My Grounds

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Aldershot Town - Recreation Ground



Aldershot Town FC
Recreation Ground
High Street
Aldershot
Hampshire
GU11 1TW


Ground: 92
Date: Saturday 12th October 2019
Aldershot Town 0-3 Hartlepool United
National League

Aldershot Town - 5 Facts

1) Aldershot Town were founded in 1992 after the demise of Aldershot FC, who had been in the 4th Division at the time. The new club started the 1992/93 season in Division 3 of the Isthmian League.

2) The club started by achieving back-to-back promotions to Division 1, but it took them four seasons at that level to win the title and earn promotion to the Premier Division. They then spent five seasons in the Premier Division before winning the title in the 2002/03 season to earn promotion to the Conference.

3) In the club's first two seasons in the Conference, they finished in the play-offs but lost out to Shrewsbury Town in the 2003/04 season and Carlisle United in the 2004/05 season, both of whom ended up earning promotion back to the Football League). Two seasons in mid-table followed before the club won the title in the 2007/08 season to earn promotion to League 2.


4) The club spent five seasons in League 2, the second of which saw them compete in the play-offs (losing to Rotherham United in the semi-finals). Other than this, they generally finished in mid-table until the 2012/13 season, when the club finished bottom amidst financial problems. The club went into administration ahead of the 2013/14 season but survived, and three seasons later they competed in the play-offs for two seasons running (losing to Tranmere Rovers and then Ebbsfleet United). The 2018/19 season then saw the club finish in the National League's bottom four, but they were reprieved due to the demotion of Gateshead.

5) The club's best FA Cup run saw them reach the 4th Round in the 2012/13 season, beating Hendon, Fleetwood Town and Rotherham United before losing to Middlesbrough. The club reached the 4th Round of the League Cup in the 2011/12 season, beating West Ham United, Carlisle United and Rochdale before losing at home to Manchester United. 

In the FA Trophy, the club have twice reached the semi-finals, most recently in the 2007/08 season when they beat Hayes & Yeading United, Woking, Braintree Town and Tamworth before losing to Ebbsfleet United over two legs. As for the FA Vase, the club's sole campaign in the competition saw them reach the Quarter Finals in the 1993/94 season, beating Gosport Borough, Thatcham Town, Herne Bay, Malden Vale, Soham Town Rangers and Wimborne Town before losing to Atherton Laburnum Rovers.

My Visit

I was always going to pay a visit to Aldershot Town at some point this season, but with how expensive their games usually are (due to the club being at Step 1 level), I honestly was not expecting to be able to visit them this side of Christmas. 

Originally, I wasn't even planning to this early into the season, with my original plan being a visit to East Grinstead Town yesterday. This plan then changed to visiting Croydon instead (once it became apparent that I couldn't afford East Grinstead at this point) due to their "pay-what-you-want" offer for Non-League Day. 

However, in the build-up to Non-League Day, I noticed on Twitter that Aldershot Town were also offering "pay-what-you-want" entry for Non-League Day, providing of course that you booked in advance. Naturally, with a chance to visit this ground for as little as £2.50, I wasn't going to refuse and I ordered myself a ticket almost immediately. I had a back-up option on 3G in case of the unlikely event that it would prove necessary (as the on-off rain was still continuing in and around Guildford, and was particularly heavy going into Saturday morning and throughout the day), but in reality I was confident it wouldn't be needed (and it proved not to be, obviously).

I ordered my train tickets at around 11:30am on the day of the game, but with the train journey to Aldershot taking just 17 minutes from Guildford, I didn't have to leave the house until around 1:15pm, which meant I didn't need to have an early lunch for once. In reality, I left the house closer to 1:20pm, arriving at the station with around ten minutes until my train departed. 

Once on the train, the journey to Aldershot was quick and easy, though rather irritating thanks to a large group of children on the train yelling at the top of their lungs (as children do); it was annoying enough that I was glad the train journey was as short as it was (any longer would have driven me mad). The train arrived in Aldershot at around 2:10pm, and from the station it was a simple five or so minute walk to the ground.

Upon entry, I paid £3 for a glossy, 64-page programme before finding my way to my seat in the North Stand. I then took a few photos on my camera (as best as I could from a sitting position, at least) before flicking through Twitter while waiting for kick-off.


