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Match Day programme for Sittingbourne v Faversham Town 2nd March 2019. Bostik South East League

SITTINGBOURNE FC

OFF ICAL MATC HDAY PROGRAMME - 2018-19

BOSTIK LEAGUE SOUTH EAST DIVISION

SATURDAY 2nd MARCH 2019

SITTINGBOURNE V FAVERSHAM TOWN

Kick off 3.00PM


Sittingbourne Football Club is a UK company limited by

guarantee: Company registration number, 11360242.

Registered office: Woodstock Park, Broadoak Road,

Sittingbourne, ME9 8AG

Who’s who

President: Alan Barty

Vice Presidents: Tania Spice, Andy Spice, and John Cooper.

Directors: Maurice Dunk (Chairman), Ken Medwyn (Vice

Chairman), Peter Pitts (Company Secretary) , John Pitts

(Football Secretary / Treasurer). Colin Page, Alan Barty, Glen

Parkes, Mick Sayce.

Other Committee members : Danny Appleton (Turnstile

Manager). Roger Pudner (Groundsman)

Other Key Personnel: Faye Goatham (Turnstile), Jackie

Mount (Programme sales), Tony Rickson (Match reporter),

Sandra Pitts (Boardroom), Clive Phillips (Club shop), Dudley

Hird & Tony Rickson (Club Historians). Roger Wilkins (Head

Steward)

Manager: Chris Lynch, Assistant: Nathan Elder,

Coaches: Jon Barrett, Josh Hall. Physio: Marc Wheeler

Alex Davies Psychologist: Alex Brunette-Leach

Kit Man: Warren Chambers

Playing Management Assistant: Harry Chambers.

Development Manager: Davis Sheepwash

The Isthmian League and Singbourne FC strongly supports the FA

statement that there should be a zero tolerance approach against

racism and all forms of discriminaon. Accordingly any form of discriminatory

abuse whether it be based on race or ethnicity , sexual

orientaon, gender, faith, age, ability or any other form of abuse

will be reported to the Football Associaon for acon by that Associaon.

(The FA 0800 085 0508 / kick it out 020 7253 0162)


SITTINGBOURNE V Faversham Town

Bostik South East, Saturday 2nd March 2019, KO 3.00PM

Manager: Chris Lynch

Ast Manager: Nathan Elder

Coaches: Jon Barrett, Josh Hall,

Physios: Mark Wheeler Alex Davies

Psychologist: Alex Brunette-Leach

Kit Manager: Warren Chambers

Team Assistant: Harry Chambers

Managers: Danny Chapman, Phil Miles

Physio: Wayne Jones

GK Coach: Scott Davenport

Kit Manager: Bill Friend

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Simon Finnegan

Assistants: Joshua Smith, Matthew Goldsmith

GOALS

SUBSTITUTE

PLAYER NO

PLAYER NO

SUBSTITUTE

GOALS

Patrick LEE (GK)

Chris WEBBER

Will GOODMAN

Harry DAY

Abdel NDEW

Jamie MAXTED

Jack MORRELL

Matt BOURNE

Ben FITCHETT

Dan CARRINGTON

Kwasi AMOAH

George MONGER

Lewis CHAMBERS

Danny WALDER

Tim BABBINGTON

Ryan HUCKLE

Izzy ADEBEYO

Ashley MILLER

Henry WOODS

Luke GRIFFITHS

Billy LEWINS

Dave COOK

Johan CANEY-BRYAN

Ben CHAPMAN

Roman CAMPBELL

Liam MIDDLETON

Jack McFARLANE

Joshua SPENCER

Tommie FAGG

Thomas LAWRENCE

Chris BARNARD

Donvieve JONES

Charlie OWEN

Liam KING

Rolando ONU

Will RISDEN

Danny DEVINE

Michael FREITER


The Secretary’s Jottings

Good afternoon everyone, welcome to Woodstock Park.

Our visitors are local rivals, Faversham Town. Welcome to their players, officials and supporters.

I’m sure, given how close we are in the league table, that both teams will consider this a “six

pointer”. When we played Faversham in the league earlier in the season we really didn’t turn up

and Faversham deserved their (3-1) win. Both teams have had some good results recently so

an exciting game is in prospect.

