Liberty Way
 Nuneaton Town v Coventry City
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday, July 28th 2012
Alex Smith

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

After a recent 8-0 thrashing of Hinckley Town I was hoping to see a few goals put past Nuneaton. I was looking forward to visiting Nuneaton because it was only a short trip from my home in Bedworth and the last time I went so see Cov at Nuneaton it was at their old ground Manor Park (which was a bit run down) and I was hoping that the Triton Showers Community stadium would be an improvement.

2. How was your journey/finding the ground/car parking ?

It was a relatively short trip from Bedworth taking about 10 minutes in the car. The ground is right on the outskirts of Nuneaton on the Atherstone side. Finding the ground was a bit  tricky and as there were over one thousand Sky Blues fans making the short trip, car parking was fairly hard to find, but we managed to find quiet spot by a dancing school.

3. What did you do before the match, pub, chippy?

As there were a lot of Sky Blues fans and only one away turnstile, then this resulted in a huge queue. As it was 2:15pm we decided against going for a wander and joined the queue instead. This turned out to be a smart move as later Cov fans were being turned away as the visitors end was full. So I reccomend if your team takes a fairly big following to get there early.

4. What you thourght on seeing the ground, first impressions of the away end and the other sides

The stadium was a neat smart little ground better than the unappealing Manor Park. When we got in the whole place looked very smart and of a good standard for a club like Nuneaton.

5. Comment on game itself, pies, stewards, toilets, atmosphere ect

The stewards were no problem and didn't mind that we had banners or inflatables. I went to buy a portion of chips and they were delicious. The atmosphere was good from the Coventry fans but the outnumbered Nuneaton fans were silent throughout (presuming they were quiet cause its a friendly).

The game started off brightly for Nuneaton with them having many chances, with out goalkeeper Chris Dunn keeping them at bay. We then had a decent spell with German trialist Ndiqim Hallili creating some openings, but still no goals by half time. 11 minutes into the second half Nuneaton took the lead through Kyle Perry. A pacey striker whi scored a easy tap-in after some schoolboy defending by City. We pushed for a equaliser but it didn't come and it ended 1-0. Still it was only a pre season friendly so I  wasn't too downhearted.

6. Comment from getting away from the ground:

As you would expect with a big crowd, the roads were pretty packed and it took about 20mins to get away from the area. Overall I enjoyed my day at Nuneaton and look forward to next years annual friendly at Liberty Way.


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