Tony Rickson Previews Sittingbourne v Ramsgate 6th February 2018
Instead of starting in the comparative obscurity of an away game at South Park, Aslan Odev will kick off his career as Sittingbourne interim manager with a home Kent derby.
Sittingbourne v Ramsgate on Tuesday evening at Woodstock will be the first test for Aslan after Saturday’s scheduled game was called off about an hour before it was due to start.
By then all the players and club officials, as well as most of the fans, had turned up at Reigate in Surrey after South Park had announced in the morning that their pitch was fine.
But they’ve managed to stage less home games this season than anyone else in the league and the downpour came at just the wrong time.
Tuesday’s opponents Ramsgate managed to get a game, just a few miles away, playing on Whyteleafe’s artificial pitch.
The home team took an early lead and held on to win 1-0 to continue a poor run of results for Ramsgate.
A 2-0 victory over league leaders Lewes in mid-December was the last game they’ve won – in the eight games since they’ve managed just a couple of draws and have lost the rest.
Ramsgate have already visited Sittingbourne this season, a League Cup-tie in September ending in a 2-0 win for the Brickies with goals by Laurence Ball and Tyrone Guthrie.
Sittingbourne have an excellent record in recent years against Ramsgate, who could include three ‘old boys’ in George Crimmen, Ollie Gray and recent signing goalkeeper Jordan Carey.
Sittingbourne’s last midweek home match ended with a comfortable 4-0 win over an under-strength Guernsey side, and since then they’ve beaten Hastings but lost to VCD and Horsham.
That Horsham defeat 10 days ago was the last match in charge for manager Nick Davis and his assistant Tony Cornwell.
They resigned afterwards and Sittingbourne moved quickly to promote coach Aslan Odev into the hot seat, at least until the end of the season.
Having lost Miles Cornwell, who followed his dad out of the club and has now rejoined several of his former teammates at Herne Bay, the new boss has already made a couple of signings and will be determined to make his mark as soon as possible.
Two more home games, against Walton Casuals and East Grinstead, follow the Ramsgate match, with one-third of the season left to play now.
Photograph is from the League Cup Tie, photo by Ken Medwyn