Tony Rickson Reports:
Wednesday 31st July 2019
By Tony Rickson
Sittingbourne 1 ( Caney-Bryan (pen) 1 mins)
Canterbury City 2
Referee: Joe McKay, Assistants: Joe Dan-Pye, Ben Fuller.
Sittingbourne: Tom Benham, Jack Smith, Jason Fregene, Lex
Allan, Josh Spencer, Tyrone Guthrie, Harrison Pont, ?, Chris Barnard, Tom
Fagg, Johan Caney-Bryan, Cory Walker-Wright, Lewis West, Chris Webber, Kane
Phillip, Liam Middleton, Festus Lori.
Photographs from the game by Ken Medwyn
Sittingbourne continued their pre-season build-up on
Wednesday night, losing to a second half penalty as a busy July ended with their
They raced into a first minute lead when Johan
Caney-Bryan confidently converted from the penalty spot but Canterbury were
level within two minutes, a route one goal ending with a cross from the left
headed in from close range.
Canterbury, who reached the semi-finals of the national
FA Vase competition at the end of last season, proved competitive and organised
opponents throughout an even first half.
They ended the half by hitting the bar, and took a 52nd
minute lead when Wilson scored from the penalty spot after Cory Walters Wright
was penalised for his tackle.
Sittingbourne had most of the rest of the play, going
closest when Caney-Bryan smashed his shot against keeper Mant after breaking
clear and when Chris Barnard seemed to be fouled as he was about to score from
close range in a goalmouth scramble.
Players returning from last season such as Tom Fagg and
Lex Allan worked hard for Sittingbourne, who changed six of their starting
line-up in the second half and are still working on who will be in
the team when the season starts for real in a couple of weeks times.
Canterbury were the third South East Counties League side
Sittingbourne have failed to beat in pre-season, but results aren’t important at
this stage – all that really matters is getting a strong, fit, organised and
motivated team fully prepared for the first game of the season, at Whitstable on