As a keen groundhopper, I’m always looking to visit new venues for a game of football. In fact, I’ve added 32 to my list so far this season alone, and if I can do them with The New Saints FC, that’s even better.
With two on the list during the week just gone – Machynlleth FC in a friendly followed by a JD Welsh Cup tie against Cwmbran Celtic – I was thrilled at the thought of adding two new grounds in the space of a few days.
However, rain stopped play, well at least as far as Cae Glas was concerned. With heavy rain battering the nation over a period of several days, our trip across country to feature in a match that would officially christen the new floodlights was off.
Fearing the worst for our journey down south, as it happened we did play the game and it wasn’t as bad as expected. I was there when the referee made the final pitch inspection prior to kick-off. Throwing the ball in the air, especially in the one penalty area, I expected it to stay where it landed. Instead, it bounced.
By the end of the game you definitely wouldn’t want to play another ninety minutes that’s for sure, but the surface held up very well considering the rainfall it had experienced.
Yes, I would have liked to tick a couple of new grounds but all in all, to paraphrase the words of Meatloaf, one out of two ain’t bad.
Lead image courtesy of Steve Roberts (SER Images), the official photographer at Cwmbran Celtic.
Rev’s Ramblings is my weekly TNS blog, written from a personal perspective, following my adventures with the champions of Wales. Read past entries HERE