No not the song by Lindesfarne but the cafe on the corner at Beeford. Raymond suggested following last Tuesday’s route but in reverse, calling once again at the Willowgarth Cake & Coffee Shop.
The pleasant weather brought out many members necessitating a split into two groups. A natural segregation presented itself as half of the group were wearing club kit while the rest sported their “away” kit. The “Sheffield Utd” team set off first followed by the “Wednesday Blues” (or should that be Friday Blues) as we made our way through town towards the Weel road.
By the time the “Blues” reached Tickton, the “United” team were well out of sight. The in-built sat-nav kicked in when James took up the “striker” position as we cruised through Long Riston. In a voice resembling Foghorn Leghorn, Raymond called out “Right ‘ere!“. I’m sure what he meant to say was “in 100yds turn right” but the meaning was clear 😂.
As we meandered along the “Centre” of Great Hatfield, the “Blues” took to the left “wing” towards Mappleton while the “United” team sprinted down the right flank through Cowden. On reaching the main road, James decided to put his new “steed” through its paces and turned up the gas. Michael and Shaun tucked in behind with Pugwash hanging on for grim death in “midfield” and Ray & Norman keeping the defensive line.
The “Blues” headed directly through Hornsea, while “United” took the right flank once more, passing the seafront on the way to Bewholme Lane. 🎶I found my thrill, on Butterfly Hill🎶 sprang to mind as James and Michael raced their way to the Honeysuckle Farm. On the way to Bewholme, Pugwash took the chance to show some “attacking flair” taking up the “centre forward” position until Michael took over.
At Bewholme, the “United” team had a “player sent off” as Chris headed for the “tunnel” reportedly feeling the effects of overfueling the previous night. Shortly after Skipsea Brough, the “United” team spotted the “Blues” up ahead and with a concerted effort blasted past in an effort to reach the cafe first.
🎶Down on the corner, Out in the street🎶 it was time for “half-time” Revival, (no Creedence Clear water) as we formed a loooonnnng queue to order our refreshment. By this time the humidity was beginning to have an effect on us all and when sun broke through the clouds there was a dash for any bit of shade available. The “United” team lost another “player” as Barry decided to continue home without the cafe stop.
The “second half” took on a different formation as the two “teams” took up the traditional 4-4-2 or 5-3-2. At North Frodingham, we turned down towards Brandesburton then Leven before following the cycle path back to Tickton and Beverley. We may never agree on the final score, but I’m sure we all agree it was a great “game”!