Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Herne Bay

Written by Tony Rickson on 22nd January 2017

Weather permitting, Sittingbourne will resume action after their enforced mid-winter break with a home game against Herne Bay on Tuesday evening.

Sittingbourne won’t have played for 17 days since the thrilling 2-2 draw on the artificial pitch at Carshalton.

Since then two games have fallen victim of frozen pitches, and it’s not really forecast to warm up much over the next few days.

They’ve already played Herne Bay this season, losing disappointingly

3-0 in a night match in November, though they then embarked on a six-match unbeaten run straight after that.

Bay have had an in-and-out season and are three places behind Sittingbourne in the league but nine points behind.

They’ve lost three out of their last four league games but the one they won was spectacular – 4-3 away to a Dorking Wanderers side who were top of the league at the time. Tooting & Mitcham have since replaced Dorking at the top.

Bay did the double over Sittingbourne last season, winning 2-1 last December at Woodstock to inflict what was an incredible 13th successive league defeat on the Brickies.

The Herne Bay winner that night was scored by former Sittingbourne player Mark Lovell. Incidentally, his dad Steve, also an ex-Sittingbourne player and manager, is now back coaching at Gillingham.

Funnily enough Sittingbourne turned the corner after that low point, winning three and drawing the other two of their next five games.

Sittingbourne have virtually a full squad to choose from and manager Nick Davis will have plenty of selection choices.

But make sure to check the usual sources like Twitter and Facebook before setting out, just in case the fixture is another victim of the winter weather.

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