Report: Whyteleafe FC 2-1 Sittingbourne FCLeafe took the points from this entertaining mid table encounter in a game that they could have won comfortably but visiting keeper Harry Brooks was in fine form. Leafe's second successive home win following a long run without a victory will enable them to start looking upwards again after sliding down the table.
Sittingbourne really should have taken the lead in the 7th minute. Kane Rowland was found unmarked very close to goal but fluffed his shot enabling home keeper Kyle Merson to make a simple save. Leafe took the lead in the 15th minute when a fine ball from Sam Clayton split the visiting defence, finding Tommy Hutchings, who passed the ball across to the unmarked Scott Day who made no mistake from close range. Leafe had the better of the rest of the half. Few chances were created, the best falling to Tommy Hutchings in the final minute of the half when Clayton's through ball sent him clear. He took the ball round Brooks but from a narrow angle found the side netting.
Leafe started the second half strongly but had to wait until the 59th minute to extend their lead. The introduction of Shawn Clement-Peter had an immediate impact, his first touch sending Hutchings clear, and he found the back of the net but was harshly ruled offside. 2 minutes later Clement-Peter sent Lanre Azeez down the right. His cross was turned into the net by Hutchings, this time his effort counted.
Sittingbourne pulled 1 back in the 72nd minute, Kane Rowland winning the ball near the by line and shooting home from a narrow angle. Leafe had a number of chances to extend their lead but Brooks was in fine form making several good saves, and in the end were content to have taken maximum points from the Christmas holiday games.
Whyteleafe Team: Merson, Wrightman, Hegarty, Graham, Adonis-Taylor, Scarborough, Azeez, Ibrahim (Clement-Peter 57), Hutchings (Bola 72),Day, Clayton. Subs not used Debayo, Connaris, Milton.