Sittingbourne take a hugely impressive away record with them when they travel to North London on Monday evening for their Buildbase FA Trophy replay.
They’ve won all their last five away league and cup games, and with a record of 15 goals scored and just one conceded.
That run includes a 2-0 win over Merstham in the last round of the Trophy after they’d drawn the home match 1-1.
Just like they did with Haringey Borough on Saturday.
And though Haringey have a very good record this season, and have not yet lost a game in Bostik League North, that’s still one level lower than Merstham.
They defended well at Woodstock on Saturday and were dangerous in attack, especially on the break, but Sittingbourne were more than a match for them throughout.
In an even, end-to-end, well-contested, enjoyable match, Sittingbourne took the lead midway through the first half when joint top scorer Kane Rowland hammered home after Miles Cornwell’s shot was saved.
Haringey levelled with the last attack of the half, top scorer Gabriel heading home from a free-kick.
Gabriel missed Haringey’s best second half chance when Sittingbourne keeper Daren Hawkes narrowed the angle perfectly and forced him to shoot wide.
This will be both clubs’ fifth match already in the Trophy this season as they both battle to stay in the nationwide competition as well as pursuing promotion places in their respective divisions.
Haringey bought a small but noisy bunch of cheerful fans to add to the atmosphere on Saturday, and although not all of Sittingbourne’s normal hardy band of away travellers can get time off work at such short notice, there’s bound to be a loyal and boisterous following for the team.
Haringey’s ground is in White Hart Lane, which is more than can be said for Spurs, who are playing miles away across North London this season.
The tie will be decided on the night with a £4,000 prize pot up for grabs, as well as a place in the third qualifying round of the competition.
The replay means the much-anticipated re-match with Cray Wanderers, due to have taken place on Wednesday, has been postponed.
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