Sittingbourne will have had a welcome five days’ rest before returning to Bostik South League action on Saturday at home to South Park.
Four of their last six games have been in the Buildbase FA Trophy, which culminated on Monday in North London when they lost 1-0 in a replay with Haringey Borough.
That was their second testing game with hard-to-beat Haringey in 48 hours and would have taken a lot out of the players considering how much effort they put in to both games.
So they should be all the better for a few days respite in what has been a hectic and unrelenting season so far.
Sittingbourne will have emerged from the disappointment of defeat at Haringey with at least the confidence that they’re more than a match for the best Bostik League North has to offer.
There was little to choose between the sides, Sittingbourne having a lot of possession over both the games without creating that many chances against a very disciplined defence.
Despite a poorer run of results once their 11-game unbeaten run was ended, Sittingbourne have themselves remained very tight defensively.
It’s up the other end where they haven’t been as successful as in the first couple of months of the season, scoring just six goals in their last eight games.
As a result, but also because cup progress has meant league games being postponed, Sittingbourne have slipped from second in the table to eighth. Though they’ve now got games in hand over nearly all the teams above them.
South Park, who have an excellent away record this season, were last at Woodstock near the beginning of last season when goals by Stefan Wright and Jono Richardson gave Sittingbourne a 2-0 win.
The return match in Surrey also ended 2-0, this time to the home side.
That was the last game of last season with neither side having anything but pride to play for.
This season South Park are mid-table but that excellent away record, as good as any team in the division, has seen them win five of their nine games on their travels.
To prove the point, they had a good away win at Phoenix last time out, but followed that up on Tuesday night with a 6-1 defeat at home by Corinthian Casuals.
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