The Matchday Programme of Sittingbourne FC
Season 2019—2020—Programme 7
Sittingbourne v Hythe Town
Saturday 19th October 2019
Sittingbourne Football Club
The Martin & Conley Stadium,
, Andrew Marjeram (Non Exec).
M Edward Lucas (Mens First
& Lynne Lucas
SITTINGBOURNE V HYTHE TOWN
SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2019, KO 3.00 PM
Manager: Chris Lynch
Ast Manager: Darren Blackburn
Coach: Josh Hall,
Physio: Marc Wheeler
Kit Manager: Warren Chambers
Team Assistant: Harry Chambers
Manager: Steve Watt
Assistant Manager: Nathan Elder
Coach: Paul Booth
Kitman: Mick Putman
Physio: Shannon McEvoy
Referee: Craig Pullen (Romford)
Assistants: Simon Bell (Spalding), Liam Giles (Romford)
Johan Caney Bryan
Good afternoon everyone. Welcome to Woodstock Park.
Our visitors are Hythe Town. Welcome to their players, officials and supporters. A welcome also to
today’s match officials.
Amongst the players in the Hythe Town squad are two ex Brickies, Jamie Coyle who made 105 appearances
for us, many as captain, has recently joined Hythe after a period as Dartford FC manager.
Jamie left us just after the 2011-12 season started to join Richard Brady at leatherhead.
Hythe had a difficult start to the season and after not having the results they felt they should have had
changed managers. Ex Margate manager Steve Watt was appointed to replace ex Herne Bay manager,
Sam Denly. Steve then appointed Nathan Elder as Assistant manager, a post, he of course,
held with us. Steve was previously manager at Margate.
On Saturday, Hythe were beaten in the Buildbase FA Trophy by Hastings United. We have drawn
Tooting & Mitcham at home next Saturday (26 th ) in the first qualifying round of the Trophy. A difficult
task as Tooting & Mitcham, as I write these notes, have not lost a league match and are joint top of
the Isthmian South-Central Division.
Our Trophy match at home to another Isthmian South-Central side, South Park was a hard-fought affair.
Played in very wet conditions it was never going to be a classic game of football. However, all
those present saw two committed sides give their all in an entertaining game. Full marks to the referee
who was willing to talk to an Assistant after South Park scored a “goal” after a player took a free
kick but touched the ball twice.
On Tuesday we played the first and as it turned out, last Kent Senior Cup tie of the season. Our opponents
were Ramsgate who we beat away when Nick Davis was in charge. Since then another ex
Brickie, Jason Lillis, has taken over. His was a much changed team for this match. It was a hard
fought match but one we were generally in control of. Two early goals, one for each side was the result
at the end of 90 minutes. Ramsgate got the better of the penalty shoot out to go through to the
Enjoy the game!
From the Programme Editor
The programme this week has all the regulars plus the three series of articles that we have
been running which are Paul Martin’s special games, the history of programmes and Grant Wilbur’s
scrapbook—this week he looks back to this month in 1995 when John Ryan’s side played
Worcester City and Burton Albion in the Beazer Homes Premier Division. The side featured
such names as Efrem Ebbli, Lee McRobert and many more that a lot of you will remember.
How life ebbs and flows, Worcester City are now in the Midlands Football league, a step below
us in the pyramid, whilst Burton Albion of course are in the EFL league one.
I don’t remember going to either ground however the Sittingbourne FC website under the archive
section, includes my reporting on two games v Worcester City, the first on 15th December
1997 and the second on 14th March 1998, both at Central Park. We lost the first 0-1 and
drew the second 0-0 when we were both in danger of relegation. Lots of Archive games going
back to 1996 are on the website archive although with many changes of web hosts some links
no longer work and those reports appear to be lost...although I am looking for them.
I’ll be on holiday when you read this (shocking I know) and as I went last Sunday I didn't see the
Ramsgate game either. Certainly plenty of disappointment at Ramsgate that under Nick Davis
they struggled, even though (if the stories are true) their budget is high for this step of non
league football. The problem is of course that more often than not high budgets can’t be sustained
and there are other clubs, namely Billericay Town, who must be at risk after the money
men leave. At least we have no money Men (or Women) so that shouldn’t happen to us.
If you haven’t done so then you should read our Chairman Mo’s update that is on the website.
