Wormley Rovers FC is probably the closest senior football club to where this Pieman resides. I would estimate that it would take around a twenty-minute brisk walk door to door. However, on this occasion I was given a lift, which facilitated a visit to The Woodman public house at Wormley West end. The pub is now The Woodman and Olive and doubles as a Greek restaurant (looks very nice). There was no real ale available but I can recommend the cappuccino.
On arrival at Wormley Sports Ground, I was immediately surprised at how big the complex is. There are a number of outside pitches and a nine-hole golf course. The main area is shared between the enclosed football pitch and cricket. On this particular day, work was taking place to get the cricket pitch ready for next summer.
The impressive main clubhouse building contains a function room with licensed bar and also a separate café area. The changing facilities are located in a separate building towards the cricket pitch. Both structures appear to be relatively new builds, reflecting the progress the club has made over the years. The pitch is fully railed off with concrete hardstanding around the parts that do not overlap the cricket field. The only covered accommodation for spectators is a small terraced area on the same side of the pitch as the dugouts.
This match saw White Ensign (I saw their first home match at this level earlier this season), who had started very well against a home side looking to climb the table following their first win in the previous match. Playing with the wind in the first period, Wormley, despite having to make a couple of early substitutions, took the match to the visitors and were well worth their two goal lead. In truth it should have been a greater lead and credit to the White Ensign keeper for preventing that. A goal just before the break reduces the arrears and this will have given White Ensign confidence.
Two further strikes in the second period completed the turnaround and although they did not play particularly well, this proved enough for White Ensign to take the points. A result that was tough on the home side considering their efforts. It was good to catch up with Burnley fan Mike Benyon at this match. He and I were both disappointed in the lack of substance to the match programme, which is only available on line. I appreciate that clubs are no longer obliged to produce hard copy, but this effort did not detail the officials, contain league tables or offer much at all, save listing the respective squads. That said, I really enjoyed spending a couple of hours in the sunshine at this lovely venue. After the match I participated in a quiz just down the road in Wormley and although it is not all about winning, my daughter’s team managed to do so, having played our joker in the Harry Potter round!
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