As Pickering's ground is shared with the local cricket team they have to play their first half dozen or so league away from home whilst the cricket season is wrapped up, but with this being an FA Cup tie the game has to take place this weekend, hence why they are playing South Shields, of the Northern League, today.
Pickering is a delightful town on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, the ground is just on the outskirts as you come from Malton. Before the game I had chance to have a brief walk around, sample some lovely fish and chips and grab a quick beer, just a crying shame that the entry in the GBG for Pickering was shut.
The ground, obviously, is a three sided one with seated stands at one side of the pitch and behind one goal (I was told by a fellow hopper that this is what causes Pickering grief when they are eligible for promotion, as they have the requisite amount of seats but the powers that be insist that they are all together and not split) and a covered terrace behind the other goal, next to the clubhouse.
Obviously being my first 'competitive' non-league game of the season I did have my doubts as to why I was starting the process off again for another season, but a great afternoon of good football, amongst fellow hoppers and the doubts soon disappeared...here we go again!