Football

UNCUT SOUTH WEST NON LEAGUE STUFF


Saturday, 24 March 2018

Liskeard Athletic


Which league are they in:
South West Peninsula League Division One West

Ground Name:

Lux Park

Post Code:

PL14 3HZ

Club Colours:

Home, all blue. Away, it's yellow and dark blue

Is the Ground worth a visit:

Lux Park is one of the more prominent football stadiums down in Cornwall. Its well maintained and the stadium often takes centre stage for a big Semi Final or showcase event, the facilities make it a great place for a Cup Final.




Lux Park borders a leisure centre at the town centre end of the ground, this gives a slightly bland aspect which is not in keeping with the rest of the stadium, this is soon countered by a fantastic big tea hut which offers economical tasty pasties and nice cups of tea, you can sit down in the place have a rest and then take in all the sporting memorabilia and photographs of club history which adorn the walls, lovely place.




There then follows a covered terrace to keep you out of the incessant Cornwall rain, essential bearing in mind the awful weather this area has had recently.




The eastern end of the ground rests adjacent to the road for St Cleer and Launceston, you can still get around the pitch and watch the match from here if you like. If you dont want to park in the large (but busy) car park at the leisure centre end you can usually get the car parked up on the road, there is an extra turnstile at this end for easy access.




The school field side of Lux Park houses the Main Stand with it's few rows of bench seating. It's set nearer to the road than the halfway line. The rest of the school side touchline has recently seen hard standing improvements with new concrete being laid. This is a rewarding quiet spot to watch the game from, mind you, don't be surprised if you have to fag the ball when its hoofed out by the opposition centre half.




Are the Liskeard side any good:
Liskeard Athletic are fighting back after treading water on the murky side of the pond for a few years. The young side are up the top end of the table this season pushing for promotion and have a deserved reputation for playing fast entertaining football.    



Locality:




Liskeard is an ideally placed market town in South East Cornwall. Its on the mainline Penzance to London railway with the Ocean City of Plymouth only about 20 miles away. The fast moving A38 goes bang alongside the town and there are airports 30 odd miles away at Newquay or Exeter International 65 miles. 



The town has the 3rd busiest Morrisons Supermarket in the country, it has a massive catchment area with only an Aldi as local competition, its absolutely rocking believe me, they even have security at the entrance, this was brought in following the recent snow storms which resulted in both bread and milk shortages, the rucks between rival gangs of pensioner in the bread aisle were a disgrace and the older generation should know better, it was carnage. The success of the Supermarket has unfortunately hit the shops in the quaint charismatic town centre, there isn't much going on these days and trading is difficult, there just aren't the punters anymore (they're all at Morrisons). Most folk just use the town for the Doctors, Dentist or the Bank. Sad but it's a sign of the times.




Grub and Ale:
Grub wise, if you can't wait for getting something at the tea hut at the ground your options are slightly limited. Liskeard is getting a Wetherspoons in May but until then the food offerings are decidedly average. There are a few basic boozers, coffee shop cafes and some pricey bakery shops in the town centre which you could try, recently the town got a Dominoes Pizza joint which was front page news for a while, apparently most locals still prefer The Best Kebabs outlet across the road. There is a Premier Inn with a small bar near the A38 roundabout but it's pretty much a microwave and oven chip joint to be honest, the Trip Adviser reviews leave a lot to be desired. There is a good Indian but that won't be open unless you go along for a night match. Best bet is to hit Morrisons and get a freshly baked bag of 4 big sized sausage rolls for £2 quid, when you get them still warm they're absolutely delightful. Watch out for the Pensioners, especially the ones in the Peaky Blinders caps.


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