Season 2019-20, Programme 2

Sittingbourne Football Club is a UK company limited by guarantee:

Company registration number, 11360242.

Registered office: The Martin & Conley Stadium,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, Andrew Marjeram (Non Exec).

Other Committee members : Danny Appleton (Turnstile

Manager). Roger Pudner (Groundsman), Edward Lucas

Assistant First Team Secretary.

Other Key Personnel: Faye Goatham (Turnstile), Jackie

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

Sandra Pitts & Lynne Lucas (Boardroom), Clive Phillips

(Club shop), Dudley Hird & Tony Rickson (Club Historians).

Roger Wilkins (Head Steward)

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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Manager: Chris Lynch

Ast Manager: Nathan Elder

Coaches: Darren Blackburn, Josh Hall,

Physio: Marc Wheeler

Kit Manager: Warren Chambers

Team Assistant: Harry Chambers

Manager: Danny Edwards

Assistant Manager: Fred Cummins

Coach: John Carroll, Daniel Neilson

Physio: Mirko Vracar

G/K Coach: Shaka Mughal, Sean Dawson


Referee: Alexander Bradley (Brighton)

Assistants: David Ellis (Brighton), Duncan Brooker







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

22. Joshua Oliver

Paul McCarthy

Abdul Kazi

Mark Goodman

Alan Hedley

David Thomas

Mark McLeod

Jack Beadle

Calum Duffy

Mark Bitmead

Jack Mullan

Mahlondo Martin

Alex Paine

Elliott Poley

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The Secretary’s Jottings

Good afternoon everyone, welcome to the Martin & Conley Stadium for the Preliminary round of

the greatest cup competition in the world – the Emirates FA Cup.

Our visitors are Isthmian league North side Uxbridge. Uxbridge are a team that we played whilst

both sides were in the Southern League in the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons. To say our

record is poor against Uxbridge is an understatement as we lost all four league matches over

those two seasons. Hopefully, from our point of view it’s time for a change.

Last Tuesday we played Cray Valley PM. An experienced team that had a few ex league players

in their ranks and managed by ex-Brickie, Kevin Watson. I read a lot of criticism about this match

from supporters which I do not agree with. This was a much better performance than the match

at Whitstable. We matched Cray Valley for long periods and went close on a number of occasions.

Supporters have to realise that Cray Valley have large resources that we simply do not

have. Being finalists in the FA Vase, a match that was shown live on BT Sport, and the money

they made on the run to the final has set them up to be league champion favourites. Not many

teams will get points from them this season I’m sure.

Would you like our main stand named after you for the rest of this season or do you know a company

that may be interested? For a £10.00 outlay this would be possible if you are the winner of

the draw that will take place soon. Our commercial director, Andrew Marjeram, has organised the

competition. You can join by giving your £10. To Andrew or any committee member or Director.

The winner of today’s match will receive £2,890. This season the FA have introduced a payment

for the losing team. In this round it is £960.00. If there is a replay of today’s match it will take

place on Tuesday 3 rd September.

On Monday we visit Ramsgate for a 3:00pm kick off.

Enjoy the game


Your name on the stand for the season

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Hello Everyone

It’s that exciting Emirates FA Cup time when we all dream of Wembley (and not Wembley FC

Vale Farm—which I have visited some 30+ years ago !).

As John has said in his notes, we don't have a good record against Uxbridge, but a glance at

the league tables later in in this programme shows a remarkable coincidence that both teams

have identical records. Of course with the unfortunate circumstance of us losing our point, that

isn’t exactly true. It's still strange and I suppose it all points to their being two drawn games and

the decision going to a penalties decider!

The new website is coming along nicely and the timetable now is to figure out how to transfer it

to our existing host and then to update it. This will then be followed by a period of

familiarization for me and then exhaustive testing, phew!! It will then be ready to be formally

launched. There will then be two websites. Its likely that the domain name

www.sittingbournefc.co.uk will be the main one, with sittingbournefc.uk being the archive and

also including occasional other content.

The first managerial casualty of the BetVictor Isthmian League has been announced and it’s the

Aveley management team of Danny Dafter and Gary Heywood who have departed.

The manager was quoted as saying that “In hindsight we shouldn’t have agreed to take on the

job for the season”. The departure comes after the Millers have drawn their first two games.

