Category: 2013-2014 1st Team Match Reports

TOWN FINISH WITH A FLOURISH

Goalkeeper James Broadbent sent the wrong way by Ashley Miller
Goalkeeper James Broadbent sent the wrong way by Ashley Miller

Eastbourne Town 0 Whitstable Town 3

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 26th April 2014

Whitstable finished their season with a convincing 3-0 victory at already relegated Eastbourne Town on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors dominated from the very start and their first chance came after three minutes when Ashley Miller pull the ball back only for Scott Heard to shoot over the bar. Six minutes later Miller was again in the action when he ran and shot but directly at Eastbourne keeper James Broadhurst. A minute later Jack Parter broke through the hosts defence to send his attempt wide. After 17 minutes Aaron Simpson crossed for Parter to hammer over the

Ashley Miller heads home Town's second
Ashley Miller heads home Town’s second

bar. After 21 minutes Miller again broke into the penalty area but his shot looped up for Broadhurst to catch. Eastbourne did find the net with their first attack when Luke Watkins saved well only for the rebound to be slammed into the net only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. Town were back on the attack when Jez Achong shot just wide of the post after 29 minutes but it was Eastbourne’s turn after 33 minutes when Liam Upton fired wide. Whitstable then took a deserved lead after 43 minutes when firstly Miller had a shot blocked but when the ball returned to the Town striker he was brought down. He then got up to send Broadhurst the wrong way.

There was little change in the balance of play in the second half however the first attack did come from the hosts as Matthew Nogaro ran in at the far post but his attempt went well wide. On 55 minutes at the other end Simpson put in a ball onto Miller who fired over. Three minutes later it was Parter’s turn to put in a cross but Heard this time put the ball over the bar. On the hour Whitstable extended their lead when Miller headed his second at the far post. The win was sealed on 79 minutes when Simpson put in a ball to substitute Matt Martin who tapped the ball in to make it 3-0. Eastbourne striker Matt Maclean had an attempt on 82 minutes but shot wide and then in injury time

Matt Martin slid home the third
Matt Martin slid home the third

Broadhurst saved well as Miller threatened to increase the lead.

It was an easy win for Town which took them to eight points clear of the relegation zone in the final table .  It is interesting that Eastbourne played their first and last game in the Ryman League against Whitstable as they will be in the Sussex League next season.

Team: Watkins, Simpson, Parter, Guest, Harvey, Kane, Heard, Hafner (Taylor 80mins), Achong (Martin 68mins), Miller, Macguire (Keyte 73mins)

TOWN LOSE BUT ARE SAFE

Joe Lester gets first
Joe Lester gets first

Whitstable Town 2  Three  Bridges 4

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Monday 21st April 2014

Whitstable Town are now safe for another Ryman League season but it was thanks to Sittingbourne’s win at Redhill as Town fell to a 4-2 defeat at home to Three Bridges.

Town looked nervous at the outset of the game and found themselves one-nil down after five minutes when Allan Tait fired home to give Three Bridges the lead. After 12 minutes Town had their first attack when an Ashley Miller cross could not quite find Joe Kane. A minute later Town

Lester gets second
Lester gets second

had a penalty turned down when Charlie Smith appeared to be fouled in the penalty area but the referee waived away their appeals. Three Bridges had a free kick on the edge of the area but Lee Carney could only fire straight at goalkeeper Luke Watkins. Then on 33 minutes Tony Garrod hit a shot with the inside of his foot but the ball went over the bar and then three minutes later Tait turned and shot wide. As the half progressed, the hosts came more into the game and got a reward for their revival when after 38 minutes ran through the defence sent in a cross which Joe Lester slotted home.

The second half started similar to the first with Three Bridges looking more threatening. Matt Daniel got the ball in the Town net after 47 minutes but the linesman was flagging for offside and then six minutes later he restored Bridges lead when he slotted home following a melee in the Town penalty area.  Three Bridges continued to dominate and Williams Peauroux shot wide of the target after 63 minutes. The game was put beyond Town’s reach after 63 minutes when they gave away a penalty. Up stepped Daniel who sent Watkins the wrong

Joe Lester receives man of the match award from Peter Barnes from the FA
Joe Lester receives man of the match award from Peter Barnes from the FA

way. Town then had a bright spell as firstly David Raggett crossed dangerously but Martin Grant did well to cut out the opportunity. With ten minutes to go Lester gave Town a little bit of hope when he headed in a John Guest cross.  Three Bridges restored the lead with 4 minutes to go when Elliott Romain broke into the penalty area and drove the ball home. Town’s afternoon got worse when Macauley Murray was sent off in injury time for bringing down a Three Bridges striker.

This was a poor performance from Town with the afternoon only made better by the news that Sittingbourne had held onto a 3-2 win at Redhill and so Town are safe for another season.

