TOWN DUMPED OUT OF FA TROPHY

Sudbury get their first
Sudbury get their first

Whitstable Town 1 AFC Sudbury 3

FA Trophy Preliminary Round

Saturday 18th October 2014

Whitstable had lost this game by half time as they sunk to a 3-1 defeat at home to AFC Sudbury in the FA Trophy Preliminary Round on Saturday.

Sudbury had done their homework and totally dominated the first half. The visitors were on the attack in the very first minute when Oliver Berquez turned and sent his shot

Town on the defence
Town on the defence

over the Town bar. On thirteen minutes Luke Watkins had to be at his best to claw out the ball as it sailed over his head. However the early pressure was rewarded on a quarter of an hour when the ball was looped into the Whitstable penalty area and Sam Clarke was on hand to put Sudbury into the lead. It could have been two, a minute later, when Kris Newby drove the ball wide of the target. On 18 minutes, Nick Treadwell was on hand to head off the line but Sudbury were very quickly on hand to put themselves two up as Clarke powered down the right hand side and placed the ball past Watkins to increase the lead. On 22 minutes Watkins was on hand

Joe Kennett heads in consolation
Joe Kennett heads in consolation

to save from Scott Kemp. Town had to wait until the 27th minute before their first attempt as Tom Loynes turned in and shot just over the bar. On 41 minutes Watkins denied Berquez.  Loynes was in the action two minutes before the interval as his cross found Kane Rowland whose bullet header flashed over. But it was AFC Sudbury who effectively ended the game on the stroke of half time when Berquez came in at the far post and fired home.

Town did regroup in the second half but it was Sudbury who had the first chance on 57 minutes when Newby turned and shot over the bar. Ian Pulman broke through on 62 minutes but drove his shot wide. On 66 minutes Berquez had a snapshot that was saved by Watkins. Town started to show the urgency far too late and after 84 minutes Peter Wedgeworth shot over the bar. Joe Kennett was on hand to slam home a header with three minutes of normal time to go when he got on the end of Loynes corner. It was scant consolation for a poor afternoon for Whitstable in which the visitors had the game tied up at half time.

It was a disappointing performance from the home side who must look very carefully at themselves before the next game to ensure that defensive frailties are addressed.

Team: Watkins, Ulph (Crimmen  53mins), Wedgeworth, Gray (Mackenzie 45 mins), James, Treadwell, Heard, Kennett, Pulman, Rowland (Girt 45mins), Loynes