Now I can only speculate, but if you have been to to the new Aveley ground you will have seen

what a fantastic facility it is. Great clubhouse, conference hall, bars plus state of the art 3G

pitch and LED flood-lights, so I am wondering if the two draws are not enough for the

ambitious board and perhaps, despite the facilities, the playing budget is not there. I’m afraid

that money talks at all levels of football and its therefore no different at our level where the

monied clubs will be the ones to be promoted. That’s why we are grateful to our new

Commercial Director for what he is doing as we do of course rely on our sponsors.

A regular topic on Twitter is the cost of attending football matches at all levels but especially at

the lower levels. We reluctantly put our normal entry fee up to £10 this season but still it doesn’t

take a mathematician to realise that gate money alone can’t sustain a club. John has spoken

about the success of the Paul Merson event, however the price of tickets for that had to be on

the steep side to make it worthwhile but we are planning on much lower price events which we

hope you will support, more details on that when the events have been finalised.

On the topic of money there has been an amazing rant by the Boreham Wood Chairman who is

bemoaning the fact that his Vanarama National League club gets only 400 supporters at home

games. The article began “After Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 home defeat against Sutton United,

played out in front of a paltry crowd of just 407 that included 130 away fans .” The Chairman

went on to say that they are getting over 500 less supporters than the average Vanarama National

League club. He said “I can’t keep wasting my money if the apathy of a Town continues

and it won’t support a club to compete at National League level.” This article is well worth a

read at https://www.borehamwoodfootballclub.co.uk/uncategorized/lack-of-support-a-concern/

Enjoy the game and lets hope that we can have a good FA Cup run, which in all the years that I

have supported the club has been a rarity.

Finnaly I have included details of how to get to Uxbridge’s game in the event of a draw.


From the Programme Editor

Bournecreet House, Bonham Drive, Sittingbourne, Kent,

ME10 3RY, T: 01795 426775, E: info@denmaur.com

Uxbridge — A Brief History

In the late 19th century the game of “football”

was growing in popularity and on the 3rd February

1871 a group of eminent local businessmen

held the inaugural meeting of Uxbridge Football

Club. A local solicitor, Mr William Gardiner, was

elected as the Club’s President and the club’s

colours were chosen as white shirts with a light

blue Maltese cross and a light blue velvet cap

with silver tassel. Friendly games against local

opposition were played in the early years, until

the FA Cup was entered in 1873. A First Round

Victory over Gitanos set-up a Second-Round tie

against eventual finalists Royal Engineers,

which the Engineers narrowly won 2-1. It was at

this time that Uxbridge could boast amongst its

ranks a Full England International. Hubert

Heron played for England on two occasions

whilst an Uxbridge player before he moved to

Wanderers FC where he gained further international

honours. His brother Francis, formerly of

Uxbridge, also played for England after joining

him at Wanderers FC.

The club changed its colours to Oxford Blue

and Cambridge Blue shirts in 1874 but they

were in financial difficulties and folded later that

year. The main problem for Uxbridge was the

lack of a permanent home ground (a problem

that was to plague them until the middle of the

next century), the committee searched the town

for a suitable base but were thwarted at every

turn and they led a nomadic existence, moving

ground every few years. The enthusiasm for a

team in Uxbridge was still prevalent and the

Club was reformed in 1879. In 1886 Uxbridge

FC amalgamated with another local club, Uxbridge

Crescents, and played under this name

in season 1886/87, before reverting to plain old

Uxbridge the following season. It was at this

time that the Red Shirts, which are still worn

today, were adopted and the nickname “The

Reds” was born. Their first trophy was won in

1889 when they lifted the West Middlesex Cup,

defeating Colnbrook 1-0 in the Final. The end of

the 19th century was a particularly successful

period for The Reds as they won the West Middlesex

Cup on three further occasions and also

won the prestigious Middlesex Senior Cup

twice. In 1894 they beat the 3rd Grenadier

Guards 2-0 and repeated that success two

years later with a 3-2 victory over local rivals

Southall in a replay in front of over 5000 spectators.

The outstanding achievement however

was in reaching the final of the F.A. Amateur

Cup in 1898. This was the clubs first season in

the competition and they had to win eight ties

before meeting Middlesborough in the final at

Crystal Palace.

Unfortunately, their North East rivals proved too

strong for them on the day and ran out 2-0 winners.

