Up against the dervish-like hips (and occasionally bare backside) of Iain Macintosh, Dan Newell and Chris Leyland formed a near impenetrable barrier at the heart of the fans’ defence. With the energy of Simon Pryde and Joe Daunt snuffed out by the eleborate tactical plan devised in the fans’ pre-match warm-up, by the last few minutes the writers had resorted to a fluid 4-4-4 formation, which more closely resembled a 2-1-9 in moments of distress. And there were more than a few of those.
A crowd just short of 300 turned out, smashing Birtley’s ground record and narrowly beating the club’s record attendance of 276, set during an FA Cup tie with Scarborough Athletic played at Washington’s Albany Park.
Thanks to everyone who made the first Northern Leagues United such a great success. We’ll see you next year. Or maybe sooner.
Some of the defeated players give their take on the game in The Sunday Sun and at Roker Report while there’s a spectator’s view over at Peter Mann. Another of the writers’ team, Andrew Gibney, interviewed players from both sides for a special edition of his podcast.
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