Sittingbourne v Hythe Town, 23rd March 2019

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Official Match Day programme of Sittingbourne v Hythe Town 23rd March 2019

SITTINGBOURNE FC

OFF ICAL MATC HDAY PROGRAMME - 2018-19

BOSTIK LEAGUE SOUTH EAST DIVISION

SATURDAY 23RD MARCH 2019

SITTINGBOURNE V HYTHE 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 (Youth Chairman), Mick Sayce (Youth Secretary).

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 Manager: Nathan Elder

Coaches: Warren Chambers, Jon Barrett, Josh Hall

Physio: Marc Wheeler

Psychologist: Alex Brunette-Leach

Playing Management Assistant: Harry Chambers.

Development Manager: David Sheepwash

Assistant Development Manager: Greg McHardy

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.

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SITTINGBOURNE V Hythe Town

Bostik South East, Saturday 23rd March 2019, KO 3.00PM

Manager: Chris Lynch

Ast Manager: Nathan Elder

Coaches: Jon Barrett, Josh Hall,

Physio: Marc Wheeler

Psychologist: Alex Brunette-Leach

Kit Manager: Warren Chambers

Team Assistant: Harry Chambers

Managers: Sam Denly

Assistant Manager: Gavin Theze

Coach: Steve Nolan

Physio: Alice Lee

Kit Man: Mick Putman

Assistant: Louis Hambrook

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ms Kirsty Dowle (Ashford Kent)

Assistants: Mr Jordan Whitworth (Lewisham), Mr Toby Enstone (Greenwich)

GOALS

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PLAYER NO

PLAYER NO

SUBSTITUTE

GOALS

Patrick LEE (GK)

Chris WEBBER

Tony COXALL

Salvyn KISITU

Abdel NDEW

Joseph TAYLOR

Jack MORRELL

Chris KINNEAR

Chris BARNARD

Kwasi AMOAH

Lewis CHAMBERS

Tim BABBINGTON

Ollie ROWE

Mitchell DICKENSON

Charlie WEBSTER

Tom CARLTON

Izzy ADEBEYO

Zak ANSAH

Henry WOODS

Sid SOLLIS

Billy LEWINS

Kieron CAMPBELL

Johan CANEY-BRYAN

Ryan PALMER

Roman CAMPBELL

Liam MIDDLETON

Jack McFARLANE

Elliott CAPEL

Jack SMITH

Alastair CARNEY

Joshua SPENCER

Harry BARKWAY

Thomas LAWRENCE


The Secretary’s Jottings

Good afternoon everyone, welcome to Woodstock Park.

Our visitors are Hythe Town. Welcome to their players, officials and supporters. A welcome also

to this afternoon’s match officials.

Our away encounter with our visitors was a close exciting game. Hythe came out on top winning

3-2. Our goal scorers on the day (Dan Parkinson and Tom Loynes) will of course not be

playing today. In fact, eight of our starting eleven will not be playing today for one reason or another.

Hythe Town will have around six changes from their starting eleven. One interesting fact

from that game is that Billy Lewins came on as a late substitute for Hythe.

The win at Sevenoaks on an artificial surface was very pleasing. We didn’t quite reach the

heights we have been achieving lately but thanks to an improved second half we took all three

points. This was despite a swirling wind which somewhat ruined the game as a spectacle.

The conditions at Sevenoaks were bad but the conditions at Whitstable Town’s Beaumont

ground on Saturday were worse. A very strong swirling wind and a sticky pitch made the game

something of a lottery. Whitstable Town adapted to the conditions better and came out on top to

complete the double over us and put a dent in our recent good run of results.

Making his debut for us at Whitstable was Harry Barkway. Harry has joined us from Canterbury

City. On the subs bench at Whitstable was one of our talented youngsters, Frankie Phipps. I

have heard great things about him and look forward to seeing him play for us soon.

I am pleased to say that Gillingham have extended the loans of Roman Campbell and Jack

Morrell to the end of the season.

A huge thanks to our development assistant manager, Greg McHardy, for overseeing and

providing materials and labour for our completely refurbished dressing rooms. Thanks also to

various local councillor’s for providing some funding out of their allocation to provide materials

for the refit and also the KCFA . Ultimately though, it is Greg McHardy we are hugely indebted

to for the final result. Without him we would not have had the funds to do it. It is possible that

we could have been in danger of being relegated as our old dressing rooms do not meet the

new minimum requirement demanded by the FA by the 31 st March this year. The new dressing

rooms were used for the first time on Thursday night when our development side entertained

Cray Wanderers (Result not available at the time of printing).

Photographs showing some of the refurbishment are elsewhere in this programme.

Last Monday we had our facilities inspected in the Football Associations ground grading cycle

of checks. I am pleased to say that, other than a few minor issues which we have put right already,

we have reached the standard demanded.

Next Saturday we visit Greenwich Borough who will be fighting for their level 4 survival. Our

next home match is on Saturday 6 th April when we entertain Horsham.

John


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From the Manager

Let me start by once again thanking all the fans for

their continued support, following us where ever we

travel. I would

also like to recognise

the time

and effort put in

by all the volunteers/staff

and

young players in

order to improve

our ground over

recent weeks/

months. I must

say I am highly

impressed with the fantastic new look changing

rooms, and the surrounding area. Its been a real

team effort of which the club can no doubt be proud

of for quite some time.

The team have trained hard throughout the last two

weeks in order to try to guard against complacency

and keep our great progress consistently moving

forwards and improving. We have been presented

with some tough challenges along the way whilst at

the same time trying to progress everyone of the

players individually in order to build a fantastic team

worthy of a play off spot challenge for next season.

There is so much work which goes on largely unnoticed

by many, so many hours away from families

and every bit of spare time allocated to the cause,

which without this work being carried out building

the future success would simply fail, so I would also

like to publicly thank all my back room staff for all

their efforts thus far.

I mentioned in my last update, I wasn't impressed

with our first half performance v Sevenoaks, however,

we managed to still gain the 3 points, well again

yesterday v Whitstable our first half performance

was below par. There are some consistent themes

here beginning to emerge, (1) poor weather conditions

especially the wind - we are not quick enough

to adapt to the conditions (2) surfaces which are

very different to our own - we seem to take the first

half in order to adjust to them (3) Experienced,

physical opponents who lack speed - we seem to

get bullied a little in certain positions at times even

though we are fitter and faster.

This is an honest assessment of our next stage of

development.

These are all learning points, however, I must

stress, I take full responsibility for improving us in

these areas. It is my job to set the squad up to succeed.

It is my job to work on areas of which we

have identified for development & progression. And

that we will.

Don't forget though, we have the youngest squad in

the league.. and it takes a little bit of time in order

for players to gain the experience they will need to

move forwards, which is what we are doing. I was

very pleased to bring in another young talent yesterday

at Centre Back - Harry BARKAWAY from

Canterbury City. He is another one with a bright future

ahead of him. The last 7 x remaining games

will give these young players a chance to get their

feet under the table and gain valuable experience at

this level. I firmly believe many of these young stars

will go on to play at much higher levels over the

next few years and its my pleasure to give them

their opportunities here, like it will also be great

knowing, we as a club have helped them along the

way in their footballing journeys.

On that note I would like to congratulate Frankie

Phipps for being selected to be on the subs bench

yesterday also, its worth remembering he is still

u18.

Now, there is not much I have to say about the

game yesterday, it was a poor game all round, I felt

Whitstable played the conditions a little better than

we did, even though second half we came out and

went to work. I was very embarrassed with the

standard of discipline I saw from an opposition player

who assaulted one of my staff all-be-it out of my

view, of which the officials did not see, when I

spoke to them afterwards. This type of behaviour is

not acceptable by any standards and has no room

in any football competition. We lost the game 1-2

and Timmy scored a fantastic strike which puts him

at 3 goals from the last 4 games.

I don't intend to talk any further about that encounter

other than in future, we must be better prepared

for these types of opposition and weather conditions.

Today we are at home to a strong Hythe Town

team where we will be looking to once again put on

a performance and gain 3 points.

In the grand scheme of things we are now 6 wins

from the last 8 games which is still a very good record,

its not my ideal outcome as it should have

been 7 wins from 8.

I did hear a very well humoured comment which

made me chuckle yesterday, from one of the Whitstable

fans after the match singing at me "You getting

sacked in the morning".

I love good hearted Banter, I cant begrudge them

the win after the run they have had recently.

And, I can assure you good sir, I enjoyed that one,

it at least made me leave the Belmont with a smile.

We will continue to work hard behind the scenes in

training in preparation to finish the season as strong

as possible.

