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ISTHMIAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE SOUTH

Season 2017-18


Sittingbourne FC

The DMA Stadium, Woodstock Park, Broadoak Road,

Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8AG

Tel: 01795 410777 www.sittingbournefc.co.uk

Sittingbourne FC is a members club

CLUB OFFICIAL

President: Allan Crowshaw

Vice Presidents: Alan Barty, Tania &

Andy Spice, John Cooper.

Chairman: Maurice Dunk

Vice Chairman: Ken Medwyn

Secretary/Treasurer: John Pitts

OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Peter Pitts (Media, Web site, Programme

editor, stadium announcer,)

Glen Parkes (Youth Chairman, Media),

Colin Page (Ast Treasurer and Youth

treasurer),

Danny Appleton (Turnstile Manager),

Michael Sayce (Youth Secretary),

Gerrard Jakimavicius

Chris Daisy (Coach liaison)

Board Room Hospitality: Sandra Pitts & Carol

Cooper,

Lottery Secretary: John Cooper.

Club Historians: Dudley Hird & Tony Rickson

Programme Sales: Jackie Goatham.

Turnstile Operator: Faye Goatham

Match Reporter: Tony Rickson

Groundsman: Roger Pudner

Club Photographer: Ken Medwyn

Club Shop: Clive Phillips

Playing Management

Manager: Nick Davis

Assist Manager: Tony Cornwell

GK Coach: Warren Chambers,

Team Assistant: Harry Chambers

Physio: Tom Martin

WOODSTOCK GROUND REGULA-

TIONS

1. All persons entering the ground are subject to

the rules and regulations of The Football Association.

2. The club reserves the right to eject or prosecute

any person who within the club premises is considered

by the club committee or its employees to

be or have been behaving in the following ways:

a) Entering the field of play before or during

the course of the game.

b) Using obscene, abusive or racist language

or persistently swearing.

c) Being intoxicated by drink or drugs.

Further, persons will not be allowed entry to

Woodstock Park if in the opinion of the gatemen,

stewards or any members of the management

committee they are intoxicated.

3. NO bottles or metal cans, glasses or weapons of

any kind are allowed in the ground. The stewards

have the right to search a spectator if they have

grounds to believe that the person is in possession

of any item that is deemed to be a danger to other

spectators.

4. Alcohol must only be consumed within the confines

of the club house.

5. The climbing of fences or floodlight pylons and

all buildings within the ground is strictly forbidden.

6. All vehicles parked within the boundaries of the

club’s car park must be parked within a designated

space unless otherwise directed by a steward.

No responsibility is accepted for any mishap that

may occur. Car parking is at owners risk.


TEAM CHECK

VELOCITY TROPHY

TUESDAY 10th OCTOBER 2017

SITTINGBOURNE V MERSTHAM

Manager: Nick Davis

Assistant: Tony Cornwell

Physio: Tom Martin

Coach / Kit Manager: Warren Chambers

Coach: Aslan Odev

Match Day Assistant : Harry Chambers

Manager: Hayden Bird

Assistant: Tutu Henriques

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee Ricky Adams, (Gravesend). Assistants: Andrew Simmonds (Grays),

Rhys Battye (Grays)

Red & Black Stripes Shirts,

Black Shorts, Black Socks

PLAYED

SUBSTITUTE

GOALS

PLAYED

SUBSTITUTE

GOALS

Yellow

1, Harry BROOKS

1. Chris HAIGH

2. Chris WEBBER

2. Michael ABNETT

3. Ollie BROWN

3. Sinn Kaye CHRISTIE

4. Tyrone GUTHRIE

4. Stephen HAMILTON-FORBES

5. Ben GORHAM (C)

5. Tutu HENRIQUES

6. Lex ALLAN

7. Tom LOYNES

8. Mobolaji DAWODU

6. Simon COOPER

7. Alex ADDAI

8. Sean BONNETT-JOHNSON

9. David SMITH

9. Sahr KABBA

10. Miles CORNWELL

10. Dan BENNETT11.

11. Gil CARVALHO

Youssef BAMBA12. Reece

12. John COKER

HALL

14. Jidi OKIMEJI

14. Sonny BLACK

15. Kane ROWLAND

15. Jelan JONES

16. Kane PHILLIP

17. Daren HAWKES

16. Anh War TRAN-WEST

17. Che CRABBENDAN


The Secretary’s Jottings

Good evening everyone.

Welcome to Woodstock for this Velocity Trophy (League Cup) match. Our visitors from the Bostik Premier Division are

Merstham. Welcome to their Players, Officials and Supporters. Welcome also to tonight’s match officials.

