Category: 2014-2015 1st Team Match Reports

TOWN’S PLAY-OFF HOPES ARE DENTED

Luke Girt going for the ball
Luke Girt going for the ball

Walton Casuals 3 Whitstable Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 7th February 2015

Whitstable Town’s play-off hopes were dented on Saturday as they were deservedly beaten 3-1 away by improving Walton Casuals.

The game started brightly for Whitstable as after only two minutes a Peter Wedgeworth corner found Nick Treadwell who headed wide. On 13 minutes Kane Rowland hit a long range shot but Walton Casuals keeper Tom Wellham saved easily. Nassim Dukali had Casuals first attempt on 16 minutes when he shot straight at Luke Watkins. On 17 minutes Wellham was on hand to save well from a snap shot from Scott Heard. A minute later Wedgeworth broke into the penalty from the right but fired over. Immediately at the other end Dukali on the turn shot wide. On 25 minutes Tom Loynes cut through the Casuals defence running 50 yards before shooting wide. On 34 minutes Casuals scored against the run of play when Scott Day fired the ball in

Tom Loynes on a run
Tom Loynes on a run

as Town failed to clear.l. Whitstable did have once chance to equalise when Wedgeworth sent in another dangerous cross which was met by Luke Doherty but his header was deflected wide.

Town were however level within two minutes of the restart when the ball found its way into the penalty area and Ollie Gray was on hand to turn and fire in from the middle of the penalty box. However parity  only to last for nine minutes when Casuals were awarded a free kick from the edge of the penalty area. Jordan Cheadle threaded his free kick past the wall squeezing the ball into the corner of the net giving Watkins no chance. Within two minutes Shawn McCoulsky should have increased the hosts lead but fired high and wide. On the hour Cheadle was

Ollie Gray gets his first goal for Whitstable
Ollie Gray gets his first goal for Whitstable

to turn from hero to villain when he was given his second yellow card. On 69 minutes Loynes had a snap shot that went well over the bar. Despite being one man down, Walton looked the more likely to score and they were rewarded on 72 minutes when McCoulsky got onto the ball as Town desperately tried to clear the and he stabbed the ball home. On 74 minutes Luke Medley broke free and was one on one with Watkins who saved. Whitstable did try to get back into the game and were unlucky not to get a goal when Jake Mackenzie fired in a corner that found Ian Pulman bit the ball was cleared away. With five minutes to go Wedgeworth had a free kick from just outside the penalty area which rattled the post.

It was an off-colour Town that fell to defeat so must now look at recapturing some of the form  they achieved over the Christmas period as they go into the game against Sittingbourne next Saturday.

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie, Wedgeworth, Gray (James 76mins), Doherty, Treadwell (Donnelly 76mins), Heard, Girt, Pulman, Rowland (Coyne 76mins), Loynes.

 

UNBEATEN RUN COMES TO AN END

Chipstead get the only goal
Chipstead get the only goal

Whitstable Town 0 Chipstead 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 31st January 2015

Whitstable Town’s excellent run came to an end as they lost 1-0 to Chipstead at the Belmont on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors started the more positive of the two sides and after five minutes the Whitstable defence were in a muddle but keeper Watkins

Ian Pulman tries to break through
Ian Pulman tries to break through

was on hand to stop the ball. A minute later Derek Tieku had a shot that was deflected wide for a corner. Ian Pulman had the first effort for Town in the tenth minute when he moved in from the left but sent a shot straight at Chipstead goal keeper Milan Stojsavljevic. The visitors were to break the deadlock on 21 minutes when Whitstable could not get the ball away and the ball fell to Sam Preddi who fired home. Chipstead maintained the pressure as Nick Treadwell intercepted the ball but as he tried to clear but itl went goal wards and Watkins had to be at his best to palm the ball around the post. On 26 minutes Tieku was back in the action when he hooked the ball over the bar. Town had an opportunity on 35 minutes when Kane Rowland got on the end of a cross but fired over when it looked easier to hit the target.

