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

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Silsden 2 Runcorn Linnets 3

Saturday 20th September 2014
North West Counties League Premier Division
Attendance: 290
Admission: £5
Programme: £1.50
Tea Hut Stuff: Cheese and Onion Pie £1.50
Weather: Grey cloud, slight chill, kept dry despite the threat of rain
Parking: On the field adjacent to the cricket pitch beside the ground
Been to this well kept new ground before so there wont be any fancy photos or duplicated descriptions of the layout, all I will say is that its well worth the trip and the views of the surrounding area are an attractive addition to what is a first class non league experience.

I always enjoy the great little tea hut that the Cobbydalers put on and today's fayre didn't disappoint, its not often you find Cheese and Onion Pie on the menu at football grounds but I thoroughly enjoyed my offering here and all credit to the club for keeping up the high standards of jolly decent grub. 

Silsden have set the NWCL on fire recently and were unbeaten in the last 7 games, Andy Geary has a vibrant squad of quality young players able to compliment his blueprint for fast effective cutting football, needless to say the scouts from other clubs are eagerly reviewing their respective performances.

As Silsden ripped todays visitors apart on numerous lightening counter attacks I could see why there is so much interest on what is happening down at the Silsden Playing Fields. They stunned the league leaders cold with a deserved 2-0 lead within 36 minutes of the kick off. 

I thought it was for the most part a good game for the spectator although I was slightly concerned that the referee got taken for a ride in the second half as the visitors looked for a way back into the match. What appeared to be a solid Silsden lead was quickly eroded as most people on the ground scratched their heads at what the referee was being persuaded with on (and off) the field?

I reckon Silsden definitely have something to build upon with this squad and I wish them all the luck for the future (something the referee deleted from their wish list during this particular encounter).

Friday, 19 September 2014

Falmouth Town 3 Stoke Gabriel 2

Saturday 13th September 2014
South West Peninsular League Premier Division
Attendance: 73 (head count)
Admission: £5
Programme: £1
Tea Hut Stuff: Large tea 60p
Weather: Light cloud turning to second half sunshine
Parking: On the club car park
Had some of the best fish, chips and mushy peas ever at The Gem Fish Bar and Restaurant in the town centre before the game. Its just off The Moor, up the hill adjacent to the Quarry Hill Car Park. Unfortunately there was no need for extra grub from what appeared to be a well stocked Tea Hut.
Bickland Park is old school uncut retro non league nirvana. Sadly local reports identify that this charismatic haven of football culture is tragically due for closure? 
Why do we, as a society, always get rid of the good stuff and end up replacing it with something really crap? Chances are this splendid old warhorse of a football ground will end up as one of those tacky budget supermarkets or an estate of semi detached huts for over borrowed first time buyers.
I'm not going to bore you with a match report, all I will say is that the visitors should have been 6 nil up at half time. Credit to Falmouth they took their opportunity during a more spirited second half display to get back in the match. The referenced 'opportunity' featured 2 penalty kicks and the Stoke Gabriel keeper sadly suffering a broken leg.
This provided the Falmouth side with their first win of the season.