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

Sunday, 1 September 2019

The Cheese Sandwich

Saturday 31st August 2019
FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round
Attendance: 105 (head count)
Admission: £5 & £3 concessions
Programme: £1 (a good example, nice to find plenty to read)
Tea Hut Stuff: Cup of tea £1
Weather: Cloudy with sunny spells, dry and mild
Parking: Directly outside the entrance gate

Whats in Launceston
A nice little Cornish town just before the A30 reaches Devon. There is a Castle, a well respected Butchers and a very busy Tesco Supermarket. There's also a narrow gauge Steam Railway but for some weird reason it's shut on Saturdays. Grub wise the town hosts one of my top ten Cornwall Fish & Chip Shops, Francines. Had the pleasure of pigging out at this establishment a good few times.

The Vase
Favourite cup competition for non league punters. The regionalised rounds still give clubs a chance to be drawn against opponents from other leagues. Today was no exception, Launceston from the South West Peninsula League West had the pleasure of hosting Somerset based Cheddar from the Western League Division One, a side nicknamed 'The Cheesemen' who've won all their opening league games. Evidently quite a few of their supporters had squeezed on the team coach for the event, something which obviously boosted the bar takings in the Launceston clubhouse.

Tea Hut
Launceston put a gazebo type frontage alongside the usual snack bar today. It was a busy location with freshly griddled burgers and plentiful cups of tea on the go. The club had their Clarets Summer Party taking place after the game with a barbecue and live music complimenting the evening. All the profits were going to the Cancer Research Society. There is no doubting that Launceston are a friendly little club who make everyone feel welcome.

Pennygillam: The Ground
An easy place to find, you just head for the giant wind turbine that overlooks the stadium. You get in at the side of the Main Stand which extends down the touchline with 3 rows of seating. You get a good close up view of the pitch from here, the playing surface was in exceptional condition for todays game.

The Car Park End has the usual hard standing and leads onto the clubhouse, snack bar area and adjacent changing rooms. 

It's possible to get all the way around the ground.

Radio Cornwall
The insatiable Cup Fever gripping the South West witnessed Matt Allen broadcasting updates to the eager people huddled by their radios back at home. Ok, that's a bit over the top but on a serious note it's great to see professional media providing live updates/coverage at this level.

The Match
We got the usual frenetic 100 mile an hour first fifteen minutes out the way and the proceedings fell into an established pattern that trademarked the rest of the game. 

Launceston were tireless in commitment, effort and spirit but it unfortunately fell short of the danger and menace being applied by the Cheddar side.

Composed on the ball, lightning on the break and never afraid to chance their arm The Cheesemen were worthy victors today and a 2 nil scoreline was not an exaggeration of the days business.

0-1 after 10 minutes, 0-2 on 55 minutes.

The game resembled a cheese sandwich. There was a fresh light slice of Launceston activity at the outset and final stages of play but wedged in the middle was a big block of prize winning Cheddar. All washed down by their joyous supporters with gallons of clubhouse ale.

Bet it was a happy trip back up the M5 to Somerset.

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