Competition - NPower League 1
Admission - £23 West Stand
Scarf - £8
It was back to just me and my Dad for this game today so at just before 12 my dad was outside my house picking me up and we made our way to Epping tube station. Epping Station is at the end of the central Line where the tube would take us straight to Leyton station 9 stops down the track.
On leaving Leyton Tube Station we were confronted with a view over to the London 2012 Olympic park. I am one of the lucky ones to get tickets for the event later this year all be it through the 2nd round of ticket sales and not what I originally wanted to see I also have tickets for the paralympics, I cannot wait to see this fantastic event in my home country. I will post my Olympic visits on the blog in the summer.
|Olympic Park: Velodrome (r) Basketball Arena (L)|
The matchroom Stadium is an all seated stadium holding around 9,500 supporters. A lot of the ground is recently new, with the only old stand being the large East stand along one touchline, 2/3rds of this stand is for home supporters and the other third is taken by away supporters. Although apart from the away supporters area there really wasn't many fans using this stand.
At each end there is a newish single tiered stand at the South end is the Tommy Johnston Stand and the North end a similar standwhich as far as I can make out is just named the North Stand. Both are accessed from the front of the stand with the Tommy Johnston Stand raised so is accessed via a set of stairs. Both Stands are for Home supporters, something I'm not particularly keen on as I believe away supporters should be allocated one end rather than stuck away in the corner.
On the opposite touchline is the new odd looking West stand, this stand is home to all the club offices and changing rooms it has a shallow single tier of seats and above has a load of offices and hospitality suites with windows that look out on to the ground, with the roof of the stand being very high up which almost gives the seats no cover from the elements if rain is even slightly angled towards the stand, Which it was at times today. Half way up between the general seating and the roof is an odd looking gallery which seats hospitality guests. This stand like the other two new stands is accessed at the front with a large walkway between the front seats and the pitch, which makes you feel a long way from the action.
|The O's Mascot Theo|
Until with around 10 minutes to go until half time Orient managed to put a few passes together which ended up with French forward Jonathon Tehoue heading in a Dean Cox cross to put the O's in the lead.
Orient decided not to turn up in the 2nd half and Scunthorpe took full advantage, they changed from there long ball tactics and got the ball to feet and started passing the ball around although not creating a massive amount. Parkin was causing the Orient defence a few problems with his strength and had a great touch for a big man.
Utd finally got the equaliser their play deserved on the hour when a cross was nodded back across the goal and Walker Volleyed in from 8 Yards. Scunthorpe carried on being the better of the two teams but looked like being held to a draw until 5 minutes from the end they made it 2-1. Andy Barcham scoring after some good hold up play by Parkin.
The 3rd goal for Scunthorpe came in very unfortunate circumstances for Orient as there keeper went to catch a ball from a corner and landed awkwardly doing so and in the process dropped the ball right at Parkins feet who made no mistake putting the ball in the back of the net. The keeper had to be stretchered off with what looked like a broken leg while receiving gas and without a substitute keeper on the bench one of the centre halves had to take that role.
The game finally finished 1-3 a result that lifted Scunthorpe out of the relegation zone. Not a great game but another four goals for me and my dad so can't complain to much. I also hope that Lee Butcher The O's keeper recovers soon from what looked like a horrible injury.