Report by Tony Rickson
A late Jordan Perrin penalty save earned Sittingbourne all three points against high flying VCD Athletic on Saturday (23rd November) afternoon. The win saw Sittingbourne move within just 7 points of the Vickers.
Sittingbourne started the game the brighter, however a scrappy midfield affair pursued with both teams trying to break each other down but neither team creating too many clear cut chances. The Brickies took the lead in the 25th minute through Sid Sollis, a shot from outside the box, created by the ever lively Chris Barnard but just as I started to prepare my half time report, Tommie Fagg popped up to change my report, doubling the lead on 45 minutes!
VCD started the second half the brighter team, and within 10 minutes former Sittingbourne defender Jack Steventon popped up to give the Vickers hope of a come back. However, any chance of taking the points back to Crayford became an even tougher task when Bradley Simms brought down Kane Phillip. The referee saw the rash and dangerous challange as a red card offence and Simms was shown his marching orders. A challenge I'm sure the player strongly regrets just seconds after VCD got a life line through Jack Steventon. The visitors tried to create the opening they needed to draw level but the Sittingbourne back four and Jordan Perrin were equal to everything the Vickers had to offer, albeit half chances.
Sittingbourne soaked up the pressure well and looked dangerous on the the counter attack, and the Brickies failure to kill the game off seemed to have cost them late on when the referee pointed to the spot, awarding the visitors a penalty.
With just minutes remaining Jordan Perrin held his nerve and saved his second spot kick in as many games, ensuring Sittingbourne bag all three points.
Sittingbourne Played: Jordan Perrin, Ben Fitchett (Yellow), Christopher Webber, Adam Woollcott (Harrison Pont 90 min), Cory Walters-Wright (Yellow), Lex Allan, Kane Phillip (Jack Smith 72 mins), Tommie Fagg (Yellow), Sid Sollis, Christopher Barnard (Yellow), (Taylor 76 mins) and Enoch Adjei. Sub not used: Joshua Oliver and Liam Middleton.