Team: Watkins, Kane, Parter, Harvey, Wells D, Guest, Heard, Taylor (Hafner 53 mins), Smith C (Lester 21 mins), Miller (Raggett 64 mins), Murray

 

WHITSTABLE LOSE LEAD AND LOSE POINTS AT HASTINGS

Macauley Murray sends in perfect cross
Macauley Murray sends in perfect cross

Hastings United 3 Whitstable Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 19th April 2014

Whitstable came away from Hastings with nothing on Saturday after taking the lead early in the second half.

The first half started with an early opportunity for the hosts as Ben Judge sent in a shot from five yards out after one minute but Luke Watkins was on hand to block. Town had their first attempt after five minutes when Charlie Smith put the ball through to Ashley Miller but a defender was on hand to deflect the ball away. Hastings defender Nathan Ferguson running in on the far post after 13

Laurence Harvey heads home
Laurence Harvey heads home

minutes  had his attempt well saved by Watkins and then four minutes later he sent in a long range weak shot that went wide. At the other end Miller came in on the near post but sent the ball just wide of the target. On 25 minutes Town were fortunate when Tim Olurunda headed goal wards but Hastings striker Frankie Sawyer headed the ball over the bar. Danny Ellis then on 28 minutes weaved through the Town defence feeding Sawyer who this time shot weakly at Watkins. A couple more chances for the hosts when Kenny Pogue looped a header over Watkins but also over the bar and then ex Hythe winger Taser Hassan forced a full stretch save from the Town keeper who pushed the ball round the post.

With three minutes gone of the second half Sawyer had a chance when he shot wide when it looked easier to hit the target. Town took the lead after 54 minutes when a Macualey Murray free kick from the right had side found Laurence Harvey who headed home.  Within two minutes Harvey was again in the action this time at the other end when he blocked a shot

Ross Webb sends ball wide
Ross Webb sends ball wide

from Ellis. Town’s lead only lasted four minutes when Sawyer eventually tapped the ball in from a cross on the right hand side. However Town still did have some opportunities. After 66 minutes Miller put in a cross that Ross Webb should have done better but headed wide. Town found themselves behind after 75 minutes when Sawyer who was now limping managed slot a shot past Watkins. Town were now under pressure. Olurunda hit a header after 77 minutes that was brilliantly headed off the line by Jack Parter. Town went further behind after 85 minutes when Pogue knocked the ball onto Sam Adams and he slid the ball home. Town did have a chance in injury time to pull a goals back as  a weak shot from Smith was caught by Hastings keeper Josh Pelling.

Town had not played badly but must now look for some more points to make certain of staying out of the relegation zone.

Team: Watkins, Kane, Parter, Hafner (Taylor 30mins), Harvey, Guest, Heard, Keyte (Webb 57 mins),  Smith C, Miller, Murray (Raggett 83mins)  However H

THREE POINTS AS TOWN EDGE TOWARDS SAFETY

Joe Kane rifles a bullet to give Town the lead
Joe Kane rifles a bullet to give Town the lead

Crawley Down Gatwick 0 Whitstable Town 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 15th April 2014

Whitstable picked up three vital points in a professional performance to condemn Crawley Down Gatwick to relegation on Tuesday evening.

The game started with three early attacks for Town in as many minutes as firstly John Guest headed past the post after a minute. Another 60 seconds and Steve Hafner sent a shot from just outside the area wide of the post and then after three minutes Scott Heard sent in a cross that Laurence Harvey headed wide. Crawley Down Gatwick midfielder Karl Akehurst had their first opportunity when he hit a free kick after a quarter of an hour which bounced on the bumpy surface but Luke Watkins was able to push the ball around the post.

Was it a penalty ?
Was it a penalty ?

A minute later Tom Groves had another chance for the hosts but he headed this time straight at Watkins. Ashley Miller got in on the action when he found himself one on one with the hosts keeper Zane Campbell-Rose who blocked well. A couple of chances then came for Charlie Smith as after 20 minutes on a run he fired his shot well wide and then two minutes later he shot again only for Campbell-Rose to save. The Crawley Down keeper was then on hand to save well from a  Laurence Harvey header  after 40 minutes when  he tipped the ball over the bar. Town finally took the lead with a screamer after 42 minutes. Heard put in a corner to the far post and Joe Kane on the volley rifled the ball into the back of the net. Just on half time Crawley Down  were reduced to ten men when Alex Addai was sent off for violent conduct .

 

Town had control from the start of the second half. After 47 minutes Heard hit a shot over the bar and then seven minutes later Jack Parter weaved his way into the penalty area but his shot cannoned away off the upright. There were a couple of scares for the visitors. Akehurst found himself one on one with Watkins but the Town keeper was able to clear his lines. Town however continued to have the lion’s share of the chances. After 72 minutes Town had an appeal for a penalty turned down as Miller appeared to be brought down in the penalty area and then three minutes later Guest had a shot saved at point blank range by the young Crawley Down keeper. Town sealed the three points on 77 minutes when Parter put in a cross deep into the hosts penalty area to find Miller who fired home a header at the far post. There was one more scare for Town with four minutes to go when Akehurst crept in on the near post but the ball was blocked the Watkins.

Ashley Miller heads in second

Town played out the remaining time to gain an invaluable win as they moved up the table into 18th place.

