Category: 2015-2016 1st Team Match Reports

CRUEL LAST MINUTE AGONY FOR TOWN

Stuart King opens the scoring for Whitstable
Stuart King opens the scoring for Whitstable

Whitstable Town 1 Hastings United 2

Ryman Football league Division One (South)

Saturday 16th January 2016

Whitstable were sunk in the mud in the last moments of the game as Hastings United came away with a 2-1 win at the Belmont on Saturday afternoon.

The game started very differently as Town took the initiative in the first half with Taser Hassan having the first attempt after just a minute when he shot straight at Hastings keeper Dan Rose. Whitstable continued to press and a melee in a crowded penalty area saw both Dean Grant and Stuart King crowded out. On 21 minutes Wayne Wilson had a snapshot from twenty yards that went just wide. Hastings had their first chance a minute later as Billy Medlock cut in from the left but shot wide.

Stuart King's shot heads for upright
Stuart King’s shot heads for upright

The visitors then had their brightest spell of the first half as firstly Zac Attwood fired over the bar and then Chris Cumming-Bart shot from the edge of the area wide of the target. Whitstable regained control of the half as on 36 minutes King found himself free. He paused and then timed his lob over Rose to perfection to find the back of the net and give Whitstable the lead. King could have got his second two minutes later when he fired a shot that was pushed onto the post by Rose. With two minutes to go before the break Joe Kennett ghosted in on the far post but was also denied by the upright. Sam Cruttwell had a shot on the run for Hastings on the stroke of half time but his attempt went wide. Whitstable could count themselves unlucky to only be one ahead at the break.

The second half started with Hastings on the attack as Cumming-Bart had a shot tipped over by Town keeper Dan Eason. The hosts were however still creating chances as Grant found himself one on one with goalkeeper Rose but his attempt was

Joe Kennett hits the woodwork
Joe Kennett hits the woodwork

spooned over the bar. Hastings did get the ball in the net on 56 minutes but the goal was ruled out for offside. King had another opportunity as he broke free but fired wide. A Grant cross after 62 minutes was spilled by Rose but King could not get onto the ball. Town were now starting to tire and the balance of play went back towards Hastings. Cumming-Bart shot straight at Eason and then on 76 minutes Sam Cole was also denied by the Town keeper. Then came the equaliser with ten minutes to go as Town could not get the ball away and Sam Adams was on hand to turn the ball into the net. Two minutes into injury time Charlie Smith hit a shot that was saved well by Rose. However another minute and Hastings stole the points as a corner went deep into the Town penalty area allowing Sean Ray to fire home on the far post.

Hastings can count themselves fortunate to come away with all three points when on the balance of play a draw was probably a more fitting result.

 

Team: Eason, Bewick, Crimmen, Punton, Thompson R, Kennett, Conlon, Wilson, King (Smith 89mins) , Grant (Jackson I 68mins), Hassan

WILSON WONDER GOAL GRABS DESERVED SHARE OF THE SPOILS!

Stuart King gets the first for Town
Stuart King gets the first for Town

Tooting & Mitcham United 2 Whitstable Town 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 9th January 2016 

A superb free-kick late in the game by joint manager Wayne Wilson earned the oystermen a valuable point at Imperial Fields.

With Tooting not usually a happy hunting ground for the visitors and playing in the worst the British weather could throw at them, Both sides adapted well, but after early home pressure, it was Whitstable who took the lead. Whitstable’s latest signing and scoring legend Stuart King harassed the home defence, and when presented with the

Dean Grant puts pressure on Tooting defence
Dean Grant puts pressure on Tooting defence

ball, found the net in five minutes, although a big deflection off Antonio Simone did enough to beat Tooting new keeper Sheik Ceesay. This spurred on the Terrors and Dan Eason was called on to make a string of fine saves, including a reaction special from a shot which deflected of Jack Sayer. However the pressure finally told, when the tricky Leon Lalor-Dell beat two challenges and fed Chace O’Neill on 28 minutes and the bearded midfielder coolly slotted the ball home for the equaliser. Whitstable bounced back with Dean Grant and King forcing saves from Ceesay, who was at times struggling to keep his feet from a quick succession of away corners, King then sprung the offside trap, but his clever lob just went over the bar.

