Saturday 21st July 2012
The North Herts Arena, Norton Road, Baldock
|A seal of the Knights Templar|
After arriving at The North Herts Arena I was charged £1 for the admission and a further £1 for a programme, and was informed that the ground was used by the previous club that bore the Baldock Town FC name who folded in 2001. There are two sets of tip-up seating on the near side, a small stand on the far side that sits between the two dugouts and some terracing on the left hand side. The pitch is now an artificial surface and a cage surrounds the pitch, though the stand on the far side is not restricted by this.
The game was pretty decent as pre-season games go. Linton Granta who won the Cambridgeshire County League last season settled quicker and looked threatening and creating numerous chances to boot. It took a while for the hosts to get into the game but as the half wore on created a few half chances but nothing that gave Linton much concern. The second period saw Linton come out like they started the first, and had two excellent chances. The first was a long range effort that was superbly saved by the Baldock keeper and the second was cleared off the line. Baldock posed more of a threat going forward and they scored the only goal of the game with around ten minutes remaining after a ball across the face of the goal was turned in at the far post.
Following the final whistle it was a short drive eastwards to Royston for game two of the afternoon.
Attendance: 31 (head count)
A slideshow of twenty photos of the ground and game can be viewed below: