No.3 - Sat 16th August 2014; Peterborough & District League Premier Division;                          2pm at the Rutland County College; Main Road; Barleythorpe; Oakham; Rutland; LE15 7EE 

 

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Oakham United (0) 2  Netherton United (0) 1

The start of a new era...

'Hoppers will be interested to learn that Oakham United FC, members of the P&DL, is now playing at a brand new ground this season. After spending a couple of years at the expansive Catmose College in Oakham the club has finally moved to its impressive new home only a couple of miles away in the former grounds of Rutland County College in the adjoining village Barleythorpe. The venue (yet to be named) was sold in 2012 and has become available as a part of a major local housing development which stipulates in the building contract that some land space for recreational facilities should be made available to local residents. 

The beautifully landscaped self contained site (signposted) is found at the end of a short driveway. The former buildings which once catered for conference students have been neatly converted to meet the needs of the football club. At a cost of just over half a million pounds this includes amongst other things plush changing rooms for both players and officials with adjoining club offices, toilets, a laundry and store area for football equipment. There's also a smart bar and function room with Sky TV. Immediately outside amongst an oasis of green is a large fish pond home to loads of young carp and other fresh water species. The main playing area (meeting UCL standard after an inspection before today's game) is found beyond this. There's evidence of much recent work here including a new perimeter path on the nearside and two large spacious wooden dug outs opposite. In the adjacent field is a smaller pitch used by the junior teams and for training'.

The future of the club is in good hands and this is without doubt a credit to secretary Craig Shuttleworth (who designed much of the new layout) and committee member Nigel Pleasance who lists being a full-time kit man, groundsman, ball retriever, bar man amongst his other duties. They are rightly proud of their family club (other close relations also help out) and during the game spent time with us potting the short history of the side which came out of the ashes of former P&DL outfit Rutland Rangers FC (remember them?) and other local junior clubs. They made us very welcome and explained that they intend to host one of the P&DL hop fixtures at a future date yet to be confirmed.

Today was United's second home game of the week after playing Langtoft United 2-0 here on Wednesday. A fighting display saw the hosts beat a strong Netherton side coming back from a goal down to grab a winner deep in stoppage time to take all three points and maintain their 100% record after three games to sit in second place in the Premier Division table behind Coates Athletic. The game played in mostly overcast conditions attracted a crowd of fifteen spectators including their number one fan an eighty year old gentleman who normally sits pitchside in his picnic chair (apparently an aficionado of Italian football) and the video operator who records every game for training purposes! Although inexpensive refreshments were available a programme is not yet in the production line'.

Travellers will definitely enjoy a visit to this pro-active club with its cracking little ground and smashing football people. If you can't wait to attend on a hop weekend I'd recommend that you should make a trip here sooner rather than later. To reach Barleythorpe continue on the A606 through Oakham town centre for a couple of miles towards Melton Mowbray'.

FGIF Match Stats

Scorers: (H) B Cox (70); A Rothery (90+2) and (A) A Scott (67) 

Attendance: 15; Admission: Free; Programme: None; Match rating: 3/5; Ground rating: 5/5.

Links

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edited on 22/08/14