 Fortunate that the North Stand is pictured there, as I was unable to get a photo from that angle myself

Looking at the table and the recent form of both sides, I was not expecting any real entertainment out of this match, but I was hoping for some entertainment after Aldershot's 4-0 win in midweek and after Hartlepool sacked their manager in midweek.


I was going to write a match report for this game as I always do, but a series of issues with the house when I got back took away all my motivation to write one, so here's the one from Aldershot's club website:


The game started off in the worse possible way for Aldershot Town, with Josh Hawkes capitalising on a quick counter-attack.

After an early penalty decision that was controversially waved away from referee Ryan Atkin, Hartlepool pounced and took the early advantage in what was their first attack of the game.

A through ball down the left-hand side set Josh Hawkes through on goal and after some tight pressure from Kodi Lyons-Foster, the forward does well to cut inside and just about squeeze his effort just past Mitch Walker and into the back of the net.

However, the home side respond with a great counter-attack of their own in the 14th minute with Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong played through by Ethan Chislett however, Aldershot Town’s joint top-scorer sees his effort go just wide of the mark.

The home side continued to add pressure and two quick-fire chances for both Berkeley-Agyepong and Shamir Mullings from a corner, saw Aldershot still searching for that equalising goal.

Things could’ve gone from bad to worse after Atkins is at the centre of things again, after awarding a controversial penalty to Hartlepool following Lewis Kinsella’s challenge on Ryan Donaldson that looked to have been outside the area.

Never-the-less, goal-scorer Hawkes steps up to take it but his effort is fantastically saved by Walker who goes to his left-hand side and saves from the midfielder.

There was still time in the first-half for Berkeley-Agyepong to try his luck with a glancing header just inside the area in the 43rd minute but his effort was once again well-saved by Killip.

This ended what was an entertaining first-half with plenty of chances for both sides, with both teams looking to come out in the second-half with the early pressure.

The second-half started in the same frantic fashion with Chislett’s opportunity to equalise in the 50th minute, brilliantly halted by Peter Kioso with a last-ditch challenge just inside the area.

Aldershot Town continued to press for that equaliser with early chances in the second-half for both Mohammed Bettamer and Berkeley-Agyepong respectively, but neither were able to level proceedings.

A few half-chances continued to emerge for the Shots, but despite their relentless pressure, Hartlepool did well to keep the home side at bay for a majority of the second-half.

Despite the Aldershot Town pressure, the away side were then able to find themselves a bit more breathing room, following a nice interchange between Luke James and Nicke Kabamba, that allowed fellow substitute Gavin Holohan to tap in from a couple yards out.

There was time for the away side to deal a final blow to an Aldershot Town side who gave everything going forward as Holohan was able to play in Kabamba for a third and wrap up what was ultimately a disappointing result for Aldershot.



Overall, this wasn't a great match by any stretch of the imagination, but it was better than I was expecting, even if the three-goal margin of victory didn't feel like a true reflection of the gap between the two sides; it only ended up like that because, penalty miss aside, Hartlepool took their chances, whereas Aldershot did not.

The journey back was as quick as the journey there (a minor stoppage notwithstanding), though this time I made sure to avoid the carriage the children were in. I got back into the house just before 6pm, shortly after which I was made aware of the worsening of plumbing issues at the house, which distracted me for quite a while (to the point where I lost any motivation to write a match report up).

Up next will be a visit to Carshalton Athletic in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, when they host Dagenham & Redbridge next Saturday. Knowing my luck, I won't be needing the 3G pitch and will regret using it when the weather gets even worse later in the season, but there aren't any other appealing options for me in the FA Cup, so it is what it is. As for the couple of weekends after that, I'm waiting on tomorrow's draws for the FA Trophy and Vase before I come to any decisions for the weekends of the 26th of October and the 2nd of November.

The Ground

As a former Football League ground, the Recreation Ground is naturally impressive in terms of the scale of its facilities, but more importantly the ground has a good amount of character to it. The ground has an overall capacity of 7,100 and has some form of cover on all four sides, with a couple of uncovered terraces also available on the far side.

The North Stand is the main stand at the ground and runs the entire length of the pitch. The stand has a mixture of seating and terracing, with the seats being towards the front and the terracing towards the back.

Behind the far goal is the East Bank, which is an imposing covered terrace which has visibly been extended at some point in the past. The stand is split between home and away supporters, with a large area of flags separating the two.

