Category: 2015-2016 1st Team Match Reports

Walton

The fight continues

The fight for survival continued at Merstham FC’s ground against a well organised Walton side very strong at the back and hard to break down but Scott porters warriors battled for every ball and gave everything for the oysters in the second game under His stewardship. Once again we did not concede in open play but were undone by a superb free kick taken by their outstanding left back. The tide has changed and the oysters are definitely not as easy to open up. A full report can be found at http://kentishfootball.co.uk/news/waltwhit160316.

Team: Eason, Punton, Healey, Kennett, Wraight, Bewick (C), Brown, Yianni, Smith, Thompson, King. Subs: Ives, Blanchard, Adeji.

Scott Porter and Bob Reardon

New management team until the end of the season

Scott Porter and Bob Reardon the new management team until the end of the season, witnessed a better all round performance against a good Worthing side.

With a number of very good saves from both keepers, the Oystermen succumbed to the constant pressure from Worthing and conceded yet another penalty in front of there home crowd.

Team. ( Eason, Punton, Kennett, Healey, Crimmen, Collado, Bewick, Brown, Yianni, Thompson and King.)

ANOTHER DIFFICULT AFTERNOON FOR TOWN

Stuart King scores with a great lob
Stuart King scores with a great lob

Whitstable Town 2 Whyteleafe 4

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 13th February 2016

Whitstable sunk to another home defeat on Saturday afternoon despite a spirited second half improvement losing 4-2 at home to Whyteleafe.

It was Town who had the first opportunity after twelve minutes when Sam Bewick had a long range attempt which was held well by former Whitstable keeper Adam Highsted. However it was Whyteleafe who took the lead as the ball was diverted into the net by Town defender Cameron

Adam Highsted saves well from King
Adam Highsted saves well from King

Heffernan after 22 minutes. Town however were on the attack again within a minute as the ever dangerous Stuart King had shot well saved by Highsted. Further misery came for Whitstable as Vernon Francis headed in at the near post to give Whyteleafe a two goal lead. It was almost three a minute later as Sam Clayton broke through and pushed a shot against the upright. Within two minutes a moment of individual skill from King saw Town narrow the lead as he deftly looped the ball over Highsted’s head and into the net. Sam Bewick was unlucky not to bring the scores level as a diving header from a Cameron Heffernan cross went over the target. But there was further misery for Town a minute before the break as Reiss Crimmen deflected the ball into his own net.

It was Whitstable who were first out of the blocks in the second half as Highsted saved well from King but within three minutes of the restart Whyteleafe increased their lead as Francis got his second as he lopped the ball home. Town did not

Stuart King gets second
Stuart King gets second

give up and were then to create the majority of the remaining chances. On 54 minutes a Joe Kennett header went wide and then King also fired wide. Then came a trio of efforts within a minute as first Bewick had a shot tipped over by Highsted and then King had two shots blocked. Highsted was again to deny King before the Town striker surged through to fire home with five minutes to go. One more chance for Whitstable as Heffernan sent in a cross to Charlie Smith who just missed at the near post.

It was all too little too late for Town as they fell to their fifth defeat on the spin but at least the second half was more encouraging.

Team: Eason, Heffernan, Crimmen, Punton, Kennett, Sayer, Adeji (Smith R 59mins), Bewick, King, Smith, Goldsmith

 

ANOTHER SATURDAY AND TOWN ARE POINTLESS AGAIN

Molesey Keeper blocks Dean Grant
Molesey Keeper blocks Dean Grant

Molesey 2 Whitstable Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 6th February 2016

Whitstable again came away from a game pointless as they conceded two second half goals in a 2-0 defeat at Molesey on Saturday afternoon.

However it was Town who started the brighter of the two sides as within the first minute Ricardo Thompson had a shot blocked by Molesey keeper Liam Allen. Another chance after seven minutes saw Dean Grant fire wide. Molesey had to wait until eleven minutes when Town keeper Dan Eason tipped the ball over from a shot by James McShane. Grant had a golden

Wayne Wilson's shot is pushed over the bar
Wayne Wilson’s shot is pushed over the bar

opportunity to give Town lead as he broke through but waited too long to get his shot away and Allen was able to block. Allen was then on hand to tip over a Wayne Wilson free kick on 23 minutes. Dan Eason was then to deny the hosts as he also tipped over a shot this time by Ato Okai. Eason was on hand again to save from Staf Palmer and then with three minutes to half time McShane shot wide.

The Town defence seemed to have stayed in the dressing room as Molesey took the lead within seconds of the restart. Palmer was on hand to put a header from a cross past Eason. Wilson then did have an opportunity for Whitstable as he shot over the bar. The major threats were now coming exclusively for Molesey. On 68 minutes Palmer headed wide on the far post and then McShane forced a save from Eason. With ten minutes to go Molesey sealed the points as Palmer broke free from the half way line, pressed forward and slotted the ball past Eason.  The remainder of the game saw few chances.

Town will need a dramatic change in fortune to stand any chance of surviving the dreaded drop.

