Monday 05th December 2005

We must be more consistent over 90 minutes, demands Lovell


Sittingbourne manager Steve Lovell admitted their game at a wet Bourne Park on Saturday should have been called off by Sussex referee Mr Frank Meliack, writes Stephen McCartney.

The Brickies' miserable run in the Southern League Division One East continued when Lovell's injury ravaged side were defeated 4-2 by Enfield Town - the very first meeting between the two clubs.

Sittingbourne have collected just four points out of 30 available and their last league win, courtesy of Ricky Spiller scoring the only goal of the game, was against Kent rivals Dartford back on the 24th September.

They have dropped into the bottom five, but the Welshman demands his side collect all three points when bottom of the table side Berkhamsted Town visit tomorrow night.

A trip to Wingate & Finchley follows next Saturday, before the Brickies play at Broadwater for the quick return against Berkhamsted Town before local rivals Chatham Town visit Bourne Park on 27th December.

"I was surprised really the game went ahead," Lovell admitted in an EXCLUSIVE interview with www.kentishfootball.co.uk  "It was really wet and a lot of surface water on the pitch, but obviously it was the same for both sides and the game went on so we had to get on with it.

"When I got there I thought it was a little bit dangerous to be honest.  The ball wasn't running properly (it was) getting stuck in puddles.  I would have been happy if the game was called off.

"It was an entertaining game for the neutral, lots of goals, two sending off's and with the conditions the way they were it made for an entertaining game."

But the Welshman wants to address their current lose of form in the league, which has brought them dangerously close to the relegation zone by only four points.

So tomorrow night's game is vital the Kent side collect three points to get their season back on track.

"We are on a bad run at the moment in the league and it's something that we've got to put right quickly," said Lovell.

"We need to get a win and there's not a lot in the table and if you can get on a (winning) run of four games you can find yourself in the top six or seven."

Lovell will, however, be without eight players for the game due to injury, which is crippling several key players.  Joe Dowley (hamstring), Jon Neal (hamstring), Bradley Spice (ankle), Ricky Spiller (bruised ribs), Charlie Belcher (ill), Dan Edwards (knee) and Mark Lovell (knee) are out and Lee Hockey started his three match ban against Enfield Town.

"When you are working on a smallish squad, we have 18-19 players on our books, if you look at that eight are out so we are down to the bare bones really," said a frustrated Lovell.

"But I've still got a good enough team to go out and win games but at the moment we are too inconsistent.

"We are not playing for 90 minutes, we are playing for 45 either first half or second half.

"We are not putting in the full 90 minutes performance, and that's costing us points."

Lovell, meanwhile, will not be drawn into looking any further than tomorrow night's important clash, and added: "I am only looking at tomorrow's game and getting three points.

"The most important game is that one and get us three points, giving us something to build on. 

"A win will move us in the league and then we can start pushing forward."

Bradley Spice makes a splash during their 4-2 defeat at Enfield Town at Bourne Park on Saturday.  Photo: Chris Regan - www.sittingbournefc.co.uk

Sittingbourne v Berkhamsted Town
Southern League Division One East
Tuesday 6th December 2005
Kick Off 7:45pm
at Bourne Park, Central Park, Eurolink, Sittingbourne