Category: 2014-2015 Under 21 Match Reports

UNDER 21 PEGGED BACK IN LAST MINUTE

Three Bridges U21s 3 Whitstable Town U21s 3

Ryman Under 21 League South

Monday 22nd December 2014

Scorers: Martin, Lester, Curtis George

The U21s travelled to Three Bridges last night and came away with a 3-3 draw following an entertaining game that could have gone either way.

Whitstable started well and were in control of the game and looking most likely to score when yet another soft goal was conceded on 30 minutes following a mix up on the edge of the penalty area. In comfortable possession Whitstable overplayed on the edge of the box allowing Three Bridges to nick the ball just outside the box, play in their winger who slotted past Wood at the near post. Three Bridges were lifted by their good fortune and were the better side going in to half time 1-0 up.

The second half was end to end stuff on a surprisingly decent playing surface. Town were denied an equaliser when Josh Algar tucked the ball away following a spilled shot by the Three Bridges keeper but he was adjudged to be offside. Shortly after however, on 64 minutes, Matt Martin, looking threatening all evening was played in by Matt Guila and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper to level the scores.

Parity was short lived though as the Three Bridges winger broke down the right flank and crossed for a simple tap in for the centre forward. There were many who thought the scorer was offside but the officials were having none of it and the goal stood, leaving Whitstable trailing 2-1.

Bridges could then have put the game to bed, having a few good chances to extend the lead. It was thanks to Toby Wood who made two outstanding saves to keep Whitstable in the game and this was a turning point. On 82 minutes Joe Lester, on for Martin, raced down the right wing. He crossed the ball to the far post and the ball flew over the keeper, hit the far post and rebounded back in to the net. Lester deserved this good fortune for the pace and commitment he showed to make the run in to the channel and beat his man. 2-2.

Within three minutes Town were ahead. A decent move through midfield ended with the ball being played towards the edge of the Bridges box. Curtis George, making his first start for the 21s skilfully let the ball drop over his right shoulder before placing a volley across the goalkeeper and watched as the ball nestled inside the far post. A quality finish that capped a decent first game for the winger.

Bridges then chucked everything at Town who resolutely kept them out with last ditch defending. The last word however went to the referee, who had already dished out seven bookings in a game that didn’t seem to contain a bad tackle throughout. A free kick was lofted in to the Town box on 92 minutes and was well dealt with by Wood, punching the ball clear. The referee however blew up controversially and awarded a penalty for what he later described as a foul on the Bridges centre forward. No one had appealed for a free kick but it was coolly slotted away to bring the scores level.

All in all it was disappointing to drop two points having fought back and taken the lead. A draw was probably a fair result on the balance of play and chances but this is the second time recently (Chatham away) that Town have conceded late on from set pieces that the young squad will need to learn from to enable us to pick up more points.

Some great commitment from the players following the disappointing display against Faversham that bodes well for the future of the team.

Wood, Skinner, McGinty, Wilkins, Sayer, Healey, Mukura (Baah 57), Algar (Josh 67), Martin (Lester 75), Guila, George.

 

UNDER 21S WELL BEATEN

Whitstable Town U21s 0 Faversham Town U21s 3

Ryman Under 21 League (South)

Thursday 18th December 2014

The Under 21s put up a disappointing performance in Thursday night’s league game at home to Faversham Town.  They went one behind after six minutes when the Whitstable defence failed to clear the ball and William Johnson was on hand to slot the ball home.  Faversham were two up after 25 minutes when again ball was not cleared and Liam Mayall was on hand to fire home. Whitstable keeper Harry Brooks was on hand twice in the 40th minute to save the hosts from going further behind. Faversham finished the game off seven minutes from time when Ryan Cheem fired home.  Whitstable had struggled through the game to get things going and eventually Faversham turned out worthy winners.

 

Team Brooks, Okwudinka, McGinty,  Frewin (Osli  45mins),Sayer, Healey, Guila, Lee, Martin, Lester, Wilkins (Josh 70 mins)

UNDER 21S LOSE TO EARLY GOAL

Maidstone United U21s 1 Whitstable Town U21s 0

Ryman Under 21 League (South)

Monday 1st December 2014

The Under 21s were narrowly beaten 1-0 at Maidstone on Monday evening. The goal came very early in an entertaining fixture. With the first real attack of the game in the fourth minute the ball was put over by Ross Bassan with Jack Jeffery slotting home. Town had their best chance on 16 minutes when Josh Algar put Matt Martin through. The Town striker was unlucky as his driven shot slammed into the upright. Maidstone also hit the woodwork as ex Whitstable manager Nicky Southall, playing as one of the overage players, fired a free kick from the edge onto the inside of the post and away. Maidstone United,  who also played another former Whitstable player Alex Brown and first team manager Jay Saunders held on well for their three points.