The improvement under Chris Lynch continues at a pace. Chris has signed some exciting players

who have given their all in the games since he took over. The victory over VCD Athletic was

particularly pleasing VCD hardly had a look in in the first half with Patrick Lee having one of his

quietest halves of the season. A change of personnel and formation improved VCD in the second

half but Sittingbourne continued to play well and were deserved winners at the end. The

Saturday before a victory over East Grinstead Town after going one goal down was again down

to the players showing tremendous commitment. Last Tuesday was another high. Five goals at

Three Bridges without reply and our first clean sheet of the season as we had our best result of

the season.

Given that we have used 44 players in the first team this season I thought you may be interested

in where some of those who have left us are plying their trade. I have also included some

players who featured for us last season.. As we saw at VCD Athletic last Saturday, Jack Denny

and Jack Steventon feature in their defence and Tyrone Guthrie was an unused substitute. Also

of interest at VCD Athletic was the goalkeeper, Jordan Beeney who is the son of our ex manager,

Mark Beeney. Ira Jackson is at Folkestone Invicta and another striker, Kane Rowland is at

Ramsgate. Conrad Lee has gone from Phoenix Sports to Greenwich Borough. Also going to

Greenwich Borough (from Herne Bay) is Ollie Bankole. One move last week featuring an ex

Brickie is that of Jake Embery who has gone to Maidstone United from Herne Bay. A “strange”

statement on the Herne Bay web site includes the following “'The Club have been advised that

Jake will be signing for Maidstone United tomorrow. The Club are not at all happy about this but

Jake’s agent has done a deal with Maidstone United and we have been left we no choice”.

Strange, as of course Jake’s father is John Embery the Herne Bay manager. Ashford United

have Tom Carlse, Afolabi Coker and Josh Wisson. Also making an appearance for Ashford last

Saturday was Lee Hook. Lee was with us way back in 2003. Another ex-Brickie goalkeeper

started the season with Ashford and that is Ben Bridle -Card. More on ex Brickies in later programmes.

Congratulations to both Canterbury City and Cray Valley PM who have made the FA Vase semi

-finals. A magnificent achievement for both clubs and a feather in the cap of the Southern

Counties East Football League. They have been drawn against each other in the semi-finals so

guaranteeing a Kent club being in the final.

Next Saturday we visit Sevenoaks Town. On Saturday 16 th March we also have an away match

when we go to Whitstable Town. Next home match for our first team is Saturday 23 rd March

when we host Hythe Town.

John


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From the Manager

Tuesdays great victory saw us, for the first

time this season, put together a winning sequence

which

takes us now to

four wins in five

games, that’s

twelve points

from a possible

fifteen. That

puts us within

the top five in

the recent form

table, again the

best we have been all year.

The great news is that this new look team are

now ahead of schedule, and making each fixture

count, there’s still work to do, but this gives

us a little breathing space now in order to reflect

upon just how far we have come in such a

short period of time. It’s also great to see us

move up to 15th place in the league for the first

time since my arrival. However, it’s important to

remember the job is not done, and all the time I

am manager we ‘can always do better’, and we

will always look to achieve the highest possible

standards both on and off the field.

This is the new mentality, and to the players

credit they have all bought into the new Team

Ethos and Philosophy. Now we are starting to

see the rewards continuous growth brings.

The VCD game what you saw was a committed,

hard working group of individuals, who now

have the audacity to believe in themselves, to

see a winning position out, against a very good

opposition and away from home. VCD are a

strong team, Keith has done a good job there,

so it’s always nice to hear positive feedback

about the performance from the opposing manager

and fans.

This week I would like to praise a generally unsung

hero within the squad, Lewis CHAM-

BERS, his work rate and ball winning skills in

the game v VCD was immense, he did not stop

running until the final whistle, he won 90% of all

challenges both in the air and on the ground,

and managed to put some decent forward balls

into dangerous areas. That was the best performance

I have seen from Lewis so far. He is one

of those players who have really bought into

everything we are doing here, he already looks

ten times the player he was. With Chris Barnard

linking up with him now, these two are

looking a dangerous midfield combination.

Congratulations also must go the Chris Bernard

who listened to his instructions, working hard to

get into the right places at the right times and

was rewarded with two fine goals.

