Wednesday 27th July 2016 ko 19.30
DEREHAM TOWN 6 (Tuttle 23 Cook 45 Logan 65 Frary 60 73 Bussens 87)
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It’s still the biggest regret of my groundhop organising career that we failed to get an Anglian Combination hop up and running. But whilst I’ll never say never to it happening at the moment the idea looks dead in the water. So until the groundhopping tides change I’ll carry on picking off the league’s little gems as I am able.
Mundford’s Glebe ground is one of those places that you pass by the way to places such as Swaffham, Kings Lynn and Fakenham and the little stand makes you make that mental note to call in for a game.
This game did have some meaning though. This was their first game under their new floodlights and in Isthmian Division One outfit Dereham Town had illustrious opponents. Dereham won the Norfolk Senior Cup last season, with Mundford doing the Anglian Combination Division 2, League cup and Norfolk Junior Cup treble. With there being 4 divisions between the two sides this didn’t look like it was going to be a close encounter.
And let’s face it- it wasn’t, but that shouldn’t be any source of shame for Mundford. They won’t see any other sides that can pass and move as well as Dereham did this season. Dereham themselves will look at the game as a good workout, and whilst Mundford chased shadows as the sun set, it was a good workout for all concerned.
Of course there is a bigger picture to this. These floodlights give impetus to a friendly, but ambitious club. The ground isn’t up to Eastern Counties League standards as yet, there’s no seats and the Glebe isn’t enclosed. But this grand floodlight opening game was a statement of intent. Just watch Mundford go…