Reserve Team Star
Feb 22, 2018, 8:57 PM
Team(s): Bolton Wanderers, local non-league teams
Wallsend Community 1-8 Hazlerigg Victory (1-1 HT) at Druid Park
Northern Alliance Division One
Admission: Free, Programme: None
Attendance: 8 (average h/c, fluctuated as game went on)
My first choice at Spennymoor was called off in the morning, and all reachable grounds were revisits, so I stuck relatively local for some more Northern Alliance fun. Quarter past 8 kick off meant a later start than normal, short hop on the metro to Callerton Parkway then a 5 minute walk to the entrance, arriving with about 10 minutes to kick off.
This match, like last Thursday, had been arranged so one of the sides could catch up with their backlog of fixtures, with Hazlerigg having up to 7 games in hand on some sides in the division. Credit is due to Wallsend Community, who were also in the match last week, for being willing to play three game in six days when some Premier League managers would've been whining if their team had such a schedule. The first half was pretty competitive and even, most of the action taking place in the middle of the park for the first half hour as neither side gained an advantage. The deadlock was broken on 29 minutes, Hazlerigg winning a penalty after a trip in the box which was converted by Richard Coulson. Wallsend equalised around 5 minutes later, a shot from outside the box after a decent run through the defence was deflected off someone's leg and went past the keeper. At half time it seemed like Wallsend might be able to pull off another good result against title contending opposition, but this all went to pot in the second half. Pretty much straight from kick off, Hazlerigg got a goal, Martin Soulsbury getting on the end of a long ball before finishing well from inside the box. The Wallsend defence wrongly claimed the goal and gave some abuse to their club linesman, prompting him to throw the flag up and go back to the dugouts after about a minute of running the line. Was tempted to offer to do it myself but a replacement was found soon enough who did a very good job for the rest of the match. The early goal sapped confidence from Wallsend and this combined with some pacey subs meant it was one-way traffic for the rest of the half, with the remaining 6 goals coming in a pretty much constant stream right up until the final whistle, Hazlerigg showing why they will be in the title picture if the games don't catch up to them.
Previously visited here for a Saturday match in January although I didn't post about it here for some reason. One medium sized stand with wooden bench seating and a covered standing area adjacent, hard standing otherwise. Tea bar is inside the clubhouse building which was surprisingly open tonight, usual stuff available. Airport runways very close by, loads of planes flying in even at this time of day, the metro to/from the airport also runs behind one side although not very visible from pitchside. Apart from a few houses and a hotel/pub, there really isn't any population around, which isn't good for drawing crowds as seen by West Allotment's average attendance. As noted elsewhere on the forum, Newcastle Uni are apparently going to move here if they get promoted from the Northern Alliance, can't really see flocks of students coming here to watch so they will likely be stuck in the same situation. My second single figure crowd that I've been a part of, although it was difficult to tell how many were club people or not so might've been more. Journey back fine and indoors just before 2240.
Grounds visited: 240
Last new ground: Millfield (Crook Town)
Next planned fixture: Unsure