There are some interesting developments going on behind the scenes that could be promising
,however those of us who have been around the club for a long time know that you can’t
count your chickens before they hatch.
Finally I do urge you to come along to our Q & A with our Men’s first team manager Chris
Lynch together with a race night. Proceeds will go the club and one of our youth players, Charlie
Taylor, who is fighting a recurrence of Leukemia.
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Hythe 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 runners-up 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 high-profile 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
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.
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.
The 2010/11 season was possibly the most successful in the history of the club, with Scott Porter
and 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.
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.
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 2015-6 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 playoffs
for a second time. Defeat followed at Worthing in the semi-final. The club ended just outside
the play-off zone the following season.
The club parted company with manager Clive Cook in January 2018 as ex-Herne Bay manager
Sam Denly arrived to take his place. Again, we ended up just outside the play off places in
2018/2019. However, a poor start to 2019/2020 led to the departure of Sam Denly to be replaced
by former Margate manager Steve Watt.
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Sittingbourne FC—Mens 1st Team Squad
Tom Benham: Goalkeeper. Joined Sittingbourne at the beginning of the 2019-2020
season Ex-perienced keeper who has also played for Faversham Town and
Sponsor: sponsored by Andy H Carpet Fitters
Jordan Perrin: Goalkeeper: Jordan joined Wigan Athletic and spent 2 years in their
under 18's squad before signing professional terms as an apprentice ahead of the
2016-17 season. To gain experience he was loaned out to Stockport Town and then
in October 2018 to FC Utd of Manchester. Jordan Joined the Brickies in September
Sponsor: sponsored by Andy H Carpet Fitters
Chris Webber: Defender. Club Captain. Joined Sittingbourne from Canterbury City
at the be-ginning of 2017-18 season. Has also played for Billericay and Faversham
Sponsor: The Bonus Ball
Lex Allan: Defender. 6’ 7” Lex was spotted playing in local football and offered a trial
with Sit-tingbourne. It soon became clear that he had great potential. This potential
has been spotted by a number of scouts and Lex was invited to play in trial matches
and he has not looked out of place in the company of more experienced players.
Ben Fitchett: Defender. Joined Sittingbourne FC for this season from Margate. Ben
has also played for Hythe Town.
Jason Fregene: Defender. Joined Sittingbourne at the beginning of the 2019-20
season. Last season he played for Holland & Blair and has also played for
Gravesham Borough and Whitsta-ble Town. Whilst at Holland & Blair he won the
Players player of the year award.
Caleb Roberts: Defender. Made a very impressive debut for Sittingbourne in the
away league win at Ramsgate at the beginning of the 2019-20 season. His previous
club was Canvey Island.
Lewis Chambers: Midfield, Lewis signed for the Brickies in March 2018. He
impressed right from his first game for the club. He has played for Maidstone United
youth. Has a very long throw.
Chris Barnard: Midfield. Signed for us last season from Margate. He was with the
Dover Ath-letic academy before then and has also played for Faversham Town.
Izzy Adebayo: Midfield. Previous club was Faversham Town. Has also played for
South Park and Tilbury.
Cory Walters-Wright: Midfield. Made his debut for Sittingbourne in the first game of
the 2019-20 season at Whitstable Town. Cory has previously played for Canterbury
City, Chatham Town and Sheppey United.
Sittingbourne FC—Mens 1st Team Squad
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 the2017-18 season he has shown that he
has lost none of his skill and enthusiasm. Out injured at the moment after having a knee operation.
Tommie Fagg: Midfield / Forward. A 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 the 2018-19 season.
Liam Middleton: Forward. Joined Sittingbourne in January 2019. Previously played for Canterbury
Emmanuelle N’Daw: Defence / Midfield Joined Sittingbourne for this season. Emmanuelle is
versatile player who can play in right defence or midfield. Has played youth football for Blackpool
FC but was included in tow pre-season friendlies under the then manager Ian Holloway’s
regime. Also played for Redbridge FC.
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.
Kane Phillip: Forward. Kane is in his second spell with us. Kane has also played for Herne Bay
Enock Adjei: Forward. Joined Sittingbourne at the beginning of the 2019-20 season from The
Arsenal Development side. He has been captain of SCEFL Welling Town and also played for
Millwall and Thamesmead.
Shaun Brown: Forward. Shaun joined the Brickies at the beginning of the 2019-2020 season.
