Tony Rickson previews Carshalton Athletic v Sittingbourne

Written by Tony Rickson on 06th January 2017

Sittingbourne hit the road on Saturday after a chastening New Year weekend when they lost twice at home in just over 48 hours.

They travel to Surrey to play a Carshalton side who are on the brink of a play-off place, sitting seven points above Sittingbourne in the Ryman South table.

Like the Brickies, Carshalton lost both games over the weekend, going down to Chipstead and Walton Casuals, both teams below them in the table.

In fact a season that started with them flying high at the top of the table has wilted recently and they’ve not won any of their last four matches.

But they still have a good home record, playing on an artificial surface that Sittingbourne found hard to adjust to last season.

Sittingbourne hope to have Sam Welch and Conrad Lee back to strengthen their squad this weekend but will still be without Danny Rumbol and the injured Steven Ita.

They will be all out to get their season back on track after being thumped 5-1 by Greenwich Borough on Bank Holiday Monday, having also lost 4-2 to Hastings just a couple of days earlier.

Greenwich, who lost quite convincingly to Sittingbourne earlier in the season, proved formidable opponents and ran away with the game in the second half after being set on the way early on by a lucky own goal.

The game against Hastings saw an under-strength Sittingbourne side play some of their best football of the season. But only for 70 minutes before Hastings turned the game on its head with three late goals.

It will be a relief in some ways for Sittingbourne to play away from Woodstock, as they’ve lost only once in their last five games on their travels.

Carshalton did the double over Sittingbourne last season, winning the home match 3-0 and then escaping with a 2-1 win in the return fixture, Josh Wisson scoring his first goal for the club in that match.


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