Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Guernsey

Written by Tony Rickson on 07th January 2018

Boosted by new signings, Sittingbourne aim to end their seven-game losing run when Guernsey are the visitors on Tuesday night for a rearranged league match.

Sittingbourne, who haven’t won at home for three months, have sunk into the bottom half of the Bostik South League after riding high in second place earlier in the season.

In a bid to end their poor run, manager Nick Davis has swung into action, signing in the last couple of days striker Richmond Ayoola from Kingstonian, and midfielders Alfie Cue from Dartford, and Rhys Bartlett from Maidstone. All three are ambitious young players looking for regular first team football.

There’s been three in and one out with captain Ben Gorham, a born leader and a regular all season, returning to his former club Herne Bay.

Gorham led the team for the last time on Saturday when Sittingbourne lost 3-0 away to promotion-seeking Carshalton Athletic, the home team converting two penalties and adding a third with the last kick of the game.

While Sittingbourne were losing there, an injured-hit Guernsey side were crashing 5-0 in North Kent to Phoenix, their second successive heavy defeat away from home, having previously lost 4-0 to Greenwich Borough just before Christmas.

Guernsey, without a win in their last five games, don’t have a big pool of players to choose from, certainly not experienced ones, and are hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone.

It’s also difficult at times for them to get a full squad for a midweek match as it means a Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning off work for the players with an overnight stay near Gatwick.

But it was a midweek match when they last visited Sittingbourne a year ago and they put up a very spirited performance to draw 3-3 that night.

The original match with Guernsey was postponed in December because of a frozen goalmouth with the away team already stripped and ready for action that day.

Tony Rickson

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