Category: 2015-2016 1st Team Match Reports

GUERNSEY TAKE THEIR CHANCES TO GET THE POINTS

Guernsey 2 Whitstable Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 5th December 2015

Whitstable showed signs of improvement on Saturday but were sunk by two pieces of excellent finishing in the second half in their 2-0 defeat on Guernsey.

The first half started brightly with plenty of goal mouth action at both ends. The first chance came for Guernsey as Ross Allen hit a free kick over the bar and then Ryan-Zico Black had a another free kick that was well held by Town keeper Dan Eason. Town had to wait until the eleventh minute for Charlie Smith to cut a ball across the face of the goal. A stooping Matt Loaring header from a corner threatened but that went wide of the target. Dean Grant then carved through the Guernsey defence but his final shot was deflected onto the post by Guernsey keeper Chris Tardiff and wide. On 23 minutes a little hesitancy in the Town defence allowed Black a header which went over. Eason was good form as he saved well from Allen who shot on the turn. Whitstable then had their brightest period of the game. Firstly Grant tried to lob Tardif who just got his hand to the ball to prevent a goal. Sam Bewick then fired wide and Charlie Smith hit a free kick over the Guernsey bar. Eason was on hand to prevent anything coming from a melee in the Town defence. Just before half time Whitstable had another chance as he fed Harry Stannard whose shot was easily collected by Tardif.

Town were the first to show in the second half as a Grant corner was headed over by Bewick. This was the time that Guernsey began to edge ahead as on 55 minutes Allen punished the Whitstable defence who had stood up well during the first half. He was able to get onto a loose ball and shoot home. On 75 minutes a bullet free kick by Smith was punched away by Tardif and then at the other end two minutes later the hosts sealed the points as Loaring weaved his way into the penalty area and slotted the ball home with his right foot. With five minutes to go Craig Young shot over for the bar for the hosts and then Loaring sent in a shot that was pushed wide by Eason.

It was another defeat but there are some real signs of green shoots of recovery and if they can carry this improvement into the next couple of games then more points will be put on the board.

Team: Eason, Edwards, Wraight (Skinner 71mins), Algar (Ongui 86 mins), Punton, Cameron Heffernan, Conlon (Hurcomb 76mins), Bewick Smith, Grant, Stannard.

Despite the result, the hospitality shown by Guernsey Football Club to everyone who had travelled from Whitstable was as usual excellent.  Our thanks to everyone who made us feel so welcome.

 

TOWN GO OUT TO STRONG BROMLEY SIDE

Bromley clear their lines
Bromley clear their lines

Bromley 4 Whitstable Town 0

Kent Senior Cup 2nd Round

Tuesday 1st December 2015

Whitstable Town put in a creditable performance in the Kent Senior Cup on Tuesday evening as they were beaten 4-0 by a very strong Bromley side who put out virtually their first team.

In fact the first opportunity came for Town after just a minute as Travis Jackson fired well over the bar. Bradley Goldberg was to do the same at the other end three minutes later. The National League side were to take the lead on nine minutes when Alex Wall slotted a shot past Town keeper

Travis Jackson breaks down the left
Travis Jackson breaks down the left

Dan Eason. Bromley were too increase their lead on 22 minutes when Wall got his second slamming a bullet free kick into the top of the net. On half an hour Charlie Smith broke through for Whitstable but his attempt was pushed wide by Bromley keeper, Chris Kettings. Eason was on hand to keep the score at two as he saved from Goldberg and then denied Reece Prestedge seven minutes later. Just before half time Sam Conlon forced a save out of Kettings.

Town had the first attack of the second half as Bewick, after 54 minutes, had a shot blocked but within a minute Alex Wall got his hat trick when a ball from Paul Rodgers found him and the Bromley striker fired home from close range. Eason, who made a number of great saves was at his best again when he saved from Goldberg and then two minutes later Rodgers should have done better as he found himself one on one with Eason but got tangled up before he could get a shot away. Bewick was then to have a shot from long range but that was collected easily by Kettings. Town were still creating chances as Bewick fired in a shot that was blocked and the rebound found Conlon who fired wide. Goldberg then put the “icing on the cake” for Bromley on 78 minutes as he weaved into the Town penalty area and fired home for Bromley’s fourth.

