Where's The Tea Hut reflects upon local football South West style with a few trips further afield. Keep the faith & stay safe.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Southport 3 Salisbury City 1

Saturday 15th February 2014
Skrill Conference Premier
Attendance: 719
Admission: £13.50 standing (ouch)
Tea Hut stuff: Tomato Soup £1.50 (jolly good too)
Weather: Wind, bright intervals, cold but dry. Ceased throwing it down at 2pm.
Parking: 100 yards up Haig Avenue

Storms, gales, property damage, more storms, more gales, yet more property damage etc etc etc. Living through a winter on the Pennines is bloody awful.

Mass postponements decimated the non league schedule in the North West of England. (The North West is the bit they never seem to mention on BBC/Sky News weather reports)? Strange but true.

Heard Southports pitch was holding up mid morning so I took the opportunity to escape the hurricane battered Pennines for a welcome interlude of Conference Premier Division Football. 

On a previous visit to Southport FC I had encountered a lot of hassle from their stewards about taking pictures inside the ground. I wasn't going to try and smuggle the camera through again to take under-cover snaps hidden behind the floodlights so there are no snazzy shots of the stadium accompanying this somewhat brief report.

Not at all happy about shelling out over 13 quid to get into a non league game but sadly that's the going rate these days in this division, it would have cost me even more to sit down in the half shut Main Stand (which had suffered wind damage to the roof and side panels).

Despite a strong wind this was an entertaining enough match which provided an attack minded home side with 3 welcome points in their battle to pull clear of the drop zone. Higher placed Salisbury faced a long trip home after failing to match the attitude and passion of a Southport side determined to come out on top. Have to say I expected a lot more class from the 5th placed visitors.

Haig Avenue is a nice enough ground that would easily match a higher League status. We all know their previous Football League history. The covered Jack Carr End behind the nets provided welcome shelter from the relentless sharp gusty wind but I prefer to watch my football from near the halfway line so I took my chances on the windswept open terrace (and shivered through the proceedings inside 5 layers of clothing).

There was some very nice piping hot Greenhaulghs Tomato Soup on offer from the tea hut come snack caravan.

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