Evesham United 3-1 Winchester City
Admission £9, programmes £2 (double issue incorporating he previous weekend's game v Bridgwater Town, Attendance 216 I knew Hemelhopper was planning to be here, but I haven't met him before, so didn't know who to look for. There were a few random club emblems being worn, so I suspect there were a few other hoppers too.
.. and yes I was also there
.. wearing the "black" Tudors woolly hat .. apologies to Karb
for missing his PM earlier in the day .. thus not knowing he was on the lookout for this lost soul up from the South .. a trip that went unhindered .. but for some reason did catch Winchester City out and their arrival time .. a bit surprising as I set off from the same City .. never actually saw them on route .. but arrived way before them .. at least none of us entered the meat draw, thus leaving Karb a clear run to the victory podium .. and future enjoyment of that half cow .. well done that man.
Travel - was over the two hour mark .. along motorways and up the A419, M5 and in on A46 .. going home via Cheltenham on the way back, as the M5 was shut down southbound.
Weather - a cool breeze which got to me inner parts.
Colours - Robins in red and white stripes with black shorts .. Citizens in all blue with black stripes to shirt.
A great summary of events from Karb .. can't add much more .. other than Evesham should have netted at least three during the first half .. Winchester were quick about their game up front but couldn't quite control their defensive play .. the equaliser key for the Robins, coming so quick after the re-start in second half.
I was always looking forward to seeing this game .. last time I watched the Robins was over at Worcester City's, St Georges Lane ground .. what a dire loss that one was for Hemel .. whilst the Boys from the Capital of Wessex were visiting in good form and always a team I enjoy watching, having worked in the City for a generation .. and you tend to keep an eye on the locals progress.
As for the ground .. well it has a bit of Thame United (their main stand is better) and a bit of Cirencester Town about it (their car park is better) ... infact it was good to see old Kevin Sawyer keeping goal for the Robins, as the last time I witnessed him going down to his left to make a one handed save, was a few years back .. actually playing for Cirencester (he must love these new types of remote grounds) .. always kept his best for those Hemel games for some reason .. even our banter behind the goal never dislodged his mindset .. mind you his physique has not changed much .. so he still wouldn't get dislodged anyway.
Overall a good developing set up at the Jubilee and really impressed with the Club's volunteers .. great support from Club Shop to Clubhouse .. from ground stewards to bar staff .. they all know when its time to do their bit .. especially given the up's and down's they've all had to deal with in the recent past .. well done to all .. an enjoyable night out .. and long may it continue ..
Grounds Visited = 373, Games in 16-17 Season = 65; New Grounds this Season = 38; Goals seen this Season = 244; Ave goals / game = 3.75; Last new ground = Devizes Town; Next Game = .. still pondering me options !!
(This post was edited by hemelhopper on Jan 12, 2017, 10:39 PM)