During this successful period for the club

they became founder members of Division Two

of the Southern League in 1894, finishing fourth

in their first four seasons. However, in season

1898/99 they finished next to bottom and the

dwindling crowds (averaging around 500)

meant that financially the club was once again

in trouble. A decision was therefore taken to

withdraw from the Southern League and join

the local Middlesex League to try and stabilise

the club. However, a majority of the more talented

players joined other clubs and they struggled

in their new surroundings, finishing bottom

with only one point from their 14 games. At the

end of the season the club had a deficit of £130

and with few players the club once again folded.

For two years much fund raising amongst the

local community finally saw the club’s debts

paid and the reformed Uxbridge FC joined the

West Middlesex League for the 1902/03 season.

In 1904 the Great Western Suburban

League was entered and here they stayed until

the outbreak of the First World War. Their best

finish during this period was as Runners-up to

Brentford Reserves in 1910/11. They also won

the Middlesex Charity Cup on two occasions in

1908 and 1913, as they looked to re-establish

themselves as a force in the football world. Following

the end of hostilities Uxbridge joined the

Athenian League and added “Town” to their

name. An unsuccessful first Athenian League

campaign saw them relegated back to the

Great Western Suburban League in 1920. A

successful four seasons saw them back in the

Athenian League in 1924 where they remained

until 1937. The Middlesex Charity Cup was won

for the third time in 1935 as Finchley were beaten

4-3. Two poor seasons saw them finish bottom

of the Athenian League in 1936 and 1937

and the club failed to be re-elected.

They joined the Spartan League for the

1937/38 season, dropping “Town” from their

name at the end of the campaign stood proudly

at the summit.

Uxbridge — A Brief History Cont

Championship celebrations however were cut

short when it was discovered that The Reds had

played an ineligible player and were deduced six

points, placing them in third position behind

Champions Marlow.

Following the debacle of their one and only season

in the Spartan League they resigned and

joined the London League prior to the Second

World War.

During the war years they continued to play and

joined the newly formed Great Western Combination

League before re-joining the London

League in 1945, finishing as Runners-up to Edgware

Town. Uxbridge were founder members of

the Corinthian League in 1946 and remained in

this league for the next seventeen years. Finally,

in 1948, after over three quarters of a century of

searching, a ground of their own was purchased.

A piece of land in Cleveland Road, Cowley was

bought for £5,800 by then president Mr W.S. Try.

The ground was named after a large house that

stood on the land and “Honeycroft” was the new

home of Uxbridge Football Club. During this period,

they won their only Championship to-date

when they were crowned Corinthian League

Champions at the end of the 1959/60 season.

They also won the Middlesex Senior Cup for the

third time in 1951 when they defeated Hayes 2-1.

This was a successful period in the club’s history

as they finished in the top five of the Corinthian

League on no less than eight occasions and

crowds were averaging around the thousand

mark. A re-organisation of Non-League football

saw the end of the Corinthian League in 1963

and club found itself once again in Division One

of the Athenian League. This was a lean time for

The Reds, they were relegated to Division Two in

1967 and financial problems once against beset

them. They gained national publicity in 1976

when England were looking for a side to play as

part of their warm-up for the forthcoming World

Cup campaign. Uxbridge took on a full-strength

England at Wembley, losing 8-0.

The ground problems that had blighted Uxbridge

throughout their history surfaced once again and

the club had to find a new home. In 1978 they

moved to their current headquarters in Horton

Road, Yiewsley. A former works Sports & Social

Club they have developed the site to the superb

standard you see today. Over the past 31 years

they have added floodlights (opened by the visit

of Arsenal in 1981), new stands, fencing and in

more recent times a new clubhouse was opened

and car park laid. On the playing front the club

won the Middlesex Charity Cup for the fourth

time in 1982, their first silverware for 31 years,

and moved to the Isthmian League in the same

year, winning promotion to Division One in 1985.

