Whitstable Town 0 Sittingbourne 5
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Tuesday 6th September 2015
This was an extremely disappointing performance from the Town and demonstrates what a hard job there is for Simon Halsey to do as he takes up the reins as first team manager. Whitstable collapsed in the second half to succumb to a 5-0 defeat at home to in-form Sittingbourne.
Sittingbourne did start the better of the two teams but Whitstable were to create the first opportunity on eleven minutes when an Ira Jackson cross found Charlie Smith whose header went over the bar. However Sittingbourne opened the scoring on seventeen minutes when Hicham Akhazzan found Harry Smith who sent a drive into the corner of the net. Akhazzan was in the action again on twenty minutes when he a shot straight at Town keeper
Adam Highsted. At the other end Craig Thompson hit a long range shot over the bar and Nick Davis was to do the same at the other end. Conrad Lee then had the next effort for the visitors but his attempt was saved by Highsted. Then two minutes later Thompson could not get his shot away and the ball fell to Kieron Campbell but he fired over. One more chance for Town before the break as Ira Jackson fired a shot straight at Sittingbourne keeper Adam Molloy.
Seven minutes into the second half Miles Cornwall ran down the right and fired in to the net. This seemed to completely deflate Town as Harry Smith again threatened Town’s goal on 52 minutes but his effort was saved by Highsted. Cornwell then thrashed a shot against the cross bar before Sittingbourne fired home in the 69th minute when Stefan Wright hit a cross that found Ole Bankole who made no mistake. On 78th minute Whitstable striker did not help the cause when he appeared to elbow Ollie Brown and was shown a straight red card. Sittingbourne continued to dominate and were four up when Akhazzan slammed a shot into the net and then in injury time the misery was complete as Tom Brunt fired home the fifth from the edge of the area.
It was a night to forget for Town as they must now rebuild for Saturday and on into the rest of the season.
Team: Highsted, Bewick, Perkins (Algar 56 mins), Robinson, Cheek, Taylor, Heard, Jackson, Smith (Nunn 67mins), Thompson, Campbell