 

Team: Watkins, Kane, Parter, Hafner (Simpson 66mins), Harvey, Guest, Heard, Keyte, Smith C (Lester 82mins), Miller, Murray (Taylor 80mins)      

TOWN TWICE PEGGED BACK BUT GET POINT

Ashley Miller puts away penalty
Ashley Miller puts away penalty

Whitstable Town 2 Tooting & Mitcham United 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 12th April 2014

Whitstable Town were pegged back twice as they were held by Tooting & Mitcham United on Saturday afternoon.

The game started brightly for Whitstable as Macauley Murray hit a third minute free kick on the edge of the area just over the bar. Ashley Miller created another chance a minute later when he pulled the ball back from the by line to David Raggett who hit the ball over the bar. Then in the 16th minute  there were

Town on the attack
Town on the attack

appeals for hand ball in the Tooting penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Miller who sent keeper Paul Smith the wrong way to give Whitstable the lead. The visitors had to wait until 19 minutes for their first attempt when Harry Knock turned and fired the ball over the bar. Another penalty was given after 22 minutes this time for Tooting as there appeared to be an unfair challenge in the area. This time it was Jordan Cheadle who took the penalty sending Town keeper Luke Watkins the wrong way to bring the scores level. One more chance in the first half saw Tom Jelley put in a shot for Tooting which was cleared very efficiently by Scott Heard. The half  finished  level which was a fair reflection of the balance of play.

The second half was end to end with both sides threatening. After 56 minutes Heard fired in a dangerous  ball from the right but

Ashley Miller heads Town's second
Ashley Miller heads Town’s second

the it was cleared for a corner. A minute later at the other end the Tooting striker Sol Pinnock shot high and wide. On the hour Knock broke into the penalty area but the ball was deflected for a corner.  Three minutes later Heard sent in a cross which Charlie Smith met with his head but the ball was blocked. On 69 minutes man of the match Miller weaved his way into the penalty area but before he could get an effective shot away Smith was on hand to block. However Miller was not to be denied as he put Town ahead for the second time when he got on the end of a Jack Parter cross blasting his header into the back of the net. On 77 minutes a great cross from Dan Keyte for Town found Charlie Smith and he headed over. With 82 minutes gone Tooting equalised when Jordan Cheadle collected the ball and neatly placed his shot into the corner of the net. Then came two minutes of madness as firstly Town striker Charlie Smith was sent off for a second bookable offence and then a minute later Tooting goal scorer Cheadle followed him again for a second yellow card.

Town must continue to look over their shoulders and get the points to ensure their Ryman League future.

Team: Watkins, Heard (Brown 81mins), Hafner (Etherington 89mins), Raggett, Kane, Murray, Keyte, Smith C, Miller, Achong.

DISAPPOINTING EVENING AS TOWN GO DOWN

Aaron Simpson on the ball
Aaron Simpson on the ball

Walton Casuals 3 Whitstable Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 8th April 2014

After a bright start, Whitstable Town lost their way on Tuesday evening to whimper to a three one defeat at Walton Casuals.

The first chance did come for Walton Casuals on three minutes when Scott Day shot over from the edge of the penalty area. A minutes later at the other end  Ashley Miller weaved his way through the Casuals defence and shot at keeper Tom Welham. Then on 10 minutes Nicky Southall sent in a free kick which  Ollie Brown could not get on the end before a defender pushed the ball away for a corner. From the resultant corner kick Miller’s shot was cleared off the line by the Casuals defence. At this stage things were looking promising for Town.

Laurence Harvey gets goal
Laurence Harvey gets goal

Casuals did have an attack after 17 minutes when Simon Huckle cut in but his shot went high and wide of the target. Town took a deserved lead when Laurence Harvey headed on a throw from the near post that looped over Welham after 24 minutes. This seemed to spark Casuals into action. Day had the first chance of an equaliser but his shot was well off target after the half hour and then on 33 minutes Huckle had a shot from the left hand side just wide of the post. Defender Huckle was not to be denied as he shot home after 37 minutes after Town had struggled to clear the ball. Casuals continued to press and went ahead on 39 minutes when Malachi Hudson turned in and hooked the ball past Luke Watkins.

The second half belonged to the hosts although Town did have the first attack when Matt Martin cut in but his shot was deflected for a corner after 52 minutes.

Walton Casuals get goal
Walton Casuals get goal

On 56 minutes Huckle was again in the action when he headed straight at Watkins. Ten minutes later the game was over when Gabriel Okunaike looped a header over Watkins to give Casuals a 3-1 lead. There was few chances at either end towards the end of the game but little threat from the visitors. Jamil Okai had a free header with three minutes to go but he headed wide and then deep into injury time Martin found himself one on one with the Walton Casuals keeper Welham who was able to block.

It was a bad evening for Town who must now look to Saturday to get some points to secure their Ryman South future.    

Team: Watkins, Parter, Webb (Hafner 73mins), Murray, Brown, Harvey, Southall (Taylor 60 mins), Keyte, Martin, Miller (George 45mins) Simpson