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Field Mill
Mansfield Town v
Tamworth
Blue Square Premier League

Saturday, September 4th 2010, 3pm
By Scot Rowland

(Tamworth fan)

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

I was looking forward to going to Field Mill as having visited last season. In my opinion its without doubt one of the best stadiums in non league at the moment. And was confident that we (Tamworth) could get a result.

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

The journey was simple enough, travelling by train from my home in Lincoln. Catching the 11:42 to Nottingham for the subsequent connection to Mansfield. Field Mill is possible one of the easiest grounds to find once you get to the train station, as its clearly visible from the platform. And simple to get to just making your way through the adjacent retail park to the back of the North (Away fans) Stand.

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

Before the game we took in a few pubs in Nottingham as opposed to Mansfield. Going to The Waterfront and The Canal House, both located 5 minutes walk from the train station on Canal Street both of which I'd recommend to any fans travelling to Mansfield via Nottingham with time to spare. Especially the Canal House which serves real ale and has the added feature of actually having the canal running through the middle of the pub. With spending most of our time in Nottingham we didn't have the opportunity to talk to any home fans, but found the Notts County fans we came across very friendly.


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

The ground is a fantastic stadium. And puts many stadiums in this division (including our own Lamb Ground) to shame, which is understandable with Mansfield being an ex-football league team. The away end is a typical one tier seated stand, behind the goal. And gives a great, unrestricted view of the action, and a great atmosphere can be created in this stand. The rest of the ground comprises of the large two Tiered Main Stand home to most home supporters. And the single tiered Quarry Lane End adjacent to our stand. Although the Bishops Street Stand to the left by-line of us looked a bit out of place compared to to rest of the relatively modern stadium.

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

The game was a very close encounter as I expected with Mansfield sitting top of the league and Tamworth making a very healthy start to the season. The game was limited to a few chances for both sides with the Lambs scoring the only goal of the game mid-way through the first half. On the balance of play, Tamworth probably just about deserved the three points. The atmosphere from the Tamworth Fans was fantastic and we really got behind our boys, the home fans were surprisingly quiet for a side lying top of the table, but were clearly frustrated by their team. I had heard that the stewards at Mansfield have a reputation of being quite rough with away fans but this was unfounded as we encountered no problems and were pretty much left to get on with enjoying the game. I didn't try any of the food at the stadium and the toilets are quite a good standard for a non-league away stand, but with the ground being quite modern the facilities are the same.

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

Getting away was fine, taking the short walk to the station, within plenty of time for the 17:15 return train to Nottingham. I'm unsure of the parking at Field Mill but I could see it being rather hectic to get away from the ground with the busy retail park next door to the stadium.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A fantastic day for any Tamworth fan, with a great three points from a good goal from Wilkinson. No problems whatsoever and would definitely recommend a trip to Field Mill, as the standard of the stadium its very high and the simplicity to get to the ground.


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