Despite the score line, Town had put up a good performance with a number of player cup tied or injured.

Team: Eason, Edwards, Skinner, Algar, Punton, Sayer, Conlon, Bewick, Smith (George 79mins), Hurcomb (Ongui 56mins), Jackson T

LIVELY TOWN SUNK IN THE LAST TEN MINUTES

Dean Grant equalises
Dean Grant equalises

Whitstable Town 2 East Grinstead Town 3

Ryman League Division One (South)

Saturday 28th November 2015

When you are down the bottom of the table things don’t always seem to go for you as Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to fellow strugglers East Grinstead Town proved.

It was the visitors who created the first opportunity when ex Whitstable defender George Benner headed wide of the target. Harry Stannard playing his first game for Whitstable created the first chance for the Town when he swung a cross in to Dean Grant who slammed his shot from ten yards onto the cross bar. Danny Leonard had the next chance for East Grinstead has he broke through but pulled his shot wide.  Stannard was in the action again for the hosts as he found Sam Conlon but the ball was blocked and then Stannard got onto a corner from Sam Bewick but Nic Taylor in

Shot canons off the bar
Shot canons off the bar

the East Grinstead goal held easily. Grant was then denied by Taylor before on half an hour East Grinstead took the lead as Connor Hendrie slotted the ball home. However the lead was only to last nine minutes as a deep Stannard cross found Grant who headed home. Stannard continued to be a threat as he blasted the ball against the cross bar. He was also to feed a cross into Michael Hurcomb who headed just wide.

The second half started with an attack from East Grinstead as Melford Simpson fired just wide. Connor Heffernan was next in the action for Whitstable as he hit a shot off balance that went just wide. On the hour a stunning strike from Stannard dipped and curled into the top corner to give Whitstable the lead. Substitute Travis Jackson shot just wide for the hosts before Danny Leonard broke through the Whitstable defence but he sent his shot wide.  Then the last ten minutes that gave East Grinstead the win as they equalised on 80 minutes as Jalioh Hassan who headed the ball in. Then within three minutes

Harry Stannard fires in a stunning goal
Harry Stannard fires in a stunning goal

there was an infringement in the Whitstable penalty area and the referee awarded a penalty. Up stepped Teppill Miller who sent Town keeper Dan Eason the wrong way. One more chance for the visitors as on the stroke of full time Eason was to deny Yanice Gnahore a fourth for East Grinstead.

It was tough on Whitstable who deserved at least a point in a much improved performance.

Team: Eason, Edwards, Crimmen, Algar (Ongui 79mins), Smith, Conner Heffernan, Stannard, Bewick, Hurcomb (Travis Jackson 67mins), Grant, Ira Jackson (Conlon 11mins).

 

THE LIGHTS GO OUT AT THE BELMONT

Whitstable Town 0 Bromley 1

Kent Senior Cup 2nd Round

Tuesday 24th November 2015

Match abandoned after 18 minutes due to floodlight failure.

Whitstable Town’s Kent Senior Cup tie at home was abandoned after eighteen minutes on Tuesday evening due to floodlight failure.

Town who were playing in front of new managers Ian Cox and Wayne Wilson soon found themselves one behind as a neatly taken goal by Pierre Joseph –Dubois who came from the right to place the ball into the corner of the net. Whitstable reacted well and were on the attack as Sam Bewick blasted a shot just over the bar on ten minutes. One more opportunity for Reiss Crimmen who sent a shot wide after sixteen minutes before the lights put paid to the rest of the action for the evening.

We now await the details of when the fixture will be played.

Team Eason, Edwards, Crimmen, Algar, Punton, Smith, Conlon, Bewick, Mickelborough, Hurcomb, Jackson.

GUTSY TOWN PERFORMANCE DESERVED MORE

Dan Eason on hand to save
Dan Eason on hand to save

Dorking Wanderers 2 Whitstable Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One South

Saturday 21st November 2015

Going into the game without Calum Heffernan and Calum Wraight both suspended and Scott Punton and Sam Conlon not available, Whitstable Town put up a gutsy performance in their 2-0 defeat at Dorking Wanderers.

