1.Why were you looking
forward to going to this ground?
This venue, as it has been for most League Two
supporters is a new stadium to tick off, and also
with both teams having play off and promotion
hopes the fixture was massive.
2. How easy was your journey, what did you do
before the game, pub/chippy?
Travelling with the supporters club by coach the
trip was easy, leaving at 7am arriving at the
ground just after 1pm. On arrival, some went
to the Strawberry Gardens pub which does feature
in the CAMRA good beer guide, whilst others
including myself opted to go to Jims bar which is
the club house attached to the ground. Inside it
was very spacious, clean, comfy and drinks were
averagely priced. There was also a choice of 25
screens showing either the Sky early kick off
match or Sky Sports News. With that many screens
you can't go wrong. There was also a good mix of
home and away fans and the home fans that I
encountered were friendly.
On arrival I had also purchased a match day
programme for £3 which i have found to be a good
read, as unlike some programmes I have come across
there were relatively few adverts.
3. What were your thoughts on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides of
My first thoughts on seeing the ground were
impressive for a small club in their debut league
season. I opted to sit in the Parkside Stand,
which is the newest addition to the stadium. It
was a good view of the game from this area. The
other stands are small and in time will need work
done if they are to stay in the league.
4. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, refreshments, toilets?
The game itself was competitive and with both
teams pushing for a play off spot but
unfortunately neither team could find that break,
ending in a scoreless draw. The atmosphere was
excellent though, with good natured banter
flowing between both sets of supporters,
stewards were helpful and unobtrusive. The
refreshments were averagely priced with a good
range of food and drink,, there is also a licenced
bar which only had Carlsberg on tap priced at
£3.50 a pint. Toilets also clean.
Comment on getting away after the game?
Getting away afterwards was easy as the coach was
parked just behind the East Stand. It took about
20 minutes to leave the stadium and get through
the town before getting onto the motorway, leaving
just after 5pm, back home at 11.00pm
Summary and overall thoughts of day out?
A great away day with friendly home fans, a good
pub, new stadium, just a shame on the final score
but still a good atmosphere on the journey home.