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Sep 8, 2010, 5:51 PM
Location: North London
Team(s): Oxford United / Groundhopper
FA Vase, first round qualifying, 3pm
Bromyard Town 2 Continental Star 6 (H/T 0-2)
Entry - £5
Programme - 44 pages, £1, includes static colour photos of stand and clubhouse
Crowd - approx 45 (not yet checked)
I decided to miss my first Oxford Utd home game of the season (I was as surprised as anyone else to discover they had won 4-0) to go to a fairly remote part of England that was ideal for going to on a day when there was no danger of a postponement. This Vase tie seemed ideal as I had not seen the visitors in action before.
Bromyard is served by buses from Worcester and Hereford, and I chose the former as it is cheaper to get to from London than Hereford.
I travelled on the 12.05 bus from Worcester bus station, arriving in Bromyard with over 2 hours to spare before kick-off. The town is a delightful, hilly place which has a Doctor Who exhibition (possibly permanent, although I decided not to pay the £6 entry fee) in the town centre. A dry cleaning shop has a 'retro' front, complete with an old packet of persil with a price of 50 and a half pence on it. This would have seemed very expensive to me at the time, which must have been just before the halfpence was abolished in the early 1980's.
The football ground is a 10 minute walk from the Pump Street bus stop, and I was impressed with Delahay Park, which seems to have had a lot of investment in recent years. There is a concrete cantilever stand with five rows of seats, plus a small shelter on the far side. A modern brick and dressing-room complex is situated on the half-way line. There is a brick turnstile building, plus plenty of grass banking behind one goal. A narrow metal railing surrounds the pitch, which is a bygone feature seldom found at grounds these days. Another pitch is located closer to the town centre, and may have been the club's former ground.
The visitors looed fitter and faster and ran out comfortabe winners. Nearly all of their team are of ethnic origin, and it will be interesting to see if they can get into the Midland Alliance in the near future.
Fortunately the game ended early (16.47) and I was able to catch the 16.56 bus back to Worcester, rather than the last one at 6.15pm, which I had expected to be on regardless of whether or not extra-time had been played.
(This post was edited by Chris1963 on Sep 8, 2010, 5:51 PM)