Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Herne Bay

Written by Tony Rickson on 12th February 2017

Unless the weather intervenes and causes any more postponements, Sittingbourne play their final midweek evening fixture of the season on Tuesday when they’re home to Herne Bay.

Which is a pity because they have a fine record in midweek matches this season.

They’ve won six and drawn three of their ten matches – in fact the only midweek game they’ve lost was against this week’s opponents Herne Bay.

That was back in November when they were well beaten 3-0, and it was during a good spell for the club as it was the only game Sittingbourne lost during a run of nine matches.

It’s been mixed fortunes since then and in the last week they’ve beaten relegation strugglers Chatham 3-2 while on Saturday they put up stubborn resistance but went down 2-0 to league leaders Tooting & Mitcham.

That was their first game since Stefan Wright left, the midfielder – albeit with mixed feelings – joining promotion-chasing Greenwich Borough.

He’s by no means the first Sittingbourne player this season to be poached by another club. Others who have left include Miles Cornwell (to Folkestone), Jack Steventon (to Faversham, though now happily back at Sittingbourne), Ricky Gundry and Jordan Gallacher (both to Chatham).

In addition Steven Ita has gone to Sheppey on dual registration to work on building up his fitness and Danny Rumbol has been out with a shoulder injury sustained in training.

So manager Nick Davis has had to juggle his resources and with teenager Jack Embery injured, he had to press Josh Wisson into the role of emergency striker at Tooting on Saturday. He switched back into midfield for the last half-hour after new signing Jason Ngandu came on.

While Sittingbourne were losing that game, Herne Bay were kicking their heels as their match at Chipstead was called off.

They’d been hoping to end a run of four successive league defeats, though they’ve had a tough run of fixtures against some of the best teams in the league.

Their most recent game was against Tooting & Mitcham and they also found the league leaders difficult opponents, losing the match 4-1.

Bay are 13 points adrift of Sittingbourne, down in 18th place but a respectable 10 points clear of the relegation-threatened bottom three.

The last time they played at Woodstock, they completed a 2015-16 double over Sittingbourne, triumphing 2-1 with ex-Brickie Mark Lovell heading the winning goal.


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