With the conditions turning from wet and windy to monsoon like, Harry Stannard replaced Sayer at the start of the second period, and within seconds Sam Bewick was booked for a clumsy challenge. The home side now started to dominate with the hailing wind behind them with Prince M’Bengo and Serge Makofo making Eason earn his money, then on 55 minutes Charlie ‘Wolfie’ Smith replaced Grant who had a slight strain. Scott Punton was then booked for a strong challenge on O’Neill which infuriated the home support, and from the resulting free kick by Ashley Robinson, Eason was again showing why he’s one of the best keeper’s around with

Wayne Wilson seals the point
Wayne Wilson seals the point

another scintillating save. Then on 70 minutes Tooting were in front. Sam Conlan slipped, Adriano Moreas picked up the ball, found M’Bengu and he found the corner of the net. Taser Hassan replaced Conlan on 75 minutes, but again man of the match Eason produced a great save when M’Bengu found himself on a one on one. Then the quality moment, King broke free, but was tripped 25 yards out by Sol Patterson-Bonher. Up stepped Wayne Wilson, who’s curling free-kick swung into the top right corner, to equalise and probably if filmed be a contender for goal of the season. Tooting then threw the kitchen sink at the game and with 5 minutes stoppage time added Ricardo Thompson made two brilliant last ditch tackles as did Bewick, but even as the clock ticked down Joe Kennett stole in and nearly won the game for Whitstable, but his header was well saved.

So, Whitstable earned a welcome point, but with King and Prince scoring, it was left to Wilson’s goal to crown a good away day, with plenty of vocal support from the oysterboys from the stand.

Whitstable Team : Dan Eason, Ricardo Thompson, Reiss Crimmen, Scott Punton, Joe Kennett, Jack Sayer (Harry Stannard 46 mins) Sam Bewick, Wayne Wilson, Stuart King, Dean Grant (Charlie Smith 55 mins), Sam Conlan (Taser Hassan 75 mins).

Subs not used. Ira Jackson, Harry Brooks

Report thanks to Richard Tennant

AFTER THE LORD MAYOR’S SHOW AS TOWN GET STUCK IN MUD

Whitstable Town 0 Chatham Town 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 2nd January 2016

Whitstable Town got bogged down in the mud as they went down 2-0 to Chatham Town at the Belmont on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts, who had to leave out Reiss Crimmen due to illness just before kick-off, got off to the better start as they had their first attack after only three minutes as Harry Stannard fed the ball into Taser Hussan whose shot went straight at Chatham keeper Jack Bradshaw. Chances were very limited in the first half as the crowd had to wait until 27 minutes as Hassan hit a dipping shot from 25 yards that slammed against the cross bar and away. Within sixty seconds Luke Medley created the visitors first effort as he forced a save from Dan Eason at the near post. A couple of efforts from the hosts saw both Sam Bewick and Wayne Wilson fire wide. Eason was on hand to save a header from Ricky Gundrey but Chatham were not to be denied as right on half time a muddle in the Town defence let him through to put Chatham ahead. The half time score probably flattered the Chats but they had taken the chance that was presented.

The second half started with Whitstable creating the early chances as firstly Bewick sent the ball into Sam Conlon but he shot just wide. Hassan was also to shoot wide from distance as the home attacks began to fizzle out.  However on 70 minutes a Dean Grant header hammered against the Chatham upright. Then came the killer blow on 72 minutes that would seal the points for the Chats as a cross from Gundery found substitute Fred Obasa who headed home at the far post. Whitstable were unable to create any credible chances to threaten the Chatham goal in the last quarter of an hour and were restricted to one long range effort for Conlon ten minutes from time going wide.

After the Whitstable win at Herne Bay on Monday this was a disappointing result.

