Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Ramsgate

Written by Tony Rickson on 20th November 2016

Sittingbourne go for their first double of the season on Tuesday night at Ramsgate but with the phrase ‘pride goes before a fall’ ringing in 
their ears.
The pride comes from the way they demolished high-flying Hythe Town 4-0 on Saturday in what many rated as their best performance of the season.
The fall came after their last win by 4-0, ironically against Ramsgate at the end of September. Instead of capitalising on that form, they lost their next three 
matches straight after, albeit one of them against Ramsgate again in the Kent Senior Cup and with a weakened team.
Sittingbourne look to be in a better position now to handle any ‘comedown’ from Saturday with a more settled side playing with pace and spirit.
They still have Stefan Wright to recall after suspension and he’ll be bouncing to come back, though central midfield was handled expertly against Hythe by the new combination of Joe Loft and Conrad Lee.
Outside them, Jordan Gallacher and Ricky Gundry worked hard up and down the wings and were heavily involved in the four excellent goals that saw 
off Hythe.
Both Gallacher and Gundry have previously been tried in the problematic front-runner role left vacant by the departures earlier in the season of 
Remell Davis and Miles Cornwell.
Taking over on Saturday was Anthony O’Connor, signed from Folkestone Invicta where he was highly rated but had been squeezed out by the 
arrivals of Sittingbourne products Cornwell and Joe Taylor. He made an impressive start, scoring an excellent debut goal, and when he was substituted after tiring late on, his replacement Jake Embery added a fine goal to the late winner he scored the weekend before.
Apart from looking good going forward, Sittingbourne were also delighted to keep their first clean sheet in eight games.
Hythe were never able to penetrate their back four and the potentially dangerous Alfie May showed all his skills without ever really 
threatening Simon Overland’s goal.
Tuesday’s opponents Ramsgate made a good start to the season but lost five out of six league games in September and haven’t won any of their last five league games, dropping to 19th in the division. But they fought back for an impressive 2-2 draw against league leaders Dorking Wanderers on Saturday, having had a thumping 5-0 win over Ebbsfleet last midweek in the Kent Senior Cup.
They know all about Sittingbourne, with several former players in their line-up under the management of ex-Brickies bosses Jim and Danny Ward.
Ramsgate have a poor recent record against Sittingbourne, and last season lost twice to them with a 7-1 aggregate.In the match on Ramsgate’s ground, the Sittingbourne goals were scored by a trio who have had mixed fortunes since that day. They came from Jono Richardson (now the Sittingbourne club captain), George Crimmen (who will be playing against them on Tuesday for Ramsgate) and Harry Smith (now a full-time professional – and goalscorer – with Millwall)

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