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MEMS Priestfield Stadium
  Gillingham v
Northampton Town
League Two
Saturday, November 5th 2011, 3pm
Simon Turner

(Northampton Town fan)

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

Being a student in Canterbury and living in Norfolk I donít often get to see the Cobblers. With Gillingham being a 45 minute drive away I thought I would convince my house mate (Reading fan) to give me a lift and that we would make a day of it. Also it was another ground to tick off on my list.

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

Journey from Canterbury was relatively easy and finding the ground wasnít too bad and there are a couple of good places to park nearby. We chose somewhere on the other side of the railway tracks costing  £3.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We decided to do a walk around the ground (with no abuse from the local fans) and get a feel for the place and then went straight in where we got some pretty good pies (personally I recommend the Balti).

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground itself is a rather nice one but the away stand was a bit grim as it was essentially scaffolding and it was very open to the elements but fortunately the heavens remained closed for the match.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was a very mixed bag and a great way of experiencing every possible emotion in the space of 90 minutes. Gillingham were 2-0 up until Northampton made it 2-1 but a penalty on the stroke of half time gave Gillingham a 3-1 lead at half time. With it all to do Northampton managed to peg it back to 3-3 and came very close to winning it but Gillingham then got another penalty in the last minute and won 4-3 and left me feeling gutted but my house mate thoroughly enjoyed it. Gillinghamís support was very good especially for a club which tends to have been quite unlucky in recent years.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away wasnít too bad although to get onto the M2 you have to take a different way out then how you came in.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out and I look forward to doing it next season and hopefully it wonít rain.

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