I had intended to go to one of the day's early kick-offs but after enjoying a 'quick nap' a little too much I had to settle for a 3pm start.
Given I was on a fairly short tether I had to keep it local and headed out to the west London football hotbed that is Greenford.
Sandwiched between Northolt and Perivale on the Tube's Central Line, it's probably most notable for being a centre of industry with GlaxoSmithKline and IBM having complexes here.
Long-time readers of this blog will know I spent my teenage years living in this general area (Northolt/South Harrow to be precise) but had only recently been to visit the likes of North Greenford United over the last year or so.
With NGU ticked off the list, it was the turn of Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side London Tigers to receive a visit from TLFG.
They're a fairly new multi-sports club having originally come into existence in 1986 and actually have their HQ in Maida Vale.
Unlike other clubs they have charitable status and, like a handful of other teams this blog covers, have their roots in the Asian community (although the team is open to anyone).
The other striking thing you notice on their website is that London Mayor Boris Johnson is their honorary patron so with all this in mind I headed, a little behind schedule, westwards.
Heading south out of Greenford station you soon find yourself having to walk down the A40 towards the oncoming traffic. If you don't know, this is one of the busiest roads in London and is effectively a six-lane motorway meaning this isn't a particularly pleasant experience.
Avenue Park is located down a small track just off the eastbound carriageway - you could well have passed it thousands of times and not noticed it.
|London Tigers (in orange) defend a Harefield corner during the first half|
London Tigers play in the ninth tier of English football and even for this level I was immediately hit by how rudimentary their facilities were.
On many levels, even Clapton's ramshackle but well loved Old Spotted Dog ground was superior in that it at least has a clearly defined entrance with a turnstile and programme seller.
Neither was in evidence here and consequently I just walked in and went pitchside but only after having to negotiate a small marsh which separated the car park from the action.
Being about five minutes late, said action had already begun. The pitch was very heavy in parts and it was a credit to the club that they'd managed to get a game on, especially when you consider far more senior clubs (cough - Hampton & Richmond Borough) can't seem to manage it at the moment.
Saturday's opponents were Harefield United who play off the A40 corridor a few miles to the west and are also covered by this blog.
In fact there are quite a few sides in SSMFL who are dotted around this part of town meaning there are a number of derbies every season - London Tigers' big derby being against Hanwell Town who play a mile down the A40 on the way into London.
At the start of play the hosts were joint bottom of the division while the visitors were sat snugly in midtable.
The first half went to form with Harefield having the better of things but a couple of decent saves by the Tigers keeper meant it was goalless at the interval.
The change of ends saw a complete reversal of fortunes as the strugglers began to assert themselves.
A speculative 20-yard effort which beat the keeper at his near post broke the deadlock with 20 minutes to go and with Harefield pushing for an equaliser, a second killer goal on the counter arrived shortly before the end to hand three precious points to Armand Kavaja's team.
I hate to say negative things about non-league clubs but overall this was a pretty underwhelming experience and it's no surprise there were only around 30 people in attendance (mostly Harefield supporters).
Although the ground is easy to get to, the facilities are poor. The car park was small and muddy, there was no proper turnstile or tea bar, no PA system and the clubhouse was stuck away in the corner and far from inviting. On the brightside the floodlights were decent (pardon the pun) but that's not what I go to games for.
I genuinely wish London Tigers all the best and they clearly do a lot of good community work but I've had far better match experiences at Step 7/Level 11 clubs.
With that rant out of the way and me feeling incredibly guilty, let me know where you've been or where you're going either in the comments section below or via Facebook or Twitter.
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Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Purple pin - Thursday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
Red pin - Sunday fixtures
View London match map 18-24 February 2013 in a larger map
Next up is this week's TLFG Top 10 match recommendations where I list a few games which I think could be worth a watch.