Sittingbourne had a break from league football to begin this year’s sojourn in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup, and Nick Davis took the opportunity to rest some of the squad for this match with Ben Gorham, Kane Phillip and Kane Rowland all on a strong bench. There were two now signings in the squad :-John Coker and Jordayne Henry. Faversham Town fielded a mixture of first teamers and Under 21's.
Faversham have had a disappointing start to the season being beaten in both of their two home league matches so far this season against opposition that they must have fancied beating (Herne Bay and Ramsgate, Bay beat them 3-0). Faversham are 18th in the table, but they had a good win on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup by beating Tonbridge Angels 3-1. Just to show what a strange game football can be Tonbridge Angels beat Herne Bay 10-1 (yes 10) tonight in the County Cup!
Sittingbourne started brightly in the drizzle and took the lead on 12 minutes when Gil Carvalho scored his first competitive goal for the club by converting David Smith’s cross ball.
Sittingbourne were playing some good football but Faversham equalised midway through the half. Kyron Lightfoot's brilliant 35 yard free-kick flew over harry Brooks and in under the bar.
Sittingbourne had the edge towards the end of the first half an early in the second half.
Just before half time former Town player Bola Dawodu weaved into the area but a last ditch block by Ryan Cheek saved Town.
The second half started with Sittingbourne exerting early pressure on the Town goal.
A free-kick from the left edge of the area. close to the byline is clipped in to David Smith but the header sailed over the bar.
Then Gil Carvalho's centre from the right went tantalisingly under the cross bar, but again Smith's header went over the bar.
Another cross from the left into came into a busy Town area. The ball takes bounced and i headed goalwards, but the effort cannoned off Simon Overland's crossbar.
Just as it looked as though stalemate would prevail and the tie would be decided on penalty kicks Sittingbourne won a free kick halfway into the Faversham half. The ball was cleared for a corner and with just 1 minute left of the 4 added minutes signalled by the referee the corner ball flew to the far post where Dawodu headed it home. Dowadu has now scored in all 3 competitions so far played by Sittingbourne, League, Emirates FA Cup and Kent Reliance Kent Senior Cup. Faversham won a final free kick on the edge of the Brickies area and it was heart in the mouth time as the ball was fired goalwards but a defender was on hand to clear and the Brickies had sealed another away trip in the next round, this time to Dover Athletic.
Once again the Brickies fans gave the team magnificent support.
Photographs by Jace Media follow:
25 mins Kyron Lightfoot
15 mins David Smith
90 mins Mobalaji Dowadu
Referee Kane Dempster
Assistants: Joe Dann-Pye, Liam Vitoria
4th official: Lee Venamore
Chris Webber (Jordayne Henry 46 mins)
Ollie Brown I(C)
George Blake (Tyrone Guthrie 65 mins)
David Smith Kane Rowland 75 mins)
Substitute not used: Ben Gorham
Substitutes (Details to be added)
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