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SITTINGBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB

Woodstock Park, Broadoak Road.

Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8AG

Tel: 01795 410477, email: bournefc@hotmail.com

www.sittingbournefc.co.uk

Sittingbourne FC is a members Club

Affiliated to the Kent County Football Association

Members of the Bostik League Division One South and the Kent County League

PRESIDENT: Alan Crowshaw

VICE PRESIDENTS: Andy Spice, Tania Spice, Alan Barty and John Cooper

OFFICERS OF THE CLUB

Chairman: Maurice Dunk

Vice Chairman: Ken Medwyn

Secretary/ Treasurer: John Pitts

COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND HELPERS

Youth team Chairman, Media: Glen Parkes

Youth team Secretary: Mike Sayce

Press, Website, Programme editor, Stadium announcer: Peter Pitts

Fixtures Secretary, Youth treasurer, Club assistant treasurer: Colin Page

Turnstile manager: Danny Appleton

Coach Liaison: Chris Daisy

Gerrard Jakimavicius

Sandra Pitts and Carol Cooper: Board room hospitality

Turnstile: Faye Goatham

Programme sales: Jackie Goatham

Match reporter: Tony Rickson

Groundsman: Roger Pudner

Club shop: Clive Phillips

Club historians: Tony Rickson and Dudley Hird

Head steward: Roger Wilkins

PLAYING MANAGEMENT

First team manager: Nick Davis

First team assistant manager: Tony Cornwell

Physio: Tom Martin

Kit manager/ Goalkeeper coach: Warren Chambers

Coach: Aslan Odev. Team assistant: Harry Chambers

The Isthmian Football League strongly supports the FA statement that there should be a zero

tolerance approach against racism and all forms of discrimination. Accordingly any form of

discriminatory abuse whether it be based on race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, faith,

age, ability or any other form of abuse will be reported to The Football Association for action

by that Association. (The FA 0800 085 0508 / kick it out 020 7253 0162)


TEAM CHECK

Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Qual Rnd

SATURDAY 28th October 2017

SITTINGBOURNE V MERSTHAM

Manager: Nick Davis

Assistant: Tony Cornwell

Physio: Tom Martin

Ast Physio:

Coach Aslan Odev

Coach / Kit Manager: Warren Chambers

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee Scott Wiliams (Hackney),

Manager: Hayden Bird

Assistant Manager: Tutu Henriques

First Team Coach: Gary Pascoe

Goalkeeping Coach: Jordan Bradley

Physio: Katie Davey

Physio: Nyesha Chapman

Assistants: Farai Hallam (Ilford)

Charlie Acton (Chingford)

Red & Black Stripes Shirts,

Black Shorts, Black Socks

PLAYED

SUBSTITUTE

GOALS

PLAYED

SUBSTITUTE

GOALS

All Gold

1, Harry BROOKS

1. Chris HAIGH

2.SALVYN KISITU

2. Michael ABNETT

3. Chris ELLIO

3. Ben HARRISON

4. Ollie BROWN

4. Simon COOPER

5. Laurence BALL

5. Jelan JONES

6. John COKER

6. Stephan HAMILTON-FORBES

7. Tom LOYNES

7. Dan BENNETT

8. Mobolaji DAWODU

8. Kershaney SAMUELS

9. Kane ROWLAND

9. Richard PINGLING

10. Miles CORNWELL (C)

10. Ryan HALL

11. Gill CARVALHO

11. Reece HALL

12. Kane PHILIP

12. Alex ADDAI

14. David SMITH

14. Sean BONNETT-JOHNSON

15. Lex ALLAN

15. Sahr KABBA

16. Tyrone GUTHRIE

16. Sonny BLACK

17. Chris HAWKES

17. Tom NYAMA


The Secretary’s Jottings

Good afternoon everyone, welcome to Woodstock for this 1 st Qualifying Round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Our visitors for the second time in two weeks are Merstham from the Bostik League Premier Division.

Welcome to their players, officials and supporters and also the match officials. Our last meeting, also

here, ended in a 1-0 win for The Brickies in the Velocity (league cup) trophy. Both teams had a few

changes from their usual line up so expect another very close contest today.

Apologies for the restrictions at the ground today. Some areas will not be open as they usually are.

When the league fixtures were issued we were due to be playing away. Unfortunately, we did not take

into consideration the fact that we might have a trophy home match. There is a function in the main bar

and the Broadoak room so that is why we are using the small bar today. This bar will not be open after

the match.

