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Cressing Road (Amlin Stadium) - Braintree Town FC Ground Guide

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How Easy Was The Ground to Get To (from the station, by car, etc)
I took the train and got off at Braintree Freeport (one station before Braintree town centre). This station is a godforsaken hellhole in the middle of a retail park. From there it's a 15 minute walk to the ground via a badly lit path that goes through a wood. I walked back to Braintree Town centre station, which is about a 20 minute walk. Braintree's stations are on a branch line, which makes it slightly more awkward to get to. It didn't help that earlier that afternoon, someone decided to talk a walk on the railway tracks near Liverpool Street station at around 5:30pm, thus delaying all of the trains up that East Anglian coast line.
If Applicable, How is Parking Near The Ground?

To my unpractised eye, it looks like there is enough street parking for all but the biggest of away followings.
Based on Where You Were Sat, How Was the View?
Braintree's ground has really suffered from the piecemeal upgrades the club has made in order to satisfy ground grading requirements as they have ascended up the non-league pyramid. The only really good news is that you are very unlikely to be segregated. The bad news is that all of the available options are pretty bad. You're either on an open terrace or under cover with lots of posts and the floodlight pylons in the way and very little elevation to your view.
How Were The Stewards on The Day?

No problems, Braintree is a relaxed ground to go to.
If You Ate at The Ground, How Would You Rate the Food?
Rather stupidly, there was only one food outlet open. Unsurprisingly the queues were horrendously long so I didn't bother trying.
How Was The Atmosphere At The Ground, From Both Sets of Supporters? Does the Stadium Hold the Noise?
Pretty non-existent I would say especially as the livelier away and home supporters will tend to congregate on the open terrace behind the goal that their team is attacking.
How Are the Pubs and Local Attractions in The Local Area?
Ahahahaha! There is one pub (The Orange Tree) situated right outside the main entrance to the ground, which I believe is open to all. Otherwise it's try your luck at Braintree Freeport shopping centre or traipse into the town centre.
Overall Score Out of 10?
Not a great trip (5/10)
 

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