Congleton Town 3-0 New Mills, Booth Street (06/08/2016)
Competition: FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Admission Price: £6
Going to a game today wasn’t in my plans at all, at 2:10 I was in the vets in Northwich but after a quick check up for the cat I was actually able to race over to Congleton in time to take in my first competitive football of the season.
Not only was it competitive football, it was the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, with New Mills the visitors to Booth Street.
Despite the late dash to Congleton, I was able to find some parking right next to the cricket ground and made the short walk to the ground which was tucked away at the top of the estate.
I’d just made kick off and the ground looked delightful in the August sunshine, I was able to make my way around to behind the goal that Congleton were shooting towards. This end was also home to the Congleton faithful who had dressed up for the occasion.
The theme was cricket and the group had come dressed up in their whites and had music on hand. Despite the suspect selection, this brought something special and special to the day.
As for the ground I was impressed by the facilities on offer, the club house behind the main stand was kitted out nicely and had wifi on hand (a nice bonus). The club also had an impressive selection of refreshments available just outside the club house, considering the weather I settled for something cold.
During the second half, I made my way around the ground and was able to sit back on the grass bank and soak up the sun whilst taking in the action.
Since 2014 the Bears have been owned by their fans, and from what I could see they have invested in the club and this makes for a wonderful match day experience. For anyone thinking of visiting you can expect a warm welcome from fans, players and club officials.
Despite the baking sunshine Congleton were able to power past New Mills in what was a comfortable afternoon for the Bears.
The game and the tie was effectively over as a contest by half time with all three Congleton goals coming in the first half. The opener was a sublime effort from the impressive Mike Koral from just outside the box, this moment of magic brought the Bears to life and they were able to put their opponents to the sword in a devastating opening half.
Time and time again Declan Fletcher was able to beat his man down the left wing and he was on hand to assist Brian Matthews who tapped in from close range to make it 2-0. The third came right on half time from captain Scott Sephton who headed home Jack Pritchard’s cross.
The second half was a quiet affair with the Bears giving up a lot of possession to their visitors as they were happy to see the game out in the soaring temperatures.
Match Rating: 7/10 – Impressive display form the Bears as they book their place in the next round where they will be at home to Farsley Celtic.
Man of the Match: Mike Koral, was a constant threat throughout the first half and got himself on the score-sheet with a great goal.