Bowers & Pitsea

Ryman League North
Bowers & Pitsea 1 
Witham Town 5
atten 217

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'ready to rumble'

 "I didnt see that coming ffs " was the comment made by a shell shocked Bowers supporter on hearing the final whistle. But in truth Witham fully deserved their emphatic victory. The 4th Witham goal was a top corner , 25 yard curler. But by then the game was won.

Witham's 3rd goal was a penalty (softish) but to decide who took it , two Witham players decided by a game of rock,paper,scissors. It was emphatically dispatched.
At the end of the game all Witham players went over to celebrate with the solitary Witham fan , who to his credit never stopped singing. He is in fact a TV star from Channel 4's The Undateables Programme !

Bowers had just rattled off 9 straight wins, so i suppose it had to end sooner rather than later. But they are a club on the up curve and i have no doubt they will be right up near the top come the end of the season. Bowers gaffer is a class act and i enjoyed meeting him. I enjoyed the ground as it was full of nooks and crannies but just a shame i caught Bowers on an off day. Excellent visit in every respect.

The club began life in an old wooden cricket pavilion in 1947 on the site of what is now Pitsea Market. A move to Gun Meadow, Pitsea saw the purchase of a prefabricated building which was used as changing rooms. The building of the new A13 from Canvey to the Five Bells roundabout saw the compulsory purchase of the ground and the club's move to its current home at Crown Avenue, Pitsea. The ground was purchased from Basildon Development Corporation along with a prefabricated building which still serves as the dressing rooms. After the war years, once stability had come to the nation, many new sporting clubs sprang up. One such club was Bowers United, started in 1946 by Bert Salmon, playing at Gun Meadow, Pitsea, in the Thurrock & Thameside Combination, he was to be joined a few years later by his brother Len Salmon, who passed away and is sorely missed by everyone within the club. The biggest tribute Bowers Sport & Social Club could give him was to name his beloved football stadium after him.

East Grinstead Town

Ryman League South
East Grinstead Town 0 

Greenwich Borough 5
Gate £9
Atten 151
Food Large hot dog & onions £2.50 

(over cooked & served by Mrs Grumpy)

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Late choice of game but very glad i made the effort to visit. The ground was much better than expected. Impressively maintained. Lovely modern clubhouse. Two stands both on raised banking offering excellent viewing positions. Greenwich stung the wasps with their clinical forward play and swatted them aside with the minimum of fuss. It could have easily been double figures such was the dominance. 
Nice touch from the East Grinstead players at the end of the game to go and thank the fans personally for their support despite being run ragged for the the last ninety minutes.

Very enjoyable day out in leafy West Sussex 

Greenock Morton

Scottish Championship
Greenock Morton 1 Hibernian 1 

Gate £18
Atten 2156 
(looked at least 3500)
Pies £1.50
Coffee £1

What a fantastic ground Cappielow Park is , and it just oozed charm. The main stand covers the full length of the pitch. On the opposite side is a massive covered terrace which takes you back to the good old days of watching football. Both ends behind the goals are open standing and very spacious. The pitch was in fantastic condition.
Catering was of a high standard and the prices were both value & sensible. The whole feel around the ground was relaxed and enjoyable. The only downside was due to darkness i was unable to enjoy the views from the ground.

The match was an enjoyable one and it always kept the attention. Morton played very well and finally scored with ten minutes remaining. But Hibs equalised minutes later with an excellent free kick. FT 1-1 not an unfair result by any means. Very easy leaving the ground with no issues before starting the long journey home ...
Fantastic day out where i was able to visit two iconic Scottish football grounds and both of which will live long in the memory.