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American Express Community Stadium
Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford
Championship League
Tuesday, April 17th 2012, 7.45pm
By Matthew Batchelor

As we only live fifteen minutes away from the Amex, then it had to be a must see visit for us. Also, as we have some Brighton fans in our family, whilst me and my Dad support Watford, there were some bragging rights at stake too! Adding to the excitement was the fact that the stadium was a new one for and had many good reports.
 
We knew the parking at around the ground was very poor, so we decided to take the train to the Falmer station, which is adjacent to the ground. From there we walked out of the station and up to the away end. Apart from a few programme sellers there was nothing of note outside the stadium, not even a burger van!
 
At Brighton, you have to put your ticket into a barcode scanner (like Watford) to gain entry. As Watford had filled half of the South stand, it was busy on the concourse. We made our way to our seats to get our first look at the inside of the stadium. The opposite end, the North Stand, was almost identical to our stand. It was a single tier of seating running behind the  goal. To our left was the West Stand, an impressive three tiered stand with executive boxes running between the tiers. To our right was the not so impressive East stand. The metal backdrop behind the seating areas of this stand was quite an eyesore, making it look unfinished. The P.A system, at times, was very loud and it was hard to make yourself heard to the person next to you. Also the floodlighting was poor, although there were plenty of lights along the roof of the stand - though they weren't very effective.
 
The game started well for Watford, with Sean Murray scoring from a free - kick into the top corner of the net. This made the 1,200 Watford fans very happy. Just before half time, Watford were awarded a penalty after a tackle from behind in front of goal and it was duly converted to make it 2-0 to the Hornets.

Though Watford tried to make an atmosphere, the acoustics were not particularly great in the away end. At the break we went to the toilets, which were clean and worked well. We finally got to the front of the refreshment queue, and asked for a steak and kidney pie and a drink, however when I started to eat I found that it was Chicken and Ham! At least, the drink was alright.
 
In the second half, Brighton took control of the game and started to pass the ball nicely down the wings. It was no surprise when they pulled one bacj and then went onto equalise towards the end. When Brighton had something to cheer about, they really made some noise. The final whistle blew and the game ended 2-2.
 
At the end we clapped the players for around five minutes. We were soon walking back to the station, where we were met by a very long queue, which took along time to get through. We waited around half an hour before getting a train back to Seaford.

Overall I found the game very entertaining and the ground was very good. I can't wait to go again next seaon. Come on u'orns!

 

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