Division 2 West
Tuesday 7th March 2017
Kick Off 19.15 Actual 19.16
Oxford City Nomads Development 8 Faringdon Town 1, attendance 12
@ Oxford City F.C. 3G Pitch
No admission or programme.
According to F.A. Fulltime website this was a 19.45 kick off. I only found out about the earlier kick off when confirming the game was definitely being played on the 3G pitch, with a phone call to the number listed as Secretary of Faringdon Town on the Hellenic League website. It turned out he was actually the Chairman, but at least he informed me of the earlier start.
It was a good opportunity to visit the ground under lights, as well as a rare chance to see a game versus first team opposition, due to the number of reserve teams that the Hellenic League has playing in it.
There is no spectator access allowed within the cage, apart from watching inside the entrance gate, but that is in the nearest corner to the clubhouse, so viewing is awful, but just about better than watching through mesh fencing. It really is time the F.A./Leagues refuse to allow clubs to play on 3G pitches where spectators are not allowed to watch the games at pitch side.
As for the game, it was hard to tell if Nomads were really good, or Faringdon were just rubbish, although Nomads did certainly play some nice stuff at times. Perhaps they were more used to playing on this type of surface, although Faringdon looked awful at the back and probably wouldn’t have been any better on grass.