Thursday, 21 October 2010

Whitby Town v Ossett Town Wednesday 8th September 2010 Evo-Stik Premier League

As we made our way to the Turnbull Ground the mist was swirling around and the temperature was dropping, great football weather! I take a few photos outside and fall into conversation the guy in charge of the car park.

After an interesting 10 minute chat we head into the ground. The entrance brings you out into the ground virtually in the corner with the impressive stand that was under construction last time I was here. It won the 2006 Best New Stand award from Groundtastic magazine and deservedly so. But we will get there when we have completed the walk round the ground.

We head anti-clockwise and pass the dressing rooms which are situated in the corner of the ground. This leads you behind the goal and this end has a two step terrace running the whole length of the end.

There is also evidence of an old turnstile half way down end but it does not look like it has been used for a while. There are also some old disused turnstiles too. I’d love to have some in my garden!

The side stand is a combination of terracing and seats which are also new since I was last here.
I’m not sure that the view would be that good as the dugouts appear to block the view from them. The terracing continues behind the seats and all of this area is covered.

After the covered area the terrace is just as wide but there are fewer steps and a floodlight pylon is positioned here too.

Behind the goal there is a one level hard standing running it’s entire length with a high netting to protect the houses behind.

We reach the side of the ground we entered and the first part has a six step terrace.

This then brings you back to the impressive new cantilevered stand which has seating for 500 and cost £370,000. There is a elevated covered area in front of the stand for disabled fans.

There are two sets of stairs to access the stand and the view is superb and totally unobstructed.

On top of the stand there is a gantry which houses the floodlights and I have to say this looked really impressive on the night we were there.

The seats are in the Club colours and were both comfortable and roomy.

Despite their indifferent start to the season, Whitby start the game well and went ahead after 10 minutes after Andy Campbell (former Middlesbrough and Leicester striker) put the ball into the box for Jamie Owens to score. Whitby continued to go forward and were dominating the game. But on 22 minutes Ossett were level. A ball forward caught out the Whitby defence and David Boardman side footed home the equaliser. Whitby continued to have the better of it and came the closet to scoring again when a well hit free kick from Jimmy Beadle was superbly saved by Ossett keeper Liam Sutcliffe. Half time arrived with no further score.

As with the first half Whitby had the first chance but although the shot beat the keeper it also went the wrong side of the post for The Seasiders. Minutes later a shot from Tony Hackworth rebounded back off the keepers legs and fell to Owens who saw his header come back off the cross bar. Ossett started to play better themselves and on 68 minutes Daniel Sherrife had a superb 25 yard shot matched by a superb save from Whitby stand-in keeper David Campbell. Five minutes later, Whitby regained the lead. A cross from Leon Cross on the left evaded everyone but Jimmy Beadle who stuck out a leg to divert the ball into the Ossett net. The two teams were trading chances but Whitby were just edging it and they increased their lead on 83 minutes. Sutcliffe made a good save from Beadle but the ball ran to Tony Hackworth who rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home. This was the final goal of the night and Whitby ran out 3-1 winners.

A good win for Whitby and a good game to watch. The Turnbull Ground is one of my favourites and I really would recommend you take time to visit. Combine it with a visit to Sandsend and I’ll guarantee you a great day out.

More pictures of the Turnbull Ground here.

Whitby Town 3-1 Ossett Town
Att: 231
Admission: £7.50
Programme: £1.50
Badge: £3.50

Chasetown v Kendal Town Saturday 4th September 2010 Evo-Stik Premier League

Having enjoyed my first experience of seeing Chasetown on Monday, I decided to head to the Scholars Ground for my game on what was designated National Non-League Day. We meet up with Helen in the car park and make our way into the ground.

You enter the ground where all the facilities are situated. This encompasses the Club Shop, Clubhouse, changing rooms and seated stand. I set off clockwise around the ground leaving Mrs Reynard and Helen to find a seat.

The area behind the end to the left as you come in is vast with only a small covered stand sitting behind the goal. There is hard standing running the whole way around the ground but I do not think I have seen such a large area behind an end before, and I have to add it was perfectly kept.

The far side of the ground has a wide three step terrace running it’s length and the dugouts are situated in front of this terracing and there are four floodlight pylons situated on the bottom step of the terracing.

