Season 2019-20 – Sheppey United
The season may have come to an sudden end and all results expunged but games did take place and plenty of teams had a year to remember. Here we look back at some of the sides that had an impressive Premier Division campaign.
Sheppey United sat in fourth position in the table just 5 points off the team at the top and 3 away from the side in the promotion earning place when the season came to an early finish. With 9 games to go they were one of the 5 contenders that would have provided us with an exciting finish to what had been a thrilling campaign.
Sheppey averaged 2.03 points per game this campaign which, had it continued through the scheduled 36 games, would have seen them pick up around 73 points in total, their best haul in recent years. Although 4th in the current table they were placed 3rd in the PPG table.
Selected League wins
6-0 v AFC Croydon
4-1 v Bearsted
5-0 v Crowborough Ath
6-2 v Deal Town
5-3 v Erith Town
5-0 v Erith & Belvedere
4-1 v Tunbridge Wells
7-1 v K Sports
5-0 v Punjab Utd
4-1 v Beckenham Town
League Defeats x4
2-1 v Tunbridge Wells
3-1 v Corinthian
3-2 v Welling Town
3-2 v Chatham Town
16 players scored for Sheppey United this campaign with Dan Bradshaw hitting the net the most with an incredible 34 League goals plus a further 12 in the Cups. They were the top scorers in the Division averaging almost 3 goals a game and only failed to hit the net when Corinthian held them to a goalless draw in February.
Top League Scorers
Dan Bradshaw 34
Danny Leonard 13
Laurent Hamici 6
Harrison Carnegie 6
Sheppey Utd still had 9 games to play. They were against…
Welling Town, Fisher, Erith & Belvedere, Bearsted, Punjab Utd, Glebe, Lordswood, AFC Croydon and Crowborough Ath
2019-20 Cup Competitions
FA Cup – Third game defeat to Chertsey Town
FA Vase – Third game defeat to Corinthian
Kent Senior Trophy – Awaiting Cup Final v Corinthian
Challenge Cup – Second game loss to Bearsted
The season came to a halt far too early for Sheppey United as they were one of the sides in the promotion hunt and with 9 games to go had a reasonable chance of achieving that top 2 finish. They were unbeaten in 2020 and for a short time even hit the summit of the Premier Division table. A County Cup Final was also around the corner for the Ites giving their huge following the chance to see their side go for glory again in a showpiece event when they were to line up opposite Corinthian in the Kent Senior Trophy.
This was certainly an excellent year for the Ites and they should be proud of how they have performed over the past 8 months.
Main Photo Credit: Marc Richards