Please remember that under FA cup competition rules it is not allowed to take alcoholics drinks outside

of the bar area, we have no say in this.

We have toilets at the far side of the ground. The lady’s toilet is reached by the gate on the right. The

Gents toilet is accessed by the side door on the left. The club house toilets are also available for use as

normal.

Our last match here ended in an unfortunate way. Cray Wanderers are a big powerful side. They possibly

just shaded the first half but we were clearly the better side in the second half. Their frustration got

the better of them and ended with one of their players punching Chris Elliott after he didn’t get a decision

from the referee that he obviously felt he should have got. Chris Elliott, understandably, reacted to this

assault. The referee showed a red card to both players. This should have been the end of the matter but

as both players trundled off the pitch the Cray player punched Chris again. This caused a confrontation

from both teams. It’s easy to be wise after an event but perhaps the referee should have made both

players go off separately. It was a shame that the match ended is this way because it (up to that point)

was a great advert for Bostik League football.

In the Velocity trophy last 16 we have been drawn away to another Ryman Premier club, Wingate &

Finchley. This has to be played by January 7 th . I would expect though, this to be played well before then

though so keep an eye open for an announcement on this.

I know it’s a bit early for this notification but it may help in planning your Christmas football because I

know you would not want to miss a Brickies game. Our Boxing day match at Ashford will kick off at

1:00pm

Next Tuesday (assuming there is a result to today’s game) we visit Molesey for a 7:45pm league match.

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The Programme Editor

Welcome again to Merstham, it seems like only a couple of weeks since we played you last! .

I hope you find this programme informative. I have included details of the Buidbase FA Trophy

1st qualifying matches involving Bostik League clubs that are being played today . There are

also a few Bostik South league games so I have included those as well, note that Guernsey,

who opted this season not to enter either the Emirates FA cup or the Buildbase FA Trophy,

have a 12.45 Kick off at Ramsgate. I have also included pen pictures of the Brickies squad.

The Buildbase FA Trophy is a perfect opportunity to improve the finances although there is not

always as much money made in these games as you might think, especially if you lose!. I

heard of a club (in the Bostik Premier) who put down expenses of over £900 for security alone,

putting a huge dent in any money to be made as that

club won and got the prize money whilst the other club

made a very small amount (not enough to cover travel

and players fees). We suffered from this a bit when we

played Dover Athletic early on in the season in the

Kent Senior Cup and they claimed £200 plus for security

staff – this though was a bit different as unlike ourselves,

being in the National League Dover use a Security

provider and don’t rely on volunteers. Merstham

need not worry as we wont’ be putting down an exorbitant

amount for security!

Talking about security I was reading in the Metro how

the Stevenage security staff were reported to have

asked several Grimsby female supporters to lift their

tops to show their bras to female stewards while also

fully body searching children as young as 5. Note to

our stewards – this is not a requirement of Sittingbourne

FC!!

I read the Metro article about Stevenage whilst on the

way to a client in New Addington (Near Croydon) and

on that same journey I saw a great sign that said

“Please do not block the drive or you may be threatened

with Violence”!

The home games are coming thick and fast which

means that there is a fair old strain on myself and the

secretary in getting the programme produced and

printed. However I must thank all of you who buy a programme and remind you that 100% of

the cover price goes to the club at present..

Finally don’t you think that the team are playing exciting football ? lets hope that today is no exception.

Peter


Merstham—A Brief History

Matches were first played at the old Merstham

Lime Works known as Limeworks Meadow.

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). In

1897 the club were founder members of the

Redhill & District League and elected as an affiliate

of the Surrey FA in the previous September.

They were playing in the Redhill & District

League Division Two in the 1905/06 season.

The club moved to its present location in Albury

Road in the 1920’s.

The club’s first major success was winning the

league in 1927 and in 1930. Off the field

through the devotion and hard work of club officials

and members in 1960, 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.

Senior status was gained in 1964 joining the

Surrey Senior League. The title was won once

in the 1971/72 season. In 1978 they again

switched leagues joining the London Spartan

League.

By the 1984/85 season Merstham had joined

the Combined Counties League. 1984 saw the

completion of the new club house. 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.

The 1990/91 season saw the erection of floodlights

at the Weldon Way ground and an official

‘Floodlight Opener’ against Crystal Palace. The

next few seasons saw Merstham generally settle

for mid-table anonymity. The FA Cup of

1996/97 saw, historically, Merstham’s biggest

defeat losing 8-1 to Aldershot Town.

