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Tuesday 4th April 2017 ko 18.20

Spartan South Midlands League Division Two

MK GALLACTICOS 3 (Wreh 35 Smith 54 Joao 76)

MURSLEY UNITED 2 (Hollingsworth 46 Skelton 76) Jay sent off (dangerous play 80)

Att 35 at North Fuzton Sports Ground, Milton Keynes

Entry FREE

No Programme

When I tick off a pitch in Milton Keynes I always think of my friend James. Maybe you’ve seen the Rennie Trophy presented at the end of each North Berkshire Hop, that’s named after him. James died a few years ago, but before he left us he attempted to watch a game on every single pitch in his adopted town.

You’d think that would be easy wouldn’t you? But remember this is Milton Keynes, and the place is arranged in villages, each with its own facilities, and sports fields are included in that provision. The result is way more pitches than clubs so James ended up getting creative to get the next pitch done.

So when Buckingham Town played a pre-season friendly in Shenley there we were and who could forget the warders team from high-security HMP Woodhill playing at Tattenhoe Pavilion?

That last one was close to North Furzton, the home of MK Gallacticos, new to the SSML for this season. This ground does at least having the distinction of being adjacent to Furzton Lake, with the Triple Star Head sculpture by Romanian artist Paul Neagu behind. You’re just the width of Watling Street beyond the Milton Keynes Bowl and the remains of Elfield Park where the Milton Keynes Knights speedway team used to ride.

The ground is oh so typical of most Milton Keynes sports grounds. There’s two pitches, a pavilion, and not a lot else. Still, you should count your blessings, there were hot drinks available at half time.

The game took time to spark into life, but once Christopher Wreh (not, the former Arsenal man, his son!) fired Gallacticos into the lead the game turned into something memorable. Both sides led, Mursley keeper Sam Jay saw red for red for wiping out Demarlo Smith but Mohamed Mohamed missed the resulting penalty. Then just as the light threatened to make seeing impossible, Gallacticos’ Smith was put clean through, only for referee Terry Jeyes call time on the proceedings!

Truthfully, it ended up being better entertainment than it had any right to be.