Bay back in busi­ness with win

Bostik South

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Football -

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.

Pic­ture: John Westhrop

Faver­sham keeper Si­mon Over­land made a se­ries of saves in the win against Phoenix

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