Category: 2014-2015 1st Team Match Reports

JAMES LAST GASP HEADER SEALS A POINT

Joe Kane gets Town first
Joe Kane gets Town first

Whitstable Town 2 Three Bridges 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 21st March 2015

A last gasp equaliser from Aaron James gave Whitstable a deserved point in a 2-2 draw at home to Three Bridges on Saturday afternoon.

Whitstable should have been ahead as early as the second minute when Kane Rowland was brought down in the penalty area. Tom Loynes stepped but his penalty lacked power and Three Bridges  keeper  Kieron managed to push the ball away. Whitstable were applying all the early pressure and Jake Mackenzie on his 100th appearance broke through into the penalty area but the ball ricocheted off

Kane Rowland challenges
Kane Rowland challenges

the outside of the post. On 16 minutes, Mackenzie again surged through but this time fired over the bar. On 21 minutes a Scott Heard shot come cross went straight at Thorpe. Three Bridges had to wait until the 22nd minute before their first attempt when Ben Godfrey hit a long range shot over the bar. On 25 minutes Whitstable’s Ollie Gray came in at the far post but couldn’t get any power on his shot.  However Three Bridges took the lead after 31 minutes against the run of play when debutant keeper Marc  Beresford tried to clear the ball away but his clearance went  straight at Godfrey and the ball rebounded into the net. This breathed life into Bridges and Godfrey forced a save by Beresford after 42 minutes and the Town keeper had to be at his best when Sam MacVicar fired a shot from the right. Beresford got neatly down to his left pushed the ball around the post. On 44 minutes Nick Treadwell had an opportunity to bring the scores level but headed wide of a empty net.  The assistant referee was however flagging for offside.

Aaron James gets to the ball first for equaliser
Aaron James gets to the ball first for equaliser

Three Bridges started the second half on the front foot and on 53 minutes Tony Garrod got in on goal but Beresford spread his body and stopped the ball. Within two minutes the visitors were ahead when Godfrey rose above the Town defence to head home from a corner. On 55 minutes Allan Tait could have got another goal but his attempt went over the bar. Whitstable were now getting back into the game and Joe Kane had an attempt when he shot wide from the edge of the box. On 65 minutes following a melee in the Bridges penalty area Gray fired over the bar but Town were back in the game after 68 minutes when Kane pounced on a loose ball and fired the ball home. On 73 minutes an overhead kick from Treadwell went over the bar. The game was now going end to end and Godfrey sent a drive over the bar from long distance.  However it was two minutes into injury time when  James got the point when he got his head on a high ball into the area to head past Thorpe who was challenging for the ball.

It was a well earned point for Whitstable but they did leave it very late.

Team: Beresford, Gray, Wedgeworth (James 80 mins), Kane, Doherty, Treadwell (Callender 85 mins), Heard, Girt, Rowland, Mackenzie, Loynes

WHITSTABLE EASE TO VICTORY AT HORSHAM

Luke Girt header goes close
Luke Girt header goes close

Horsham 0 Whitstable Town 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 14th March 2015

Whitstable Town piled on the pressure on relegation threatened Horsham in what was eventually a comfortable two nil win at Gorings Mead on Saturday afternoon.

However it was the home side who had the first opportunity in the first minute as Trevor McCreadie sent a tame shot that was easily collected by Town keeper Luke Watkins.  Whitstable had to wait until the eighth minute for their first attempt when Tom Loynes hooked a shot straight at Horsham keeper Gareth WIlliams.  Kane Rowland was next to have a shot on 12

Tom Loynes walks the ball in for first goal
Tom Loynes walks the ball in for first goal

minutes when his effort did not test Williams. However Williams was tested a minute later when he was at full stretch to save well from Luke Girt. Whitstable continued to create the majority of the chances as a Loynes cross found Kane Rowland on 35 minutes but his effort went wide.  Ian Pulman then had a chance that he sent just wide from a very tight angle five minutes before the interval and three minutes later a Pulman corner found Nick Treadwell who headed wide.  There was one more chance for the hosts on 44 minutes when a George Branford free kick found Tony Nwachukwu who scooped the ball over the bar.

The second half started slowly but on 53 minutes Loynes broke free from the left but fired just wide and  then within two minutes a Pulman cross was headed over by Luke Doherty.

Ian Pulman gets the second
Ian Pulman gets the second

McCreadie had a shot at the  other end but it didn’t really test Watkins. He then scooped the ball over the Town bar after 63 minutes. The deadlock was broken on 65 minutes when an attempted clearance was intercepted by Loynes and with the keeper beaten the Town winger walked the ball into an empty net.  Within nine minutes Whitstable sealed the game when Rowland got the ball in the penalty area and unselfishly squared the ball to Pulman who placed the ball past Williams to make the score 2-0.  The game was just about over at this stage and there was little threat from Horsham as it was left to Joe Kane to have the last chance of the game in injury time as he rifled a shot over the bar.

It was a useful three points and Town continue to challenge for a play-off place.

