Despite the early Saturday alarm call, I really enjoy traveling away to watch Leeds United play. Today the journey to Yeovil was 170 miles from my home in Towcester. The rain forecast the night before was hiding and the trip down was one of hope as every grey cloud I passed had the potential to cause trouble to todays game. During my road trip I saw Stone Henge for the first time, it was a pretty impressive site even if it was from the roadside.
The kick off was at 12.15pm and despite the accident where a lorry lost it’s load of magazines I managed to make good timing on my first visit to Huish Park. Trying to navigate around the roads leading to the ground were tricky as everybody else had decided to park on the roads. I managed to get into Car Park B which was supposedly for Home Fans. For only £2 I couldn’t complain and I made my way to the ground.
This would be my first time standing on terracing for a game and the fact it was open to the elements meant I came prepared with my Waterproofs. The warm ups went well despite many balls flying over the stand, the mood in the Leeds team seemed buoyant. Noel Hunt even jumped over into the Away stand to retrieve a stray ball, it was a good atmosphere despite the stewards best efforts to cram the terracing. I was fortunate to be stood on the front row and had a prime position for the game.
The wind played havoc and the first half was not pretty viewing. The ball was a magnet to Paddy Kenny as every time he kicked it, the wind would swing it straight back. It really was a case of how much damage limitation we could manage and conceding only one goal was a relief. It could’ve been worse but for a terrible penalty conceded by Sam Byram. As the whistle went for half time we were grateful only for a small hail storm that pelted our faces. It was cold and some amusing chants regarding the floods couldn’t dampen out spirits.
As predicted Matt Smith was brought on at Half Time as the wind picked up again. Within 60 seconds we found ourselves level. A goal kick from Stich got caught up in the wind and dropped back on the edge of the keepers penalty area. Ross McCormack trapped the ball, turned his marker before duly curling the ball into the top corner. Ross ran along to where I was standing and I was caught on the Sky Cameras which was pretty cool.
The reply was immediate and it became obvious that we would benefit from the wind. Leeds continued to create chances and blocks from Stewart and McCormack denied us the second goal. The winner was an absolute beauty, wind assisted of course. Steven Warnock swung in a free kick from just inside the half way line and beat everybody including the keeper. I loved Warnocks celebration, he stuck his hand in the air as to say, it’s alright lads, I’ve got this under control.
Ross McCormack put in another man of the match performance and never gave up the cause. A lovely through ball to Kebe should have seen the clincher but despite a great first touch, Kebe couldn’t finish off a lovely move. As the whistle went after a painful 4 minutes of injury time the crowd rejoiced a fantastic 3 points. Brian McDermott came up to the away end and clapped our support, it was a lovely gesture.
The trip back home afterwards took just under 3 hours as the elements started to worsen. There were even signs of snow which capped off the four seasons in one day. It was a fantastic day out and it was so important to get back to back wins.
This Saturday I will be making the journey down to Yeovil for our must win game against the leagues bottom side. It is touch or go if the game will go ahead, however from reading the clubs official site, it’s clear they are trying their upmost to get the game played. For Yeovil this is a game live on Sky TV against the best supported team on their travels, because of this it’s financially important for Yeovil to get the game on.
This will be my first away trip to a ground that has terracing. The really unfortunate thing is the terracing for the Away supporters is uncovered. The forecast for the game is not great and it will certainly be one for wearing a waterproof rain jacket and hood! The ticket was only £20 so it’s good value despite the distance. The club are keeping the pitch covered despite the winds best efforts to blow them off. I think the real key will be how long they can keep the pitch covered and dry.
The club are keen for Leeds United fans to keep checking via Twitter for updates on the game as they make their way down on the morning of the game. I’m really looking forward to this match, this will be my third Away game of this season after Reading & Charlton Athletic.
In other news today Cellino has sensationally announced that he will buy back Elland Road on Thursday. Cellino has also sold Cagliari which confirms he is keen to be fully focused on Leeds United. Surely this news can’t be a bad thing. One things for sure I’m looking forward to seeing Brian McDermott back in the dugout, back where he belongs!
See you all in Yeovil on Saturday.