Team: Eason, Thompson R, Hassan, Conlon, Sayer, Kennett, Wilson, Bewick, Smith, Grant, Stannard (Jackson 64mins)

 

RESOLUTE TOWN SHOW MAGNIFICENT FIGHT IN DERBY WIN

Dean Grant gets the opener
Dean Grant gets the opener

Herne Bay 0 Whitstable Town 2

Ryman Football League Division One South

Monday 28th December 2015

Whitstable Town fought so hard for all three points in a 2-0 win in front of a crowd of 730 at Herne Bay on Christmas Monday.

It all started so brightly for Town as a deep Reiss Crimmen throw in after three minutes went into a crowd of players in the Herne Bay penalty area eventually falling for Dean Grant to pock the ball away to give Whitstable the lead. On five minutes

Dan Eason produces another great save
Dan Eason produces another great save

it was Charlie Smith who threatened the home goal as he had a shot saved by Bay keeper Jack Delo. Herne Bay now started to press strongly and it was Elliot Cutts who had a shot well saved by Town keeper Dan Eason. Bay for a time then laid siege on the Town defence as firstly a cross from Liam Quinn found Cutts who could not quite steer the ball in the right direction. Cutts continued to be the danger as he had a shot deflected wide. The Town defence held up well with some resolute defending as was demonstrated on 25 minutes as following a melee the ball was cleared off the line. Ex Whitstable striker Danny Williams, put in a ball to Mark Lovell but he too could not get this attempt on target. The chances were coming thick and fast but there was no way past the Whitstable back four. On 29 minutes Dan Johnson broke into the penalty area but was blocked and then a looping shot from Michael Turner was turned over by Eason. Despite the pressure Town still looked dangerous on the break often causing problems for the Bay back line.

Harry Stannard gets a spectacular second
Harry Stannard gets a spectacular second

Bay started the second half on the attack as two minutes into the half Quinn headed wide. The pendulum swung the other way and is was Town who took control. On 50 minutes Sam Bewick broke through but his effort was saved by Jack Delo. Sam Conlon was next in on the act as on 55 minutes he scuffed a shot wide. Town were able to capitalise on this period of pressure as Harry Stannard turned in from the left and unleashed a shot that rocketed into the top of the net to give Delo no chance and increase Town’s lead. Town continued pressing for a third and it was Grant who then had a shot well saved by Delo and this was followed by Ricardo Thompson (on work experience from Gillingham) who weaved his way into the penalty area and shot wide. As Town tired Bay took back the initiative as on 74 minutes a cross from Danny Walder went right across the Town goalmouth with nobody able to turn the ball over the line. Dan Eason held firm as he saved well a header that came in with ten minutes to go. Right on the end of normal time the ball slammed into the Town upright and then Eason again saved brilliantly to deny Herne Bay. In between Dean Grant broke and ran 40 yards before firing wide of the target when one on one with the advancing Delo.

Town however held on for their three points which was down to superb defending and good finishing to keep the dream of survival still alive. More performances like this will give them a great chance.

Team: Eason, Thompson, Crimmen, Conlon (Adjei 80mins), Sayer, Kennett, Wilson, Bewick, Smith, Grant, Stannard.

TOWN FAIL TO FIND A WAY PAST CASUALS

Tasar Hussain on the ball
Tasar Hussain on the ball

Whitstable Town 0 Corinthian-Casuals 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 19th December 2015

Whitstable Town went down 2-0 on Saturday afternoon as they failed to make an impression on Corinthian Casuals.

It was Town who were first “out of the traps” as they were the brighter starters. A long range shot from Scott Punton after eight minutes was their first effort as the ball went high over the bar. Within a minute there was another opportunity as Dean Grant played a ball into Sam Bewick who nodded over. Punton was in the action again on twenty minutes when he got on the end of Taser Hassan corner but his shot went straight into the arms of Casuals keeper Danny Bracken. Casuals had to wait until half way through the half to have their first effort from Sekou Kaba which went well over the bar. A minute later a Harry Stannard cross into Grant was headed just over. Casuals were now getting back into the game as Juevan Spencer had a shot well saved by Eason and the rebound found Josh Uzun whose attempt was blocked. Then came a killer blow as Kaba was adjudged to be brought down in

Danny Bracken denies Town
Danny Bracken denies Town

the penalty area. Up stepped Uzun who sent Eason the wrong way to give Casuals the lead. Eason had to be at his best three minutes before half time as a free kick from Ben King was arrowing towards the top corner until the Town keeper tipped the ball over.

