Kidderminster Harriers v Gateshead
Saturday, August 10th 2013, 3pm
Conference Premier League
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
With our team; Leicester City having their home game moved to a Sunday kick off to accommodate SKY Sports. me and my Dad were left wondering how to spend Saturday afternoon. So with that, we looked through the fixtures and decided to visit a new ground for us, with Kidderminster playing Gateshead.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We left Norwich by train at around 8am, and via a change at Ely we arrived at Birmingham New Street at around 11:40. A short walk to Birmingham Moor Street allowed us to catch a delayed service to Kidderminster, and we arrived at 12:45.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
With time on our hands we went into the town to have a look round. Some volunteers were painting the walls of an underpass, and the smell of the paint certainly improved the usual staleness. We eventually made our way to the ground at around 1:30pm.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
Though Aggborough has been redeveloped in recent years, it still retains its character. Both ends and the two side stands look fairly similar to its counterpart opposite. However the away end had a scoreboard on its roof.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Kidderminster ended the previous season in exceptional form, winning something like 23 of their last 27 games and narrowly missing out on promotion. They promptly picked up where they left off, though they could count themselves fortunate not to concede a penalty for handball within the first two minutes. They took the lead on 12 minutes when Michael Gash headed in from a corner. Gateshead started slowly but did grab a (some would say undeserved) equaliser two minutes before half-time.
Kidderminster regained control in the3 second half and retook the lead on the hour mark after Callum Gittings fired a shot into the bottom corner from outside the box. Kidderminster could have gone 3-1 up after Marvin Johnson's magnificent solo effort hit the inside of the post before rolling back along the line into the grateful arms of Gateshead keeper Adam Bartlett. Kidderminster were awarded a penalty after a handball by Gateshead's Joe Tait, though Michael Gash could only fire against the bar. The home side did eventually score a third through Chey Dunkley's header. The attendance was 2,110, including 74 from Gateshead.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We left more or less on the final whistle, and with the ground being roughly around 600 yards from the station we arrived in plenty of time for the 5:05 train back to Birmingham. As we were staying overnight in Leicester we caught the 6:22 train and arrived back home at around 8pm.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A very enjoyable day out, made better by the £8 entry fee for me (being a student) and also by the food on offer. Aggborough's catering is regarded as 'legendary' and it certainly didn't disappoint, with the £4 cottage pie very tasty, as was the £4 lasagne (On judgement I think the pie just edges it). Both sets of fans were passionate but well-behaved, and it certainly compensated for the dull goalless draw Leicester and Leeds played out the next day.
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