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.

A successful application to the FA

Stadia Fund enabled the club to build the new

changing rooms and add a perimeter fence.

The 2005/06 was their best all round season

for twenty years however there was disappointment

when they were denied promotion to the

Ryman League because their stand was delivered

two weeks late.

For the 2006/07 season manager, Mick Sullivan,

had to form a new line up for the team.

However, 2ns spot in the league was attained.

In t5he 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.

Merstham reached the Quarter Final of the FA

Vase when they lost at home to Needham Market

2-3 in extra time in a game watched by a

crowd of 841.

The icing on the cake that season came when

Merstham were re-instated into the 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.

2008/09 saw Merstham’s first season in the

Ryman League Division One South which

turned out to be an extremely good season finishing

in a very creditable eighth place narrowly

missing out on a play-off position.

In May 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’. Former

Banstead Athletic Manager Graeme Banyard

was appointed as the new manager. with

immediate effect and that he was looking forward

to the challenge.

Continued on the next page.


Merstham—A Brief History Cont

Further ‘bad’ news came when other key staff

left, some also to Leatherhead. 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.

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, and accepted the post of Manager

for the 2011/12 season. After just twenty

games in charge Martin left the club and Antony

Williams and Rob Smith took on the role as

Caretaker Managers until Hayden Bird took the

reins

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. With a minimal

budget Bird 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.

Merstham went on an incredible unbeaten 13-

game league run, winning on 11 occasions and

finally just missing out on the play-offs, finishing

seventh. Tommy Hutchings deservedly won the

Players and Supporters ‘Player of the Season’

awards.

Merstham gained promotion to the Isthmian

league premier Division at the end of season

2014/15.

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 10th 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.

Season 2016-17 saw an epic FA Cup run

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; They beat East Preston (4-1),

Colliers Wood Utd (2-1 in a replay), Thamesmead

Town (5-1) and Ebbsfleet Utd (2-1) on the

way to end up facing SkyBET League One side

Oxford Utd but Merstham struggled in the

league.

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 21st October 2017

Bostik League South

Sittingbourne 1 Chipstead 1 att 156

Praise Sittingbourne’s players for never giving

up, and – again – getting a very late goal, this

time to rescue a point.

They’re still second in the league, they’re now

unbeaten in the last eight league and cup

games, and their resilience and never-say-die

determination will take them a long way this

season.

They were far from at their best in this game,

but there were two teams out there and Chipstead

handled them well and were able to slow

the game down and defend deeply once they’d

taken a precious early lead.

That set piece goal was the first conceded by

Sittingbourne in seven games, but they’ve now

got to put that run behind them and get on with

things from here. Cray Wanderers and

Merstham at home in the next two games will

test them to the full on that.

There were two changes in the team that won 4

-0 at Shoreham the previous Saturday, new

signing Salvyn Kisitu coming in and ‘Lawson’

Okimeji returning in midfield, with popular duo

the ever-present Chris Webber and Ollie Brown

missing.

Storm Brian was never quite the factor it had

threatened to be, but it may have been the

cause of Sittingbourne defenders failing to clear

a seventh minute Chipstead corner. All they did

was flick it across goal and defender Martin

was on hand at the far post to smash it in.

Sittingbourne responded positively and Tom

Loynes had a good effort tipped over the bar,

and Bola Dawodu and John Coker just failed to

convert chances while Ben Gorham headed

over. The best chance of the half came right at

the end of it when Dawodu timed his run beautifully

to meet Loynes’ cross but could only volley

it too high.

But the approach work sometimes failed

through poor passing, and it all got a bit too

frantic too soon, as Chipstead did well to nullify

what’s traditionally a great Sittingbourne

strength of attacking down the wings.

Sittingbourne started the second half strongly,

with Dawodu just wide, Gil Carvalho having a

good opening blocked and Kane Rowland

heading just over the bar.

The only time Sittingbourne have lost in the

league this season was at Faversham, where

they conceded a first half goal and then couldn’t

find room or space to get the ball behind an ever

deeper defence and create chances in that

way.

Chipstead were playing the same tactics and it

looked like working as the second half went on,

particularly in a couple of rare attacks when

Twum’s shot was deflected just wide and Bell

brought out a good diving save by Daren

Hawkes.

