Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Cray Wanderers

Written by Tony Rickson on 23rd October 2017

Two in-form teams with similarly impressive records meet at Woodstock on Tuesday evening when second-placed Sittingbourne are at home to fourth-placed Cray Wanderers.

Sittingbourne are unbeaten in their last eight league and cup games, and Cray have been on an identical eight-game run without defeat.

Both teams have lost only once in the league this season – Sittingbourne away to Faversham while Cray’s solitary defeat was to Bostik South League leaders Lewes.

And funnily enough both owed points on Saturday to 90th minute goals, showing it’s likely to be a battle all the way again on Tuesday night.

Sittingbourne scored in added time through Kane Rowland to secure a 1-1 draw with Chipstead while Cray got a 90th minute winner in their 1-0 derby win over Thamesmead.

The Brickies had gone into their match on the back of a run of seven straight wins, the last six of them without conceding a goal.

But that outstanding run was soon ended as the Chips took a seventh minute lead, a goal which allowed them to defend in numbers and defy Sittingbourne to get behind the back four.

They succeeded all the way until Rowland tapped home from close range in a frantic finish to make it five goals in four games that he’s scored.

That puts him joint top on the Sittingbourne scorers’ list now with Bola Dawodu.

Sittingbourne and Cray finished near each other in mid-table last season. They drew 3-3 in an exciting opening game of the season at the Bromley ground Cray share, the home team scoring twice at the end to grab a point. In the return match, Cray caught Sittingbourne in a poor mid-season run and won 4-0.

This Tuesday’s match will provide a severe test of both clubs’ promotion ambitions and it promises to be quite a game.


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