About Coles Park
The ground is slowly being developed by the ambitious owners, including the installation of a 3G pitch, but it is still a one-sided affair with the main stand which can seat 280 straddling the half-way line and offering good views of the game, whilst just to the side of this stand is a covered terrace. Apart from that it is hard-floor standing on the three other sides with very little in the way of shade. There is a decent sized clubhouse behind the main stand and some excellent food options from a pop-up stand in between the main stand and the covered terrace.
The ground was used for games during the 2018 CONIFA World Cup.
How to get to Coles Park
It doesn’t matter which way you choose to get to Coles Park, you will encounter traffic as you try to navigate towards North London. Head up the A23/M23 and then anti-clockwise around the M25. Now you have to make a choice. Either head under the Thames through the Dartford Tunnel and continue around the M25 to junction 25 then head south on the A10 through Enfield until you hit the junction with the A406 North Circular Road OR M25 to junction 2, head London-bound on the A2, through the Blackwall Tunnel, A12 northwards then join the A406 at the Redbridge Roundabout and follow anti-clockwise until the junction with the A10.
Follow the A10 south towards Central London for around a mile and then take a right into White Hart Lane. The ground is on your left-hand side. There is a large car park in the ground as well as plenty of street parking if you continue down White Hart Lane and take any of the roads on the left. It is around 90 minutes from Lewes and a driving time of around 2 hours 15 minutes accounting for the poor traffic.
The nearest train station is probably White Hart Lane, which is a 20-odd minute walk. Simply head out of the station and turn left into White Hart Lane (don’t get confused by the brand-spanking new Tottenham Hotspur ground!). Alternatively, the nearest tube is Wood Green which is about a mile away. Exit station and take a left onto Lordship Lane, then a left into Perth Road. Follow this all the way until it meets White Hart Lane and then a right and the ground is 250 metres on the right.
Admission at Coles Park
Admission last season was £10 for adults, £5 for concessions (senior citizens and students), and accompanied under 16s admitted free of charge.
Fancy a beer?
The nearest pub to the ground is The Two Brewers in Scotland Green which doesn’t appear to have much of a choice of beers, whilst the Victoria just a couple of doors away is not a bad option. The nearest Wetherspoons is the Spouter’s Corner, on Spouter’s Corner which is close to Wood Green tube station. The Bohem Tap Room is highly recommended but a good 20-minute walk from the ground in Myddleton Road, N22.
A trip down White Hart Lane on FA Cup Third Round day? It’s the scenario that Rooks fans get down on their rickety old knees and pray for*. Alas, we weren’t at the Lane to do battle at Tottenham’s shiny new soccer bowl; we were instead required to scrap it out between the shipping containers at neighbouring Haringey Borough in a regular Isthmian Premier League tie.
(* Religious adherence not compulsory; the performance of your prayers may go down as well as up.)
Let’s not waste anyone’s time dissecting the first-half action – chances were spurned at both ends in what was a scrappy and tetchy 45 minutes of football. But if the first half was short-tempered, the second half reached peak petulance after only five minutes, resulting in a pivotal sending off for the hosts’ Dimitri Froxylias.
Your correspondent was busy berating the referee for denying the Rooks a clear advantage, after a late challenge on Tegan Freeman saw the ball squirm to Jordy Mongoy with a free run down the left. However, the ref had bigger fish to fry – and it was nothing to do with the late challenge on Tegan.
Having been denied a penalty moments earlier, Froxylias chased after the referee and laid hands on the official, giving the ref little choice but to halt the action and direct Froxylias to the nearby dressing rooms.
It was a gift for the Rooks and one they weren’t about to return in the January sales. Not that they punished Haringey for their ill-discipline immediately. Billy Medlock slipped a lovely ball through for Jordy Mongoy, but the winger shot the ball well wide when one-on-one with Haringey’s keeper. Then Dayshonne Golding took a high ball with a delectable first touch and squared it to Billy Medlock, whose low shot was well saved by the superb Jonathon Miles. The equally excellent right-back, Callum Ismail, blocked Charlie Coppola’s follow-up shot from close range.
Fears it might be one of those games began to percolate in the away end, not least when Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke was forced to make a sharp save low to his left, and then palm a header off the line from the resulting corner – but the nerves were quickly settled by the only goal of the game in the 69th minute.
A blocked shot bounced out to Charlie Coppola on the edge of the box. Charlie would be egging it if he listed “raw power” among his many attributes on his football CV, but one can only assume the ball insulted Charlie’s mum on the way through to him, as he smacked it with such force that the keeper could merely watch it thunder past him.
After that, it was largely one-way traffic, with the Rooks creating enough chances to win a month’s worth of games but failing to profit further. Golding, Mongoy and Coppola all had more-than-presentable opportunities to seal the three points, but either made a poor decision or found the near-unbreachable Miles in their way.
Still, it was a very satisfactory Rooks performance, not least from our defence – newly reinforced by Stacey Freeman, who returned from a spell of working abroad to replace the injured Alex Malins and arguably put in a man-of-the-match performance. The equally excellent James Hammond might dispute that decision, but as Haringey discovered, there’s nothing to be gained from arguing the toss.
Lewes: Stroomberg-Clarke, Day, Redwood, T Freeman, Chappell, S Freeman, Golding, Hammond, Mongoy, Medlock (Ilic, 81), Coppola.
Subs not used: Diedrick-Roberts, Conlon, Yeboah, Reed