Bedale AFC 5 v Whitby Fishermen FC 1 - 21/10/17 - ground #453 - The Heck Stadium
arrived at thornaby station earlier than planned, so decided to do northallerton via darlo, which turned out to be a good move! after the 11.00 to darlo, I did the 11.40 to northallertomn, which was TPE 185140, winner!! (only 102 & 119 required now!) . after a walk upto the top of the high street to tick off sainsburys for a spot of shopping, I caught the Dales & District local bus 73 to Bedale.
after a very nice portion of chips & curry sauce (chippy had no buns left for a butty) I made the short walk upto the ground in time for kick off & complete the North Riding Football League :)
last year I arrived at the venue only to be told that the football was called off due to away team unable to make up the numbers (as was the cricket match!!) , thankfully this wasn't a wasted trip. the home team raced into an early 2-0 lead, then down came the rain, a 3rd was added just before HT thanks to a well taken free kick. Whitby played well in the 2nd half & got a well deserved goal not long after a free kick of theirs was tipped onto the bar by the home keeper. 3-1. whitby were reduced to 10 men, possibly coz he called the ref shite! Bedale added 2 goals towards the end, but in truth it was a crackin game, both teams went for it & looked like they enjoyed it!
after the game, cold & soaked, I made my way back into town for the 73 back to northallerton station, easily catching the 16.40 back to thornaby :)
season 2017/18 = 12 new grounds , 78 goals
142062 thornaby - darlo
185140 (winner !!) darlo - northallerton
73 northallerton - bedale
73 bedale - northallerton
185106 northallerton - thornaby