Lydd Town made the long trip to former SCEFL side Crockenhill on Saturday for their second pre-season game this summer.
The first game was a tough encounter with Canterbury but this was a much tighter affair and was decided by a solitary goal from the hosts.
‘Non League Chronicles’ was on hand to give us his thoughts on the game and his afternoon at the historic Wested Meadow.
Crockenhill 1-0 Lydd Town
Entry – free
Tucked away just as you come off the motorway at Swanley. You take your life in your hands as you drive down The narrow road of Wested Lane. On arrival you pull into a small grass and cinder car park.
Myself and my pal entered the clubhouse which is full of old football memorabilia. Signed photos of Sir Tony of Cascarino, press cuttings, photos and scarves from all manner of teams.
Prices are as cheap as you like. Pint of Diet Coke £2.40 and a cheese & Pickle roll £2.50.
Currently Crockenhill are appealing to anyone that can throw a few quid their way so they can replace the clubhouse roof. The chairman Steve Cullen is basically funding the club and meeting mounting shortfalls in funding all by himself.
Crockenhill are currently playing in the Kent County League and their opponents Lydd Town play in SCEFL First Division. Which means the clubs are only one division apart.
Entry was free as long as you had a go in the raffle which we were happy to do. 2 quid for three tickets.
The main stand looks like it holds around 200 people if it needed to. And a small wooden stand that has seen better days away to our left.
The playing surface was lumpy and bumpy and what you have is a ground that is in need of some tlc. But by the same token is full of character and that’s something you don’t find with a lot of the newly built stadiums these days.
Crockenhill scored the games only goal from just outside the box with a rasping low drive by Reece Cullen. Any relation to the chairman?
The keeper couldn’t get anything on the shot low to his left as the ball struck the inside of his left hand upright and nestled into the net.
The game itself was nice and competitive and had just enough to keep you entertained.
Lydd will be upset that they didn’t get anything from the game as they played the better football for large spells.
Lydds numbers 8,9 and 11 were the standout players on show.
Have to mention the ref who did very well in injury time. Two players decided it was handbags time and the ref told both benches to take the respective players off instead of sending them both off. Can’t believe the ref used common sense!! Whatever next?
Crockenhill is a must for anyone who likes to get around the grounds. Thanks for looking after us.
Final score Crockenhill 1-0 Lydd Town
Petes MoM -Lydd No9
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Next-up for lydd Town is a home game with Bexhill United on Saturday.