What a November it’s been for Sittingbourne – and they hope to end it in style on Tuesday evening when Herne Bay are the visitors to Woodstock.
For Nick Davis, it’s been manager-of-the-month statistics with five wins and a draw in what’s been a hectic little period. Seven games already this month with just the one to come.
In fact, the only black mark during November was the game against Herne Bay, of all teams, Sittingbourne performing disappointingly in a 3-0 defeat there just three weeks ago.
But how they’ve bounced back from that night, winning all four games since.
They’ve gone to Godalming and Ramsgate and won 2-1 each time, while at home they’ve beaten Hythe 4-0 and East Grinstead 1-0 on Saturday.
The clean sheets at home will have delighted Davis, who was a most obdurate defender himself in a long and successful non-league career.
And so too will the home record of 6 wins, 2 draws, 2 defeats in his dream of turning it into Fortress Woodstock.
Those four wins out of four have lifted Sittingbourne to the dizzy heights of seventh in the Ryman South table, just one point away from a play-off place.
They’ve got there through the old-fashioned values of hard work and determination, through teamwork and team spirit – just look at how pleased they are to celebrate a win together, and how quickly they go to thank their loyal fans for the support.
On Saturday against East Grinstead they needed all that teamwork at times against a side who had clearly strengthened considerably in the days before the game.
But Sittingbourne defended well, stand-in captain Simon Overland was excellent when called upon, and Sittingbourne attacked with pace and energy whenever they got the chance.
Not sure who would have bet on a left-back heading the winning goal, especially a left-back who is probably the smallest player in the team, but the enthusiastic Tom Carlse loves getting forward and loves getting goals.
That’s five league goals for him, which makes him the club’s second top scorer this season, headed only by Miles Cornwell, who was back at the club to cheer on his mates on Saturday as his new club Folkestone Invicta didn’t have a game.
While Sittingbourne were leaving it late to win on Saturday, Herne Bay were losing 2-1 at Corinthian Casuals, having previously lost to Hythe in midweek.
But generally their form has improved considerably in recent weeks and – like Ramsgate last midweek – will be determined to give their Kent rivals a tough game.
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