Monday 30th March 2015 ko 18.00
Hampshire Premier League, Senior Division
OTTERBOURNE 2 (Sands 5 18p)
HAMBLE CLUB 1 (Liam Crook 40)
When the clocks go forward the more senior groundhoppers tend to divert their attentions during the week to fixtures played without floodlights, preferring to leave that finite commodity for when there’s no other option. Of course the trouble with these early kick-offs is that you have very little time for traffic problems when you’re driving down from Oxford, so I positively roared into the car park as the game kicked off!
Otterbourne is a small village about 4 miles south of Winchester. These days it’s where cricketer Chris Tremlett is from but its most famous as being where Anglo-Catholicist group luminary John Keble was vicar in the late 1830’s. Keble College, Oxford is named after him.
I do wonder how on earth players managed to get to these early kick-offs with time to change, warm-up, and even think about tactics, and maybe Hamble didn’t manage to do that satisfactorily. Otterbourne raced into a two goal lead which ultimately won them the game, and despite Hamble’s reply they weren’t able to impose themselves on the second half, and only a poor decision from a club linesman prevent a third home goal.
Other than that there was the chance to catch up with old friends, and its was fun to see John Gorman from the Wessex League again, his commitment to watching football puts many committeemen to shame. There was also the vexed question of trying to drink a scaldingly hot mug of tea at a truncated half-time.
Because at all games like this, ultimately the real winner is always the dark!