It’s not very often that I get to add a new ground to my list with The New Saints, but that was the case when I made my first visit for a game to Stebonheath Park, the home of Llanelli Town AFC.
I specifically mention the words ‘for a game’ because a few years back I was there, on behalf of the club, to collect an award for Welsh Team Of The Year. With The Reds having gone through very difficult times, I didn’t know whether I would be back there for a match.
I was happy that I was though, because not only was it a new tick on my groundhopping list but more importantly, it’s great to see Llanelli back at the top table of Welsh football.
It was a long day, with eight hours of travelling alone from Park Hall to Stebonheath Park and back. Add all the other time factors in and it meant that I left home at 11.00 a.m. on Friday and got back after 3.00 a.m. the following day.
Not that I’m complaining though, far from it, as I enjoy football-related travel. The result was 2-0 to The New Saints, although it could have been double-figures as the reigning JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) champions were so dominant.
With most of the teams in the JD WPL playing on 3G pitches, Llanelli are one of just three that still turn out on grass. I must mention the groundsman, as the surface was superb. In fact it’s a great set-up all round and I sincerely hope that the side stays up this season and goes from strength to strength.
The only disappointment was that we couldn’t get TNS Radio on air due to technical issues. It was good to meet Andrew Reynolds though for the first time along with his son Luke, as the latter was joining us for the matchday commentary. Well, there’s always the return fixture, so see you at Park Hall in January!
Stebonheath Park is the 43rd Welsh ground that I’ve seen a game of football at. You can visit my groundhopping pages HERE
Following the game I interviewed Scott Ruscoe and Simon Spender for TNS TV.