Forty Nine Not Out At Long Lane (806)

Although attending matches as far as work is concerned came to an end last week, as TNS Ladies lifted the Shropshire County Cup, nevertheless the personal groundhopping journey still continues.

I’ve been to 100 plus games during the course of the season but from the perspective of new grounds, the visit to Long Lane to see Wyrley entertain Bromyard Town, was the 49th new ground of 2017/2018.

I didn’t fancy too much driving, so a trip across the Black Country with minimal traffic to battle was about right. It’s a decent set-up at Long Lane with good facilities.

Although you can see the game from the car park, it didn’t feel right staying in the car. Maybe it’s just me but you can’t beat leaning on the railings next to the pitch and taking in the atmosphere properly.

Going into the game, both sides found themselves in the bottom half of the West Midlands Regional League Division One table. In a seventeen team league, Wyrley occupied bottom but one while Bromyard found themselves in thirteenth spot.

However, the form book was turned upside down as the home side went into the break 3-0 to the good. Goals in the opening and final minutes of the half, with one halfway through pretty much signed, sealed and delivered the Wyrley victory.

The visitors from Herefordshire raised their game in the second period though but that all-important fourth goal fell to the black and whites, as they took three points and kept a clean sheet in the process.

Played in glorious sunshine, the game was an entertaining one but it’s true to say that Wyrley had the edge and especially so in the first half.

Forty nine not out indicates there’s more to come and that’s the plan. With just days left for the football season in general, I’m looking to hit my half century and then retire. Well, until 2018/2019 that is.

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