Wednesday, 15 February 2017

FINAL SCORE: SITTINGBOURNE 2 HERNE BAY 2

HERNE BAY - HOME / RYMAN LEAGUE DIV 1 SOUTH

FINAL SCORE: SITTINGBOURNE 2 HERNE BAY 2

PLAYED 14TH FEBRUARY 2017

Not much love around on Valentine’s Day as these Kent rivals battled – and that was the right word at times – for the points.
Despite handing out nine cards, and not always for the worst fouls it seemed, the referee struggled for much of the time to control the match.
He infuriated Herne Bay by reducing them to 10 men in the first half and after that almost every decision was questioned and argued over.
So what should have been a night to remember for Sittingbourne legend Hicham Akhazzan as he scored his 100th goal for the club will probably stick in the mind for all the wrong reasons.
Sittingbourne gave a debut in defence to Jardel Bunda-Kamara, who put in a mature performance, and up front after a gap of at least 18 months David Abe returned and he worked hard all night.
Bay started the stronger and Sittingbourne ‘old boy’ Mark Lovell put a free header wide in the first minute.
With goalkeeper Simon Overland on the ground, Sittingbourne were rescued by Jono Richardson clearing off the line in the 12th minute but Bay maintained the attack and Williams shot them ahead with a low drive into the far corner.
Sittingbourne responded and a magnificent through ball by Josh Wisson put Abe clear on goal in the 25th minute, but he was brought down by Sayer as he prepared to shoot.
It looked a clear penalty and the referee gave it, as well as bravely sending off Sayer for the foul, all under enormous pressure from the Bay players.
Akhazzan, though, struck the penalty against the post and what followed until half-time was an unsavoury 20 minutes with fouls all over the pitch.
The worst – in my opinion, though it somehow didn’t merit a yellow card – was on Connor Wilkins which left him with stud marks up the length of his thigh. Plenty of bottle shown by him to carry on after treatment.





Sittingbourne had obviously talked at half-time about the wisdom of moving the ball about up against 10 men and they took control of the match.
With just 10 minutes of the half played, Wilkins closed in from the right and when the ball fell loose, Akhazzan swept it first time into the corner from the edge of the box for the equaliser.
He celebrated by sprinting to his Dad, and having seen virtually all the 100 goals he’s got in his remarkable 10-year service to the club, I would say this was as sweetly struck as nearly any of them.
The momentum was truly with Sittingbourne now and they went ahead on 76 minutes when Akhazzan and Wisson both had shots blocked and Akhazzan then kept his cool to play it across the goal where courageous youngster Wilkins raced in to stab it over the line.
Overland made a couple of good saves as Bay tried to rally but surely Sittingbourne would be able to see it out, even though they’ve been vulnerable to losing leads late in games previously this season.
It all got a bit silly as the referee started flourishing cards for players rolling the ball back to where a free-kick should have been taken, yet ignoring blatant fouls.
But there was nothing silly about Bay’s 90th minute equaliser, a beautifully-struck free-kick by Turner from 25 yards that somehow got past the defensive wall and in at the far post.
Bay probably deserved a point for their resilience, while Sittingbourne will be kicking themselves for not seeing out the game safely to the end.
What a learning curve, though, for the promising young players they’ve been able to bring on this season, proving to them you’ve got to be tough and brave at times to complement all their obvious skills and potential.
Tony Rickson

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Today in case you hadn't noticed all the supermarket displays, is Valentine's Day. It is also the day of the Kent derby between Sittingbourne and Herne Bay. This presents something of a lover's dilemma: Romance v Football. 
So, you go on a guilt trip and stay at home. Cupid is present but, as background noise in plenty of households. One of you wants some sweet, sweet lovin' whilst the other keeps checking the score on Football Webpages. Well, we have a solution. Well another year and its time to think about that night out for Valentine day we have a offer for you guys and girls bring your partner along to the match on Tuesday night and they come in for free
PLEASE NOTE SITTINGBORUNE FC IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FOLLOWING DIVORCE

