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Tuesday 8th October 2019 ko 19.45

Spartan South Midlands League Division One

SHEFFORD TOWN & CAMPTON 3 (Snee 10 58 Foley 23)

ENFIELD BOROUGH 1 (Bangura 78)

Att 55

Entry & Programme £5

Its odd how sometimes the fixtures fall. With the Bedfordshire Hop on the Saturday I really didn’t fancy a trip to Bedfordshire in the preceding days. But new grounds under floodlights aren’t easily found midweek for me, and this one was only 90 minutes from home. And the ones you don’t expect too much from, usually end up being the interesting ones don’t they?

To understand the club better, refer to them as Shefford Town. That club was formed in 1910 and while based at Ivel Road in Shefford managed a comfortable existance in the Parthenon, South Midlands and United Counties Leagues. But the club folded in 1994 and it took until 2009 for the club to be reformed with the club merging with Campton FC a year later with the combined club being based at Rectory Road in Campton.

But what really gave the club a springboard was the move to a purpose-built ground at Shefford Sports Club. When the club won last season’s Bedfordshire League last season, lights and cover for 100 were quickly added to allow for promotion back to the Spartan South Midlands League, and the result with the grass banking behind the far goal makes for quite a vista! Presumably the seats are the next project.

Sadly for visitors Enfield Borough this was an evening to forget. They turned up late having been caught in M1 traffic and with the wrong kit too. Ever had one of those days? It didn’t get any better once the game started, Shefford won this one, and won it well.

But to look at this as a new ground and a game would be to miss a lot of Hitchin Road’s charm. That clubhouse is superb, but when you visit you really should climb that grass bank and take in the view. For that is what football at this level is all about, what a view!