As always, Sittingbourne’s attacking substitutions

threatened to shake things up and Chipstead

must have known they were going to

have to pull out all the stops to keep their slender

lead as time ticked on and it all got pretty

fraught.

Full-back Chris Elliott’s set pieces – long throws

and left-footed free-kicks and corners – created

continual mayhem in the six-yard box and Sittingbourne

finally equalised from one of them.

It was a minute into added time when Dawodu’s

header was cleared off the line, Carvalho got

the ball back in and Rowland side-footed it over

the line from a couple of yards out. It was the

young striker’s third successive Saturday on the

scoresheet.

The rejuvenated Sittingbourne crowd roared

them forward in search of a late winner, but it

ended messily with another melee in front of

goal ending in a minor fracas. Skipper Gorham

was singled out from Sittingbourne for his role

in it, and having been harshly booked earlier,

he got his second yellow card and was sent off.

Funny that Sittingbourne’s only other red card

this season was also in injury time and also

against Chipstead, Brown getting sent off there

in the opening match of the season.

As mentioned earlier, Sittingbourne now face

fourth-placed Cray and in-form Merstham at

home in the next seven days – what an opportunity

to recover from the disappointment of

dropping two points in this game.

Sittingbourne: Daren Hawkes, Salvyn Kisitu

(David Smith, 76 min), Chris Elliott, Jide Okimeji

(Tyrone Guthrie, 61 min), Ben Gorham

(Two yellow cards), John Coker, Tom Loynes,

Bola Dawodu, Kane Rowland, Miles Cornwell

(Kane Phillip, 61 min), Gil Carvalho.

Subs not used: Lex Allan, Harry Brooks.


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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


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Loynes

Carvalho

Loynes

Smith*

Loynes

Loynes

Carvalho

Loynes*

Carvalho

Carvalho

Carvalho

Carvalho*

Carvalho

Carvalho

Guthrie*

Guthrie*

Cornwell

Allan*

Carvalho*

Cornwell*

Smith*

Henry*

Blake*

Adekoya

Cornwell*

Phillip*

Guthrie*

Phillip*

Carvalho*

Allan

Dawodu*

Phillip

Phillip* 1

Phillip*

Phillip

Smith* 1*

Smith* 1

Allan

Carvalho*

Cornwell*

Blake

Brooks

Guthrie*

Smith* 1

Guthrie*

Coker* 1

Blake*

Brooks

Loynes*

Smith*

Smith*

Loynes*

Coker

Brooks

Smith*

Smith*

Allan

Allan*

Smith*

Adekoya

Allan*

Brown*

Blake*

Rowland*

Okimeji**

Smith*

Blake

Brown

Smith

Rowland*

Allan

Brown*

Smith* 1

Rowland*

Allan

Allan

Allan

Adekoya*

Adekoya

Blake

Blake

Adekoya

Phillip*

Adekoya

Gorham

Guthrie

Carvalho*

Guthrie*

Rowland*

Carvalho*

Allan

Ball

Loynes*

Elliott

Okimeji*

Okimeji*

Guthrie*

Okimeji**

Brooks

Brooks

Brooks

Brooks

Blake

Hawkes

Davis

Brooks

Brooks

Brooks

Hawkes

Allan*

Davis

Guthrie*

Elliott

Allan

Hawkes

Smith* 1

Brooks

Brown*

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Bostik South Matches Today

3pm Ashford United v Whyteleafe

3pm Herne Bay v Shoreham

3pm Horsham v South Park

3pm Phoenix Sports v East Grinstead Town

12.45pm Ramsgate v Guernsey

Buildbase FA Trophy Bostik League Matches

Aylesbury v Harlow Town

Barking v Beaconsfield Town

Biggleswade Town v Wingate & Finchley

Billericay Town v Tooting & Mitcham United

Bishop's Stortford v Hanwell Town

Bowers & Pitsea v Egham Town

Brentwood Town v Bedford Town

Burgess Hill Town v Aveley

Bury Town v Chalfont St Peter

Corinthian-Casuals v Hertford Town

Cray Wanderers v Grays Athletic

Dorking Wanderers v Ware

Dunstable Town v Lewes

Harrow Borough v Haringey Borough

Hastings United v Ashford Town (Middx)

Hayes & Yeading United v Chesham United

Hendon v Kings Langley

Hitchin Town v Cheshunt

Leatherhead v Hythe Town

Leiston v Folkestone Invicta

Maldon & Tiptree v Walton Casuals

Metropolitan Police v AFC Sudbury

Potters Bar Town v Witham Town

Royston Town v Enfield Town

Sittingbourne v Merstham

Staines Town v Margate

Tonbridge Angels v Heybridge Swifts

Waltham Abbey v Dulwich Hamlet

Worthing v Lowestoft Town


Match Reports by Tony Rickson

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Bostik South

Sittingbourne 0 Cray Wanderers 0, att 160

Two well-matched teams protecting long unbeaten

runs fought out an honours-even goalless

draw. That much will soon be forgotten.

