Monday 13th August 2012 ko 7.45pm
Hellenic League Divison One East
MILTON UNITED 3 (Parker 13 Fowler 20p 56)
PENN & TYLERS GREEN 1 (Hurst 77)
Entry & Programme £3
After a weekend of football I’d made a mental note to have a day off. However there I was at work, when firstly Peter Grant asked how to get from Didcot Parkway station to Milton Heights, then Chris Powell from Flint phoned for suggestions for good pubs in Oxford. The answer to the first was easy, get a lift from me, and second, I suggested the Turf Tavern (where Bill Clinton didn’t inhale) and the Bear, with its cut-off tie collection. It was clear my evening had been organised for me. Amongst others we were joined by Les Bull, the former Wealdstone FC kitman, and Phil Annets, press officer for the North Berkshire League. It was a most convivial evening, even if Phil and I failed to convince Chris of the benefits of his attendance at the forthcoming North Berkshire League Hop!
The Heights, set as it is above Didcot, and its power station, is a large expanse of land with pastoral feel. Nothing save for the floodlights looks permanent, portakabins serve most purposes, but the club, obviously strapped for cash make do with a smile and excellent customer service. And with the Sun having stretched out all the hills, we were treated to an excellent game of football. Milton won, but did so purely due to Penn and Tylers utter failure to convert sufficient of their many chances. Two early goals, followed by a defensive howler of outstanding proportions after half time, put the tie beyond doubt, by Penn & Tylers will gain some succour from Chris Hurst’s excellent free kick. As a matter of interest, the village of Penn is the seat of the Penn family. Their most famous son, William Penn founded the US state of Pennsylvania.
Afterwards, then homeward, having fed our fill, Les gave Peter a left back to London, a friendship made there, and the rest of us went our separate ways having enjoyed something rather contrary to the Hellenic’s reputation, an excellent game of football.