The last time we played Merstham was Away in August 2015 when Merstham were making their debut in the Ryman Premier

Division. That match was also in the League Cup. Both teams really made a game of it that day with both teams playing complete

first team squads. In a very entertaining match the Brickies came out on top and won by two goals to one with our

goals being scored by George Crimmen (now at Ramsgate) and Tom Brunt (now at Sheppey United). Of the players that

played in that match Ollie Brown is the only Sittingbourne player still with us but Merstham may have in their line up five

who were in their squad for that game – Simon Cooper, Tom Kavanagh, Reece Hall, Nathan Gordon and Michael Abnett. We

then went on to beat Hastings United and Corinthian Casuals before losing in the semi-finals to Faversham Town.

Well, what a start we have had in the league! Nick and Tony have got together an exciting squad that has played some of the

best football from a Sittingbourne side that I have seen for many seasons. Obviously, it’s early days yet, but if the squad stays

together I see no reason why we are not challenging for promotion come March.

Our last home game was against Hythe Town. They came into the game on an unbeaten run of 5 games. As expected this was

a hard-fought encounter but we came out on top with Boal Dawodu scoring the important goal. After that we visited Herne

Bay. All but two of the home team’s starting line-up played for Sittingbourne teams last season so the match had extra interest.

Given that we had already beaten them 3-0 earlier in the season also helped fire up the home side. However, this was

another excellent display from Sittingbourne and the 1-0 win belied the superiority of the Brickies. This win put us top of the

league for the first time in twenty years even though this only lasted until the next day when unbeaten Lewes took top spot.

Last Saturday it was a break from the league when we visited struggling Ashford United in the Buildbase FA Trophy. This

game went to form and a satisfying 3-0 win was the result. There were, however, enough chances for Sittingbourne to double

that score. The reward for this win is £3000 and progress to the next round when we play tonight’s visitors again in the

next round. That is now 360 minutes since we have conceded a goal.

Apologies for those who tried to listen to my commentary, via “pundit”, on the FA Trophy match. The sound was very quiet

for the first half but this was put right for the second half when I changed microphones.

You will have read about the interest in our young defender, Lex Alan, from League clubs. Lex has already been to Millwall

and will be going back. Amongst other clubs expressing an interest are Fulham and Crystal Palace. Lex has not started many

games for us but this is due to the form of Ben Gorham, John Coker and Laurence Ball. Certainly, a problem for Nick to

choose his best central defensive pairing but what a great problem to have. This is reflected also in the substitutes playing for

us. All of them are equally good enough to play in the starting eleven. I cannot remember a squad that we have had in recent

years when I could have written that. Who would be a manager?

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The Programme Editor

It’s good to welcome Merstham to our ground again.

The manager merry go round continues as figures suggest that a quarter of the National

league managers that began the season have left their clubs. The latest Bostik league club

to change managers is Aveley. Their manager, Terry Spillaine, has “parted from the club by

“mutual consent”. Aveley have a sparkling new ground that some of us saw when we visited

to play a friendly against Grays athletic.

Chief executive of Aveley, Craig Johnson, a Bostik League director, said “It is unfortunate

that results on the pitch at Parkside this season have not befitted the clubs fantastic new

facilities, and the backing the club has received from the local people. “There have been

some great applications for the Aveley job including one from someone who said “I've retained

the Champions league three times in a row on “Football manager”. Surely, I should

get top priority

Another managerial change involves ex Brickie Ian Varley who has recently left Holmesdale

and is now manager of Southern Counties East side Rochester Utd. Rochester are

currently bottom of the Premier division. Another Brickies connection is that Lloyd Hume is

the chairman of Rochester Utd!

Chatham Town is another club that has also recently changed managers. Steve Binks, who

some of us know, was temporary manager but James Collins has now been appointed.,

and he has made a good start with a 3-1 victory over Erith & Belvedere. One of their players,

Danny Grant, has been on the latest series of the Apprentice,

however he didn’t last long, one episode to be exact,

as he was “fired” after he was project manager of a

task that went badly wrong!

Talking of Erith & Belvedere I always think that they are a

good example of how dangerous it is to get relegated from

our level, as despite having good facilities they have not

been able to sustain a return to step 4. They were in the

Southern league division 1 with us in the early 2000’s but

dropped back into what was then the Kent League in 2005.

In 2012–13 they secured the title and promotion to Division

One North of the Isthmian League. However, the following

season saw them finish bottom of the division, resulting in

relegation back to the Kent League

Finally, an observation: - Strange how quiet Herne Bay

have been on their media, (Website, Twitter, and facebook,)

after we did the double over them last week. I always

like to read what the opposition says about us but no

joy after that game!

Peter


Merstham—A Brief History

In the early years of Merstham FC, matches were played on a

pitch situated at the old Merstham Lime Works known as Limeworks

Meadow which was accessed via Jolliffe Road, Lime

Works Road or Quarry Dean Lane. At first changing facilities

were non-existent and the players had to make do with the

hedgerows to shield their modesty. After some time, accommodation

was made available at the Jolliffe Arms (now the

Vojan Indian Restaurant).

