Western League, Premier Division
Melksham Town 3 Hallen 0 (att 285)
The south west seemed a good place to head to avoid the threat of frozen pitches, and once Melksham had confirmed the game was on I headed to the Wiltshire town to tick off the club's new Oakfield Stadium.
Like many new grounds it's very much on the edge of town, although it's close to, if not part of, a recent development that includes plenty of houses, at least one pub and several shops. On today's showing local people are supporting the club in numbers at the new ground, which is encouraging.
Most new grounds at this level have similarities with others, and Melksham's is a familiar design with the main feature being a seated stand built to the front of a two-storey building that houses changing rooms below and a clubhouse at the top.
It looks good though, and the clubhouse would have been a nice place to enjoy a pre-match pint had I arrived early enough. There's a smaller seated stand on the opposite side, while the rest of the ground is flat hard standing, with room for more building if necessary.
As well as the main football stadium there's several other pitches, and a home for Melksham's rugby union club, so it's a busy place most Saturdays.
The game was very much a slow burner. Clear chances were few and far between and although Melksham looked the better side it took them until the 78th minute before they opened the scoring. That was enough to beat Hallen, who conceded twice more in the time that was left.
Melksham's new ground isn't on Google Maps yet, but here's a link to to roughly where it is