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Monday, 10 March 2014 20:41

CORACLES, MAGPIES AND AIRMEN

SATURDAY 8TH MARCH: The Welsh Spring Hop - dry and sunny with a cold wind.

ABERPORTH 3 CRANNOG 2 (Costcutter Ceredigion League Division One)

Saturday dawns dry - important this, because the main concern in recent weeks has been the state of pitches in Ceredigion. Few games have been played since the turn of the year, and even after a relatively dry fortnight, grounds are susceptible to fresh rainfall. With Thursday having been wet, fingers are well and truly crossed.

Our first venue on the Hop, the Civil Service ground at Aberporth, illustrates the situation well. We arrive at the MOD base up on the cliffs, with its football pitch opposite the social club, all dominated by the base itself on higher ground - they test aerial weaponry here, apparently. At first sight the pitch looks perfectly playable, until you discover the state of the top corner, where there's a natural spring underground; soft is an under-statement - this part of the pitch is best avoided. This being a groundhop game, postponement really hasn't been mentioned.

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