National League North
There are plenty of local derbies in the West Midlands with league teams such as Birmingham City, Aston Villa, Wolves, Walsall and West Brom; however below fourth tier of English football, there are teams such as Solihull Moors, Tamworth, AFC Telford, Bedworth United and Nuneaton Town who will regularly encounter each other for local bragging rights.
What is somewhat curious about Nuneaton Town as of late is that they have a weekly battle with a local team and it isn't even a football club...confused?! Let me explain.
A long lasting legal land dispute and payments over the Liberty Way facilities and surrounding areas has become increasing hostile, uncomfortable and petty for all involved with both clubs.
Leading up to this fixture, and subsequent fixtures since Nuneaton Rugby Club blocked off the spectator entrances to the stadium on their side of the land using cargo containers and skips. This caused much inconvenience to football supporters as a result and I found myself entering the venue through the stadium bar and function room on the football club path of land.
The remaining parts of the ground house a traditional kop stand behind the goal with metal terracing and narrow concrete equivalent down the side of the pitch also.
Despite all the 'B-T. B-T-F. B-T-F-C. Brack-ley!' chants Nuneaton had the better chances and possession and went into a two goal lead at half time. It was difficult to see how Brackley could even do anything as they played so poor. It was looking like a question of 'how many?' would Nuneaton score.
Brackley Town dominated really well second half, and produced two goals with a free-kick and an attack from open play.
Brackley Town were also the more dangerous to get the decisive third as Nuneaton threw caution to the wind and kept getting caught on the counter but unfortunately the match ran out of time and the result finished 2-2.
Now it was a case of working of working out how to exit the stadium...
Hopefully one day soon the ongoing issues between the town's top football club and rugby club dissolve but it does seem a long way off yet.