What will stick rather longer in the memory, unfortunately,

is a pretty dreadful pitch battle at

the end when players simply lost their heads.

One from each side was sent off, but far from

ending the trouble, it just sparked an even

worse incident after Cray’s Rhule punched

Sittingbourne’s Chris Elliott as the pair trudged

off.Players from both sides rushed to start separate

fights, though to be fair some were trying to

break them up, and then both benches raced

on, hopefully to try to stop the mayhem.

Eventually, and it took an awful long time, law

and order was restored with the referee ending

the match and both sets of players leaving the

pitch separately.

So an evening that had promised much between

two in-form Kent sides in the top five in

Bostik League South ended in mayhem.

The game itself was dominated by wellorganised

and efficient defences, with Sittingbourne’s

John Coker and his opposite number in the

Cray team, the aptly-named Leader, the outstanding

players on display.

Sittingbourne made two changes from the team

that drew 1-1 with Chipstead on Saturday, Harry

Brooks replacing Daren Hawkes in goal, and

Tyrone Guthrie in midfield in place of Lawson

Okimeji.

Hard-working Miles Cornwell thrashed an early

20-yarder just too high but at the other end

Rhule thundered his 10th minute shot against

the bar, though that turned out to be the closest

Cray got all night.

Brooks made a very good save from a Power

header when the big Cray striker for once lost

his marker, but chances were few and far between

though a pacy game ebbed and flowed

from end to end.

There was a precedent for what happened later

on when a 32nd minute tackle by Bola Dawodu

sparked a melee, with lots of pushing and shoving

making it impossible for the referee to sort

out the bad guys from the good ones.

Sittingbourne dominated the second half, always

going forward, always pressing high up

the pitch as Cray determinedly kept possession

at the back and constantly tried to play their

way out. Dawodu went close and Tom Loynes

fired in a short corner that was headed

off the line as Sittingbourne drove on in search

of the sort of late goal they so enjoyed scoring

on Saturday.

But Cray, who like Sittingbourne have now gone

nine matches without defeat, were well organised,

too, and snuffed out everything that came

their way.

So to the climax when with the three addedminutes

already played, Elliott tackled Cray’s

Rhule, who reacted violently to the challenge.

In came players from both sides to spark a fracas

that ended with the referee sending off the

two originally involved – though I’m not sure

what Elliott had done to deserve this.

Rather than dismissing them separately, the under-pressure

ref showed his red cards to each

player one straight after the other, and it was

they headed reluctantly off the pitch, the violence

erupted.

Sittingbourne’s discipline has generally been

excellent this season and the hope is that the

lesson learned from this night is not to get so

involved again, even when a teammate’s in

trouble and needs support.

They’re still unbeaten in the league at home this

season, and this point took them back up to

second in the table, so there’s so much more to

be playing for.

Sittingbourne: Harry Brooks, Salvyn Kisitu,

Chris Elliott (Red card), Tyrone Guthrie (Yellow

card) (Jide Okimeji, 45 min) (Ollie Brown, 90

min), Ben Gorham, John Coker, Tom Loynes,

Bola Dawodu (Yellow card), Kane Rowland

(Yellow card) (David Smith, 58 min), Miles

Cornwell, Gil Carvalho (Yellow card). Subs not

used: Lex Allan, Kane Phillip.

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Sittingbourne FC Pen Pics

Daren Hawkes: Goalkeeper. Daren signed for Sittingbourne at the beginning of this season.

Last season he played for Canterbury City. He has also had experience at Ashford United,

Ramsgate, Gillingham, Maidstone and also had loan stints at Ebbsfleet United and Leatherhead.

Harry Brooks: Goalkeeper. Despite being understudy to Daren Hawkes, Harry has played in a

number of games for the Brickies this season. He was outstanding against a strong Dover Athletic

side in the Kent Senior Cup in September. Harry played for Whitstable Town reserves last season.

