Saturday 22nd August 2015
National League North
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 1 SOLIHULL MOORS 3
Admission: £12 ouch! Got in disguised as a Pensioner for 7 quid
Programme: £2, decent value, enjoyed the Keith Trudgeon column
Tea Hut Stuff: Nowt today, too hot
Weather: Warm sultry sunshine, humid & uncomfortable
Parking: Pavement on Mottram Road directly opposite the entrance
Been to Bower Fold many times before, in my humble opinion its one of the jewels in the Non League crown, a wonderful setting and excellent facilities, a great place to enjoy football. Apologies for not doing a full visit report but I'd just be duplicating what I've done before, including the photographs. If you've not been yet and you get the opportunity to go along, just take it, it will be well worth your while believe me.
Interesting clash on paper this game, Celtic just about escaped relegation last season, in fact it went to the very last weekend, the Manager who got them out of trouble, Liam Watson, is well respected in some quarters but often criticised by certain supporters who seem to feel he favours a mundane long ball game. The general early season feeling about the place is that Liam can certainly turn things around this season for Bridge, needless to say there are also quite a few fickle home fans only too willing to give some barbed criticism when the new master plan fails to verify the necessary results. Moors themselves have started the campaign really well and alongside their travelling band of colourfully dressed supporters a lot of pundits reckon they will be definite top of the table contenders come the end of the season.
The game rated 6/10 on the Krugg scale. Moors looked the better side in the first half, competitive, strong and well organised. Bridge looked unsure, indecisive, they lacked cohesion and class. 1-1 at half time the second half possession was greedily snatched up by the home side but it was Moors who looked a lot more clinical when going forward and some rather feeble defending easily gave away 2 key goals to ensure another 3 points for the visitors (which their noisy Hawaiian dress code supporters seemed rather pleased about indeed).
Not many, if any, games left for Wheres The Tea Hut in the North of England now, if things go to plan the Tea Hut will very soon be relocating to deepest Cornwall. I just simply had to go along and take another look at magnificent Bower Fold before that long journey south.