October was a good month for the Rooks as they hit top spot in the Bostik League South and progressed in the FA Trophy. The games come thick and fast in November, starting with a trip to East Grinstead Town on Friday night.
The Rooks have already visited the GAC Stadium, winning 4-2 last month in the FA Trophy thanks to a hatrick from Billy Medlock and a first-ever strike from Harry Reed and will look for a similar result on Friday night.
Medlock returns to the squad after missing last week’s win at Dunstable Town, whilst Alex Malins is definitely out after picking up an ankle injury last Saturday.
How’s this season been for East Grinstead Town?
Since we played The Wasps last month they have had a mixed set of results. Impressive wins against Phoenix Sports and Carshalton Athletic have been tempered with disappointing defeats at Chipstead and Guernsey, with a draw against Ashford United.
Their record at The GAC Stadium this season in the Bostik League is two wins and two draws from seven games. The Rooks away form has been impressive this season, with just the draw at Shoreham the only occasion we’ve dropped points on the road.
About The GAC Stadium
Once you emerge from a C S Lewis-type country lane into the dell where the
GAC Stadium is located you will feel like you are in another world. The ground
is surrounded by trees and has one “developed” side with a thin main stand
running above the side of the pitch and a small covered terrace next to it.
Behind each goal, and the other side of the pitch is a simple perimeter fence
with hard standing. The club house is
relatively new and well-appointed, situated behind one goal, and offers limited
views of the action on the pitch. Food is served from a hut in-between the two
How to get to The GAC
If you are coming via the M23 then exit at junction 10 and
follow the A264 towards East Grinstead. When the road joins the A22, proceed
past Homebase on the left and CarpetRight on the right, then turn left into
Moat Road, signposted Hospital and A264 to Tunbridge Wells. Continue over the roundabout at the junction
of Blackwell Road, Blackwell Hollow and Holtye Road. Continue 50 yards to the mini-roundabout at
the junction of Blackwell Farm Road and Holtye Road and double-back. Do not
turn through the gap in the central reservation as this is for emergency
service vehicles only and you could be liable for prosecution. Turn left into
East Court and turn immediately left into the lane which leads to the ground
and car park.
If travelling to East Grinstead northbound along the A22 from
Eastbourne, carry on over roundabout and proceed towards Town Centre (do not
turn right onto Beeching Way bypass).
After 100 yards, turn right at mini roundabout into College Lane and
Blackwell Hollow. At roundabout at the bottom of Blackwell Hollow, turn right
into Holtye Road. Continue 50 yards to the mini-roundabout at the junction of
Blackwell Farm Road and Holtye Road and double-back as above. The shortest route from Lewes is via the A22
and should take around 40 minutes to do the 21 miles.
The nearest train station is 2 miles away and it is probably
easier to get a cab but if you want to walk you can go via the Ounce & Ivy
Bush pub. Come out of station and navigate around the roundabout so you are
walking down Railway Approach. At the
end bear right and then first left into King Street (pub on your right). At end turn left and then cross the A22 on
the footbridge. Follow Moat Road
straight on then right into Blackwell Road.
Follow that down to roundabout and then take a right up the lane to the
ground. You will need to change at East
Croydon from Lewes, which can mean an hour and a half journey time. Off-Peak
day return is £30.50.
Admission at The GAC Stadium
Admission charges are £10 for Adults, £5 for
Concessions, £1 for Under16s.
Fancy a beer?
If you are coming by train then you will pass the Railway Tavern at the end
of Railway Approach which is worth a quick pint in before heading to the
Wetherspoons Ounce & Ivy Bush on King Street. A bit further afield is the Sussex Arms in
West Street that is also worth a visit, time permitting.