This week I would like to praise the character of

the squad. Football is a team game, and players

can easily get lost in the fact that they did

not participate in a particular game, sometimes

this, if not managed effectively, can turn from a

positive challenging environment into negative

individual mind set. Part of my job is to manage

expectations, and get the best out of every

player, this, again, can be a difficult balancing

act at times, there will always be players who

miss out for a variety of reasons, However,

what I look for in a player is the attitude, the determination

to progress, if you’re not willing to

fight for your place then your with the wrong

manager, and ultimately the wrong club, therefore,

go show me on the training ground why

you should be in the starting line-up. If you’re

not up to that challenge then you’re on borrowed

time.

I would also like to congratulate the youth and

development teams for their work this week,

one of my main priorities when I arrived was to

get to grips with the youth set up and provide a

clear and progressive way forward, a new development

model. I will be looking to put this in

place for next season with help from the existing

youth set up. A great display from the development

side also saw them beat Herne Bay

4-1 on Saturday, so a good day all round for

the club.

Lastly, I would like to thank the fans who are

ever present, and encourage the wider Sittingbourne

population to come along to Woodstock,

there’s a great atmosphere around the

club at present, you will see a team who are

playing some really good football, a team full of

heart and desire, a team who understands what

it means to wear our famous colours with pride

and dedication. You are all welcome old and

young/new and a little older, I look forward to

seeing you there helping us turn this club

around.

Chris Lynch


From the Programme Editor

The programme this week features a copy of

the middle pages of a Sittingbourne v Faversham

programme from April 1954. I always

think that the adverts are as interesting in

these old programmes as the team line ups!

Wow what a turn round from the players. We

have always had good support but at Three

Bridges on Tuesday it looked to me as though

Brickies made up more than a third of the

crowd. It always amazes me that there are still

Brickies supporters who I don’t recognize despite

being involved with the club for more than

20 years. At

Three Bridges

I was

talking to a

Gillingham

based supporter

who I

had never

seen before

and I could

tell that he

was passionate

in

supporting

the team.

News of one

ex players

now. Bola

Dawodu,

who isn't

technically

an ex player

as we retain

his registration

at our

level, is

now part of

the Canterbury City team that is almost at

Wembley in the FA Vase. Canterbury play fellow

Kent club Cray Valley PM in the Vase semi

final over two legs...but its singing that Bola

has hit the headlines for when he had to sing

as a forfeit for being the last Canterbury player

to turn up for the quarter final tie against Biggleswade.

His performance was captured on

film and at the time of writing this has had

501,000 views on Twitter and Bola has featured

on BBC Radio Kent, the BBC sport website

and Sky news! The other ex Brickie to

have made the news this week is Jake Embery

and John has already mentioned this in his

notes! I know that Jake loved it here and was

sorry to leave us.

Many of you know Brian Edwards and if you do

you will know that he is stats mad!! He has

provided me with details of Sittingbourne’s

playing record to date in the Isthmian League

which is: Played 548, Won 201, Drawn 126,

Lost 221, For 759, Against 861, points 729. I

can still though remember our Southern

League days vividly and I know that some of

you can still remember the Kent league days!

If you like to reminisce then don’t forget that

you can always go to our website and read bygone

match reports going back to 1996. I wrote

many of them and those that especially spring

to mind are two friendlies (against Arsenal and

Tottenham) and Burton Albion. Mainly because

Arsene Wenger had just joined Arsenal and

Burton Albion are now of course an EFL side.

Talking of our ex players, Matthew Bourne has

now made 393 appearances for Faversham

Town, which is a fantastic record, so well done

to him, but of course I am hoping that this won’t

be a happy return!!

Peter

The Three Hats Pub

Sponsors of Sittingbourne FC

93 High Street, Milton Regis


Faversham Town — A Brief History

The club was formed in 1884, and experienced

many ups & downs during the early years, the

storey below takes you from the 1970’s to one

of its most successful periods which arguably

has been the last 5/6 years.

After a brief flirtation with the Athenian League

in the mid seventies, the club returned to the

Kent League, winning the Kent Senior Trophy in

1977. The following season they repeated this

success and were also crowned Kent League

champions, completing a famous "double".

The Lilywhites won the Kent League again in

1990, but league form dipped in the 92/93 season

and was to stay that way for several seasons.

