Stevenage 0-0 Chesterfield – League 2

On Saturday 30th October 2010 I visited Broadhall Way (or the Lamex Stadium) for the very first time to watch Stevenage host league-leaders Chesterfield.

As soon as the fixtures had been announced at the start of the season, me and my Dad had agreed that Broadhall Way, home of Stevenage FC, was a ground we wanted to visit with them being new to the league.

However, last saturday before the Shrewsbury game, we had gone to book a place on the coach to Stevenage, only to discover the one coach was fully booked. Luckily for us though, there was enough interest for the club to put on a second coach and so our visit to Stevenage FC was confirmed.

We arrived at the B2Net Stadium ready for the 10:45 set off time, ready for my furthest away trip with Chesterfield to date. The players were arrived first and all the players were getting on, though I didn’t bother any of them for photos as I have now met most of the team.

The journey of just over 100 miles went by fairly quickly, and we arrived at the ground with about 40 minutes to go before kick off. The ground from the outside looked very much like Accrington Stanley’s, that we had visited in May this year and it was easy to see that the club had been in the non-league very recently.

We went in to the club shop, bought a programme and after getting a few photos of the outside of the ground, we headed through the turnstiles.

The ground wasn’t bad, with two nice all seated stands, one large terrace running along the pitch and a little terrace behind the goal. The ground was quite full and with lots of away supporters here today, and with 3,556 fans in the ground Stevenage broke their record football league attendance

The away fans were situated in the South Stand, which was quite a nice all-seated stand that gave us a good view of the game. As always we had brought a brilliant away following, with fans singing and making lots of noise which created a good atmosphere.

The game got off to a very scrappy start with neither side taking control. Danny Whitaker had Chesterfield’s best chance of the half, firing the ball over the bar from close range early on.

Stevenage then began to play better as the half progressed and had plenty of chances to take the lead. Boro’s Jay O’Shea had the half’s best chance when his shot looked destined for the bottom corner but Tommy Lee made an excellent diving save to keep the game goaless going in to the break.

Chesterfield were much the better side in the second half though and showed why they were league leaders. However, the Spireites just couldn’t put anything in to the net. Craig Davies had Chesterfield’s chance of the match but he headed the ball just wide of the post.

Even when Jack Lester was brought on with 15 minutes to go, he couldn’t make anything happen and so the game ended goaless. I was a bit disappointed with the result, but a draw away isn’t really a bad thing and I had witnessed my first 0-0 draw since 19th July 2008!

With this result Chesterfield remained top of the league, which was a nice feeling. I really enjoyed my day at Stevenage, despite the goaless draw it had been a decent match and I always enjoy visiting new grounds on my quest to visit all 92.

Arriving early at the B2Net Stadium

Dwayne Mattis and Jack Hunt get on the players coach

The coach sets off for Stevenage

Outside the Lamex Stadium

The South Stand

Chesterfield are the next visitors to the Lamex Stadium

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The floodlight

The club shop

STEVENAGE F.C.

The away fans go through the turnstiles

The home stand

The Chesterfield fans are in good voice as usual

Inside the Lamex Stadium

Chesterfield flags in the away stand

The terrace is packed with home supporters

The teams come out of the tunnel

The players line up before kick off

Tommy Lee claps to the travelling supporters

The managers in their dugouts

An early Stevenage attack

View from the away end

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Half time and the game is goaless

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Chesterfield kick off the second half

The Chesterfield fans continue singing

Ben and Danny with their flag

Jack Lester is brought on with 15 minutes to go

One last chance for the Spireites to win it

The South Stand, which we were sat in

Jack Lester gives us a wave as he warms down

One last shot of Broadhall Way

The B2Net Stadium is lit up when we arrive back

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