The Final of the AC Delco Cup (League Cup)

was reached in 1986, where they met Premier

Division Champions Sutton United. The Reds

failed to stop Sutton completing “The Double”

though, losing 3-1 in the Final in front of over a

thousand spectators at Imber Court, the home of

Metropolitan Police FC, Uxbridge entered the

London Challenge Cup for the first time in the

1992/93 season and hence followed a love affair

between the Reds and the magnificent trophy. In

the eight seasons they entered the competition

they reached five finals, winning on three occasions

in 1994,1997 and 2000. They won the Middlesex

Senior Cup for the fourth time in 2001,

defeating Harrow Borough 3-0 in the Final held at

Honeycroft. In 2004 the club were moved across

the pyramid to the Southern League and have

reached the Play-Offs on three occasions. In

2004/05 they lost on penalties, after leading Maldon

Town in extra-time, in 2007/08 they narrowly

lost 0-1 at Oxford City and in 2011/12 they lost 2-

1 at Bedworth United in the Semi-Finals. In 2018

Uxbridge were moved back across the pyramid,

re-joining the Isthmian League in the South Central


They have won the Middlesex Charity Cup on

three more occasions in the last seven years.

Defeating Brentford in 2013, Wembley in 2014

and last season Ashford Town (Middlesex) at

Hanwell Town FC.

In the summer of 2016 the Club lost one of its

stalwarts when long serving President Alan Odell

passed away. Alan had been associated with

The Reds for over 80 years, firstly as a supporter

and player in his youth, before serving in various

official duties as a committee member. He is sadly


This season Uxbridge have appointed only their

sixth manager over the past 49 years. Ron Clack

was in charge for 18-years from 1970, followed

by Peter Marshall for one season, Michael Harvey

for three, before George Talbot took the reins

for fourteen seasons in 1992. In 2006 Tony

Choules became the man in charge, being replaced

by Danny Edwards for the current campaign.

Danny is a 40-year-old UEFA A licensed coach

who spent the past 15 years as manager of Chalfont

St Peter AFC before deciding to leave at the

end of last season. He steered Chalfont St Peter

to Step 4 of the league system in 2011, as well

as reaching the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Football

Association Challenge Cup on three occasions.

Danny brings Fred Cummings as his Assistant

Manager, Fred is well known to the followers

of the Red Army as a combative centre half

with 320 First Team appearances for Uxbridge in

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Paul Martin—The Lure of the 92

Have any of you reading this completed visits to all 92 League Grounds? If you have I take off my

hat to you. I once had the ambition of completing this challenge but have realised that this is now

probably not going to happen. In some ways, this achievement is perhaps now slightly easier

than it has been in the past because a lot of League Clubs have moved in the last 20/30 years

and are now reasonably stable in their new environments (Bolton Wanderers not withstanding).

So how have I done? Just completed a quick count up of the current 91 grounds and, disappointingly,

have only reached 56. You may have spotted that I have put 91 grounds – this is because

Coventry City are currently resident at St Andrews (Birmingham City).

But hold on a minute, what about the League Grounds I have visited which are now replaced by

new versions (for example, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur)? And what about those Clubs who

have left the League set up?

In the first category, I can add a further 27 grounds visited. For example, in the Premier Division,

Manchester City, Southampton, Arsenal, Tottenham, Brighton, West Ham and Leicester are all in

new stadia and I have visited previous versions.

And then there are ex-League clubs who are now members of the Non-League fraternity. Lots of

examples in the National League: Aldershot, Barnet, Barrow, Chesterfield, Dagenham & Redbridge,

AFC Halifax Town, Hartlepool, Notts County, Stockport County, Torquay United, Wrexham

and Yeovil Town. Then further down the Pyramid are Bradford Park Avenue, York City, Boston

United, Hereford United, Kidderminster Harriers, Maidstone United, Scarborough and Darlington.

Apologies if I have missed any! This adds another 15 for a grand total of 98!!! Can I claim

membership of the 92 Club?

My current ambitions? A visit to Tottenham’s new stadium, a visit to Brentford’s new ground when

it opens and games at MK Dons, Oxford United and Norwich City, none of which I have managed

to tick off.

Away Travel Details For Uxbridge

Ground address: Honeycroft, Horton Road, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 8HX

Telephone: 01895



M4 to Junction 4

(Heathrow), A408 towards

Uxbridge for 1

mile, turn left into Horton

Road and ground

½ mile on the right.


Nearest Rail:

West Drayton (19 minute

walk) served from

London Paddington,

29 min journey

Approx mileage from Sittingbourne: 98 (Via South Mimms) 1 Hr 47 mins or 76 miles 1hr

25mins via Clacketts



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Isthmian League South East Division

Saturday 31st August 2019

East Grinstead Town

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25 YEARS AGO.....

Sittingbourne’s only appearance in the

FA Cup in Season 1994-95 was a First

Qualifying Round tie away at Folkestone


According to manager John Ryan,

Sittingbourne were without six players

he considered first team regulars.