The club managed to to reach the final of

the Kent League Challenge Cup in 2000, but

things were in rapid decline. Matters reached

crisis point in 2003, when the KCFA suspended

the club for nonpayment of fines, with the club's

operators blaming just about everyone for the

mess except themselves.

In the following months, the once proud Salters

Lane ground was systematically wrecked by

vandals. Meanwhile, club trustees led by businessman

Ray Leader fought a desperate battle

to heal a widening rift with the previous regime

over the ownership of the club and ground.

In a separate development, the Faversham

Town Independent Supporters Club had been

formed, and quickly gained a membership of

over 300 paid up members in the market town.

This was despite the fact the club had no team,

no manager, and a ground that had been totally

wrecked by vandals and now resembled a

bomb site. Perhaps the real turning point came

when trustees and Independent Supporters

Club committee members got together and declared

an alliance to get the club back on its

feet. An interim club committee was formed,

and the long road to recovery was started.

The revival was slow, but things finally started

to happen. The ownership dispute was settled

and access to the ground obtained. Volunteer

workers were confronted with completely

smashed and vandalized buildings, and shoulder-height

grass on what had been the pitch. A

massive clear up operation began but it was

back breaking work. Meanwhile, paperwork was

put in order with a new club constitution written

and agreed.

Kent County FA allowed the club to retain their

coveted senior status subject to several conditions.

Local authority grants were applied for

and secured, sponsorship deals obtained, and

the club embarked on a range of fund raising

initiatives. Slowly but surely, Salters Lane was

returned to its former glory, before the future

became even brighter with the erection of brand

new floodlights. The revival of club and ground

from the jaws of death was nothing short of a

miracle - a story that would surely rival the efforts

to revive both "The Valley" at Charlton, and

Accrington Stanley F.C.

The revived club played their first season back

in 05/06, competing in the Kent County League

and finishing as runners-up. Having passed

ground inspections and fulfilled minimum criteria,

promotion to the Kent League was confirmed,

and Faversham Town had at last "come

home".

Season 2007/08 saw the arrival of Justin Luchford

and Jimmy Strouts taking over the management

with Town second bottom of the

league. The team sunk to bottom before the pair

gradually steered them up to mid table. Strouts

soon left for personal reasons and Luchford,

along with Clive Walker, took the Lilywhites to

the Kent Senior Trophy final in season 2009/10,

beating Greenwich 2-1 to lift the trophy. A week

later, they were crowned Kent League Premier

Division champions.

Towards the end of his first season in the Ryman

League, and with Town within touching distance

of the play-offs, Luchford resigned. His

place was taken by his assistant Ray Turner.

Turner took charge of the last seven league

games securing eighth spot - the highest position

of any Kent team competing at that level.

Another significant milestone was reached in

2010 when the revamped stadium was renamed

Shepherd Neame Stadium after a sponsorship

deal with the town's famous brewery.

Having consolidated their position as a midtable

Ryman South side during the first two

years of Turner's reign, Faversham embarked

on one of the best seasons in the club's history

during the 2012/13 season.

The Lilywhites lost just three away league

games all campaign on their way to finish third

and reach the Ryman South play-off final

against all odds. However, at Maidstone United's

newly-built Gallagher Stadium in front of a

2,226 strong-crowd, Town were unable to pull

off one final upset against a side with huge investment

and backing. Maidstone cruising to a

3-0 victory to deny Faversham their first taste of

Ryman Premier League football. Cont


Faversham Town—A brief History Cont

Town spent the majority of the 2013/14 campaign

just outside the play-offs, and ultimately

had to settle for tenth position in their fourth

season in the Ryman South. Off the pitch, Town

continued to grow with another significant advance.

They came together with nearby Faversham

Town Youth & Juniors to form a new

youth section, meaning boys were now playing

in the famous white and black kit from the age

of five. The move also created a route through

from youth development into the senior side

and enabled the newly-expanded club achieved

FA Charter Standard Community Club rank,

marking their rise in status.

The Lilywhites took another step forward in

February 2014 with the announcement of an

ambitious project to redevelop Shepherd Neame

Stadium. The plans - broken down into five

phases - include rebuilding the changing rooms,

adding hospitality an function rooms, extra seating

in the stands and a new stadium entrance.