Chris Lynch


From the Programme Editor

This edition features pics of our refurbished

lower dressing rooms which will now be our

main dressing rooms. John mentioned that we

had to improve them because of an FA edict

and that would have been an enormous expense

to us if Greg McHardy hadn't stepped in,

again John has written about this.

This has been a bad couple of weeks for a

number of clubs who are struggling or worse. It

began with our neighbours Herne Bay announcing

that they couldn't pay their players a

couple of weeks ago, but the largest casualty

has been North Ferriby Utd who were wound

up on the 15th March for

a debt that is reported to

be just £7000. The clubs

statement said that they

were not being allowed to

play any more fixtures

and the remaining fixtures

will not be fulfilled.

The club will be placed in

the hands of the liquidators.

North Ferriby Utd

played in the Northern

Premier League, Premier

Division which is equivalent

to the Bostik Premier.

The club won the FA

Trophy in 2015 beating

Wrexham in the final, I’m

pretty sure that I was

there!

Previous to the news about North Ferriby Utd a

step 5 club, Oadby Town, who play in the United

Counties League Premier Division, announced

that they couldn’t fulfill their remaining

fixtures because of financial reasons. However

it now has been confirmed that they have

agreed to fulfil the rest of the 2018/19 season

following offers of support from players, coaches

and potential sponsors as well as raising

some money on the JustGiving page that was

set up.

I see that sin bins are to be introduced in step

5 and 6 next season, which locally will be the

Southern Counties East Football League (Step

5) and the Kent County League (Step 6). If they

are successful then we shall them in our

league the season after next.

Finally, It gets more and more expensive to run

a club like ours hence the “target 300” initiative

that the Danish part of our supporters, Mark

Chapman, has initiated. The idea is for all of us

to do what we can to try and get an average

attendance of 300..which if we can do will

mean that we have more resources to improve

the team, so please do your bit.

Even the bigger boys are not immune as Bolton

Wanderers too have a reported £1.2 Million

tax bill unpaid. However, it is understood owner

Ken Anderson has agreed terms with a buyer

who will pay off their debts and the winding up

hearing was adjourned until 3 April.

Peter


Hyhe Town — A Brief History

Hythe Town Football Club was formed in August

1910 although football in Hythe can be

traced back into the previous century. The club

joined the Folkestone and District Leagues and

after the First World War had some success,

four championships and only once outside the

top three in fourteen seasons. They moved up

into the Kent Amateur League in 1936 and were

promoted into Division One before the Second

World War intervened. The 50s and 60s saw

little league success but that changed in the

early 70s with three successive league titles

and a Kent Junior Cup win. Hythe were granted

senior status and elected into the Kent League

in 1977, playing at the newly acquired Reachfields,

an old army sports ground on the edge of

the town’s firing ranges. The club were runnersup

in the Kent League on three occasions but it

was not until property developer Tony Walton

took over Hythe Town in February 1988 that

things really started to happen.

That summer saw the ground developed to

Southern League standard with seats and a social

club, with viewing balconies, above new

dressing rooms. Standing cover extended behind

one goal and for the whole of the far side,

and floodlights were installed. The ground capacity

still remains at 3,000 with the majority under

cover. The chairman proved to be a highprofile

character who attracted much media attention

with his high spending on the ground

and team. Town won the 1988-9 Kent League

title by 14 points and set a league record of 133

goals. The club gained promotion to the Southern

League.

The next season saw another promotion as the

main aim, but the club’s great run to the FA

Vase semi-finals handicapped their league ambitions,

with four games a week at times, and a

sixth place finish. Hythe lost out to the eventual

Vase winners Yeading, winning the home leg 3-

2 in front of the club’s record attendance of

2,147, but cruelly losing the second leg 2-0 with

the crucial goal coming from a big deflection.

They did win the Eastern Professional Floodlight

Cup at their first attempt.

The following season was very similar, topping

the table in November but runs in four cups

again caused fixture congestion and a final

placing of eighth. Hythe lost out to Trowbridge

Town in a Vase quarter-final second replay, lost

to Chelmsford City over two legs in the Southern

League Cup final, but won the Kent Senior

Trophy and retained the Eastern Professional

Floodlight Cup. The club played 40 league

games and 33 cup ties.

In 1991/2 Hythe again topped the table in the

early months but the money was beginning to

run out. With little cup success, the exit from the

Vase at Evesham United in February saw many

of the team sold and their replacements could

only finish thirteenth. the club did reach the final

of the Kent Senior Cup, losing in extra-time to

Bromley at Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium.

