HTSA – Examiner Column for 27/02/14
Defeat to the Owls…
It was disappointment at the John Smith’s for Town on Saturday as the chance to complete the double over Sheffield Wednesday went begging.
In what was a promising opening 25 minutes, Town created all the openings and were looking good.
That was until Jeremy Helan gave the Owls the lead 5 minutes before the break.
The second half was simply woeful from the Terriers and this was one of the worst performances in some time – with passes going astray, the ball going out of play and general cohesion lacking.
With the crowd getting more and more frustrated, that seemed to get transferred onto the pitch and Town struggled against a stronger willed Wednesday.
Jacques Maghoma extended the Owls lead in the 72nd minute as he turned to poke the ball to Smithies’ left hand side to spark jubilation amongst the away contingent.
Town did have a few chances after that however, with Adam Clayton’s long ranger scraping the top of the bar and, in injury time – Paul Dixons cross was met by Danny Ward but his header went wide.
All in all a very disappointing result and display from Town but we have the chance to right those wrongs against Barnsley in another Yorkshire Derby at the John Smith’s this Saturday, and with the opportunity for Town fans to create a new ‘Cowshed’ behind the goal of the Fantastic Media Lower Stand (see details below), the message, as always from HTSA is loud and clear… Get behind the lads and cheer them on to victory!
FM Lower Stand Trial against Barnsley
Following on from the ATT (All together Town) Fans’ panel meetings, the club have agreed to allow fans use of the FM Lower Stand as part of a trial to create a ‘Home End’ in an effort to improve the atmosphere at the stadium.
This is to be trialled for 2 matches this season – Barnsley, this Saturday 1st March, and Bolton on Saturday 5th April.
Existing Fantastic Media Lower Tier Season Card Holders
Please note that this trial is expected to change the match day experience in this area of the ground.
Existing Season Card holders in the FM Lower Tier will be given the option to transfer to another area of the ground free of charge for this fixture.
Families are advised by the Club to transfer to the FM Upper Tier family area.
Over the coming weeks, the Club will contact existing FM Lower Tier Season Card holders via email and telephone to discuss their options for this game.
If existing Season Card Holders choose to remain in this stand, they should note that their seat reservation will not apply for this unreserved seating fixture.
Any FM Lower Tier Season Card holders opting to stay in this stand for the game should enter via turnstile 40.
Season Card Holders in other areas of the ground
Season Card holders in other areas of the ground can use their Season Card to gain access to the FM Lower Tier at turnstiles 41 to 43 inclusive for no charge. No advance transfers are required.
Non Season Card Holders
Non Season Card holders wishing to sit in the FM Lower Tier for this game must buy in advance, as pay at the turnstiles will not be available for this trial.
Admission prices for the FM Lower Tier for this game will be £15 adults and £10 concessions.
The FM Lower tier will be unreserved seating for this trial game against Barnsley.
The capacity of this stand will be set at 1,750 for this game (1,944 capacity with a 10% reduction as a result of unreserved seating) and fans will be allowed in on a first come, first served basis).
The club urges fans to arrive early to get the atmosphere building, which will also allow fans to pick their seats once inside the ground.
Look out for #FillTheFMLower on Twitter, Facebook, Down at the Mac and other social network sites.
Next up away is the trip to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 8th March 2014.
Departure time is 12.15pm for a 3.00pm kick off. The coach leaves from the Stadium, and priced at only £9.50 for HTSA members, and £11.50 for non members.
Details are also provided on the HTSA website – www.htsa-online.co.uk as well as social media sites Facebook (HTSA) and Twitter (@officialhtsa)
HTSA Members travelling on the coach will also be in with a chance of winning £210 in the ‘Free’ draw.
To book a seat , please text or telephone 07905 580784.
Those paying in advance will also be entitled to a free drink and sandwich at the Rope Walk, as before. Opening time will be 11 am.
HTSA / HTFC Club Meeting
HTSA reps had a wide-ranging meeting with Nigel Clibbens and members of his staff yesterday. Details should be available in next week’s column and on the HTSA website.