Category: 2013-2014 1st Team Match Reports

TITLE WINNERS PEACEHAVEN HAMMER TOWN

Peacehaven take the lead
Peacehaven take the lead

Peacehaven & Telscombe 4 Whitstable Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 5th April 2014

Whitstable Town were well beaten as Peacehaven & Telscombe were crowned as Ryman League Division One champions on Saturday afternoon.

The game started disastrously  as Peacehaven took the lead after only 43 seconds when Charlie Walker attacked down the left and slotted the ball past

Aaron Simpson brought down in penalty area
Aaron Simpson brought down in penalty area

Luke Watkins. The first half was totally dominated by the home side as after ten minutes a speculative shot by Tom Burton was easily collected by Watkins. However a minute later Town were two behind when an in swinging corner from Tom Lawley curled over Watkins into the far corner of the net. The game settled down with an improvement in the Town defence. After 24 minutes a cross into the Town penalty area but Sam Gargan could not quite get a shot in on target. Two chances came in a minute when firstly after 41 minutes Walker found himself one on one with Watkins but the Town keeper blocked well and then a minute later he shot on the turn but the ball went wide. Town had to wait until the third minute of injury time before they got their first chance when Joe Kane sailed an attempt high over the bar.

Town had the next attack at the start of the second half when Laurence Harvey tried to duck down to head the ball goal wards but couldn’t quite get on the end of it. Then the game was virtually over after 48 minutes when Walker was on hand again with a free kick from 25 yards which curled round the wall and into the top corner of the net. On 54 minutes Town substitute Curtis George had a shot which went over the bar. At the other end Tom Lawley looped a free kick which crashed into the upright and away but Peacehaven were not to be

Ashley Miller strikes home penalty
Ashley Miller strikes home penalty

denied a fourth when after 67 minutes the ball came out to Gargan and he slammed the ball home. It could have been five after 74 minutes when Craig Richards headed over the bar. However Town were to get a consolation after 77 minutes when Aaron Simpson was brought down in the penalty area. Up stepped Ashley Miller who sent Anthony Di Bernardo the wrong way to bring the score back to 4-1. The last two chances came for the visitors as firstly Macauley Murray had a free kicked saved by Di Bernardo and on 87 minutes Jack Parter shot straight at the Peacehaven keeper.

With Leatherhead losing at Herne Bay, Peacehaven had won the title and Town must now seal some more points to ensure Ryman South safety.

Watkins, Simpson, Parter, Taylor (Brown 58mins), Harvey, Kane, Murray, Maguire(Keyte 15 mins), Smith C (George 51 mins), Miller, Hafner.

 

LEATHERHEAD STEAL THE POINTS WITH LAST GASP GOAL

Darren Ibrahim beaten by Charlie Smith shot
Darren Ibrahim beaten by Charlie Smith shot

Whitstable Town 2 Leatherhead 3

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Thursday 3rd April 2014

Whitstable Town were robbed of a point by a last gasp winner for second placed Leatherhead on Thursday evening.Town could have found themselves one down after just two minutes when Ian Draycott hit a shot that rattled the upright and went away. After eight minutes ex Sittingbourne and Margate striker Tom Bradbrook had the Tanners second opportunity when he headed straight at Luke Watkins in the Town goal. Town were slowly getting into their stride with Beau Taylor having their first chance on ten minutes when he hit a speculative shot well

Macauley Murray free kickk sails into the net
Macauley Murray free kick sails into the net

over the bar. Then after eleven minutes Charlie Smith gave Town the lead when he surged into the penalty area to put the ball past Darren Ibrahim. The lead only lasted seven minutes when Tom Parkinson delivered a cross to the near post and Draycott was on hand to head in. The next opportunity came from Town on the half hour as Charlie Smith hit a shot on the turn that went over the bar. On 38 minutes Draycott was in the action again when he hooked the ball wide of the target. Leatherhead had a golden opportunity on half time then Bradbrook found himself one on one with Watkins but the Tanners striker made a hash of the chance as his attempt went wide.

