MATCH PREVIEW | Leamington vs Chester
The Blues face a trip to Leamington this weekend looking to continue their fine form in the National League North.
Calum McIntyre’s men had a productive week at the Deva, picking up maximum points at home and stretching their winning streak to four matches. Tuesday’s excellent victory at home to Kidderminster kept the Blues third but moved them to within three points of leaders AFC Fylde.
Charlie Caton and Adam Thomas were once again on the scoresheet, taking their goal tallies in the league to five and six respectively, backing up top scorer Kurt Willoughby who has a division total of 18.
Leamington have picked up some big results over the past week to climb out of the bottom four, their last home game saw them beat Curzon 4-1 and they backed that up in midweek with an impressive victory at Brackley Town.
Please note, at the time of writing we have been informed that the pitch is currently playable at Leamington. With low overnight temperatures forecast, a precautionary pitch inspection has been scheduled for 8.30am.
Kick off on Saturday afternoon is scheduled for 3pm.
THE FORM GUIDE
Leamington | 19th in NLN | W8 D16 L11 | F34 A40
Recent League Results
vs Banbury United (a) | Drew 2-2 | Scorers: Jack Edwards, Dan Turner
vs Curzon Ashton (h) | Won 4-1 | Scorers: Liam Cross, Ollie Hulbert, Dan Turner, Devon Kelly-Evans
vs Brackley Town (a) | Won 2-1 | Scorers: Adam Walker, Liam Cross
Chester | 3rd in NLN | W17 D14 L5 | F57 A34
Recent League Results
vs Hereford (a) | Won 2-1 | Scorers: Charlie Caton, Kurt Willoughby
vs Banbury United (h) | Won 4-2 | Scorers: Rhys Hughes, Adam Thomas (2), Kurt Willoughby
vs Kidderminster Harriers (h) | Won 2-0 | Scorers: Adam Thomas, Charlie Caton
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Kick off is 3pm at the Co-Op Community Stadium on Saturday. The postcode for the ground is CV33 9QB.
The match will be segregated and that decision has been taken purely on safety grounds and police advice. Admission can be gained from 1pm onwards.
Adults £14, Concessions £10, Students (with ID) £7, Under 18 £4, Children Under 12 FREE. Programme £3.00. Admission can be gained on the day by cash or card payment. Tickets can also be purchased online in advance via Leamington’s ticketing site. Chester fans are to buy ‘general admission’ tickets that can be scanned at the away turnstiles at the top end of the car park.
Chester fans will be accommodated at the North Bank end of the ground (opposite end to clubhouse). Admission will be gained via turnstiles at the far end of car park from which you enter the site. There is covered terracing at that end for 70 persons plus covered seating for a further 100 fans (we ask that seating priority is given to those who are older or have limited mobility – no additional fee and no booking required). Uncovered standing brings the total capacity of the away end to 1000.
Leamington fans will enter via the normal turnstiles located at the clubhouse end of the ground.
Entry to the ground and bars can be gained from 1.00pm onwards. Pitch-side catering units, bar and toilet facilities are available at both ends of the ground. Alcohol will only be served in plastic containers.
Card payments are accepted in the clubhouse bar and also the pitch-side bar located on the North Bank terracing. Both pitch side food outlets also accept card payments. It will be cash only at the refreshment unit situated on the Harbury Lane End.
Access for supporters with a disability will be via the entrance next to main turnstiles at the clubhouse end of the ground.
Chester fans please note that the post match ‘Match Day Bus Service’ from the stadium to rail station will take a minimum journey time of 15 minutes.
BT Sport is shown in the clubhouse. Due to segregation in place, this facility will only be available to Leamington fans pre match and during the game. Provided there are no disorder issues during the match fans of both clubs will be welcome in the clubhouse post match.
With a large attendance anticipated for this coming Saturday’s match, Leamington are asking supporters of both sides to help with travel and parking by making use of the Match Day Bus Service, or by car sharing.
For those coming to Your Co-op Community Stadium for the first time, please note that they currently have reduced parking for approximately 380 vehicles, there is NO alternative ‘on street parking’, as Leamington are located on a busy country road with no pavements and surrounded by farmland.
We ask all supporters attending the game to either arrive a little bit earlier or give themselves additional time to utilize the bus services. PRIORITY will be given to departure of the bus services from the stadium.
MATCH DAY BUS SERVICE (£3 return) – tickets can only be purchased in advance online via the club ticketing website – PLEASE NOTE – tickets will be scanned to enable boarding the buses to the stadium. Please retain them for the return inward journey.
Two double-decker buses will operate from the Railway Station to the Stadium as scheduled below:
Leamington Rail Station 1340 1355 1410 1425
Windmill Inn, Tachbrook Road 1344 1359 1414 1429
Heathcote Pub, Tachbrook Road 1347 1402 1417 1432
Your Co-op Community Stadium 1355 1410 1425 1440
The double-decker buses will depart very shortly after the conclusion of the match with further journeys departing the stadium at 1725 and 1745 hrs.
We ask all supporters parking at Your Co-op Community Stadium to assist by car sharing where possible. We also ask that if you are being collected by car or taxi after the match that those vehicles arrive either before 4.45pm or after 5.10pm. PRIORITY will be given to vehicles exiting the site.
BRAKES TRUST MINI-BUS SERVICE – This service will be operating for this fixture offering shuttle services from the wider Leamington area. For more info visit their website.
SCHEDULED BUS SERVICE
The 665 Stagecoach bus runs from Leamington town centre to the ground. The outbound route leaves Upper Parade, Stand K at 14:10 and reaches Your Co-op Community Stadium at 14:25. The inbound route leaves opposite Your Co-op Community Stadium in Harbury Lane at 17:17 and reaches Upper Parade, Leamington at 17:34.
The closest stop to Royal Leamington Spa Railway Station to the ground is Crown Hotel, (what3words: dairy.legend.pops) and the bus leaves at 14:14. Inbound, the closest stop is Charlotte Street (what3words: march.hurt.loved) and the bus arrives there at 17:25. Both stops are within a 5 minute walk to Leamington Station. For other stops, visit the timetable.