McElligott savours an excellent Easter for South Park
EASTER weekend could not have gone better for South Park after they topped a 3-2 win over Colliers Wood United with a hard-fought triumph over local rivals Horley Town.
Goals from Mat Ward and Karl Parker ensured South Park took maximum points away from the New Defence on Easter Monday and made it four wins in six days for Joe McElligott's team after they beat Mole Valley SCR last Tuesday and Chessington & Hook last Thursday, both of which were cup ties. "Four wins from four, so it has been a good week results wise," Park boss McElligott admitted.
"The Horley game was a typical derby match. Both teams probably could have had more goals, but I think we created more chances and edged the game accordingly.
"James Wastell saved a penalty but then I think we hit the woodwork three times."
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The win pulls Park level on points with Guernsey, their opponents on Friday at Whitehall Lane (7.45pm kick-off).
"We finished eighth last season with 64 points and I always look to improve," McElligott said.
Park opened the scoring in the 60th minute when Parker found Ward on the edge of the Horley penalty area and his angled drive beat Ian Chatfield and nestled in the bottom corner.
Horley wasted a golden opportunity to get back on level terms in the 69th minute when Ashley Nadeson had a penalty saved by James Wastell.
Park doubled the lead on 78 minutes following a corner that was only half cleared to Charlie Smith who hit a volley from 25 yards towards goal where Parker reacted quickly to lift the ball over Chatfield into the roof of the net.
Nadeson scored a consolation goal for Horley in the 86th minute heading home Adam Pullen's cross from close range.
And Horley boss Ali Rennie believes there were positives to take from the weekend, that started off with a 1-1 draw at Molesey on Saturday.
"The Molesey result was fair but I thought we maybe deserved a draw from Monday," Rennie said. "The difference was South Park took their chances and we didn't; including missing a penalty.
"But there were positives; we had two players making their debuts over the weekend. Ryan Brackpool, who had been playing for Ifield in the Sussex County League, made his debut on Saturday and Ben Gubby made the step up from our reserves; they are 19 and 18."