Match Of The Week – Shoreham 1-3 Kingstonian

Middle Road, Shoreham, was not the scene of one of our greatest triumphs last season. We turned up there at the start of last season for Shoreham’s FA Cup match against Horley Town and, at the end of the half-time break, whilst waiting for a drink at the bar, my eyes were drawn towards a bottle of sambuca behind the bar. I asked for two shots of it, but the barman didn’t really understand what to do with it, and gave me two large glasses of it instead. We watched the second half with one hand over our eyes and staggered home afterwards smelling vaguely of aniseed. We’re a year older and a year wiser now, though. We get to Middle Road fifteen minutes before kick off and settle for a pint instead. This is a big day for Shoreham FC – probably their biggest of the season. Crowds for their home matches rarely stretch to three figures, but their normal opposition isn’t usually of the calibre of today’s opposition, Kingstonian. The Ks are a division above them in the Ryman League Division One, but are a world away in terms of organisation. Whilst Middle Road has a Portakabin for a bar, a tiny stand and the feel of an afternoon barbecue, Kingstonian share Kingsmeadow with AFC Wimbledon. They’ve brought a reasonably large (and quite noisy) away support with...

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