Stonebridge Road
Ebbsfleet United v Mansfield Town
Saturday, January 28th, 2012, 3pm
Blue Square Premier
By Rhys Warriner

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I wasn’t particularly looking forward to going to the ground itself, but upon arrival it was above expectations.  I’d previously heard from a few fans that it wasn’t much to behold, but i thought it was okay! Segregation wasn’t in force, so it was a rather relaxed day.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:

The journey wasnt too bad, took around 3 and a half hours, but was fairly simple. The Dartford Crossing was the highlight of the journey on the Supporters Coach, with fairly good views of the surrounding areas on offer.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Arrived at the ground, but decided on a walk up to a pub, around 15mins away. From the outside it looked a little run down, but open entering we were all politely greeted, and became one of the best pre-match’s this season. Was thorougholy enjoyable, had a dart board etc. an all fans and staff were extremely friendly.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Upon entrance, first impressions were mixed, they had a decent seated stand to the right behind the goal, a very big roofed yet low terrace to the left, and ahead was a open terrace in which we decided to go over to. A typical smaller non league ground, with a mix of seating and terracing. The stand along one side would easily be suitable for a home crowd to gather and make a bit of noise, sadly this wasn't put to much use.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..?
The game was very good, Mansfield won 3-0 and was very enjoyable. The atmosphere sadly was quite poor, down partly due to the distance we had to travel, and the unsegregatied attendance. The home fans weren’t very vocal, probably down to the fact that their team weren’t very impressive! The ‘stewards’ were extremely relaxed, as seemed they had just strolled in and been handed a flourscent jacket on the spot! The food blew hot and cold. I had possibly the worst cup of tea i’ll ever drank, resembling dishwater, but then went back for a Hot Chocolate and fell in love! A shame the same couldnt be said for the woman serving... The toilets, although I did not visit them I heard they were basic, and kept fairly clean.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game
Got away fairly easily, the coach was opposite and we set off in good time, this time via the Dartford Tunnel.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out?

The journey was good going there, and very good on the way back, after such a good win! The game was one we dominated, so it was a good, productive day for all involed, for away fans that is! Would recomend a visit to Ebbsfleet.


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