A coffee shop and retail store will then be added,

with meeting rooms and offices also being

built to bring in additional revenue. A new 120-

seater stand, fitness centre and sports hall will

also be built. Fundraising for the project then

began.

Faversham had a productive 2014/15 season,

scoring 111 league goals - more than any other

Ryman League side that campaign - and

amassing a record 97 points to finish in third

place in the Ryman South for the second time

in three seasons. But the club suffered more

play-off heartache, as they lost 5-4 on penalties

at home to Merstham in their Ryman South

Play-off Semi-Final following a goalless draw

away.

Faversham came fifth at the end of the 2015-16

season, again reaching the play-offs, but after

beating Dorking Wanderers 2-1 in the semi-final

they lost 3-0 to Worthing in the final, leaving

them knocking once more on the door of the

Ryman Premier Division.

The 2016/17 season was one of transition for

the Lilywhites on the pitch, and success off it as

they forged ahead with Phase One their ambitious

rebuilding programme.

A tenth place finish was achieved with a young

squad as manager Ray Turner dealt with a

number of unexpected player departures,

which led to a mid-season wobble. However,

in May 2017 MP Helen Whately opened the

new changing rooms as the first stage of the

stadium redevelopment was finally completed.

Another significant advance came when,

for the first time, the club were able to field

Kent Youth League standard squads at every

age group from Under 13s upwards in the

2017/18 campaign, a mark of their growing

stature in the region and of their commitment

to a successful youth policy.

In a further development, the Under 21s also

switched to become an Under 23 Development

team with the aim of helping young players

bridge the gap from the Under 18s to the

first team.

The progress marked the fruition of a vision set

out five years earlier by Ray Turner and Head

of Youth Chris Greenfield, who was promoted

to Under 23s Manager.

Long serving manager Ray Turner resigned in

October of this season and his assistant Clive

Walker held the fort for us until 27 th . November

when Danny Chapman & Phil Miles became

joint managers, Clive Walker was then asked to

join the Board as Director of Football, a post

that he accepted.


Sittingbourne FC Appearances

Sonia Crayford, who passed away at the

grand old age of 94 on the 15th January

this year, was laid to rest at the Garden of

remembrance, Bobbing last Monday.

Sonia Crayford

Members of the committee were in the congregation

at her funeral and the wake was held at Woodstock.

Sonia will be remembered for selling raffle

tickets at our home games and in the approximately

3 years that she has been doing this has raised

several thousand pounds for the club.

The congregation heard how she and her husband

married in 1954 and subsequently ran 3 pubs, the

first being the Carpenters Arms in Eastling, Nr Faversham.

They subsequently took on the Blue Anchor

in Blindley Heath on the A22, and finally the

Deal Cutter at 44 King Street Ramsgate.

Sonia became interested in the club through their

association with John & Carol Cooper who used to

drive her to her hospital appointments.

Sonia will be greatly missed.


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Bostik South East—Form Guide


Match Reports by Tony Rickson

Saturday 23rd February 2019

Bostik South East

Sittingbourne 2 East Grinstead Town 1, att 175

This was the result and performance that Chris

Lynch had been talking about since he took over

last month as Sittingbourne manager.

The fightback from trailing at half-time was all

about passion and determination, persistence

and enthusiasm. He promised his team would

never be short of that sort of commitment, and

they didn't let him down, And praise for the manager’s

bravery in having made all his substitutions

with 25 minutes still to play, and gone three at the

back in a bid to turn it round.

How important it was, too, as all three teams at

the foot of the Bostik South East League won –

with close rivals Herne Bay and Greenwich Borough

also pulling off impressive victories against

high-placed opponents. Without their three points,

the league table would make grim reading for Sittingbourne

at this point.

Sittingbourne went into the match on a pleasant

mild afternoon with four changes from the team

that lost their previous match, at home to Ashford.

They were without the suspended Tommie Fagg,

and on-loan striker Roman Campbell had been

recalled by Gillingham, but Tom Loynes, Ben

Fitchett and Billy Lewins were all back after injury

and Chris Bernard came straight into midfield for

his debut.

You would never have guessed that Sittingbourne

had lost seven out of their last eight games the

way they started, looking confident and full of

positivity.

They forced a flurry of early corners and attacking

throw-ins, and Bernard had a shot from the edge

of the area deflected past a wrong-footed keeper

but sailing just wide.