That match proved to be Walton’s last game,

and he put the club into liquidation soon after.

Supporters rallied round and entered a scratch

side, as Hythe United, into the following season’s

Kent County League and negotiated continued

use of Reachfields Stadium. After three

seasons the club regained senior status and in

1995 were elected back into the Kent League

but the club would struggle for a number of seasons

in the wrong half of the table. In 2001

Hythe dropped the “United” suffix, reverting to

Town” and in November 2002 appointed Paul

Fisk as Manager. This proved a turning point

and Hythe became a top six club. There was

one exception, in 2005/6, when again the Vase

was a distraction, winning five ties before going

out to Winchester City in the fourth round, in

front of 441 spectators at Reachfields.

In season 2007/8 Hythe forced themselves to

the top of the table in March and were considered

to be favourites for the title. Disappointment

was acute therefore when form was lost in

the final weeks and the side not only slipped to

fourth place, but also lost in the final of the

League Cup. The highlight was a fantastic FA

Cup win over Andy Hessenthaler’s Dover Athletic

before a crowd of 1,109 at Reachfields,

and achieving the important Ryman League

ground grading.

The 2010/11 season was possibly the most successful

in the history of the club, with Scott Porter

leading the side to the Kent League Championship

for the first time in over twenty years,

and with it promotion to the Ryman League. After

a 22-match unbeaten run in the new-year,

dropped points over Easter took the championship

to the wire and the league was clinched in

dramatic style on the last day of the season

through a last-minute equaliser at Tunbridge

Wells.

Continued


Hythe Town—A brief History Cont

The club achieved runners-up spot the following

season and then Scott Porter, who had been

Paul Fisk’s assistant manager, took over as

manager for the 2009/10 season with Clive

Cook as his assistant. There were many good

results but too many dropped points saw Hythe

finish in third position. Town also progressed

through three rounds of the FA Cup to be drawn

against the full-time professionals of Woking

who were relieved to escape with a replay after

an exciting 2-2 draw at Reachfields. The replay

was another tight match until the last few

minutes when Woking scored three times to go

through 5-1.

After another eighth place finish Scott Porter

and Clive Cook left the club at the end of

2013/4 and Tim Dixon was appointed as manager

in May 2014. It was a disappointing season

that saw the club finish in 16 th position and

after a poor start to 2015-16 the club decided to

part company with Dixon in September. Clive

Cook returned to take over, this time as manager

and led a remarkable turnaround from 22 nd

place to fourth as the club qualified for the Ryman

South play-offs for a second time. Defeat

followed at Worthing in the semi-final. The club

ended just outside the play-off zone in season

2017-18. Clive Cook was manager for two and

a half years in this second stint with the club

before current manager Sam Denly took over

in January 2018. The Cannons finished

once again one place from the play offs last

season.

Ground details - Capacity 3,000 (2,400 under

cover) - Record attendance: 2,147

(March 1990, versus Yeading, F.A. Vase

semi-final)

This amazing achievement was coupled with

the club’s best ever F.A. Cup run, and the best

for any Kent League side in over 50 years.

Hythe negotiated their way through six rounds,

including memorable wins over higher league

opposition at Concord Rangers of the Ryman

Premier and at home to Staines Town of the

Blue Square Bet South. The prize was an away

draw in the First Round Proper to League Two

side Hereford United. It was one round too far

on the pitch, the hosts comfortably winning 5-1

with Gary Mickelborough getting the Hythe

goal.

During the 2011/2 season the club maintained

their progress and finished in eighth place in

Ryman Division One South. Hythe were also

able to get their hands on some silverware as

wins over Ebbsfleet United and Dover Athletic

were followed by a single goal victory in the final

at Dartford to win the Kent Senior Cup. The

following season ended with a 17-match unbeaten

run and a fourth place finish. This

brought about the club’s first play-off appearance,

unfortunately losing at Faversham Town

in the semi-final.

