Sunday, 6 November 2016

Bedfont Sports F.C. - Bedfont Recreation Ground

Bedfont Sports F.C.
Bedfont Sports F.C.
Bedfont Recreation Ground
Hatton Road
TW14 8JA

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Ground Number: 32
Date: Wednesday 26th October 2016
Score: Bedfont Sports F.C. 2-2 Windsor F.C.
Competition: Combined Counties Premier Division
Attendance: 58

So it is a cold Tuesday morning in October half term and I have no plans until the weekend and like many groundhoppers I would look at my groundhopping app to see if there is any mid-week games that I can go to tomorrow and to my luck there was a game that I could go to tomorrow, Bedfont Sports F.C. v Windsor F.C. in the Combined Counties Premier Division. As I have not been to Bedfont Sports yet this seemed like the ideal game for me to go to and after looking at some other fixtures for a couple of minutes I finally decided that tonight I would groundhop to Bedfont Sports.
Bedfont Sports were founded in 2002. The clubs nickname is 'The Eagles' and they play in the colours of red and black. The play their home games at the Bedfont Recreation Ground which has a capacity of 3000 and there are around 500 seats. The club currently play in the Combined Counties Premier Division. The club has a strong rivalry with neighbours Bedfont and Feltham who are in the same league and play their home games literally right next to Bedfont Sports F.C. The club was established in 2002 as a Sunday team called Bedfont Sunday. In 2003 the club joined the Hounslow and District League Division One and they made their way to the Combined Counties Premier in the 2011/12 season.
So Wednesday had finally arrived and it was the day of plane spotting and groundhopping put together as I was planning on getting to Heathrow for around 5:30pm to do some plane spotting then we would head to the ground at around 6:45pm. I woke up at 9am feeling fresh and energetic as I had a full 11 hours sleep and I was really looking forward for tonight's groundhop to Bedfont Sports FC.
After waking up I decided to go and have a shower to fully wake me up and after getting out the shower I felt more awake than I have ever been during half term mainly because I had an exciting evening ahead of me. I stayed the night at my dads last night as last night I went to Sutton United v Maidstone United and tonight I would be staying round his again as it is easier than getting back to my house at 11pm and waking everybody up.
Even though the game did not start until 7:45pm we ended up leaving my dads house in Hackbridge at around 3:15pm as we did not want to leave during the rush hour and get caught in loads of traffic and maybe miss the start of the game. We drove down the A3 to Hampton Court which is where we started to hit the traffic so we decided to drive through Busy Park and through Teddington to get to Heathrow and to our luck the traffic was a lot thinner this way. We eventually got to the Heathrow area at 5pm.
We then drove up to the ground and parked in a small road in a housing area near the ground and then walked to the airport to do some plane spotting. After walking for around 10 minutes we reached Hatton Cross tube station which is where the Piccadilly Line goes and we purchased a sandwich and some biscuits from a newsagents inside the station as we were both feeling a bit peckish and we still had a few hours before the game.
After having a quick snack we got the bus to McDonald`s and had a quick toilet break and then we got on another bus to my personal favourite plane spotting location which is near the end of runway 27R. After plane spotting for around 15 minutes we caught the bus back to Hatton Cross and got another bus to the stadium which was only around 2 bus stops away from Hatton Cross and then we went in the stadium and got a programme and got something to eat. I myself got a bacon cheeseburger which tasted really nice and I really wanted another one after I finished but we did not have enough money. After I finished my bacon cheeseburger we walked around the ground and took some pictures.
The Bedfont Recreation ground is a really good stadium especially for county level and for me this stadium would be very good for Ryman Division One North/South level so this stadium is really one league below where it should be. As you come into the stadium there is the bar which has 3 TV`s, a darts board and a pool table and on this side of the ground there is some covered seating which holds around 150. Then opposite this side of the stadium is a small covered seated stand which seats around 150/200. Then behind one of the goals is an old covered terrace which is now not being used an I believe to be taped off as it is unsafe. Then behind the other goal is a seated stand which has around 125 seats.
The game soon started after I walked around the lovely stadium and took some more pictures and we decided to stand behind the goal that Bedfont were kicking and Bedfont were creating a lot of chances but were unlucky not to go 1-0 up before half time but then Windsor took the lead just before half time and this punished Bedfont Sports as they were 1-0 down at half time after dominating the first half.
During half time, we walked round to the other end of the stadium and sat in the seated stand and checked on the other results of other games that were being played tonight. The second half looked a bit better for Bedfont as they looked more confident and were creating many more chances and it soon paid off as Bedfont levelled the score to make it 1-1 but soon after Bedfont equalised they had a man sent off which meant Bedfont were down to 10 men. Then it looked to be Bedfont`s night as in the 92nd minute Bedfont took the lead and made it 2-1 but 7 minutes later disaster struck in the 99th minute as Windsor found a equaliser and the full time whistle went and it finished Bedfont Sports 2-2 Windsor.
After walking out of the stadium I thought to myself that I had a really good evening as I was able to do some plane spotting and visit a new stadium and more importantly tick off another stadium that I have visited that is within the M25 as my aim is to eventually visit all of the stadiums within the M25. I would definitely recommend visiting Bedfont Sports FC because their stadium is really good for the level of football they are at and the club is really friendly and the food is also really good.

Stadium: 7/10
Bar: 9/10
Food and Drink: 8/10
Atmosphere: 4/10
Friendliness: 10/10
Value For Money: 8/10
Overall Rating: 7.7/10

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