Making use of a complimentary Greater Anglia voucher. I was able to make a return journey from Cheshunt to Woodbridge via Stratford and Ipswich. The total cost of £5:00 representing fine value. On arrival at Woodbridge, my 25-minute walk to Notcutts Park was interrupted in order to take refreshment at The Cherry Tree (Adnams), where this Pieman delighted in his pint of Broadside.
Notcutts Park is a tidy, if basic, venue. All the main facilities are situated along one side of the ground. The main clubhouse building incorporates a licensed bar, snack bar and a function room. The changing rooms and turnstile area are also part of this block. A short distance along from the clubhouse is a covered standing area, adjacent to which, is a covered seated stand.
The pitch is fully railed and there is a concrete hardstanding surrounding the perimeter, with the exception of the area immediately behind the dugouts. This side of the ground backs onto the busy A12. There is housing behind one of the goals (it is via this estate that you access the ground) and a sloping open field behind the other.
This match saw the 5th placed hosts, pitted against their 8th placed visitors. A win for Brantham Athletic would see them leapfrog Woodridge Town in the table, although the latter had two matches in hand. The first period saw the visitors lead following a header from a corner and try as Woodbridge did, they were unable to get past some resolute defending.
The second period commenced with a couple of substitutions for the home side. This clearly had the desired effect, as the hosts were more assertive and levelled with another headed goal from a corner. Although finishing stronger, the hosts could not find a winner. I was back at Woodbridge station in plenty of time to catch the 17:18 service to Ipswich, from where my onward connection to London was on time. Special thanks to Martin Norton for the rail voucher.
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