The second half found Leatherhead taking the lead on 51 minutes when Richard Avery fired home. Leatherhead continued to press as Darren Smith hit a shot high and wide after 57 minutes. Then after 72 minutes Town were level when Macauley Murray took a free kick quick from the edge of the area as Ibrahom

Curtis George nearly turns in Miller cross
Curtis George nearly turns in Miller cross

was still organising his defensive wall and ball sailed into the corner of the net. After 75 minutes the ever dangerous Ashley Miller cut the ball across the goal mouth but nobody could quite get on the end of it. Both teams had opportunities in the last quarter of an hour. Darren Smith hit a shot over the bar and then Theo Fairweather-Johnson hit a long range attempt again over the bar. Then with the game seemingly heading for a draw in the third minute of injury time Kevin Terry was on hand to send the ball past Watkins to give Leatherhead the points.

Town had fought hard and were unlucky not to get the point and now have the daunting task of visiting the league leader on Saturday.   

Team: Watkins, Keyte (Simpson 56mins), Hafner, Taylor, Harvey, Kane, Murray, Brown (Maguire 68mins), Smith C, Miller, Martin (George 72mins)

 

TOWN FIGHT BACK BRINGS THREE POINTS

Ashley Miller loops ball over Taylor for Town's first
Ashley Miller loops ball over Taylor for Town’s first

Whitstable Town 3 Eastbourne Town 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 1st April 2014

Whitstable Town recovered from a two-one deficit to eventually win this vital Ryman League Division One (South) fixture at home to basement club Eastbourne Town on Tuesday evening.

The hosts started off gingerly allowing Eastbourne Town too much space. However Dan Keyte had the first opportunity when he had a shot deflected for a corner after nine minutes. However the visitors took the lead from the 13th minute when Tom Howard-Bold hooked the ball over Whitstable keeper Luke Watkins into the back of the net. Two minutes later prolific scorer Billy Medlock

Charlie Smith slots home second
Charlie Smith slots home second

could have doubled Eastbourne’s lead but his lob went over the cross bar. Whitstable equalised after 19 minutes when Ashley Miller got hold of the ball and placed it over keeper Joe Taylor and over the line. The Oystermen nearly took the lead after 24 minutes when Keyte shot just past the post but Eastbourne were to regain the lead when Howard- Bold unleashed a shot from 25 yards that sailed into the top corner of the Whitstable net giving Watkins no chance. Town did have one opportunity to  draw level in the 36th minute when Charlie Smith fired a header wide. Eastbourne went in at half time with a deserved two one win.

Nicky Southall had some strong words at half time which seemed to breathe life into Whitstable but the first opportunity came for Eastbourne when Layton Schaaf shot wide after 52 minutes. However a minute later Whitstable were level when Charlie Smith broke into the penalty area,held onto the ball and then slid it past Taylor into the net. The hosts were now on

Ashley Miller scores winner
Ashley Miller scores winner

the front foot and creating the better chances. After 55 minutes Miller again tormented the Eastbourne Town defence but this opportunity was saved by Taylor. Then two minutes later Scott Heard ran onto a loose ball but sent his shot just wide. After 68 minutes Matt Martin pulled the ball back from the by line but the ball went just behind Smith who could not get a shot away. On 73 minutes Miller shot wide and then on 76 minutes Eastbourne were reduced to ten men when goal scorer Howard-Bold was sent off for swearing at the linesman. Heard had a shot on 78 minutes which sailed just over the bar from 30 yards but Whitstable were not to be denied when Miller got the winner after 81 minutes slamming the ball into the net to give Town all three points. Despite one or two scares Whitstable held on for the three points.

Whitstable had turned the game around to seal the 3-2 win but must now be on their guard on Thursday as they entertain second placed Leatherhead.

