Herne Bay FC 1 Whyteleafe FC 4. Kent Vehicles Stadium.
Isthmian League South East Division. Attendance – 368.
After two successful FA Cup games, Leafe’s attention turned to the first game of the season in the Isthmian League South East Division and a visit to the Kent seaside town. It turned out to be a very good day for Leafe with a comfortable victory and solid performance to go with it. Some of the attacking football played by Leafe in the first half was brilliant and Herne Bay struggled to deal with it. The first goal came from Ryan Gondoh in the 10th minute from the penalty spot after Ryan himself won it after a strong run into the box and was fouled by the Herne Bay defender. 10 minutes later and Leafe had their second penalty of the afternoon with Ryan Gondoh converting again, this time it was given after Courtney Clarke was brought down in the box. Herne Bay tweeted: “30 minutes into the game Whyteleafe are dominating possession there’s no real sign of Herne Bay getting back into this game.” An honest tweet as Leafe were playing really well and the defence stood solid rarely allowing Herne Bay to create any serious chances and limiting their possession. One first half chance they did manage to have fell to Zak Ansah, a prolific striker at this level having scored 51 times in 61 appearances for Hythe Town before moving to Herne Bay and he scored 28 goals last season before it came to an end early due to coronavirus. But this time when he found himself in space in the box, Tyler McCarthy was quick to come out and block his shot from close range. Omari Hibbert got 2 goals in 6 minutes to pretty much kill the game off before half time, his first coming in the 37th minute with a great low shot into the bottom corner of the goal from the edge of the box. After some good play from Ryan Gondoh, captain Helge Orome found Omari in the box who got his second goal in the 43rd minute. Herne Bay did play better in the second half, grabbing themselves what turned out to just be a consolation goal with a header from a corner. But they didn’t really threaten to add anymore and Leafe even had a few more chances to add to their goal tally before the end!