Powerful players who scored for fun when with SCEFL side Corinthian.
Josh Oliver. Midfield: Joined Sittingbourne at the beginning of the 2019-20 season. Promising
youngster who completed a 3 year scholarship at the FAB academy, National Sports Centre,
Sid Sollis. Forward: Sid joined Sittingbourne in September 2019. Sid started his career as a
youth with Tonbridge Angels and has played for Leicester City's under 23's, Margate, Whyteleafe,
Ashford Utd (loan from Margate,), Sevenoaks Town (loan from Margate), East Grinstead
Town and Hythe Town after a brief spell out of the game. Proven goal scorer. Sid is on
joint terms with Canterbury City
Adam Woolcott: Adam has recently signed for us from Hythe Town.
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17 Aug 2019
20 Aug 2019
24 Aug 2019
26 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
03 Sept 2019
07 Sept 2019
14 Sept 2019
17 Sept 2019
21 Sept 2019
24 Sept 2019
12 Oct 2019
15 Oct 2019
19 Oct 2019
22 Oct 2019
26 Oct 2019
02 Nov 2019
05 Nov 2019
09 Nov 2019
12 Nov 2019
16 Nov 2019
23 Nov 2019
30 Nov 2019
03 Dec 2019
07 Dec 2019
14 Dec 2019
26 Dec 2019
28 Dec 2019
04 Jan 2020
11 Jan 2020
18 Jan 2020
25 Jan 2020
01 Feb 2020
04 Feb 2020
08 Feb 2020
15 Feb 2020
22 Feb 2020
29 Feb 2020
07 Mar 2020
14 Mar 2020
21 Mar 2020
28 Mar 2020
04 Apr 2020
11 Apr 2020
13 Apr 2020
18 Apr 2020
25 Apr 2020
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Saturday 26th October.
Buildbase FA Trophy, 1st Qualifying Round
TOOTING & MITCHAM UTD
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+ = Own Goal
# = Sent Off
1,2,3, etc after players name = goals scored
* = Subs used and players substituted
** = Sub was Substituted
£ = Won on penalties
& = Lost on Pens
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Haylock, Hume, Clarke, Saunders,
Strouts, Matthews, Blondrage, Beard,
Collinson, McRobert. Subs used:
This week in 1995 Sittingbourne had to
make two long journeys, the first to
Worcester City and the second to Burton
Albion hoping to get at least a point in
each of the Beazer Homes Premier
At Worcester City Sittingbourne manager
John Ryan tried a 4-5-1 formation against
a team sitting in second place.
two goals down
within thirteen minutes
strikes by striker
S m i t h .
just Lee McRobert up front never really
looked like scoring.
In the 59th minute Whitehurst scored
again with a near post header then nine
minutes later midfielder Cottrill fired a
shot past Ebbli from the edge of the
penalty area. Sittingbourne did improve
following the introduction of substitutes
Buglione and Ullathorne but were unable
All things considered the match against
Burton Albion was a very disappointing
affair for the Brickies who slumped to
their seventh defeat in ten games and it
was also their third successive game
without a goal.
Sittingbourne deserved at least a point
but their inability to score goals coupled
with their ability to concede them meant
they got nothing from the game. The 7th
minute goal from Hadley who scored
after a corner ball was touched on and he
raced in scored from close range.
chances and the 4-
seemed to work
better for them however,
McRobert and Lee
couldn’t get the ball
in the net. Substitute Martin Buglione
replaced Thompson and looked likely to
score at times however failed to do so.
Sittingbourne: Ebbli, Strouts, Clarke,
Beard, Saunders, Daniels, Hume,
Blondrage, Ullathorne, McRobert,
Thompson. Subs: Buglione, Searle.
Next up was a home game against fourth
placed Leek Town. Could this be the turning
The defeat meant Sittingbourne
remained third from bottom with 7 points
from 9 games. Sittingbourne: Ebbli,
Paul Martin—Special Games Part 3
Rye United 5 Guernsey 6 - FA Vase 2012/13
I first visited Rye United in 2000 when they beat Crockenhill 5-2 in the Kent County League. It
was a very attractive, if basic ground, “The Salts”, in the shadow of the town. In 2010, the pavilion
and changing rooms were destroyed in a fire and rebuilt two years later. By
this time Rye United were back in the Sussex County League.
