Tony Rickson previews Carshalton Athletic v Sittingbourne

Written by Tony Rickson on 05th January 2018



Sittingbourne complete a quartet of matches away to promotion-chasing teams when they visit Carshalton on Saturday.

In recent weeks they’ve also been to top six sides Greenwich Borough, Cray Wanderers and Walton Casuals.

They didn’t manage to get anything from all three trips but it was a close run thing in two of them, and Sittingbourne have proved virtually all season they can match any team in this division.

They did it this time last year at Carshalton in one of their most dramatic matches of the season.

Trailing 2-0 going into the last few minutes they pulled a goal back through Jake Embery and then Josh Wisson soared high at the far post to thunder in a header from an injury time corner to make it 2-2.

When Carshalton visited Woodstock for the return match late in the season, they were in the thick of the race for a play-off place but a Jack Steventon goal gave Sittingbourne a 1-0 victory.

Carshalton eventually finished sixth in the Bostik South League table, just one place outside the play-offs, but they’ve made a concerted effort again this season to make it.

They’re currently sixth – again! – and have a very good home record on their artificial pitch, though they did lose there last month when Herne Bay were the visitors. Ironically, ex-Sittingbourne players Emburey and Wisson got the Bay goals in that game as well.

Like Sittingbourne, Carshalton were left kicking their heels on Monday when their scheduled game at South Park was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Sittingbourne were due to have played Ramsgate at Woodstock but heavy rain at just the wrong time led to the inevitable decision to call it off.

That means Sittingbourne have had a week off since the narrow 2-1 defeat at Whyteleafe in the final game of 2017. Their performance then demonstrated that the stronger the opposition the better they play, having failed to raise their game in the previous match at Ashford United.

Sittingbourne had half a team missing at Whyteleafe when they were without John Coker, Tom Loynes, Ollie Brown, Chris Elliott and Kane Phillip for a variety of reasons.

At least key defender Coker will be back for the match at Carshalton as he has now served his three-match suspension after getting a straight red card in the defeat at Cray Wanderers.

Sittingbourne will be back at Woodstock on Tuesday evening when Guernsey visit on an over-nighter after their previous trip last month was the victim of a partially frozen pitch.

Tony Rickson

 

 
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