Tony Rickson previews Corinthian-Casuals v Sittingbourne

Written by Tony Rickson on 24th March 2017



Sittingbourne have already hit the top of their game to beat Corinthian Casuals once this season, and they’ll need to do it again on Saturday.

They put in undoubtedly one of their best performances of the season when the clubs previously met for a Tuesday night game in November.

Sittingbourne raced into a two-goal first half lead through first goals of the season for both Tom Brunt and Joe Loft.

It all seemed to turn around early in the second half when Stefan Wright was sent off for a red-card tackle and Casuals pulled a goal back.

But the 10 men held on as Brickies accomplished what was undoubtedly one of their best wins of the season.

The setback hasn’t done Casuals too much harm as they’re in the thick of the race for a play-off place.

They’ve already won four out of five matches this month, including important wins over two of their big rivals for a promotion spot. They won 2-0 against second-placed Dorking Wanderers and 3-0 against third-placed Greenwich Borough, when they came up against Wright again.

Casuals themselves are currently fourth.

Of course it was Dorking who edged past Sittingbourne last weekend, winning 1-0 thanks to a second half goal.

Sittingbourne, who gave new signing Chris Regis a debut in midfield in that game, will again be without Loft this Saturday as he completes a two-game suspension for collecting 10 bookings.

Regis, recently released by Football League club Colchester, was introduced to the club by striker Keanu Williams, another player who only joined Sittingbourne this month.

With Sittingbourne safe from relegation and not close enough to join in the promotion race, manager Nick Davis is using the final six games to assess his options for next season and decide who he wants involved in that fresh challenge.

The team are currently 14th but it’s still possible to achieve their best points total for many seasons, and that’s something Davis would love to pull off.

Sittingbourne lost 1-0 at Corinthian Casuals last season, both teams ending with 10 men following sending-offs. It was striker Harry Smith, now with Millwall, who picked up the Sittingbourne red card that night.

Funnily enough when the teams met again at Woodstock just a few days later, Sittingbourne also finished with 10 men, that man Wright sent off

- again - in a 2-1 defeat.

So Sittingbourne, who have one of the best disciplinary records in the league, have had players sent off in each of their last three games against Corinthian Casuals. What will happen on Saturday?

 
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