Tony Rickson previews Sittingbourne v Ramsgate, Tuesday 6th March, KO 7.45PM
Old rivals Sittingbourne and Ramsgate have yet to play each other in the Bostik League South this season, but the first of two matches in a month between them takes place on Tuesday evening at Woodstock.
Neither side were in action on Saturday when the fixture list was virtually obliterated by the snow, so both sides go into the match on the back of a 10-day rest.
Sittingbourne were last in action away to second-placed Corinthian Casuals the Saturday before last when Bola Dawodu got on the scoresheet but the team went down 3-1.
The Brickies gave a debut to big young keeper Muhammed Otuyo, one of four teenagers in the starting line-up, and he showed his ability with a couple of smart second half saves.
While Sittingbourne were losing that game, Tuesday’s opponents Ramsgate were beating struggling Molesey 2-1 at home with a last minute winning goal by Liam Dickson to end a long run of defeats.
They’d lost their previous six games and it was before Christmas that they’d last won, when they defeated league leaders Lewes.
Sittingbourne beat Ramsgate 4-0 in the league at home last season with goals from Jono Richardson, Josh Wisson, Tom Carlse and Danny Rumbold.
They completed the double by winning the away match 2-1, and have generally enjoyed a very good record against Ramsgate in the last few seasons.
Ramsgate signed several players from Sittingbourne when the Ward brothers took over as managers there but only George Crimmen and Ollie Gray remain. The other ex-Brickie who has been playing for them recently is goalkeeper Jordan Carey.