Directly across from the North Stand is the South Stand, which is a smaller all-seater stand (and the only all-seater stand at the ground, in fact). Either side of this are the aforementioned uncovered terraces.

The High Street End is the most basic at the ground, with just a 250-seater Arena stand providing cover behind the near goal. An electronic scoreboard is just beyond this. 

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Sunday, 6 October 2019

Roffey - Bartholomew Way



Roffey FC
Bartholomew Way
Roffey
Horsham
West Sussex
RH12 5JL


Ground: 91
Date: Saturday 5th October 2019
Roffey 1-3 Hailsham Town
Southern Combination League Division 1

Roffey - History

Roffey were founded in 1901 and were founder members of the Horsham & District League. They remained in this league until 1969, winning the title on four occasions (the 1931/32, 1934/35, 1954/55 and 1955/56 seasons) before joining the Crawley & District League in 1969. The club remained here until winning the Premier Division in the 1981/82 season, after which they moved up to the West Sussex League.

The club won the Division 1 title in the 1986/87 season before finishing as runners-up in the 1992/93 season. After this, the club remained in the West Sussex League until 2005, when they joined the Mid Sussex League. The club rapidly rose through the divisions with three consecutive promotions, winning Division 3 in the 2007/08 season, Division 2 in the 2008/09 season and Division 1 in the 2009/10 season.

After spending one more season in the Mid Sussex League, the club successfully applied for promotion to the Sussex County League in 2011 and were placed in Division 3. After finishing bottom in their first season at this level, the club stabilised and finished 3rd two seasons later. In the 2015/16 season, the club finished as runners-up in what was now known as Division 2 of the Southern Combination League. Two mid-table finishes followed before the club applied for promotion to Step 6 in the 2018/19 season, finishing 3rd in the league to earn promotion to Division 1.

With this being the club's first season in senior football, they have yet to compete in either the FA Cup or the FA Vase.

My Visit

As I discussed in last week's blog entry, I've been changing my mind a lot for my first few groundhops back at University. This groundhop was no exception, as I was originally going to stay in sub-£5 territory to make room for a trip to East Grinstead next Saturday. Then, when it became apparent that East Grinstead was not going to be a viable option, I decided to change approach entirely and leave yesterday's choice to a poll and rely on somewhere cheap for Non-League Day.

However, not long after writing about the polls in last week's blog entry, I scrapped that idea entirely due to my bad luck with matches chosen by polls (normally, I'd just accept that and hope for the best, but after a goalless draw last week I wanted to control my choices). Instead, I suggested a few potential approaches on Twitter and kept an eye on the responses, eventually settling on this as first choice for yesterday and Croydon as first choice for Non-League Day. Even this didn't last long, though, as I noticed Aldershot Town's "pay what you want" offer for Non-League Day and put that in as first choice for next week.

Still, by that point I'd decided my destination for yesterday, so it was then simply a matter of keeping an eye on the weather and hoping that it wouldn't interfere with my plans. For the second week running, it was raining on and off in Guildford, so I had a list of back-ups prepared in case I needed it. However, as happened last week, yesterday was fine in terms of the weather, so there was no threat of postponement at all.

With everything in order, I booked my train tickets (and actually received my confirmation email properly this time, rather than 7+ hours later like last week), had an early lunch and headed out at around 12:10pm, arriving at the train station 20 minutes later, collecting my tickets and getting on the train when it eventually arrived.

The train journey was, in theory, relatively simple, but in practice less so as I was ignoring the suggested route South Western Railway gave me; rather than changing at Dorking Deepdene and having to walk to the other station for the next train, before then changing again at Horsham, I opted to only change at Redhill, heading direct to Littlehaven station from there.

The train arrived at Littlehaven station just after 2pm and, after trying to find an accurate route to the ground on Google Maps (I noticed that the one it defaults to does not provide you access to the ground), I had a simple fifteen minute walk to the ground rather than the twenty-five minute walk I was expecting. This meant I arrived just before 2:20pm, taking a couple of photos outside the ground before heading in and paying just £4 for admission and a programme.

After standing around for a few minutes taking in the scenery, I did my usual circuit of photos or, rather, as much of one as was possible with the ground layout (only two sides open to spectators). This meant that I was finished very quickly and that I had a lot of time to kill. I spent some of this time flicking through Twitter on my phone, before buying a cheeseburger at the tea bar for £3 (which was pretty good, even if the cheese being under the burger was slightly odd) and grabbing a photo of the teamsheet while I waited. Throughout the match, I stood on the near side roughly equidistant between the tea bar and the main stand.