Just a note about the dugouts. There is an additional one between the home and away dugouts which I assume is for the fourth official to use. Something else I do not think I’ve seen before!

Being on this side of the ground also gives you a good view of the covered stand and facilities opposite.

I carry on to the other end of the ground which has the flags I saw at Ferriby on Monday already is position on the fence behind the goal.

There is a thin strip of hard standing at this end and again there is a fairly large grassy area behind the goal, again in immaculate condition. Both ends have a catering wagon in position too, very handy for anyone who is hungry.

This brings me back to the side of the ground I entered. As with the rest of the ground there is a wide terraced area leading to the buildings on this side.

The first building you come to is a lovely press box in the blue of Chasetown.

This leads to the dressing rooms and then the seated stand, behind which is the Clubhouse and toilets.

The game kicked off in bright sunshine and there were several League club shirts on view on Non-League Football Day which was nice to see. The football was just as bright and it was clear from the outset that both teams were looking for a win. A good end to end game unfolded with both teams creating chance but failing to find the back of the net.

Kendal began the second half better than their opponents and it was they that made the breakthrough on 52 minutes. Danny Wisdom got the ball wide, cut inside and beat a couple of defenders before passing it to Danny McGahon who put his shot past Price in the Chasetown goal. Both teams continued to press for more goals but Kendal’s cause was not helped by numerous injuries and they finished the game with several walking wounded. This all resulted in a whopping eight minutes additional time but no further goals saw Kendal run out winners.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable day out. Superb weather, nice ground with some lovely quirky parts, friendly natives and a decent game.

More pictures of The Scholars Ground here.

Chasetown 0-1 Kendal Town
Att: 414
Admission: £8
Programme: £2

Saturday, 16 October 2010

North Ferriby United v Chasetown Monday 30th August 2010 Evo-Stik Premier League

Having been to three games in three days I was not looking for another game on Bank Holiday Monday but Helen said she fancied a game but did not want to travel far. This left us with a few options but we decided on a visit to North Ferriby to see them take on Chasetown. Now I have done a report on a previous visit to North Ferriby but my camera died on me on that night so this gave me an opportunity to take some better pictures.

We arrive quite early but the Chasetown fans are already putting their vast number of flags up, even borrowing one of the Chasetown youth team players to put up their huge flag behind the goal.

We make our way towards the seated stand on the opposite side of the ground where I leave Helen to carry on and take my photos.
There is a two stepped terrace behind the goal where you come in which leads to the far side of the ground where the seated stand is.

This side of the ground is a nice combination of terracing and seat, all covered. You first reach a terraced area followed by two sets of seats either side of an area reserved for Directors of the Club and their visitors.

There is then another terraced area which leads you to the end opposite to where you come in. It is on this covered terracing where the Chasetown flags are massed (you can see all of the flags on the link for more pictures below).

There is an identical two step terrace behind this goal as there is at the opposite end.
This brings you to where all the other facilities are. This includes a Clubhouse, Club Shop, dressing rooms, toilets and tea hut.

One interesting thing that I did not notice last time is that some of the floodlights are sponsored, something I do not believe I have seen anywhere else on my travels.
I wander back to where Helen is sat with a couple of coffees and wait for the game to start.
The first half sees chances for both teams but the wayward finishing ensures the half is goalless. It is a tight affair and even early in the game you get the feeling that one gaol will be sufficient to secure a victory.

The second half gets underway with a bang as a penalty is awarded to North Ferriby after the referee judges that the handball by a Chasetown defender was deliberate. Bradshaw stepped up to take the spot kick only to see his shot superbly saved by keeper Price diving to his right.

This seemed to gee both teams up and we know had a flowing game from one end to the other with both teams having chances.
The only goal of the game on 61 minutes when a forward ball was played to Grant Ryan who beat the last defender and placed his shot in the bottom corner to put Chasetown ahead. There were more chances for both teams in a very lively game but no more goals saw Chasetown secure their second victory in three days. It was an enjoyable game and I cannot recommend you enough to visit North Ferriby. A nice neat ground and always a warm welcome. What more could you ask for?

More photos of the Rapid Solicitors Stadium here.

North Ferriby United 0-1 Chasetown
Att: 221
Admission: £8
Programme: £2