, but its best know now for being the birthplace of “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling.
The best tip for visiting here is be brave. If you enter the village from the north, you’ll be on the Coleford Road, but carry on past the Memorial Hall and follow the road round to the left and the ground is on your right. You can’t see the pitch from the hall and I only found the place by asking a home player with the 4 corner flags under his arm as he walked across. I negotiated a set or roadworks with bi-lingual road signs and strolled into the park with the announcements from Chepstow clearly audible from across the Wye about half a mile away.
This is one of those places to visit when its warm and dry as the ground is more or less constructed to order! It has to be said the pitch wasn’t up to much with one half showing the markings from the previous weekend’s six-a-side and the other with clumps of cut grass impeding progress. It is to both clubs’ great credit that they managed to produce an exciting, skilful game.
Both sides had players missing, perhaps that’s why it was such a ding-dong battle. During the regular season both sides would have lost both goalkeepers to dismissals, both dragged down forwards who were clean through on goal, but only the hosts were made to pay for it. The game lurched from one team dominating to the other, but Mark Jennings’ equalising header with literally the last touch of the game was justice. Neither of these teams deserved to lose.