In terms of recent form and the league table, there seemed to be very little to separate the two sides. However, both teams had been involved in a lot of goals up to this point, so I was hoping to see a goalfest to erase the memory of last week's goalless draw from my mind (even more so off the back of an 8-0 win for Roffey on Tuesday night).


Here's my report on an entertaining match which saw Hailsham claim victory despite Roffey producing the vast majority of the chances:


From the start, this match was end-to-end, with both teams going straight on the attack while also being wide open at the back. Despite this, there were few attempts on goal at first, with poor decision-making letting both teams down as they approached the final third. The first clear-cut chance came for Roffey in the 14th minute when Jordan Stallibrass was able to cut inside and shoot low, forcing the first of many fine saves out of Hailsham keeper Wester Young. Hailsham then attempted to push forward but almost immediately gave the ball back to Roffey, leading to Pat O'Sullivan spurning a golden chance for the home side: a Stallibrass shot was saved by Young and rebounded to O'Sullivan, who scuffed his shot into Young's arms rather than simply tapping in.


Ten minutes later, the home side were made to rue that miss as Hailsham broke with pace and took the lead: Connor Townsend found himself one-on-one with Roffey keeper Jordan Markey and had his shot saved, with Rhys Taylor reacting quickest and shooting first-time from outside the box to give the away side the lead. The home side attempted to respond straight away, but several saves and defensive blocks kept them at bay. After this, the rest of the half saw Roffey continue to press for an equaliser, while Hailsham had to largely contend themselves with the occasional counter-attack. In the 41st minute, Young was again called upon to keep Roffey out, reacting excellently to stop O'Sullivan tapping in at the far post. Then, in stoppage time, it was the crossbar that denied Roffey an equaliser: an early cross from O'Sullivan was volleyed by Stallibrass and rattled the bottom of the crossbar, bouncing back into the box before eventually being cleared.


At the start of the second half, Roffey once again went straight on the attack and almost reaped the rewards: Jake Chadwick was able to drive into the box and get a shot away, but Young made the save and pushed it wide for a corner, which was duly wasted. Four minutes later, though, the home side made a corner count and deservedly equalised: the corner was played short to Craig Goodsir on the left wing and he floated a cross into the box after cutting inside, with O'Sullivan rising highest to head home. The intensity of the match noticeably dropped for a while after this, with few significant chances coming for either side for the next ten or so minutes (both sides were still producing chances, but most were wasted).


In the 65th minute, Young was again called on to deny Roffey in style, as he was forced to stretch full-length to keep a curled shot from 25 yards out. Three minutes later, the home side had two more excellent chances to take the lead, with an initial shot hitting the post before the rebound was blocked by a Hailsham defender on the line. Ten minutes later, Hailsham again had to put bodies on the line to stop the home side from taking the lead: a low shot from a numberless Roffey player was heading goalwards, but a Hailsham defender was there to clear it on the line for a corner. From this corner, Roffey's bad luck continued as a goalbound effort rattled the woodwork and was subsequently cleared.


With the match remaining finely poised going into the final ten minutes, it seemed more and more likely that we were heading for a draw. However, the away side had other ideas and took the lead against the run of play in the 82nd minute: Connor Townsend was able to dribble unchallenged into the box and shoot low past Markey to score. This rattled the home side and, before they could properly recover, Townsend scored again three minutes later with a powerful shot from just inside the box. Roffey regained their composure after this and threw everything they could at Hailsham in an attempt to salvage at least a point, but it simply wasn't their day and the away side held out for victory.



Overall, this match was a lot more entertaining than I had initially given it credit for, though if I'm honest I'm not entirely sure how Roffey managed to lose: they produced chance after chance and could have easily scored up to 10 goals, but the ball just wouldn't go into the net for them. That being said, credit must go to Hailsham for taking their chances when they came and defending valiantly to keep Roffey out, and particular credit must go to Wester Young for his match-winning performance between the sticks. The day out was also enjoyable as a whole, as the club were very friendly and welcoming (definitely the friendliest I've visited so far this season, and probably one of the friendliest in all of 2019 as well).