The second half started in a similar vein as on the hour Charlie Smith slammed a shot from 25 yards slammed into the upright. A minute later a Hassan cross found Grant who headed over. However the game was all over on seventy minutes as centre back Danny Dudley fired home at the far post as he met an incoming free kick. Town did have a couple of opportunities to narrow the lead before the end as Grant firstly lobbed the ball over and then hammered wide. Bracken was also on hand to save well from Sam Conlon but Town could not find a way through.

This result is a setback for Town as they start the preparations for the Christmas game at Herne Bay on Monday week.

Team: Eason, Connor Heffernan, Welch (Hurcomb 71 mins), Conlon, Sayer, Punton (Edwards 88 mins), Hassan, Bewick, Smith, Grant, Stannard (Crimmen 61 mins)

 

Star Player Josh Uzun (Corinthian Casuals)

 

Star Rating **

IT’S OFFICIAL- LOSING RUN IS OVER

Charlie Smith stabs the ball home
Charlie Smith stabs the ball home

Whitstable Town 4 Peacehaven & Telscombe 3

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 12th December 2015

Finally, Whitstable’s long losing run is over as they won 4-3 at home to Peacehaven & Telscombe on Saturday afternoon but it came with a number of heart stopping moments.

It was Whitstable who were first out of the blocks as after only sixty seconds Charlie Smith hit a shot from the right across the face of the goal. Peacehaven did not have to wait long as on five minutes Jordan Badger shot straight at Town keeper

Sam Bewick crashes in second
Sam Bewick crashes in second

Dan Eason. Whitstable were ahead on ten minutes when a Reiss Crimmen corner from the left found its way to Smith who poked the ball home. Town were now dominating the proceedings in the strong wind. Grant fed the ball to Smith who fired over and then Grant himself fired straight at visitor’s keeper Daniel Hutchings. Grant created Whitstable’s second when he fed the ball into Sam Bewick who side footed the ball into the net. Grant who was a thorn in the Peacehaven side all afternoon then had a shot on half an hour that was well pushed away by Hutchings. Despite looking comfortable Town gave away an unnecessary penalty on 39 minutes when Fraser Logan was brought down in the penalty area. Up stepped Jamie Brotherton who slotted the ball into the net. One more chance from Whitstable on the stroke of half time as Grant forced his way into the penalty area but his shot went over the bar.

The second half started in the same manner and on 49 minutes Jerry Adjei sent in a cross that Grant met with his head but Hutchings was on hand to push the ball round the post for a corner. Another Grant chance saw the striker fire wide followed by debutant Taser Hussan who fired a free kick over the bar. Town’s pressure was rewarded when Grant finally broke through and stroked the ball home after 63 minutes

Dean Grant gets third
Dean Grant gets third

to make it 3-1. Town continued to press and Bewick was next to have a shot saved by Hutchings. It looked like the hosts had sealed the win with twenty minutes to go as Grant scored his second and Town’s fourth. Suddenly Peacehaven start to press to try to get back in the game and on 77 minutes they pulled a goal back as Allieu Secko hooked the ball home through a crowd of players. Maxime Agnoly was to repeat the feat three minutes later to bring the deficit down to one goal. Peacehave maintained the pressure looking for the equaliser as Town defended desperately. However Grant on the break found himself one on one with Hutchings but the keeper saved well. Despite the onslaught from Peacehaven looking for a point Town held on to take their first win and points since 15th October to the relief of the home supporters.

It was a thoroughly entertaining game that kept everyone on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.

 

Team: Eason, Cameron Heffernan, Crimmen, Conlon (Edwards 85 mins), Sayer, Punton, Hassan, Bewick, Smith, Grant, Adjei (Fregene 75 mins),