Tony Rickson Reports:
Bostik League South East Division
Whitstable Town (1) 2 (Stannard 33, Wright 54)
Sittingbourne (0) 1 (Babbington 57)
Dan Eason, Stuart West, Harry Brown, Jordan Wright
(Nick Treadwell, 84 min),
Rob Gillman, Thomas Bryant (Yellow card),
Connor Saunders, James Morrish,
Harry Stannard (James Trueman, 88 min),
Stephen Smith (Ricky Freeman, 80
min), Miles Cornwell. Subs not used:
Taylor Fisher, John Walker.
Sittingbourne: Patrick Lee, Chris Webber, Kwasi
Amoah (Henry Woods, 45
min), Jack Morrell, Harry Barkaway, Lewis Chambers
(Yellow card), Izzy
Adebayo (Johan Caney-Bryan, 31 min), Chris Barnard,
Billy Lewins, Timmy Babbington (Liam Middleton, 71 min).
Subs not used:
Rob Lofting, Franklin Phipps.
Referee: Isaac Searle. Assistants: Christopher
Price, Andrew Simmonds.
When a well-struck corner doesn’t even reach
the penalty area then you
know the wind is playing havoc with a game.
when all three goals float over the keeper and go in at the far
post, well …
again, you know the way the wind’s blowing.
Yes, the ferocious Whitstable
wind spoiled this game, making it much
scrappier then it could have been.
But then again it was the same for both sides and the home team battled
that bit harder to ignore the conditions and stop their opponents
Lots of energy, commitment and battling has been Chris Lynch’s basic
from his team but for once Sittingbourne came up a bit short.
well enough – both Whitstable goals were long shots – but
in the end they
suffered just their second defeat in eight games, and
were beaten for the
first time in an away game after four wins on the
was drafted in for his debut in the back four with Tommy
Fagg away, and
Billy Lewins was preferred to Henry Woods after a couple
It was such a windy day down by the seaside that
football was never
going to be easy and the loyal Sittingbourne fans made
short work of any
traffic difficulties by immediately getting behind their
They even had a special song as he warmed up for Whitstable sub Nick
Treadwell, who was once a Sittingbourne favourite, but it was another
ex-Brickie, Miles Cornwell, who headed wide a great early chance for his
team after a swift build-up.
Sittingbourne didn’t show much in the opening
getting forward for Chris Webber to hit a low shot
wide and Tim
Babbington to shoot straight at the keeper from a good
Whitstable continued to win plenty of the ball without looking too
dangerous, but took the lead after 33 minutes when Stannard hit a
speculative left-foot shot from 25 yards and it seemed to hold up enough
the wind to sneak in high off the far post.
Sittingbourne needed to hold on
till half-time and then regroup, which
is what they did, coming out with
renewed vigour and a three-man
defence to try to wrest the game back.
They had a good chance with a free-kick for handball just outside the
penalty area but Roman Campbell couldn’t it get beyond the wall.
seemed content to hold on to their 1-0 lead but they fluked a
second on 54
minutes when Wright looked to be crossing to the far post
from out on the
left and the ball sailed over Patrick Lee and into the
Sittingbourne knuckled down to the fight and soon pulled a goal back
Babbington cut in from the left, dummied the covering defender, and
the furthest part of the goal with a well-aimed shot, his third
goal in four
Whitstable were happy to respond by looking for the odd counter-attack
and Cornwell twice got clean on goal, but Lee saved well the first time
and the other one he shot wide.
Without playing much fluent football, fair
enough given the conditions,
and without getting much in the way of 50-50
decisions from the referee,
Sittingbourne mounted some pretty invigorating
The home side somehow survived a couple of scrambles in their
area and then keeper Eason made the decisive save of the match,
himself to his left to keep out Campbell’s shot on the turn in
So Whitstable completed a 2-1 double over Sittingbourne this
season – an
important result for them given their precarious position and
they’d only won once previously since Christmas.
Sittingbourne, their winning run was going to come to a halt at some
and for a young team packed with decent and skilful players, this
going to be their sort of match.
Their next away game, away to Greenwich
Borough in a fortnight, now
looms as pretty important to make sure the gap
between themselves and
the bottom of the league stays as wide it is now.
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