After three and a half hours of watching horses (and riders) jumping over the same fences I needed some excitement. It is tough spending so much time around “horsey” types. They tend think they are better than us footballing types, with their jodphurs on and sitting a glass of champagne, whilst we were tucking into our pork pies and it is not a world I ever want to have to socialise in. So when our Olympic session ended at 2pm I eyed up a return to normality with a trip to a Non League Pre-Season friendly. One had my name all over it – a “new” ground for me and also an opportunity to do some Ryman League scouting – Sittingbourne.
Just over an hour later I was pulling up outside Bourne Park, part of the Central Park complex in Sittingbourne. Alas, it shares nothing but the name with the famous “lungs” of New York City. Central Park, Sittingbourne is a Greyhound stadium, surrounded by industrial units, where as Central Park, New York is surrounded by world-famous museums. However, as all good Kent Non League aficionados will know, Sittingbourne FC no longer play at the Greyhound Stadium – they play in the idylically named “lower field”. Continue reading