Sittingbourne take a break from league action on Tuesday night when they meet old Kent rivals Ramsgate in the Velocity Trophy (League Cup).
The Brickies contest four cup competitions each season, and this is their first match in the League Cup with the FA Trophy still to kick off (they play Ashford United a week on Saturday).
So far they’ve suffered disappointment in the FA Cup, going out to Sussex League side Pagham in a replay, but did well in the Kent Senior Cup, knocking out Faversham and then drawing with holders Dover Athletic only to lose out in a penalty shoot-out.
That was last Tuesday and since then they’ve soared to third in Bostik League South as a result of a stunning 5-1 win at Horsham on Saturday.
Early goals by skipper Ben Gorham and Bola Dawodu set up the victory, and they added three more in the second half through Miles Cornwell (2) and a memorable strike by Kane Phillip.
Cornwell has struggled with injury since his return to Sittingbourne in the summer but was back to his best at Horsham, setting up a couple of the goals and playing 90 minutes for the first time this season.
Three Sittingbourne players went off injured during the match, and that’s certain to affect manager Nick Davis’ team selection options for the League Cup-tie.
While Sittingbourne were relishing their win in the Sussex sunshine, Tuesday’s opponents Ramsgate were also winning away from home.
They ended a run of five successive defeats with an excellent 3-1 win at Thamesmead, thanks to first half goals by Thomas Chapman (2) and Alfie Paxman – and Sittingbourne know well how tough it is to get a result at Thamesmead.
Sittingbourne and Ramsgate met in this competition last season, when it was called the Alan Turvey Trophy, the Brickies winning 2-1 with goals by Tom Carlse and Jordan Gallacher.
Sittingbourne went on to complete a league double over Ramsgate, having also beaten them twice the previous season, at home and away.
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