Team: Watkins, Kane, Hafner, Murray, Harvey (Webb 54 mins), Guest, Heard, Maguire (Martin 75mins), Smith C, Miller, Keyte (Taylor 62 mins)       

MASSIVE THREE POINTS FOR WHITSTABLE TOWN

Joe Kane wins the ball
Joe Kane wins the ball

Whitstable Town 1 Burgess Hill Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 29th March 2014

Whitstable Town recovered from their midweek  defeat at Merstham with a brave one nil win on Saturday afternoon at home to Burgess Hill Town.

The first half started with an early attack from Burgess Hill as in the first minute Pat Harding struck a weak shot directly at Luke Watkins. Whitstable had their first attack after seven minutes when Scott burst into the penalty area but Hillians keeper Tom Beaddle saved easily. The visitors continued to look dangerous when Greg Luer surged into the penalty area but the Whitstable defence blocked him out. At the other end Ashley Miller broke into the Hillians area after 25 minutes but sent the ball over the bar. Two minutes later Craig Maguire shot wide for Town. Burgess Hill continued to penetrate the Town defence as Graham Martin hit a shot after 33 minutes from the edge of the area over the bar. 60 seconds later a header from

Luke Watkins at his best
Luke Watkins at his best

Darren Budd threatened the hosts goal but Watkins saved at full stretch.  Burgess Hill then had a golden opportunity when three minutes before half time Paul Armstrong blasted over when it looked easier for him to hit the target. The first half ended goalless but on the balance of play the hosts could count themselves fortunate.

However the second half saw more from Whitstable and after  52 minutes Macauley Murray shot from the edge of the area over the bar. The Oystermen broke the deadlock after 57 minutes with the goal that proved to be the winner when Scott Heard broke free and looped the ball over the advancing Beaddle into the net to the delight of the home crowd. The hosts continued to press and after 61 minutes Miller pulled the ball back from the by line but Maguire fired wide. Five minutes later a Steve Hafner corner found Joe Kane who headed over the bar.  Burgess Hill continued to look dangerous and with 21 minutes to go Luer shot but Watkins was again on hand to save.  Lee Denyer was then sent off

Scott Heard gets the winner
Scott Heard gets the winner

for the Hillians with 15 minutes left on the clock for something he said to the linesman reducing the visitors to ten men. The Hillians had their best chance after 81 minutes when substitute Danny Curd headed down but Watkins managed to tip the ball over the bar as it bounced upwards. Only one more chance for Whitstable a minute later as Heard cut in and shot over. Burgess Hill pressed forward in the last few minutes but could not breakdown the resolute Whitstable defence.

The result was massive for Whitstable as they retained the gap above the danger zone below.

Team: Watkins, Kane, Hafner, Maguire(Taylor 72 mins), Guest (Webb 53 mins), Wells D, Heard, Murray, Smith C,(George 83 mins), Miller, Keyte

 

TOWN HAMMERED AT MERSTHAM

Town attack ends going over the bar
Town attack ends going over the bar

Merstham 5 Whitstable Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Thursday 27th March 2014 

Whitstable Town was taught a lesson in finishing on Thursday night as they were hammered 5-0 at Merstham

The game started at great pace with the first chance coming after seven minutes when Taurean Roberts hit a shot straight at Luke Watkins. Town had their first opportunity after nine minutes when Laurence Harvey got on the end of a Steve Hafner free kick but his header went straight at Merstham keeper Brannon Daly. On 18 minutes Fabio Saraiva shot from 30 yards straight at keeper Watkins. After 23 minutes John Guest hit a header just past the post and then at the other end Roberts shot just over the bar after 25 minutes. Merstham eventually took

John Guest goes close with a header
John Guest goes close with a header

the lead after 27 minutes when Dean Gunner slotted the ball past Watkins. Folkes then had a shot blocked by Watkins two minutes later. Merstham continued to control the game and after 36 minutes Tutu Henriques had a shot tipped over well by Watkins. Then Saraiva really got involved as he firstly curled a shot wide after 38 minutes and then a minute later he got to the ball and slotted it home to give Merstham a two goal lead. He then took a free kick which went just over the bar. Town did have a couple of chances before half time when a minute before the break Matt Martin got his foot to a loose ball but it was collected by Daly. Then on 45 minutes new signing Ashley Miller broke into the penalty and hammered a shot against the post.

