Kent derby = late drama again!
The Mead 2-3 Faversham Town
Another Kent derby with a dramatic finish at Princes Park, but this time not in the Mead's favour.
For the fourth derby out of five, there was late drama with this time the visitors grabbing an agonising 93rd minute winner to stretch the Mead’s winless run to four games. After an instantly forgettable opening, Bode Anidugbe and Tom O’Connor combined brilliantly for Tom to brilliantly steer home his fifth goal of the season.
The visitors were gifted an equaliser just after half time from the spot before Tom battled through to put the Mead back in front only for Faversham sub Griffiths to score with his first touch before being in the right place at the right time to drill home after Stannard’s pile-drive had come back off the angle of post and bar to spark wild scenes of delight as the points headed off down the A2!
After a pretty non descript opening half hour, the visitors skipper Lovell headed a fine centre against the bar, and it was as though this finally woke the Mead from their slumbers as Bode sprinted away with the ball down the right only to deliver the perfect ball into the box which Tom gleefully flicked home. The visitors were then inexplicably allowed a chance to level as Richard Avery and Lewis Carey got their wires completely crossed and as Rook looked like he only ad to walk the ball into the empty net, Lewis somehow got back to clear.
The visitors were though level just before the hour when Rook was bought down by a clumsy challenge in the box and Lovell sent Lewis the wrong way from the spot. Lovell then proceeded to miss another guilt edged chance as he headed Walder’s free kick wide before the Mead went back in front slightly against the run of play.
Sub Paul Vines put a super ball into the Faversham box and it was Tom who reacted quickest to poke the ball past Overland to with store the lead. Overland then did well to deny Danny Parish low to his left before the arrival of Faversham sub Griffiths turned the game for good.
Within a minute of coming on and with his first touch, the sub was on hand to drill the rebound from Lewis’ great save denying Stannard before three minutes into stoppage time he was in the right place at the right time again as Stannard this time was denied by the angle of left post and cross bar, and Griffiths first to react rammed home the winner for yet more late drama in Mead games this season this time sadly going against the home side.
Mead: Carey, Green (Mendy 51), McIntyre, Kinch, Avery, Smith (Duyile 84), O’Connor, Taiwo, Vines, Pacquette (Parish 75), Anidugbe
Subs: Laker & Ovenden