3 CTSA coaches travelled to Underhill Barnet last Monday for a heartstopping and pulsating afternoon. Leaving at 11.45am the day got off to a surreal start with the news of Steve Evans departing that morning. It was certainly a major talking point during the short hop into north London.
Speaking from the Old Red Lion pub, near to the ground, Paul Behr from Broadfield said, “I am here with my two sons and it is our first ever away trip. It was great fun to travel on the coach today and we are really enjoying ourselves and are looking forward to the match!” Before the game we also discovered from Phil Jarman- hairdresser to the stars (and James Laraman)- that he had never been responsible for Steve Evans’ hairstyles. So you can visit Phil’s magnificent salon in the High Street assured that you won’t leave looking like a badger!
It was clear that many had made the journey from West Sussex. Around 100 were in the covered stand behind the goal and many more packed into the covered terrace running along side the pitch. A noisy first five minutes was followed by a quiet next 40, but the atmosphere was red hot throughout the second half, particularly after Scott Davies smashed home a 61st min winner.
It wasn’t all plain sailing as Barnet exerted some late pressure and Reds had to hold their breath on several occasions. Thanks to goalkeeper Kuipers the away side clung on to three massive points. Steve who?
Paul Mcelderry and son Joe, from Bewbush enjoyed their day out. Paul said, “it was quite a poor opening period but the 2 half time subs made a huge difference and the team played well in the 2nd half.” He added, “it was fantastic when Davies smashed home the winning goal, there were loads of away fans and they made a lot of noise.”
Another successful CTSA day out came to a conclusion when coaches got back to base at 6.40pm. Roll on AFC Wombles and our next away trip to Dagenham!
Words and pictures from Colin Bowman, CTSA Press Officer