First Team Star
Nov 15, 2018, 11:44 PM
AFC Stoneham 2 v 1 Whitchurch United
Sydenham Wessex League Division One
Adm £5, Prog £1 (very good), Att c.70
"I can hear you but I can't see you", wailed the Whitchurch goalie. Moments later he saw the on-rushing attacker well enough to bodycheck him outside the penalty area. The red card changed the game. Stoneham scored but it was difficult to discern as purple is great camouflage in night fog. An abandonment looked possible at half-time. Both teams put in a huge effort (what you could see of it!) and Whitchurch appeared to grab a point with five minutes to go. The celebratory whoops from " Gorillas in the Mist" were drowned out in seconds by a hopeful punt from Stoneham. Great credit to both teams and the officials.
Also at Stoneham. No lutes or lyres seen pitchside, perhaps 1dring had theirs confiscated by the gateman
Stoneham's no 10 raced through the gloom to score the opening goal. Whitchurch's equaliser was assisted by a Stoneham defender who headed the ball back across goal to set up the opportunity. The winning goal was aided by the Whitchurch keeper missing the ball as it arrived in the box. Church nearly equalised again from the restart - a 45 yd effort from the kick off was just over the bar.
Once the players stopped moaning about the fog, we had quite a good game.
First visit to Stoneham since 2016. The new development for the whole area is now taking shape and I guess within the next 12-18 months Stoneham would have moved and the ground will be no more. Hopefully the Main Stand will find its way to the new Stadium.
(This post was edited by Mek on Nov 15, 2018, 11:45 PM)