Padiham 3 Alsager Town 2

Saturday 8th August 2009
Padiham 3 Alsager Town 2
Vodkat League Premier Division
At: Arbories Memorial Sports Ground
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: £5; programme: £1
Attendance: 123
Weather: mild with sunny spells
Duration: first half: 50:10; second half: 48:16

For the past three years, I’ve seen a newly-promoted side play their first game on the opening day of the winter league season – Stafford at Grays in 2006, Farsley at home to Stafford in 2007 and Dinnington at home to Liversidge in 2008. I decided to keep up the growing tradition so headed for Padiham’s first game in the Vodkat League Premier Division where my old friends from Alsager were the visitors.