On the journey back, I once again ignored South Western Railway's suggested route and headed back to Guildford via Redhill. This saw me get back to Guildford at around 6:40pm, getting back into the house just short of half an hour later (as I stopped in Tesco Express on the way).

Next week will see me finally visiting Aldershot Town for Non-League Day, while the 19th will now see me head somewhere else in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round (as I was originally going to go to Aldershot that weekend if they were at home). We'll see what the draw for that throws up on Monday, after which I'll be able to make my decision for both that Saturday and the next (potentially).

The Ground

Bartholomew Way is a new ground at Step 6 this season and this shows, as the ground is very much a work-in-progress at the moment. The only cover at the ground currently is a 50-seater Arena stand, though it seems that there are plans for an additional stand of some sort (as a base is in place for one immediately next to the current stand). The ground also currently lacks floodlights, though these are evidently on the way as the bases are visibly in place (I didn't check the far side, but they were certainly visible on the near side).

Other than this, the ground is fenced off on three sides, though only two are currently accessible to spectators: this is due to a lack of hard standing on the far side or behind the far goal. Of these, there seems to be scope to add hard standing on the far side (as it is currently fenced off), but there seems little room behind the far goal for a perimeter fence or hard standing. There is also a tea bar in the bottom corner of the ground closest to the pay hut.

That aside, the ground is in a lovely rural location, surrounded by a wall of trees on all sides. At this time of year (and also in the summer, I would presume), this is really pleasant and provides a relaxed atmosphere, though I imagine it would be much less enjoyable when it's cold and wet in the winter. Either way, this wall of trees separates the ground from the nearby A264, though it does not block out the noise of the passing cars.

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Sunday, 29 September 2019

Camberley Town - Krooner Park


Camberley Town FC
Krooner Park
Wilton Road
Camberley
Surrey
GU15 2QW


Ground: 90
Date: Saturday 28th September 2019
Camberley Town 0-0 Southall
Combined Counties League Premier Division

Camberley Town - History

Camberley Town were founded in 1895 as St. Michael's and initially joined the East & West Surrey League in 1898. In 1901, the club merged with Camberley Magpies and changed name to Camberley & Yorktown. This was followed by the club dropping into the Aldershot Combination League in 1902, before switching to the Ascot & District League a year later. After three consecutive title wins, the club returned to the East & West Surrey League (which was now known as the West Surrey League) in 1910, winning the title in the following season.

In 1922, the club became founder members of the Surrey Senior League, winning successive titles in the 1930/31, 1931/32 and 1932/33 seasons and also finishing as runners-up in the 1938/39 season. After World War 2, the club changed name to Camberley and again finished as runners-up in the 1946/47 and 1961/62 seasons. In 1967, the club merged with Camberley Wanderers and adopted its current name.


In 1973, the club joined the Spartan League, but left after two seasons to join Division 2 of the Athenian League. In 1977, they transferred to Division 2 of the Isthmian League, winning promotion to Division 1 at the end of the 1978/79 season. They lasted two seasons at this level before being relegated back to Division 2, before transferring back to the Athenian League after a single season.

When the Athenian League disbanded in 1984, the club were placed in Division 2 South of the Isthmian League, remaining at this level until being placed in Division 3 in 1991 after restructuring. Camberley remained in the Isthmian League until the 2005/06 season, when they finished third-from-bottom and were relegated to the Combined Counties League Premier Division. This is where the club have remained ever since, finishing in the top half in all but the 2012/13 and 2018/19 seasons (and finishing as runners-up in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons).

The club reached the 1st Round of the FA Cup in the 1998/99 season, beating Wokingham Town, Arundel, Ringmer, Braintree Town and St Blazey before losing to Brentford. The club competed in the FA Trophy for three seasons (1979/80, 1980/81 and 1981/82) but lost all three of their matches without scoring a single goal. As for the FA Vase, the club have twice progressed as far as the Quarter Finals, most recently in the 2015/16 season when they beat Lancing, Newhaven, Ascot United, FC Romania and Newton Aycliffe before losing to Hereford.

My Visit

My planning for my early groundhops back at University this year has been rather sporadic, not least because I've been thinking about it for almost a month now. In that period, I've changed my mind on my first two groundhops (i.e. this week and next week) several times and, as I'll discuss later, there's set to be more changes to come.

