Crawley Town v Northampton Town
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, 7.45pm
By Joe Ball
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
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 ground/car parking?
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 the stadium.
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 ground?
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 good.
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 do.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
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.
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