Category: 2013-2014 1st Team Match Reports

WHITSTABLE HAVE TO SETTLE FOR POINT AT CASUALS

Whitstable players appeal for penalty
Whitstable players appeal for penalty

Corinthian-Casuals 0 Whitstable Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 22nd March 2014

Whitstable Town had to settle for a point in a scoreless draw against Corinthian Casuals on Saturday.

The early exchanges were fairly even but it was Casuals who had more of the meaningful chances during this period.  In the second minute Michael Fahm crossed to find Dave Hodges who fired wide. Fahm was again involved after 12 minutes when a clearance from Luke Watkins rebounded off the Casuals striker

Aaron Simpson saves well
Aaron Simpson saves well

but the ball went wide.  After 17 minutes Hodges pushed forward but managed to spoon his attempt wide of the target. Town had to wait until the 22nd minute when Steve Hafner sent the ball well over the bar. After 36 minutes Town had a strong penalty appeal turned down when the ball was sent goal ward and a Casuals hand appeared to clear the ball off the line. However the referee turned the appeal away. Town were now creating more opportunities and after 29 minutes Dan Keyte sent in a dangerous cross but nobody could get on the end and the chance was gone. Town again threatened two minutes later when Hafner put in a cross but Laurence Harvey could not get his shot away. Then on 43 minutes Casuals came closest to scoring when Jamie Byatt broke into  the penalty area from the left and unleashed a shot that hammered into the underside of the bar and away.  Right on half time Hafner had a free kick from just outside the area but this attempt was easily saved by  Danny Bracken in the Casuals goal.

Town created the first chances of the second half. Firstly Dan Keyte broke free but cut his shot back over the bar and four minutes later Hafner created space but his shot went straight at Bracken.  Then came a four minute spell with chances at both

Luke Watkins handles well
Luke Watkins handles well

ends. Firstly, Town’s Jack Parter shot wide after the hour and a minute later Jamie Byatt did the same at the other end. Town defence were nearly caught out on 62 minutes when they were slow to clear the ball. Hodges got a foot to the loose ball and it went wide. Parter then put a ball into the area but Heard could not quite get to the ball and it went away. Town nearly got a gift with 12 minutes to go when Dave Raggett put a ball across which Joe Hicks got in a tangle and put the ball just over his own goal. Both teams could have stolen the points in the final ten minutes and in injury time Town survived a scare when Byatt shot straight at Watkins from a dangerous position on the edge of the box.

The final whistle signalled the final whistle and a fair result and with the point Town restored their nine point gap from the relegation zone.

Team: Watkins, Simpson, Parter, Hafner, Kane, Wells D, Heard, Keyte (Taylor 77mins), Harvey, Smith C (Guest 79mins), Maguire (Raggett 63mins)

 

TOWN GO DOWN TO ISLANDERS

Whitstable Town 1 Guernsey 3

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Thursday 20th March 2014

Whitstable Town were  beaten easily by Guernsey on Thursday evening coming away with a three one win.  Whitstable

Town found themselves two nil down very early on. Firstly Marc McGrath volleyed home the first after 10 minutes and then six minutes later league leading scorer Ross Allen got the Islanders second as he received a ball from McGrath. The visitors continued to press and Town’s defence stood firm for the rest of the half.

Allen brought up his half-century of goals for the season when a poor defensive header was met by the Guernsey striker to put Guernsey three  up after 56 minutes. However, Charlie Smith had a shot deflected past Guernsey keeper Chris Tardif to give Town a lifeline but despite more pressure on the Guernsey goal they were unable to get any more goals. The game was soured by the sending off of substitute John Guest in the last minute.

Town will now need to pick themselves up as the fixtures now come thick &  fast.

Team: Watkins, Maguire(Taylor 75mins), Hafner (Guest 83mins), Brown (George 55mins), Harvey, Kane, Heard, Keyte, Smith C, Simpson, Parter.

SECOND HALF PENALTY WINS IT FOR CHIPSTEAD

An early chance for Matt Martin
An early chance for Matt Martin

Chipstead 1 Whitstable Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 20th March 2014

Whitstable came away from Chipstead on Tuesday losing to  a second half penalty.

The first half was one of very few chances but with the majority of the possession falling to the hosts who hit the bar after 40 minutes. Whitstable’s chances were limited with the best opportunity coming to Ollie Brown who hit a bullet shot that was well saved.

