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The Matchday Programme of Sittingbourne FC

Season 2019—2020—Programme 1

Sittingbourne v Cray Valley PM

Tuesday 20th August 2019

KO 7.45PM

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Registered office: The Martin & Conley Stadium,Woodstock Park,

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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),

Andrew Marjeram (Non Exec).

Other Committee members : Danny Appleton (Turnstile

Manager). Roger Pudner (Groundsman)

Edward Lucas (Assistant Secretary)

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


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

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Manager: Chris Lynch

Ast Manager: Nathan Elder

Coaches: Darren Blackburn, Josh Hall,

Physio: Marc Wheeler

Kit Manager: Warren Chambers

Team Assistant: Harry Chambers

Manager: Kevin Watson

Assistant Manager: Tommy Osborne

Coach: Kevin James

Physio: Courtney Dobson

G/K Coach: Craig Gibson


Referee: Kirsty Dowle (Ashford Kent)

Assistants: Matthew Goldsmith (Hastings), Gordon Greaves







1. Tom Benham

2. Lewis West

3. Emmanuel Ndew

4. Lewis Chambers

5. Cory Walters-Wright

6. Lex Allan

7. Enoch Adjei

8. Chris Webber

9. Shaun Brown

10. Tom Fagg

11. Chris Barnard

12. Hamilton

14. Jason Fregene

15. Tyron Guthrie

16. Kane Phillip

17. Festus Lori

18. Johan Caney Bryan

19. Roman Campbell

20. Stefan Lawrence

21. Caleb Roberts

1. Kweku Ansah

2. Francis Babalola

3. Anthony Edgar

4. Ryan Flack

5. Denzel Gayle

6. Liam Hickey

7. Emiliano Hysi

8. Josh James

9. Kalvin Morath-Gibbs

10. Dominic Ogun

11. Geofrey Okonkwo

12. Emmaual Oloyede

13. Ashley Sains

14. Danny Smith

15. Cem Tumkaya

16. Andy Walker

17. Matthew Warren











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The Secretary’s Jottings

Good afternoon everyone, welcome to the Martin & Conley Stadium for a new Isthmian League


Our visitors are newcomers to the league, SCFL champions and FA Vase finalists, Cray Valley

PM. They will be a stern test for our side that consists of many new players since last season.

Unfortunately, I have some bad news for our supporters about the game at Whitstable Town last

Saturday. The team sheet that was given to the referee had an un registered player on it so we

will be deducted the hard-worked point we gained after going down to ten men before half time.

This should not have happened, the information required was made available, but it did. The first

time I have known us having an unregistered player since I became secretary twenty years ago.

We can only apologise to the players and the supporters for this error.

During the closed season Chris has played many players to try to find his best team. For various

reasons he has not been able to play that team up to now Over the weekend we signed three

more players. One or more may feature today. There will be an introduction to the new players in

future programmes.

I would like to welcome to the club Edward Lucas and his wife, Lynn. Edward is a very experienced

club secretary who has been secretary at both Whyteleafe and Ramsgate. At the moment

Edward is going to be our Assistant Secretary however, I am going to be away from mid-January

to mid-March so Edward will be taking over full Secretary duties during that time.

Last Saturdays match at Whitstable was a tough affair. We went into the lead after Chris Barnard

was fouled in the penalty area. Our new loan signing from Gillingham, Roman Campbell confidently

put us one up. Roman, of course was with us on loan last season and we were very

pleased to gain his services again, initially for one month. His sending off for getting two yellow

cards was unfortunate but I’m sure he will learn from it and score some valuable goals for us. His

one match ban will start Saturday when we have our important Emirates FA Cup match against

Uxbridge (Don’t miss it!). Gillingham do not want Roman to be cup tied so we would not be able

to play him anyway.

All those who came to our “Evening with Paul Merson” must have gone home happy. Paul talked

and answered questions for nearly an hour. The MC / comedian was also a great success. I’m

sure you will agree it was a very enjoyable evening, so much so that Andrew is looking to hold

another “evening with” at Woodstock. The evening raised much needed funds for the club.

