What better test of Sittingbourne’s play-off credentials than a home match with high-flying Corinthian Casuals on Saturday.
Sittingbourne have an excellent record against strong teams this season, taking the game to both Haringey Borough and Merstham over four close matches in the FA Trophy, as well as beating Hythe Town and Whyteleafe and drawing with league leaders Lewes in the league.
A recent run of disappointing results against teams below them in the Bostik South League saw them slip down to ninth place, but they jumped up a couple of Tuesday night with a battling 3-2 win at Molesey, their fourth successive away win in the league.
Miles Cornwell got an early goal, Molesey retaliated with goals each side of half-time, but two Kane Rowland goals won it for Sittingbourne, one a dazzling effort after Tom Loynes played him in, and another a typical goal poacher’s effort from close in.
While they were enjoying that win, Corinthian Casuals were losing 2-0 at home to a Phoenix side who also won at Sittingbourne earlier this month.
Gil Carvalho, until recently a Sittingbourne player, was in the Phoenix team that pulled off the shock win, and Conrad Lee, also a former Brickies favourite, came on as a late substitute.
Casuals went into the match top of the table and having won all their previous five games, but the defeat meant Lewes climbed back over them at the top.
They were strong last season, too, beating Greenwich Borough in the semi-finals of the promotion play-offs only to lose out to Dorking Wanderers in the final, going out on penalties after the match ended goalless.
Sittingbourne managed to beat them, though, when they played here last season, goals by Tom Brunt and Joe Loft securing a 2-1 victory.
The return match in Surrey was a different matter, Casuals winning 4-0 after Sittingbourne captain Jono Richardson went off injured.
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