For me the weekend had two matches that I was going to attend, the first one was my home team of Chester Town vs Seaham Red Star on 24th August. It was Chester’s first home league game of the season so I was hoping for a decent match.
The forecast for Saturday wasn’t good and rain was expected so I knew that I had to make sure i had my waterproofs and the Optech rain cover for the camera. The rain wasn’t heavy but it was constant so I was very happy that I was prepared.
The match itself, from a Chester Town perspective, was a let down as they got beat 6-1 because I was positioned to take photos of Chester I missed all of the Seaham goals. I also, in a sense, missed the only goal that Chester Town scored but it was mainly because at that point I just wasn’t expecting them to score.
For the first half I positioned myself in my usual area behind the goal line, I still got some decent photos from there. The second half I decided to go just beyond the half way line and take photos from the side the worst thing about that is that I miss out on a lot of play that’s close to me but again I was able to get some decent photos.
The second game of the weekend was Gateshead FC vs Macclesfield Town on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August. This was to be Gateshead’s fifth league game of the season and one that they had to get points from, they drew 2-2. With that in mind I knew how important it was going to be to make sure that I captured the game as best as I possibly could.
If only I knew what Gateshead’s very own Ant & Dec were going to do before I got to the ground I would have probably had something prepared for retaliation. When I got to pitch side I saw James Marwood walking round not looking like he was going to pay at all. I asked him what was going on and he said that he’d broke a bone in his foot the previous Saturday at Southport. He was gutted as he knew places in the side were up for grabs and that he now had to wait to be fit again. 10 minutes later he came over just to ‘chat’ and we spoke for a few minutes then all of a sudden he had to ‘go’. Then I turned round and my camera case was missing. I had heard of some of the lads making Matt Raisbeck’s gear disappearing at the end of last season so I knew that I was being made the fool of. The only problem was that I didn’t know exactly who moved the case. One of the stewards pointed him out from the match magazine (it became the perfect photofit tool). So then I knew who took the case but I wasn’t sure if he was working alone, it was a bit later that James admitted that Dan Smith asked him to keep me busy. So there you have it Ant and Dec aka James and Dan (you can decide who is who with this comedic duo). When I think of this ‘joke’ I think of a well known saying, ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’.
The match, in the first half I got plenty of photos straight away of players like Richard Brodie, Phil Turnbull and Jamie Chandler. They certainly put pressure on the Macclesfield defence but they had a secret weapon amongst their defenders. The whinging Sodje, I know that the linesman and referee missed a lot of the fouls that Sodje made against Richard Brodie but I certainly saw and heard them. One of which was a blatant hand ball just just outside the box and also kicking Brodie’s ankles instead of the ball, it was that one that confused me as the referee gave the foul against Brodie.
The photos that I was really happy with were, Richard Brodie jumping and winning a header against Daniel Andrew, Colin Larkin having a go at a half volley inside the 18 yard box, Liam Hatch’s celebration as he was running from behind the goal and also Carl Magnay in mid-air performing a thumping header towards goal.
I didn’t have to adjust my settings much during the match and the sun wasn’t too much bother for me either but I have now learned exactly where to place myself when the sun is a bright as it was on Monday.
I have no football matches to attend this coming weekend but that’s because I will be attending the Durham Beer Festival.
Equipment used: Nikon D7000, Sigma 170-500mm f5-6.3 lens, velbon monopod, Peli 1510, Optech rain cover