Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Hythe Town

Written by Tony Rickson on 17th November 2016



Having broken their poor run of Saturday afternoons without a win, Sittingbourne return home on Saturday when high-fliers Hythe Town are the visitors.

The Brickies’ last minute win over Godalming last weekend lifted them into the top 10 of the Ryman South table, just seven points behind Hythe.

Finding consistent form has been Sittingbourne’s problem this season, but they were consistently better than Godalming all through last Saturday’s match before young substitute Jack Embery clinched all three points with a headed winner from Jordan Gallacher’s excellent cross.

Hythe, meanwhile, were losing 3-1 away to Walton Casuals having only picked up one point out of six in their two previous games, against fellow promotion-chasers Dorking Wanderers and Greenwich Borough.

But they had an excellent result in midweek, winning 3-0 away in the FA Trophy to a Merstham team who play a division higher than Hythe.

And Hythe have already proved their cup pedigree to Sittingbourne this season, winning an FA Cup replay 5-0 back in August after the teams had drawn 1-1 at Woodstock.

Of course, Hythe deserved to go through but two of those replay goals came right at the end of each half, and the other three were packed into a hectic spell midway through the second half when they scored three in

13 minutes.

Hythe were obviously the better team in that period, and got the goals to prove it, but in the first match and even in the first half of that replay it was all pretty even stevens.

Hythe did play with the handicap of having their goalkeeper sent off early in the first match for handling outside his area, but Sittingbourne also had keeper difficulties with the youth team’s Adam Wallace having to step up to cover for the injured Simon Overland in both matches.

Sittingbourne have proved they can match the best teams in this division, having already beaten Greenwich Borough and Corinthian Casuals this season, and Saturday should be another well-contested battle between two Kent teams who have got to know each other pretty well in recent years.

 

 
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