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Ground Review – Ashton Town/St. Helens Town, Edge Green Street

Accessibility – 3/5Edge Green Street 1

Appearance – 2/5

Facilities – 2/5

Parking – 2/5

Refreshments – 3/5

Total:  12/25

Edge Green Street is currently used by two North West Counties sides, it is owned by Division One’s Ashton Town, but has been shared with Premier Division outfit St. Helens Town since 2010.

As long as you know where you’re going, the ground is fairly easy to get to. It is located just off junction 23 of the M6 in Ashton-in-Makerfield near Wigan.

The town itself is easy to navigate but the ground is located down a small backstreet, it is not signposted and you have to look out for the ‘Edge Green Street’ road sign. With a SatNav it will be simple, but without one you may struggle.

Parking is not the greatest, there is a small area in the ground itself behind the goal for around ten to fifteen cars, but they risk being pummelled with wayward shots. The side street to get to the ground can accommodate around twenty cars, it is bumpy and full of potholes but an easy getaway is ensured if you find a spot here.

After paying an adult price of £5 to enter you emerge behind the goal. Down the touchline to the left are the only two stands, a small all-seated stand that must hold around 100, and another covered area with both seats (approx. 30) and steps for standing.

Edge Green Street 3

Both stands look like their best days are behind them, the seats have faded in the sunlight and the corrugated iron and scaffolding the stands are made from are starting to rust.

Behind the far goal is just a fence and a high net to stop balls from flying out of the ground. Down the touchline to the right are the two dugouts, and a small changing room area.

Edge Green Street 2

The perimeter fence around the ground leaves a lot to be desired, it is covered in either dirty tarp or weedy hedges depending on where you look.

In the corner next to the changing rooms is a small clubhouse with a bar, pool table and TV with Sky Sports, although having no windows makes it very dark inside. The bar wasn’t open when I visited but the tea hut at the far end was, and provided the usual football food.

Edge Green Street is not the best ground in the NWCFL Premier Division, but that is to be expected with it being owned by a club from the league below. It does have a good pitch though, and with a bit of housekeeping to the stands and the perimeter fence it would greatly improve.