Tony Rickson previews South Park v Sittingbourne 22nd March 7.45PM KO
Sittingbourne kick-off a hectic period of five games in ten days when they travel to South Park on Thursday evening for a re-arranged game.
Following the South Park trip they have three home games in less than a week and finish the flurry of matches away to Ramsgate on Easter Monday.
They’ve made the journey to Reigate before to play South Park but what should have been Aslan Odev’s first game in interim charge fell victim to heavy rain in the hours before last month’s game.
There was no rain around for what was supposed to be their most recent game, but last Saturday’s scheduled match at Hythe Town was called off by the referee with many thinking the ground was fit for action.
South Park’s pitch hasn’t coped well with the wintry weather and they still have 15 league games to pack in before the season ends next month, which is why this match is being played on a Thursday, an unusual night for football.
Sittingbourne and South Park have met before this season, at Woodstock in November, when the visitors won comfortably 3-0.
Sittingbourne’s form was wobbling at the time after they’d had such a good run to go up to second in the Bostik League South table, but it’s been mainly downhill since then.
They’ve won just the two games in 2018, against Guernsey and Hastings, and you have to go right back to December to when they last drew a game.
Odev has been completely out of luck since taking over, with a few players leaving and a long injury list to cope with, but spirits and energy have stayed at a high level and a first win under his leadership will surely come in the batch of matches coming up thick and fast.