The Park Stadium, Lostock Gralam – Ground 6

Lostock Gralam 7-3 Grappenhall Sports, The Park Stadium (09/08/2016) 

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Competition: Cheshire Football League – League 1

Admission Price: Free

Programme: Not available

Attendance: 29 (rough headcount)

The Ground: 

I’ve lived in Northwich now for just over two years and have never visited the Park Stadium, home of Lostock Gralam. Lostock are nicknamed the Grey Lambs and are one of Cheshire’s oldest teams having been in existence since 1886.

The ground itself is situated just behind the Slow and Easy pub just off the busy Manchester Road.  Having finished work at 6 I made my usual drive home, but this time I pulled up at the pub and was able to park right next to the ground.

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Entrance was free (which was a nice bonus) and I was welcomed into a nice club house situated just off the ground. The norm in August is for all pitches to look at their very best and the Park Stadium was no different, you wouldn’t know that one of Cheshire’s busiest roads is only 100 yards away.

The pitch is surrounded by barriers all around allowing you to get as close as you want to the action, the weather on the night was indifferent and I along with a few of the regulars had to take shelter in the only stand behind the away bench.

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The Match:

Tuesday night marked the start of the 2016/17 season across the Cheshire League and both teams played their part in a ten goal thriller in this League One contest.

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Grappenhall opened the scoring against the run of play with an excellent header from their number 11, and the visitors doubled their lead through a penalty scored by number 9.

Going two behind brought Lostock to life, and they quickly halved the deficit with a shot from outside the box going through Grappenhall’s goalkeeper. The Grey Lambs were level just past the half hour mark, ensuring that both sides went into the break level at 2-2.

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Lostock started the half well and were able to blow their visitors away with two quick goals inside the first five minutes of the second period. Grappenhall hauled themselves back into the match with a smart near post header but were able to live with Lostock who ran away with the game late on to finish up comfortable 7-3 winners in the end.

Match Rating: 8/10 a thrilling contest with ten goals.

Man of the Match: Lostock’s number 9

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