Goalkeeper Efrem Ebbli and Martin

Buglione were suspended, Matt Stock

and Paul Haylock remained injured and

striker Lee

McRobert was

down with flu.

Also defender

Brian Clarke was

out long term

after undergoing

surgery on his


On a lovely

sunny afternoon

things began to

go wrong for the

Brickies as early as the 15th minute

when goalkeeper Andy Hough was sent

off after he had conceded the penalty

that produced the only goal of the game.

Hough came off his line to bring down

Invicta’s Steve Ridley. Midfielder Andy

Blondrage had taken over the goalkeeper’s

jersey for the penalty but he couldn’t

stop Paul Chambers from tucking the

ball away. Lloyd Hume took over in goal

for the remainder of the game which

saw very few chances from that point


It didn’t help matters when Dave Ward

was red carded in the 71st minute after

receiving a second caution. Ward quit

the club after this game.

John Ryan when commenting on Ward’s

departure stated;

“Dave can’t resist a challenge but unfortunately

the game has changed so dramatically

that he is going to stray the

wrong side of the referee more times

than not.”

The Sitting-bourne faithful expressed

their disgruntlement during the game

which must have

started to put

pressure on

Ryan who was

working with a

much reduced


The previous

season the

Brickies knocked

out GM Vauxhall

Conference side

Dover Athletic in

the competition at the First Qualifying

Round stage.

It was now becoming obvious to all at

the club, that this was going to be a long

hard season.

Sittingbourne: Hough, Strouts, Hume,

Beard, Collinson; Blondrage, Ward,

Saunders; Fleming, Daniels Ullathorne.

Subs Clark, Verrall.

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


Part 2 -Nineteenth Century Teamsheets

The first ever football programme is probably lying undetected in an old suitcase in an attic; or

lining an antique cutlery drawer; or it may be displayed in one of the football museums which are

springing up at clubs around the country. Quite frankly, we do not know with certainty which was

the first ever fixture to have a team-sheet printed and distributed to spectators, but we can take a

pretty educated guess at how it looked.

The purpose of the earliest programmes was to identify the players and advise spectators of

forthcoming fixtures. There were no team numbers on the backs of Victorian football shirts, but

players did sometimes have distinguishing features, whether in the colour of their stockings, or

the type of cap or cowl they wore. Certainly, there were well defined formations - firstly 2-2-6 and

then 2-3-5 - and spectators were able to identify the players from the positions they took up on

the field, which corresponded to the formation in which their names were printed on the teamsheet.

Thus for the match between Queen’s Park and The Wanderers on 9th October 1875, the home

team’s “Centre Back-up” (centre half) C. Herriot was to wear a “Black and white cap - no stocking”

while C.W. Alcock, the Wanderers Captain and Centre would wear a “Cap - blue and white

chequers”. The front of this card would be recognisable as a programme / team sheet today - it

had the teams, referee and umpires and fixture details. If there was printing on the reverse, it

would likely be a fixture list, perhaps incorporating results to date, and details of forthcoming fixtures.

When Heart of Midlothian visited Royal Arsenal at Plumstead on 30th March 1891, the large single

sheet had match details and team selections on one side, and on the reverse was printed a

poem which served as the welcome to the visitors. At the foot of the page were four small advertisements

for local traders.

In April 1893, at the Ardwick Ground, Hyde Road, Manchester (home of the club which evolved

as Manchester City) Bolton Wanderers and Newton Heath (now Manchester United) contested a

Manchester Senior Cup Final and the team sheet, sold for 1d, listed the teams with spaces to

record the result and goalscorers. As the game developed around the turn of the century, so did

its programmes, and as football left the Victorian age, match programmes assumed some of the

familiar features by which we recognise them today.

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FA Cup Preliminary Round Preview

The preview is by Phil Annets (@FACupFactfile on Twitter) (All you want to know about the

FA Cup!)

The FA Cup Preliminary Round will see 320 Steps 3 to 6 clubs battle it out for a place in the 1 st

Qualifying Round.

Among their number are eight clubs competing in the FA Cup for the first time who won their

debut ties in the last round, including Longridge Town who beat Barnoldswick Town 6-1 and

Melton Town who scored two very late goals to win 2-1 at Worksop Town to cause the Cupset

of the Round.

