Wednesday 17th September 2014 ko 19.45
Spartan South Midlands League Division One
WODSON PARK 0
BEDFORD FC 2 (Johnson 14p Rocco 87)
In an odd way Wodson Park FC very nearly passed me by. On being promoted from the Hertfordshire County Senior League in 2009 the club arranged a groundshare at Ware FC’s Wodson Park home, adjacent to the Wodson Park Leisure Centre that was home.
That was too many Wodsons for my addled mind, and I didn’t spot that the club moved back to the leisure centre for the start of last season!
It did seem strange doing a floodlit Spartan League game when I thought I’d completed all that, but being able to leave at 6pm for a new midweek ground was luxury indeed!
You park adjacent to the Ware FC ground, and walk to the left and around the back of the leisure centre, and there’s a shed/pay booth in one corner of the ground itself. If you want a tea, food or toilet facilities they’re all in the centre itself, thoughtfully signposted from the outside all the way in. The club is notably friendly, and the programme is good value for £1, but the ground….. oh dear.
In simple terms it’s a pitch in the middle of an athletics track, so you are immediately 8 lanes from the action. The player’s tunnel is constructed from crash barriers, and there is no cover, or seating.
It obviously doesn’t come close to fulfilling ground grading for Step 6 although if finances permit I suspect a “Meccano” stand or two would stave off relegation. Instead a struggling team and a poor ground made the presence of a sprinkling of Hertfordshire FA officials look like less of a visit and more of the County League preparing to receive back one of their own.
It wasn’t a good game to watch either, one of those niggly affairs that see 22 men complete the game because the permutation of bookings sees no one player collect two.
Hopefully Wodson Park can find a viable solution to their ground problems, as in this state, the Wodson Park Leisure Centre pitch is a lousy place to watch football.