After four home games on the bounce, Sittingbourne head back to Sussex this Saturday to play fast-improving East Grinstead.
Tuesday night’s handsome 4-0 win over Kent rivals Ramsgate lifted Sittingbourne into the top ten of the Ryman Division One South table.
Goals flowed from youngsters Danny Rumbol and a sparkling effort by Josh Wisson, as well as Tom Carlse and skipper Jono Richardson, as Sittingbourne bounced back from a 3-1 home defeat by Lewes four days earlier.
In fact, Sittingbourne have lost only twice in the league this season, though their current tally of 15 points from nine games is three less than at the same stage last season.
It was about this time that Sittingbourne began to slip backwards in
2015-16 but manager Nick Davis will be determined to ensure that experience isn’t repeated this time around.
He’s continued to reshape his team this season, and only Richardson, midfield dynamo Stefan Wright, and sharp-shooting top scorer Miles Cornwell have been regulars all season.
Sittingbourne beat East Grinstead twice last season, winning 2-0 there in February thanks to Jack Steventon’s first goal and Steven Ita, and beating them 2-1 at home the following month thanks to goals by Carlse against his old club and Michael Hurcomb.
East Grinstead go into the match buoyed by a midweek 4-2 away win at South Park which extended their unbeaten run to four matches.
They made a slow start to the season so are still down in 20th place – the same spot as they finished last season.
Sittingbourne return home on Tuesday night when Ramsgate – yet again – are the visitors, this time in the Kent Senior Cup.
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