Hythe Town FC Honours Board

Kent League Champions – 1988/89, 2010/11

Kent League Runners-Up – 1978/79, 1982/ 83,

1984/ 85, 2008/09

Kent League Cup Runners-Up – 1987/88,

2007/08, 2010/11

Southern League Cup Runners-Up – 1990/91

Kent Senior Cup Winners - 2011/12

Kent Senior Cup Runners-Up – 1991/92

Kent Senior Trophy Winners – 1990/91

Kent Senior Trophy Runners-Up – 2003/04

Eastern Professional Cup Winners - 1989/90,

1990/91

F.A. Cup - First Round Proper - 2010/11

F.A. Vase - Semi-final - 1989/90

Ryman League Division One South Play-Offs –

2012/13, 2015/16


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Our New Dressing Rooms

You can’t have failed to notice the new paintwork on the lower dressing rooms . That’s not only

what’s new about those dressing rooms which will now be our main dressing rooms, medical

facility and physio room. This has all been necessary because of the FA edict that tasked all

clubs down to our level to have larger dressing rooms. Without the tremendous work by Glen

McHardy and his team we would not have this fantastic facility and we would have been forcibly

relegated at the end of the season.

We have also got the toilets in that building working again and so they can now be used.


Match Reports by Tony Rickson

Tuesday 26th February 2019

BostikSouth East

Three Bridges 0 Sittingbourne 5, att 94

At last a clean sheet, after all previous 25 league

games this season without one.

And while they were shutting out goals at one

end, Sittingbourne were scoring them for fun at

the other, clinical finishing giving them a huge

5-0 win.

It was their third away victory in a row, the first

time they’ve scored five in a game since early last

season, and three more points to take them up to

13th in the league table.

All praise to the management team skilfully led by

Chris Lynch for turning it round so spectacularly

in such a comparatively short time, but all praise

to the players, too, who have taken on board so

well his demands for commitment and determination.

Every player from first to last did well in this win

so it’s unfair to single any of them out.

But Roman Campbell has been key to the turnround

in results, scoring two and contributing two

assists – you can see him playing for the Gillingham

first team in the not too distant future given

his talent, energy and eye for a goal.

And Tommie Fagg, an excellent midfielder good

enough to attract the attention of Conference side

Maidstone, who is proving an even better central

defender. Alongside the reliable and tough Ben

Fitchett, these two played a key role in shutting

out Three Bridges.

And also the wide players, Izzy Adebayo and Tim

Babbington, who both scored, proved a handful

all night, but also put in the hard yards by tracking

back and covering on all occasions.

Sittingbourne made two changes from the team

that played excellently to win at VCD just four

days earlier, Fagg returning from suspension to

replace the injured Josh Spencer, and Henry

Woods coming in for Billy Lewins.

Three Bridges haven’t won in 10 games this year

and came into the match on the back of a 5-1 humiliation

at home from Herne Bay on Saturday,

so the last thing they needed was to have any

lingering confidence shattered by conceding an

early goal.

But that’s what happened, and it was downhill for

them after that as Sittingbourne controlled the

first half with hard running, strong tackling, and

some excellent attacking.

Campbell got the opener on 13 minutes from

close in when Jack Morrell’s low cross from Chris

Barnard’s pass was deflected his way by a defender.

A real poacher’s goal. But even before that Fagg

had had a header from a long Lewis Chambers

throw-in cleared off the line, and had also

scooped the ball off his own line when goalkeeper

Patrick Lee lost a long cross in the floodlights.

Fagg showed great anticipation to run behind him

and hook it clear, and all this with only 30 seconds

played.

Sittingbourne continued to dominate and after

Adebayo had a fierce shot turned aside for a corner,

he went one better, cutting in from the right

wing, and hitting a left-foot shot sizzling into the

far corner for a super individual goal.

And the Brickies added two more in three minutes

before the first half was out. First, a Chambers

throw was headed on neatly by Campbell for

Babbington to head home his first goal for the

club.

In a rare first half attack, Three Bridges got away

with a blatant push on Lee, causing him to miss

the ball, and Barnard had to clear off the line. The

ball was whisked forward on the counter-attack

and Woods set Campbell free with a lovely

through ball, the last defender slipping as he tried

to cut it out. Campbell raced on and blasted his

shot through the keeper for his second goal of the

night.

Just as at Hastings last month, when Sittingbourne

were on the receiving end of a first

half drubbing, the second half was an anti-climax

with the result already settled.

Three Bridges tried to mix it up a bit but Sittingbourne

stood firm and always looked dangerous

on the counter-attack where Woods and

Campbell showed great evidence of their experience

together at the Gillingham academy with

intuitive link-up play.

The home side got the ball in the net on 77

minutes – for an instant it looked like the clean

sheet had gone – but the assistant had his flag up

for offside.

