No.37 - Sat 28th March 2015; Cambs County League Division 2B;                                  3pm at the Pymoor Cricket & Social Club, Pymoor Lane, Pymoor, Ely, Cambs; CB6 2EE 


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Little Downham Swifts (2) 8  March Rangers (0) 1

'Swifts soar to new heights!'

'I wonder how many hoppers regularly like to log match stats during a game. On a personal note I do like to try and get the line-ups if I can beforehand and make a note of the goal scorers and the time each goal as the match progresses. My FGIF Match Stats card serves as a more than useful summary and record of the game and helps in writing up my reports (not always immediately afterwards!). Just as well I brought my aide-memoire with me today as I definitely had my work cut out trying to keep up to date all the vital statistics. 

For my football fix I have chosen to make a relatively short journey with a trip to the Fens where Little Downham Swifts are entertaining March Rangers in a Cambs County League Division 2B encounter. The club is in fact based in the neighbouring village of Pymoor (some six miles from Ely) and use the Pymoor Recreation Field (part of Little Downham parish council), a veritable outpost surrounded by acres of open fen land and fields (an aerial view of the immediate vicinity resembles a patchwork quilt). Incidentally the name Pymoor means ‘flies over a bog’ and the village sign shows a dragonfly settling on a bullrush in marshland.


A narrow driveway off Pymoor Lane leads down to a small car park and well appointed clubhouse complete with a quirky gabled room on top displaying the legend Pymoor Cricket Club, built some time around around 1940. This serves as a busy community centre and hosts the football club changing rooms. A newly built annex and seating area at one end is adorned with some framed action photos just inside the entrance.


As you would have gathered facilities here are shared with the cricket club (an arrangement which I am told works in perfect harmony especially when both seasons overlap in late August and early April). The football pitch is marked parallel to the roped-off cricket square and is bordered by fencing and a children’s play area. An interesting array of adverts (some of which are partially obscured by thick vegetation) are attached at varying intervals along the wire mesh netting: notably one local chimney sweeping business called ‘Chim-chim-a-neys’ gets top marks for its original and catchy company slogan! Although there is no pitch furniture or dug-outs several cricket covers and a roller which catch the eye are stored behind the goal at the far end.


Before play both sides occupied a mid table position in the thirteen team division and for the hopping neutral the game was expected to be a close fought contest. However this was not the case after a fairly even opening half (with the score standing at 2-0) when the Swifts began to dominate play and eventually run out comfortable 8-1 winners to record their biggest win of the season and pick up three valuable points.


The game played on a difficult bumpy sloping surface was not made any easier by a giant swathe of loose grass cuttings which had been left on the top after the site grounds man had given the pitch a pre-match cut a couple of days earlier on his tractor. A handful of spectators were in attendance on what was a windy and at times showery afternoon. Neither programmes nor refreshments were made available. 

For more details about the club and the league you can click on the informative Full-Time website by using the link below. It’s an excellent resource and is regularly updated to keep you abreast of the various competitions covering sixteen divisions and twenty two cups. Phew! A visit to Pymoor comes highly recommended. Have fun wherever you go'.     

FGIF Match Stats

  Scorers: (H) Chambers (27, 81), Ashman (42, 55), Hills (46), Cox (63), Martin (71, 89) and (A) Marshall (72)  

Attendance: 7; Admission and Programme: None; Match rating: 2/5; Ground rating: 3/5.


edited on 29/03/15