8th April 2017

Today’s weather was superb and could not have asked for better as we watched Consett take on Newcastle Benfield at Belle View Stadium.

Both sides are known for their attacking play with Consett’s frontline featuring Michael Sweet and Luke Sullivan, whilst Benfield boast Paul Brayson and John Campbell. Consett’s Sullivan was not playing today, but the pace of Jordan Nellis ensured Consett had plenty of dangerous attacking options up top.

The match programme predicted goals and that proved right. Benfield went ahead on three occasions, but Consett stuck to their work and some nicely worked goals towards the end of the match secured a 5-3 win.

The lovely weather reminded me that in Consett, not a place known for sunshine, Football spectators basically shiver their way through 90% of the season. From the end of September to the start of April, a mere three weeks before the end of the season, hats, gloves, scarves and more than one layer of clothing is usually needed.

When the good weather returns we rejoice, only to promptly hang up our chants for the warm part of summer, returning only when things start to cool down again, with the really cold weather only a few weeks away.

It could be different if the FA and FIFA were bold about it. Some of the reasons given for not changing the Footballing calendar is the cricket season and hard pitches. I just don’t like freezing, but I know I won’t stop watching.

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