Benson 4 Harwell International 4
North Berks League Division One. Att: 24 head count, no prog or tea bar.
At the Benson Recreation Ground, South Oxfordshire.
Benson Scorers; Nick Skiller 2, 5. Damien Rigozzi 17, George Faulkener (GK) 62.
Harwell Int Scorers; Wayne Robbins 10, Mike Yardley 19, Jon Robinson 45, Tom McGregor (pen) 80.
As Tim said here in his brief report at;
“Remarkable. After 19 minutes it was 3-2 and both sides had also hit the woodwork. 3-3 on the stroke of half time from a 25 yarder perfectly placed in the corner;
4-3 with a goal direct from home keeper’s (George Faulkener) drop kick which evaded the visitor’s keeper who fell over at precisely the wrong moment; (Shaun -he tried to scramble to his feet, but just couldn’t get upright in time, as the ball bounced over his head towards the goal!)
4-4 from a penalty and that was that.
Cracking stuff, played in good spirit and superbly refereed. The ground is a more than decent village green affair. Good to talk with Geoff again and a pleasure to make the acquaintance of WestBerksPalace”
Tim got this spot on, as this game was a joy to watch, and shared in great company with Dave Reed (Sidcup), Romford Jeff and of course a new acquaintance in Tim. It’s days and games like these that make me wonder about my sanity in renewing my season ticket at Palace, when one can watch this sort of local football for free, with no hassle, a nice location and with a village pub should you want it.
This location and game ticked my box, as after weeks of my car having stalled at me the most inopportune moments, I finally bit the bullet and booked it into the garage. So, awaiting a new part, and the car being out of service, I was looking for a match easy to reach by public transport, and Benson being a forty minute bus ride from Reading was ideal.
Alighting at Benson Marina, less exotic than it sounds, actually by the main A4074 Reading to Oxford road near the Thames. It’s then a ten minute stroll from here through the village to the recreation ground.
Benson is a village and civil parish in South Oxfordshire, England. At the 2001 census it had a population of 4,464.The village lies about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Wallingford at the foot of the Chiltern Hills at the confluence of a chalk stream (Ewelme Brook) and the River Thames, next to Benson Lock. Being on the northern (eastern) bank of the Thames, Benson has always been in Oxfordshire, unlike nearby Wallingford and Abingdon, Oxfordshire, which were part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes.
Benson is one of several key sites of the English civil war in thin South Oxfordshire, lying between the site of the Battle of Chalgrove Field (which took place on 18 June 1643) and Wallingford Castle, reputedly the last Royalist stronghold to surrender, and close to the Royalist cities of Oxford and Newbury. At Benson itself, a building is still known as the Court House from the time that King Charles I held court there when en route to Oxford.
With thanks to Laurence Reade who opened my eyes to this league by organising a hop day around the league last September, because prior to that I had no knowledge of it, and it’s charms, I shall return to it! 🙂