United v Northampton Town
Saturday April 12th 2008,
League One Sean
Wilkinson (Northampton Town
to travel to Essex only came to me as I woke up at
around 11am. Living in London now makes travelling a
lot easier and this seemed to be the case today. A
tube ride to Liverpool Street and then a train to
Prittlewell station ran smoothly with plenty of
seats for the duration of my journey.
I arrived in Southend just before 2pm and followed a
mass of Shrimpers fans, until a lot of them
eventually stopped at a fish and chip shop which I
chose not to go into, although I was slightly
peckish. I continued until I finally found tickets
being sold to Northampton fans and got my student
one for £14. After this I made my way to The Golden
Lion where I met a friend. Service was friendly and
efficient which is always a pleasure.
As I walked around the ground and then into it, I
could tell it was ageing but with character which I
didn't mind. Inside of the ground I saw all of the
stands filling up. Seating in the away end was quite
good; lots of legroom and a good view at the front
with the sun beating down (it didn't stay that way
for long though).
The game was quite a poor one in my view.
Northampton took the lead through a header from
Colin Larkin just after 20 minutes. This lasted
until just after half time when Southend equalised
through Lee Barnard, a player who had a stint with
the Cobblers a few seasons ago whilst on loan from
Tottenham. After that, Southend played the better
and had a few good chances but nothing special. A
draw was not what Northampton needed but I was just
happy that we didn't lose as we usually do to
Southend be it home or away.
After the game I got out with ease and re-traced my
steps back to the train station where I waited less
than five minutes. Seating posed no problems again
as the majority of Shrimpers fans alighted at the
closer stops within Essex, not busy at all.
All in all, it was a rather average day out on the
spur of the moment. My first away game watching the
Cobblers since August up in Middlesbrough. The draw
all but ended our extremely slim hopes of a play-off
spot. Southend look good to secure their place in
the top 6 however. Hopefully I'll be able to come
back to the town in a few seasons and see what their
proposed new 22,000 stadium is all about.