Team: Brooks, George, Crimmen, Wilkins, Sayer (Okundinka 45 mins), Healey, Guila, Alger (Frewin 74mins), Lester, Woollcott (Mukura 67 mins), Martin

 

UNDER 21’s WIN AT HASTINGS UNITED

Hastings United U21s 1 Whitstable Town U21s 3

Ryman Under 21 League (South)

Monday 17th November 2014 

The U21s travelled to Hastings last night to take on a Hastings side rooted to the foot of the table. The game was played in difficult conditions with driving rain throughout much of the game, but credit must go to the Hastings ground staff, first for managing to get the game played, and second for producing such an excellent playing surface even in such conditions.

Whitstable started the brighter and took the lead on 12 minutes. A cross from the right by Adam Woollcott was parried by the Hastings keeper but the ball found its way to Sam Josh on the edge of the area who beat a player before firing a shot in to the back of the net. The lead was deserved as Town were playing some good football, Liam Wilkings, Josh Algar, and Matty Guila dominating the midfield. The lead was short lived however, as following a disputed free kick on the edge of the Town box on 15 minutes the free kick was superbly placed in to the bottom right hand corner of the net, giving debutant keeper Harry Brooks no chance to make the save.

The equaliser certainly raised the spirits of the home side who for the remainder of the half played some good football which belied their league position. A good shout for a penalty was waved away by the ref’ and Brooks made a good save down to his right to keep out a low effort from the edge of the box.

The second half was a different story. Town dominated from start to finish, both full backs Andy McGinty and Cameron George getting forward well and the defence looking solid and composed with Jack Sayer particularly commanding alongside the dependable Healey. Town create several chances and were denied what looked an obvious penalty after the hard working Joe Lester was brought down, but the breakthrough came on 73 minutes. A free kick from 35 yards out was driven in by Woollcott and the Hastings keeper could only watch as the ball bounced back off his chest and was driven home by Guila, following up to stroke the ball in to an open goal. Whitstable continued to press with Aaron Skinner (on for Healey) making inroads down the right, and Nana Baah, making his debut on the left (for Josh) looked lively and threatening.

The game was made safe on 90 minutes when following a surging run from the excellent Wilkins Town were awarded a free kick outside the box. Woollcott stepped up to plant the ball in to the left corner giving the keeper no chance.

A good performance from Town who played some tidy football on a good pitch, and were finally rewarded with 3 points to take back on the long, long, drive home!

Town: Brooks, George, Sayer, Healey (Skinner 62), McGinty, Algar, Wilkins, Guila, Woollcott, Josh (Baah 60), Lester

LAST GASP CHATHAM EQUALISER STEALS A POINT

Chatham Town U21s 1 Whitstable Town U21s 1

Ryman Under 21 League (South)

Monday 10th November 2014

A last gasp long distance shot found its way through the Whitstable defence to give Chatham a share of the spoils at Maidstone Road on Tuesday evening. It had been a feisty affair which Whitstable could really have won easily as they took a half time lead as Joe Lester fired home a penalty on 34 minutes.

Team: Burbridge, George, Skinner, Ferwin (Woollcott 45 mins) , Sayer, Healey, Mukara (McGinty 70 mins), Algar, Lester, Guila, Rivera(Wilkins 45mins)

RIVIERA’S DOUBLE SECURES THREE POINTS FOR U21s

Whitstable Town U21s 4 Worthing U21s 2

Ryman Under 21 League (South)

Thursday 9th October 2014

The Under 21s came back from 2-1 down to win 4-2 on Thursday evening. Town took the lead when Rene Riviera put Joe Lester through and the Town striker fired home. Worthing drew level on 51 minutes and then took a deserved lead on 64 minutes. However Town upped their game and equalised when substitute Sam Josh slotted home. Riviera was able to give Town the win as he firstly slotted the ball in and then got the fourth as he put his foot out and deflected the ball past Christopher Cook in the Worthing goal. It had been an entertaining evening in which the Under21’s showed great fight to beat the league leaders.

Team: Hills, Healey, Crimmen, Frewin, Stuart, Okwudinka, George, Algar, Lester, Riviera, McGinty. Subs Woollcott,  Skinner, Josh, Makura, Annoot.