Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v VCD Athletic

Written by Tony Rickson on 14th September 2017

Despite the disappointment of the last week, when they’ve only picked up one point from two games, it’s been a great start to the season by Sittingbourne.

The 1-0 setback at Faversham Town on Tuesday night was their first defeat in the league this season, and they’re still healthily placed seventh in the Bostik South League.

So it’s all to play for when inconsistent VCD Athletic, from north Kent, are the visitors to Sittingbourne this Saturday.

Their ground at Woodstock has been the scene of a couple of tremendous wins by Sittingbourne this season, over Herne Bay and Whyteleafe, and anyone who saw those games will almost certainly be back hoping for more of the same this Saturday.

The 2-1 win over Whyteleafe a fortnight ago was particularly significant as it’s the only game the Surrey side have lost in the league this season and they currently stand in second place.

Since then, Sittingbourne grabbed a couple more goals to secure a draw at Thamesmead last Sunday, before going down to Faversham in midweek.

That game was a contrast in styles with Faversham getting the ball forward as quickly as possible and relying on set pieces for their main goal threat, while Sittingbourne played the more attractive football and had lots of possession.

But it’s goals that count and ex-Sittingbourne stalwart Matt Bourne got the only one of the game in the first half, and then led the defiant Faversham rearguard action to keep out Sittingbourne.

For all their possession and pressure, Sittingbourne failed to create many chances against a team who hadn’t picked up any home league points before that game.

VCD have had an up-and-down start to the season and – unlike Sittingbourne – have yet to draw a game.

What they have done is concede more goals than any other team in this division, their defeats being interspersed with some excellent wins, including those against Thamesmead and even league leaders Walton Casuals.

VCD were in the Northern Section before being switched across in the summer, so their path hasn’t crossed with Sittingbourne for many years, but the two clubs were rivals back in their Kent League days.

Crayford-based VCD were founded in 1916 as a company team by employees of the now defunct Vickers armaments factory.

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