With both Cray Wanderers and Horsham promoted and the relegation of Greenwich Borough, not forgetting the sad folding of Thamesmead Town, the four vacant spaces were filled by three Sussex sides and this year’s beaten FA Vase finalists, Cray Valley Paper Mills.
The division had no lateral movement like many divisions and so what do we know about our new opponents?
Cray Valley PM - they won the Southern Counties East League Premier Division on 91 points just one point ahead of Corinthians, they were beaten finalists today (Sunday) in the FA Vase by another newly promoted team to the Bostik League South Central Division, Chertsey Town. They play their home matches at the Badgers Sports Ground in Eltham, where for the last three seasons they have shared their ground with Greenwich Borough who they have now replaced in the league.
Chichester City - they need no real introduction as they won the SCFL at a canter last season and like to play quick attacking football. Heath and Chi have gone head to head in league and cup matches over the past few seasons and the matches always tend to be five-star entertainment.
Whitehawk - we last faced Whitehawk in a friendly in the build-up to last season. They are a side that are in a current rebuilding phase and managed by the talented Jude Macdonald. They have a strong base of ultras as support and we look forward to welcoming them to Hanbury Park.
Burgess Hill Town - lastly our good neighbours who we have faced in pre-season and most recently in the Sussex Senior Cup. They will no doubt be looking to bounce straight back to the Premier Division after a difficult season. What I’m sure will be great are the Boxing Day and Easter matches between the two sides (assuming that is how the fixture list comes out).
I’m sure you will agree that another top season is on the cards.
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