It might be a New Year but it’s only a matter of hours since Monday’s opponents Sittingbourne and Greenwich Borough were last in action.
But there’s a precedent for that as the teams last met on August Bank Holiday when Sittingbourne pulled off an excellent 3-1 win in south London, just 48 hours after both clubs had been involved in previous games.
Not sure if Sittingbourne realised what an impressive result that was at the time as since then ambitious Greenwich Borough have gone on to establish themselves as one of the leading candidates for promotion at the end of the season.
They currently stand third in Ryman South and go into Monday’s match at Woodstock (kick-off 3pm) on the back of a 5-0 thumping of East Grinstead on Saturday.
Sittingbourne were also involved in a high-scoring game at the same time, but theirs ended in defeat as Hastings United hit back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to win 4-2 with three late goals.
Goals were scored by Connor Wilkins and Tom Carlse and Sittingbourne played very well for 70 minutes, carving out enough chances to have had the win comfortably sewed up before Hastings’ late comeback.
It was a dramatic and entertaining game in front of a good-sized crowd,
237 being the most to watch a Sittingbourne home match for a good while.
More excitement is assured on Monday as Greenwich attempt to continue their pursuit of climbing through football’s non-league pyramid as quickly as possible.
They won the Southern Counties East League last season, moved to a new ground and clearly don’t want to stop long in Ryman South.
They showed their ambition by recently signing striker Billy Dunn, who scored a first half hat-trick at Sittingbourne for fellow promotion candidates Tooting & Mitcham earlier this season.
But Sittingbourne will obviously be reminded before the game of how easily they took Greenwich apart on their own ground back in the August sunshine.
With just over 20 minutes gone, Sittingbourne had torn the home side apart to score through Dan Tanner, Carlse and Josh Wisson, and it was effectively game over.
Sittingbourne have impressed a lot of people this season with their football, their spirit and their determination, and the club’s lifted by having some tremendous loyal and vociferous fans – when it all comes together, they’re a force to be reckoned with.
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