LARKHALL ATHLETIC 3 - 1 ROMAN GLASS ST GEORGE
Saturday 15th July 2017 - 15:00 k.o.
Plain Ham, Bath (view on map) - 2.6 miles round trip
Scorers: Larkhall Athletic - Simpson (2), Sibbick / Roman Glass St George - ??? (P)
For my second game I took the reasonable walk from the centre of Bath to the eastern suburn of Larkhall. Being in a valley many parts of Bath are pretty steep, and Larkhall is no exception. Of course every cloud has a silver lining and in the case of Larkhall that lining is the view you get from Plain Ham - the home ground of Larkhall Athletic. From the raised side of the pitch you can see Solsbury Hill, made famous by Peter Gabriel in the 70s. If you're tall enough it is also possible to look back down into Bath itself.
The game today saw Larkhall take on the oldest team in Bristol - Roman Glass St George. Playing two leagues below the Larks in the Western League Division One, The Glass spent much of the first half on the back foot. Larkhall looked a dangerous attacking team with two tricky wingers - Josh Egan and Joe Tumelty giving the away full backs something to think about. The Glass keeper kept the scores level, pulling off a couple of good point blank saves from headers by new Larkhall striker George King.
The halftime substitutions proved pivotal as winger Cory Simpson hit home two goals - the second of which a lovely strike from the edge of the box - and fan favourite Tyler Sibbick tucked home a low cross for the third. A Glass attacker was brought down in the box late on for a penalty which was dispatched by their captain to make it 3-1. A couple of whole-hearted tackles gave the second half a bit of bite and meant for a rather entertaining preseason fixture. Living so close to this lovely little ground, it will be hard not to return later in the season.
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