Game 9: Melksham Town 2.0 Cadbury Heath (Western Premier) 21.01.17
With many local games called off due to a heavy overnight frost, it was a relief to find that the first league game at Melksham’s new Oakfield Stadium was still on. Although we had the postcode for the new ground, it didn’t appear on a satnav or Google maps. After a quick drive around and an internet search we found a map link on the rugby team’s site that took us to the ground.
Parking up, we found a Wiltshire League game between Melksham’s reserve team and Trowbridge taking place on the outside pitch and we caught Trowbridge’s first goal before going into the new ground. The facilities looked impressive with a main seating area leading up to a glass fronted bar area. At ground level there was a teabar, portable food vendor and a tented area with seating for those eating. We were impressed with how up to date the programme was as it included postponements up until noon that day.
Cadbury Heath won a penalty after ten minutes when a player went down in the area. The Melksham keeper guessed right and managed to save it. Melksham took the lead ten minutes later when a cross from the left beat the defence and keeper but found a striker who headed the ball in. Cadbury Heath then went down to ten men as one of their players took out a Melksham player with a sliding tackle.
Melksham controlled the game in the second half but found the Cadbury Heath keeper in good form. He managed to get a hand to a fantastic overhead kick and followed it up with a point blank save shortly afterwards. When he was beaten by a header, a team mate got back to the goal line to clear it. He was finally beaten with ten minutes to go by a glancing header.