Bristol Premier Combination League
Wednesday 6th September 2017
Kick Off 18.30 Actual 18.33
Old Sodbury 0 Shaftesbury Crusade 1, attendance 21
@ Old Sodbury Playing Fields
Badminton Road (A432)
No admission or programme.
Old Sodbury returned to their own village last season, having played a few seasons at Tormarton, (saw 3-1 v Highridge United, BPCL 1, Thursday 15th September 2011, 6pm) a village a couple of miles to the south east, whilst building work and underground pipes were laid at their ground.
Crusade have been promoted into the Premier Division this season and were the better team throughout and a single goal defeat certainly flattered Old Sodbury.
Before the match, during a conversation with the Referee, he said there would be no problem getting the full 90 minutes in, despite the game scheduled to kick off at 18.30, as long as they had a quick turnaround at halftime. Having then kicked off three minutes late, the inevitable was going to happen. Sure enough, at 19.57 he blew for full time, with just 35 minutes played in the second half. There was no way they could have played for another ten minutes, even if they had started on time, but both teams just accepted it was over and there were no arguments about the ‘missing’ ten minutes, although at this level, perhaps they just weren’t aware.