No.5 - Sat 22nd August 2015; Peterborough & District League Premier Division;                           2pm at Feldale Field; Drybread Road; Whittlesey; Peterborough; Cambs; PE7 1XL 

 

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Whittlesey Athletic (2) 6  Crowland Town (0) 0

'Whittling down the opposition'

'Hoppers may be interested to learn that the face of football in Whittlesey has changed quite dramatically over the last few months. Indeed over the close season former Peterborough & District Premier League clubs Whittlesey United and Coates Athletic have joined forces to create a separate and brand new team called Whittlesey Athletic Football Club. Although this may seem to be a huge enterprise and undertaking for those connected it was deemed by club personnel to be an important and necessary way forward in developing football in the local community. Add to this the fact that other former P&DL side Whittlesey Blue Star has also been disbanded means that the chances of attracting more players from the surrounding area has now increased greatly as a result. This  represents what is to many a 'win-win' situation all-round.

 

The new ground based at the end of a narrow track on Drybread road (only a stone's throw from the Straw Bear pub) is situated in Feldale Field. Opened about eighteen months ago the vast site was originally home to Coates Athletic FC before the merger. Surrounded by a neat green metal fence made up of pointed posts enclosing the entire perimeter, the venue has plenty of space with room for several pitches inside its borders. The main one (roped on three sides) is closest to the entrance. A rough car park is found next to the adjacent portakabin-style committee rooms (the main one which has steps leading up to it doubles as a tea bar) and the new modern brick built changing pavilion. A smart paved path runs along the nearside of the playing area to provide some hard standing for spectators. On the opposite side two metal dugs are positioned close to each other near to the half-way line.

 

Today's game sees the visit of Crowland Town to Feldale Field for a Premier Division fixture. With only a bare eleven players making the trip the guests find the going tough and go into the break two goals behind. The hosts dressed in a smart new kit comprising of blue and black striped shirts (sporting the new club crest) increase their lead in the second half and win comfortably by a convincing 6-0 score-line to take all three points. Impressive striker Matty Heron bags a hat-trick and takes the man of the match award. It is also worth mentioning that despite getting some stick from a few hot tempered players, diminutive referee Louisa Thorold has a cracking game officiating in a firm and fair manner throughout.

 

The match played on a flat well manicured surface in warm sunny conditions is affected by the busy swirling wind which is always a feature (as the site is surrounded by open flat countryside). Nearly forty spectators are in attendance for the game. Although there isn't a programme refreshments are available from the hospitable tea bar throughout the afternoon.

 

Before leaving I had a quick chat with friendly and helpful club secretary Gail Archer who had earlier given me some directions to find my way. Having spent much of the afternoon dispensing refreshments (amongst other things) in the tea bar she had time to explain that the club hopes to develop the ground in the future. Indeed plans to extend the pavilion have started with the footings and base laid in place already. Watch this space (literally) as they say.

 

The club also has an electronic presence with a new website (with Twitter) and a regularly updated Facebook page to publicise the latest news and club events. Further details can also be obtained from the excellent P&DL Full-Time site which also provides a link to valuable league handbook (or a Flipping Book as it is referred to) which gives travellers plenty of info about all member clubs including contacts as well as individual maps locating club grounds - just what you want!

 

A visit to this friendly club comes highly recommended to all travellers. We found everyone connected with the team (committee members and fans alike) to be polite and welcoming which made our short stay more enjoyable. To find the ground we took a Fenland route through Ely, Chatteris and Pondersbridge. After coming off the A1040 (Ramsey Road) we turned right onto the A605 (Eastrea Road). On reaching Whittlesey we followed Victory Road and turned into Crescent Road before arriving at Drybread Road on the T-junction inside the local housing estate. Take a right turn and then follow the road slowly for about 100 yards where a narrow track leading to the entrance is visible (if you look carefully!) on the right hand side. In fact the postcode relates to the last house in the block. The joys of visiting new clubs and grounds continues, have fun wherever you go.                         

FGIF Match Stats

Scorers: (H) Heron (13, 38, 84), Smith (61), Bates (73); Hailstone (86) and (A) N/A 

Attendance: 38; Admission: Free; Programme: None; Match rating: 3/5; Ground rating: 3/5.

Links

http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/coatesathleticfc/

https://www.facebook.com/WhittleseyAthleticFC

http://full-time.thefa.com/Index.do?league=6486466

 

edited on 23/08/15