The second half brought about more possession from Whitstable but they were unable to turn these into meaningful chances .  Luke Watkins was stretched in goal and forced to make several good saves . However the decisive moment came in the 57th minute when Town gave away a penalty. Will Turl converted from the spot to score the goal that

Chipstead get winner from the spot
Chipstead get winner from the spot

proved thee winner. There was one more moment of drama at the end of the game when  Chipstead’s Steff Joseph was sent off after kicking the ball away and appearing to say some to the referee.

Town will now need to regroup before Thursday game at home to Guernsey.

Team: Watkins, Simpson, Parter, Hafner, Harvey, Kane, Heard, Brown, Smith C (Raggett 46mins), Martin (Cobb), Mackenzie (Keyte 15 mins).      

A MARTIN DOUBLE HELPS SEAL VICTORY

Jake Mackenzie gets first of the game
Jake Mackenzie gets first of the game

Whitstable Town 3 Walton & Hersham 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 15th March 2014

Whitstable came away with three important points at the Belmont on Saturday.

The first half started with Whitstable creating the better opportunities. Scott Heard had the first chance after two minutes when he shot wide from the edge of the area. Town’s pressure turned into a goal after nine minutes when Steve Hafner put in a ball to the near post where Jake Mackenzie stroked the ball into the net. Walton & Hersham had their first opportunity after eleven minutes when Peter Wedgeworth shot wide of the target.  On 20 minutes Hafner had a free kick from the edge of the area which went well

Matt Martin gets second
Matt Martin gets second

 

over the bar. Town increased their lead on 35 minutes when Matt Martin broke down the left and fired the ball past Dan Coles who despite getting a hand to the ball could not stop it going into the net. With 37 minutes gone Walton & Hersham striker Matt Reece tried to looped  the ball over Luke Watkins from distance but the ball dropped over the bar. Then came a couple of chances in succession in 38 minutes. Jack Parter first of all had a shot that was blocked and then Heard on the rebound hit a bullet shot that was tipped over by Coles. Walton & Hersham then ended the half on the attack as a minute before the break a melee in the Town area saw the ball cleared off the line twice. And then on the stoke of the interval the visitors got back in the game when Wedgeworth headed into the net .

Town continued on the attack in the second half when Parter shot well wide from the edge of the area. On 52 minutes Heard found himself one on one with Coles but the keeper managed to get his body behind the ball. Walton & Hersham then came into the game with  the ever dangerous Reece forcing a save

Matt Martin second of the afternoon
Matt Martin second of the afternoon

from Watkins after 56 minutes. Then on 65 minutes Andrew Mansah had a shot deflected wide.  Two minutes later Reece again was in the action when he turned and shot but Watkins was at his best to save. Town increased the lead after 71 minutes when Martin found himself free and toe poked the ball past Coles for Town’s third. Walton did not lay down and die and Mansah was on hand  to fire home after 76 minutes . On 84 minutes Parter fed Martin on the near post but he could not quite turn quick enough to put the ball on target.

That was the end of the scoring as Town held on to  hold on to a deserved victory by 3-2.

Team: Watkins, Hafner, Parter, Brown, Kane, Wells D,Heard, Keyte (Maguire 68mins) , Smith C  (Humphrey 72mins), Martin, Mackenzie (Raggett 76 mins)

TOWN DRAW AT HOME TO SITTINGBOURNE

Luke Watkins solid handling
Luke Watkins solid handling

Whitstable Town 1 Sittingbourne 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 11th March 2014

Whitstable Town should have put their game against Sittingbourne out of sight as they dominated large parts of the game but in the end were happy to hang to a point at the Belmont on Tuesday evening.

Sittingbourne did start the strongest  and had the first opportunity after nine minutes when Hicham Akhazzan looped the ball over from the wing and the ball hit the top of the cross bar and away for a goal kick. However as the half progressed Town began to take a grip on the game playing some attractive football. On 21 minutes new signing Jack Parter ran in and shot just over the bar. Within three minutes Scott Heard hooked a shot again just over the bar. After 28 minutes there was a quick interchange of passes on the edge of the penalty area

Sittingbourne defenders clear the danger
Sittingbourne defenders clear the danger

that ended with Heard firing just wide of the target. Finally Town broke through on half an hour when Heard put in Matt Martin who was able to slot the ball between the legs  of Sittingbourne keeper Adam Molloy and into the back of the net to give them a deserved lead.  One further chance came when Steve Hafner put in a corner which was met by Joe Kane but his shot went just wide. Just on half time Sittingbourne Manager Matt Wyatt was sent to the stands  by the referee apparently for something he said to the linesman.

