Wednesday 4th March 2015 ko 19.30
Staffordshire County Senior League Division One
LEEK C.S.O.B. 4 (Bown 3 Pointon 46 57 83)
KEELE UNIVERSITY 0
We really should start with the obvious, it’s County School Old Boys! From a groundhopper’s perspective they were the North West Counties League club that shared at Leek Town. Most hoppers don’t seem to be interested in a ground’s second club, so for many years they sailed under many people’s radar, mine included.
All that changed with their resignation from the NWCL at the end of last season. They took their reserves place in the second tier of the Staffs County League, and moved to Pointon Park, in Cheddleton, some 4 miles south of Leek. That is where its starts getting interesting.
The major employer in Cheddleton is John Pointer Limited, a firm specialising in the sanitary disposal of food and animal waste. They wanted to build a new access road to their site, so as to allow lorries to get to the factory without driving past the houses in Bones Lane. The planning gain saw a former bus depot turned into a community sports park with a grass pitch, a 3G pitch, jogging track and a clubhouse. The £2 million facility attracted CSOB who have signed a 3 year lease to play here.
At the start of the season that added up to a roped-off pitch with a modern clubhouse, but in the last few weeks floodlights have been added too. That meant this game as the opener under lights, and two more will follow on the next two Wednesdays.
So the normal faithful were augmented by the inevitable cornucopia of groundhoppers, and the club did well from sales of drinks and pasties, and the one-off teamsheets were greatly appreciated.
On the pitch its proving to be an excellent season for them. 13 games played with 12 wins points to promotion, even if a fixture backlog means they’re only 3rd! Certainly on this cold evening they had far too much for a competent Keele side. Star of the show was Jamie Pointon (is he any relation to the factory behind?) whose hat-trick was the cream on the cake of a solid all-round team performance.
There was one nasty moment though. Just after the second goal, the lights on one side of the pitch tripped out, it seems due to someone switching on the lights for the 3G pitch behind. It wasn’t a difficult problem to solve, the lights were switched off for 10 minutes to cool, but the reactions of some of the hoppers was quite entertaining. It all boiled down to whether you count an abandonment as a completed game. If only CSOB had known, they’d have seen a few of those present next Wednesday!