The second half started more positively for Whitstable as Ollie Gray had a snap shot that went straight at

Peter Wedgeworth rattles the cross bar
Peter Wedgeworth rattles the cross bar

Stojsavljevic. Two minutes later Treadwell connected with a Rowland cross but the ball looped into the Chipstead keeper’s hands. On 54 minutes Tieku had another attempt at the other end but his shot did not test Watkins. Two minutes later Whitstable’s Tom Loynes shot at Stojsavljevic who easily collected the ball. On 81 minutes Peter Wedgeworth provided Whitstable’s best effort. His shot from just outside the area rattled the top of the cross bar and away for a goal kick. On 83 minutes Chipstead nearly increased their lead when Bob Webbe hit a dipping shot that went just over the bar.  Whitstable pushed for an equaliser but could not create the chance that would bear fruit and the unbeaten run was over.

Chipstead, for the second time this season had ended a Whitstable unbeaten run as they completed the double over the Oystermen.

Team: Watkins, Gray (Donnelly 89mins), Wedgeworth, James, Doherty, Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Pulman, Rowland (Coyne 67mins), Loynes (Mackenzie 67mins).

WHITSTABLE RUN GOES ON AFTER WIN AT FAVERSHAM

Ian Pulman gets Whitstable's first
Ian Pulman gets Whitstable’s first

Faversham Town 1 Whitstable Town 3

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 24th January 2015

Whitstable returned from high flying Faversham Town on Saturday afternoon with three very valuable points in a deserved 3-1 win.

Faversham had the best of the early exchanges and had the first chance after only one minute when Wayne Wilson took a free kick from 25 yards. His attempt was heading for the corner of the net before Luke

Scott Heard gets second
Scott Heard gets second

Watkins pushed the ball wide. Their second effort came on 13 minutes when a Jamie Maxted cross found ex Whitstable midfielder Dean Grant who headed over. Whitstable had a strong appeal for a penalty when Ian Pulman was barged off the ball but it was turned down. Faversham continued to create the best chances as Josh Stanford shot from the left after 24 minutes but the ball looped over the cross bar. A minute before the break Whitstable had a free kick from the left. Peter Wedgeworth looped the kick high and it took Faversham keeper Rob French to tip the ball over the bar.  One more chance for the hosts in injury time as Charley Robertson shot through a crowd of players only for Watkins to save. Faversham had just about edged the half as both teams went in goal less.

Ian Pulman seals the three points
Ian Pulman seals the three points

Whitstable started the second half with renewed energy and were in front within a minute of the restart when a Wedgewoth cross pin pointed Pulman who slammed the ball home. Watkins had to be on his guard to save another Wilson free kick after 54 minutes and Faversham were level within 60 seconds as Maxted got onto a ball from Matt Bourne and fired home. On 57 minutes Faversham could have taken the lead but Maxted’s shot went straight at Watkins. With 19 minutes to go the hosts were reduced to ten men as Grant was sent off for a second bookable offence. Whitstable started to take advantage of the ten men and Nick Treadwell had a header cleared off the line by Wilson after 75 minutes. However the visitors were not to be denied as on 81 minutes the ball came out to Scott Heard who slammed the ball home to give Whitstable the lead. Two minutes later Whitstable sealed the win when Pulman got to ball quicker than French and slotted the ball home. With four minutes to go Whitstable’s substitute Ollie Lee saw read for a reckless challenge and in the melee that followed Faversham’s Dave Botterill also saw red. One more Wilson free kick was pushed wide by Watkins and Whitstable held on for a deserved  win.

With other results falling for Whitstable, they have moved up to sixth in touching distance of the play off’s. Who is to say that is not possible with the rich vein of form they are in at present.

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie (Gray 45mins), Wedgeworth, James, Doherty, Treadwell (Lee 76mins), Heard, Girt, Pulman, Rowland, Loynes (Coyne 61mins)

TOWN FIGHT BACK TO GAIN A POINT

 

Tom Loynes ensures equaliser goes in
Tom Loynes ensures equaliser goes in

Whitstable Town 2 Whyteleafe 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 17th January 2015

Whitstable Town fought back from two early setbacks to gain a hard earned point at home to Whyteleafe in bad tempered game on Saturday.

