Tony Rickson previews Chatham Town v Sittingbourne

Written by Tony Rickson on 20th January 2017

After a run of games against some of Ryman South’s strongest clubs, Sittingbourne play three of their next four games against teams below them in the table.

The next two are both Kent derbies and both, incidentally, are against teams they failed to beat when they met earlier in the season.

On Tuesday night they’re at home to an unpredictable Herne Bay side who beat them decisively 3-0 a couple of months ago. Though immediately following that game Sittingbourne went on an impressive six-match unbeaten run.

But before the Herne Bay game they travel to even closer neighbours in Chatham Town, a team they have an excellent record against in recent years.

Though it wasn’t so excellent back in November when Chatham forced a

2-2 draw at Woodstock with a second half fightback.

It hasn’t been good for Chatham since then, though, and they haven’t won for nine games and are stuck third bottom in the league.

They lost 1-0 to Faversham on Monday, beaten by a late goal, and were thumped 6-1 at Carshalton last Saturday.

Paul Piggott has taken over the managerial reins there with former Sittingbourne player Clint Gooding as his number two.

Sittingbourne won’t have played for a fortnight when they travel to Chatham, last Saturday’s scheduled game with Guernsey being called off because of the weather.

That means their most recent game was the exciting 2-2 draw at Carshalton achieved thanks to late goals by Jake Embery and Josh Wisson.

Several experienced players have come back into the reckoning since then so manager Nick Davis has plenty of selection choices available to him.

He’s seen his team drop into the wrong half of the table with clubs like South Park catching up on games postponed because of cup runs.

Sittingbourne have a very good away record, though, having lost only 5 times in 15 matches on the road this season.

And the players will be made aware that Davis is very keen to finish with more than the 61 points that’s been their best total in the last three seasons.

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