Sittingbourne’s Development Team came from 4-1 down to win 6-4 in a remarkable game against Lewes at Woodstock last night
The game began positively for the Brickies from the start with Harry Miller going close and Connor Wilkins hitting the post. However within 5 minutes Sittingbourne were 2-0 down. The defence were caught napping as one of the Lewes strikers strolled through four defenders unchallenged before slotting past young Tom Carey in goal. Immediately from the restart, Lewes seized on a poor pass across the Brickies back three to score their second. If that wasn’t bad enough a further defensive error let in Lewes to score their third on 10 minutes.
The situation for Sittingbourne looked bleak at this stage. Slowly they started to gain some composure and add some structure to their game. This lead to Jake Embery pulling one back after 30 minutes after a fine run and shot. However almost immediately Lewes put restored their three goal advantage when the linesman controversially judged the ball to have crossed the Sittingbourne goal line despite strenuous protest from Brickies players.
Nonetheless, this further set back did not dent Sittingbourne’s confidence and goals from Jake Embery and Bradley Schafer just before half time meant a 3-4 score-line at the break.
Those goals changed the momentum of the game in Sittingbourne’s favour and their second half performance was much more disciplined and composed with Josh Wisson imposing himself on the game as the holding midfielder. Raphe Brown gave the Lewes right back a torrid time as did Bradley Schafer did to his opponent on the right. Possession and pressure increased and midfielder Taylor Naessens scored after 52 minutes to level the game and then after 70 minutes for the Brickies to take the lead. Sittingbourne were in control at this point creating lots of chances going forward. The Brickies were only troubled once in this period when Lewes hit the post.
The game was put beyond doubt when Jake Embery completed a fine hat-trick running onto a superb diagonal pass from Connor Wilkins.
The second half performance redeemed the team from the dreadful defensive display in the first period. They will take a lot of confidence from being able to come back from 4-1 down in the manner they did.
Sittingbourne remain top of the league with a game in hand. They go to second place Leatherhead on Monday evening knowing that they cannot afford to repeat their first half defensive performance against them if they want to maintain their position as leaders.
Jake Embery (3)
Taylor Naewssens (2)
Callum Naessens (replaced by Jarred Tresparderne)
Harry Miller (replaced by Ryan Catmull)
Brad Schafer (replaced by Simon Kabamba
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