On arrival at Weston-super-Mare station, I was able to revisit the buffet bar “Off The Rails” where I enjoyed a very good pint of Gorge Best (4.0%) from the Cheddar Brewery. The route to the ground takes you over a curved road bridge and at the other side, adjacent to the rugby club is the Wooden Spoon café, where the Monster breakfast was consumed by this Pieman (just about managed it).
It takes no more than half an hour to walk from the station to the Woodspring Stadium, much of the route taken up by industrial and retail outlets. It is as you cross over another railway line that you get your first view of the ground, which is situated, in the shadow off Bleadon Hill, part of the Menidps, an imposing and impressive sight.
The stadium has clearly benefited from investment in recent times. The covered terrace behind one of the goals is impressive and provides a good vantage point from where to view proceedings. This structure also contains a few rows of seats towards the front in the centre. Along the main side of the pitch is a covered seated stand and behind the other goal is a basic covered area, which at least would provide additional protection from adverse weather.
This match was at times a feisty affair and the resultant red cards (one per team) underlined this. The home side took the lead with a well-taken goal early on. The visiting keeper was also called to make a fine save, just managing to tip the ball over the bar. However, Poole Town started to take the game to their hosts and following the dismissal of a home player, it was no surprise when they levelled shortly before the break.
A couple of delays ensued when firstly, the stanchion behind the goals snapped following a collision between a Weston forward and the post, the broken pole hitting the keeper on the head. Secondly, a dog (still attached to its lead) joined the match. The extreme heat of the afternoon must have taken its toll on the players and it is to their credit that they continued to play. Spectators too will have endured the hot conditions. This Pieman, on return to the station, took delight in Piston Broke (4.5%) from the Box Steam Brewery, before catching the 18:00 service to London Paddington.
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