Easy-peasy to get to this one for the carless, an hourly train service
from London Victoria to Portslade with the ground a 6 minute walk from the
station and if you wish to sample the hedonistic pleasures of nearby Brighton
there are plenty of trains making the 10 minute run along the coast.
The ground description won't take too long, a rope along both touchlines
and.... well that's about it really. If Atcost stands are your bag then the
mid-Sussex league probably isn't for you. Victoria Park has three pitches, with
the reserves playing Stones in Division 5 on the adjacent one and the third
being used as a meeting point for the local seagull community. The large
changing room block on the far side is where you need to go for your programme.
Obviously there are no on site victuals but the café next door does a fine
roast dinner, but beware, it closes at one o'clock on a Saturday.
Lets hear it for the BBC weather forecast, spot on as usual in
predicting exactly when the rain was going to start and with the secretary
saying the pitch was playable but wouldn't take much more water, I gambled
that the bulk of the expected deluge would be coming over once the game
had begun. And deluge it did, the so far unnamed storm threw far more at me
than either 'Abigale' or 'Barney' No question that if this had been a 3 o'clock
kick off it wouldn't have got started. The referee played his part in moving
the game along before the pitch turned into a boating lake.
What with the level of football and the conditions I wasn't expecting too much
from this game but it turned out to be an entertaining afternoon. Forest went
3-0 up, but by 10 minutes into the second half Portslade had pulled it back to
3-2 and they laid siege to the opposition goal for the next 20 minutes in search
of an equalizer. They eventually blew themselves out and only the width of the
post late doors prevented the away side claiming a bigger margin of victory.
I shall probably get pneumonia but it was worth it.