Sunday, August 29, 2010

Shotley Bridge CC 3rd Annual Beer Festival 1010

We had a great Saturday, enjoying a very well organised Beer Festival down the road at Shotley Bridge Cricket Club. There were an impressive 46 ales on offer, with the vast majority of these being priced at £1 a half. The super strength ones were £2 a half, but I never bother with these in case I need the use of my legs later on.

The stand-out ale for me was Village Idiot 4.1% from White Horse Brewery. I said to Deb that it was quite ironic for me to drink a beer with such a name, but she observed it was even more ironic that I had earlier drank The Stud 4.3% :o)

My five favourites are pictured on the left. In the coming season there will be special shout-outs for any bar which serves a cask conditioned ale. Its always a nice touch when a bar gives you something new to try rather than just the usual suspects.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Friendly : Chelmsford 6 - 4 Shotley Club

Picture from last season by Simon Dixon

We had a better result than in last week's leg, but the standard was still a little rusty from both teams. We actually played the return "home" leg up at their place due to the inability to plan with certainty while The Chelmsford changed hands.

Both teams would probably like a little more time to ease into the new season, but we're not going to get it so we'd better hit those practice boards if we want to hit the ground running.

Next Tuesday we have a final Friendly game at Chopwell Central, and then the season begins. I'll post a list of the teams taking part as I think there have been a few changes but I believe we still have the same total number of teams.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Friendly : Shotley Club 7 - 3 Chelmsford

Picture from Simon Dixon

Two bit of news : Firstly, The Chelmsford is opening again tomorrow night 18/8/2010 at 16:00 hrs after the recent change of ownership. I hope a good few of us can be there to get it off to a good start.

Also, we played a Friendly game tonight away at Shotley Club. Both teams were a little rusty and the standard wasn't too impressive, but Shotley Club made a better job of the finishes when they arose so we'll just have to take the result on the chin and try to close the games out a little better in the return game next week. We then have another Friendly up at Chopwell Central.

Sunday, August 08, 2010


Chu Chu Chu Chu Chu Chu Changes. Turn to face the strange.

Lyndon (the Landolord) is leaving our pub after a 5 year stint which coincided with my own arival in Ebchester.

All the best to Lyndon and good luck to him in whatever he does next.