About The Pakex Stadium
The Pakex Stadium is well-appointed and pleasant ground to visit. The main stand is a four-row affair that runs around half the way down one side of the pitch, resplendent in the club’s blue and red colours. Behind the stand is a decent-sized clubhouse, upgraded in the summer. There’s a small covered stand in between the two dug-outs on the far side of the ground whilst behind one goal is another small covered area. An interesting bit of trivia for you – the turnstiles came from the Old Wembley Stadium.
How to get to The Pakex Stadium
The ground is located close to junction 24 of the M25, meaning you have a choice as to whether to head clockwise or anti-clockwise when you reach junction 7 from heading up to M23. In terms of distance, it is within a mile either way (98/99 miles from Lewes and around 2 hours) so it will depend purely on the traffic – perhaps go clockwise on the way there, anti-clockwise on the way back so that you can claim to have done a complete circuit in a day!
From the M25 junction 24 head north on Southgate Road until the junction with the A1000 and take a right into the High Street. After the BP garage on the left, take the next left in The Walk. The entrance to the ground is 100 yards on the right-hand side. It is street parking for everyone.
The nearest railway station is Potters Bar which is on the line from Kings Cross (around 17 minutes journey) or Moorgate (around 35 mins). From the station the ground is a 10-minute walk away – The Walk is opposite the station and simply head eastwards, taking the path on the left after 500 metres to the ground.
Admission at The Pakex Stadium
Admission this season is £12 for adults, £8 for concessions (senior citizens and students), under 16s are admitted free of charge with an adult. The club still offer free season tickets to anyone, subject to a £25 admin fee (to stop away fans taking advantage of free admission I would imagine).
Fancy a beer?
The nearest pub to the ground is The Admiral Byng in Darkes Lane which is a decent sized Wetherspoons. The Old Manor is an attractive looking pub almost next door to the station and is definitely worth a visit for their good selection of beers. There is a Harvester (The Oakmere) in the High Street about a five-minute walk from the ground.
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.