Sittingbourne snatched all three points with an 89th minute goal to pull off their first away win since August.
Given that they’re in the top half of the table and that Three Bridges are second bottom and enduring a long run of defeats, this was probably the most predictable result.
But the Sussex side have some decent players, they never stopped trying, and in the end there wasn’t really that much to choose between the two teams. Except that Sittingbourne got the crucial only goal of the game.
They made two changes from the team that drew well at Molesey three days earlier, influential captain Jono Richardson returning after missing that game for work, while Ricky Gundry replaced Hicham Akhazzan.
It was an even first half on a chilly night, Danny Rumbol – who was excellent in defence – having Sittingbourne’s best chance but he scuffed it wide of the near post.
Sittingbourne looked the better side for the middle part of the half, but then drifted off the pace a bit and conceded possession too easily.
Three Bridges got a bit of a grip on the game for a while but their shooting wasn’t accurate enough and their best effort was saved by in-form Simon Overland.
Sittingbourne started the second half well and the Three Bridges keeper made excellent saves to keep out shots from Stefan Wright and Gundry as gaps began to be prised open in the home defence.
It quickly settled into an entertaining end-to-end affair with both sides breaking at every opportunity to try to grab the points.
Three Bridges went closest in the 70th minute when Garrod hit the post and then watched as it trickled along the line before being scrambled clear.
Sittingbourne immediately retaliated and when Steven Ita drove a hard low cross across goal, Wright was inches away from getting a tap-in at the far post.
Well as Sittingbourne defended to protect only their third clean sheet of the season, it needed a spectacular save by Overland to keep the scores level.
Still Sittingbourne pressed forward and they won it with two just two minutes left, sub Josh Wisson cleverly getting to the byline and lifting a perfect cross to the far post where the lively Tom Carlse was in just the right place at just the right time to head home his fourth goal of the season from close range.
A late winner, a clean sheet, no bookings – again – what’s not to like as Sittingbourne made it four points out of six on their travels after two testing games in quick succession.
Sittingbourne: Tom Carlse 89 mins
Referee: Mr Jamaal Horne. Assistants: Mr Daniel Hayes, Mr Joshua Godfrey.
Tom Brunt (Josh Wisson, 69 min),
Ricky Gundry (Hicham Akhazzan, 79 min),
Steven Ita (Connor Wilkins, 84 min),
Subs not used: Dan Tanner, Nick Davis.
Michael Wilson (Michael Casselman, 84 min),
Tim Cook (Darren Helsdown, 64 min),
Subs not used: Stefon Hayles, Ricardo Fernandes, Martin Grant.
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