And Sittingbourne rounded it off in style when sub

Abdel Ndew fed Campbell, who set it up with a

neat pass for Woods to blast home left-footed his

first goal in a couple of months.

A great finish, a great night for the fans who followed

the team to Sussex, and a superb confirmation

of the club’s decision to choose impressive

manager Lynch.

Sittingbourne: Patrick Lee, Chris Webber, Jack

Morrell (Kwasi Amoah, 41 min, Yellow card),

Tommie Fagg, Ben Fitchett, Lewis Chambers

(Tommy Lawrence, 70 min), Izzy Adebayo

(Abdel Ndew, 57 min), Chris Barnard (Yellow

card), Roman Campbell, Henry Woods, Timmie

Babbington (Yellow card). Subs not used: Liam

Middleton, Billy Lewins.


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.

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 2nd March 2019

Bostik South East

Sittingbourne 3 Faversham Town 1, att 295

Sittingbourne’s biggest home gate of the season

saw them battle their way to victory over

their nearest neighbours and chalk up a fourth

successive win.

This wasn’t like the previous three wins. East

Grinstead was all about determinedly fighting

back from behind, VCD about dominating from

the off and then defiantly holding on, and

Three Bridges was just a total demolition job.

But this was a more even sort of game, and

ended up all about taking chances, getting into

a winning position and then stubbornly managing

the game and seeing it out.

Sittingbourne and Faversham had already won

and lost against each other this season, and

went into the match locked together on the

same number of points, so it was unlikely there

was ever going to be much in it.

On a blustery afternoon, Sittingbourne kept the

side that won handsomely

5-0 at Three Bridges in midweek, Jack Morrell

shaking off the injury that saw him substituted

in the first half of that match.

There was little in it for the opening minutes

but Sittingbourne soon grabbed the lead when

Faversham snatched at a chance to clear, allowing

Timmie Babbington to sneak in behind

and go one-on-one with the advancing keeper.

He made no mistake with his finish, claiming

his second goal in successive games, and

marking it with a lovely athletic celebration.

The midfield area policed effectively and determinedly

by Lewis Chambers and Chris Barnard

was well under the control of Sittingbourne

and when Roman Campbell was

freed to run at the Faversham back line he was

crudely felled at full speed by Brickies old boy

Matt Bourne.

Sittingbourne looked far more dangerous than

Faversham and made it 2-0 on 33 minutes

when Barnard pulled the ball back from the left

wing and Chambers hit a first-time shot from

outside the area that the keeper could only

help into his own net.

Not much at all for Faversham to cheer about

all the first half and when they did get the ball

in the net six minutes later it was offside anyway.

Sittingbourne’s ever-loyal fans were in great

voice behind the goal but Faversham made a

concerted effort to battle back into the

game after half-time and it was captain Bourne

who did it on 53 minutes, powerfully heading

home Monger’s corner.

Sittingbourne were rocking for a bit and Faversham

sub Griffiths missed a great chance of

an equaliser when a good move opened up the

defence.

But this Sittingbourne side are made of stern

stuff and they restored the crucial two-goal advantage

on 73 minutes, Morrell and Woods

combining out on the left to cross for Billy Lewins

– just four minutes after coming on – timing

his jump beautifully to head home. That’s the

second successive home game when Lewins,

despite being just about the smallest player on

the field, has headed a crucial goal up that end

of the pitch.

A 2-1 lead is wobbly but a 3-1 advantage feels

comfortable, and Sittingbourne saw it out well.

They could – should – have got another when

Lewins was shoved over in the area by Bourne

but the referee waved play on.

The man in black could also have given Campbell

a bit more protection in his many physical

tussles with the evergreen Bourne, but what a

good learning curve for the promising Gills

youngster it all is.

So another win to enjoy, and that’s almost as

many points from just the last six games as

Sittingbourne had got all season before that.

Can’t be bad.

Sittingbourne: Patrick Lee, Chris Webber,

Jack Morrell, Tommie Fagg, Ben Fitchett, Lewis

Chambers, Izzy Adebayo (Abdel Ndew, 73

min), Chris Barnard (Yellow card), Roman

Campbell, Henry Woods (Khalil McFarlane, 79

min), Timmie Babbington (Billy Lewins, 68 min,

Yellow card). Subs not used: Kwase Amoah,

Matt Funnell.


