Doncaster Rovers v Peterborough United
Tuesday, October 20th 2009, 7.45pm
By Thomas Barks
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
At the start of the season this was an away fixture I had already earmarked as a good game to go to. This was largely due to the ease of getting there; meaning a good turnout from us at Posh. It would also be a chance to see first-hand how far Doncaster Rovers, not long ago in the conference, have come in recent years. As well as these pre-season reasons for wanting to attend, this games profile had increased considerably as into the season this really looked like a game we could get something from (with us snatching a brilliant point at Bristol City and Donny's poor form). With all these factors contributing to my decision, there was only one outcome. Come on Boro!
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/ car parking?
Three of us lads bought our single tickets to Doncaster full of confidence (single due to an arranged lift back). The train journey lasted just under an hour, arriving in Donny at 5.20. With kick-off at 7.45, we decided to walk from the station to the ground, taking about half an hour. With it hammering it down, we soon regretted it! Finding the ground was fairly straight forward; from leaving the station keep walking right along the main road and signposts should await you directing you to the ground. The ground is situated adjacent to a retail complex, so parking spaces should be in abundance.
3. What you did before the game pub/ chippy...home fans friendly?
With time still to kill, we snooped around the 'Riverside' complex before making our way towards the ground. We spent some time in a nearby McDonald's, where home and away fans freely mixed; no problems there. Nearby was a Holiday Inn pub, but from what I saw it was packed with home fans so I'm unsure if it was away-friendly.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
My first sight of the 'Keepmoat' was of its floodlights, which boast an odd design. Apart from that the ground was nowt special; no different to any other new, enclosed ground. Once in the ground, again, it was nowt special to be honest. Just what you'd expect from a new 'clone' stadium. What did seem unique though was how quickly the home fans piled in; the ground was near empty 5 minutes before kick-off but all of a sudden a crowd appeared!
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
Given our previous performances, we really were awful. As a result a rampant Rovers side saw us to a 3-1 defeat, much to the disappointment of us 1,000 odd vociferous Peterborians. Along with this poor result the atmosphere created by the home supporters was next to non-existant, which added to an even more depressing night as the stadium was silent. At least we won the match of the fans eh!
The stewarding seemed fine and rather easy-going, letting us at the back stand. I didn't dare sample the food on offer nor did I want to queue up for such expensive rubbish, so nothing to comment on there.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We left as soon as the third goal went in which rapped up a dire game from our point of view. With this slightly early departure there wasn't much traffic issues, so we found ourselves out of Doncaster in no time.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out
The day out was decent as far as away games go, but the disappointing result in a match that was hyped as 3 points for us will probably leave me with a more negative outlook. The ground is a tidy affair but it just lacks that football feeling i.e atmosphere. Unfortunately we'll soon have to move into one of these new stadia and leave our beloved terracing behind.
A relaxed away game, 7/10 from me.
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