Happy hour, and a bit.

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Wednesay August 29th 2012, KO 6pm, well ok perhaps not, try 6.30pm. 
Reading League, Senior Division (Non league Step 7).
Taplow United (Claret and Blue) 0-1 Unity (Yellow and Black) at the Stanley Jones Memorial Ground.
Nothing for sale, attendance 8.

A foul afternoon with sweeping rain, turned into a lovely sunny late summer evening as I arrived at  Taplow to share the space with lots of swooping housemartins, for what I thought should have been a 6pm KO.
A4 50 yards to one side of the ground, with a Harvester restaurant wafting it’s smells across the pitch, a rural setting to the other side of ground, with a road leading to Cliveden House (well worth a visit by the way).
No, it seemed Unity were just late, coming over from Reading, and yes they began to arrive in dribs and drabs,  and we kicked off at 6.30, “35 mins each way” the ref Ken Clark (no, not him!) loudly stated at KO.

The ground and pitch for the Reading League is pretty good, not a recreation ground as such, although open to the public to walk in. One main pitch with a good surface and a training pitch running along side. A  double storey club building, changing rooms lower tier, club room/function room upstairs, which didn’t  look open to the general public. 

Taplow is a village and civil parish within South Bucks district in Buckinghamshire, England. It sits on  the east bank of the River Thames facing Maidenhead on the opposite bank. Taplow railway station is  situated near the A4 south of the village.
The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means ‘Tæppa’s barrow’; the Anglo-Saxon burial mound  of Taeppa can still be visited. Taplow was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Thapeslau. Taplow Court nearby is also the site of an early Iron Age hill fort

Only the second game I’ve seen in this league, and frankly these two teams looked pretty poor, but  both created some tidy approach play, but the end product was generally awful. Unity who were 10  parts ethnic, quite a few African players (I’d say? perhaps a Church team?), scored a nice goal scored by Porfiro De Albuqerque in the 29th minute after a neat pass through the middle, and that’s how it finished.

A very enjoyable evening, and home in time for the opening ceremony of Paralympics 2012


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