Team: Eason, Bewick, Thompson, Punton, Sayer, Kennett (Crimmen 45 mins), Conlon, Wilson, King (Smith 61 mins), Grant (Brown 75 mins), Stannard.

 

A VERY GRIM AFTERNOON !!!!

Dean Grant challenges
Dean Grant challenges

Whitstable Town 1 South Park 6

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 30th January 2016

Things look grim at Whitstable as a poor performance led to them sinking to an embarrassing 6-1 defeat at home to South Park on Saturday afternoon.

South Park’s dominance started straight away as after only four minutes they were unlucky not to take the lead as Nathan Ayling hit a shot against the inside of the upright. Town had their first effort after seven minutes as Wayne Wilson sent in a corner which was met by Joe Kennett but his header went wide. South Park were however dominating the proceedings and were ahead on ten minutes as Karl Parker worked his way into the penalty area and slotted the ball past Town keeper Dan Eason. On 22 minutes Dean Grant from the left forced South Park keeper Daniel Moody into a save. On 24 minutes Kofi Quartey hit a shot straight at Eason. South Park’s dominance was rewarded when they scored their second on 31 minutes. Kieran Lavery pounced onto a loose ball firing into an empty

Stuart King gets consolation
Stuart King gets consolation

net. Things got even worse for Town on 39 minutes when they were reduced to ten men as Dean Grant got involved in an incident with a South Park defender and was shown a red card. South Park were able to increase their lead on the stroke of half time as Lavery slotted home his second.

The second half started with Town under pressure as Eason saved well in the 46th minute. Stuart King had an opportunity to get a goal back but was denied by Moody and then on 61 minutes Jack Stafford took the game well out of Whitstable’s reach as he slotted home. With a quarter of an hour to go South Park rubbed salt into Town’s wounds and the ball was slotted through to Quartey who slotted home. Four minutes later Town were to get a small consolation as King got through and fired home. Town were finally looking dangerous creating some chances as firstly Charlie Smith fired over the bar and

Joe Kennett nearly gets a second
Joe Kennett nearly gets a second

then a King cross found Smith who shot straight at Moody. The final nail was put into the Whitstable coffin as Stafford got his second as he hammered the ball in off the underside of the bar deep into injury time.

It was a very bad afternoon for Town as their attempt to escape the relegation zone took a huge blow.

Team: Eason, Heffernan Ca, Crimmen (Sayer 45 mins), Brown (Stannard 45 mins), Thompson R, Kennett, Smith, Wilson (Jackson 78mins), King, Grant, Conlan

WHITSTABLE GO DOWN FIGHTING

Charlie Smith gets goal back
Charlie Smith gets goal back

Faversham Town 2 Whitstable Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 23rd January 2016

Another Saturday afternoon and another one where with luck Whitstable could have come away with something but when you are at the bottom things don’t go for you as they lost 2-1 away at Faversham Town.

Faversham did have the best of the first half although Ira Jackson did send in a dangerous cross after two minutes across the Faversham penalty area. The hosts had to wait until eleven minutes before their first attempt as George Monger sent a shot

Will Godman saves Faversham
Will Godman saves Faversham

sailing over the bar. Ryan Cooper was next to threaten the Whitstable goal as he weaved his way into the penalty area but screwed his shot wide and Renford Tenyue should have done better when he found himself in space but off balance he also fired wide. Whitstable were still looking dangerous on the break and Dean Grant found himself one on one but fired straight at Faversham keeper Will Godman. Godman then had to stretch to catch a lob from Stuart King. The deadlock was broken on 24 minutes as Faversham took the lead as Charley Robertson stabbed home a loose ball. Robertson was in the action again when he fired wide. Whitstable keeper Dan Eason had to be at his best to push a Monger around the post. With a minute to go to half time a Reiss Crimmen throw went deep into the Faversham penalty area but was headed wide by Joe Kennett.

The second half started with Whitstable beginning to create the better chances. Grant hit a long range shot just wide after 47 minutes. Twelve minutes into the half a snap shot from David Botterill went wide at the other end. King then sent a header wide from a Cameron Heffernan cross but it was Faversham who then increased their lead on 66 minutes as Matt Bourne lopped a header over the defence and into the net. However Whitstable did not lay down and die and continued to fight back. Wayne Wilson hit a dipping shot wide from

Dan Eason saves well
Dan Eason saves well

distance and then delivered a corner on 74 minutes that was headed in by substitute Charlie Smith to narrow the gap and give the visitors hope. A minute later Whitstable could have been level as Godman had to be at his best to save a King attempt from point blank range. A couple of late free kicks from Wilson threatened the Faversham goal. One went wide and the other was well tipped over by Godman.

Faversham hung on and left a spirited Whitstable to wonder when the luck is going to come to continue the fight against relegation.

Team: Eason, Heffernan Ca, Crimmen, Jackson I (Smith 45 mins), Kennett, Thompson R, Stannard (Sayer 85mins), Wilson, King, Grant, Conlon