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Tuesday 5th August 2014 ko 18.45

Pre-Season Friendly

EAST HENDRED 3 (Sutton 24 Riccio 65 Hummel 84)

GROVE RANGERS 1 (Vaux 51p)

Att 22 at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory pitch, Chilton

Entry FREE

No Programme

If you’re travelling along the A34 north of Wantage and south of what’s left of Didcot Power Station you’ll see quite an edifice. When it was built in 2007 I saw it and wondered if Wantage Town were making an unannounced tilt for the Premier League! It’s the Diamond Light Source, a scientific facility attached to the Harwell International facility, and no I wasn’t visiting the ground used by now defunct North Berks League outfit Harwell International.

You keep on the A4185 heading away from the Harwell International pitch with the centre on your right. When you get to the only roundabout for the facility on the main road, use it to enter the science park then use the next roundabout exiting left and travel around and behind the DLS and the pitch will be on your left.

But what is the Diamond Light Source?  It’s the UK’s synchrotron, or particle accelerator. It works like a giant microscope, harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light that scientists can use to study anything from fossils to jet engines to viruses and vaccines at an accuracy 10,000 times more powerful than a traditional microscope.

I was here because due to cricket East Hendred are unable to use their Hillfield Recreation Ground home until the regular season. So they have switched all their “Home” pre-season friendlies here.

I’m not sure the ground would, or could be used by North Berkshire League clubs during the regular season, the changing rooms are over the road from the pitch, but I’m all for an unusual ground, even if at times I did wonder whether I was watching a game at Jodrell Bank!

The game featured two sides that will be featured on this year’s North Berkshire League on September 20th. East Hendred will be the visitors at Marcham, while Grove will be Benson Lions’ opposition at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham. I wanted to thank both clubs for helping, and especially Grove with the additional security arrangements necessary at this, one-off location. For more information on the event and a booking form (discounted tickets!!) just click here

The game rather reflected the fact that East Hendred play in Division 2 and Grove in Division 3. There wasn’t much between the two sides, just that little bit of additional sharpness saw the hosts home on this occasion.

The good news is that there will be further games played here, so if you fancy a game with a view, here’s your chance!!