Wednesday 28 September 2011

Ground #76 - Brentwood Centre Arena

Date: 27th September 2011
Ground: Brentwood Centre Arena
Location: Brentwood, Essex

My sixty-third new ground of 2011 was on Tuesday 27th September at the Brentwood Centre Arena in Brentwood, Essex. The match was Brentwood Town vs. Enfield Town in Ryman Isthmian League Division One North.

The Brentwood Centre Arena is around 1.5 miles from Brentwood railway station and is located next to the A12 on the outskirts of the town. It has been home to Brentwood Town since 1993.

The venue sits in The Brentwood Centre leisure complex with various football pitches and a main building. The ground part of the complex is referred to as 'The Arena'. It has one main all-seater stand level with the half-way line on the south side. This can house 180 fans and it also contains the changing rooms and a small clubhouse.

In addition to the main stand there is also a covered standing section behind the goal on the west side of the venue with elevated concrete steps. This can hold around 100 people if necessary. The remainder of the ground is general uncovered standing with a wooden fence encircling the pitch to separate fans from the field of play.

The game was unable to flow in the opening half-hour after being plagued by frequent stoppages for injuries. Up until this point it had been one-way traffic by Enfield Town and the visitors deservedly took the lead when they capitalised on Brentwood giving the ball away with a lovely team passing move being finished off by a low drive past the goalkeeper from 12 yards. In the 45th minute Enfield Town doubled their lead after the ball was lifted into the box and a forward lobbed the advancing keeper. Brentwood were much improved in the second period and got a goal back on 51 minutes when a superb 25-yard shot into the top corner. A few minutes later Brentwood thought they had equalised only for their goal to be ruled out for offside. Ultimately the hosts were unable to get back on level pegging and Enfield Town were victorious.

Result: Brentwood Town 1-2 Enfield Town
Division: Isthmian League Division One North
Attendance: 115

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