Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Faversham Town

Written by Tony Rickson on 16th April 2017

One more win and Sittingbourne will finish the season with their highest points total for eight years.

And they’ve got two chances of getting that win – at home to Faversham Town on Easter Monday, and away to South Park on Saturday, the final day of the season.

Sittingbourne go into those matches with 59 points thanks to excellent back-to-back 1-0 wins in their last two games.

That’s an improvement already of five points on last season and a top half finish is still a possibility for them.

Local rivals Faversham have missed out on a promotion play-off place this season, unlike a year ago, but they come to Sittingbourne in good form, having taken 13 out of a possible 15 points in their last five games.

They edged out Guernsey 1-0 on Saturday, while Sittingbourne were winning by the same score at Horsham.

They got the victory thanks to Gil Carvalho’s second goal for the club, and they thoroughly deserved the win as the brighter and more positive team throughout.

Horsham’s website reported on a typical end-of-season game between two mid-table teams already looking forward to their summer breaks.

But Sittingbourne, with a team again packed with youngsters, didn’t see it that way and chased everything and worked hard all over the pitch.

They certainly gave the impression there was something still to play for, and they will have to pick up where they left off for the Monday clash with Faversham.

The teams drew 1-1 at Faversham on Boxing Day, an injury-hit Sittingbourne side scoring through Anthony O’Connor, his final goal for the club before moving on.

Last season’s home match with Faversham saw Sittingbourne produce one of their best performances of the season to win 2-0 against a team they usually struggle against.

That win was Sittingbourne’s first against Faversham since their return to Ryman League football six years ago, with Hicham Akhazzan marking the occasion with one of his typical wonder goals.


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