Chris Webber: Defender. Joined Sittingbourne from Canterbury City at the beginning of this

season. Has also played for Billericay and Faversham Town.

Ben Gorham: Defender. This seasons team captain joined at the beginning of this season. His

previous club was Herne Bay where he was also Captain. Ben’s previous clubs are also VCD

Athletic and Canterbury City.

Salvyn Kisitu; Defender. Sylvan who can play anywhere in defence Played for Leyton Orient’s

Under 16 before being picked up by Swindon Town. After being released by Swindon he joined

Wrexham. Before playing for Wrexham he played in Uganda and played for their Under 19 side.

He has also played for Banbury United. This season, after impressing in pre-season, he signed a

contract for Folkestone Invicta. He joined Sittingbourne in October 2017.

Afolabi (John) Coker: Defender. Central Defender, John Coker joined us in September 2017.

Since his debut he has continued to impress in the centre of defence. He left Leeds United,

where he was in the youth team, to join Norwich City. He played in their youth side and the Barclays

Under 21 Premier League. He signed a one-year professional deal with The Canary’s

whilst there. His next club was Sutton United in the National League.

Lex Allan: Defender. 6’ 7” Lex was spotted playing in local football and offered a trial with Sittingbourne.

It soon became clear that he had great potential. This potential has been spotted by

a number of scouts. Lex has been invited to play in trial matches and he has not looked out of

place in the company of more experienced players.

Laurence Ball: Defender. Laurence is the most experienced player in the Sittingbourne squad.

He started out playing for Gilingham Youth. He then joined Dover Athletic in 2003. His Uni studies

then took him North where he played for Altrincham for three seasons that included a loan

spell at Chorley. Then back South, a few spells at Dover followed interspersed with time at

Ramsgate. An interesting fact around this time (2010) was that Laurence played in the 126 th Varsity

match between his side (Oxford), and Cambridge. Lawrence scored in a penalty shoot out to

give his side the victory. Later he played for Boulogne – Billancourt (Paris), Margate and Leatherhead

before joining Tonbridge Angels in October 2014.

Chris Elliott: Midfield/Defender. Like most of this seasons players he made his debut for Sittingbourne

at the beginning of the league season. One of his attributes is a very long throw,

Chris’s previous clubs are Herne Bay and Folkestone Invicta where he picked up a serious knee

injury. He has also played for Ashford United.

Jidi (Lawson) Okimeji:. Midfield. Jidi made his debut for Sittingbourne against Chipstead in the

first game of the 2017-2018 season. Lawson was a full time youth player at Leyton Orient. Whilst

at Orient, he went on loan to Hamp

ton & Richmond Borough.

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Sittingbourne FC—Pen Pics Cont

Ollie Brown: Defender/Midfield. Ollie returned to Sittingbourne this season after joining us

originally in the 2013-14 season. Since then he has been at Ramsgate, Maidstone United and

Whitstable Town. A hardworking tenacious player.

Tom Loynes: Midfield/ Forward. Tom first played for Sittingbourne in the 2012-13 season. In

between playing for us he has played at Ramsgate, Whitstable Town and Sheppey United.

Since returning The Brickies at the beginning of this season he has shown that he has lost none

of his skill and enthusiasm.

Mobolaji (Bola) Dawodu: Midfield / Forward. First season at Sittingbourne for Bola who has

been outstanding since his debut. Has a great eye for goal. Last season Bola played for Whitstable

Town. Previous to turning out for Whitstable he played for Faversham Town.

Kane Rowland: Forward. Kane was with Whitstable Town last season and scored 30 goals.

He started in the youth set up at Ramsgate before joining Whitstable Town for the first time and

scored 16 goals whilst with them. He then joined Margate before returning to Whitstable. The

Ward brothers then took Kane to Ramsgate.

Miles Cornwell: Forward. Miles, Son of assistant manager Tony Cornwell, was an ever present

since Signing from SCEL side Sevenoaks Town a couple of seasons ago until he was

transferred to Folkestone Invicta in October 2016 season when he had already scored 8 goals

in his 14 appearances. Enough to make him our leading goalscorer for that season. Despite being

offered a contract by Folkestone Invicta for this season he opted to return to Sittingbourne.

He has also had experience with Maidstone United, Bearsted, Phoenix Sports and Chatham

Town.

Gil Carvalho: Forward. Gil loves nothing more than tearing down the wing and taking on players.