The first half saw the hosts dominating the chances but the Town defence put a stoic rear guard action to keep the scores level at half time. Shaun Findley had the first opportunity as he headed onto the top of the cross bar after eleven minutes. On 20 minutes Chris Boulter hit a shot straight

Reiss Crimmen fires a shot against the upright
Reiss Crimmen fires a shot against the upright

at Town keeper Dan Eason. Eason was on hand to save from Tom Tolfrey and then ex Whitstable midfielder Jake Beecroft hit a long range shot well wide. The Town defence held up well with Ryan Cheek who was carrying an injury and make shift defender Charlie Smith snuffing out a number of attacks. On 39 minutes Beecroft shot a free kick over the bar. Tolfrey was then to have a shot which was parried by Eason but Tony Oaks following up was offside. Sam Bewick did well to clear the ball away just before half time.

The second started in a similar vein as a dipping shot from Harry Shipton was saved well by Eason. Whitstable were now getting more belief as they began to create chances. On 52 minutes Kieron Campbell ran in and shot over the bar. Ira Jackson was then to have a shot blocked. On 55 minutes Reiss Crimmen blasted a shot from 25 yards which slammed against the upright. On 64 minutes Campbell pushed in down the left and hit the ball just wide. Just as Whitstable looked the more likely to break the deadlock, Dorking Wanderers snatched the lead on 73 minutes as Ben Dyett rose above the Whitstable defence to head home. Within five

Connor Heffernan shoots wide
Connor Heffernan shoots wide

minutes Dorking were two up as Tolfrey weaved his way into the penalty area and slotted home to seal the points. Conner Heffernan had a shot eight minutes from time deflected for a corner and then Eason was on hand to save  to keep the score at two.

Whitstable came away with nothing where they really did deserve something!!!

Team: Eason, Bewick, Crimmen, Algar, Cheek, Smith, Jackson, Connor Heffernan, Mickelborough, Hurcomb (Ongui 76mins), Campbell

 

TOWN SHOW MORE FIGHT BUT GO DOWN

Elliot Flack clears the ball from Ira Jackson
Elliot Flack clears the ball from Ira Jackson

Whitstable Town 1 Three Bridges 3

Ryman Football League Division One South

Saturday 14th November 2015

Whitstable Town did show an improvement but sunk to their eighth defeat in a 3-1 reverse at home to Three Bridges on Saturday afternoon.

New signings Gary Mickelborough and Sam Conlon were included in the Whitstable squad but it was Three Bridges who created the first opportunity after eleven minutes when Mark Pulling had a shot that went well wide. Six minutes later Mickelborough had a shot way off target for the hosts. Bridges were creating the better chances and a shot by Sam MacVicar was well palmed away by Town keeper Dan Eason. Eason was on hand again blocking well as Tony Garrod broke into the Town penalty area on half an hour. Connor Heffernan had a shot on target held by Bridges keeper Elliot Flack. However it

Gary Mickelborough scores for Town
Gary Mickelborough scores for Town

was the visitors who took the lead on 37 minutes as the ball came out to Ben Godfrey who looped a header into the top of the net. A couple of shots from distance from Town before half time as firstly Sam Bewick shot wide and then Connor Heffernan hit a dipping shot over the bar.

Town did start the better of the two teams in the second half and were level on 50 minutes as Mickelborough pounced as Flack spilled the ball to tap home. On 61 minutes Garrod hit a shot straight at Eason and then at the other end Bewick had a shot held easily by Flack. On 64 minutes Bridges regained the lead as MacVicar broke in from the left and slotted past Eason. Within two minutes Garrod hit a shot with the inside of his foot onto the top of the cross bar. With two minutes to go Garrod cut through but the ball stuck in the mud as the rain fell and Eason was able to save. Town were pressing looking for an equaliser but couldn’t break through and it was Garrod who sealed the win a minute into injury time when on the break

Sam Bewick bursts through
Sam Bewick bursts through

he ran through and fired home.

Town had showed a greater fight than recent games but still came away pointless.

Team: Eason, Cameron Heffernan, Crimmen, Connor Heffernan, Punton, Wraight (Algar 56mins), Jackson, Bewick, Mickelborough, Conlon, Campbell