Initially, my hope for these first two groundhops was to head to a ground that would cost me £5-10 on the train in one week, followed by one that would cost me less than £5 on the train in the other. This meant that, as recently as Monday, I was going to head to Colliers Wood United yesterday as the £5-10 ground, followed by Badshot Lea next Saturday as the sub-£5 ground.

However, after buying some books for my course on Wednesday, I realised that I would have to make changes to ensure I could still afford my planned destination of East Grinstead on the 12th. This meant looking at sub-£5 options for yesterday as well, with this match ultimately coming out on top by virtue of the fact that I can't get to Southall's ground on public transport and see them otherwise (and even if I could get there, they groundshare so I'd go for the team whose ground they share). However, with it being on-off with rain during the week in Guildford, I had an extensive list of back-ups prepared.

On the day of the game, the weather turned out not to be an issue as no rain was forecast until the evening, so I was able to get my train tickets booked and head out. The only issue was that, for whatever reason, my confirmation email from South Western Railway wasn't coming through (and didn't end up doing so until around 7:30pm), so I had to take a couple of photos of the confirmation page on their website so I could actually collect my tickets.

With all that sorted, I had an early lunch before leaving the house at around 12:45pm, heading through the town centre and towards the train station for the first time at the new house. Even with it being busier than normal (due to it being move-in weekend for this year's Freshers), I was still able to get to the train station within 20 minutes, collect my tickets and get on the train with fifteen minutes to spare.

The journey towards Camberley first saw me head to Aldershot, where I had to change to get on a direct train to Camberley. Despite a small delay, the train arrived in Camberley at around 2:20pm and I briskly walked to the ground, arriving just over twenty minutes later and paying £7 for admission. I then did my usual circuit of photos and got a photo of the team sheet on the clubhouse wall before taking a seat in the main stand. At half-time, I left the stand to buy a cheeseburger for £3.50 (this was one of the better parts of the day) before taking my seat in the stand again.




Considering the table and the recent form of the two sides, a close contest did seem likely, but with neither team seeming to draw very often I was hoping that enough would happen to make this an exciting contest.



Here's my match report on what proved to be a truly terrible game (or, rather, my report on the one noteworthy incident of the entire match):


The only notable incident in the entire 90 minutes came in the 13th minute when Southall had a goal disallowed for handball, though only after the referee spoke to his linesman (having initially allowed the goal to stand): Jack Mills' initial shot was blocked by a defender and hit his hand, before dropping down for him to volley into the net. After it was disallowed, Southall's Peter Dean was sin-binned for his complaints.





In all honesty, this was a pretty disappointing day out simply because of how boring the match was and because of the realisation that I haven't seen a genuinely entertaining game since August Bank Holiday Monday. That's no fault of the club though, and as I said before the cheeseburger I had at half-time was excellent.

The journey back was simple enough: another brisk walk back to Camberley station, a twenty-minute wait for my train to arrive at 5:40pm, a change at Aldershot after a ten-minute wait and then back in Guildford around 6:30pm, before getting back into the house twenty minutes later.

As for what's next, I honestly don't know for definite at this stage. To decide on next Saturday's destination, I put a couple of polls up on Twitter last night (you can find them on my profile page if you scroll down a little bit) which will narrow down to two options (one of Badshot Lea or Molesey against one of Bicester United or Henley Town or Roffey). I'll then put those against each other in a brief poll on Friday night to decide on Saturday's destination. That may change my plans for the 12th, as it's starting to look likely that I won't be able to afford to go to East Grinstead that weekend. However, I won't be able to definitively confirm that until that poll on Friday, I imagine.

The Ground

Krooner Park is a decent ground at Step 5 level and probably one of the better ones in the Combined Counties League Premier Division this season. The location of the ground makes it slightly inconvenient to find - with it being right at the back of an industrial estate - but there's little to complain about otherwise (the ground did look a little worse for wear than I've seen in other hoppers' photos, but not to an awful degree)

The ground has cover on two sides, with a large covered terrace behind the near goal (similar to the one at Ash United, but larger in scale). On the near side there is some cover provided by an overhang in front of the clubhouse and next to this is the main stand, which provides seating for 196 people. That aside, the rest of the ground is open hard standing.

The official record attendance at the ground is 2,066 for a game against Aldershot Town in 1992, though there are reports of an attendance in the region of 3,100 for a friendly against Crystal Palace in 1974. The ground is also shared by Step 6 side Bagshot.

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