Bay see off Li­ly­whites in Box­ing Day bat­tle

Bostik South

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Football -

Herne Bay came away with the brag­ging rights over Faver­sham af­ter their 3-1 Box­ing Day derby suc­cess at Winch’s Field.

Ju­nior Aikhion­bare scored a dou­ble and Con­nor Wilkins struck from a free-kick to give the hosts a com­fort­able win.

Ash­ley Miller did get a con­so­la­tion for Faver­sham but it came in the 90th minute and was too late to make a difference.

The away side again had prob­lems in nam­ing a full squad and had just three avail­able sub­sti­tutes.

Bay started the brighter of the teams and Aikhion­bare nearly scored an early goal but a good save from Si­mon Over­land de­nied him.

Aikhion­bare did get his goal, in the 26th minute, af­ter he turned home a good cross.

Bay con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance and Con­nor Wilkins added a sec­ond shortly be­fore half-time.

Miller had the best chance of the first half for Faver­sham in the 36th minute but his shot from 20 yards out went just wide.

The game was then put well be­yond Town in the 52nd minute when Aikhion­bare added his sec­ond, al­though Miller did get a goal for Faver­sham in the 90th minute.

The re­sult leaves Herne Bay 11th in the ta­ble on 36 points, while Faver­sham are down 18th on 29 points.

It was not all cel­e­bra­tions for Bay over the fes­tive pe­riod, though, as they had lost Satur­day’s match Chip­stead, 3- 0.

Leon Lalor-dell opened the scor­ing on the 12th minute and Bay strug­gled to find a way through.

Chip­stead’s young goal­keeper was tested in the first min­utes of the match from a Nas­sim Dukali shot but not trou­bled af­ter that.

Bay en­joyed long spells of posses­sion but did not con­vert this into goals.

As they were chas­ing the game, Lalor-dell added his sec­ond goal nine min­utes from time with Dean Lodge adding a third late on.

Next up for Bay is a home game with Hast­ings United on Satur­day be­fore they travel to Hythe Town on New Year’s Day.

Town’s other Christ­mas game also ended in dis­ap­point­ment, a 1- 0 de­feat to Wal­ton Ca­su­als on Satur­day.

In their fi­nal home match of the year, they faced a tough test against pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Wal­ton Ca­su­als.

The only goal came from Alex Kelly in the sec­ond half and that was enough to give the vis­i­tors the three points.

Faver­sham travel to sec­ond-placed Cray Wan­der­ers on Satur­day.

This is fol­lowed by a home clash with sec­ond-from-bot­tom Ash­ford United on New Year’s Day. against

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Faver­sham’s Danny Walder tracked by Herne Bay dur­ing the Box­ing Day clash

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Herne Bay’s Nas­sim Dukali gets in a header against Faver­sham on Box­ing Day

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Bay’s Ju­nior Aikhion­bare leaps to make a header against Faver­sham at Winch’s Field

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Faver­sham’s Ren­ford Tenyue up against Wal­ton Ca­su­als on Satur­day. Be­low, the Li­ly­whites look for space in front of the Ca­su­als’ goal

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