About The Queen Elizabeth Stadium
The stand out feature of the Queen Elizabeth Stadium is the main stand which for all you art and architecture aficionados is a Grade II listed building, designed in 1939 and completed in 1953. The bar at the top of the stand offers some panoramic views of the game, albeit from a distance away. There’s a few rows of seats up here too.
There is a small raised terrace halfway between the main stand and the edge of the pitch, whilst behind each goal are small covered terraces. On the far side is a small seated stand that straddles the half-way line. The ground hosted a number of games in the 2018 CONIFA World Cup including the final in front of a record attendance of over 2,000 fans.
How to get to The Queen Elizabeth Stadium
The ground is relatively easy to find if you are coming down from the M25, Junction 25 which means you need to head up the A3/M23 then anti-clockwise around the M25 (it’s a 10 mile shorter trip than going clockwise but if the Dartford Crossing is bad it could be an option) to Junction 25. Take a left at the roundabout and head south on the A10. Follow the A10 towards Central London for around 1.8 miles and then take a right into Carterhatch Lane, then first left into Donkey Lane. The ground is around the corner. There’s plenty of free parking opposite the entrance.
The 93-mile journey from Lewes should take around 1 hour 45 minutes depending on the traffic and time of day.
There are two train stations close to the ground. Southbury is a 30-minute journey from London Liverpool Street. Exit the station and then take a left onto Southbury Road. At the junction with the A10 use the pedestrian crossing to cross and then take a right and head north up the A10. At the end of the playing fields there is an alley on the left – take this and the ground is ahead on the right.
Enfield Town is on another line from London Liverpool Street and is a 33-minute journey time. Exit the station and turn right along Southbury Road. After you have passed Tesco on your right, cross the road and take next left into Ladysmith Road. Follow this road for 500 yards before taking a right down the path where the ground is at the end.
Admission at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium
Admission last season was £11 for adults, £7 for concessions (senior citizens and students), Under16s £1 plus there was a £1 charge to transfer to the seats in the main stand.
Fancy a beer?
The nearest pub to the ground is the Toby Carvery on the A10/Donkey Lane junction but you can do better than that! The Cricketers on Chase Side does some good ales on draft and is a 20-minute walk from the ground. The Kings Head is in Market Place and is recommended. It is almost next door to the Barclays Bank which had the first ATM machine in the UK (even better random fact, Reg Varney from On the Buses fame was the first customer to use the machine). There’s also a decent bar at the top of the main stand in the ground which services rotating craft beers.
Lewes Womens U18 3:0 Meridian Ladies
The young Rooks produced a workmanlike performance to progress to the next round of the league cup, beating Meridian 3-0.
On a freezing, blowy afternoon on the exposed BACA 3G pitch it was more of a case of survival over flair. Meridian were only able to field ten players which stunted their desire to take the game to the Rooks. They set up very deep with two set banks of four making them hard to break down.
The young Rooks started with a back for but soon reverted to a back three with no real threat coming from the opposition. This gave wing backs Jess Richardson and Niamh Halloren licence to roam and create options down the wings.
Early on Richardson fed winger Minnie Sheppard into the left channel and she cut inside and stung the keepers hands with a good shot.
Kate Cooper was next to try her luck form distance as her curling shot from the angle just failed to find the target. This proved to be Cooper last involvement as an injury curtailed her afternoons work.
Her midfield partner in crime Megan Cranford then took a ball to the jaw and not helped by the freezing weather took an extended breather to recover. This derailed the side somewhat with enforced changes required. Jamie Quinn made her first appearance of the season coming into midfield and looked lively from the off.
It took 20mins to break the deadlock, as Chloe Nye broke free and her left footed strike was too hot for the keeper who’s fine save was followed in well by Niamh Halloren to fire home.
A unnecessary foul allowed Meridian a chance to test Keeper Jas Moulding from the angle of the area but the fierce strike was always heading just wide. A combination of loose passing and lack of movement made the rest of the half tough viewing but Lewes were in control.
Half time was met with a few huffs and puffs and coaches Newton and Carter did their best to enthuse the girls to up their games.
The back three of Critchfield, Ferguson and Lawrence were seeing plenty of the ball at the back but along with Meg Critchfield in the deep role, found options were limited which too often resulted in passes being misplaced only to see the ball returned by the tiring opponents to start again.
The second goal was well worth the wait, as the lively Jess Richardson decided to have run from the right wingback position. She skipped past two players and then as the gap opened up in front of her she drove forward towards the area and unleashed a low drive straight into the bottom corner leaving the sprawling keeper no chance.
With the game technically won and the brave ten of Meridian tiring, the tempo dropped to match the temperature and it became a scrappy half with the odd bright point thrown in.
One such moment saw the powerful Becky Simmons - who had returned to her favoured attacking role - brilliantly skip past a lunging tackle at pace to drive down the left flank before cutting back inside to unleash a great shot which smashed against the bar.
This was proving a good option for the Rooks and ultimately it was from here they wrapped up the win. Simmons again powered through and when she reached the area she took the right option of sliding the ball across to the recovered Megan Cranford who as deadly as ever, looked up and fired home from the edge of the area.
Credit to the hard working Meridian who never gave up, but found the Rooks to hot to handle on a cold day.
Newton was happy with the win, but knows the girls have more quality and desire than was on show today.
Lewes U18s: Moulding, Richardson, A Critchfield, Ferguson, M Critchfield, Halloren, Sheppard, Cooper, Cranford, Nye, Simmons
Subs: Bliss, Frith, Lawrence, Quinn
Goals: Halloren (20), Richardson (49), Cranford (80).
MVP: Becky Simmons - After a difficult and frustrating season so far Becky finally got the chance to play in her strongest position. She worked hard always looking to create something, and was looking like her old self. A shot that hit the bar was a reminder of what she is capable of.