This Saturday Sittingbourne put their unbeaten home record to the test against opposition from Sussex for the second successive week. After last weekend’s exciting 3-2 win over Horsham, thanks to a late winning goal by top scorer Miles Cornwell, Sittingbourne face a Lewes side who are without a win so far this month. Sittingbourne will have to make at least one change to the side that beat Horsham as recently-signed striker Jordan Gallacher is suspended. Their attack has averaged three goals a game at home in the league this season, their best scoring rate since the days of 25-goals-a-season strikers Ryan Golding and Joe Taylor. Saturday’s opponents Lewes, meanwhile, have fallen from Conference status not so long ago and were relegated out of the Ryman Premier in the summer. Apart from Guernsey, they’re the best supported side in this division but loyal fans were worried that their attendance for Wednesday night’s home defeat by South Park had dropped below 300. How Sittingbourne would love to be in a position of worrying if they were falling just short of 300 at Woodstock. Lewes have won just twice this season, even though supporters were hoping they were going to go straight back up at the first attempt. It’s quite a few years since the clubs met, Lewes winning an FA Cup midweek replay 5-2 – I think - after the teams had drawn at Sittingbourne the previous Saturday. Sittingbourne were under the caretaker management of James Creed that night, and he made it quite clear afterwards he wouldn’t be applying for the job! I bumped into him just a couple of weeks ago and Creed’s still scoring centuries for fun on cricket grounds around the county, but his football is limited to the odd game watching his local team Faversham. Lewes won some national recognition last year when a prominent fan, Patrick Marber, wrote a play about non-league football that was staged at the National Theatre, and directed by Ian Rickson (!)
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