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The game was preceeded by a minutes silence in memory of Lord David Skinner who has done so much for Greenwich Borough.
What a Bank Holiday weekend. Two Sittingbourne wins in 48 hours, and two points off the top of the Ryman South table in an unbeaten start to the league season. And the top scorers in their division, with 12 goals already in four games.
This was an impressive demolition job of Greenwich Borough in the warmth of the South London sun, hitting three goals in just 12 dynamic first half minutes as they ran out comfortable winners.
Only five players have started every game for Sittingbourne so far this season, and they’re the heartbeat of the side.
Unsung hero Stefan Wright and top scorer Miles Cornwell ran themselves into the ground to secure this win, captain Jono Richardson and fellow central defender Dan Tanner were defensively strong and again dangerous when attacking, while Tom Carlse pounded up and down the left wing and was rewarded with an excellent goal before going off injured.
Those five led the way with commitment and passion for the Sittingbourne cause, and their determination inspired the rest of the team to live up to their standards.
Manager Nick Davis introduced ex-VCD winger Ola Rabiu for his debut, while Cornwell moved up to main striker in place of Remell Davis, with Josh Wisson slotting in behind in an unfamiliar No 10 role.
Greenwich are newly promoted to the division this season but they’re packed with experienced players and like Cray Wanderers a couple of weeks previously tried to build up from the back on an excellent lush surface.
But Sittingbourne swamped them in the opening half with their energy, and attacked with so much more pace than Greenwich’s patient approach.
The opening goal, after just 11 minutes, owed nothing to pace, though.
Just a minute after Richardson’s back header from a Jack Steventon long throw was scuffed off the line, the same pair repeated the exercise and this time Richardson headed down for Tanner to score his third goal of the season from close range.
And one became two just four minutes later when Cornwell headed on Ben Bridle-Card’s long kick and Wisson got in behind him, ghosted beautifully past the covering defender and hammered into the far corner with the keeper getting to it but unable to stop it.
Sittingbourne were irresistible and they got a third with just 23 minutes played, Cornwell again providing it as he found the space for Wisson to pass into, playing it carefully in low for Carlse, racing up from left-back, to crash home.
Stunned Greenwich did hit the post in an isolated attack but they were outclassed and outplayed in the first half by a confident Sittingbourne performance.
The second half was slightly different with Sittingbourne disrupted by injuries to Carlse and Steventon, and Greenwich beginning to mount some sort of pressure.
They made little headway down the middle up against the barriers of Tanner and Richardson, but squeezed a goal back on 76 minutes when Eisa neatly headed in from a right-wing cross.
If Sittingbourne were going to wobble after losing two-goal leads in two previous games, then Bridle-Card made sure they didn’t concede a second, diving superbly to his left to tip over a Power goalbound shot.
The game ended with Sittingbourne back on the attack and lively sub Connor Wilkins almost got a fourth in added time, only for a covering defender to clear off the line.
So, league-wise anyway, an excellent August for Sittingbourne and a disappointment that because they’re out of the FA Cup they won’t be keeping up the momentum on Saturday as they now have no fixture. Next game is a tough one – away to Hastings next Tuesday evening.
GREENWICH BOROUGH 1 (0)
Eisa 76 mins
SITTINGBOURNE 3 (3)
Tanner 11mins, Wisson 14 mins, Carlse 23 mins
REFEREE: Mr Michael Marsh
ASSISTANTS: Mr Alexis Stacchini, Mr Kane Dempster
Tom Carlse (Lee 56 mins)
Jono Richardson (C)
Jack Steventon (Wilkins 64 mins)
Ola Rabik (Nguedenjubissie 85 mins)
Danny Young (C)
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