Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Herne Bay

Written by Tony Rickson on 07th November 2016

The disappointment of failing to beat struggling Chatham on Saturday was Sittingbourne’s seventh weekend on the trot without a win.

Yet midweek they’ve been excellent and haven’t lost a league game, winning four and drawing the other two so far this season.

Just as well, then, that their next league match is midweek – away on Tuesday to a Herne Bay side who have found it difficult to get their season up and running.

Sittingbourne go into the match in the top half of Ryman South after a very respectable first three months of the season, even if they’ve lost three players in recent weeks to ‘richer’ clubs – top scorer Miles Cornwell (who got two more for Folkestone at the weekend), goalkeeper Ben Bridle-Card and developing midfield player Jack Steventon.

They followed up an excellent 2-1 win over Corinthian Casuals in midweek with a 2-2 draw against Chatham on Saturday.

Sittingbourne started well to take the lead through Ricky Gundry against his old club but went 2-1 down in the second half before levelling late on through an own goal.

Michal Czanner again covered in goal for Simon Overland in that match but the first choice keeper hopes to be fit to resume on Tuesday at Herne Bay.

While Sittingbourne were drawing on Saturday, Herne Bay, who have been hit by injuries this season and have lost key midfielder Sam Hasler to Folkestone, were enjoying their first away league win of the season, 3-2 at bottom club Three Bridges.

They’re fourth bottom in the league but have enjoyed more cup success than Sittingbourne so have games in hand, and they are strong at home – having only lost once in the league there this season.

Former Sittingbourne striker Mark Lovell was among the goals for them on Saturday, and Herne Bay have a strong nucleus of the team from last season when they finished eighth.

Bay beat Sittingbourne 3-1 in the corresponding fixture last season, on the first day of the season, and completed the double when they won 2-1 at Woodstock in December.


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