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.