A grassroots view from the touchline

The second piece from Brian, looking at Pencoed and their second game of the season.

It’s summer football, but not as we know it, Jim. We travelled to Sully Sports on Wednesday night in our second game of the season. If I wanted wet and windy summer games I would have stayed in Bonnie Scotland.

We had a makeshift side as Sully did, and in my experience, most sides do. Work, suspensions, babysitting duties etc. The joys of being involved in amateur football clubs, (I wouldn’t swap it for the world). The game itself was a tight edgy affair, as reflected in the scoreline, although I would suggest that Sully had the better chances and our keeper, Martin Grover had a decent shift in the sticks.

We didn’t trouble their goal too much apart from a header that hit the post from Abdoul Belem. Both teams were wasteful in possession as the blustery conditions were causing lots of problems. Sully did though have a fantastic effort from a 30-yard volley smashing against the crossbar, what a goal that would have been.

Overall, I think lots of teams will find it tough down there on the channel especially if it’s blustery (as it normally is). On the plus side, was great to see a healthy crowd, with decent travelling support, and the sandwiches and chips went down well. We were also treated to a lovely slice of cake which would have done Worzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally proud. Cue the youngsters checking google.

Anyway, thanks for the hospitality once again from Sully and we wish them all the best. Quote of the night from our secretary and linesman. “ I’m just thankful I didn’t have to pay to watch that game”   I was deliberating, as I guzzled a smooth Merlot, whether to Watch Enter the Dragon…again, or Doctor Pimple Popper or Sexcetera. For those going to the game Saturday, see you all there.