Tony Rickson previews Lewes v Sittingbourne

Written by Tony Rickson on 01st December 2016

It’s a battle of two in-form teams on Saturday when Sittingbourne travel to Sussex to play Lewes.

Sittingbourne go there on the back of four successive wins, while Lewes have won six and drawn the other two of their last eight games.

In fact, their turn-around in fortunes began at Woodstock when they hit back in the second half to win 3-1 in September.

Lewes had been struggling for results before that but it’s all gone well for them since, including last Saturday when they won 4-2 at Guernsey. And as Sittingbourne know only too well, that’s not an easy place to bring back a result from.

While Lewes were flying back to the mainland, Sittingbourne were enjoying a late home win over East Grinstead.

The only goal of the game came in injury time from Tom Carlse, a header despite him being the smallest player in the team.

That was the fifth goal of the season for the adventurous left-back, which puts him second to Miles Cornwell in this season’s Sittingbourne goalscoring list.

It was Cornwell who got the Sittingbourne goal in September when Lewes visited only for the visitors to hit back and win with what they called their ‘most solid performance of the season so far.’

Lewes, who were relegated from Ryman Premier in the summer, are equal on points with Sittingbourne and the two teams have very similar records so a close match looks on the cards.


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