Tony Rickson previews Chatham Town v Sittingbourne

Written by Tony Rickson on 05th February 2017



For the second successive midweek, Sittingbourne play a team scrapping against relegation.

Last time it was Guernsey who returned to the Channel Islands with a point after a battling draw in the rain at Woodstock.

This Monday, Sittingbourne make the short trip up the M2 to play a Chatham side who are even further in the relegation mire than Guernsey.

They got into the match third bottom with an eight-point gap between them and Guernsey, the team above them.

They’ve only won twice in 14 league games at home this season and haven’t won any of their last nine games.

But, as Sittingbourne know, they battle hard – especially in local derbies – and fought back well to draw 2-2 when they played at Woodstock on Fireworks Night last year.

Since that night they’ve signed a couple of players from Sittingbourne, forwards Jordan Gallacher and Ricky Gundry, and it was Gundry who scored for them on Saturday in a 1-1 draw with Three Bridges.

That was his first game back at the club he left earlier this season and his first match action for more than a month after missing out at Sittingbourne with a knee injury.

Anyone who saw how pleased Gundry was to score when Sittingbourne played Chatham at home will know he’d be equally delighted if the tables were turned on Monday.

Sittingbourne also go into the match on a run of nine matches without a win, though they’ve played well at times, certainly in recent weeks against Hastings, Carshalton and Guernsey.

They also played some good football on Saturday and created plenty of chances against Cray Wanderers but didn’t take them and were caught out by experienced opponents on the counter-attack.

Following the Monday night trip to Chatham, Sittingbourne are away again on Saturday, to league leaders Tooting & Mitcham.

 

 
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