Ground number 296
Date of First Visit: 17th December 2012
Silverlake Stadium, Eastleigh
Southampton U21's 5
Newcastle United U21's 1 (Campbell)
FA Premier U21 Reserve League
Attendance: 500 (estimated) (includin' 4 saddos who travelled doon from Tyneside, plus aboot 50 other exiles!)
"SHUD WE STAY OR SHUD WE GO?"
|"SPOT THE LOW FLYIN' PLANE!"|
The debate on the mornin' of this game waz the state of the Eastleigh pitch in Hampshire, given that their game on Saturday had been caalled off due to a waaterlogged pitch.
This waz to be the forst time that Soothampton had played here and Eastleigh FC were desperate to get the game on for their 'big neighbours'
At forst we decided NOT to 'risk it' az we didn't fancy a 300 plus mile trek for nowt, but a frantic phone caall to Soothampton's box office by 'The Caped Crusader' conformed that the match waz ON (at the moment!)
We decided then to 'RISK IT' and off we set doon the 'A1M' soothboond!
SIX hours later we eventually arrived at the groond (after missin' the torn off on the motorway!) to see the NUFC team bus parked ower the road from the main car park (huge sighs of relief!)
The groond iz next door to Eastleigh Airport and a 'Spitfire' logo lit up with Christmas lights adorned the main stand. (Eastleigh's nickname is 'The Spitfires')
The five poond admission waz a bit steep we thought for an U21 game, but with the 'liquid lubrication' at just TWO quid a pint in the Eastleigh clubhoose, it waz a case of 'swings and roondaboots'! (er!--shandy for me coz aa waz the 'showfaa' <(Geordie Times spellin'!)
The predictable 'saddos' then torned up in the shape of 'Glennn from Ashington' and 'The Bear from The Bay' ('Whitley Bay' that iz!), meanin' that just FOWER of us had made 'the lang trek' from Tyneside!
Wor forst look at the pitch conformed just why the game had been caalled off two days previously as there waz more sand on in than Tynemooth beach to soak the waata up and it looked a reet state!
|"WELCOME TO TYNEMOOTH!"|
However! this waz ne excuse for wor lack lustre performance and Soothampton, who looked a much better outfit than us, were two nil up at the break!
It waz 3-0 soon after the restart az the Toon's youngins struggled to stop the momentum from the home side.
Adam Cambell then reduced the arrears at 'The Tynemooth Beach End' with a loopin' shot, which took a deflection off a Soothampton defender.
It waz aall in vain though az the home side added two more before the end to see us on the end of a five-one hammerin', although we didn't desorve to lose by such a big margin!
Toon U21's line up: Alnwick, Logan, Riley, Miele, Kitchen, Good, Maddison, Knight (Campbell 31), Hooper, Abeid, Amalfitano
It waz then the marathon 'trek' back yem and aa finally arrived at mee front door @ '2:30am bells' after droppin' 'The Caped Crusader' off and onimously there were 666 miles on the trip meter! (666 iz a sign of the 'devil'!!!?)