Saturday, 13 February 2010
Football on the Suffolk - Essex border.
Saturday 13th February - Brantham Athletic 4 Thetford Town 1 Ridgeons League Division One
No Ipswich game today, so a good chance to visit a new Eastern Counties League ground. So a short drive towards Essex and I find myself at the village of Brantham for one of the most basic grounds in the Ridgeon League set up. But Brantham are a club going places, second in the division, and with their Reserve and Youth sides topping their respective leagues.
They have even purchased a stand from the old Colchester Utd ground at Layer Road. trouble is because of the cricket square it is place behind a goal and not used by many supporters.
when I was a kid Brantham were a successful team min the Suffolk and Ipswich League, with a side mainly of Ipswich based players, not sure how many local lads are involved now but expect Brantham to keep climbing the league. But I am sure the demise of Harwich this week is a warning to all non-league clubs, that there is only so far you can go.