Guernsey had only formed the previous season, joining the Combined
Counties League. I had already seen Guernsey defeat Erith Town 4-3 in an
earlier Vase game which didn’t finish until gone 6pm, if I remember correctly,
because of a serious injury. Guernsey were so impressive that day and
it was a must to take in the FA Vase 4 th Round game at Rye. The programme
mentions that neither side is usually shy in front of goal!
What do I remember about the game?
There was a recording of “Sussex By The Sea” played as the teams lined up. I had to make a
dash to the public car park at full-time to top up my hours (probably illegal) and, of course there
was extra time and 11 goals.
A crowd of 246 plus a number of TV crews watched Rye take an early 2-0 lead but Ross Allen
scored twice for Guernsey before the break. 3-3 at full-time, 4-4 at the end of the first period of
extra time and although Rye took the lead in the 108 th minute Guernsey still managed to score
twice before the end.
Rye United folded at the end of the following season but I understand a new club, Rye Town,
now plays on the ground.
Bolton Wanderers 3 Swansea City 0 - October 1972 & Bury 0 Swansea City 1 – November 1978
As these clubs are currently in the news I have added them to this article. It appears that Bolton Wanderers
are “safe” at least for the foreseeable future. Sadly Bury have been expelled from the EFL. I
think Bury supporters should take heart from the past. I am pretty certain that they will reform at a
lower level and their supporters will have the joys of Non-League football as they climb the pyramid
and make many new friends.
These are my only visits to Burnden Park and to Gigg Lane. I have not (yet) managed to get to the
Reebok (or whatever it is now called). Perhaps I will still get a chance (at time of writing). Weirdly,
both these games were against Swansea City in Division 3 – just coincidence.
I was working in Manchester for a week in October 1972 and staying fairly close to Prestwich Heys
ground. On the Wednesday night, the only football option was a train to Bolton for the evening kick
off. Bolton were lying in second place in Division 3 and went on to be Champions. Swansea City occupied
bottom spot at the time and were well beaten. They were relegated to Division 4 at the end of
My visit to Bury is clouded in mystery. I think I was on a short speedway tour of the North West and
took in the game as a forerunner of a meeting at Belle Vue in the evening. Bury were 22 nd in the table
while Swansea City were 2 nd and went on to be promoted in 3 rd Place. Bury avoided relegation. I remember
nothing about this game although Swansea City were particularly strong that season with the
likes of Leighton Phillips, Tommy Smith, Phil Boersma, Alan Curtis and John Toshack as player
John Clarke IBF / BSF President
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
Everybody’s Doing It in the 1920’s
Programme issuing by clubs and associations became the norm in the 1920’s, resulting from the
example shown by those clubs whose pre-Great War programmes had proved to be good
sellers, and significant profit makers. Another reason for the explosion of issues was the widespread
provision of “Half Time Scoreboards” around football grounds.
In the days before radio coverage and teletext, football crowds had to rely on the “half times”
from other grounds being displayed on enormous fixed boards (either at the back of the terracing
or at the trackside), to ascertain how rivals were faring. The only means of deciphering the mixture
of letters and numbers was to refer to the coded list of fixtures printed in the match programme.
In this way, the programme had evolved from being a means of identification of players
to being a vehicle for even more spectator information.
Part of the sudden upsurge in programme production was the virtual doubling of the size of the
Football League in the early 1920’s, by the formation of Division 3 North and the transfer of clubs
from the Southern League to form Division 3 South. Thus we have the first regular issue of programmes
from Rochdale in 1922/23, Halifax Town in 1921/22 and such long forgotten ex-League
clubs as Wigan Borough and Stalybridge Celtic (both 1921/22) and Nelson (1924/25). Of clubs to
join the League in subsequent years, York City issued an 8-page programme in 1924/25 in the
Midland League, and Torquay United first issued (starting with FA Cup ties) in 1923/24.
Chelsea, host club of the 1920, 1921, and 1922 FA Cup Finals, set a fine example by publishing
the first truly official, and substantial, FA Cup Final programmes. Featuring classical sketches by
Bernhard Hugh on the cover, these were 24, 20 and 8-page programmes respectively, the last
bearing a very close resemblance to the standard Chelsea programme of the inter-war years.
