Got the park and ride from the centre at about 2.10 arriving at the ground about 2.30. We picked up a program, got the free copy of When Saturday Comes they were handing out because of non league day before a pre match pint. Was enjoying drinking that outside in the sun, before we were very politely informed that sadly due to it being an FA Trophy match, no alcohol was allowed pitchside, so had to go back into the bar area.
First half, Paulton had a strong wind at their back, and created a few decent chances, best being a great volley that looked destined for the top corner until Ben John made an equally good flying save. Bought a raffle ticket from the ladies that came round with them. Manor Farm improved over the course of the half, and took the lead when the Howe was fed.
We went back inside for another pint at half time, and I was delighted to win the £10 second prize on the raffle. Celebrated with a bacon butty, then we took our place at the turnstile end of the ground that Manor Farm were attacking in the second half. Second half was mostly scrappy, with the major incident being the Paulton keeper being sent off for handball outside the area. Probably the correct decision, as his arms were away from his side, and had he not stopped it, there’s a fair chance it could have gone in. Despite the numerical advantage, Manor Farm couldn’t put the game to bed, and a late Paulton chance nearly took the game to a replay. MOM was goalkeeper Ben John.
Post game, we stayed around in the bar for a couple of pints, and debated whether it was acceptable to raid the food put out for the players once they had all had their fill. As first timers, we decided not to cause a scene, but will monitor this in future.
All in all, a lovely day out, everyone involved in the club was very friendly. Particularly enjoyed the chap at the turnstile telling his kid to come back in a bit as he was very busy at the moment, when me and my mate turned up. Will definitely pop back.