Fri 29 April 2011, Wakefield v Curzon Ashton (NPL D1N)

Match Details: Wakefield 0 – Curzon Ashton 1 (NPL D1N)

Destination: College Grove Sports Ground, Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RR
Competition: Evo Stik {aka Northern Premier} League, Division One North
Kick Off: 3pm
Attendance: 208
Admission: £7.50 (including free programme)
Programme: Free with admission / otherwise £1.50
Directions/Ground Details: see previous Wakefield v Chorley report here:
Off The Pitch: This was scheduled to be Wakefield’s last game at College Grove, as the owners of the site (Wakefield Sports Club) have other plans for the football pitch next season. It has been reported that their aim is to turn it into either one or two extra hockey pitches, in addition to the one beside it which is already in regular use by Wakefield Hockey Club. However, whether this actually happens may now be dependent on any objections from local residents. The immediate upshot though, is that Wakefield FC will be homeless when their current lease runs out in June, so have arranged to groundshare next season at Ossett Town’s Ingfield ground instead. Unsurprisingly, there was a higher than usual turnout for this final game, with quite a few of those groundhopping types having made a beeline for this game, as well as the locals. Unsurprising that is, except maybe to some of the officials at Wakefield – the chap on the gate seemed surprised by the high turnout, and the club’s supply of programmes ran out just after I arrived, at the relatively early time of half-past-two.

On The Pitch: Overall I really like College Grove, though its achilles heel has always been its pitch, with its lumpety-bumpety surface. At this time of year, it does its best to thwart any attempt to play slick football on it, and today it was already hardening nicely for the summer. A recent lack of rain (whatever happened to the proverbial ‘April showers’?) meaning that clouds of dust erupted from the surface all afternoon as 22 pairs of boots thundered across it. Wakefield themselves were already guaranteed a mid-table position, while visting Curzon Ashton were already safely in the play-off positions near the top. The only thing riding on the result today, was whether Curzon would have home advantage in their play-off semi-final game or not (needing a win today, and for future opponents Chorley to slip up in their own game).
The first throw-in of the game a few seconds in was greeted by the phrase ‘f*#k’ off liner!’ reverberating round the otherwise slient and comtemplative ground, and with the visiting dugout also keenly enquiring of the referee if ‘you want f*#king respect, you prick?’, it’s clear that the FA’s be-nice-to-officials-and-players campaign may need reassessing at some point. Yes, it was that type of game. So I’ll cut to the chase and say that Wakefield were pretty awful, Curzon were a bit better than awful, and the vistors won the game by a single goal, courtesy of a sweet volley by Daniel Broadbent 5 minutes before half time. Wakefield’s best chance fell to their number 2 Luke Danville, but sadly he failed to get proper headed contact on the ball when a few yards out with the goal at his mercy (see pic below), having done the hard bit in timing his leap perfectly and outjumping the goalkeeper.
On the plus side, the two teams bonded pretty quickly in their negative assessment of the referee, so the game was played in a good spirit towards each other at least. Maybe the Respect campaign could lower its sights and be changed to ‘Love The Opposition, Hate Referees’ instead? The game was summed up when Wakey’s goalkeeper went up for a corner near the end, desperate to get an equaliser for his side, he then threw himself manfully at the ball, but only succeeded in completely clattering the Curzon number 5 instead. The dust is probably still settling. Thankfully though, the ground itself, and some of the other matches witnessed here, will live longer in my memory that this last hurrah will. So farewell (maybe?) to College Grove –  and best wishes to Wakefield in their search for a permanent home in the a.s.a.p future.
And now – the gallery:
Wakefield FC v Curzon Ashton FC

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