Talking of much needed funds I have seen it mentioned on the supporters Facebook page about

donating a regular amount for the club. This is of course a great offer however; we already have

a very successful way of raising money regularly with our Brickies lottery. For an outlay of £1.00

a week you can win £40 (Three weekly payments), £100 (one monthly payment) or £500 (a special

draw at Christmas). Forms to join the lottery can be obtained from the bar or can be downloaded

from the web site.

Next Saturday we have our very important Emirates FA Cup match against Uxbridge Please remember

that everybody has to pay at the turnstile for that game. We really need your support. A

few wins in this competition can ease the financial burden that all clubs have.

Enjoy the game


Hello everyone

From the Programme Editor

A new season is upon us and what better way to start our home campaign than against

Buildbase FA Vase runners up Cray Valley PM. Cray have had some good pre-season results

whilst we have had mixed fortunes, but friendlies are for getting the team up to speed and trying

out various formations and players so they don’t really matter ,but today is the real thing! We

shared a table at the league’s AGM and Ball in Brighton with Cray Valley PM and a very pleasant

bunch they were.

The highlight of the friendlies must have been the two games against Arsenal Community. The

game at the Arsenal training ground must have been especially memorable for the players as

they had a VIP tour of the Emirates after the game.

Chris Lynch has a brilliant team around him and lets hope we can be a real force this season..of

course a lot depends on budget and this is where you all come in as supporting the club events

and actually coming to the home games means that we can hit and surpass that magic figure of

200 which is so vital for us.

The website is being updated but I don’t expect it to go live for a couple of weeks yet as its basis

is WordPress whilst over the years I have been using more basic packages such as Microsoft

Expression, so there is some learning on my part to be had and some links reinstated,

all of which will take some time.

I have decided to number the programmes starting from today so it will be easy for you to see if

a programme is missing!!

One of our supporters, Paul Martin, has, like myself, an interest in non-league football that goes

back to the 1960’s and 1970’s in fact it turns out that Paul, my brother John, and me were

probably all at the same game then, Walton & Hersham v Enfield back in the 70’s. Both of those

sides back then were giants of the non-league game with players that would have graced the

league, in fact most of the Walton & Hersham team plus their manager Alan Batsford left to join

Wimbledon. I’m sure that you will enjoy Paul’s reminiscences.

I’m also pleased that Grant Wilbur will also supply some details of bygone Sittingbourne games,

whilst Tony Rickson will continue to provide his excellent match reports. This edition will also

include part 1 of “The history of football programmes”. This is a repeat as it was published in the

last programme but as this programme is technically the first ”real” programme of the season I

thought I would start this series of articles from the beginning. Future editions will include pen

pics of the Sittingbourne FC squad and details of your sponsorship of the players.

Promotion and relegation at the various non-league steps will be a little different this year so I

am including a chart that Ollie Bayliss put on Twitter that summarises what will happen at the

end of the season. We are step 4!

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Cray Valley PM — A Brief History

Last season was the club’s 100 th season and if Carlsberg did seasons then this one would feature

prominently. Promotion earned through winning the SCEFL Premier Division by one point after

securing a 2-0 win at Canterbury City on the final day of the season. 38 league games, 91 points,

108 goals scored and a goal difference of +72. A Wembley appearance followed in the FA Vase

Final where after successfully negotiating nine rounds they met Chertsey Town of the Combined

Counties League. Narrowly beaten 3-1 in extra time but a memorable day for the whole club.

Kent FA records show that Cray Valley Paper Mills FC was formed in 1919, and played in the

new Sidcup and Kent League Division II. The Millers first match was a 1-0 victory against Hamilton

House FC on September 20 th 1919 which was followed by their first away match against

Sidcup Invicta, beating them 7-0. Cray went on to win the division in their first season and were

promoted to Division I. The following season Cray won the Kent County Junior Cup defeating Sittingbourne

Paper Mills 3-0 in the final and the next registered success was in 1936/37 when they

won the 3 rd Division title in the Kent Amateur League West Division. From that time they have appeared

in the records in every decade, whilst from the 1950/51 season the records show a continuous

existence up to the present day.

The Millers played in various leagues such as The Sidcup and District League and were always

known as Cray Valley Paper Mills FC, originally playing in green and white, which were the colours

of the paper mills vehicles, and company banner. Cray won the Kent County Junior Cup for

the 2 nd time in 1977/78, and repeated this in 1980/81, the year the mills at St. Pauls Cray, (where

they had played their games at the sports ground), closed.

