Herne Bay - Away / Ryman League Div 1 South

Final Score: Herne Bay 3 Sittingbourne 0

Played 08th November 2016

15 day ago our intrepid reporter, Tony Rickson, reported that the Brickies performance against Corinthian-Casuals was one of the best he has seen all season…it’s a good job his parish duties stopped him from watching this one as this was probably the worst performance of the season so far. On the night that ex Brickie Harry Smith was bagging a brace for Millwall in their Checkatrade cup tie Sittingbourne barely had a shot directly on goal and apart from one effort that was cleared off the Herne Bay line I can’t recall any other shots on target.

Missing for the Brickies on the night were the suspended Stefan Wright and Ricky Gundry whilst youngsters Josh Wisson and Jake Embery  started.

For Herne Bay this was a welcome third win in three consecutive league games and on this performance, they should have no trouble in pulling away from the relegation zone.

I suppose a Bay win should have been expected as with just 1 win for the Brickies in the previous 8 Ryman league games the result really should haven’t been a surprise.

Talking of ex Brickies it was another ex-player of ours, Mark Lovell who started the rot with a sublime goal after the Brickies defence failed to clear. The goal, in the 21st minute, came just a minute after Hicham Akhazzan had to be substituted after having his foot trodden on.  The Brickies had hardly settled when Lovell quickly pounced on the loose ball and crashed home an excellent effort.

This goal came after the Brickies had looked lively in the early stages and during that period they had some half chances that on another day they would have put away. This is getting to be a familiar pattern that actually started during the Bury Town Trophy game when they could easily have been 4 goals up before succumbing to defeat. The Lovell goal though deflated the team. The only effort of note for the Brickies in the first half after that was a Josh Wisson header that sailed over the Bay bar just before half time.

The Brickies had a let off in the 59th minute when Kane Phillip’s tricky run ended in him hitting the right hand post, but this was not to be a life saver as instead of Sittingbourne grasping the initiative after the near miss the Brickies defence failed to clear the ball on 65 minutes which, instead, landed at the feet of Mark Lovell who couldn’t believe his luck as he slotted in number two.

Five minutes later it was all over as Chris Elliott picked up the loose box on the edge of the box and proceeded to curl a really excellent shot round Simon Overland in the Brickies goal to double the lead.

There was a brief moment of expectation when a Conrad Lee free kick found Josh Wisson whose effort was headed off the line but apart from a Dan Tanner header over the bar with 7 minutes left the Brickies could offer no further resistance.

The only thing that the Brickies won on the night was the supporter singing contest as the intrepid travelling support gave the team non-stop encouragement throughout the game and easily out sang the Herne Bay supporters!!

Ken Medwyn's photographs are here CLICK HERE

Peter Pitts

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Score Summary

Herne Bay:
Mark Lovell (21 mins, 65 mins),
Chris Elliott (70 mins)
Attendance: 219

Match Officials

Referee: Michael Ryan
Assistants: Richard Joss,
Alex Bradley


Sittingbourne FC

Simon Overland
Sam Welch
Conrad Lee
Dan Tanner
Jono Richardson (C)
Joe Loft (Yellow)
Hicham Akhazzan (Brunt 20 mins)
Josh Wisson (Jordan Gallacher 74 mins)
Jake Embery (Yellow)
Steven Ita
Tom Carlse

Subs not used: Danny Rumbol, Nick Davis

Herne Bay

Jack Delo
Michael Turner
Gary Sayer
Joe Nelder (Nathan Eastwood 81 mins)
Chris Elliott (Yellow)
Connor Sanders
Adam Woolcott
Kenny Sanders
Mark Lovell (C) (Josh Algar 77 mins)
Danny Williams (Josh Wood 87 mins)
Kane Phillip

Subs not used: Toby Wood, James Turner

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