Southern Combination League
Saturday 4th November 2017
Kick Off 14.00 Actual 13.58
Jarvis Brook 1 Upper Beeding 0, attendance 26
@ Limekiln Playing Fields
No Admission or Programme.
I had visited this venue previously, back on 5th May 2008, when I saw Jarvis Brook 1 Old Varndeanians 1, in a Mid Sussex League, Premier Division match. That day, the match was played on the nearest of two pitches that are behind the hedge that runs behind the goal at the bottom end of the current ground.
The club have now railed off the pitch next to the clubhouse, which is far better situated, but does have a slope from end to end and the pitch drops away towards the side where the dugouts are. The club tweeted that the pitch had passed an inspection just after 11 o’clock, following early morning rain, and with no further rain forecast, it was game on.
It was a very tight game, perhaps expected, being 2nd v 5th in the league table, but the result could have gone either way. The team attacking down the slope were always on top, with the hosts managing to nick it with a cracking shot into the top corner from just inside the 18 yard box.