Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Guernsey

Written by Tony Rickson on 12th January 2017



If the weather allows, Sittingbourne will face a team on Saturday lunchtime who haven’t won an away game all season.
Guernsey have made 14 trips from the Channel Islands to the mainland so far and returned home with just three points to show for it.
They’re currently fourth bottom in the Ryman South table and only their excellent home form has got them as high as that.
But two of those away draws have come on recent trips to Horsham last Saturday and Herne Bay last month so their form on their travels is 
definitely improving.
Sittingbourne and Guernsey have already met this season, a long day out for the Brickies ending in a 2-1 defeat in front of a crowd of nearly 
700. And, of course, it’s the long days that count for much in any game involving Guernsey.
Go there and it means starting out at about 6am for a lot of travelling and a lot of hanging around.
But then the boot’s on the other foot when the Guernsey players fly into Gatwick every other Saturday and that’s why so many matches 
involving them have been won by whoever’s at home.
Sittingbourne go into the match on the back of an exhilarating draw in their last match, late goals by youngsters Jake Embery and Josh Wisson 
giving them a 2-2 draw at promotion-hunting Carshalton. Wisson is still playing for the club’s development side and can’t be 
overplayed, so he’s mainly been used as a substitute this season, but he played an excellent 90 minutes in this match and has scored in the last 
two Sittingbourne game.
He was one of four changes for that match after the disappointment of losing 5-1 at home to a strong Greenwich Borough side on the previous 
Monday.
Manager Nick Davis will have lots of selection options for the Guernsey game, with Ricky Gundry, Tom Carr, Stefan Wright, Connor Wilkins and 
Danny Rumbol all looking for a chance to come back into the mix.
Sittingbourne have only beaten Guernsey once in seven meetings, and that was in the home match early last season when they fought back from 
2-0 down to beat tiring opponents 3-2.
There will be an inspection at Woodstock on Friday evening to make sure Guernsey can be stopped from making an unnecessary journey the following 
morning if the pitch isn't likely to be fit enough.
If the match survives the current cold spell it will kick-off at 1pm on Saturday to enable Guernsey to fly home that day.
 

 
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