Bay back in business with win
Herne Bay ended their run of three straight defeats in the Bostik South with victory at Horsham on Saturday.
Bay were 2-1 winners against Horsham after a goal from Junior Aikhionbare and an own goal in the second half.
The visitors settled the quicker of the teams creating three chances in the opening six minutes but could not convert.
Ben Hunter in the Herne Bay goal was called into action a few minutes later after being forced to make a couple of saves.
Bay continued to threaten the Horsham goal in the first half but did not take their chances.
Aikhionbare gave the visitors a deserved lead nine minutes into the second half with a header from a set piece.
The forward initially earned the free-kick 25 yards from goal and meet Tom Carlton’s cross from the resulting set play.
The lead was doubled four minutes later when Horsham’s Steve Metcalf put the ball into his own net as he looked to prevent Aikhionbare getting on the end of Danny Leonard’s cross.
Horsham quickly cut the defecit, however, when Tony Nwachukwu fired past Hunter to make the score 2-1.
Bay kept attacking to try and look for the goal to put the result beyond doubt with Josh Wisson and Nassim Dukali going close but the two goals proved enough.
The win leaves Bay 15th in the table and they host second-placed Cray Wanderers on Saturday.
Faversham Town made it backto-back victories after their late winner against Phoenix Sports on Saturday.
Liam King scored in the dying minutes to give Town a 3-2 win after Harry Stannard had scored twice earlier in the match.
Stannard grabbed his first goal in the 17th minute when he curled his strike into the top corner. Danny Walder’s free-kick found its way to the forward who calmly hit home.
Faversham were piling on the pressure with plenty of balls into the box but couldn’t find the second. It was Phoenix Sports who got the next goal after 37 minutes when Jack Hopkins had a tap-in at the far post.
Simon Overland punched clear from a corner but the ball came straight back again. Town failed to clear properly and Hopkins was on hand to punish them.
After the break, Phoenix came out the stronger, forcing Overland into saves, including one from point blank range.
But it was Faversham who retook the lead after 59 minutes when Stannard pounced on a loose ball 12 yards out.
It took 12 minutes for the visitors to get back level through Hopkins’ second.
A high looping corner to the back post was not dealt with and the opponents levelled at 2-2.
The introduction of King and Luke Griffiths five minutes from the end proved decisive with King firing home in the final minute from a Stannard pass.
The win puts Faversham 16th ahead of a trip to Corinthian-Casuals on Saturday.
Faversham keeper Simon Overland made a series of saves in the win against Phoenix