Wednesday 1st April 2015 ko 18.00
Hampshire Premier League, Senior Division
OVERTON UNITED 2 (J Jupp 9 Lavisher 40)
COLDEN COMMON 2 (Dankins 20 O’Brien 42og)
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Other than for football there are many reasons to visit Overton, the medieval church of St Mary which provides the backdrop for many of these photos has parts dating from the 11th century, the village was used in part as a base for the Bank of England during World War II, and is a centre for Morris Dancing.
I suspect though the vast majority will remember though the “Bombay Sapphire” distillery on the road in from Whitchurch! Is this more important than the fact that in Richard Adams’ novel “Watership Down” the rival rabbit warren of Efrafa was located just north of the railway above Northington Farm in Overton? The Overton Recreation Centre is one of those pretty as a picture places where all you really need to do is turn up, park, and watch two amateur sides slug it out whilst enjoying the thatched cottages, that church, and the bubbling stream, a tributary of the River Test, behind the goal.
They’re a friendly bunch too, and there’s something rather reassuring about getting your tea in a mug at half-time and debating whether to watch the second half from the first-floor window or from pitchside? Once that was decided, the only other question was whether Scott Waters’ shot would have gone in, or did Overton keeper Sean O’Brien’s fumbled save cause the ball to spin into the net? Perhaps on a convivial evening such as this it really didn’t matter, the draw was a fair result, after all.