Tony Rickson previews Chipstead v Sittingbourne

Written by Tony Rickson on 09th March 2017

Sittingbourne head to Chipstead on Saturday with a realistic target of completing their best season for eight years.

Just two defeats in their last six games has kept them in 13th place in Ryman South and last Saturday’s narrow win over Godalming has taken them onto a total of 52 points.

Their best final total in recent years was 61, which they reached in

2013-14 and 2012-13.

You have to go back to 2008-09, when they finished sixth on 69, for anything better than that.

So winning half of the remaining eight games would beat the 61, and they will be looking to chalk up one of those victories when they go to a Chipstead side who have been struggling this year.

They will be also be looking for revenge after losing 1-0 at home to Chipstead before Christmas.

That was the foggy day when three players were sent off – Sam Welch and Danny Rumbol from Sittingbourne, and one from the visitors – after Chipstead had scored the only goal of the match early on.

It was the second time in a row Sittingbourne had failed to score against Chipstead, having drawn 0-0 on their pleasant Surrey ground last season.

Chipstead have only won four out of 19 home games this season and haven’t won for more than two months, going 10 matches without a win.

Sittingbourne’s form has been better this year, though a little inconsistent, and they will look to build on the win achieved a week ago thanks to goals by Connor Wilkins and Gil Carvalho in added time.

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