The 1920’s was the decade in which football programme production became the norm throughout
the Football League, and for all major non-league clubs, and it was also the era in which programmes
adopted the format we associate with them today. Henceforth, match programmes
would be multi-page, stapled, liberally filled with advertisements and including as a minimum;
team selections, fixtures/results, league tables, half-time scoreboard and editorial.
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Match Report—By Tony Rickson
Tuesday, 17th September 2019
BetVictor Isthmian League South East Division
Ashford United (1) 2 (Smith 7, 90+2) Sittingbourne
(1) 1 (Caney-Bryan (pen) 33)
With 90 minutes played, battling Sittingbourne
were on the brink of becoming the first team to
take a point off old rivals Ashford in the league
But they’ve developed a habit over the last
couple of years of conceding late goals, and
Ashford stunned them two minutes into added
time with a dramatic winner.
To rub salt into the wounds, the goalscorer,
with his second of the night, was David Smith,
who was given his first chance at this level of
football by Sittingbourne.
That’s three defeats on the trot for the Brickies,
who at least fought well throughout and
defended stubbornly, restricting the home side
to very few clear-cut chances in the second
half even though they didn’t enjoy a lot of possession
For this second local derby in four days, Sittingbourne
made just one change from the
team that lost at Faversham on Saturday, Johan
Caney-Bryan replacing top scorer Roman
Campbell, whose one month loan from Gillingham
has now expired.
But they changed formations, with Ben Fitchett
moving from midfield to a back three, and
later to right-back in a more conventional fourman
defence, while Kane Phillip moved upfront
to provide a double spearhead with
Ashford started confidently and were a goal
up in no time when a seemingly misplaced
header went behind the Sittingbourne back
three and Smith poached the goal. He looked
as if he might have been offside but nothing
On a zippy artificial surface it was a much
quicker game than Saturday’s and, and after
not seeing much of the ball for the first 15
minutes, Sittingbourne began to play their way
into the game.
It was an impressive recovery from that early
blow, and after Tommie Fagg had threatened
the Ashford goal with a long-range shot, they
equalised just after the half-hour.
Fitchett found Caney-Bryan with a great pass
down the right and as his cross came in, Phillip
was shoved over as he charged in on goal.
Caney-Bryan converted the penalty with no
Lex Allan, a giant in defence and always a
threat when going forward for set pieces, almost
got on the end of a Chris Barnard freekick
and Sittingbourne ended the half feeling
they’d done a good job to get back in the
game so well.
They were dangerous in breakaways in the
second half, too, often prompted by Fagg from
a deeper role than usual, and Jason Fregene
had a shot deflected just wide, Allan almost
forced a corner in and Lewis Chambers had a
shot blocked as he tore forward in a superb
To be fair, Ashford had plenty of the ball, but
they didn’t get much joy with aerial challenges
in the box, and Sittingbourne looked to be
holding out for what would have been a very
hard-earned but deserved point.
When Smith blazed a free-kick out of the
ground late on, it looked as though Ashford’s
final chance was going with it, but they conjured
up a winning goal in added time to break
Sittingbourne left a gap down the left of their
defence for an overlapping full-back to race
into and his low cross was converted at close
range by the predatory Smith.
Things aren’t going Sittingbourne’s way at the
moment, but manager Chris Lynch promised
his team would never be found lacking in effort
and passion, and they gave it their all only
to come up just short.
After four successive away games, it will be
nice to get back to Woodstock on Saturday
when visitors Guernsey will fly in to present a
different sort of challenge altogether.
Ashford United: Sam Mott, Jerald Aboagye,
Jake McIntyre, Danny Walder (Yellow card)
(Levi Gold, 84 min), Josh Wisson, Mohammed
Kamara, Hassan Ibrahiym, Lee Prescott (Zak
Henry, 70 min), Jay May, David Smith (Theo
Osinfolarin, 90+3 min), Tashi-Jay Kwayle.
Subs not used: Ramell Lake, Lee Hook.
Sittingbourne: Tom Benham, Ben Fitchett,
Jason Fregene, Lewis Chambers (Yellow
card) (Liam Middleton, 90+3 min), Lex Allan,
Cory Walters-Wright, Abdel N’Daw (Enoch
Ako-Adjei, 70 min), Tommie Fagg, Johan
Caney-Bryan, Chris Barnard, Kane Phillip
(Festus Lori, 81 min).
