Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Chalfont St Peter - Mill Meadow


Chalfont St Peter FC
Mill Meadow
Gravel Hill
Chalfont St Peter
Bucks
SL9 9QX

01753 885797
Official Website


Matchday Number: 79
Wednesday 22nd October 2003
Chalfont St Peter U18 0-3 Wycombe Wanderers U18
FA Youth Cup 1st Round


My first visit to Chalfont St Peter's Mill Meadow was in the October of 2003 when Wycombe's youth team travelled to play Chafont St Peter's youngsters in the 1st Round of the FA Youth Cup. The winners would play Swindon Town and it was the Chairboys who won 3-0 to progress. None of the youth team progressed to the first team from that season, with the exception of Andy Reilly, who played a few games at left back. For the record, the goalscorers that night were Mark Boland, Leon Gordon and Matt Heggie.

My more recent and more memorable visit came in January 2012, when a Wycombe reserve team went to play a Berks and Bucks Cup game down at Chalfont. The previous first team fixture had seen a awful 6-0 defeat at home to Huddersfield. To make things worse, the game was shown live on Sky, for the whole nation to see our half arsed efforts. After that sort of performance, the whole "first team" or at least those that had performed badly should have played for the reserves. This turned out not to be the case although several players that had been in the first team this season played - namely Marvin McCoy, John Halls, Scott Rendell, Ben Strevens and Kadeem Harris. None of them made any lasting impression to suggest that they should be in the first team.

I had a bit of a nightmare getting to the ground, thanks to me relying on Google Maps. Firstly I set it to direct me to Chalfont St Peter FC and I ended up in the middle of nowhere, up some deserted country road. Secondly I chose the name of the road that the ground was in - Gravel Hill. Again it sent me to the wrong place, albeit nearer the ground. Finally after entering the postcode, I got to the ground, though it was still hard to find the entrance in the dark. I actually got there dead on kick off, but then my nightmare continued - there was nowhere to park! Eventually after 10 minutes of driving around I found somewhere and after a short walk got into the ground 15 minutes into the game. At least the scoreline was good news, Wycombe led 1-0 through youth teamer Ollie Taylor's goal. And Wycombe were 2-0 to the good before half time, Scott Rendell cooly slotting home from just inside the area.

So with Wycombe looking comfortable but not really excelling, it was set to be a second half where maybe the players would step up a gear and add a couple more goals to show why they should be pushing for a first team place. But goals from Adam Louth and Charlie Strutton made it 2-2 as Chalfont had much the better of the second half and really should have had a winner. This meant extra time, not brilliant as I had to be up at 4am the next morning for work. But my mood  was improved when youngster Junior Morias drove home after going past a couple of Chalfont defenders to give Wycombe the win, despite Chalfont making a late push for a winner by sending their keeper up for corners towards the end of the game. So Wycombe progress to the Semi Final, and according to Wikipedia face the winners of the Chesham v Slough game, that will be played in a weeks time.

MILL MEADOW isn't one of the better grounds at this level and would unlikely to be able to host Southern Premier League football which is a shame as the club are doing really well in their league and could make a late charge for the playoffs, should results go their way. The best stand is the one behind the goal, that seats around 120. This is one of those metal ones that look temporary but are meant for long term use. At the opposite end is cover and a couple of steps of terracing, but the cover is unlikely to be any use, as it is only covered on top and not at the back, which means you will get soaked if there is any kind of wind with the rain. One side is open flat standing, whilst the other, whilst housing the club house, tea bar and changing rooms, is home to a now unused main stand, presumably closed due to safety reasons. The clubhouse is basic and quite expensive from what I heard, though I only had a quick glance in there. And as mentioned previously, parking can be troublesome, even with only a couple of hundred fans in attendance.












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