The level of football played in the first five years is unclear.

However by 1897 the club were founder members of the

Redhill & District League although the Surrey Mirror reports

that they ‘opened their first season with a friendly match

against Redhill Gas Works’ on Saturday 29 th October 1904

having been elected as an affiliate of the Surrey FA in the previous

September; so this may only relate to their first match as

members of the Surrey FA. It is certain though that they were

playing in the Redhill & District League Division Two in the

1905/06 season along with, amongst others, Redhill Gas

Works, Holmethorpe, Whyteleafe and Bletchingley. It was not

until the early 1920s that the club moved to its present location

in Albury Road, although it is also believed that for a period of

time around 1911, under the Presidency of Reverend Reginald

Woodhouse, the club occupied a ground at ‘The Weir’ adjacent

to the existing Merstham Cricket Club ground.

The club’s first major success was winning the league in 1927

and in 1930 added the East Surrey Junior Cup to their trophy

cabinet. 1935 and 1936 saw Merstham record a remarkable

double by winning the Redhill League Premier Division in consecutive

years; a record later repeated in the post World War II

years of 1950 and 1951. It was at this time that the decision to

apply for intermediate status was taken and Merstham FC was

duly accepted into the Eastern Section of the Surrey Intermediate

League. The move to the new league could hardly have

paid more rapidly a reward, for in the 1952-53 season the club

proved their readiness for the test by claiming the title at their

first attempt.

Major achievements were also in progress off the field and in

1960, through the devotion and hard work of club officials and

members, in partnership with the local authority, the changing

room and tearoom were constructed and training lights were

erected. This was followed some years later in 1974 by the

construction of a small stand with a modest capacity of some

90 people. Although unable to win the league again, Merstham

continued to play in the Surrey Intermediate League until they

gained senior status in 1964 and joined the Surrey Senior

League. In a fourteen year phase in the Surrey Senior League

Merstham managed to win the title only once in the 1971/72

season. In 1978 they again switched leagues joining the London

Spartan League and attaining a creditable third in their

first two seasons. Those first two seasons proved to be

amongst the club’s best as in addition to their pleasing league

positions they claimed the Surrey Senior Charity Cup and the

London Spartan League Challenge Cup in the first season,

adding the East Surrey Charities Cup the following year.

By the 1984/85 season Merstham had decided that the travelling

involved in the Spartan League was proving too much on

the club’s resources and they applied to join the Combined

Counties League, partly reformed from the Surrey Senior

League. This new league encompassed teams from Surrey,

Berkshire, Hampshire and Middlesex. 1984 also saw the completion

of the new clubhouse replacing the portable shelter that

had been in use since 1975.

Merstham were runners-up in the Combined Counties League

in the 1987/88 season and the following year proved to be the

club’s best season in senior football by reaching the fourth

round of the FA Vase losing, to Billericay Town at home 2-3

after throwing away a 2-0 lead.

The 1990/91 season saw the erection of floodlights at the Weldon

Way ground and an official ‘Floodlight Opener’ against

Crystal Palace whose side included the current Middlesbrough

United Manager Gareth Southgate.

The next few seasons saw Merstham generally settle for midtable

anonymity; 1991/92 (14th) 1992/93 (4th), 1993/94 (17th),

and 1994/95 (15 th ). The 1995/96 season brought some success

to Merstham, finishing fourth in the League,

The FA Cup of 1996/97 saw, historically, Merstham’s biggest

defeat when they crashed out in the 1st Qualifying Round at

home to Aldershot Town. Aldershot ran riot with an impressive

eight goals to which Merstham could only reply with a token

one.

1998/99 saw an 11th place finish and 13th in 1999/2000; after

a disastrous start which saw them bottom at Christmas.

The 2000/01 season was Merstham's most successful for

nearly a decade. They reached the 2nd Qualifying Round of

the FA Cup, their best showing, and finished eighth in the

league after being in the top six for most of the season.

The 2002/03 season brought AFC Wimbledon into the league

and their visit to Merstham attracted 1,582 fans, the club's record

home attendance. Unfortunately the visitors won 2-0. A

successful application to the FA Stadia Fund enabled the club

to build the new changing rooms and add a perimeter fence.

‘Silverware’ returned to Merstham in the 2004/05 season when

they beat AFC Guildford (now Guildford City) 3-0 in the final of

the Premier Challenge Cup held at Woking FC and they also

won the East Surrey Hospitals Charity Cup with a victory over

local rivals Redhill. A poor run of results as the season drew to

a close saw them finish in 16 th spot in the league.

