Tony Rickson's Match Review - Sittingbourne v Whitstable Town 10th November 2018
Sittingbourne are at home on Saturday to Kent rivals who have scored the fewest goals this season in Bostik South East League.
Despite their goal tally – 11 goals in 11 games – Whitstable Town are above Sittingbourne in the league table.
Well, just above as there’s only one place and one point between the teams as they meet head on at Woodstock.
Sittingbourne have had a difficult run and haven’t won any of their last five league games.
They’ve also gone out of two cup competitions during that spell, and their only win in the last nine games – since a famous victory away to Guernsey – was the FA Trophy preliminary round win over Faversham Town.
It’s been a tough run of fixtures, though, coming up against teams above them in the league, including Hythe Town in their most recent game, last Saturday.
Sittingbourne did really well in that game to fight back from going two-down early on and level through Dan Parkinson and top scorer Tom Loynes.
But Hythe nicked all three points with a second half goal, skilfully lobbed in from distance, leaving Sittingbourne with nothing to show for an exciting comeback.
They also lost new signing Gil Carvalho, who rejoined the club from Corinthian Casuals, when he was sent off for a reckless tackle not long after coming on as a substitute, and he will be suspended for the Whitstable game.
While Sittingbourne were losing at Hythe, Whitstable were going down 2-0 at home to Whyteleafe, a fourth successive defeat in league and cup games.
But they bounced back on Tuesday evening in the Velocity Trophy when they beat a Greenwich Borough team who only turned up with 10 men and no substitutes. Whitstable won that one 4-1 after trailing 1-0 at half-time.
Whitstable were promoted back to this level of football in the summer two seasons after getting relegated but are very old rivals for Sittingbourne, the teams having enjoyed some excellent and close derby games over the years.
Web Editors note: This game will be preceeded by a short Remembrance ceremony. The match day programme will be a special Remembrance edition including Sittingbourne FC in 1918 and a pic of the Sittingbourne FC team that played again after just the first world war. There are articles about the Unknown Soldier and the Kent connections, and a Tottenham Hotspur footballer who lost his life at the battle of the Somme in March 1918. There are also tributes to our late President Allan Crowshaw.