So the league season had finally started and I was much looking forward to visiting a lot of new grounds and already this season, I have visited two new grounds (Grosvenor Vale - Wealdstone FC and Church Road - Whyteleafe FC) and I really enjoyed visiting those grounds. Sutton's first league game this season was at home to Leyton Orient and Sutton had won 2-0 and on Tuesday night, Sutton played away to Eastleigh and we lost 1-0 and this weekend, we were playing away to Tranmere Rovers which was handy as it would be my first away game of the season as I was unable to go to Eastleigh.
Prenton Park has a capacity 16,587 and is all seated. The main stand is two tiered and contains a couple of supporting pillars. The ground though is dominated by the Kop Stand at one end is two tiered and contains a couple of supporting pillars. The ground though is dominated by the Kop Stand at one end of the stadium. This stand has a single tier which has a capacity of around 5,500 and dwarfs the rest of the ground (although interestingly the Main Stand has a larger capacity). It replaced a former open terrace. Opposite is the Cowshed Stand. This single tiered stand looks a little strange as ne side of it has more rows than the other, giving a sloping effect. It has an electric scoreboard on its roof. On the other side is the Johnny King Stand (formerly the Borough Road Stand and now named after a former manager), which is small covered stand that runs the entire length of the pitch. (Description of Prenton Park is sourced from Football Ground Guide).
After taking the time to take some pictures, I then went and sat with my dad and some of the other Sutton fans and we talked about the game ahead and what our thoughts on the game are and whether or not we will win or not. With about 30 minutes left before kick off, Johnnie and a few more Sutton fans arrived, so I went down and helped them put their flags up. We then went and stood at the top of the stand as it would make our singing escalate more and we would get a better view of the pitch.
The teams came out just before 3pm and there was a loud roar from the 5,000 or so people inside Prenton Park and I could feel the energy that football gives you going right through my body. Sutton were kicking towards our fans in the first half so we all hoped that we would score in the first half. Sutton started the game strongly as they were creating many chances but the Tranmere defence was on hand to keep Sutton at bay. Sutton then took their chance in the 23rd minute when Sutton broke out an attack and Craig Eastmond put Sutton legend Craig Dundas in on goal and he striked the ball down the middle and Sutton took the lead.
Sutton youngster Tommy Wright was really showing everyone what he can do and he were creating chances but those chances were not going into the net. Tranmere did have a few chances to get back into the game before half time but Sutton held on and at half time, it remained 1-0 to Sutton. After clapping the team off for their excellent first half performance, I went down to the food stand and got a cheeseburger and it didn't taste very nice, the burger itself is okay but the cheese didn't taste very nice at all.
I then went and sat with my dad and Tony and talked about our amazing first half performance and by the time we had a chat about the first half, the second half was about to start. As soon as the second half started I felt really nervous but I also felt really excited because I knew that if Sutton could hold onto this 1-0 score line, it would top off a great day. We kept the atmosphere going and it had been great so far, we were very loud and there must have been at least a good 50 Sutton fans chanting. The second half looked to be in Tranmere's favour as they were creating many chances but thankfully, Sutton goalkeeper Jamie Butler was on hand to keep Sutton 1-0 up. Sutton then had a good 15 minute spell and were creating chances but nothing came from those chances. Tranmere then hit the crossbar with about 10 minutes left. Then into added time. A slow shot rolled across the goal line but hit the post. Sutton then played out the rest of the game and we had won the game 1-0.