The second half started disastrously as two minutes into the half when defender Dean Gunner broke into the Town penalty area to tap the ball away for

Luke Watkins saves well
Luke Watkins saves well

Merstham’s third. It got even worse two minutes later when a Saraiva corner found Simon Cooper who diverted the ball into the net.  The game continued at great pace but it was not until the 70th minute that Merstham rubbed salt into the wounds when Roberts found himself free and lobbed the ball over Watkins into the net. Town did have one shot when substitute Beau Taylor shot but it was easily saved by Daly. Town did continue to pressure to towards the end but it was far too little too late.

It was a” bad evening at the office” and Town must now put this behind them for Saturday.

Team: Watkins, Simpson(Maguire 63 mins), Hafner, Murray, Harvey, Kane, Heard, Brown (Taylor 63 mins), Guest (Smith C 63 mins), Miller, Martin

KEYTE EQUALISER EARNS POINT FOR TOWN

Matt Martin tests Hastings defence
Matt Martin tests Hastings defence

Whitstable Town 1 Hastings United 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 25th March 2014

Whitstable Town fought hard on Tuesday night to gain a point against promotion challenging Hastings United.

Hastings started off the stronger and had the first opportunities. Their first chance came after 16 minutes when the ever dangerous Tom Vickers volleyed well wide from the edge of the penalty area. Two minutes later, Town were saved by excellent defending from John Guest when he headed the ball away under pressure from the Hastings strike force. Town had to wait until 24 minutes when Matt Martin fired the ball straight at keeper Josh Pelling.  Luke Watkins had to be at his best when he saved well from Hastings right back Sam Adams after 29 minutes. Hastings had two more opportunities before half time when Vickers set

Dan Keyte seals the point
Dan Keyte seals the point

up both chances. Firstly after 33 minutes he played the ball into Trevor McCreadie who spooned the ball over the bar and then on 36 minutes he fed Frankie Sawyer who looped the ball over the bar. The half ended scoreless due mainly to Town’s stout defending and poor finishing from the visitors.

The second half started in a similar manner with ex Hythe player Taser Hussain sending the ball over the bar within a minute of the restart. Finally Hastings did take the lead through McCreadie who looped the ball over Luke Watkins on 50 minutes.  This seemed to spark some life into Town and after 54 minutes Dan Keyte made a good effort to get a shot away but could not get the necessary power. Two minutes later Hassan had another chance for Hastings but shot wide. On 59 minutes Ollie Brown tried to delicately lob Pelling but his attempt went just wide. Two minutes later Laurence Harvey

Charlie Smith nearly snatches winner
Charlie Smith nearly snatches winner

this time hit a header that did not dip quite quick enough and hit the top of the cross bar. Then on 68 minutes Town got the goal that their fight back deserved when Keyte was able to  squeeze in his header at the far post to bring the scores level. Both sides now went in search of the winner but it was Town who created the better chances. After 74 minutes Aaron Simpson put in a cross that found John Guest who headed just wide.  Then two minutes later  Charlie Smith broke free and found himself one on one with Josh Pelling but delayed his shot too long and the chance was gone.  One last chance for Town when just on 90 minutes Stephen Munn hit a strong shot just wide.

The game finished in a 1-1 draw which was probably a fair result on the balance of the play.

Team: Watkins, Simpson, Parter (Maguire 85mins), Harvey, Guest, Kane, Hafner (Taylor 74mins), Keyte, Martin (Munn 83mins), Smith C, Brown