Saturday, 2nd March 2019
By Tony Rickson
Bostik League South East Division
Sittingbourne (2) 3
(Babbington 12, Chambers 33, Lewins 73) Faversham Town (0) 1 (Bourne 53),
Sittingbourne: Patrick Lee, Chris Webber, Jack Morrell,
Tommie Fagg, Ben Fitchett, Lewis Chambers, Izzy Adebayo (Abdel Ndew, 73 min),
Chris Barnard (Yellow card), Roman Campbell, Henry Woods (Khalil McFarlane, 79
min), Timmie Babbington (Billy Lewins, 68 min, Yellow card). Subs not used: Kwase Amoah, Matt Funnell.
Faversham Town: Will Godmon, Danny Devine, Donvieve
Jones, Danny Walder (Yellow card), Matt Bourne (Yellow card), Ryan Huckle, Liam
King, Dan Carrington (Luke Griffiths, 53 min), David Cook (Charlie Owen, 76
min), George Monger, Ashley Miller. Sub not used: Harry Day.
Referee: Simon Finnigan. Assistants: Joshua Smith,
Photographs by Glen Parkes
Sittingbourne’s biggest home gate of the season saw them
battle their way to victory over their nearest neighbours and chalk up a fourth
This wasn’t like the previous three wins. East Grinstead
was all about determinedly fighting back from behind, VCD about dominating from
the off and then defiantly holding on, and Three Bridges was just a total
But this was a more even sort of game, and ended up all
about taking chances, getting into a winning position and then stubbornly
managing the game and seeing it out.
Sittingbourne and Faversham had already won and lost
against each other this season, and went into the match locked together on the
same number of points, so it was unlikely there was ever going to be much in it.
On a blustery afternoon, Sittingbourne kept the side that
5-0 at Three Bridges in midweek, Jack Morrell shaking off
the injury that saw him substituted in the first half of that match.
There was little in it for the opening minutes but
Sittingbourne soon grabbed the lead when Faversham snatched at a chance to
clear, allowing Timmie Babbington to sneak in behind and go one-on-one with the
advancing keeper. He made no mistake with his finish, claiming his second goal
in successive games, and marking it with a lovely athletic celebration.
The midfield area policed effectively and determinedly by
Lewis Chambers and Chris Barnard was well under the control of Sittingbourne and
when Roman Campbell was freed to run at the Faversham back line he was crudely
felled at full speed by Brickies old boy Matt Bourne.
Sittingbourne looked far more dangerous than Faversham
and made it 2-0 on 33 minutes when Barnard pulled the ball back from the left
wing and Chambers hit a first-time shot from outside the area that the keeper
could only help into his own net.
Not much at all for Faversham to cheer about all the
first half and when they did get the ball in the net six minutes later it was
Sittingbourne’s ever-loyal fans were in great voice
behind the goal but Faversham made a concerted effort to battle back into the
game after half-time and it was captain Bourne who did it on 53 minutes,
powerfully heading home Monger’s corner.
Sittingbourne were rocking for a bit and Faversham sub
Griffiths missed a great chance of an equaliser when a good move opened up the
defence. But this Sittingbourne side are made of stern stuff and they restored
the crucial two-goal advantage on 73 minutes, Morrell and Woods combining out on
the left to cross for Billy Lewins – just four minutes after coming on – timing
his jump beautifully to head home. That’s the second successive home game when
Lewins, despite being just about the smallest player on the field, has headed a
crucial goal up that end of the pitch.
A 2-1 lead is wobbly but a 3-1 advantage feels
comfortable, and Sittingbourne saw it out well.
They could – should – have got another when Lewins was
shoved over in the area by Bourne but the referee waved play on.
The man in black could also have given Campbell a bit
more protection in his many physical tussles with the evergreen Bourne, but what
a good learning curve for the promising Gills youngster it all is.
So another win to enjoy, and that’s almost as many points
from just the last six games as Sittingbourne had got all season before that.
Can’t be bad.
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