No.14 - Sat 18th October 2014; Central & South Norfolk League Division Two;                        3pm at Beetley Sports Field; High House Road; Beetley; Dereham; Norfolk; NR20 4BX 


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Beetley Bees (1) 5  Rockland United (0) 0

A real sting in the tail!

'After watching Central & South Norfolk League football at Rockland United Football Club only a couple of weeks ago, I decided to take in another match in this competition for my footy fix this afternoon. With leaders Beetley Bees entertaining second placed Rockland United (by co-incidence) this was definitely the stand out fixture in what looked on paper an exciting Second Division game today.

After a fairly close opening forty five minutes in which the hosts took an early lead (scoring a goal inside the first five minutes), visitors United inexplicably pressed the self destruct button through some poor defending and allowed the league leaders to take full control of matters winning the contest by 5-0 score line. The result which was rather flattering extends the Bees (dressed in black and gold strip) lead at the top of the table boasting five wins out of five to chalk up fifteen points.

The game which was played on a bumpy, sloping but well grassed pitch was typical of many at this time of year being covered in swathes of golden brown autumnal leaves which had fallen from neighbouring trees in recent weeks. A crowd of ten spectators watched the game. As expected there were no programmes or refreshments on offer.      

Beetley village is found off the A47 (Norwich to Dereham dual carriageway) can be reached from either Swaffham or Dereham with the ground located along High House Road. The narrow entrance to the playing field is too small for vehicle access so visitors have to park their cars on the main road running parallel or further along at the adjacent village hall which is situated closer to the far end of the field. Surrounded by tall trees on all sides the park has a rural enclosed feel about it. The large gorse-land wood which runs behind is a popular haunt for ramblers, dog walkers and pic-nickers with a steady stream of passers-by seen throughout the afternoon.

The football club shares with the local cricket team and as a consequence the Bees first three games of the campaign had to be played away from home. On my visit today the grounds man was busy out with his tractor tending to the cricket square for what he told me was now the tail end of the season. I donít know about you but the sound of leather against willow seems to prevail further into September each year, not that I mind?

The footballers change in a small brick-built moss covered pavilion (possibly the newest of three) which stands alongside two other much older overgrown corrugated Ďshedsí as you enter the field. A large clock adorns the wall above the changing room door. Although there is no pitch side furniture, a touch of gold and black can be seen on the goal nets and accompanying corner flags. Itís definitely grass roots football at its best.

Hoppers who are interested can find more match day info by flagging up the excellent and regularly updated C&SNL competition website which in my opinion is one of the best for club, ground and fixture details anywhere in non league football. Give it a go one day, you'll be pleasantly surprised'.          

FGIF Match Stats

Scorers: (H) Green (3), Miles (53), Franks (68), Kingsley (73, 75) and (A) N/A 

Attendance: 10; Admission: Free; Programme: None; Match rating: 4/5; Ground rating: 3/5.



edited on 20/10/14