The Nash family owned the paper mills and supported the football club until the mills closure.

Cray lost their ground, and began a nomadic existence, playing out of various venues until they

found a permanent home at Badgers Sports in Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, South East London.

It was at this time the ‘Paper Mills’ was abbreviated to (PM)!

The first team enjoyed a successful period in the South London Alliance, winning Division 1 in

1983/84, before moving to the Spartan League in 1991, where they were runners up in division 1

South in 1998. Cray then became founder members of the London Intermediate League, in the

following season were runners up, and reached the final of the league cup, whilst they were also

runners up in the London Intermediate Cup. In 2001/02 Cray were elected to join Division One of

the Kent County League, gaining promotion to the Premier division in 2003/04. Cray enjoyed a

hugely successful season in 2004/05, when they won the Premier division by 11 points, along

with the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield, and the Inter Regional Challenge Cup. Between

2000-2010 under manager Mark Edwards Cray enjoyed regular successes in the London Intermediate

Cup, which has seen them win the competition four times and come runners-up once. In

an historic 2011/12 season, Cray effectively gained two promotions, when they moved from the

Step 7 Kent County League, to the Step 5 Kent Hürliman League. In their first season finishing

11th and reaching the semi final of the Kent Senior Trophy.

Seasons 2012-14 saw improvements on the previous campaigns with an 8th and 7th placed finishes

whilst reaching the semi final of the London Senior Cup narrowly losing to eventual winners

AFC Wimbledon. The Club also experienced it’s first taste of the FA Cup, beating Lancing away

before losing to Redhill.

Steve Chapman handed over the reins to Paul Gross in 2014 and although he managed to emulate

the achievement of his predecessor by finishing 7th in the newly named Southern Counties

East Football League the following season a late season slump resulted in a disappointing 10th

place finish.


Cray Valley PM — A Brief History Cont

James Collins took over the reins in 2016 and enjoyed considerable success on the field. Finishing

in a very creditable 4th place in the league and reaching the final of the Kent Senior Trophy

losing 2-1 to League Champions Ashford Town and becoming the lowest ranked team ever to

win the London Senior Cup. On a memorable night at Dulwich Hamlet the Millers beat Ryman

Premier Division team Metropolitan Police 2-1.

The Millers side that defeated Chatham Town in a pre season trophy

Season 2016-17 also saw our youth development continue to flourish and our Reserves won the

Suburban League, South Division and narrowly missed out on doing the double when they lost

to Met Police Reserves in the League Cup final.

During season 2017/18 current manager Kevin Watson was appointed. A very successful second

half of the season culminated in a 6th place league finish and a runners up medal in the

London Senior Cup where the Millers were beaten in the final by Balham. This was followed by

our best ever 100 th season described above.

For season 2019/20 the club will run various Youth teams and a Ladies side in addition to our

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Paul Martin—A life in football

Having recently reached a significant birthday milestone

and prompted by Peter Pitts, it is time to look

back on a football watching career which now spans

60 years. I have set no records of games watched

or grounds visited. However, I have documented

watching in excess of 3,000 games at League and

Non-League level and visited over 700 grounds

thanks in no small part to a very understanding wife.

Over the years, I have met many enthusiasts who

have been (and still are) well ahead of me in these


When and where did it start? I think I went to a

Schoolboy International with my father but I have no

recollection of the opposition, the score or the year

but I do remember standing on the vast open terraces

at the old Wembley before the roof was put on.

Living as I did in Winchmore Hill, North London, my

first documented game was Bournemouth v Enfield

in the FA Cup in December 1959, the League side

running out 5-1 winners. Then a break of four years

before I was persuaded by a school friend to watch

Enfield v Reading in a 1 st Round FA Cup Replay at

Southbury Road – a cracking game lost 4-2 after

extra time. I was hooked pretty much from then on

and became a regular visitor. In January 1964, I

saw my first away game, travelling by coach to

Stompond Lane for the Amateur Cup tie with Walton

& Hersham (won 1-0). Didn’t know it at the time, of

course, but Enfield went on to reach the Amateur

Cup Final that season, and I saw them play Kingstonian

in the Semi-Final, firstly at Stamford Bridge

(0-0) and then at Craven Cottage (3-2). The Wembley

Final was a big disappointment losing 2-1 to

Crook Town and having our goalkeeper moved to

the wing with a broken arm. No substitutes in those

days! So began a 30 year association with Enfield

as Supporters Club Chairman for a number of

years, ran the Programme Shop in the wooden hut

behind the goal with my good friend Steve Small

and contributed to “Attack” magazine which, I believe,

was the first Fanzine. On the field I could not

have wished for a better side to support as they

were, probably, the top Non-League side in this period.

