Wednesday, 13 April 2011

2011 Stadium #13 - New Lodge

Date: 1st March 2011
Stadium: New Lodge
Location: Billericay, Essex

My thirteenth stadium of 2011 was on Tuesday 1st March 2011 at New Lodge in Billericay, Essex. The match was Billericay Town vs. Heybridge Swifts in the Essex Senior Cup Semi-Final.

New Lodge is just over a mile from Billericay railway station on the western outskirts of the town. The ground has been home to Billericay Town since 1971.

The east side of New Lodge has a small covered grandstand which is raised above the dugouts in front. This stand has around 80 seats and is the designated area for club officials. Adjacent to this is pretty good clubhouse which was refurbished around 10 years ago. This area of the ground also houses the player dressing rooms and a food outlet. Also on this side of the ground there is a covered terrace section which runs from the half-way line down towards the southern goal.

On the opposite side of the venue there is a covered stand which runs for almost the length of the pitch. This stand is split into terrace and seated sections with the seating able to hold just over 260 fans.  The north and south parts of the ground are similar to each other as both have a covered metal terrace behind the goals which is raised above the uncovered concrete terracing below. This uncovered concrete terracing is in place in the gaps between the various stands at New Lodge.

Billericay notched up the opening goal of the game in the 29th minute when a corner was only cleared as far as Micah Hyde who struck low past the Heybridge goalkeer. Just before the break the home side made it 2-0 when Cedric Ngakam scored from close range. Heybridge put up a better show in the second half and pulled one back in the 55th minute when Luke Callendar got on the end of Tom Broadhurst's cross. Heybridge had a few decent chances after this but just when it looked like the home side had done enough to see the tie out the visitors were awarded a 90th minute penalty when the referee spotted a handball. Chris Bryan buried the spot-kick to take the game into extra time. Just a couple of minutes into extra time Billericay retook the lead when Cedric Ngakam again netted from close range and despite Heybridge's best efforts that was the last goal of the tie.

Result: Billericay Town 3-2 Heybridge Swifts
Competition: Essex Senior Cup
Attendance: 184

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