Just a quick update - the first coach to Cambridge is now full - we need another 15 supporters to book on to ensure that it will run - please book on if you want to travel and haven't already done so. - Travel details below.
Well done to the 75 supporters who braved the weather conditions and came up to the Carlisle match however you travelled. Some travelled down from Scotland, some across country from Blyth, Newcastle and up from Liverpool, plus the others who like us came up from Crawley and the south. On the downside about the Carlisle trip – it didn’t mention on the website site that admission prices increased on the day by £3.00’s across the board – so a few of our supporters were bit narked when they only found out as they purchased their tickets at Carlisle.
We have had another successful overnight trip with 32 on board and thanks to those who came with us – but the weather was something else – we were warned about the “Mini-beast from the East” – Travelling up was OK, a few snow flurries and windy – but everyone on the coach was in good spirits – even departing from the stadium at 5.30am. We arrived at the Cross Keys at Tebay on time at midday – it was snowing as we got off the coach but nothing like what we were to encounter on the return trip to Morecambe. The Hot Buffet and drinks went down well, leaving for the game at 1.30pm and arriving at the stadium 45 minutes later. Everyone will have read the match report, the only thing I will add – it was “cold” and a well-deserved point in the end, coming back from 2 goals down – I wish that some of our other players would take a leaf out of Karim’s book and shoot from distance – he makes it look so easy – now 6 in 7 games for him with most from outside the area.
We left after the game and got on the motorway – 15 minutes into the journey back to Morecambe we encountered the snow and wind – very poor visibility and road conditions were steadily getting worse as we started to climb up to the peek at Shap – one van was on its roof just off the motorway – with Police in attendance - cars were traveling with hazard lights as we were – but even still cars and articulated lorries were passing us - madness – eventually we started the decent and it began to ease off – at Carnforth it became clearer and snow was much less – as we got to Morecambe turn off at Lancaster no snow, just the wind, arriving at the Clifton Hotel at 6.45pm. We booked in before going out for the evening, a good meal and drinks by all at various venues around the town. We heard later that the M6 was shut shortly after we went through, so we hope everyone got home OK. We left Morecambe at about 10.00 after breakfast and arrived back home at 4.00pm with a stop at the M6 Toll services – this journey was surprisingly better than anticipated and didn’t have any real hold ups – but it again was windy. Thanks to Dave Chew, who drove there and back in real atrocious weather conditions at times and also had to manoeuvre the coach around as the height barrier at the Checkatrade Stadium were closed and locked.
On Wednesday this week, we have our re-arranged home match against Wycombe Wanderers – kick off 7.45pm – hopefully the weather will have improved to enable the game to be played – but keep an eye on either the Clubs Website and or the Forum/Twitter/Facebook for any updates. This is followed by another home game on Saturday against Cheltenham Town – 3.00pm kick off.
We now have just under two weeks before our next away match, this is on Good Friday when we travel a much shorter distance to Cambridge United for a 3.00pm kick off – to date 37 booked on – we depart the stadium at 10.30am. Everything is now confirmed - should we take two coaches, we can both stop at the George Inn at Babraham on the way for a buffet lunch - so as Forest Green, when we stopped at the Majors Retreat with two coaches, please be patient whilst they are serving – with many turning up at once it will take time, you will be served eventually - Cost for this trip will be £15.00 for all travelling.
Also, for the Cambridge game please remember to get your match tickets before you travel as they increase across all categories by £2.00 on the day at the turnstiles. You have chances to get your tickets at the next couple of home matches, Cheltenham Town and now Wycombe – if you still are unable to get them and are travelling on the coach, let us know and we will get your ticket and you can pay us back on the day. If you still want to travel and not yet booked please let us know as soon as possible so that we can confirm the second coach and increase the buffet.
After Cambridge we only have 3 League away matches remaining – for these 3 matches we will only be taking the one coach – but will review if we are getting closer to the play offs and more supporters are booking on.
Port Vale - 7th April - stopping at the White Lion, Barthomley
Exeter City - 21st April - stopping at the Eagle Tavern, Ilchester
Mansfield - 5th May - stopping at the Cross Keys, Castle Donington
For each of these games we depart the Stadium at 8.00am - each will have a buffet stop on route and each game will cost £20.00 - again if you want to start booking on for any of these matches then please do. However, for Mansfield we may have a later kick off (5.30pm) if Sky decide to show one of the League 2 games "live" - once we have confirmation on what they are doing we will then confirm timings.
SUSSEX SENIOR CUP FINAL - For the second season running - CRAWLEY TOWN v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (U23’s)
Our last game of the season – and a chance for a bit of Silverware for the club - The Sussex Senior Cup final will be played on Wednesday 9th May at the AMEX - with a 7.45pm kick off, again it will be played to a finish with extra time and penalties a possibility. We will be organising supporter’s coaches to the game - hopefully we will take as many as we did last season - 3. The coaches will leave the Checkatrade Stadium at 6.00pm and the cost is £10.00 for all travellers. As last season, we have agreed with Brighton to park our supporter’s coaches at the AMEX Stadium. We will have coach tickets printed so please purchase before travel. We will let you know when these will be available - in the meantime if you want to book on for the final then please start now. For this trip, sorry but no evening buffet on route to the game!!!
Easter Egg Appeal - The Club and the CTSA are collecting Easter Eggs for the Chestnut Tree House – please donate and take your Easter Egg(s) to the club office where they are collecting them before taking them to the Children’s Hospice. We will be making an “Egg” donation as we did last season on behalf of GH away travel.
Still haven't got this season's home or away shirt? (Copied from the Club website)
Why not take advantage of our Mad March sale in the club shop and online this week!
Between 9am on Wednesday - the day we take on Wycombe at the Checkatrade Stadium - and 5pm on Saturday, after the Cheltenham game we've got:
- Adult shirts - £25
- Junior & Kids shirts - £20
- Shorts - £10/£5
- Junior socks - £3
This applies to home and away shirts. There is only a limited stock left so make sure you grab yours before they are gone!
You can also order your shirt at these discounted prices by buying from our online shop.
New Contact Details
Alain – firstname.lastname@example.org or 07771-792346 (from the 29th March 2018)
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