Three more Amateur Cup Finals, two wins one

defeat, two FA Trophy victories, 9 League Championships

and numerous other Cup successes.

And then it came to an end with my relocation to

Kent. I managed to travel up to Enfield for a number

of games but I became more interested in visiting

grounds in Kent and Sussex and, Enfield eventually

moved out of Southbury Road and became Enfield

1893 and Enfield Town, the new club followed by

most of the original fans.

My first game at Sittingbourne? An FA Vase tie at

home to Pagham which we lost 2-1 in 1990. I struggle

to remember anything about that game! I would

not say I became a regular supporter straight away

but did attend a fair number of games while attempting

to complete the Kent League, Kent County

League and Sussex County Leagues for grounds

visited. It was also about this time that I renewed my

interest in the FA Vase competition.

I had a number of colleagues when in North London

who lived in Hoddesdon (Hertfordshire) and we sacrificed

a number of Enfield games to watch

Hoddesdon Town surprisingly go all the way to

Wembley and become the first winners in 1975.

Some years later, I repeated the feat with Stansted

who won the Vase Final at Wembley in 1984, beating

Stamford 3-2. In 2000, I was lucky enough to

watch a number of Deal Town’s FA Vase games

including their Wembley victory against Chippenham

Town. Sadly, I couldn’t quite get Canterbury

City to Wembley last season! What I would say is

that the FA Vase is the best FA competition in my

opinion and I certainly try to get to a few games in

each season. Sadly restricted to clubs with floodlights

nowadays which has taken away some of the

charm experienced in the early years.

Gradually, I have become rather more attached to

Sittingbourne in the last season or so, to the extent

that I have purchased a season ticket (excellent value)

for this season and I am hopeful for a good FA

Cup or Trophy run. Team please note.

Like many in my earlier days, the collecting of programmes

was a major part of the experience. I was

able to obtain by various means a majority of Enfield

programmes since 1945 and had a complete collection

home and away from 1962 onwards. Running

the programme shop was a great help! For reasons

that escape me now, I also began collecting FA Cup

programmes (all rounds) and have managed a complete

set of Finals and Semi-Finals since 1945. Also,

Amateur Cup Finals and Semi-Finals, Trophy

Finals and Semi-Finals, Vase finals and Semi-

Finals. Every house move has caused consternation

for the movers, the boxes seem never-ending. Add

to these a complete set of Rothmans Annuals, a

large number of Football Monthly’s etc. etc. and you

can understand why I have recently embarked on a

drastic reduction process before I am thrown out!




Sittingbourne supporters anticipating

starting the 1994-95 Season on the

crest of a wave were brought down to

Earth with a bump come the opening fixture.

Pre-season preparations couldn’t have

gone much better with the Brickies

enjoying victories over Margate, Enfield,

Greenwich Borough, Folkestone Invicta

and Gillingham (0-1 at Priestfield) coupled

with a 0-0 draw at home against

Tottenham and a

slender 0-1 defeat

at home to Crystal

Palace, meant

everything looked

set for a rosy start.

The Brickies squad

on paper looked

very strong having

been bolstered by

the signing of

winger Simon Ullathorne from

Gravesend & Northfleet, Efrem Ebbli a

former Serie C goalkeeper and striker

Martin Buglione (signed from St.

Johnstone) joining Lee McRobert up


The opening fixture in the Beazer

Homes Southern League Premier

Division was a very interesting looking

match against Burton Albion at Central

Park which attracted a crowd of 745.

According to the match report in the

East Kent Gazette, Sittingbourne fielded

a side designed more for battling and

resolve than flair and creativity. The

home side did enjoy some chances

though. Buglione drove a shot against

the post, and James Strout got on the

end of a Scott Saunders cross only to

find his headed goal was disallowed

after he was adjudged to have fouled

the goalkeeper.