There are also eight other clubs who are into the Preliminary Round for the first time after winning

their first FA Cup match in two or three attempts. Abbey Rangers and Broadbridge

Heath had had the most campaigns but both finally registered their first FA Cup win at the

fourth attempt.

One of the sixteen clubs into this Round for the first time is Widnes, who have reached this

stage courtesy of their League status rather than their Cup exploits. Widnes are one of only

two teams in this round yet to win an FA Cup match, the other being the recently formed Ossett

United who went out on penalties last season.

There are also 16 clubs who compete at Step 3 in the pyramid in this round who in recent past

competitions would not have started until the 1 st Qualifying Round. They’ll all be mindful that

seven Step 4 clubs who had to start earlier than normal in the Extra Preliminary Round have

already been knocked out.

All the Step 3 sides have avoided each other. However, Stalybridge Celtic versus West

Didsbury & Chorlton, Bromsgrove Sporting against Leicester Road, Peterborough

Sports taking on Bugbrooke St Michaels, and Bowers & Pitsea facing Barkingside are all

Preliminary Round ties where a Step 3 side hosts a Step 6 club. Could one of these produce

the Cupset of this Round?

Only twenty-five of the 160 ties pair up two clubs who will face each other in their league campaign

this season, and just 30 pit two sides together who have met before in the FA Cup. The

most common tie sees Bedworth United and Halesowen Town meet for the sixth time with

the West Midlands side ahead by three wins to two.

Wisbech Town have beaten Ely City in all three of their previous FA Cup encounters. Bridgwater

Town have done the same to Brislington, but in their case the result has been 1-0 every


In the previous Round, Long Eaton United won 8-2 at Bottesford Town, sweet revenge for a

6-0 defeat by the same team just two seasons earlier. So, in this Round there’s hope therefore

for the likes of Staveley Miners Welfare who lost 5-1 to their Preliminary Round opponents

Lincoln United last time around.

In the Extra Preliminary Round the top nine winning margins were all produced by the away

side. Two of those teams won 7-0, Heanor Town and AFC Mansfield, and they go head to

head in this Round. It has nil-nil draw written all over it!

Top scorers, Whickham, netted 10 times in the last Round and their home tie with Thornaby

is one of a handful of games that kick off this Round on Friday night.

John Clarke IBF / BSF President

Match Reports by Tony Rickson

Tuesday, 20th August 2019

BetVictor Isthmian League South East

Sittingbourne (1) (Campbell 16) Cray Valley

Paper Mills (2) 3 (Edgar 5, Flack 27, Smith


Attendance: 166

A battling Sittingbourne performance, but sometimes

you just have to hold your hands up and

admit that the opposition were the better side

and fully deserved their win.

Unbelievably, this was Cray Valley Paper Mills’

first ever win at this level of football 100 years

on from being founded. But they arrived in the

Isthmian League this season with an impressive

track record, winning the tough South East

Counties League title and playing at Wembley

in the FA Vase final just a few months back.

And if this was their first win at this level, it surely

won’t be their last, and they looked like having

the all-round quality to sustain another

championship chase this season.

Sittingbourne had their moments, twice fighting

back well from falling behind in the first half, but

the third goal midway through the second half

killed it, and Cray were comfortably able to see

it out from there.

The Brickies made two changes from the team

that drew at Whitstable four days earlier, Shaun

Brown making his full debut upfront with Roman

Campbell switched to the left-wing, and Stefan

Lawrence taking over in goal.

Poor Lawrence, a former youth team player at

both Gillingham and Dover, had to pick the ball

out of the back of the net as almost his first job,

Edgar’s shot from outside the box taking a wicked

deflection off the covering defender and

looping into the far corner.

Both Campbell and Tommie Fagg had already

gone close before Sittingbourne equalised on

the quarter-hour, a good build-up down the right

ending with Brown’s shot going across goal and

Campbell pouncing on it to score near the far


For a while there was little to choose between

the sides but Cray went back in front when they

switched play well from left to right, and

Oloyede, who had a magnificent game upfront,

turned the defence and crossed for a simple tap

-in from close range.

Sittingbourne enjoyed their best period of the

game in response, driven on from midfield by

energetic captain Chris Webber, and looking

dangerous from set pieces, either corners or

Lewis Chambers’ mighty long throws.

