A damp morning and a very soft but playable pitch at Archbishop’s hosted Whitstable’s return match against a Sittingbourne team which had beaten the Oysters three weeks earlier. In fact this was the reds’ next game due to a postponement and a free Sunday.
Sittingbourne started better and their first 15 minutes of control brought them the opening goal of the match on ten minutes. As the half went on Whitstable started to play some good passing football and this was rewarded when Francis Burgess cut inside the full back and shot into the far corner to bring the teams level.
The middle third of the match continued in the same way, with Whitstable dominating possession and quickly winning back the ball when it was lost. However, somewhat against the run of play, Sittingbourne went ahead again on 58 minutes. For the next half an hour Whitstable were in total control and for twenty minutes it looked like the equaliser wasn’t coming as chances went begging, including one goalmouth incident when goal bound shots twice hit a prone home attacker! With ten minutes remaining the reds got their just reward as Teddy Isaac grabbed the equaliser. Further pressure continued and the winner came with just a couple of minutes remaining as Francis Burgess netted.
The performance showed exactly what the team could do when they play as a team and not individuals.