The 2005/06 was their best all round season for twenty years;

Beaten finalists in the Premier Challenge Cup and ESHCC and

runners up in the Combined Counties Premier Division. Also

Merstham’s regular goalkeeper Colin Harris (now with Corinthian-Casuals)

kept an incredible 19 clean sheets in the league

making him the league’s top ‘keeper. However disappointment

followed when they were denied promotion to the Ryman

League because their stand was delivered two weeks late.

Many of the players moved on during the close season all with

the good wishes of the club; notably Captain Chris Boulter who

joined promoted Godalming Town. For the 2006/07 season

manager, Mick Sullivan, along with two new assistants Micky

Stratford and Rhys Williams had to form a new line up for the

team with the previous season’s Vice-Captain Craig Vernon

stepping up as Captain and the addition of several new players,

notably Michael Morgan from Redhill and the very promising

Kwabena Agyei. However, despite the upheaval in the club

and against many of the beliefs of management and supporters

alike, Merstham surpassed their ‘best all round season for

twenty years’ again finishing second in the league but this time

with the added bonus of winning the Premier Challenge Cup

by beating North Greenford Utd 4-1 in a hard fought final. In

the league they notched up their highest tally of goals in living

memory - a fantastic 100, nearly a quarter of which were

scored by striker Kwabena Agyei. The Southern Combination

Cup was shared between Merstham and Staines Lammas

when a fixture date for the final could not be agreed. The final

of the ESHCC against Redhill at Kiln Brow was put off until the

start of the 2007/08 season when Merstham won 3-2. All in all

an excellent and record breaking season for the club and for

manager Mick Sullivan who will go down in the history of

Merstham FC as their most successful manager to date.

However, when many thought Merstham may have peaked,

the 2007/08 season, Mick Sullivan’s seventh year in charge,

brought the Club into a new era with a treble winning side, a

fantastic run in the FA Vase and promotion to the Ryman

sponsored Isthmian League South Division as they finally finished

top of the league after two seasons as runners up. Despite

losing on the opening day of the season away at Cove

Merstham went on undefeated in the league for the rest of the

season winning 35 times and drawing six for a total of 111


Merstham—History Cont

The dream of a Wembley final in the FA Vase fell short on the

1 st March in the Quarter Final when they lost at home to Needham

Market 2-3 in extra time in a game watched by a crowd of

841. Merstham successfully defended the Premier Challenge

Cup beating Bedfont Green 4-2 in the final at Woking FC with

two goals from Kwabena Agyei and one each from Chris Boulter

and the 19-year-old Matt Francis who proved to be a real

asset for the club. Probably the icing on the cake came when

Merstham were re-instated into Surrey Senior Cup after Tooting

& Mitcham and Kingstonian were removed for fielding ineligible

players. In the semi-final they were pitched against local rivals

Redhill, who had been winners on two previous occasions, at

Moatside where they won 4-3 with the help of a hat-trick from

Mark Simmons. The final was played at Imber Court, home of

the Metropolitan Police FC, against Ryman League side Whyteleafe.

On a top quality surface Merstham’s passing skills paid

off and they won 3-2 in extra time after being behind on two

occasions. With promotion officially confirmed on 14 th May

2008.

2008/09 saw Merstham’s first season in the Ryman League

Division One South and after the euphoria of the previous season

many thought that this would be a tough test for them and

feared they may not survive at this level. Happy to disappoint

these pessimists Merstham had an extremely good season finishing

in a very creditable eighth place narrowly missing out on

a play-off position. Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the

season was in the defence of their Surrey Senior Cup title

where they went out to Conference side Woking in the semifinal.

The Merstham Ladies side had a great season winning

their League and League Cup and finishing Runners Up in the

Ryman sponsored La Senza Ladies Cup. The Merstham A

Team gained their second promotion on the trot as Runners-Up

in the Redhill & District League Division Two. However it was

not until May that the club suffered a real shock when Manager

Mick Sullivan announced that, after eight seasons at the helm,

he was leaving the club for rival Ryman side Leatherhead citing

that ‘he had taken Merstham as far as he could and needed a

new challenge’. After several applications for the vacant post

the Merstham Board announced that former Banstead Athletic

Manager Graeme Banyard would be appointed as the new

manager with immediate effect and that he was looking forward

to the challenge. Further ‘bad’ news was to follow as Michael

Morgan, Chris Boulter, Kwabena Agyei and Mark Simmons

announced that they would be joining Sullivan at Leatherhead

and Gavin Gordon would be joining his former Crowborough

Athletic boss at Worthing.

