Friday, 27 May 2011

wark recreation c s ground


Date of First Visit: 21st May 2011
WARK RECREATION CHARITY SPORTS GROUND
WARK, NORTHUMBERLAND


WARK 2
SEATON DELAVAL AMATUERS 3

NORTHERN ALLIANCE PREMIER DIVISION
ATTENDANCE 25 (plus 100 sheep & lambs in the suroondin' fields!)




"A 'WARK' ON THE WILD SIDE!"
THE RIVER NORTH TYNE---WARK---NORTHUMBERLAND


As we had yet another blank Saturday to fill in (coz The Toon wernt due to play West Brom til the followin' day) added to the fact that mee normal 'fix' @ Dunston for a Northern League game was 'a non starter' due to the fact that that league had finished for the summer, it meant that if aa wanted to see a game it would have to be forther doon the 'pyramid' in 'The Northern Alliance' as their league was still gannin strong. ('level eleven' in 'the pyramid system')


'A 'Wark' on the wild side' to the picturesque village of Wark, 10 miles north of Hexham in the heart of 'Hadrians Waall country' was the chosen venue and aa heeded off with 'The Caped Crusader' and 'The Mad Professor' to see the delights of deepest Northumberland where Wark were playin' 'god naaz who'? in a league game.


We arrived and parked the jam jar in the centre of the village and made a 'bee-line' for the forst of the villages three pubs which was called 'The Battlesteads' where the forst 'liquid lubrications' of the day went doon a treat!
Wor 'john 'o' groats' were still parched as we 'hit' boozzer number two which was caalled 'The Grey Bull' and was (literally!) reet next to the 'Black Bull'?



THE GREY BULL


On mentionin this to the one and anly local in the bar, he telt us that at one time there was just one big pub owned by a family, but they fell oot and split the pub in half to form two pubs and just for 'the hell of it', the disenfranchised family members gave the new pub a similar name to the one next door! (strange folks theeze country yokels!)

Anyway!----after a quick 'gargel' there, it was the 'lang trek' to the next 'Bull' (aboot ten paces from door to door!) where there were quite a few proppin' up the bar coonta.

AND NEXT DOOR!

As soon as we waalked through the door every-body stopped wot they were dein' and gave us one of those----'Who the f*** are yeez like'---looks, as we ordered the next roond!----It was then off to the groond which was a pleasant scenic waalk across the bridge ower the river 'North Tyne' for the '2;30 bells' kick off.


Nestlin' on the banks of the river with anly sheep and lambs as company in the surrondin' fields, the ground was completely open with anly the overhang in front of changin' rooms roof givin' shelter from any inclement weather ----but it was FREE to get in!   (luckily for us it wasn't rainin'!)

It torned oot that the 'mystery away team' were in fact Seaton Delaval Amateurs who sported an aall red strip as they ran oot for the pre match kick aboot, with Wark wearin' aall blue


The Red DEVILALS (it had to be!) kicked off towards the reet hand goal from us and there was a basketball court and kiddies playground behind that goal.
There was a wild howlin' wind blowin' in from the Tyne and the hills beyond but the 100 or so sheep and lambs didn't seem bothered at aall as they grazed in the fields beyond. (plus--there were 25 spectators present includin' us 3!) ('The Mad Professor' coonted them!---"Er"!---the crowd not the sheep!))


'The Wildsiders' from Wark took the lead just before the break when their number 9 shot from a few yards oot at 'The Field of Sheep End' (whey!---wot else could yi caall it?)






"THE VILLAGE IDIOT IZ ALIVE AND WELL!"

AS the 2nd half was gettin' underway the local 'village idiot' made an appearance and procceded to climb ower the fence to get in for nowt!
But just ten yards from where he climbed ower there was a gap in the fence and he could have simply waalked in anyway! ----Divvint forget?----it was FREE! to get in!
(just in case yi think av made this up---SEE THE PHOTO aa took on mee mobile phone!)
               "We can see you sneakin' in!"

The Red Devilals came back into the game with two wind assisted goals at the mid point of the half with shots from their number 5 and number 9 who sported a 'Billy Bunter style' frame (it shud be noted that Wark's goalie wasn't exactly 'slimmer of the year' eetha!)
Wark equalised within 5 minutes at 'The Basketbaall End' through one of their fullbacks ("Er!"---there were ne progs or teamsheets so we didn't naa ANY of the players names!) But the away side clinched the game in injury time with a fine effort from their number 11 in front of the sheep and lambs (again---ne reaction from them!) to win this five goal thriller!

Full time: 'The Wildsiders' 2   'The Red Devilals' 3


And can aa just say that we aall had a great day oot (apart from nearly freezin' to death in the howlin' wind!) and I recommend it to anyone to have 'a 'Wark' on the wild side' for a Northern Alliance game if yi ever in this 'neck of the woods'!


IT WAS WELL WORTH THE ENTRANCE MONEY ALONE!

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