Crawley Town v Northampton
League Two Tuesday, April
17th, 2012, 7.45pm
Joe Ball (Northampton Town
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
I was looking forward to it as the Cobblers only
needed a point to secure safety which I thought we
could possibly get away at Crawley. Also it was
another ground that I had not visited before.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
The journey down wasn't brilliant as the M25 was
very busy (surprisingly!) so that added a bit of
time onto our journey. However, once we got to
Crawley the ground was very easy to find. Their
seemed to be plenty of parking. There is a
business park nearby which had plenty of parking
spaces but we went on a little past the ground and
there was lots of street parking. This meant it
was easy to park up and it wasn't that far from
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We got to Crawley with about 45 minutes to kick
off, so we went straight into the ground and had a
drink and some food in there.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The ground looked pretty decent considering they
have just come up from non-league. The away end
wasn't that great as it was right in the corner
and not really a great view. If they had opened up
the rest of the stand we could of moved along to
behind the goal which would of been much better.
At one side of the ground they have a fairly large
temporary stand which wasn't bad and standard
terraces behind both goals. On the other side was
a relatively new Main Stand which looked quite
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
We started off poorly and Crawley raced to a 3-0
lead. Jake Robinson had a a clear penalty chance
waved away by the referee and which was possibly
the worst refereeing performance I have seen for a
long time. John Johnson then it the crossbar with
a header. Into the second half and the Cobblers
started much brighter and deservedly got a goal
from Brett Williams after a low cross from
Robinson. This gave the Cobblers some momentum and
they piled on the pressure. Both Williams and
Clarke Carlisle had shots blocked then Toni Silva
rattled the crossbar after tearing through the
Crawley defence. Williams again in the action hit
the post, the third time Northampton hit the
woodwork. Their was one last chance which fell to
Nathaniel Wedderburn and his long range strike was
superbly saved by Crawley's 'keeper. Once again
this was a case of Northampton not taking their
chances and having another poor referee.
The food seemed to be good, and fairly reasonably
priced. Stewards were fine and didn't have much to
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Very easy getting away from the ground, as their
wasn't much traffic due to a low attendance. The
M25 was much kinder on the way home meaning the
journey was much quicker.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Disappointing result, and not a great view so I
wouldn't be in a rush to go back but nevertheless
it isn't the worst ground in the league.