Aug 29, 2019, 10:56 AM
Location: Outer Cheltenhamshire
Team(s): Cheltenham Town
Corfe Castle 5-4 Wareham
Dorset Premier League
Also at this, with the Town Crier. Admission was £3, and the attendance was around 55. Tea or Coffee in mags at 50p/time
While driving to meet the Town Crier at Wareham station, I sent a text message to say I was delayed in traffic, and would be 20 minutes late. The return message was the train was also 20 minutes late and indeed I pulled into the car park as the train was leaving.
Our afternoon tour took in the the Square and Compass in Worth Maltravers, the Kings Arms in Langton Matravers, and a long walk around the Corfe Castle (admission £11) before retiring to the Fox in West Street for a quick half prior to the game.
The Square and Compass is one of the very few pubs that has appeared in every edition of the Good Beer Guide, and is an eccentric creation, a tourist trap in itself. It has two small rooms and a small museum (fossils and local history, worth a look) and you queue for your beer in the entrance hallway. Four real ales available, all direct from the barrel. The local Dorset pasty is every bit as good as its cousins in Devon and Cornwall
Despite overcast weather, the first serious rain was while making the approach to the ground, this then cleared for the first half of the match before making us choose to resort to the cover for the second period.
Wareham came into the game with four defeats to their name, while Corfe Castle has a win and a draw as well as three losses. While an early goal (56 seconds) suggested no change and another Wareham defeat, the next 88 minutes suggested differently. Wareham were level on 4 minutes, took the lead after 9 and went further ahead thanks to a 34th minute own goal.
Despite a penalty allowing Corfe Castle to pull the deficit down to one before half time, Wareham were again two ahead on the hour mark.
Corfe then had a goal dissallowed when the player tucking in a rebound off the crossbar was deemed offside, no VAR available. They later had another chalked off for an unquestionable foul on the keeper.
Still, Courtney Johnston completed his hat-trick with 17 minutes to play and the score was 3-4. The match then turned again on two crosses from the left in two minutes. The first met by Johnston for his fourth goal in the game and then the winner turned in by Hector. A few minutes of injury time gave us more chances but no more goals
Despite having to walk back to the pay and display car park (you can find free parking in the village after mid-October, but until then you pay), I managed to deposit the Town Crier at the station about three minutes before the 20.28 train and then reached Richmond around two hours later.
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