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Ebbsfleet 09Aug08
Written by Paul Taylor   
Friday, 13 February 2009 13:21

Ebbsfleet United - 9 Aug 08

The Journey:

This was it then, the journey into the unknown, the Conference and deepest Kent.  Two coach loads set off from Field Mill at just after 8am in glorious sunshine, which according to the forecast would not last. The only problem we encountered was the A52 which was closed and barred our access to the A1. A quick detour to Newark, problem solved and following a stop we ended our journey in Northfleet, the home of the club whose name is not on the map!

The Stadium:

At first sight this was not encouraging, the ground is at the edge of a rather dour looking industrial estate. Fortunately the pub was only a few yards away. On entry to the ground, after some sustenance in the aforementioned pub, it was not as bad as it looked form the outside. It was neat and tidy with cover on three sides, unfortunately ours was the only open terrace and the rain promised by the forecasters had arrived in abundance. The arrangements for the seats however left something to be desired as only the disabled or those with families were allowed to transfer to the visitor’s seated area. The club shop was also in the home end so I was not allowed through. From what I hear I am also lucky in that I did not have to visit the overflowing toilet, this on the first day of the season too. My overall impression was that the stadium was that although neat and tidy and good for purpose as far as viewing was concerned the facilities (£5 burger and all) were not the best.

The Match:

I will not go into the first half as the performance from our team was well below par and the standard we will need to achieve to attain even a reasonable position in the league table, the 0-2 score line was about right. However, the second half was much more acceptable and the lads really redeemed themselves and fully deserved their share of the points. Strange kit too, away shirts and training shorts!

The Programme:

60 pages and at £2.50 I thought this was a good effort, although there were a few adverts there was still plenty to read. I am not sure what to expect this season but this was certainly a reasonable start.

The Fans:

A goodly following of about 400 mostly very damp souls made the journey down south for our first non-league game for 77 years and although we only drew, the fans made themselves heard throughout the match. A few did leave at half time I believe!

The ratings:

Journey: 7
Stadium: 6
Match: 6
Stags support: 9
Programme: 6
Overall day out: 6

Last Updated on Friday, 13 February 2009 14:04