Lex Allan headed just over from one corner,

Campbell got clear on Fagg’s through ball but

the keeper diverted his shot for another corner,

Chris Barnard and Allan both had headers

saved by the keeper under pressure, and great

link-up play by Barnard and Lewis West on the

right ended with Brown’s shot blocked for yet

another corner.

Sittingbourne went close a couple of times in

the second half, West shooting over after a

great build-up and Brown just failing to get a

touch in front of goal from Enoch Adjei’s shot.

But generally, it was Cray’s game, and with

some sturdy defending, clinical passing, and

hard running all over the pitch, they proved the

better side in the second half and settled it

when a low right wing cross was neatly steered

home first time from the edge of the area by


So having lost the one point for their valiant

draw at Whitstable for inadvertently fielding an

unregistered player, Sittingbourne are stuck

without a point after their first two matches.

It’s FA Cup time on Saturday, when Uxbridge

visit Woodstock, but after that the slog resumes

to lift themselves from the wrong end of the

league table. It’s going to take hard work, commitment,

determination and enthusiasm. Bring it


Sittingbourne: Stefan Lawrence, Lewis West

(Festus Lori, 65 min), Abdel Ndew (Jason Fregene,

79 min), Lewis Chambers (Yellow card),

Cory Walters-Wright, Lex Allan (Yellow card),

Roman Campbell, Chris Webber, Shaun Brown

(Yellow card), Tommie Fagg, Chris Barnard

(Enoch Adjei,

62 min). Subs not used: Joshua Oliver, Caleb


Cray Valley PM: Andy Walker, Kalvin Morath-

Gibbs, Danny Smith, Ashley Sains, Ali

Tumkaya (Liam Hickey, 24 min, Yellow card),

Denzel Gayle (Kweku Ansah, 44 min), Anthony

Edgar, Ryan Flack, Emiliano Hysi (Matthew Attenborough-Warren,

75 min), Emmanuel

Oloyede, Josh James. Subs not used: Tommy

Osborne, Max Ovenden.

Referee: Kirsty Dowle;

Assistants: Matthew Goldsmith, Gordon


BetVictor Isthmian League South East

P W D L F A +/- Pts


Haywards Heath

Town 2 2 0 0 7 2 5 6

2 Herne Bay 2 1 1 0 5 3 2 4

3 Cray Valley PM 2 1 1 0 3 1 2 4

4 Hastings United 2 1 1 0 2 0 2 4

5 Whyteleafe 2 1 1 0 5 4 1 4

6 Whitehawk 2 1 1 0 4 3 1 4

7 Sevenoaks Town 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 4

8 Burgess Hill Town 2 1 0 1 8 7 1 3

9 Ashford United 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3

10 VCD Athletic 2 1 0 1 6 6 0 3

11 Chichester City 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3

12 Hythe Town 2 1 0 1 4 7 -3 3

13 Guernsey 2 0 2 0 6 6 0 2

14 East Grinstead Town 2 0 1 1 4 5 -1 1

15 Faversham Town 2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 1

16 SITTINGBOURNE 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 1

17 Whitstable Town 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1

18 Ramsgate 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

19 Three Bridges 2 0 0 2 3 5 -2 0

20 Phoenix Sports 2 0 0 2 2 5 -3 0

BetVictor Isthmian League South Central

P W D L F A +/- Pts

1 Chalfont St Peter 2 2 0 0 6 1 5 6

2 Hanwell Town 2 2 0 0 5 0 5 6

3 Westfield 2 2 0 0 5 0 5 6

4 Tooting & Mitcham United 2 2 0 0 4 1 3 6

5 Waltham Abbey 2 1 1 0 7 4 3 4

6 Chertsey Town 2 1 1 0 5 2 3 4

7 Ware 2 1 1 0 7 5 2 4

8 Marlow 2 1 1 0 5 3 2 4

9 FC Romania 2 1 0 1 7 6 1 3

10 Harlow Town 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3

11 Bracknell Town 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3

12 Chipstead 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3

13 Staines Town 2 0 2 0 5 5 0 2

14 UXBRIDGE 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 1

15 South Park 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 1

16 Barking 2 0 0 2 3 7 -4 0

17 Hertford Town 2 0 0 2 2 6 -4 0

18 Northwood 2 0 0 2 2 7 -5 0

19 Bedfont Sports 2 0 0 2 1 6 -5 0

20 Ashford Town (Middx) 2 0 0 2 1 7 -6 0

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