Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Level playing field

Dartford and Sittingbourne play at the same level in the football pyramid. Both teams play in the Ryman Isthmian Football League, but separate divisions. Dartford are in Division 1 North and Sittingbourne in Division 1 South. Last season (2006/07) both teams were in the same league (South) so there obviously has been a re-jig of the structure this time around.

When the sides met in this fixture in the league last season (November 2006), the result was a 2-1 away win for Sittingbourne. However, the most notable statistic from that fixture was the attendance of 1,047. This local derby obviously sparks interest in the area. I wonder what sort of rivalry there is between the clubs? Kent is also represented in this league by Maidstone and Dover Athletic, and if the the chants of some of the Sittingbourne fans at Saturday's game were anything to go by it is Maidstone who seem to be Sittingbourne's biggest rivals.

A potent recipe; take one big crowd, add the passion of a Cup tie and stir in a local derby for good measure.

Season, mix well, stand back and enjoy. Bring it on!

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