It’s more than 50 games and almost the whole of the year since Sittingbourne were last slammed 5-1.
And who did it that day? Greenwich Borough of all teams.
That they didn’t go up last season, or that they aren’t running away with the league this season, remains a bit of a mystery given the way they find their form against Sittingbourne.
Their second half finishing in this game was clinical and although 5-1 flatters them, they were comfortably the better side on the day.
Mind you, they’d had a nice peaceful week of training and no midweek match, while Sittingbourne were still recovering from a bruising (in more ways than one) defeat by Cray Wanderers just a couple of nights earlier.
That had left them without the influential Bola Dawodu for this match, and although one player wouldn’t have made all the difference, no team wants to go to Greenwich without their strongest side.
Chris Elliott, Jidi Okimeji and Tyrone Guthrie all returned to the starting line-up for this match and Sittingbourne made quite a good stab at it in the first half with Ben Davisson excellent in driving them on from midfield.
They competed well and defended stubbornly even though too many potential attacking moves were hampered by poorly-hit long balls forward.
They had a couple of chances, though, first Chris Webber and then John Coker – breaking excitingly all the way from the back and getting clean through after a one-two with Miles Cornwell – going one-on-one with the keeper.
Each time, Greenwich’s big No 1, Kamurasi, who was signed from Ashford United after Sittingbourne put three past him in the FA Trophy, came out and spread himself wide to block with his legs.
Greenwich at this stage weren’t matching their attractive approach work with good finishing but they rectified that on 42 minutes when midfielder Corne neatly scored past a wrong-footed Jordan Carey from a right-wing cross pulled back for him.
Sittingbourne fought back immediately and were level by half-time.
Webber’s excellent shot was clawed away by the keeper but Sal Kisitu was in the right place to sweep in the loose ball for his first goal for the club.
From a Brickies point of view, the less said about the second half the better.
Greenwich were sharp and decisive and scored four goals in just over 20 minutes past a tiring and increasingly demoralised Sittingbourne defence. It wasn’t that they played badly, it was just that Greenwich played better.
They went ahead when Carey came out a long way for a corner but didn’t claim it and was caught in no-man’s land as McKenzie scored after a massive goalmouth scramble.
The third goal, which effectively clinched it, was a terrific shot from
25 yards by Barham into the far corner, and the fourth and fifth were driven in from close range as Greenwich thoroughly enjoyed ending what for them has been a poor run of results.
Three away games in 11 days against teams above them in the league was always going to be difficult for Sittingbourne, and so it’s proved with
11 goals conceded and no points gained.
On the other hand this is just the halfway stage of the season, so there’s plenty left to play for, and Sittingbourne proved during that fantastic run just a few weeks ago, they’re a good side. Now, they’ve just got to do it all again for another 23 matches.
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42 mins Corne , Greenwich Borough
45 mins Kisitu, Sittingbourne
63mins, McKenzie, Greenwich Borough
65 mins, Barham, Greenwich Borough
79 mins, Sammoutis, Greenwich Borough
84 mins, Barham, Greenwich Borough
Referee: Mr Andrew Bennett.
Assistants: Alastair Higgs, Mr Amadou Jallow.
Chris Elliott (David Smith,63 min),
Jidi Okimeji (Yellow card),
Chris Webber (Yellow card),
Ben Davisson (Yellow card),
Subs not used: Lex Allan, Laurence Ball, Harry Brooks, Nick Davis.
Liam Hickey (Becka-Kah Dembele, 71),
Jack Sammoutis (Yellow card) (Tom Beere, 90 min),
Chinedu Mckenzie (Travis Gregory, 84 min.
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