Match Reports by Tony Rickson Easter Monday 2nd April 2018 Bostik South League Ramsgate 1 Sittingbourne 1 Att 206 Rather than storming through the 50-point barrier, Sittingbourne edged their way to within a point of it thanks to sub David Smith’s second half penalty equaliser. This was their first draw in 21 games, and a fair result, too, with neither side doing quite enough to win their Easter Monday derby. The energy and drive that Sittingbourne brought to the recent games against South Park and Greenwich Borough was strangely missing, and it took a couple of second half substitutions to shake them up enough to hit back for a draw. Still, that’s just one defeat in the last four games, a much-improved record on what had gone before. Sittingbourne made three changes from the team that did well in defeat against Greenwich the previous Tuesday, with Chris Webber and Germaine Dua returning, and exciting Swiss prospect Seyfettin Ardeniz given his full debut. Captain Webber was excellent in the heart of the defence, showing good determination and terrific positional sense, while Ardeniz looks quite a find. Tricky on the ball, and with a good turn of speed, he was the main threat all game to the Ramsgate defence, even though his covering back needs a bit of working on. Home fans haven’t seen him yet, but it’s a treat to look forward to. On a breezy day and on a sometimes bobbly pitch, it was a low-key first half with chances few and far between. For Sittingbourne, Ardeniz got round the back of the Ramsgate defence but his cross was cut out, and the same player forced a free-kick just outside the area only for Reiss Crimmen to hit it over the bar. At the other end Harry Brooks advanced to make a good save with his feet as Penny turned up in space, and then watched as Millbank headed narrowly over, but a lot of the play was confined to midfield with both sides guilty of giving the ball away too much. Ramsgate made a positive start to the second half and having always looked at their most dangerous from corners against a not very tall Sittingbourne side, they took the lead when Brickies old boy Ollie Gray headed one in from six yards. Sittingbourne responded and gradually began to thread some better moves together with Lewis Chambers hitting the bar after Crimmen’s long throw had caused problems for the home defence. The introduction of David Smith and Tyrone Guthrie from the subs’ bench gave Sittingbourne much more thrust and positivity, but it was Ardeniz who created the equaliser when his cross was stopped by a defender’s hand. Smith smoothly converted the resulting penalty, sending the keeper one way and stroking the ball the other side. Sittingbourne looked the likelier of the sides to grab a late winner, but they needed Brooks to be alert when he dived to his right to fist away a Ramsgate free-kick. Deep into injury time and Sittingbourne forced a corner that Chambers headed goalwards only to see a defender scoop it off the line. Sittingbourne’s midfield has impressed in recent matches with their hard running and commitment but although that was somehow missing this time, at least they returned from their Bank Holiday trip to the seaside with something to show for their troubles. Sittingbourne: Harry Brooks, Josh Dorling, Fabrice Blewordah, Lewis Chambers (Yellow card), Chris Webber, Reiss Crimmen, Seyfettin Akdeniz, Dan Parkinson (Seb Rowland, 90 min), Kane Rowland (Tyrone Guthrie, 64 min), Germaine Dua (David Smith, 57 min), Tom Loynes. Subs not used:
Away Travel Wednesday 11th April KO 7.45PM. Hythe Town. Hythe Town Football Club, Reachfields Stadium, Fort Road, Hythe, Kent, CT21 6JS Leave the M20 at junction 11, then at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the B2068, signposted Hastings, Hythe. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Ashford Road, A20. Continue forward onto Ashford Road, A20. Entering Newingreen, at the T-junction turn left onto Hythe Road, A261, signposted Hythe. Continue forward down London Road, A261. Entering Hythe, continue forward at the traffic lights onto Scanlons Bridge Road, A2008. Turn right at the next set of lights onto Dymchurch Road, A259. Either take the 1st left down Fort Road and turn right at the end of Fort Road for the car-park, or after a few hundred yards turn left onto the Reachfields estate. Follow the road round and the stadium will be on your right. Nearest Rail: Sandling The nearest train station to Reachfields is Sandling. There are regular trains to Sandling from London Bridge and London Charing Cross, as well as Ashford International. From the station the ground is approximately half an hour on foot and would include a steep climb on the homeward journey. Therefore a taxi is advisable, Folkestone Taxi's 01303 252000. Saturday 14th April, KO 3.00PM. Phoenix Sports . The Mayplace Ground, Mayplace Road East, Bexleyheath, DA7 6JT Take the A223 exit from the A2 (signpost Crayford, Bexley, Bexleyheath, Town Centre, A220). Keeping Left Continue onto Southwold Road A223 and at the roundabout take the first exit to curl back over the A2. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto A223 Bourne Rd. After 0.8 mile go right on the roundabout onto A207 London Rd. Turn Left onto Crayford High Street and then second left onto Mayplace Road East. Nearest Station is Crayford 26 mins, 1.4 miles.