Town were to suffer the first setback  after only three minutes when Sam Clayton let loose a shot, from the edge of the area, that gave Town keeper Luke Watkins no chance. Further problems for Whitstable as only three minutes later their defence failed to clear the ball and Roscoe Dsane was on hand to fire home. Only a minute later Scott Heard had another opportunity for Whitstable as he turned and shot but the ball was blocked by the

Scott Heard beats keeper but goes wide
Scott Heard beats keeper but goes wide

Whyteleafe defence. On twelve minutes Clayton was in the action again when from the left hand side he shot wide.  The hosts got back into the game after 18 minutes when Heard paused and then fired home a dipping shot from 25 yards. On 24 minutes, Kane Rowland had a chance to bring the scores level when he hit a long distance attempt just wide of the target. The visitors had the best of the remaining chances in the half as on 32 minutes Dsane shot straight at Watkins. The Town keeper had to be at his best when Jason Henry broke through but as he tried to round Watkins he was able to get his hand to the ball and clear away.  Clayton had another attempt two minutes before the break but he shot wide.  Whitstable’s Ian Pulman broke through in the penalty area but couldn’t quite get his shot away and the chance was gone.

Town started the second half with more purpose and were level within three minutes of the restart. Aaron James managed to put a foot out and redirect the ball past Whyteleafe keeper Sheikh Seesay and Tom Loynes finished it off tapping the ball over the line. Whyteleafe were then reduced to ten men when Sol Patterson-Bohner was sent off for a

Kane Rowland's attempt saved by Seesay
Kane Rowland’s attempt saved by Seesay

second yellow card. This seemed to  spark life into Whitstable and on 62 minutes Tom Loynes tried to lob the ball over Sessay but the ball was cleared away into the path of Pulman who was denied by a good save by Seesay.  On 63 minutes the visitors were down to nine men when Dylan Marchant was sent to the changing rooms for a second yellow card.  Whitstable continued to attack Loynes broke free but his shot was deflected wide and then on 76 minutes Heard went round Seesay but shot into the side netting. Rowland had a couple of chances towards the end where he firstly hit a shot just wide and then had an attempt that went straight at Seesay.  Whyteleafe defended out the last ten minutes to hold on for the draw but not before they were reduced to eight men when Bentley Graham was given a red card.

Both sides now sit on the edge of the play off zone after the second draw between this season.

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie, Wedgeworth (Coyne 78mins), James, Doherty (Gray  86 mins), Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Pulman, Rowland, Loynes

FOUR WINS ON THE TROT AFTER TOWN WIN

Ian Pulman opens the scoring
Ian Pulman opens the scoring

Folkestone Invicta 2 Whitstable Town 3

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 10th January 2015

Whitstable Town’s amazing run continued at Folkestone Invicta on Saturday afternoon as they came away with a 3-2 win to put them in touching distance of the play offs.

Invicta had the best of the early exchanges and had the first attempt on three minutes when Jon Pilbeam had a shot deflected wide by Town goalkeeper Luke Watkins. On ten minutes they had their second chance when the ever dangerous Jordan Wright had a long range strike go wide of the target.  Town had to wait until 13 minutes when Luke Girt turned and shot but the attempt was easily saved by Tim Roberts. Town were starting to

Jake Mackenzie gets second
Jake Mackenzie gets second

take control of the game and with 16 minutes on the clock, Tom Loynes hit a left foot shot but the ball was deflected wide of the target. On 26 minutes a Jake Mackenzie cross  found Girt but Roberts parried the ball away. Folkestone were still threatening on the break and the prolific Ian Draycott pounced on some defensive hesitancy but the ball went over the bar. Town were to take the lead on 31 minutes when Ian Pulman broke free, rounded the keeper and planted the ball into the net. There was a threat to the Town goal seven minutes later when Matt Newman sent in a shot from the left right across the goalmouth and wide.

