Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Molesey
Sittingbourne chase their third double of the season on Saturday when they’re at home to a Molesey side who are desperately out of form.
Molesey’s last league win was right back in November and only the poor form of Shoreham has kept them off the bottom of Bostik League South.
Sittingbourne visited them in November and won 3-2, hitting back from a goal down early in the second half as Kane Rowland struck twice to add to the goal scored early in the match by Miles Cornwell.
On that night, Molesey were by no means the worst side Sittingbourne have faced this season, battling hard to stay in the game and one of their goals was an excellent strike.
Sittingbourne were riding high at the time and although they suffered a mid-season slump, it looks like they’re over that after losing just once in the last four games.
The most recent match was at Ramsgate at Easter Monday when they got better the longer the game went on to eventually force a 1-1 draw through David Smith’s confidently-taken penalty.
Top scorer Rowland limped off in the second half of that match, and highly promising teenager Lex Allan had to watch from the stand after getting injured the previous week.
But the game was memorable for the full debut of sprightly winger Seyfettin Akdeniz, who proved a constant threat to the Ramsgate defence with his pace and trickery.
It was his cross from the left that forced the penalty for handball which gave Sittingbourne their equaliser, and prevented Ramsgate beating them for the second time this season after their 3-2 win at Woodstock a month ago.
Saturday’s opponents Molesey were last at Sittingbourne just over a year ago, the match resulting in a 2-0 win for the Brickies thanks to goals by Jono Richardson and David Abe.