The early exchanges of the second half showed Sittingbourne getting back into the game. Joe Taylor had a chance on 49 minutes when he shot straight at Luke Watkins in the Town goal. Then on the hour Akhazzan shot the ball over the bar. However Town continued to attack as well and Heard spooned the ball over the bar on 67 minutes. On 76 minutes Matt Martin

Matt Martin threads the ball past Molloy to put Town ahead
Matt Martin threads the ball past Molloy to put Town ahead

shot beat keeper Molloy but there were a number of defenders who were able to clear the ball away.  Sittingbourne drew level on with eleven minutes to go. There was confusion in the Town defence and with Watkins lying injured in the penalty area following a collision, Taylor was able to fire the ball home. The Town defence were now under the cosh as suddenly the Brickies looked more likely to take all three points but Whitstable stood firm. One incident that caused confusion when it appeared that Joe Lester was brought down in the penalty area. The referee initially looked like he was pointing to the spot but then had second thoughts and restarted the game with a drop ball. In fact Town had the last chance of the game as Parter fired a bullet shot which required an excellent save by keeper Molloy.

Town supporters left the ground feeling that is more two points dropped rather than one gained.

Team: Watkins, Hafner, Parter, Brown, Harvey, Kane, Heard, Keyte, Smith C (Lester 71 mins), Martin (Cobb 89mins), Mackenzie (Webb 84 mins)

IMPRESSIVE TOWN WIN AT WORTHING

Scott Heard goes close
Scott Heard goes close

 

Worthing 1 Whitstable Town 3Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 8th March 2014

Whitstable Town impressed on their travels on Saturday coming away with an important three points against Worthing as they won 3-1.

The game started with Worthing looking the more likely in the early exchanges and had their first attack after three minutes when Jacob Peake fed the ball to Omar Bugiel who shot wide. However Town’s first opportunity after six minutes came closer as David Raggett found Scott Heard who hit the cross bar. However this was a rare attack at this stage as Worthing

Joe Kane puts Town ahead
Joe Kane puts Town ahead

continued to apply the pressure. After nine minutes Will Berry flicked the ball on goalwards but Luke Watkins was on hand to gather the ball easily. After a quarter of an hour Alex Clarke hit a shot well over the Whitstable bar and then on 20 minutes he shot wide. On 22 minutes Peake sent in a bullet shot from the edge of the penalty area that was saved well by Watkins. As the half progressed Town came more into the game as after 26 minutes Steve Hafner sent a ball towards Laurence Harvey (playing in attack) but Jack Fagan in the Worthing goal was first to the ball and was able to clear away. Hafner put in the corner which Heard met with a bullet header which went just wide. With 33 minutes the busy Heard raced into the penalty area but could only fire a shot straight at Fagan. Two opportunities then fell to Worthing striker Bugiel who first on 39 minutes forced Watkins into a fine save and then a minute later collected the ball but fired past the post. Then came Town’s break through on 44 minutes  when it firstly appeared that keeper Fagan had handled the ball outside the area as Harvey attempted to lob him but the referee saw it that Peake committed a foul and was shown a red card as it was seen a goal scoring opportunity.   Hafner then drilled his free kick into the left hand corner of the net to give Town a half time lead.

William Humphrey goes down for penalty
William Humphrey goes down for penalty

The second half started with the hosts looking to get back in the game. Brannon O’Neill fired a free kick from just out of the area and Watkins did well to push the ball over the bar. Town continued to counter and on 73 minutes Jake Mackenzie, moving in from the left, had his shot blocked by Fagan. On 74 minutes, ten man, Worthing were level when George Gaskin hooked the ball in the penalty area into the Town net.  However with ten minutes left on the clock Billy Cobb sent in a long throw which was headed on by Harvey finding Joe Kane who blasted the ball past Fagan to reclaim the lead for the visitors.  Worthing had to start looking for an equaliser again and after 81 minutes O’Neill shot over the bar.  Town soaked up the pressure and then sealed the game in the last action of the match as William Humphrey broke into the penalty area and was brought down. Up stepped Heard whose penalty was well saved by Fagan but the ball rebounded back to Heard who buried the wall into the Worthing net.

The win was well earned and opened a five point gap between Whitstable and the relegation zone.

Team: Watkins, Simpson, Hafner, Taylor (Cobb 79mins), Kane, Wells D, Heard, Keyte (Mackenzie 72mins), Raggett (Humphrey 68 mins), Harvey, Brown.