South Park v Herne Bay

7.45pm  10 March 2015

Isthmian League, Division One South
South Park 0 Herne Bay 2 (att 46)

A personal groundhopping landmark for me as a visit to South Park's Reigate home not only recompleted the three divisions of the Isthmian League (or Ryman League to credit the sponsors), but also meant that for the first time I've now been to every ground in the top eight tiers of English football.

South Park, named after the area of the Surrey town in which they play, have had a rapid rise in recent years. The modest home home ground reflects that, as the only seats are provided by two kit stands which are oddly positioned behind the goal.

Covered standing is provided by the overhanging roof of a pitchside building that houses the changing rooms and a snack bar. The main clubhouse is a walk away on the far side of a car park and larger playing field.

South Park are fairly comfortably mid-table this season, whereas visitors Herne Bay went into this fixture on a great run of form and looking for a play-off place. They ended the game in the play-off positions, thanks to two second half goals, one a penalty.

Herne Bay had looked the better side throughout, and deserved all three points. It had taken some heroics by the South Park keeper to keep then at bay for the first hour or so, and South Park almost went ahead but were denied by great goal line clearance.

Overall the game, like South Park's Whitehall Lane ground, was okay, but nothing to get too excited about.

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