Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Carshalton

Written by Tony Rickson on 07th April 2017

For the third time in four games, Sittingbourne face a team fighting hard to keep their place in the play-off zone.

Saturday’s opponents Carshalton Athletic are currently fifth with a host of teams just behind them clamouring to edge them out of the top five.

So it’s a vital game for them with just two weeks and four games left in the season.

Sittingbourne go into the match on the back of their worst run of the season – three successive defeats, and without a goal scored in any of them.

Two of those games were against teams even higher in the league than Carshalton – Dorking Wanderers and Corinthian Casuals – while the other was the 3-0 setback against mid-table Whyteleafe last Saturday.

That game saw Sittingbourne have to play with 10 men for three-quarters of the match after defender Callum Wraight was controversially sent off for handball.

It was unlucky Wright’s debut for Sittingbourne, having switched from Hythe Town to plug the considerable gap left in the defence by skipper Jono Richardson’s groin injury.

Although stand-in captain Simon Overland made an exceptional save from the penalty Whyteleafe were awarded after Wraight’s goalline block, Sittingbourne couldn’t quite hold out in the second half.

While they were losing that match, Carshalton were away to a Guernsey side who have struggled for much of this season, with the game there ending 2-2.

Carshalton twice fought back to equalise – not surprising as they’re the third highest scorers in Ryman South this season, with 99 league goals so far.

The score was also 2-2 when Sittingbourne visited Carshalton in January, and what an exciting game that was as the Brickies fought back through a late Jake Embery goal and an injury time headed equaliser by Josh Wisson.

Sittingbourne have had a lot of dramatic finishes this season but that was by far the best one of all and if Saturday’s game matches that for excitement it won’t be doing badly.

Wisson also scored against these opponents last season – his first goal for Sittingbourne – but that was only a consolation in a 2-1 home defeat by Carshalton.


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