Cranborne 0-2 Stalbridge
Dorset Senior League Cup - at the Mick Loader Memorial Ground (att. c25)
Cranborne have spent several seasons in the Dorset Premier League, though without much success. They dropped to the Senior League in 2017 after failing to finish above 15th place in the previous eight seasons. But it does mean their ground is nicely set up for that standard - fixed railings on three sides of the pitch and a tiny little stand tucked away in the far corner of the field.
Their opponents, Stalbridge, came into this game with just one point from their four League Cup group matches to date, but they started the game much brighter than their hosts. Two goals in the first ten minutes set them on their way to victory - both times beating Cranborne's offside trap. To be honest, the rest of the game was fairly uneventful. It was competitive enough, played at a decent tempo, but lacking creativity - both sides relying heavily on the ball over the top.
Match photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ianmiddlebrook/albums/72157719005801372
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