|Sittingbourne manager Steve Lovell
wants his side to maintain their unbeaten home league record for the visit
of Southern League Division One East leaders Boreham Wood on Saturday,
writes Stephen McCartney.
The Hertfordshire side - who were knocked out of
the FA Cup by Welling United last weekend - lead the table with 21 points
from 8 games and are three points clear of Kent side Chatham Town, who
moved into second place following their workmanlike 1-0 victory over local
rivals Dartford in midweek.
And last weekend Lovell's side defeated the Darts
by the same score, which according to most fans present, was a very good
game of football.
In an EXCLUSIVE interview with www.kentishfootball.co.uk,
Lovell said: "It was a good game and it could have gone either way.
"There were two teams playing really good
football. I think it was the best game the fans have seen at
Sittingbourne for a while.
"We were pleased to win it and we had a
couple more chances to win it more easily but at this stage of the season
we are pleased to keep the run going."
But that run ended with a 4-2 defeat at Waltham
Forest on Tuesday night. Lovell's side were 4-0 down before late
goals from Ricky Spiller and Mark Lovell, following a change in formation,
made the scoreline less embarrassing.
Lovell, however, was without centre halves James
Campbell (who needed six stitches in his head), Dan Tanner (ankle) and
midfielder Lee Browning (work) for the game against the Stags.
Tanner, however, is unlikely to feature against the league leaders.
Reflecting on the game, his side's 3rd defeat from
their opening nine games, Lovell said: "I thought they were very
good. In the first half we didn't play well at all but in the second
half we had a go."
Forest were 2-0 up so Lovell changed formation to 3-4-4 but fell 4-0
behind after 72 minutes but two late goals gave the Brickies hope of
stealing a point, according to the Welshman.
"I started with a 4-4-2 formation but they went 2-0 up so I thought
we might as well lose 6-0 or try to get back into the game," he said.
"So I made three subs, put four up front and played 3-3-4. We
created a lot of chances, scored two goals and could have had a couple
"Although we didn't deserve to get a draw out of it, we could have
done if we had taken our chances."
Lovell won't adopt such gung-ho tactics on home soil against the league
leaders, but he will be talking to Wings boss Adrian Pennock to get some
feedback on his opponents.
"I won't play 3-3-4 against Boreham
Wood," hinted Lovell, whose side sit in eleventh place with 14 points
from nine games.
"I don't know much about them but I know Welling played them last
week and I will be speaking to Adie Pennock to get as much information on
them as I can.
"We are unbeaten at home and haven't conceded
a goal yet (at Bourne Park in the league) but can that be a kick in the
teeth by saying that?"
With injury doubts to two of his players, Lovell will be trying to find a
system where he can accommodate the rest of the members in his squad.
Lovell revealed he is looking to add two or three
new players to his squad - but is happy with the mentality of the players
at his disposal.
"We are going to games with a positive
approach looking to win them, but in previous times they thought they were
lucky to get a draw," he said.
"The physiological side of things is positive but if we can keep this
going we can maintain our league position and enhance it by winning a few
"I'm looking to add two or three players to the squad - all over the
"I'm always on the lookout as we've had a lot of injuries in the last
couple of weeks so it will be nice to get cover for those who are
His son, Mark, whose scored nine goals so far this season, has been
affected with the possible ban hanging over his head, following his
sending off at Erith & Belvedere in a pre-season friendly back in
The Brickies boss added: "We've got an appeal against the ban on
Monday and hopefully we can get that turned around, or the amount of time
of the ban cut drastically.
"We've got a good case and hopefully get it turned round.
"Mark is like myself - he likes justice. If Mark realised he
thought he deserved to be sent-off he would have been the first to hold
his hand up and say sorry - I shouldn't have done that.
"As I live with him he is like a bear with a sore head because he
knows he shouldn't have been sent off in the first place and it's
something we'll address on Monday."
Sittingbourne v Boreham Wood
Southern League Division One East
Saturday 1st October 2005
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Bourne Park, Central Park, Eurolink, Church Road, Sittingbourne