East Grinstead hadn’t showed at this stage but

were still gifted the lead after 14 minutes as Sittingbourne’s

long wait for a clean sheet went on.

The otherwise immaculate Jack Morrell underhit a

back pass that was too straight as well, and keeper

Patrick Lee was rushed into a wild kick clear. It

fell nicely for East Grinstead’s Cundle who hit an

imaginative diagonal pass for Dos Santos to slip

the ball in at the near post.

Sittingbourne sagged a bit in response and couldn’t

recapture their earlier verve, and neither keeper

was called on for most of the rest of the half,

though Lee made one nice full-length save.

At the other end, Sittingbourne got forward a bit

more towards the end of the half but shots from

determined captain Chris Webber, by now limping

Loynes, and the hard-working Johan Caney-

Bryan were nowhere near the target.

In only his second start under Lynch, again

Loynes sadly failed to last more than 45 minutes,

and both wide players were replaced at half-time,

with Izzy Adebayo and Liam Middleton coming

on.

East Grinstead had been winding the clock down

from about 30 minutes onwards, and Sittingbourne

undoubtedly took the initiative after

half-time and began to get more momentum into

their play.

Chances came and went for Webber and Lewis

Chambers, and when Morrell burst forward and

took a tumble on the edge of the area he was penalised

for simulation rather than getting the freekick.

Sittingbourne went three at the back when Fitchett

was withdrawn for their final substitution and

five minutes later they got the reward for their enterprise.

After the assistant referee had signalled for a free

-kick which the tolerant referee didn’t seem about

to give, Morrell left-footed a beautiful kick into the

six-yard box and Lewins anticipated it excellently

to beat a whole host of taller players and head

home from close in.

Next followed a lovely moment when Adebayo

fired a shot wide of the far post and Caney-Bryan

committed to a magnificent full-length dive to try

and head it in. Spot on for courage and enthusiasm.

A draw was possibly a fairer result on balance of

play but as the game reached a climax, East

Grinstead missed a good chance with a header

on

80 minutes, and Joshua Spencer stopped a fine

run by Cundle with what was a tremendouslytimed

best-tackle-of-the-day.

Sittingbourne were determined to give Lynch his

first home win and Adebayo pulled it off with a

great run on 83 minutes. He committed two defenders

with his impressive speed and dazzling

footwork, finishing it off with a shot that was

helped over the line by the two East Grinstead

players who between them were trying to stop it.

Now it was East Grinstead who were regretting all

the times they’d walk to take a throw-in or delayed

a free-kick and they mounted some fierce

injury time pressure. But Sittingbourne withstood

a couple of corners and a free-kick from a dangerous

position to hold out.

Sittingbourne: Patrick Lee, Chris Webber, Jack

Morrell, Ben Fitchett (Tom Lawrence, 65 min),

Joshua Spencer, Lewis Chambers, Tom Loynes

(Izzy Adebayo, 45 min), Chris Bernard, Johan

Caney-Bryan, Billy Lewins, Timmie Babbington

(Liam Middleton, 45 min). Subs not used: Rob

Lofting, Khalil McFarlane.


Meet The Sittingbourne Squad

Patrick Lee: Goalkeeper. Patrick "Patch" Lee is a young goalkeeper and a product of the Soccer

Elite Football Academy. He signed for Tunbridge Wells before moving on to Chatham Town

for the start of the 2016-17 season. In December 2016 he signed for Ryman Premier side, Harlow

Town. After leaving Harlow he played for Margate until the end of last season.

Robert Lofting: Defender. Made an impressive debut against Horsham in the first league

match of this season. Previously played for Arundel.

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

season. Has also played for Billericay and Faversham Town. Made captain for this season.

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 and Lex was invited to play in trial matches and he has not looked out of

place in the company of more experienced players.

Ben Fitchett: Defender. Ben signed for Sittingbourne from Margate at the beginning of September.

He came to prominence at Margate after playing a key role in their development side

winning their championship. He joined Margate after impressing at SCEL Erith Town. Made his

Sittingbourne debut in a 2-0 Velocity Trophy win in September 2018. He scored on his debut.

Joshua Spencer: Defender: Another to join Sittingbourne in January 2019. Previous club was

Margate

Henry Woods: Defender. Henry joined Sittingbourne in January 2019 on loan from Gillingham.

