Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Tooting & Mitcham Utd

Written by Tony Rickson on 20th October 2016

Sittingbourne, who have lost only once at home in the league this season, on Saturday face a Tooting & Mitcham side who have only lost once in away games.

Early season pace-setters Tooting are the first of the current Top Ten sides in Ryman South to visit Woodstock this season so it will provide a good test of Sittingbourne’s form.

They’ve had a good week, drawing 1-1 at Molesey last Saturday with a depleted team, and then winning 1-0 at Three Bridges in midweek with a late, late goal.

Four points out of six has kept Sittingbourne in the top half of the league and they go into Saturday’s match six points behind Tooting, who presently occupy one of the play-off places.

Sittingbourne went to Molesey with ever-present captain Jono Richardson on a work course, midfielder Jack Steventon suspended, flying winger Ola Rabiu out sick and missing top scorer Miles Cornwell for the first time after his switch to Folkestone Invicta.

They fought back hard from a half-time deficit to equalise through Jordan Gallacher and could easily have snatched a late winner.

In fact, it could be argued that they deserved to win at Molesey more than at Three Bridges, where the home side fought well despite their lowly position.

They eventually lost to an 88th minute headed goal by Tom Carlse, giving Sittingbourne their first away win since August – when Carlse was also on  target in the victory at high-flying Greenwich Borough.

Richardson, who has been such a strong leader for Sittingbourne this season after taking over the captaincy, inevitably returned for that game with Dan Tanner desperately unlucky to miss out.

Manager Nick Davis retained Danny Rumbol in his defence, and his faith in young players has been a feature of his time in charge.

Mind you, the success of Sittingbourne’s highly-promising youth teams makes that slightly easier for him.

Saturday’s rivals Tooting always give Sittingbourne a good game and in fact won 3-0 on this ground earlier this year.

Though the Brickies did turn the tables in south London soon after, winning 1-0 right at the end when Jordan Wells snatched a dramatic winner.

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