FA Trophy Semi Final Second Leg
Twerton Park, Bath
Twerton Park is just under two miles, a brisk half hour walk westwards from Bath Spa railway station, and happily found it to indeed live up to my hopes of a traditional ground with infinitely more character than the ever more widespread newly built or rebuilt stadia. One enters in one corner of the ground, and along the length is an old fashioned, elevated all-seater stand, which doesn't appear to offer the best of views, with a seemingly claustrophobic interior and supporting pillars along the front. Uncovered terrace steps are along the front of the stand, and towards the furthest corner flag from the main entrance is a further, smaller all-seater stand, again with supporting pillars. Behind both goals are uncovered terraces, although one is very shallow. Along the remaining length is arguably the finest part of the stadium, a large terrace with an old fashioned stand, which is not in the best of condition, covering the length, a real throwback to how stadia used to be prior to the modernisation of football. Even traditional floodlight pylons continue the feel of a football ground from the last century. All in all, Twerton Park has seen better days - virtually nothing of substance has changed since the stadium hosted Bristol Rovers' Football League matches almost 20 years ago - which is precisely what makes it such a refreshing experience these days compared with the sanitised surrounding usually found elsewhere. It even has quite scenic surroundings as despite being hemmed in between houses, a green backdrop is provided on hills behind both lengths. The 52 page programme was easy on the eye and printed in full colour, with more than enough information about both clubs, but contained 27 pages exclusively of advertising.
Video highlights of the goals can be found here
In the second leg the following Saturday, Bath took the lead in the second minute, with North Ferriby equalising. 1-1 was how it remained after 90 minutes, and despite North Ferriby being reduced to ten men early in extra time, there was no further score and so the tie went to a penalty shootout, which North Ferriby won 4-2.