Early in the second half a Simon Beard

shot was just inches over the bar. Other

chances by Matt Thomas and Matt

Stock also failed to find the net.

The turning point of the game arrived

when Martin Buglione was red carded

for retaliation. Sittingbourne had to reorganise


shape and the

visitors took

advantage of this

when Briscoe

pounced on a

weak Lloyd Hume

back pass and

then soon after

Burton’s Payne

ran through a

s t r e t c h e d

Sittingbourne defence and his shot was

deflected by goalkeeper Andy Hough

but the ball rebounded off the post and

into the net to make it 0-2.

Now attention turned to the away midweek

game against Dorchester where

Sittingbourne would try and open their

points account.

Sittingbourne: Hough, Thomas, Hume,

Stock, Strouts, Saunders; Blondrage,

Beard; Fleming, Buglione, McRobert.

A series of articles by the author of the book ‘A History and Guide to Football Programmes’

describing how programmes have changed over a century-and-a-half of Association

Football. These articles will appear throughout the season in the Sittingbourne FC


Setting the Scene

Today’s newspapers and magazines may use modern colour print and photographic techniques,

but they would still be recognisable to a Victorian transported by time-travel to 1998. Similarly

with other periodicals, and certainly with books. It is most unlikely, however, that our time-warped

visitor would recognise the printed word as sold to him at a football match.

The matchday programme has undergone dramatic change since it first emerged as a means of

identifying players in the 1870’s. Today, it is a glossy, colourful and sophisticated communications

and marketing vehicle, sold in prodigious quantities and for sums far removed from the penny

or halfpenny of Victorian days.

In the course of this series articles, the development of matchday programmes will be chronicled,

and put into the perspective of contemporary life and the game they represent. Avid readers of

modern programmes may bemoan the prevalence of advertisements, but these vital fund-raisers

become fascinating historical markers as we roll back the years. The local butcher, baker and

candle-stick maker were present in just about every club programme, as was the local brewery,

theatre (and then cinema), newspapers and menswear shops.

Local industries were prominent amongst the advertisements - razor blades in the Sheffield

clubs’ programmes, vehicle and cycle accessory manufacturers in the Birmingham clubs’ issues,

ship-builders advertising for workers on Clydeside. We can watch local economies evolve over

the life of a club’s matchday programme by reading the adverts.

Trends within the game are, of course, apparent in editorials and features, while great teams,

marvellous players, and some unhappy times in the game may be recalled from the playing and

managerial personnel listed in the programmes.

If the content of programmes down the years is varied, then so are the formats and styles used

by clubs and associations. From the simple teamsheet of Victorian days, listing players and their

distinguishing features, to the colourful, glossy booklets of the 1990’s - the history of football programmes

is as varied and interesting as the game itself, as we will discover over the course of

this season.

For more information and advice on programmes and programme collecting, please visit

Promotion & Relegation This Season

BetVictor Isthmian League South East

To 17/08/2019 P W D L F A +/- Pts

Burgess Hill Town7-2 1 1 0 0 7 2 5 3

Whitehawk3-2 1 1 0 0 3 2 1 3

Ashford United2-1 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3

Chichester City2-1 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3

Haywards Heath Town2-1 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3

Sevenoaks Town1-0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3

Faversham Town3-3 1 0 1 0 3 3 0 1

Guernsey3-3 1 0 1 0 3 3 0 1

Herne Bay2-2 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1

Whyteleafe2-2 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1

SITTINGBOURNE 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1

Whitstable Town1-1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1

CRAY VALLEY PM 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

Hastings United0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

VCD Athletic2-3 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0

East Grinstead Town1-2 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Phoenix Sports1-2 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Ramsgate1-2 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Three Bridges0-1 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

Hythe Town2-7 1 0 0 1 2 7 -5 0

Tonights Matches

7.45pm Ashford United v Ramsgate

7.45pm Chichester City v Whyteleafe

7.30pm East Grinstead Town v Guernsey

7.45pm Hastings United v Faversham Town

7.45pm Haywards Heath Town v Burgess Hill Town

7.45pm Herne Bay v Phoenix Sports

7.45pm Hythe Town v Whitstable Town

7.30pm Sevenoaks Town v Whitehawk

7.45pm VCD Athletic v Three Bridges

John Clarke IBF / BSF President

Match Reports by Tony Rickson

Saturday, 17th August 2019

BetVictor Isthmian League

South East Division

Whitstable (0) 1 (Jadama 70) Sittingbourne

(1) 1 (Campbell 27 (pen))

Attendance: 318

Signed in the morning. Scored in the afternoon.

