Sittingbourne are at home on Saturday to a Molesey side who are battling to avoid being sucked into a fight against relegation.
For the Brickies, they go into the match having won one, lost one and drawn one, a week of results that sums up their season!
Tuesday night’s 2-2 clash with Herne Bay was their tenth draw of the season, more than any other team in Ryman South, and Sittingbourne find themselves firmly in mid-table with a quarter of the season left to play.
That they failed to beat Herne Bay slightly took the gloss off what was a memorable night for the legend that is Hicham Akhazzan.
He scored his 100th goal for Sittingbourne, a brilliantly taken drive from the edge of the box that pulled his team level early in the second half.
Youngster Connor Wilkins put Sittingbourne ahead – from Akhazzan’s low cross! – but Bay, who had played much of the match with 10 men following a first half sending off, levelled in the 90th minute.
Akhazzan started this season needing only two more goals to get to the magic 100 but he couldn’t hold down a regular place in the team and drifted off to play for Lordswood on dual registration.
Often that sort of deal spells the end of a player’s stay at a club, but Akhazzan came roaring back once Sittingbourne got short of numbers again and has scored twice in the last three games.
A former Gillingham apprentice, he joined Sittingbourne late in 2006 and got the first two of his 100 goals in an away match at Godalming soon afterwards.
I remember interviewing him for the East Kent Gazette after the game and meeting a modest, witty, quietly-spoken young man, who liked scoring goals and enjoyed the company of his teammates. He hasn’t changed at all over the years.
Sittingbourne also introduced defender Jardel Bunda-Kamara for his debut in the Bay game, allowing Jack Steventon to move up to midfield, and the problematic striker role was filled by David Abe nearly three years after he last played for the club.
Sittingbourne and Molesey met in October in Surrey and the game ended in a 1-1 draw with Jordan Gallacher equalising in the second half.
Molesey have slipped down the league recently, having lost four of their last five games, and are down in 20th place with a poor record of
13 defeats in 16 away games this season.
They were last at Woodstock for the final match of last season, when Tom Brunt scored a dramatic last equaliser to earn Sittingbourne a 1-1 draw. So draws figure quite highly in matches between the clubs!
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