Saturday 17th December 2011, KO 15:00, Roker Park.
South Midlands League Premier Division.
Stotfold 2-1 Royston Town
Attendance 131, Admission £6, Programme included, Badge from Tea hut £2.50, cup of tea 55p.
Game 48, and my ’27th’ new ground of the season. I arrived at Roker Park on a raw but bright sunny winters day via a quick stop at the GBG listed Stotfold boozer, ‘Stag’, nice pub, not very interesting beer range, adnams etc, a pint of sharps doombar went down very easily though!
I choose this game because Roker Park has been in amber in the back of groundtastic for a long time, and the Eagles of Stotfold were hosting league leaders Royston Town, so it looked like a potentially interesting game.
Good choice, as this was always an entertaining game, but Stotfold seemed to set themselves up like an away team, as Royston dominated possession and territory but didn’t create an enormous array of chances as Stotfold worked very hard to nullify their threat.
Royston came with a goodly number of fans expecting victory no doubt, and the early exchanges were even, but after a defensive mistake in the 16th minute, Stotfold’s Sean Herr struck a good shot into the bottom corner, 1-0. Royston continued to look the most likely, and had some lively front players, Ricky Young particularly looking pretty quick and useful. HT 1-0.
The second half followed a similar pattern with RT in the ascendancy, and it was no surprise when Carl Edwards stuck a very nice equalizer from 20 yards in the 60th minute. However, 5 minutes later another defensive howler allowed Lee Harman a free run on goal and a good finish to put Stotfold 2-1 up.
For much of the rest of the game RT pressed hard, and Stotfold continued to rely on the breakaway, but RT just could not find the 2nd goal their dominance deserved. A good game played at a decent tempo. FT 2-1.
Ground > I liked it, and by South Midlands league standards one of the best. I nice little stand with a small amount of cover to the right of it. Opposite a small tarmaced bank giving a slightly elevated view, and to right the car park end was also slightly raised above pitch level. I didn’t get to find out what the latest is on them moving, but glad I finally got there.
An enjoyable day out was enhanced by a quick stop at the ‘Land of Liberty, Peace and Plenty’ in Heronsgate/Herts, very close to Jct 17 of the M25, a marvellous real ale pub, 7 on hand pump on my visit, sadly only 2 half’s could be enjoyed because of driving duties.