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"Shortwood United - Meadowbank"

has rated Meadowbank 2.5 out of 5.

johnwickenden's review of Meadowbank

I visited Meadowbank for a midweek league match against local rivals Cinderford Town. Neither team had started the season particularly well, with Shortwood recording 3 home losses thus far..
Shortwood UNited play in the Gloucestershire village of Nailsworth which is perhaps more famous for being the home of Forest Green Rovers. It's suprising that a place this size can support two senior clubs but it's no suprise that Shortwoods crowds dont get much biiger than creeping into 3 figures.

Location

Meadowbank is not that easy to find. It's in the south west part of Nailsworth, on the top of a hill and the only road up to the ground is a narrow single track residential road. The ground has a car park large enough to cope with crowds that attend their matches but public transport is pretty non-existent. Buses stop down in the village centre and the nearest train station is a few miles away in Stroud, Because of it's location there are no pubs or places to eat in the immediate locale.

View

Whilst it's location isn't great, Meadowbank is actually a reasonable ground to visit. The entrance is next to the clubhouse / changing rooms block which itself is located behind the near goal. The left hand side of the pitch is raised above the level of the playing surface. This is where the main stand - ' The Howard Webb Stand' - is located with approx 100 eats. There is a hard path either side of the stand and a good view down onto the pitch.
The other side of the ground also has a stand - this one is the modern temporary type and is named 'The Stalwarts Stand' and has approximately 50 seats. This side is at pitch level.
Both ends of the ground are open, the far end having a grass bank.

Facilities

There are toilets just inside the entrance and also in the clubhouse. There is no clubshop but a limited range of club stuff is sold from the bar.
The club also do not produce a program but publish them on line instead.

Food & Drink

Bar for alcoholic drinks. The shed by the turnstiles sell burgers, chips etc, hot drinks but not chocolate bars, crisps or cans of drink

Atmosphere

Fairly boisterous (bearing in mind the crowd was under 100) but that was probably due to it being a local derby. It may not be like this every match

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Ratings for Meadowbank

ApsectRating
LocationAspect 1 rating: 1.0 star
ViewAspect 2 rating: 3.0 stars
FacilitiesAspect 3 rating: 2.0 stars
Food & DrinkAspect 4 rating: 1.5 stars
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AtmosphereAspect 6 rating: 2.5 stars
OverallOverall rating: 0.0 stars

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