I suppose that Accrington Stanley could defeat the budget argument. I remember the last time we got promoted to the Football League thinking that if we finished third from bottom it would be an achievement, we got promoted again, so who knows?
There's away standing and seating, nearly always just open the seating unless the demand exceeds capacity in the seating.
Not sure of the away seating capacity though, Chester brought 200 plus and both were opened.
Plenty of pubs to you while away the time within 2 minutes of the station, you could also visit the silk museum :bg: allow 25/30 minutes to walk to the ground, taxi rank outside station if you are delayed.