Nyewood Lane is a quaint looking ground that has an open feel to it. The ground has a capacity of 4,500 and there are 350 seats. The one end is overlooked by the Social Club Building and has a small open terrace in front, that is comprised of three wide concrete steps. Opposite is a small covered terrace, at the Sports Club End, which has a small electric scoreboard on its roof. On the North side of the ground is a small covered terrace, being a few steps high, which runs for around half the length of the pitch. On the other side is a small covered seated Main Stand that uses two flag poles as part of the roof supports. The team dugouts are located in front of this stand and these are sunken into the pitch side. On one side is a separate small covered area that has a mixture of seating and terrace. The other side of the Main Stand is unused for spectators as such as it mostly comprised a fenced off storage area. There are floodlight pylons running down each side of the pitch, plus some additional lighting on top of the covered terrace at one end. (Description of Nyewood Lane is sourced from Football Ground Guide).
As I was walking round Nyewood Lane, I started to like the ground even more because it is such as small and simple stadium but I like it a lot and I have always had a love for Nyewood Lane and it felt weird to finally be walking around it. After we walked round, we stood behind the far goal and I noticed some Bognor fans putting up a banner with BRTFC on it so I walked round and took a picture of it and then I noticed a Eastbourne Borough fan had put his flag up so I quickly took a picture of it. We stayed behind the far goal until the teams came out but Bognor were kicking towards the other goal for the first half so me and my dad walked round to the other goal and stood on the open terrace with the other Bognor fans.
It was good that we put on sun cream as it was really hot but we stayed on the open terrace. Both teams had chances in the first 20 minutes but it was mainly Eastbourne with the better chances. I then got a text from my Nan to say that Sutton had scored against Bromley which made me very happy but I wasn't annoyed that we didn't go there. Bognor had a good 10 minute spell and were creating chances but the chances were not very dangerous. There wasn't much of an atmosphere behind the goal so far as there was no chants which was a bit annoying. With about 10 minutes to go before half time, we walked round to the burger van and got a cheeseburger which tasted nice but the cheese wasn't very nice but the taste of the burger weighed out the bad taste of the cheese.
Half time and it was still 0-0 and so far it had been a good game with both teams creating chances and the sun still shining hot. We walked back round to the other end and whilst walking round, I saw my friend who is also called Ryan who supports Eastbourne Borough and we said "hello" to each other whilst walking past each other and once we were behind the goal, it was a bit cooler but that was because we were under cover. We checked the other results from all the others games and by the time we had finished doing that, the second half was about to start and there were a lot of Bognor fans behind the goal.
The second half started and it didn't start well for Bognor as Eastbourne caught Bognor on the attack and scored in the 47th minute and the travelling 30 or so Eastbourne fans went wild. This seemed to wake up the Bognor fans as they started a couple of chants and finally the Bognor fans were making some noise. Eastbourne continued to dominate the first 20 minutes in the second half but Bognor seemed to pick up in the last 25 minutes of the game and were creating a lot of chances but it seemed like they didn't have luck on their side. The Bognor loyal continued to chant and this almost rewarded the fans as Bognor had a great chance to equalize but failed to score. Eastbourne then passed the ball around the defense to see out the game and it finished Bognor Regis Town 0-1 Eastbourne Borough.
I was quite sad that Bognor had lost the game but on the other hand, Sutton did beat Bromley 1-0 but going to Bognor and finally visiting Nyewood Lane felt more important to me because I had been trying to go there for about 5 years. We clapped the Bognor players for their performance and then we walked round the ground and got a couple more pictures before walking back to the car. We got in the car and drove back up to the beach and parked up by the pier again and got a mixed ice cream from the ice cream shop on the pier and then drove the car a bit further up the beach and then got some fish and chips for dinner and we then got back in the car and left Bognor at 6pm and we drove back down the A29 and weirdly, my phone didn't need charging but we finally got back to my dads house at 7:40pm. I really enjoyed my day in Bognor and really enjoyed my afternoon at Nyewood Lane and I would highly recommend going if you ever have the chance to go!
Food and Drink: 7/10
Value For Money: 8/10
Overall Rating: 7.8/10