Marchwiel Villa v Offa Athletic

6.30pm  8 August 2017

North East Wales League
Marchwiel Villa 0 Offa Athletic 9 (att 20)

A week ago I watched as newly-formed Marchwiel's first competitive match ended in a 19-1 cup tie drubbing against higher-ranked opponents, so I was intrigued to see how they'd fare in their opening league fixture.

A heavy defeat was as expected, but it was goalless for the first 20 minutes - more due to Offa's wayward finishing than quality defending - and it took a flurry of goals in the closing minutes before the scoreline became truly lopsided.

It's early days though, and hopefully as they get more used to football at this level Marchwiel will become more competitive. A problem for new sides in this part of Wales is that there's no local Saturday league below this, the fifth tier of Welsh football.

I was keen to watch a game at the Station Road ground as I missed the venue when Marchwiel's last Saturday team played here a few years ago. Since they folded I understand it's only hosted Sunday football.

It's a basic but pleasant ground. The pitch isn't railed of roped off but it's tightly enclosed, with changing rooms in a corner near the entrance and a grass bank along part of one side for an elevated view of the action.








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