After watching Sutton for four seasons now as I started back in the 2012/13 season and ever since watching Sutton, I wanted to go to Chelmsford City and after nearly 4 years of watching Sutton, this trip was finally going to happen on a cold January afternoon in Essex. Chelmsford have very good support as they generally get around 800 on a home game but their stadium does let the club down as the pitch is surrounded by a running track but I was still excited for this game, after all I have had a 4 year wait for it.
Now the Melbourne Stadium is the first football ground that I have been to that has a running track around the pitch. I will admit that I am not a big fan of these kind of stadiums in non-league but I will say that it is better than Chelmsford having no stadium at all and having to ground share with a team like Colchester or someone else. From the outside, the ground looks very impressive but when you are closing in on the ground, you can clearly see that the stands are far away from the pitch which if you had no idea that there was a running track, you would get suspicious. On one side of the pitch is the main stand which has around 1,000 seats. On this side of the pitch, the bar and changing rooms are located here.
Then opposite the dominating main stand is a smaller stand which has around 200 seats and is very modern and is part of the main building for the athletic centre. Then behind one of the goals is a small covered terrace. It covers the width of just under half the pitch and is very weird for some reason to watch football here, the terrace just seems and feels different to any other metal terrace I have been in before. Behind the other goal is a open terrace with some steps which was great to watch football at because you can see all of the pitch and you are right behind the goal.
After taking some pictures of the ground, we went to the covered terrace behind the goal and put our flags up. The teams soon after came out and started warming up and then some other Sutton fans started to come behind the goal with us. Some Chelmsford fans also came behind the goal as well. The game kicked off and Sutton seemed to dominate over Chelmsford as Sutton took the lead within 5 mintes after Dan Fitchett shot from just inside the box. Chelmsford then had a great chance to score but failed to covert the shot into the goal.
Half time and it was 1-0 to Sutton and we were all feeling very positive as we were enjoying our day out at Chelmsford and we were all watching some decent football. The teams came out and Sutton dominated Chelsmford again and Sutton had a few chances to make it 2-0 but our chance finally came when Dan Fitchett scored again to make it 2-0 to Sutton. Chelsmford then had a good few chances again but failed to score. The game finished 2-0 to Sutton and we all felt very happy.
Value For Money: 8/10