Team: Watkins, Gray (James 89mins), Mackenzie, Kane, Doherty, Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Pulman (Callender 85mins), Rowland, Loynes

 

A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR TOWN

Tooting get the winner after five minutes
Tooting get the winner after five minutes

Whitstable Town 0 Tooting & Mitcham United 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 7th March 2015

A fifth minute goal was enough for Tooting & Mitcham United to take all three points at Whitstable on Saturday afternoon.

Tooting in fact converted the first chance they  had as a free kick from the right found Dan Summers who  rose above the Whitstable defence to head home the only goal of the game. There were only a few more chances in the first half as on 21 minutes Tooting’s Sol Pinnock shot off balance but the ball went high and wide.

Kane Rowland is brought down with Luke Girt looking on
Kane Rowland is brought down with Luke Girt looking on

Whitstable, who were a shadow of recent performances, had their first chance on 28 minutes when Scott Heard hit a long range shot which went straight at visiting keeper Alex Kozakis. Tooting continued to have the bulk of the limited chances as on 37 minutes Pinnock had another shot that was tipped over the bar by Town keeper Luke Watkins. A controversial offside decision denied Ian Pulman as the home striker broke through and lobbed the ball into the net but the goal was ruled out.

Town looked brighter in the second half and had the first three opportunities of the half as firstly on 50 minutes Jake Mackenzie broke thorough but fired wide and then after 55 minutes Pulman had a free kick that went high over the bar. On the hour, Whitstable came close to equalising when Luke Girt sent over a shot that thumped against the cross bar and away. However Tooting were looking dangerous on the break and it was Harry Knock who had a header on the far post that went wide. On 71 minutes Kazakis had to be at

Tom Loynes challenges the keeper
Tom Loynes challenges the keeper

his best to tip over a shot from Heard and then on 78 minutes Whitstable winger Tom Loynes sent in a looping shot that went just over the cross bar. On 86 minutes Ollie Gray had a shot deflected wide of the Tooting goal and then from the resultant corner Gray headed just wide. Then as the game entered injury time Tooting midfielder Billy Marshall was shown a second  yellow and then a red card.  One more chance went a begging for Whitstable deep into injury time when Tooting cleared away following a melee in their penalty area that involved home keeper Watkins.

It was a “bad day at the office” for Whitstable who must now regroup before next week’s tie at bottom placed Horsham

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie, Wedgeworth (Gray 45 mins), James, Kane, Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Pulman, Rowland, Loynes

TOM LOYNES GEM SEALS THE POINTS

Kane Rowland gets the first
Kane Rowland gets the first

Hythe Town 2 Whitstable Town 3

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Whitstable Town took all three points in a 3-2 thriller at Hythe Town on Tuesday night.

Whitstable started very brightly in the first half but it was Sam Bewick who had the first opportunity for Hythe as he shot straight at Town keeper Luke Watkins after four minutes.  On twelve minutes Luke Harvey turned and shot but the ball went wide of the visitors goal. However Whitstable were playing some slick

Ian Pulman gets the second
Ian Pulman gets the second

football and were rewarded on the quarter of an hour when the ball fell to Kane Rowland in the Hythe box. The young striker coolly slotted the ball past Hythe keeper Roddy Hayward. Within a minute former Whitstable striker Craig Thompson had a shot from the edge of the area that went over the top. After 28 minutes a neat interchange by Scott Heard and Ian Pulman saw the latter have a shot well saved by Hayward. On 40 minutes Whitstable were two up when the ball found Pulman free in the penalty area. He chose his spot and slotted the ball home. On the balance of play the half time score was a fair reflection of the proceedings.

Within two minutes of the restart Whitstable could have been three ahead when Pulman fed Tom Loynes but his attempt went wide. Hythe were now starting to take the initiative and after 50 minutes there was a melee in the

Tom Loynes heads in winner
Tom Loynes heads in winner

Whitstable penalty area but the ball was cleared away. On 62 minutes Bewick shot straight at Watkins and then within a minute Shaun Welford was hand to slot home from the right hand side of the penalty area to narrow the gap. Hythe were now on the front foot as Laurence Harvey had a header turned over the bar by Watkins    Within ten minutes Welford was brought down in the penalty area. The Hythe striker got up and slotted his penalty in the right hand side of the net to bring the scores level. Things got worse for Whitstable as Pulman challenged the keeper which the referee adjudged was dangerous play and the Town striker was shown the red card. As things seemed to be going Hythe’s way, a moment of magic from Loynes changed the balance of play after  84 minutes as the Whitstable winger got on the end of a ball from Ollie Gray and headed over Hayward and into the net to give Whitstable all three points. On more opportunity for Luke Harvey in injury time was denied but there was one moment of controversy at the end as Whitstable keeper Watkins was sent off after being booked for time wasting in last seconds of the game. He reacted by applauding the referee and was shown a second yellow card and a red card for his trouble.

However it was a great evening for Whitstable as they moved up to sixth place and are now only out of the play off zone on goal difference.