Merstham’s second season in the Ryman League went the way

of many preceding sides who had found it far more difficult than

their first. Banyard found himself in a difficult situation as the

exodus of players continued with only skipper Craig Vernon,

winger David Smith and veteran goalkeeper Ian Chatfield staying

at Moatside. Many new players came and went as

Merstham’s form took a turn for the worse. James Hancock and

Gavin Gordon both returned to the fold mid-season and to the

astonishment of many supporters Craig Vernon lost the Captaincy

after two very successful years and was replaced by Wes

Goggin who came to Moatside from Ashford Town (Middx). It

wasn’t until the last quarter of the season that the team really

seemed to settle but unfortunately it was too late and Banyard’s

aspirations for a play-off spot was over. However if the improvements

in the team continue there is every possibility that they

can make a strong challenge in the 2010/11 season. Whereas

the first team performances could be seen as average elsewhere

in the Club things were very rosy.

The 2010/11 Season will be remembered mainly for the resignation

of Graeme Banyard and the recriminations that followed

about the nature of his departure. Andy Martin took over as

Caretaker Manager as Merstham slid towards a possible relegation

slot with some very poor performances. Martin took over

a very unfit side that hadn’t had any real training under Banyard

and managed to keep the side in the Division despite being

deducted a point. At a Board meeting in late April Martin was

offered and accepted the post of Manager for the 2011/12 season.

On a brighter note, at the Ryman League’s AGM in June

2011, Merstham were presented with the Fair Play Award for

Division One South

After just twenty games in charge Martin left the club and Antony

Williams and Rob Smith took on the role as Caretaker Managers

whilst the Club advertised for a new manager. On January

9 th 2012, and after interviewing several candidates, the

Board announced that former Bromley Town manager Hayden

Bird would take up the post with immediate effect. Bird rang the

changes bringing in several new players including David Graves

who replaced Adam Moriarty as club captain. Merstham finished

a creditable 9 th place with a finishing run of seven games

without a loss.

The 2012/13 season saw many changes at the club notably the

loss of the Reserves, A & B Teams, the Sunday Team and the

U18s; the board citing financial reasons. This was Bird’s first full

season in charge and it didn’t quite live up to his expectations

with Merstham finishing 12th and without a noticeable run in

any cup completion. With a minimal budget Bird again rang the

changes for the 2013/14 season bringing in more experienced

players and the expectation of a play-off position.

The 2013/14 season saw Merstham attain their highest place in

the club’s history finishing seventh with their highest tally of

points and goals since gaining promotion to the Ryman League.

It was a proverbial season of two halves for the Moatsiders. At

Christmas Merstham were languishing in 18 th place with just 25

points from 21 games, however, with the return of Fabio Saraiva

and the addition of the raw talent of Michael Abnett

Merstham turned the tide during the wettest winter on record.

After a humiliating 1-4 defeat at home to local rivals Chipstead,

Merstham went on an incredible unbeaten 13-game league run,

winning on 11 occasions and finally just missing out on the playoffs,

finishing seventh. Tommy Hutchings deservedly won the

Players and Supporters ‘Player of the Season’ awards.

The 2014/15 season was to be the best in the Club’s history to

date gaining promotion to the Ryman Premier Division by winning

the play-offs in style and being runners up in the Surrey

Senior Cup. Merstham finished fourth in the Ryman League

Division One South scoring 107 goals and gaining 93 points. In

the Play-Off Semi-Final it was all square at 0-0 at the end of

extra time Merstham won 5-4 on penalties with keeper Brannon

Daly making a match-winning save. In front of a crowd of 1465

Merstham gained promotion at Folkestone beating the home

side 3-0 with goals from Taurean Roberts, Tutu Henriques and

skipper Fabio Saraiva. Just four days later a tired looking

Merstham lost 2-0 in the final of the Surrey Senior Cup to Metropolitan

Police. A disappointment, yes, but their ultimate aim

had been achieved.

The 2015/16 season was to be yet another record breaking

season for Merstham attaining their highest position in the

‘Football Pyramid’ finishing a very creditable 10 th in their first

Season in The Ryman Isthmian Premier League. This was

helped by 20 goals from Charlie Penny and 14 from Fabio

Saraiva who were both promptly offered a position at National

League side Woking. The season finished on another high

when they trounced Godalming Town 4-1 in the final of the Surrey

Senior Cup. Another very successful season for Manager

Hayden Bird and his team.

So we come to Merstham’s second season in the Ryman Premier

League and what a season this is turning out be with the

Moatsiders reaching the ‘First Round Proper’ of the FA Cup for

the first time in their history. They achieved this with some of

the finest football ever seen at the Moatside.

During the close season Manager Hayden Bird made whole

sale changes to his squad; Assistant Manager Mick Sullivan,

who left the club returning to Leatherhead, was replaced by

Merstham player/coach Tutu Henriques.


Match Reports by Tony Rickson

Saturday 23rd September 2017

Bostik League South

Horsham Sittingbourne att 161

Artificial pitch? No Problem. Three Sittingbourne

players going off injured in the first hour? No Problem.

