Had it not been behind closed doors, I’d have probably been at Durham United Reserves vs Wheatley Hill WMC last night. But, with the government announcement regarding day to day life up here, they made the decision to play behind closed doors. I don’t normally say anything about any restrictions or anything political as I like to keep this just about football, but the restrictions in the north east are just bizarre. The restrictions are basically that three rules MUST be followed – 1) you MUST not meet anyone from outside your household in your home or garden 2) hospitality venues MUST shut at 22:00 and 3) those hospitality venues MUST offer only table service. The likes of attending sports matches, meeting people in public areas and travelling out of the restricted areas are ‘advised’ against, but you don’t have to follow that advice. So, for football, the government advice against you going to games. But they do give little bits of advice in case you do attend. Local councils say the same, but local FAs say fans are welcome at games. The league (such as the Northern League) says clubs can have 300 spectators, and the FA say local restrictions MAY override their rules, but they were also involved in making the Northern League’s decision of allowing 300. It’s just bizarre and far from clear. Anyway, away from that, with Easington having no game today, I had a few options. Katie Wallace and Lee Stewart were going to this game and they asked me if I wanted to go too so that made up my mind. It’s a very interesting venue. It’s certainly not your average step 7 ground!
Wakefield are playing at Post Office Road, the home of second tier rugby league side Featherstone Rovers. The stadium hosts 9,850, and the main stand is an all seater as you enter with terracing towards the corner. Opposite the main stand is two more all seated stands, and another all seated stand occupies the stand behind the northern goal. Behind the other goal is a nice terrace, and that terrace goes round both corners to meet up with the stands. It wouldn’t be far off being Football League standard as a football ground.
Jubilee Sports start season with victory at Wakefield
Jubilee Sports kicked off their 2020-2021 campaign with an impressive 0-2 win away to Wakefield on Saturday afternoon.
Following a tight first half, second half goals from Joel Magill and Jordan Turner helped the visitors to the win.
The first chance came in the 10th minute as a ball over the top found Turner for Jubilee. He lifted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper, but two Wakefield defenders tracked back and prevented the danger.
With exactly quarter of an hour played, Wakefield created their first chance. Jack Budge’s cross was partially cleared and dropped to Bryce Orsini, but his volley was too high.
Sam Amissah was next to try his luck for the hosts, but his effort from the corner of the penalty area evaded the far top corner.
Jubilee then had a good spell of possession without creating any clear cut chances.
In the 25th minute, Jack Burton squared the ball to Amissah giving him a big chance, but he leaned back and fired over.
Magill and Turner linked up for the visitors in the 28th minute, but the latter’s shot was well saved by Crescenzio Arvanitis.
On the half hour mark, Amissah fired wide of the top corner.
It was quite a level game, but Jubilee were probably edging it, and they should have been ahead with 10 minutes of the first half to play. Good work from their number 2 saw him drill a cross into the penalty area. It was flicked on to the back post to find Turner, but he fired over from four yards.
Two minutes later, Jubilee had another big chance. A ball down the right found Turner and he beat two defenders to be in on goal, but goalkeeper Arvanitis did well to save.
That proved to be that for the first half, and the two sides went into the break level.
Following the break, Orsini tried his luck with a free-kick for Wakefield, but the Jubilee ‘keeper saved.
On the hour mark, good football from Wakefield worked the ball into Daniel Palmer, but his shot was well saved by the Jubilee ‘keeper.
Jubilee’s number 2 then went close, before a host of substitutions followed.
Jack Burton was next to try his luck for Wakefield, but he couldn’t find the target at the near post.
In the 73rd minute, Jubilee broke the deadlock. An attack down the left resulted with a low shot bouncing back off the post, and Magill was quickest to react to fire home the rebound.
Jubilee’s number 7 then had a chance to double their lead, but they wouldn’t be left to rue on missed chances as Turner’s 79th minute strike made it nil-two. Just a couple of yards from the halfway line, Turner spotted Arvanitis off his line, and the Jubilee forward lifted a superb effort over the ‘keeper and into the net.
Wakefield searched for a way back into the game late on, but there wasn’t to be a way back in as Jubilee claimed all three points.
Full-time: Wakefield 0-2 Jubilee Sports
Next up for me is maybe a women’s game tomorrow.
Wakefield: Arvanitis, Dickinson, Budge, Hoyle, Chipasha, Hunter, Burton (Makuba, 73′), Raithby (Davies, 68′), Palmer (Bagi, 81′), Amissah, Orsini
Unused subs: Andre, Musat
I didn’t have the Jubilee Sports line up.
Referee: Duncan Ward