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie, Wedgeworth (Gray 62mins), James, Kane, Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Pulman, Rowland (Doherty 67 mins), Loynes (Lee 90mins

 

KANE STRIKE SEALS VITAL THREE POINTS

Joe Kane gets the goal
Joe Kane gets the goal

Whitstable Town 1 Worthing 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 28th February 2015

Whitstable Town achieved a hard earned victory against play off chasing rivals Worthing on Saturday afternoon in a 1-0 win at the Belmont.

Town had the first opportunity after four minutes when Scott Heard surged through the Worthing defence but shot wide. Worthing then had a period where they were on the front foot as after twelve minutes  a free kick from Brannon O’Neill looped the ball over Town keeper Luke Watkins but he was able to tip the ball over the

Worthing's goal under pressure
Worthing’s goal under pressure

bar. Watkins was hand to save again from the resultant corner. The pressure continued and it was Lloyd Dawes who had the next attempt on thirteen minutes when he broke through from the left but hit his shot over the bar. On 22 minute Omar Bugiel had a header well saved by Watkins but it was Whitstable who took the lead against the run of play when after 25 minutes  Peter Wedgeworth sent in a free kick from the right. The ball beat everyone and it was Joe Kane who slipped in at the far post to head home.  Town were now starting to take control but there was one more fright for them three minutes before half time when Curtis Gayler had an opportunity that went over the bar.

The first chance of the second half came to the visitors on 49 minutes when Luke Watkins was on hand to save a shot from Gayler as he fired in from the right. From then on, Whitstable pressed for a second goal as

Luke Watkins on top form
Luke Watkins on top form

in the 54th minute Jake Mackenzie hit in a deep cross that found Tom Loynes who mishit his shot wide. On the hour a reckless challenge by Lloyd Dawes saw the Worthing player see red and Worthing were down to ten men. Whitstable then created a chance on 64 minutes when Aaron James hooked a shot over the bar.  However Worthing still looked dangerous on the break and following a melee in the Town penalty area the ball was smashed onto the cross bar. As the game entered injury time Worthing had an appeal for a penalty appeal turned down and it was Whitstable who held on to take the three points.

Whitstable had managed to narrow the gap between them and the play off positions to three points in a hard working deserved win.

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie, Wedgeworth, James, Kane, Treadwell (Gray 56mins), Heard, Girt, Pulman, Rowland (Doherty 78mins), Loynes (Algar 89mins)

 

TOWN BACK TO WINNING WAYS

Joe Kane opens the scoring
Joe Kane opens the scoring

Whitstable Town 4 Sittingbourne 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 14th February 2015

Whitstable Town returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they comprehensively beat Sittingbourne 4-1.

The early exchanges were fairly even as Sittingbourne had the first attempt after three minutes when Miles Cornwall fired over the bar. Town’s first attack

Kane Rowland gets second
Kane Rowland gets second

after seven minutes resulted in them taking the lead when a Peter Wedgeworth cross found Joe Kane who headed home from close range for his first goal since his return from Lordswood. Most of the chances were still coming at the other end as Ollie Bankhole hit a long range shot weakly wide after 14 minutes. There were few chances then until the 36th minute when Cornwall had  a snap shot from inside the penalty that went over the bar. Tom Loynes had a chance for Whitstable after 43 minutes when he got on the end of a Kane Rowland cross but the ball went wide. On the stroke of half time the visitors did have one opportunity to equalise when Bankole shot wide.

Kane Rowland gets third
Kane Rowland gets third

Whitstable started more positively in the second half and after 60 seconds of the half Ian Pulman pulled the ball back from the by line only for Rowland to spoon the ball over the bar. Whitstable continued to apply the pressure as after 49 minutes a melee in the Sittingbourne box saw both Rowland and Pulman have attempts but keeper Adam Molloy held on to the ball. However immediately Scott Heard shot from just outside the area which Molloy spilled only for Rowland to jump on the chance to double Town’s lead.  Another mistake by the Molloy three minutes later saw Whitstable increase their lead when a Wedgeworth

Ian Pulman slots home fourth goal
Ian Pulman slots home fourth goal

free kick was also spilled and again Rowland was waiting to fire home. On 56 minutes a flick on by ex Whitstable defender  George Crimmen was cleared away by Town keeper Luke Watkins. Town continued to press and on 62 minutes Pulman stole the ball and had a shot deflected over the bar. Pulman was not to be denied and he struck the fourth Whitstable goal after 66 minutes when he weaved through the Sittingbourne defence and slotted the ball home guaranteeing the points for the hosts. On 84 minutes, Sittingbourne nearly got one back when Harry Smith shot across the face of the goal only for Watkins to palm the ball away. As the game went into injury time Whitstable could have increased their lead when Heard pulled the ball back only for Josh Donnelly to fire over the bar. There was a last gasp consolation for Sittingbourne as Smith fired home from inside the penalty to narrow the deficit.

Whitstable took away three deserved points in their continuing challenge for the play-off places.

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie, Wedgeworth, James, Kane (Gray 79mins), Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Pulman (Coyne 88mins), Rowland, Loynes (Donnelly 86mins)