Division One East
|Peter Pitts reports from Bourne Park
Sittingbourne frustrated by Beaconsfield
Sittingbourne started their Christmas and new year programme by taking a point against Beaconsfield SYCOB at Bourne Park, but as in last weeks match against Erith & Belvedere they had the majority of the play and will again see this as two points dropped rather than one gained.
Things looked good for the Brickies as in the first minute Kieran Marsh broke through the Beaconsfield defence but sent his shot wide.
Three minutes later Jon Neal set up a chance for Bradley Spice but Spice also fired wide.
Beaconsfield set their stall early on and were defending in numbers which led to a frustrating time for Sittingbourne's twin strike force of Jon Neal and Bradley Spice.
The Bucks club, however, occasionally looked dangerous and on 15 minutes Adrian Sear had a good run which took him into the Brickies area but Sittingbourne goalkeeper Kevin Fewell was alert and took the ball off his foot.
This, however, was rare goalmouth action as both sides were cancelling each other out and the play took place largely in mid field.
Sittingbourne won their first corner on 35 minutes but then won three in succession but the Beaconsfield defence were equal to the threat and generally clearing the ball away with ease.
The half ended with a Spice free kick arcing just too late and so went over the bar.
Sittingbourne came out for the second half in determined fashion and a Spice, Adam Douglas move ended in Neal forcing a save form Beaconsfield goalkeeper Liam Watson.
Then Lee Browning was brought down just outside the area but again the Beaconsfield defence stood firm and Spice's effort was blocked by the wall.
Sittingbourne had a great chance to snatch the lead on 73 minutes when Bradley Spice, looking suspiciously off-side, raced away and crossed inside to Neal but Neal's effort was blocked.
Sittingbourne were playing with more urgency and Spice had a shot blocked then Lee Browning fired over the bar.
The one thing that the Brickies had to be careful of was a Beaconsfield break away and this is exactly what happened on 83 minutes when James Faulkner raced away and attempted to curl a shot past Fewell but the Brickies keeper did well to tip the effort against a post and Jamie Coyle raced in to kick the ball to safety, injuring himself in the process.
Despite this set back it was now all Sittingbourne and Marsh, and Ainsworth had shots go wide.
Deep in injury time a good run by Lee Browning ended in a fine shot but Watson was equal to it and saved. That was the end of the chances and both sides had to be content with a share of the spoils.
Sittingbourne: Fewell, Coyle, Dowley, Gooding, J Campbell, Ainsworth, Douglas (Tanner 62), Marsh, Neal, Spice, Browning. Subs: Cory, Manning, Hill, Tucker.