Saturday 17th September 2011 ko 3.00pm
Wessex League Premier Division
FAREHAM TOWN 2 (Tambling 5 30)
ALRESFORD TOWN 1 (Bentley 77p)
Chips (with sweet chilli sauce!) £1
There was one reason for me to visit Cam’s Alders today…Splodge, or to use the name on his passport, Paul Proctor. Splodge does a fine job doing Fareham’s programme and website, and although he’ll hate me for saying it, he’s one of those footballing heroes, you never hear about.
Not that the ground isn’t worthy of note, its spick and span, and the club are rather proud of their brand new floodlights. For the hopper its the stand that attracts, the elevation counteracting the remnants of a long removed running track. Its also boasts not a bar, but a nightclub, Club V, resplendent in mid-70’s Italian bad taste decor! Mind you, the faciltities are excellent.
Splodge also pointed out the man to watch, striker Robbie Tambling. He should be playing at a higher level, but he has an annoying habit, blacking out during the game.
No such dramas this afternoon, and Tambling scored two goals in 30 minutes, the second due to a horrendous goalkeeping error. I settled down to enjoy an easy home win, but Fareham stopped asking the correct questions.
I began to question my loyalties, the hopper in me hoped that Alresford would take advantage of Fareham’s defensive frailties, the mate of Splodge’s hoped otherwise. We both got our wish, of a fashion. Alresford converted a slightly dubious penalty, but that was the extent of the threat, and in the end the victory was easier than the scoreline suggests.
And this will be the shape of things to come for this season. I’d like to visit more of the clubs frequented by my mates. Any suggestion of where I should go next?