Tom Loynes having to play at left-back for 30

minutes? No Problem.

Sizzling Sittingbourne outclassed Horsham to record

their biggest win for nearly two years (since a 6-

2 victory down the road at Peacehaven).

It took them up to a thoroughly deserved third place

in Bostik League South, and with performances like

this who’s to say where they could finish this season.

They were terrific going forward, far too good for

Horsham’s wilting defence, and solid and determined

at the back despite disruptions caused by

injuries to Chris Elliott, John Coker and Ollie Brown.

Miles Cornwell got in his first full 90 minutes of the

season, and celebrated with his first two goals,

while Kane Phillip thrashed in a contender for goal

of the season as Sittingbourne really rubbed

in their superiority.

On the Lancing pitch they currently ground-share,

Horsham had conceded five the previous week

when Herne Bay knocked them out of the FA Cup

and were obviously determined to be tighter this

week.

But in beautiful Sussex sunshine on a smart artificial

playing surface, they got away to a terrible start

when Elliott’s near post corner in the second minute

was headed on by Bola Dawodu and all captain

Ben Gorham had to do at the far post was help the

ball over the line.

Swarming forward with pace and no little skill, Sittingbourne

hit the bar in the 11th minute through a

Kane Rowland header and then went two-up 10

minutes later. Cornwell drove forward from midfield

and stroked a perfect through ball for Dawodu to

make it five goals in six games with a cool finish

past the advancing keeper.

as Sittingbourne made it 3-0 with a classic breakaway

goal. Sittingbourne cleared a corner and Phillip

was still in his own half when he ran onto Cornwell’s

through ball. His searing pace took him completely

clear of any covering defenders, but just as he

looked to shoot, Phillip unselfishly passed sideways

for the supporting Cornwell to run it into the empty

net.

Horsham replied with an excellent goal, working the

ball from left toright before O’Toole headed in the

cross, and they might have got back to 3-2 when

the same player headed a good chance powerfully

over.

But Sittingbourne were far from done and got a

beauty of a goal after 80 minutes. Gorham hit a fantastic

diagonal 50-yard crossfield pass to sub Gil

Carvalho, who beat his man and got to the byline

before crossing to the penalty spot. Phillip raced in

from the opposite wing and met it first time with his

left-foot, volleying in a proper net-busting shot.

A fifth goal wasn’t needed but Sittingbourne got it

anyway, Cornwell’s shot going in off the keeper and

the post as he first-timed a drive from the edge of

the area from Dawodu’s pass.

What a five-star performance, and a result that will

make the rest of the league sit up. Sittingbourne

were irresistible going forward and have set very

high standards for themselves. They’ve got pace,

spirit, organisation and determination – the league

table, even at this comparatively early stage of the

season, doesn’t lie.

Sittingbourne: Daren Hawkes, Chris Webber,

Chris Elliott (Tyrone Guthrie, 27 min, Yellow card),

Ollie Brown (Gil Carvalho, 57 min), Ben Gorham,

John Coker (Lex Allan, 27 min), Kane Phillip,

Bola Dawodu

(Yellow card), Kane Rowland, Miles Cornwell,

Tom Loynes.

Subs not used:

David Smith, Harry Brooks.

The rested Lex Allan was soon in the thick of the

action as he came on as substitute central defender

when John Coker got hurt, and Brown –

who himself later went off injured - had to drop back

to left-back as Elliott limped off at the same time.

Goalkeeper Daren Hawkes made a couple of smart

saves, once dashing quickly off his line to smother a

shot, as Horsham tried to establish a grip on the

game, the first half ending in a flurry of yellow cards,

two for each team.

