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"In the upper tier of grounds owned by Junior football clubs"

has rated Prestonfield 4.0 out of 5.

davidapattison-67's review of Prestonfield

Prestonfield reflects the status of Linlithgow Rose as one of the East Region\'s leading junior football clubs. On the whole the ground is well appointed and looked after and is suited to the needs of most spectators with a large seated area and weather proofed terracing. Catering is available at reasonable prices and as the club is well supported (by junior football standards) there is usually a good atmosphere at matches.

There are a few negatives, minor in the case of the ground such as the toilet provision and views of the pitch from some areas but these are unlikely to spoil a visit there. Probably the main negative point is the location of the ground within Linlithgow as access by public transport is less than ideal, although by contrast car parking immediately adjacent to the ground is good.

Location

Situated off the main route through Linlithgow and adjacent to the Linlithgow - Bathgate road the ground cannot be seen from the main road. Prestonfield is at the other end of the town from the railway station and although the frequent Glasgow - Edinburgh trains stop there, a twenty minute walk along the high street is required.

Regular bus services from Edinburgh and Falkirk go long the main street and stops are less than five minutes walk from the ground.

There is ample car parking in the school car parks next to the ground.

There are two entrances to the ground - one ne3xt to the social club and members car park and the other at the opposite end where the school car park is located

View

This is one of the very few East Region junior club grounds with a stand although many of the seats are reserved by season ticket holders. Having said that, the seats are comfortable and have plenty of leg room. The stand structure is elevated well above the pitch with changing rooms etc. and a standing area underneath. As it is built close to the pitch some part of the stand don\'t have a view of the near side touchline.

There is a covered enclosure along most of the opposite touchline providing good shelter, however as the terracing is relatively shallow and there is a retaining boundary wall along the pitch then the view of action along this touchline can be restricted. The support stanchions for the enclosure roof also obstruct views although unless there are large crowds this is seldom an issue.

There is a shallow terracing behind one goal area and the other end is a steep grassy banking.

Facilities

There is reasonable standard toilet provision under the stand, but the alternative is a primitive urinal toilet block atop the grassy baking behind one of the goal areas.

Food & Drink

Inside the ground there is a catering outlet selling the usual range of hot and cold snacks, pies etc. at reasonable prices. Timing of a visit to the outlet is important as it doesn\'t seem to open until after kick off and long queues form at times although you can still watch the match whilst in the queue.

There is no catering for fans in the stand - so best buy whatever snacks you fancy before trekking round to the stand.

The social club at the ground is accessible to visiting fans.

Police & Stewards

Only present at high profile cup ties or for local derbies i.e. with Bo\'ness United.

Atmosphere

As the spectating areas are close to the pitch and the touchline terracing is relatively narrow a good atmosphere can build up when any sizeable crowd is in attendance. The local support is predominantly friendly and vocal.

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Ratings for Prestonfield

ApsectRating
LocationAspect 1 rating: 3.5 stars
ViewAspect 2 rating: 4.0 stars
FacilitiesAspect 3 rating: 2.5 stars
Food & DrinkAspect 4 rating: 3.5 stars
Police & StewardsN/A
AtmosphereAspect 6 rating: 4.0 stars
OverallOverall rating: 0.0 stars

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2.5 stars
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