Location: Long Melford, Suffolk
My seventeenth new ground of 2014 was on Wednesday 20th August at Stoneylands in Long Melford, Suffolk. The match was Long Melford vs. Cornard United in Eastern Counties League Division One.
Stoneylands lies on the eastern edge of the village and is part of a complex with a few football pitches which backs onto the Suffolk countryside. The nearest railway station is at Sudbury - 3.5 miles south of the ground.
There is a covered metal stand on the western side of the ground which contains 106 seats. Built in 2002 it enabled promotion into the Eastern Counties League. Adjacent to the stand is the club bar, food outlet and dressing rooms. The remainder of the west side of the ground is uncovered standing though there is a covered section by the bar.
The opposite side of the ground contains the dugouts but as space is at a premium there are no viewing areas for spectators. The rest of the ground is uncovered standing though you can see the remnants of a former covered standing area behind the goal at the northern end of the ground. As it no longer has a roof in place it offers no protection from the elements.
Result: Long Melford 3-1 Cornard United
Division: Eastern Counties League Division One