The Sussex side continued to press forward in a

desperate effort to get back into the game in the

second half, but that was their undoing


DATE OPPOSITION COMP Sc ATT 1 2 3 4

5

Sat Aug 12

Tue Aug 15

Sat Aug 19

Tue Aug 22

Sat Aug 26

Mon Aug 28

Sat Sep 02

Tue Sep 05

Sun Sep 10

Tue Sep 12

Sat Sep 16

Tue 19 Sept

Sat Sep 23

Tue Sep 26

Sat Sep 30

Tue Oct 03

Sat Oct 07

Tue Oct 10

Sat Oct 14

Sat Oct 21

Tue Oct 24

Sat Oct 28

Sat Nov 04

Tue Nov 07

Sat Nov 11

Wed Nov 15

Sat Nov 18

Sat Nov 25

Sat Dec 02

Sat Dec 09

Sat Dec 16

Sat Dec 23

Tue Dec 26

Sat Dec 30

Mon Jan 01

Sat Jan 06

Sat Jan 13

Sat Jan 20

Sat Jan 27

Sat Feb 03

Sat Feb 10

Sat Feb 17

Sat Feb 24

Sat Mar 03

Sat Mar 10

Sat Mar 17

Sat Mar 24

Sat Mar 31

Mon Apr 02

Sat Apr 07

Sat Apr 14

Sat Apr 21

Sat Apr 28

Chipstead

HERNE BAY

Pagham

PAGHAM

Lewes

ASHFORD UNITED

WHYTELEAFE

Faversham Tn

Thamesmead Tn

Faversham Tn

VCD ATH

Dover Athletic

Horsham

RAMSGATE

HYTHE TOWN

Herne Bay

Ashford United

MERSTHAM

Shoreham

CHIPSTEAD

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PHOENIX SPORTS

FAVERSHAM TWN

Walton Cas

Cray Wands

SOUTH PARK

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East Grinstead T

GUERNSEY

Greenwich Boro

LEWES

Ashford United

Whyteleafe

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Carshalton Ath

HASTINGS UTD

VCD Ath

HORSHAM

South Park

WALTON CAS

EAST GRINSTEAD T

Corinthian Cas

GREENWICH BORO

Guernsey

Hythe Town

SHOREHAM

THAMESMEAD T

Ramsgate

MOLESEY

Phoenix Sports

CARSHALTON ATH

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League

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KSC

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League

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A

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A

A

A

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1-1

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2-1

2-1

2-2

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5-1

2-0

1-0

1-0

3-0

73

222

124

152

446

207

122

tba

134

205

147

209

161

104

158

263

325

Hawkes*

Hawkes

Hawkes

Hawkes

Brooks

Brooks

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Brooks

Hawkes

Hawkes

Hawkes

Brooks

Hawkes

Brooks

Hawkes

Brooks

Hawkes

Webber

Webber

Adekoya

Webber

Webber

Adekoya

Webber

Adeyoya

Webber

Webber

Webber

Webber

Webber

Webber

Webber

Webber

Webber

Brown+

Brown

Webber

Brown

Brown

Webber

Elliott

Webber*

Elliott

Elliott

Elliott

Elliott

Elliott*

Brown

Elliott*

Ball

Ball

Okimeji

Okimeji

Okimeji

Okimeji

Guthrie

Guthrie*

Brown

Allan

Brown

Brown*

Brown

Coker

Brown*

Guthrie 1

Brown

Guthrie*

Brown

Gorham

Gorham

Gorham

Gorham

Gorham 1

Gorham

Gorham

Coker

Gorham

Gorham

Gorham*

Allan

Gorham 1

Ball 1

Gorham

Gorham

Gorham

KEY to above grid:

