Tradition wins the day as Field Shield reverts to type

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ONE of the many downsides of the closure of Aylesbury United’s Buckingham Road ground is the fact it leaves the Aylesbury and District League with no central base to play all their finals.

This includes The Thomas Field Shield which for many years was always played on Good Friday morning.

And now, after talks with Tring Athletic, the ADL has announced this year’s final will take place at the Grassroots Stadium, on Cow Lane on Good Friday (April 6) with a 10.30am kick off.

The match, between two well-known local teams, Walton Court Wanderers and PI and C Pitstone, Ivinghoe and Cheddington.

The official in charge will be Luke Scott, who is overseeing his first Field Shield final, with Paul Brown, and Colin Gwilliam as his assistants and Ken Lavender as the fourth official.

The awards at the end of what promises to be an exciting final will be presented by Tim Cooper, the managing director of local firm Dayla, who have kindly agreed to sponsor this year’s final.

Peter Rice, ADL Committee chairman, told The Bucks Herald he hoped people would turn out in force for the game.

He said: “The return to a Good Friday is great news and hopefully we will see a fair few people through the turnstiles.”