Something he does very successfully. Gil came through the youth set up at Tonbridge Angels

and played a few times for them. However, he drifted into junior football where he was

spotted by one of our former players who recommended him to Sittingbourne. Gil is only one of

two players who ended last season at Sittingbourne (Kane Phillip being the other).

Kane Phillip: Midfield/Forward: Kane joined Sittingbourne in February 2017, signing from

Herne Bay. He is another to have risen to the occasion this season and is a crowd favourite.

David Smith: Forward. Joined Sittingbourne at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. David

has a knack as coming off the subs bench and scoring goals! David previously played for

Lordswood.

Tyrone Guthrie: Forward. Joined Sittingbourne at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. Tyrone

has previously played for Beckenham Town and Fisher Athletic.


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prizes except for the week when there is a £100 prize when there will be two £40 prizes).

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Bostik League Tables to 25/10/2017

Bostik South Bostik Premier

P W D L F A +/- Pts

1 Lewes 14 10 3 1 30 11 19 33

2 SITTINGBOURNE 14 8 5 1 26 11 15 29

3 Greenwich Borough * 14 8 4 2 30 14 16 28

4 Corinthian-Casuals * 14 9 1 4 26 15 11 28

5 Cray Wanderers * 14 7 6 1 25 9 16 27

6 Whyteleafe * 14 7 5 2 27 14 13 26

7 Carshalton Athletic * 14 7 3 4 28 25 3 24

8 Walton Casuals 14 6 5 3 29 21 8 23

9 Hythe Town 14 7 2 5 24 16 8 23

10 Phoenix Sports 13 6 3 4 25 18 7 21

11 South Park 12 6 2 4 29 20 9 20

12 Thamesmead Town 13 6 2 5 25 22 3 20

13 Herne Bay 13 6 0 7 23 27 -4 18

14 VCD Athletic 14 5 1 8 24 33 -9 16

15 Hastings United 14 4 3 7 22 27 -5 15

16 Chipstead 13 4 3 6 18 23 -5 15

17 Guernsey 14 5 0 9 17 28 -11 15

18 Horsham 13 4 2 7 17 26 -9 14

19 Ramsgate 14 4 2 8 19 31 -12 14

20 Faversham Town 14 4 1 9 18 22 -4 13

21 Molesey 13 4 1 8 21 32 -11 13

22 East Grinstead Town 13 2 3 8 19 32 -13 9

23 Ashford United 14 2 2 10 11 31 -20 8

24 Shoreham 13 2 1 10 12 37 -25 7

P W D L F A +/- Pts

1 Dulwich Hamlet 15 10 3 2 31 13 18 33

2 Hendon 15 10 0 5 31 14 17 30

3 Billericay Town 10 9 0 1 28 8 20 27

4 Leiston 14 7 5 2 25 18 7 26

5 Metropolitan Police 15 7 3 5 28 25 3 24

6 Staines Town 14 6 5 3 33 19 14 23

7 Folkestone Invicta 12 7 2 3 22 15 7 23

8 Kingstonian 15 7 1 7 21 28 -7 22

9 Harrow Borough 14 6 3 5 21 19 2 21

10 Tonbridge Angels 15 6 3 6 17 16 1 21

11 Wingate & Finchley 14 7 0 7 18 19 -1 21

12 Brightlingsea Regent 15 6 3 6 23 26 -3 21

13 MERSTHAM 15 5 5 5 30 24 6 20

14 Margate 12 4 5 3 14 9 5 17

15 Dorking Wanderers 14 5 2 7 22 25 -3 17

16 Enfield Town 12 4 4 4 20 19 1 16

17 Lowestoft Town 13 5 1 7 19 22 -3 16

18 Leatherhead 12 5 1 6 13 18 -5 16

19 Needham Market 13 3 3 7 13 19 -6 12

20 Burgess Hill Town 12 3 3 6 17 24 -7 12

21 Thurrock 12 3 3 6 16 25 -9 12

22 Harlow Town 14 3 3 8 14 27 -13 12

23 Tooting & Mitcham United 14 3 3 8 15 36 -21 12

24 Worthing 15 0 3 12 17 40 -23 3


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Match day sponsor - This gives the sponsor and guests (up

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time and post match refreshments. Cost is a very reasonable

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Matchball sponsor - Name and/or business mentioened on

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Function and Conference Rooms.

Two Licensed bars.

Meeting rooms available for hire.

Full catering service with menu's to suit all

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