On the road: Walsall 28/10/17

Banks's Stadium

Banks’s Stadium

FEW dreams are made in the shadow of the M6 but that is where Southend are next off to try and transform their fortunes on the road.
Walsall, as expected by most, are solidly midtable this year and are draw specialists at home, having tied five fixtures at the Banks’s Stadium already. Southend will be aiming to become the first away team this season to take all three points there.
Last year’s corresponding fixture was, guess what, a draw – goalless but entertaining and Southend could feel aggrieved at not coming away with the full quota of points. Our last win here came in October 2007, when goals from Peter Clarke and Leon Clarke gave us a 2-0 victory.
The Banks’s Stadium is a tidy if unspectacular stadium dominated by one large stand behind the goal to the opposite of the away supporters, who are housed in a relatively small all-seated stand that holds 2,000 spectators.
Views are fairly good although there are some supporting pillars. Tickets for the away end are priced at £20 for adults.
The stadium is a fairly grim 25-minute walk from the centre of Walsall but is served by its own station, Bescot Stadium, which is but a short hop under the concrete pillars of the M6. Due to this convenient arrangement, most supporters arriving early and looking for sustinence tend to head to the supporters’ bar which lets away fans in for a small charge.
Those who are tempted to head to the town centre will be rewarded with the opportunity to visit the Black Country Arms, one of the best pubs that AAS has visited on away trips over the years and one that serves a mindboggling array of beers.
Parking around the ground is plentiful and there is of course the option of going by coach with TZ Travelzone or the Shrimpers Trust.