Non-League Preview: Rob Scantlebury takes charge of his first game as Carshalton Athletic’s permanent manager

Newly appointed Carshalton Athletic manager Rob Scantlebury hopes to capitalise on the team’s recent fighting spirit when they face Sittingbourne in his first match as full-time boss.

Scantlebury took charge as interim coach following the departure of Stuart Massey last month and has already presided over two wins in the past four games, including a 4-0 defeat of Ramsgate.

Having secured the permanent job, he will be hoping 19th placed Carshalton can progress up the Ryman South table, starting with a tough contest against ninth placed Sittingbourne.

Scantlebury said: “Whoever has seen our last four games will know we’ve tried to play football and will have seen some fighting spirit – two attributes we will look to build on.”

Elsewhere, Sutton United play Hereford United away in the FA Trophy as they battle for a place in the first round.

They have met five times before in cup encounters, the most recent being an FA Cup first round tie in 2009 when Hereford won 2-0.

Met Police have a difficult FA Trophy game against Maidenhead United but should be full of confidence following back-to-back wins.

In the Ryman Premier, Hampton & Richmond Borough, who beat league-leaders Margate 2-0 last weekend, will be looking for another upset when they travel to Wingate & Finchley.

Kingstonian face Dulwich Hamlet away and will be hoping for a good response after their 1-0 loss to Enfield Town.

Sixth-placed Ryman South side Tooting & Mitcham and 13th placed Walton & Hersham play each other while Corinthian Casuals entertain Worthing and league strugglers Walton Casuals face South Park.

In the Combined Counties League, Colliers Wood United welcome Frimley Green and Raynes Park Vale play Badshot Lea at home.


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