Monday, 13 February 2017

Did you know

Did you know If you had bought a Family season ticket for this year and just come to the 23 home league games it would have cost you . £6.52 for a whole family of 4. thats 2 adults 2 children £1.63 a game just think the days out you could have had with your kids why not look in to a season ticket for next year and save money

Valentine's Day

Tuesday, in case you hadn't noticed all the supermarket displays, is Valentine's Day. It is also the day of the Kent derby between Sittingbourne and Herne Bay. This presents something of a lover's dilemma: Romance v Football.
So, you go on a guilt trip and stay at home. Cupid is present but, as background noise in plenty of households. One of you wants some sweet, sweet lovin' whilst the other keeps checking the score on Football Webpages. Well, we have a solution. Well another year and its time to think about that night out for Valentine day we have a offer for you guys and girls bring your partner along to the match on Tuesday night and they come in for free
PLEASE NOTE SITTINGBORUNE FC IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FOLLOWING DIVORCE

Sunday, 12 February 2017

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So Guys and Girls link to the 3 all match from the other Tuesday

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TOOTING & MITCHAM UTD - AWAY / RYMAN LEAGUE DIV 1 SOUTH

Sittingbourne’s two most recent games proved what we probably knew all along – that they’re too good for the teams below them and not good enough to beat the teams at the top.
Having comfortably seen off strugglers Chatham on Monday night, they went down to goals in the middle of each half by Ryman South leaders Tooting & Mitcham.
Having said that, Sittingbourne put up a brave and determined fight, and the two goals they did concede were both soft.
Tooting, with the best home record in the division, passed the ball around well, looked confident and organised, and for them they probably went home thinking it was simply a case of job done.
But it wasn’t one of those games where they were pummelling the goal and creating chance after chance, though admittedly they did hit the post twice in their best spell of the game early in the second half.
Sittingbourne can take a lot of consolation from the way they performed, and, after all, they’ve picked up enough points already this season to have secured a more than respectable mid-table position.
They were forced to make two changes for this trip to a chilly South London, with Jake Embery injured and Stefan Wright having surprisingly moved on to promotion-chasing Greenwich Borough.
With Josh Wisson showing what an all-rounder he is by taking over Embery’s role up front – think we were all wondering who was left to take on that job – Sittingbourne started well.
With plenty of reassuring support from their noisy fans, they were holding up well when Tooting were gifted a very poor goal to concede.
A long lump upfield fell between central defenders Jack Steventon and Jono Richardson, who otherwise had very good games, and as they hesitated, Tooting’s Dixon nipped in and just beat the advancing Simon Overland to the ball to roll it into the empty net.
Tooting were dangerous on the break but Sittingbourne recovered well from the setback and Tom Carlse swept the ball right across the goalmouth from Hicham Akhazzan’s pass without anyone getting a touch and when it came back in Connor Wilkins volleyed just wide.
Tooting twice hit the post early in the second half, with Overland just scraping the ball off the line as one of the chances bounced along towards the far post, but Sittingbourne were far from out of the game.
At the other end Wilkins couldn’t quite stretch enough to divert in Joe Loft’s cross and Akhazzan surprisingly wasted a golden chance when the ball fell invitingly to him on the edge of the area and he blazed it just over the far corner.
Worse followed for Akhazzan just a couple of minutes later as, helping out the defence, he was penalised for catching the ankles of a Tooting player who was running away from the goal. Such a soft penalty but Wilson blasted it home for 2-0.
Still Sittingbourne pushed on and the Tooting keeper had to touch over an Akhazzan cross as it headed into the goal, and from the resulting corner Akhazzan bounced the ball on top of the bar. And into injury time Wisson headed just wide from a cross by debut-making sub Jason Ngandu.
All in all, a decent, committed effort by Sittingbourne but it was Tooting who went home with the points to stay six clear at the top and on their way to the title.
Tony Rickson
Photographs by Ken Medwyn