Ground: Rosemary Lane
Location: Halstead, Essex
My eleventh new ground of 2014 was on Tuesday 15th July at Rosemary Lane in Halstead, Essex. The match was Halstead Town vs. Witham Town in a friendly.
Rosemary Lane is located at the back of an industrial estate just off the high street. As it is also on the outskirts of the small town of Halstead the north side of the venue backs onto the countryside in this rural part of north Essex. The nearest railway station is Braintree, some 6.5 miles south of the town. The Rosemary Lane venue has been home to the club since 1948.
The ground has a single stand located in the centre of the southern side of the venue. This stand has a total of 312 seats with it split down the middle by the players tunnel which leads back to the dressing rooms. There is also an additional back row without seating that can still be used. The structure has a couple of stanchions to hold up the old roof but offers good views of the game.
At the eastern end of this side of the ground there is also a tidy little clubhouse. The rest of the ground is uncovered hard standing with a strip of concrete extending around the pitch. The two dugouts are situated on the northern side of the ground directly opposite the stand.
Result: Halstead Town 1-1 Witham Town