A highly thought of youngster who plays in the Gillingham FC Youth team.

Arben Muskaj: Defender/Midfield. Albanian born, Arben joined Sittingbourne in January 2019

from Greek side Souli Paramythias. Before joining Souli Paramythias Arben played for Albanian

1 st Division side Bylis Ballash He played as a youth for Olympiacos. Arban was part of the Albania

U20 side that competed in the 2013 Mediterranean Games held in Mersin, Turkey where he

played in all five games

Lewis Chambers: Midfield, Lewis is another to sign for then new manager, Aslan, in March

2018. He impressed right from his first game for the club. He has played for Maidstone United

youth. Another to have a long throw.

Izzy Adebayo: Midfield. Previous club was Faversham Town. Has also played for South Park

and Tilbury..

Dylan Riches: Midfield. Very talented youngster who scored on his debut for the Brickies in

April 2018 against Thamesmead Town. He progressed from Sittingbourne’s successful Under

18 side.

Jack Morrell: Midfield. Loanee from Gillingham. Joined Sittingbourne to get experience in January

2019. Highly thought off at The Gills.

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 to The Brickies at the beginning of last season he has shown that he has lost

none of his skill and enthusiasm.

Tommie Fagg: Forward. Another graduate from the Soccer Elite Football Academy, and Ashford

United. The tall striker then signed Harlow Town in February 2016 to bolster the attack,

making six appearances for the Hawks in the Isthmian Premier Division. He signed for the

Brickies at the beginning of this season

Roman Campbell: Forward. Roman joined on loan from Gillingham FC. He is captain of their

successful Youth team where he is a prolific goalscorer. Roman scored on his Sittingbourne debut

against VCD Athletic in January 2019.

Liam Middleton: Forward. Joined Sittingbourne in January 2019. Previously played for Canterbury

City.

Johan Caney- Bryan: Forward. Joined Sittingbourne at the beginning of the 2018-2019 season.

Immediately made an impact when he scored two goals in a preseason friendly. Johan

was awarded a scholarship at the University of East London whilst being a third-year sport and

exercise student following an impressive display playing for The UEL football Club.

More to follow!


Match Reports by Tony Rickson

Saturday 23rd February 2019

Bostik South East

VCD Athletic 1 Sittingbourne 2, Att 121

Three wins out of four for rejuvenated Sittingbourne,

but this was by far the best of them.

A brilliant first half performance, with two outstanding

goals by recent signing Chris Barnard,

set up the victory, followed by a dogged, brave

and committed second half to see it out.

On a lovely sunny afternoon, and just down the

road from where the revival began with a 4-3 win

over Phoenix, Sittingbourne made two changes

from the team that started in last Saturday’s victory

against East Grinstead.

With top scorer Tom Loynes out injured, Izzy

Adebayo was the obvious replacement in the

starting line-up following his outstanding solo

winner in the East Grinstead game, while Roman

Campbell replaced Johan Caney-Bryan upfront.

But the plans were disrupted after just three

minutes when Josh Spencer suffered a recurrence

of a knee injury, and Kwasi Amoah came

on for his debut, Jack Morrell switching seamlessly

into central defence. Just like he did in the

Phoenix game.

Sittingbourne set their stall out straightaway with

a hugely positive start, winning tackles and chasing

all over the pitch to completely hassle VCD

out of the game.

In this Lewis Chambers was outstanding in the

heart of the midfield battle, winning everything

and all of it fairly, but every Sittingbourne player

was willing to run themselves to a standstill and

prevent the home side playing.

The reward wasn’t long in coming. After just five

minutes, goalkeeper Patrick Lee hit a long freekick

forward and Campbell contested it with ex-

Sittingbourne defender Joe Denny in an aerial

challenge. They both reached it at once and the

ball squirted sideways. Racing up from midfield,

Barnard judged it perfectly, as he hit the dropping

ball on the volley from the edge of the area

to send it screaming into the net.

When VCD got forward, Ben Fitchett picked up a

booking for a rash tackle, but mainly Lee in goal

was untroubled and Sittingbourne continued to

dominate completely with some excellent play.

After a few shots had failed to test home keeper

Jordan Beeney – who as a nipper was a regular

at Sittingbourne matches when his dad Mark

was manager – Sittingbourne went two-up seven

minutes before half-time.

