Carlisle United v Yeovil Town
Saturday, April 5th 2008, 3pm
By Jonathan Saunders
|1. Why you were looking forward to going to the
ground (or not as the case may be):
Mainly because it was the longest journey of this season and Carlisle isn't that bad is it, surely not?
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
It's half hour to Taunton and then straight up the motorways, both M5 and M6. Although time flies when you are having fun. Couple of stops at Strensham and Hilton Park. Once off the M6 the ground is under a mile and quite easy to get to if you arrive early enoguh. I went on the official coach so not in a position to say whether parking at the ground is easy.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We popped over to Carlisle Rugby club just a short walk from the ground. Inside you will find large bar areas with a mixture of both home and away fans. Sky Sports was showing Part 2 of the Arsenal/Liverpool trilogy. There was plenty on offer drinks wise but stayed with the ever popular Strongbow cider as the lager looked more like ale. No food available.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
Carlisle is one of those grounds with a few unusual features. The East stand for example falls short one end however runs over by 10 yards or so at the away end. However it is relatively new and provides excellent views of the palying area. Behind the goal at one end is the home terrace with CARLISLE blazed across the roof. This reminds you a bit of Leyton Orient. The main stand has a paddock terrace to the front and seating to the rear. Opposite the home terrace is the away end. This is only open when a large travelling support is presence.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
Yeovil started well but allowed Carlisle back into the game after the first 15 minutes. However Yeovil seemed to be playing the better football and were breaking down the Carlisle defence on occasions. The first goal of the game came on 38 minutes and it was Yeovil who went ahead. Good passing football from Yeovil led to the ball landing at Marcus Stewart's feet 28 yards out. The ex Sunderland and Ipswich striker unleashed an unstoppable shot which Westwood was never going to keep out.
The second half carried on mainly the same with Carlisle pushing and pushing and leaving them short at the back for a counter-attack. However as the game wore on Carlisle were becoming more of a threat and a goal was always looking the likely option. Carlisle's Peter Murphy levelled and in the very last minute former Notts Forest forward Scott Dobie popped up to snatch the winner. I am sure that was revenge for last May's 5-2 thrashing of the once King's of Europe. We left the ground thinking what may of been and that Yeovil deserved at least something out of the game.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We were back no the M6 within half an hour and making our way South. One stop on the way home at the services and were back at Huish Park at 23:30.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Depends really where you are in the country. On the day we took 215 fansand that's not bad for a 650+mile round trip. Stewards seemed reasonable and more than happy for the Yeovil fans to stand or sit as they wish. Be aware though that only a fabric strips seperates home and away fans so you are sure to be in for a bit of stick.
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