About The War Memorial Sports Ground
The War Memorial Sports Ground is one of the best grounds in the Isthmian League, the ground started life as plain old Shorts Farm back in the 1920’s. The first part to be developed was the grandstand, originally bought and transported piece by piece from Epsom Racecourse down the road. In 1968, gale-force winds battered this stand so much that it had to be demolished. Today the main feature is the huge covered terrace that runs down the side of the pitch, allowing ample room for thousands of fans even if it is more likely today to only house a few dozen.
In addition, the ground boasts a good sized, if small in length, grandstand and plenty of standing room down the side of the pitch. Behind the north end is a small cover whilst at the south end the cover extends across the full length of the terrace. The club claim to serve the “Best Burger in English Football” from the new eatery in the corner of the pitch, next door to the club shop, both allowing you to watch the action whilst waiting to be served.
How to get to The War Memorial Sports Ground
Carshalton is not the easiest place to get to from anywhere else apart from South London by car especially if you have to travel through Croydon which can be blocked by shoppers on a Saturday, and commuters in midweek. If you are coming from the south via the M25 then take exit 7 signposted Croydon and follow the A23 past the old Croydon airport before taking a left after a few miles onto the A232.
Follow this road for a couple of miles, passing Beddington Park on your right before you enter Carshalton. Pass through the High Street, passing the two large ponds on your right and take the next right into West Street. Pass the Racecourse and Hope pubs on this road and then immediately after you pass under the railway bridge take a left into Colston Avenue. The entrance to the ground is down a small alley about 150 yards on your right. This is a busy and narrow road, so I would avoid parking down here – there is a car park at the ground or park on West Street or Colston Avenue. Journey time for the 48-mile trip is just over an hour.
Carshalton is in Zone 5. The station is only a few minutes’ walk from the ground – take a right out of the exit and walk down the hill. Turn right, walk under the railway bridge and then left into Colston Avenue – ground is 150 yards on your right. Journey time from Lewes is 1 hour 50 mins if going via Victoria or 20 minutes less if you change at East Croydon and Mitcham Junction. Off-Peak returns cost around £20.
Admission at The War Memorial Sports Ground
Admission this season is £10 for adults, £6 for concessions (senior citizens and students), and accompanied under 18s are £3.
Fancy a beer?
Whilst relatively small in size, Carshalton has a few decent pubs within a stone’s throw of the ground. On West Street (take a left out of the station) there is the Greyhound and The Hope which was certainly a favourite with the Lewes travelling support last season, whilst in The High Street there is the Woodman, Coach and Horses and Fox and Hounds – all of which are worth a visit. There is a decent sized bar at the ground and beer can be taken outside whilst the game is on.
A well-deserved equaliser from James Hammond saw the Rooks come away from a wet and windy Carshalton Athletic with a point, reports Stuart Fuller
Manager Darren Freeman made a few changes from the win at Brightlingsea Regent, with Tom Day returning to the team, replacing Dquame Copeland who returned to Welling United after his loan, Leon Redwood returning to the side after almost 8 months out at the expense of Martyn Box and Kayne Diedrick-Roberts retaining his spot with Peter Gregory dropping to the bench.
The opening period of the game saw both teams trying to adapt to the wind and the rain. The busiest person in the ground in the opening quarter was Xavier our physio who had to treat Kayne, Michael Onovwigun and Jordy, with the Rooks centre-forward unable to continue after he damages his hamstring in shooting over after a great through ball from Hammo. The Rooks midfielder had also a golden chance himself when Mongoy was the provider but his shot was pulled wide.
Two minutes later and the hosts took the lead in unfortunate circumstances. Keeper Nathan Stroomberg played a short ball to Tom Day and when the left-back played it back, Nathan took a first touch but Korboa took the ball off his toes and walked the ball into the net.
The Rooks response was positive with Onovwigun and Hammond both forcing the Carshalton keeper into saves from headers.
Just before half-time, Onovwigun went into the referee's book for a harsh foul which resulted in Adeniyi running 30 yards to scream at the referee, earning a yellow card himself.
Before the players and the crowd had an opportunity to calm down, a ball into the box was headed down by Dayshonne Golding and James Hammond was on hand to smash the loose ball home to equalise for the Rooks.
The second half so no let up in the rain which made the 3G pitch even slicker and hindered both teams intent to play a fast passing game. The home side shaded the few chances although Nathan was rarely troubled in the half, with our defence throwing everything in the way of goal-bound efforts.
Saturday's match-winner, Ola Adeyemo was thrown on for the final 20 minutes to see if he could find a winner but there was to be no real further chances on goal and the game finished all square.
Post match Darren spoke to Barry Collins about the game and recent progress within the squad.
The Rooks now have a 12 day rest as this weekend's game at Haringey Borough is postponed due to their FA Cup involvement but return with a trip to East Thurrock United on Saturday 12th October, kick off 3pm.
Carshalton Athletic: Perntreou, Price, Dudley, Cheadle, Kamara, Adeniyi, Haxhiu, Bradford, Korboa, Thomas (Koroma - 68 mins), Pattisson
Subs not used: Parez, Vacindio, Sogbanmu
Booked: Adeniyi, Bradford
Lewes: Stroomberg, Day, Redwood, Dome-Bemwin, Chappell, Malins, Golding, Hammond, Diedrick-Roberts (Adeyemo - 72 mins), Onovwigun, Mongoy (Gregory - 23 mins)
Subs not used: Box, Ilic, Bloor
Attendance: 297 (27 wet Rooks fans)