Again it was Barnard, who showed great skill to

get the space to feed Timmy Babbington down

the left. When Babbington cut in to try to beat his

full-back, the ball rolled ahead of him and Barnard

again saw his opportunity, crashing it first

time inside the near post, again from the

edge of the area.

Two splendid strikes from a midfielder joining the

attack at just the right time, and Sittingbourne

were gloriously running the show.

They could easily have got a third before halftime.

Morrell lashed the ball forward from halfway

and Beeney only just doubled back to tip it

over his own bar, Barnard went for his hat-trick

and forced a full-length save from the keeper,

and then Billy Lewins’ header was cleared off the

line.

The second half was a different story, as it was

always going to be.

VCD got some momentum going, Sittingbourne

didn’t hassle them so much, but defended stoutly

and mainly set up two hard-to-break-down lines

to keep out home attacks.

Of course, there were the odd chances, but Lee

did well, corners were well dealt with and generally

Sittingbourne looked like holding on resolutely

to the lead.

They had the odd chance, too, relying on Campbell

to plough a lone furrow up front, but he

thumped one shot just wide and had another

piledriver blocked after Chris Webber had played

him in to a good position.

Just when it looked as if Sittingbourne were going

to get a long overdue first clean sheet of the

season in the league, VCD finally got the experienced

Macdonald into space and into the penalty

area.

Lee came out rapidly, down went Macdonald –

he’s played too many games not to waste an opportunity

like that – and then got up to score the

penalty.

With just three minutes and any injury time to

hold out for, Sittingbourne sensibly managed it,

though for the first time in what had been a clean

game it all got a bit fractious.

Fitchett got involved in a bit of a shoving match

and probably only narrowly avoided his second

yellow card of the game, while the home side’s

Gordon collected a yellow for his part in that melee

and then another one straightaway for a

dreadful tackle on Lewins.

Manager Chris Lynch had said during the week

he would always opt for attitude over ability, but

his players managed to dish up plenty of both on

this occasion.

Sittingbourne: Patrick Lee, Chris Webber, Jack

Morrell, Joshua Spencer (Kwasi Amoah, 3 min),

Ben Fitchett (Yellow card), Lewis Chambers,

Izzy Adebayo (Khalil McFarlane, 68 min),

Chris Barnard, Roman Campbell, Billy Lewins

(Yellow card), Timmie Babbington (Henry

Woods, 59 min). Subs not used: Liam Middleton,

Johan Caney-Bryan.


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Bostik South League Table to 26/02/2019

P W D L F A +/- Pts

1 Cray Wanderers 26 20 5 1 60 22 38 65

2 Horsham 27 16 4 7 51 30 21 52

3 Hastings United 27 15 5 7 56 34 22 50

4 Haywards Heath Town 27 14 7 6 51 36 15 49

5 Ashford United 26 15 3 8 52 26 26 48

6 Whyteleafe 26 12 5 9 49 36 13 41

7 Hythe Town 27 11 7 9 52 45 7 40

8 VCD Athletic 25 12 2 11 47 45 2 38

9 Ramsgate 27 9 8 10 45 40 5 35

10 Phoenix Sports 26 9 8 9 50 53 -3 35

11 East Grinstead Town 27 9 7 11 48 51 -3 34

12 Sevenoaks Town 27 9 7 11 38 41 -3 34

13 SITTINGBOURNE 26 9 2 15 39 49 -10 29

14 FAVERSHAM TOWN 27 8 5 14 42 65 -23 29

15 Three Bridges 27 8 3 16 41 59 -18 27

16 Guernsey 26 7 5 14 35 52 -17 26

17 Herne Bay 26 8 2 16 48 67 -19 26

18 Whitstable Town 25 6 8 11 20 39 -19 26

19 Greenwich Borough 27 6 3 18 32 66 -34 21

20 Thamesmead Town 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bostik South East Matches Today

3pm Greenwich Borough v East Grinstead Town

2pm Guernsey v VCD Athletic

3pm Hastings United v Haywards Heath Town

3pm Herne Bay v Whitstable Town

3pm Horsham v Hythe Town

3pm Phoenix Sports v Cray Wanderers

3pm Ramsgate v Three Bridges

3pm Whyteleafe v Ashford United


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