May had been planned to be a busy month but with the disaster of my camera giving up the ghost at the end of April, it was a quieter month. I was booked down to cover the Herefordshire schools final, so hired a camera for a week and was able to take in a few games alongside the schools finals.
First up on the Saturday (5th) was Abergavenny men as they hosted Aberbargoed Buds but unfortunately the last home game of the season ended in defeat.
The next day (6th) saw an early start as I made the trip up to Liverpool as Everton hosted Bristol City at Marine. A warm bank holiday weekend saw me depart Hereford early in case of traffic with the kick off being 12:30pm. A traffic free drive saw me arrive with plenty of time and not far from Marine is Crosby Beach, where Another Place by Anthony Gormley is.
Another Place is an art installation of 100 spectacular cast-iron life-size figures by spread across three metres of the foreshore and stretch almost one kilometre out to sea. The Another Place figures are made from casts of the artist's own body standing on the beach, all of them looking out to sea, staring at the horizon in silent expectation. According to Antony Gormley, Another Place harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man's relationship with nature. To me I didn’t know what to think but it was definitely thought provoking and the installation could sum life up in many ways. I was really pleased I had time to take in before football.
After the morning stroll on the beach it was on the football as Everton Ladies hosted Bristol City at Marine. City left it but returned to the South West with 3 points. A photo from the match was used by She Kicks and Bristol City
On the Monday it was a trip to Hereford as they hosted Lads club in the HFA Cup final. Hereford fielded a strong side, so was only really going to be one way traffic and they eventually beat Lads Club 6-0. I was covering the match for the Herefordshire FA as well as Hereford Times 1 2 3
The next 3 days saw me covering the Herefordshire Schools finals at Pegasus Juniors for the Herefordshire FA. I covered last seasons finals at Hereford but due to a busy calendar at Edgar Street the finals were moved to Pegasus. It turned out a better venue due to the warm up pitches, so schools had time to warm up rather than delaying the matches kick offs to allow schools to warm up after matches. First up on the Tuesday was Lord Scudamore against Leominster then Earl Mortimer against St Mary's and ended with Fairfield and Wigmore.
On the Wednesday it was 2 matches and saw matches between St Mary's and John Masefield then Whitecross and St Mary's.
On the Thursday it was against 2 matches and saw matches between John Masefield and Wigmore then John Kyrle and John Masefield.
The weekend (12th) saw a trip to Taunton as I travelled down to cover Bristol City’s away trip with Yeovil Town. A south west derby didn't disappoint and again City picked up 3 points away from home. It was one of the moments of being in the right place at the right time as the players celebrated in front of me after the first goal. Photo on She Kicks roundup
After the match it was straight back to Wales and a trip to the capital to cover the European play off match between Cardiff Met and Barry Town Utd. A win for Met over Barry saw them progress to the European play off final with Cefn Druids.
The next day saw an all day event as I covered the Herefordshire Girls League Finals at Pegasus Juniors. An almost 9 hour draw and a couple of thousands snaps later but a really rewarding day out.
After the disaster of the camera breaking at the end of April, more disaster stroke as an automatic Windows update killed my computer but luckily thanks to the help of friends I was able to rescue the photos. Hopefully June improves and I can sort out a camera ready for pre season. A quieter month but a rewarding month.
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