Leg number two of my little trip has taken me from Turf Moor in Burnley to London Road, in Peterborough. Home of the League One side Peterborough United. This is also the location of the highest scorers in the Football League at the moment so this game between themselves and the current League One leaders was filling me with plenty of excitement. So was I jinxing this hoping it would be a 5-5 thriller? Most probably yes.
After my visit to Turf Moor had given me 5 goals, a brilliant game & a good, yet tricky ground ticked off I was looking forward to heading to an older ground in a new area for me, Cambridgeshire. I had never really ventured much further East than London! I guess this is the beauty of working in an industry where travel is all part of the job, so in-between the two games was a day working in Birmingham, this really does help with getting to some of the games that are a large distance away from Bristol.
My journey from Birmingham to Peterborough was okay… it did involve a stop at Villa Park to get a pin badge to add to the collection which I had recently started but I also ended up buying two season reviews which were £1 each! £1?! Thanks Villa. Once I’d hit the open road I was pretty much okay until I reached Peterborough when there was a fair bit of congestion but not enough to ever get me worried about making kick off. I had grabbed some food on the way so this took this normal routine out of the equation when I reached the ground. The pre-match excitement had sort of started – I do love an evening kick off as I feel the Once I’d made it to Peterborough it was a case of finding a free parking space which wasn’t right outside the ground, which is normally where the traffic is (not that there was much chance of happening here) so I settled, rather bravely I might add, to park in the near by estate of houses which I worked out after walking to the ground was possibly one of the roughest estates I’d seen on my travels and there are some fairly rough estates in Bristol. Nevertheless it was time to get prepared for the game! Pin bad & programme bought, and then to take up my position in the last remaining terrace at the ground after the opposite stand to me had recently been renovated. This still and forever makes me sad that soon any terraces left will be destroyed and replaced with boring seating. I just wish I was older so I could of experienced some of the amazing times people had in proper terraced football stadium. I have to admit, I do love a night game, the atmosphere is a lot better, normally – absolutely no idea why this is though! I guess the floodlights have a power that other things don’t… however the Peterborough fans & players would might have been forgiven prior to the game if they were a bit distracted with their looming FA Cup tie booked away to West Brom on Saturday but the traditional would have still been focused on the task in hand which was to give top of the league Burton Albion, a tough game.
I do know I have a distinct talent to jinx games whenever I want to so whenever I get my hopes up I can pretty much guarantee that it will be crap and this was no exception. It started so well when after just 3 minutes it was Albion who provided evidence as to why they are sitting pretty at the top of the table and continue to prove to the doubters that consecutive promotions, (heck maybe even consecutive winners medals is possible) for them. The goal came about after some neat play on the right hand side by Mark Duffy who squared the ball across and left Tom Naylor with the simplest of tasks of putting the ball in the back of the net from less than 5 yards, 1-0, which delighted the travelling 181 fans that had made the 120 mile round trip journey East from Burton-Upon-Trent. The remainder of the first half didn’t lead to much in terms of chances. For Albion, chances went begging for Mousinho and Duffy whilst at the other end only Jon McLaughlin could prevent United from equalising through Marcus Maddison. The first half ended on a sour note though as Harry Toffolo was carried off on a stretcher after a lengthy delay which was a contributing factor to my delayed journey home back to Bristol after the game.
The second half… well the less said, the better. It was dire. A couple of chances here and there for Boro but Burton Albion & Nigel Clough never feared that their 18th win of the season was near being taken away from them. In fact they nearly doubled their lead a few minutes from time after Timmy Thiele rounded the keeper and slotted home but his
delight was cut short after the flag was raised for offside.
So at the end of the 90 minutes it ended Peterborough United 0-1 Burton Albion. This win puts the Brewers 3 points clear of Gillingham at the top of the table and with a game in hand. They really do look set for consectutive promotions and may be able to look forward to playing the likes of Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and even Aston Villa (sorry, Villa. I give you no chance this season)
What Were The Statistics?
Peterborough United 0-1 Burton Albion
Attendance – 4798 (181 away fans)
Price of ticket – £12.00 (Young Adult)
Programme – £2
Car Parking – Free
Miles Travelled – 230 (journey started in Birmingham, ended in Bristol)
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The rest of my photos and videos from this game can be found here – https://www.flickr.com/photos/139315362@N05/albums