Brickies Lottery Results

The lottery is now even more attractive. There is now an annual prize (in December) of

£500, and each month a prize of £100. In addition Each week there are draws for £40 ( 3

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

Joining the lottery is, after attending home games, the most important way you can help to build

the club. Forms are available on our web site, or from any committee member.

Now is the time to join our lottery, see John Pitts, Peter Pitts (On the PA) or go to the

bar for a form, cost is just a £1 a week! (Payable monthly. Quarterly or annually)

Week Commencing 18th March 2019

£40, Ticket number 064, David Farley, Sittingbourne

£40, Ticket number 543, David Roach, Sittingbourne

£40, Ticket number 669, Stuart Conway, Sittingbourne

Week Commencing 11th March 2019

£40, Ticket number 164, Sam Rose, Harrietsham

£40, Ticket number 421, Paul Good, Poole

£40, Ticket number 635, Stadium Sports, Isle of Sheppey

Week Commencing 4th March 2019

£100, Ticket number 542, Adrian Rose, Sittingbourne

£40, Ticket number 041, Brian Bootes, Sittingbourne

£40, Ticket number 120, John Gardiner, Sittingbourne

Week Commencing 25th February 2019

£40, Ticket number 115, Ray Mancini, Sittingbourne

£40, Ticket number 300, Cliff Cork, Sittingbourne

£40, Ticket number 366, Michael Blabber, Maidstone

Has your club taken precautions against Legionella? Oasis Water Treatment Ltd are

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Legionella is a real threat where intermittent water usage is practised, such as occasional

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Bostik South League Table to 19/03/019

P W D L F A +/- Pts

1 Cray Wanderers 29 22 5 2 65 25 40 71

2 Horsham 30 18 4 8 55 33 22 58

3 Ashford United 29 18 3 8 59 27 32 57

4 Hastings United 30 17 5 8 63 40 23 56

5 Haywards Heath Town 29 16 7 6 58 39 19 55

6 HYTHE TOWN 30 12 8 10 56 49 7 44

7 VCD Athletic 29 14 2 13 56 57 -1 44

8 Whyteleafe 29 12 5 12 51 43 8 41

9 Phoenix Sports 29 10 9 10 51 54 -3 39

10 Ramsgate 30 9 10 11 48 46 2 37

11 East Grinstead Town 30 9 8 13 49 55 -6 35

12 SITTINGBOURNE 29 11 2 16 44 52 -8 35

13 Whitstable Town 29 9 8 12 30 45 -15 35

14 Sevenoaks Town 29 9 7 13 38 43 -5 34

15 Three Bridges 29 9 4 16 44 60 -16 31

16 Herne Bay 29 9 4 16 54 71 -17 31

17 Faversham Town 30 8 6 16 46 72 -26 30

18 Guernsey 29 7 6 16 41 61 -20 27

19 Greenwich Borough 30 7 3 20 34 70 -36 24

20 Thamesmead Town 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bostik South East Matches Today

3pm Cray Wanderers v Haywards Heath Town

2pm Guernsey v Faversham Town

3pm Horsham v Ashford United

3pm Ramsgate v Phoenix Sports

3pm Sevenoaks Town v Greenwich Borough

3pm Three Bridges v Hastings United

3pm VCD Athletic v Herne Bay

3pm Whyteleafe v Whitstable Town


Sponsorship Opportunities

Match Day Sponsor - this gives the sponsor and guests (Up to four)

access to the boardroom to enjoy half time and post match food and

drink. Costs of this is a very reasonable £175

Matchball Sponsor - £50

Mascot - An ideal present for a football mad youngster = £50 Includes

mascot plus three guests plus Hospitality.

Man of the Match - Your chance to be the official "Man of the Match"

awarder £15

Sponsor a Brickie and have your name in the programme as a sponsor

for the entire season, rates are:

Complete Player...............................£50

Socks only........................................£10

Shorts only.......................................£15

Shirt only...........................................£20

Boots only.........................................£15

Web site advertising—An exciting opportunity to advertise on a web

site that has a verifiable 3000 plus hits a month. Box Advert, £75. All

enquiries for web site advertising to Peter Pitts via

bournefc@hotmail.com or call 07785 906627

Inside Programme Advertising: (Black & White or Colour). From

£50.00 (Business card size)

Ground Perimeter Boards: Size 8 feet x 3 feet = £250, then £150

per year renewal.. Other sizes negotiable

For any of the above see any committee member. Or email

bournefc@hotmail.com

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