It always looked likely to be a bridge too far with 5 players cup tied, 2 injured and one on England schoolboy duty, plus Hicham Akhazzan hobbling off in the 36th minute, and that was how it panned out as Faversham Town had a comfortable 3-0 victory in this semi final of the Alan Turvey Trophy sponsored by Robert Dyas.
Cup tied were Steven Ita, Tom Carlse, Jordan Wells, Josh Algar, and Scott Whibley, the two injured were Callum Naessens and Andy Irvine, Hicham Akhazzan started but went off injured after half an hour. The other absentee was Josh Wisson who was wanted by England schoolboys.
However the starting line up was just 3 different than the one who started on Sauturday in the 1-0 victory over Tooting & Mitcham Utd. The bench though was made up of 4 of the under 18's side and 1 over 30!
In came Jono Richardson, Stefan Wright, and George Batten, son of Sittingbourne legend Ernie. George is on dual registration with Sheppey Utd.
With all the changes this season it was still a great achievement for the Brickies to reach the semi finals, the farthest they have ever been in the competition. The previous best being in season 2009/10 when the quarter finals were reached.
The game came slowly to life with the first shot on any goal not coming until the 19th minute when Faversham captain and ex Brickie Ryan Cooper had a shot that Adam Molloy in the Sittingbourne goal easily gathered. Molloy was in action again 4 minutes later when he came rushing out of his goal and bundled Liam King over just outside the area, he received a yellow card for his effort but for a moment it looked like it could have been worse.
Faversham took the lead on 25 minutes when Sittingbourne resident Luke Harvey raced away after a misplaced Brickie pass and fired past Molloy. Faversham then took control from there. Just after the goal a corner ball found its way past a melee of players and hit a post.
The lead was doubled on 37 minutes when Liam King scored to give the Lillywhites a 2-0 lead at the Break.
5 minutes into the second half Sittingbourne were thrown a lifeline when another ex Brickie, Matt Bourne, conceded a penalty. Sittingbourne's usual penalty taker Hicham Akhazzan had limped off after half an hour so up stepped Stefan Wright to take the kick, but it was poor effort easily saved by Faversham keeper Will Godmon.
To rub salt into the wounds almost straight after there was a Faversham break away and Charley Robertson made sure that Faversham will meet Kingstonian in the final by scoring Faversham's third.
At least the amazing Sittingbourne supporters kept on singing throughout the game (and after!) and showed their appreciation of this much changed Sittingbourne line up at the end.
Mr Jack Packman
Mr Jack Hobbs
Mr Jack Fagg
FAVERSHAM TOWN 3 (2)
Harvey 25 mins, King 37 mins, Robertson 51 mins
SITTINGBOURNE 0 (0)
Team info to follow soon
Team info to follow soon
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