Wednesday 10 February 2016


PRATS on the road again
Drinking different beers again
Landlord pulling hand-pumps down
We leave the glasses clean
This will be the PRATS 8th consecutive away match including the county cup, not one single home game since the 5th December last year. The last home goal we saw was the wonderfully mesmerising cross-cum-shot by Wilson Carvalho; which sneaked under the league leaders Poole Town’s goalie, marvellous. Today we are off to see the mighty Poppies take on 2nd placed Chippenham Town; the Bluebirds, who hopefully will be unloading their guano somewhere over the white cliffs of Dover and not bothering us.
We are Pharpless; he’ll be giving the folks at Center Parcs a nasal extravaganza, the likes of which they will never wish to experience again. You won’t see many Bluebirds flying over Elveden forest this week end, although the thermals might be conducive to a bit of high altitude gliding.
Just over 2 hours down to Wiltshire and we have a couple of decent pubs on the Chippenham pubs list. The Three Crowns gives CAMRA cards carriers’ 30p discount on each pint, they serve 7 ales and if that wasn’t enough to tempt you how about this ‘award winning Walter Rose Pork Pies at the weekends, occasionally Gwen's spectacular Scotch Eggs’ . Ok you’ve talked us into it.
Another one worth trying is the Buttercross Inn another pub with 7 ales, but they also have 9 ciders. The pubs nearest to the ground perhaps the Old Road Tavern looks OK with 6 ales, it’s about 10 minutes’ walk for the Poppies supporters on the coach. There is a clubhouse but whether they have any decent ale remains to be seen. Hopefully the Poppies away form improves but Chippenham Town are in good form so we will need to be at our best to get something from the game.

On the way home we are going to the Masons Arms in Headington Oxford, home of Old Bog brewery, a new one for the PRATS and yet another brewery tap.

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