Home in the early evening after getting sent off

in the first half.

Young on-loan striker Roman Campbell had a

day to remember/forget as Sittingbourne drew

their opening game of the season in the newlynamed

BetVictor Isthmian League South East


Playing with 10 men for more than half the

game was a tough proposition but Sittingbourne

were resilient and determined and thoroughly

deserved their point from this Kent derby.

Campbell had given them a huge boost by joining

on loan from Gillingham for a month just

hours before the game – Sittingbourne know all

about him as he spent the final part of last season

with them and ended up sharing the golden

boot award for top scorer with Tom Loynes.

(Incidentally, Loynes was watching the match at

Whitstable on crutches, three days after his

knee operation, and hopes to be playing for Sittingbourne

again in a couple of months’ time).

But while Sittingbourne know what Campbell

can offer, so too, apparently, did Whitstable and

he was goaded into two yellow card offences

and sent off after just 41 minutes.

Sittingbourne had given four new players their

debuts – goalkeeper Tom Benham, defenders

Lewis West and Cory Walters-Wright and winger

Enoch Ako-Adjei – with other newcomers on

the bench.

It was the Brickies who had all the spirited singing

support from the crowd, but it was Whitstable

who started strongly, going close twice early

on before Benham had to make a good diving

save from a header after 16 minutes.

Sittingbourne gradually got a foothold in the

game and went in front on

27 minutes after Chris Barnard was pushed

over in the area following Campbell’s pass. Just

as he did in the last game of last season,

Campbell comfortably converted the penalty

and Sittingbourne were in front and in control.

Campbell was booked soon after, on the insistence

of the assistant referee, who drew the referee’s

attention to an off-the-ball incident with a

Whitstable defender.

And not long after it got worse, Campbell getting

involved in another off-the-ball clash with

Whitstable captain Bryant, and was spotted by

the referee kicking out in retaliation to the provocation.

Understandably, he got another yellow and was

sent off, albeit by a referee who had missed

one of the incidents that cost Campbell a booking

and had clearly only seen half the incident

that cost him the other one.

Much, though, for the youngster to learn from

allowing himself to be wound up, as playing 10

v 11 for all the rest of the match was a huge

burden to leave behind for his teammates.

Not surprisingly, Sittingbourne had to defend for

much of the game after that, but they did it well,

forcing Whitstable to rely too much on the long

ball forward and shots from distance that were

way off target.

Lex Allan and the impressive Walters-Wright

were at the heart of the resistance, but they

couldn’t prevent Whitstable levelling on 70

minutes when Benham stopped a shot from the

edge of the area but allowed the ball to momentarily

squirm free for Jadama to nip in and


Sittingbourne looked threatening in the occasional

counter-attack and sub Shaun Brown

was narrowly wide after a good move and Lewis

Chambers and Tommie Fagg will be disappointed

that their finishing didn’t match their approach


They finished with a couple of dangerous corners

into the six-yard box, the second one ending

disappointingly with the referee penalising

them for a push. Also disappointing was the

booking for a foul by sub Tyrone Guthrie which

seemed identical to one by a Whitstable defender

on Enoch Adjei in the first half that warranted

just the free-kick.

In the end, this was a point gained by Sittingbourne,

rather than two lost, and will give

them plenty of optimism that they can improve

on last season’s 16th place finish. Playing with

this amount of commitment and passion is a

pretty good starting point when all’s said and


Sittingbourne: Tom Benham, Lewis West, Abdel

Ndew, Lewis Chambers, Cory Walters-

Wright, Lex Allan, Enoch Adjei (Shaun Brown,

45 min), Chris Webber (Tyrone Guthrie, 59 min,

Yellow card), Roman Campbell (Two yellow

cards, one red), Tommie Fagg, Chris Barnard

(Festus Lori, 74 min). Subs not used: Jason

Fregene, Johan Caney-Bryan.

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