An unchanged starting eleven for the first time this season following on the back of a 3-0 midweek home win against East Grinstead. Just one change on the bench with the gaffer available again after his suspension taking Jake Britnell’s spot on the bench.
A familiar face up top for The Bay as we welcomed ex Borough front man Stuart Zannone to the DGS Marine.
An early chance for Robert Dennes in the opening couple of minutes an early Peter Sweeney free-kick whipped in to the box Rob narrowly failing to get a connection.
Stuart Zannone was always going to be on our watch list but despite the attentions of two he showed what a danger he always proves as he evaded the close attentions in the 11th minute to escape and feed the ball across the goalmouth begging to be touched home but as is often the case reaction in the middle was not so sharp.
The Deadlock was broken on 15min a goal kick from Craig Holloway through to Michael Power via a glancing head of Robert Denness wide right. Living up to the surname Shaggy left one defender on his backside as he tried to out muscle our No.10, running at two more on the edge of the area and taking them out the game with a switch back on his left before slotting home with his right past Jack Delo in the bay goal from eighteen yards.
Greenwich Borough 1 Herne Bay 0
The Borough nearly went further ahead just three minutes later another goal-kick this time allowed to bounce in the opposing area Mohammed Eisa in the vicinity but unable to react to divert it past a grateful Delo.
Eisa at the centre of things for most of the afternoon and the target man was unable to hit the target on 21mins his touch getting him a shooting opportunity but pulling it wide right and hesitant with the next attack with two waiting in the middle but challenged before looking up for the cross from the byline on 22min
Danny Young narrowly failed to get on the scoresheet as we pushed up for a second. A ball across from the right as Glenn Wilson laid off to Bradley Pritchard who cross was assisted again by the head of Robert Denness. Danny Young racing onto the ball his right foot shot from four yards blocked by a defensive leg and his immediate second strike onto the rebound finding the legs of keeper Delo on the goal line on 26mins.
It was all Borough pressure now and centreback Danny Fitzsimons came close to getting his debut goal with a glancing head onto a Borough corner on 28min. Just diverting it wide of the far post.
Somehow The Bay had kept it down to just one despite the Borough dominance and even a rocket of a left foot strike four minutes before the break from Lewwis Spence was held at the second attempt by keeper Delo as it fizzed in from twenty five yards.
Greenwich Borough 1 Herne Bay 0
After the pressure of the first half Herne Bay found their feet and had a bit more of the ball in the second half. Keeping us to just the one long range effort from Robert Denness striking over the bar from twenty two yards in the opening ten minutes of the second half.
Craig was called to make his first serious stop of the game a thirty five yard freekick from Kane Phillip calling for an outstretched fist as it bent its way dipping under the crossbar of the Borough goal on 55min.
Two minutes later their captain was having a go from range narrowly over Craig’s crossbar from twenty two yards.
Twenty minutes into the second half and the narrow lead was again in jeopardy as James Turner chipped a shot up from twelve yards lifting it just over the crossbar again as Craig looked on.
We rode the pressure out and as the weather closed in with just under twenty minutes to go two of our strike partnership linked up Michael Power touching the ball off to Mohamed Eisa who returned the favour as they ran at the heart of the defence. Shaggy’s right footed strike from nineteen yards ballooning off the defenders shins and landing plush on top of the crossbar and behind as the keeper looked on.
Two minutes later and Jack Delo’s crossbar was reverberating again Mohamed Eisa strikng his right footed curler of a free-kick past the outstretched arm and agonisingly close again the rebound headed back onto the underside of the bar by Danny Young and then turned home in a crowded six yard box via Lewwis Spence and the final touch of Michael Power, only to be ruled out referee Gerry Heron having blown for an apparent infringement on the Herne Bay keeper.
Into the final ten with the narrowest of margins and Herne Bay probed again a dangerous ball high and deep into the Borough box punched clear by Holloway on 84min.
Danny Young forced to head the first of two corners over his own crossbar with Craig following up by making a superb point blank save from The Bay’s Sam Hallett with a minute left on the clock.
The Gary Alexander replaced Michael Power at 90mins as Holloway encouraged the squad to “Dig in” and “keep working for each other” as we entered time added.
Work we did taking to the corners with possession to run the clock down a good spell and Lewwis Spence let fly again with a stinging shot which Delo took two goes at holding on 92min.
One last punt forward from deep from Lewis Clark down the right wing and that man Robert Denness with yet another glancing header onto the run of Mohammed Eisa the striker splitting the defensive pair with a subtle touch in the box and threading his shot between them along the deck past Delo and into the far corner of the net with the last kick of the game.
Greenwich Borough 2 Herne Bay 0
Power 15 Eisa 90+4
A deserved if not as comfortable a score line that the first half performance deserved. The Bay working us hard in the second half keeping us on edge and the result in the balance until the final minutes. Another two goals and two assists from a front three growing in confidence and back to back home league wins now with two clean sheets lifting us up to 9th in the league.
Come On The Borough!!