Wednesday, 13 April 2011

2011 Stadium #19 - King's Marsh Stadium

Date: 22nd March 2011
Stadium: King's Marsh Stadium
Location: Sudbury, Suffolk

My nineteenth stadium of 2011 was on Tuesday 22nd March 2011 at King's Marsh Stadium in Sudbury, Suffolk. The match was AFC Sudbury vs. Thamesmead Town in the Ryman Isthmian League Division One North.

King's Marsh Stadium (also known as the MEL Group Stadium) is 1.5 miles from Sudbury railway station and has been home to AFC Sudbury and one of its previous incarnations Sudbury Wanderers since the early 1970s although much of the development to the venue took place during the 1990s and 2000s. The ground consists of two pitches, a training pitch immediately on the right of the venue entrance and the main pitch which sits within the confines of the actual stadium at the end of the pathway which runs alongside the training pitch.

The ground has two stands - the all-seater West Stand and the terraced East Stand. The West stand is able to seat 200 fans and is where I watched the game from. On the opposite side of the pitch, the East Stand consists of a terraced section known as The Shed with a capacity of 300. As it is on the outskirts of the town the venue sits in a wooded area and so is surrounded by trees. It contained an affable clubhouse provided a good place to go for the fans.

The game was ok with two evenly matched teams playing some decent football. Thamesmead took the lead after a quarter of an hour with an effort into the bottom corner of the goal. Sudbury equalised with a looping shot on the half-hour mark and the sides went in level at the break. Both teams had opportunities to win it in the second period but just when it seemed to be heading for a draw Sudbury headed in a corner in the last minute of the game. The 2-1 scoreline pleased the home side greatly but it was a harsh result on Thamesmead who deserved to leave with at least a point.

Result: AFC Sudbury 2-1 Thamesmead Town
Division: Isthmian League Division One North
Attendance: 169

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