Welcome to 2018 – Sittingbourne could so with starting a new month after a rotten run of results in December.
They start with a home match against Kent rivals Ramsgate on New Year’s Day and will be glad to see the return of central defender John Coker after completing a three-match suspension.
It’s been a weird feast-or-famine season for Sittingbourne, who were as high as second in Bostik League South after an 11-match unbeaten run and are now as low as 13th.
They peaked in October, when they were unbeaten in all eight matches played, and made progress in two cup competitions, including an FA Trophy replay win against a team from a higher league.
How Nick Davis didn’t win the division’s manager-of-the-month award remains as big a mystery as why Sittingbourne have tailed off since then.
In fact, it’s a bigger mystery, as injuries, operations and suspensions have hit team selections since then, plus a recent spell of games against high-flying teams in the thick of the race for promotion.
The difficult fixtures continued on Saturday when they travelled to a Whyteleafe team who have a very good home record on their artificial pitch.
Sittingbourne trailed to goals early in each half but fought hard, pulling a goal back through top scorer Kane Rowland and going within inches of getting an equaliser.
While they were losing in Surrey, Ramsgate were going down 2-1 at home to ambitious Greenwich Borough, but they generally had a good December, beating league leaders Lewes and Herne Bay, as well as drawing with Hythe Town.
But they’ve got a poor away record in the league this season, winning just twice on their travels in 13 games.
They’ve been to Woodstock already this season, Sittingbourne winning a Velocity Trophy tie 2-0 in September with goals by Tyrone Guthrie and Laurence Ball.
Sittingbourne did the double over Ramsgate last season, winning 4-0 at home and 2-1 away and have a very good record against them in recent years.
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