BetVictor Isthmian League South East Division
Saturday 17 August 2019 15.00

Opening Day Draw
Missed chances mean Town have to settle for a point

The first day of the league season saw Sittingbourne visit they Belmont and the game attracted a good crowd of 318 and Whitstable will feel that they had more than enough chances to start with a win. Marcus Elliott and Luke Girt both went close early on, but Sittingbourne took the lead against the run of play when Roman Campbell scored from the penalty spot after the referee adjudged a foul on Chris Barnard to be just inside the box. The goal scorer, who is on loan from Gillingham, then made things harder for his team, when he was sent off just before half time for picking up two yellow cards for needless off the ball challenges. Whitstable failed to make the most of their numerical advantage for much of the second half, but did eventually find an equaliser when goalkeeper Tom Benham spilled a low shot by Osman Proni and TJ Jadama reacted the quickest to fire home the loose ball. Whitstable had a number of opportunities to find a winner, but often failed to hit the target and in the closing minutes Sittingbourne threatened at the other end with several late breaks, but in the end the points were shared.

Full report and photos to follow…

Whitstable Data Sittingbourne
10 Shots on target 1
10 Shots off target 4
2 Shots blocked 3
7 Corners 3
12 Fouls conceded 17
0 Offside 1
0 Penalties 1

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Jake Mackenzie, John Walker, Luke Girt, Marcus Evans, Tom Bryant (c), Liam Gillies (Alex Anderson 63), Tijan Jadama, Marcus Elliott (Tarik Ibrahim 63), Aaron Millbank, Osman Proni.
Subs (unused): Josh Spencer, Danny Patterson, Muhammed Cham.
Goal: Tijan Jadama 72

Tom Benham, Lewis West, Abdel Ndew, Lewis Chambers, Cory Walters-Wright, Lex Allan, Enoch Ako-Adjei (Shaun Brown 46), Chris Webber (Tyrone Guthrie 60), Roman Campbell, Tommie Fagg, Chris Barnard (Festus Lori 75).
Subs (unused): Jason Fregene, Johan Caney-Bryan.
Goal: Roman Campbell 27 pen
Yellow card: Tyrone Guthrie 76
Red card: Roman Campbell (two yellows 30, 42)

Attendance: 318
Referee: Graeme Ions
Assistants: Joshua Smith & Bo Wang


Date Time League Season
Sat 17 Aug 2019 3:00 pm BetVictor Isthmian South East 2019-2020


The Belmont Ground
58 Grimshill Rd, Whitstable CT5 4LN, UK