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South Park – third time lucky?

Following the postponement of last night’s planned fixture with South Park, the game will now (hopefully!) be played on Monday 20th March. It’s the second time the match has been re-arranged, with heavy downpours twice putting paid to the match.

How has this season been for South Park?
It is fair to say that the season is shaping up to be the best they have ever had in their history, framed by the trip to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Trophy Second Round where they narrowly lost to the Conference National side 3-1.  They progressed into the semi-finals of the Ryman League Cup before losing to Billericay Town although the cup runs have come at a cost as they now have to play serious catch up with their league fixtures.

On Saturday they grabbed a great win against Carshalton Athletic, beating them 3-2 thanks to goals from Kieran Lavery, Rixon-Nicholls and a Chris Smith penalty.  They still have a significant number of games in hand on the rest of the league although that now means playing three games a week in some instances.  Their home form hasn’t matched some of their performances on the road as they have lost half of their fourteen games so far, whilst The Rooks have the third best record on the road with eleven wins so far.  They like to play a 4-3-3 attacking line up with prolific striker, now in his second spell at the club, Chris Smith always a danger although this season it is Kieran Lavery who is their top scorer.

Current Form (last 6 league games)

Lewes –        W 3 D 0 L 3 GF 12 GA 11 PTS 9
South Park – W 4 D 0 L 2 GF 14 GA 11 PTS 12

When did we last meet South Park?
We’ve not met South Park in a competitive game in living memory at King George’s Field.  Back in September when they came to the Dripping Pan they won 3-1, coming back from an early Alex Malins effort to take all three points thanks to goals from Kieran Lavery and two Stacey Freeman own goals.

About King George’s Field
You certainly get the country feel at King George’s Field with rolling hills on one side of the pitch and a cricket field at the north end.  The ground has two small modern temporary stands behind the south goal, with capacity for around 50 or 60 people, whilst the modern changing room block offers some cover from the elements.  There is a tea bar at the far end of this building.  The clubhouse is actually at the entrance to the sports ground where the car park is – you are free to wander up there at half time and re-enter the ground once fed and watered.  It is a decent size affair with some good beers and large screens with Sky Sports.

The ground is dominated by the huge tree behind one goal that gives the club its badge.

How to get to King George’s Field
The best piece of advice I can give you is use your SatNav or Google Maps!  The ground is hard to reach once you have left the M25 junction 8 and followed the A217 Reigate Hill down into the Town Centre.  Continue to follow signs for the A217 as you go around the one-way system.  The road will pair off to the left and follow that the turning left into Bell Street.  After about a mile take a right into Park Lane East then the 6th road on your left into Whitehall Lane and the ground will be on your right.  Parking is available free of charge either on the cricket pitch or in the tarmac car park.  Total travel time from Lewes is around 50 miles, approximately 38 miles away.

The nearest station is Reigate but it is a good 2 mile walk so a taxi may be the best option.  If you are going to walk then head down London Road into the centre of Reigate, then walk through the Castle Grounds and down the A217 straight ahead opposite the Market Stores pub.  Carry on for a mile before you take a right into Park Lane East.  Then sixth left into Sandcross Lane and then take the right-hand fork for Whitehall Lane and the ground.  You will need to make at least one change (Gatwick Airport) to reach Reigate – travel time is around 80 minutes and will cost approximately £13.40 return.

Admission at King George’s Field
Admission is £9 for adults, £5 for concessions (senior citizens, students and Under18s), and accompanied under 12s are admitted free.

Fancy a beer?
The nearest pub to the ground is the Barley Mow in Eastnor Road, a few minute walk from the ground.  The best pub close by is probably the Roe Deer in Croydon Road in the centre of Reigate, whilst the Yew Tree on Reigate Hill is also worth a visit if coming by train.  Next to the station is the Prince of Wales which is a Shepherds Neame pub.