Folkestone now with wind helping started the second half with more purpose creating their first chance on 47 minutes when a defensive error allowed Richard Atkins to shoot but he fired wide. On 50 minutes, Draycott had another chance that went over the bar.  On the hour the pressure paid off when Wright got onto a loose ball and fired home.

Nick Treadwell seals the win with his head
Nick Treadwell seals the win with his head

However the goal seemed to spark Whitstable into life and on 62 minutes a dangerous Peter Wedgeworth cross nearly found Mackenzie but the Town right back couldn’t quite get to the ball. However on 66 minutes Mackenzie got his reward when he broke into the penalty and slotted his shot into the corner of the net to allow Town to regain the lead. Ronnie Dolan went close for Folkestone on 75 minutes with a powerful volley but the ball was blocked. Town sealed the game on 76 minutes when Nick Treadwell headed home from close range. Former Whitstable striker James “Ratty” Everitt was on hand to loop a shot over Watkins into the Town net on the stroke of full time to narrow the gap but it was too little too late as Town held on for three more points.

Town are now two points out of the play off zone in a season which is by far their best since promotion to the Ryman League.

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie, Wedgeworth, James, Doherty, Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Pulman (Donnelly 72mins), Rowland, Loynes (Gray 50mins)

TOWN’S FANTASTIC WIN IN THE MUD

Ian Pulman fires home op
Ian Pulman fires home opener

Whitstable Town 3 Redhill 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 3rd January 2015

Whitstable Town rewarded their army of supporters who gave up their morning to get the ground fit for football after a convincing 3-1 win against Redhill.

The early signs were good for the hosts as Ian Pulman found himself free in the penalty area in the first minute. He planted his shot wide of Redhill keeper Jindritrich Valatty and into the back of the net to give the hosts the lead. After three minutes Pulman had a shot blocked out by Vallaty. Redhill had to wait until the twelfth minutes for their first attempt when Joe Goldsmith turned and shot but Luke Watkins was on hand to save. The game then had a period as both teams came to terms with the conditions. On 34 minutes Conner French surged into the Town penalty area getting round Watkins but his shot was intercepted by Luke Doherty.   As the game moved from end to end, Kane Rowland had a shot for Whitstable but it went wide of the target.

Ian Pulman slots home penalty
Ian Pulman slots home penalty

Redhill did have one more chance two minutes before the break as Joe Bingham also just shot wide.

The second half started with the hosts on the attack. Tom Loynes received the ball on the right hand side of the penalty area but shot just over. Redhill were level on 48 minutes when the Town defence struggled to clear the ball and French was on hand to fire home. This seemed to spark some life into the hosts. Scott Heard ran into the Redhill penalty area and rifled a shot that was tipped over by Vokatty. Then on 55 minutes Luke Girt fed Pulman. He returned the pass but Girt’s attempt was saved by Vokatty. Town were now creating most of the chances. On 68 minutes Pulman had a shot saved again by the Redhill keeper. Town took the lead on 71 minutes when Luke Girt was brought down in the penalty area. Up stepped Pulman, who was suffering with a touch of flu, and the Town striker stroked the ball home. Redhill did have a chance to bring the scores level on 80 minutes when Jack Barton fired wide from the edge of the area. Town sealed the win with two minutes to go as Heard surged through to feed Jake Mackenzie who slid the ball past Vokatty.

Parents look on as Jake Mackenzie gets third
Parents look on as Jake Mackenzie gets third

It had been an entertaining afternoon in very difficult conditions in which both sides wanted to play that ended in a third consecutive win for Whitstable over the Christmas period.

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie, Wedgeworth, James, Doherty, Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Pulman (Coyne 78mins), Rowland (Lee 75mins), Loynes

PS The Chairman and the club pass on their thanks to everyone who gave up their morning at very late notice to  make sure the ground was fit for play. Also thanks to the players and management from both Redhill and Whitstable who wanted to play. Thanks