Sittingbourne go for their first double of what’s been a very successful season so far when they travel the short distance to Herne Bay on Tuesday night.
The clubs met in the first week of the season when a storming second half display by Sittingbourne took them to a deserved 3-0 victory with goals by Kane Rowland, David Smith and Bola Dawodu.
That much enjoyed win gave them a lot of confidence and since then they’ve gone on a very successful run, losing just once in their opening
10 league games.
That’s taken them to third in Bostik League South with nearly a quarter of the season played and it must be 20 years all at the same level of football since they last rode that high.
But Herne Bay have also done well, bouncing back from that setback to pull off some impressive league results, including a recent 4-2 away win at Hastings.
They’ve also had a good run in the FA Cup which was finally ended at Margate on Saturday when they were knocked out 2-0.
Sittingbourne, of course, have had particular reason for watching out for Herne Bay’s scores this season as so many of last season’s team made the switch there in the summer.
There will be lots of familiar faces in the home side’s line-up on Tuesday evening – it doesn’t seem long since April when admired players like Jono Richardson, Josh Wisson, Jake Embery and Jack Steventon were wearing the red-and-black of Sittingbourne.
But there’s no sentiment in football and Brickies manager Nick Davis moved swiftly and smartly after the mass exodus to build a whole new squad who have blended excellently together.
They’ve all quickly become committed to the cause and many, including top scorer Bola Dawodu, central defenders Ben Gorham and John Coker, goalkeeper Daren Hawkes and striker Kane Rowland have been little short of a revelation.
Born leader Gorham, along with winger Kane Phillip, who has also made a big impression with his incredible skills this season, are both going back to face their old team at Herne Bay.
Last season Sittingbourne lost disappointingly 3-0 at Herne Bay, but bounced back over the next few weeks to go on a six-match unbeaten run.
Herne Bay is the first of three successive away games for Sittingbourne as they travel to Ashford United on Saturday in the FA Trophy and then return to league action the following weekend at Shoreham.
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