Northern Premier League
Division One North
Ossett Town 3 Padiham 1
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Ground Enjoyment 8/10
Ossett Town Staff Welcome 10/10
For those who don't know the town of Ossett sits nicely in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The town is roughly half-way between the west and east coasts of England. Ossett's convenient proximity to the M1 motorway has led the old industrial town to become more affluent in recent years, attracting both industry and resident commuters to Leeds, following on from a period of economic decline that lasted almost three decades. The town has two Semi Professional Clubs namely Town and Albion. But the oldest club is believe is Ossett Common Rovers, formed in 1910 and currently playing in the modern West Yorkshire League. But like most towns of this Heavy Woollen Area of England, Ossett eats , sleeps and breaths Rugby League.
Town moved to their new ground at Inglefield in the Town Centre in the late 50's as a result of selling a player to Swansea for the kings ransom of £1,350 and this proved a tipping point in the Clubs history. Today Town are the form team of the division with 7 wins from 8 games and are making an impressive surge towards the play off positions. The team Manager rightly getting Manager of the Month for December.
Due to its prime location in the Town centre the Supermarket Giants keep knocking at the door to purchase the land and I suppose with todays economic climate everything has it's price – lets just wait and see what happens. Inglefield is a smashing little set up and a typical northern ground and when it is full I bet it has a cracking atmosphere.
I arrived in the winter sunshine and was welcomed by an ice cold cutting wind but the welcome I received by all the Ossett Staff was very much warmer and I was pleased I had made the trip. Within minutes I was offered a coffee which was gratefully received , if anything to thaw my hands.
Match Enjoyment 7/10
The Lancashire visitors Padiham took a suprise lead but minutes later Town equalised.The first half ended with the Padiham manager losing his cool and attacking everyone within touching distance and a big fracas erupted. I think he was upset with a certain Ossett tackle on one of his players but he could of handled himself better. Maybe his players were still thinking about it early in the second half as they conceded a needless free kick which Ossett dispatched beautifullyin the goal to take the lead which they never looked like losing.They sealed the victory later for a 3-1 win and continue their surge up the table.
As the Winter chill had set in, I said my farwells to all those who welcomed me just hours earlier. I was departing happy that the right team had won.
If you are not a local then still come, because a visit here comes very highly recommended and you are assured of very enjoyable day out in Gods own County.The Staff despite the recent visit by the local recidivists do a sterling job both on and off the field. They deserve more support from the locals, but i suppose in a Rugby League mad town that is too much to ask .... or is it ?