Tony Rickson previews South Park v Sittingbourne

Written by Tony Rickson on 20th April 2017



Sittingbourne head into Surrey on Saturday for their final game of their most successful season for eight years on the back of three successive wins.

After two 1-0 victories ended a little run of disappointing results, they made it a hat-trick with Monday’s thrilling 2-1 success against local rivals Faversham.

If Sittingbourne can make it four in a row in Saturday’s match at South Park that will equal their best run of results this season and could also lift them into a final place in the top half of the league.

And they won’t be short of support as coach-fulls of loyal Brickies fans are making a day of it to round off the season.

The Reigate club had just 75 in the ground for last Saturday’s home match so that looks like being at least doubled by the travelling Sittingbourne fans.

South Park go into the match on the back of two wins themselves over Easter – 3-1 against both Herne Bay and Molesey – and will be completing a successful season.

They had long runs in cup competitions which put them way behind with league games and playing twice a week to catch up for months on end.

Without that they could have been in the mix for a play-off place but in the end it’s their home form that’s let them down as they’ve lost 12 out of 22 matches there.

Sittingbourne go there with plenty of optimism – for next season, as well as finishing this season on a high note.

It’s been a far from easy season for highly respected manager Nick Davis, with players moving on and a constant need to rebuild and reshape his team.

He’s been able to count on the loyal support of stalwarts like Jono Richardson, Simon Overland, Tom Carlse and Conrad Lee.

And he’s been able to call on some highly promising youngsters – the blend of youth and experience could be quite a mix next season if Sittingbourne can hang on to them all.

It was captain Richardson who headed the vital equaliser against Faversham on Monday before substitute Keanu Williams got the dramatic 90th minute winner.

That took Richardson to seven goals for the season, just one behind current golden boot leader Miles Cornwell, who is still out in front despite leaving the club last October to move up a division with Folkestone Invicta.

It’s amazing for Sittingbourne to have done as well as they have but without a regular goalscorer – it was only a couple of years back that Joe Taylor and Ryan Golding were scoring 50 between them in a season.

Sittingbourne drew 1-1 at South Park last season thanks to a deflected Steven Ita goal in a midweek match just before Christmas watched by just

88 fans. There’ll be a lot more people – and a hell of a lot more noise – this time.

 

 
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