A warm day, with a lovely cooling breeze, the sun in the sky, so what better weather to start on the 2012-13 FA Cup trail.
Whilst 86,000 watched a tussle for Olympic gold at Wembley stadium, I joined a gathering of 175 souls at the pleasent little venue of ‘Wigston Road ‘ to see the Poachers take on county rivals Anstey Nomads, in the very first round of the 12=13 FA Cup, the extra preliminary round.
Ros had wanted to start ticking the 27 animals of ‘Safari Northampton’ this weekend, so an overnight stay was booked in Long Buckby. Ros settled at Coton Manor Gardens, whilst I took the road directly north to the Leicester city suburb town of Oadby.
When it comes to the FA Cup, I always side with caution, as it always brings fans out of the woodwork, even in the early rounds, so I made sure I was parked up in their car park by 2pm, with programme already purchased.
Oadby is a town within the borough of Oadby and Wigston, in Leicestershire, England. It is to the east of Wigston Magna, and to the southeast of Leicester. Oadby forms part of the Leicester Urban Area, and is situated on the A6 road.
The town is most famous for Leicester Racecourse, situated on the border between Oadby and Leicester, and the University of Leicester Botanic Garden. It is also the home of the Beauchamp College, and halls of residence for the University of Leicester. In January 1817, Oadby was the scene of a mass riot. 400 people were involved and haystacks were set ablaze. The Leicester Cavalry and a regiment of dragoons were called out to quell the riot and three were imprisoned! So clearly a place with some feisty people.
I was surprised to find in the clubhouse, home and away officials, and I believe dignitaries from the local county FA all being served a full roast, from the small kitchen. A first for me at this level of football! For this season Oadby had been promoted across from the Step7 East Midland Counties League, to the Step 6, United Counties League Division One, so with visitors Anstey Nomads being a EMCL club, I assume the clubs knew each other well.
The game started with anything visitors Anstey looking the liveliest with lanky striker Daz Taylor causing problems for the red and white halved Oadby backline. However within 15/20 mins Oadby started to get on top, and appeared to have fitter and sharper players around the pitch.
On 38 minutes impressive midfielder Shay Adams struck a nice 20 yarder into the bottom corner to put the Oadby Poachers ahead, 1-0 ht. On 57 Jon Stevenson hit a sweet free kick to put Oadby 2-0 up as they started to dominate.
It was a little against the run of play when Anstey pulled one back in the 87th minute through Shane Gibbs, but such was the control from Oadby, they simply went up the other end and hit a third in 90+2 from Michael Reeves, game over, and thoroughly deserved from a team who I think could set the UCL D1 on fire this season. I was really impressed by the enthusiasm of the fans, a small gathering behind the goal chanting ‘Oadbyshire la la la’ , and a few wearing replica shirts.
Clearly there is a lot of pride in Oadby for their local team, which was nice to see, I wish them well, and will keep a close eye on their results this season.