@ = After Extra Time

& = Lost on Pens

+ = Own Goal

# = Sent Off

1,2,3, etc after players name = goals scored

* = Subs used and players substituted

** = Sub was Substituted

KSC = Kent Senior Cup

Lge Cup = Isthmian League Cup

League = Ryman Isthmian Lge Div 1 South

FAT = FA Challenge Trophy

FAC = FA Challenge Cup


6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17

Ball 1

Ball

Ball

Ball*

Ball*

Allan

Allan

Brown

Allan

Allan

Allan

Dawodu 1

Coker*

Coker

Coker

Coker

Coker

Phillip*

Phillip*

Phillip*

Phillip

Phillip

Carvalho

Phillip

Blake*

Phillip

Phillip*

Phillip*

Guthrie

Phillip 1

Batula*

Phillip

Phillip*

Phillip*

Dawodu

Dawodu 1

Guthrie

Guthrie

Dowadu

Dawodu

Dawodu

Dowadu 1

Dawodu* 1

Blake*

Dawodu 1

Batula*

Dawodu 1

Dawodu

Dawodu 1

Dawodu

Guthrie*

Rowland*

Rowland 1

Rowland

Rowland

Rowland*

Rowland*

Rowland 1

Smith* 1

Rowland

Rowland

Rowland

Smith*

Rowland

Smith*

Rowland

Rowland

Rowland* 2

Cornwell*

Cornwell*

Dawodu 1

Dowadu

Loynes* 1

Loynes*

Loynes* 1

Carvalho

Loynes*

Dawodu

Loynes 1

Cornwell*

Cornwell 2

Cornwell*

Cornwell*

Cornwell* 1

Cornwell

Carvalho*

Carvalho*

Caevalho

Smith*

Smith

Smith

Carvalho*

Loynes

Carvalho

Loynes

Smith*

Loynes

Loynes

Carvalho

Loynes*

Carvalho

Carvalho

Guthrie*

Guthrie*

Cornwell

Allan*

Carvalho*

Cornwell*

Smith*

Henry*

Blake*

Adekoya

Cornwell*

Phillip*

Guthrie*

Phillip*

Carvalho*

Allan

Dawodu*

Smith* 1*

Smith* 1

Allan

Carvalho*

Cornwell*

Blake

Brooks

Guthrie*

Smith* 1

Guthrie*

Coker* 1

Blake*

Brooks

Loynes*

Smith*

Smith*

Loynes*

Allan

Allan*

Smith*

Adekoya

Allan*

Brown*

Blake*

Rowland*

Okimeji**

Smith*

Blake

Brown

Smith

Rowland*

Allan

Brown*

Smith* 1

Adekoya*

Adekoya

Blake

Blake

Adekoya

Phillip*

Adekoya

Gorham

Guthrie

Carvalho*

Guthrie*

Rowland*

Carvalho*

Allan

Ball

Loynes*

Elliott

Brooks

Brooks

Brooks

Brooks

Blake

Hawkes

Davis

Brooks

Brooks

Brooks

Hawkes

Allan*

Davis

Guthrie*

Elliott

Allan

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Tuesday 26th September 2017

Velocity Sports Trophy

Sittingbourne 2 Ramsgate 0, att 104

Match Report

This was a comfortable victory for the Brickies

and manager Nick Davis now has a real headache

over team selection with so many class

acts to choose from. Latest signings John

Coker and Ade Batula both had excellent

games whilst it was great to see Laurence Ball

returning to the side after a long lay off through

injury.

The first half was goalless but Brickies keeper

Brooks was having a quiet game, whilst Ade

Batula on the right in particular, found plenty of

space to make dangerous runs and crosses.,

one in particular on 24 minutes caused Rams

keeper Roddy Hayward problems but he just

managed to palm the shot away. At the other

end Harry Brooks had a rare moment of stress

when a snap shot almost took him by surprise

but he grabbed the ball at the second attempt.

Ramsgate's best period of the game came on

the half way mark when they moved the ball

around well and on 35 minutes a long free kick

found Tom Chapman in the Brickies area but he

skied his shot well over the bar. For the Brickies

David Smith had a couple of chances that

were either easily held or went wide.

Sittingbourne love playing towards the Alan

Barty terracing and this match was no exception

with Bola having a good effort just go over the

bar within minutes of the second half starting.

Then a low hard cross was headed narrowly

wide by Smith. Sittingbourne were now on top

and a goal looked inevitable however the crowd

couldn't have expected just what a cracker

it would be as Tom Loynes, almost on the half

way line, teed up a free kick to Tyrone Guthrie

and the ball sailed over Haywards head and

into the net, what a way to score your first goal

for the club.

John Coker then had a great effort go narrowly

wide as Sittingbourne were now well on

top. Another good chance fell to Smith but this

time he glanced his header narrowly wide.

The Two Kane's (Kane Rowland and Kane Philip)

had now joined the fray and a long free kick

into the Rams area found Kane Rowland who

had two shots blocked before the ball went for a

corner. A second goal was inevitable and that

came on 76 minutes when the ball fell nicely for

Laurence Ball at the far post and he stabbed it

into the net. A few minutes later it looked like 3

when the ball was arched into the Rams area,

Hayward could only deflect it back out, but the

ball went straight to Kane Rowland who fired

into the net, however he was adjudged to be off

-side.

Sittingbourne didn’t relax and Hayward pushed

out a powerful shot by Gil Carvalho out to Kane

Rowland whose header struck the right hand

post and bounced off to safety. The Rams had

a rare chance themselves with a minute to go

but Joe Kane struck his header hard against the

ground and the ball sailed over the Brickies bar,

but by then the Brickies were safely through to

the next round. .

Sittingbourne: Harry Brooks, Chris Webber,

Ollie Brown, Tyrone Guthrie, Laurence Ball (C),

John Coker, Ade Batula (Kane Philip 65 mins),

Bola Dawodu, David Smith (Kane Rowland 74

mins), Miles Cornwell (Tom Loynes 46 mins),

Gil Carvalho. Substitutes not used: Lex Allan,

Nick Davis

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Away Travel

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Respect table

Respect Table as at 13th September 2017

Played Yellow Red Misconduct Benches Excellent Meeting Total

1st S 1 SITTINGBOURNE 7 6 -5 -11

2nd P 1 Hendon 7 5 -5 -10

3rd

S 2 Corinthian-Casuals 6 5 -5 -10

N 1 Haringey Borough 6 5 -5 -10

5th S 3 Carshalton Athletic 5 5 -5 -10

6th

P 2 Brightlingsea Regent 7 1 5 -5 -9

S 4 Guernsey 7 1 5 -5 -9

8th S 5 Whyteleafe 7 4 -5 -9

9th S 6 East Grinstead Town 6 1 5 -5 -9

10th S 7

Molesey

6 4 -5 -9


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