Subs not used: Lewis West, Josh Oliver.
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Sittingbourne (0) 0 Guernsey (0) 1 (Skillen 90)
Oh no, not again. That’s three times in the last
four games that Sittingbourne have conceded
crucial late goals.
It cost them a win against East Grinstead, a hardearned
point at Ashford on Tuesday night when
the home team won it in the 92nd minute, and
now a draw against Guernsey in a match they
should have won easily.
All this means that since last March, Sittingbourne
have won just once in 15 league games.
It’s a long time since home fans saw the team get
three points, but despite the hard dry pitch, despite
the sun beating down, despite Guernsey enjoying
a good start to their season, despite this
being a very young Sittingbourne side, this was
the day to do it.
Sittingbourne had chances galore, but good as
their approach work was at times, their finishing
just never matched it. And when they got anxious
about it in the second half, they took the wrong
option too many times, players shooting when a
pass was on to a better-placed colleague.
It’s easy to criticise from the sidelines, and of
course all the players were doing their best, but
when you’ve got four breaking against two defenders,
the best way to get through is to pass
rather than hold onto the ball too long and dribble
Guernsey, who only just escaped relegation at
the end of last season, came into the match on an
excellent run of just one defeat in six games
played. And that’s despite long days and plenty of
airport-waiting, playing all of them here on the
mainland as their home ground is having work
done on it.
Sittingbourne were without the injured Lewis
Chambers, joining a long list of players out injured
or unavailable, and left out Emmanuel N’Daw and
Kane Phillip from the team that lost at Ashford. In
came Festus Lori, Liam Middleton and Josh Oliver,
who showed a lot of potential and dazzling
footwork in his full league debut.
Guernsey have very definite patterns of play,
passing the ball round at the back before launching
long balls forward, but their three-man back
line always looked as if it could be caught out by
Sittingbourne made a promisingly effective start,
and after 12 minutes, Johan Caney-Bryan
thrashed a shot against the inside of the post
from Lex Allan’s headed pass.
Caney-Bryan, who worked hard throughout and
held the ball up well, got clear down the middle
but shot wide and Oliver also missed the target
from a good position.
Into the second half and Caney-Bryan couldn’t
quite stretch enough to get in an accurate header
from Tom Fagg’s cross as Sittingbourne again
took control of the game.
Chances followed, in fact they flowed, but the
Guernsey keeper rushed out to make good saves
from Caney-Bryan and sub Kane Phillip, Fagg
had two shots that were saved comfortably, and
Oliver couldn’t get on target with opportunities he
created for himself.
Guernsey seemed content to style it out, breaking
only very occasionally, though when they did Tom
Benham was forced to make a couple of good
It looked as if Sittingbourne were going to miss
out on three points that seemed to have been
there for the taking, but the game had a bitter
twist in its tail.
Guernsey always come to play football but they
were rather too quick to go down towards the
end, and I thought the free-kick that led to their
90th minute goal was a poor decision.
But it was right out wide near the halfway line and
should have been defended. The ball got into the
six-yard area, though, and was scuffed back for
sub Skillen to shoot into the far corner and send
the away team off celebrating.
Harsh on Sittingbourne but it’s a tough old game,
football, and the team who dominates doesn’t always
win matches. They now have a fortnight’s
break from league action to put this defeat behind
them and bounce back for the rest of the season
–there’s a long way to go yet.
Sittingbourne: Tom Benham, Ben Fitchett (Lewis
West, 72 min), Jason Fregene, Tom Fagg, Lex
Allan, Cory Walters-Wright, Liam Middleton, Chris
Barnard (Yellow card), Johan Caney-Bryan
(Emmanuel N’Daw, 66 min), Joshua Oliver, Festus
Lori (Kane Phillip, 52 min). Sub not used: Declan
Guernsey: Callum Stanton, Frank Tobin, Jamie
Dodd (Yellow card), Thomas Dodds (Charlton
Gauvain, 32 min), Thomas Strawbridge, Harry
Tobin, Liam Mahon (Sebastian Skillen, 71 min),
Kieran Mahon, Will Fazakerley, Ross Allen, Carlos
Canha (Alex Scott, 67 min). Subs not used:
Thomas De La Mere, Keanu Marsh.
Referee: Mr Ian Fissenden; Assistants: Mr Howard
Collins, Mr Billy Woods.
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