Wednesday 8th October 2008

Meir KA 4 Brocton 2
Midland Combination Premier Division
At: Kings Park
Kick-off: 7-45 pm
Attendance: 95
Weather: cold, dry

(see also 13/9/08)

I last saw Meir twice last month when they faced Halesowen Town in the FA Cup, holding the Southern League Premier Division high-flyers to a 1-1 at Kings Park before losing the replay 8-1. The club certainly left a positive impression on me so it was a pleasure to return for this local debry - and the friendliness was again very evident.

Both clubs were looking for a win for different reasons - Meir to end their run of consecutive defeats in the league and Brocton to extend their current unbeaten run.

Before kick-off, I bumped into a familiar face from my Stafford days as 'Rugeley Mick' and his son had made the trip up the A51 for the game. I certainly good the catch up on the news with someone I'd always enjoyed chatting to during my days reporting Rangers games. There were also a couple or three groundhoppers present who I'd get the opportunity to speak to.

Returing to the action, Meir defended the southern end (the one with the covered seats behind the goal) in the first half.

Having lost their last five league games, some by the odd goal, Meir KA got back to winning ways with a victory by the odd goal in seven against their nearest neighbours Brocton. They raced into an early three-goal lead which Brocton ate into with two goals before one of the visiting midfielders suffered a nasty injury. The referee took the players off for an early 'half-time' before resuming the game 20 minutes later. Both sides scored once in the second half.