Category: 2017-2018 Club News

Town Win Entertaining Game

Pre-season friendly
Tuesday July 18 2017 19.45

Whitstable enjoyed a second successive 2-1 win over Bostik League opposition, this time against a slow starting Sittingbourne side, who improved in the latter stages of what turned out to be a good game of football. The home side largely dominated the first half and headers by Ricky Freeman and Tom Bryant gave them a two goal lead at the break. There were the usual multiple substitutions in the second half and it seemed to inspire the visitors who caused the Whitstable defence more problems and Ben Gorham nodded in a long throw to pull a goal back. Former Whitstable goalkeeper Harry Brooks came on for his Sittingbourne debut for the last 20 minutes and made a couple of good saves. Despite some late pressure and a couple of close shaves, the Brickies were unable to beat Dan Eason again.

The Sittingbourne team contained a number of new players, including the Whitstable top scorer of last season, Kane Rowland. Whitstable gave another game to nineteen members of their pre-season squad. Most of the chances in the first half were created by the home side, with Freeman, Harry Goodger and Danny Williams proving a constant threat to the Sittingbourne defence. An early Goodger free kick was fired wide and Williams shot at Darren Hawkes after the referee had played an advantage. Louis Sprosen shot over after being set up by Williams. On 11 minutes Whitstable took the lead when Williams did well on the right to send over a cross that was headed in at the far post by Freeman.

Ricky Freeman heads the first

Good play by Goodger in midfield released Williams and he was too quick for the last defender who pulled him back, but Hawkes saved the free kick by Aaron Quain. The Brickies got forward a couple of times, but the Whitstable defence was quick to block the danger and Eason then saved comfortably from Chris Elliott. On 29 minutes a flick on by Goodger found Williams who was fouled and the resultant free kick by Quain was headed in by Bryant to double the lead.

Tom Bryant beats Darren Hawkes

Goodger then played in Freeman and his effort was blocked for a corner, which was then volleyed wide by the same player. The most disappointing part of the evening came in the 32nd minute as home captain Craig Cloke had to be helped off the pitch with a nasty looking foot injury after landing awkwardly. Hawkes made a good save to prevent Freeman scoring again from close range. There were a couple of late chances for Sittingbourne. Miles Cornwell had their best effort of the half as he shot just over from 25 yards and a free kick on the left was rolled back for Lawson, but his effort ended in the housing estate behind the goal.

Early in the second half, a good move down the right involving Harris Rodgers, Sprosen and Goodger earned a free kick, which Harry Brown curled in and Hawkes got down well to save at his near post. Kane Phillip made a good run down the left and his chipped effort was well tipped over the bar by Eason. Sittingbourne did get on the scoresheet in the 61st minute when a long throw by Elliott was met by a stooping Gorham as the home defence failed to react quickly enough.

Dan Eason makes a save
Sittingbourne score

At the other end James Morrish had a shot deflected for a corner following a cross by Williams. Goodger headed one cross into the hands of Hawkes and then flicked another by Savage just over the bar. A mix up in the Sittingbourne defence let Morrish in, but substitute keeper Brooks reacted well to block and he was soon in action again, denying Williams with the rebound falling safely. The last quarter of the game was the best spell for the visitors as their substitutes seemed to add more pace and direct running which caused some problems for the home side. They won several corners and one spell of pressure ended with the ball being fired over the bar. An equaliser looked certain in the 86th minute when the ball was stabbed towards the goal, but Eason scrambled back and the ball was somehow deflected wide for a goal kick.

The match ended shortly afterwards and probably both teams will have reason to be pleased with some of their play in these early stages of pre-season. Whitstable are at home again on Saturday, as Ramsgate visit the Belmont.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Jack West (George Savage 52), Aaron Quain (Harry Brown 52), Ashley Brown, Craig Cloke (c) (Stuart West 32), Tom Bryant (Sam Brown 65), Louis Sprosen (Charlie Smith 69), Ollie Lee (James Morrish 52), Ricky Freeman (Harris Rodgers 52), Harry Goodger (Calvin Sedenu 81), Danny Williams.
Goals: Ricky Freeman 11, Tom Bryant 29.

Darren Hawkes, Chris Webber, Chris Elliott, George Blake, Ben Gorham (c), Lawrence Ball, Kane Phillip, ? Lawson, Kane Rowland, Miles Cornwell, Ty Guthrie.
Subs: Chris Manangu, Lex Allen, Jake Sweeney, ? Abraham, Best Toke, David Adekoya, Harry Brooks (GK).
Goal: Ben Gorham 61

Attendance: 81
Referee: Jack Fagg
Assistants: Simon Cutler & Kieran Cox

SCEFL Fixtures Published

The league fixtures were published today and are now on the Southern Counties East Football League website.

The August schedule for Whitstable Town now looks like this:
Sat 5 August 15.00 Croydon (Home – Emirates FA Cup)
Sat 12 August 15.00 Glebe (Away – League)
Tue 15 August 19.45 Rochester United (Home – League)
Sat 19 August 15.00 (subject to the result on August 5) Faversham Town (Home – Emirates FA Cup)
Sat 26 August 15.00 Hollands & Blair (Away – League)
Mon 28 August 15.00 Sheppey United (Home – League)

All fixtures will be added to the club website soon, although currently there is an issue on December 16, as Whitstable are listed as having two games on that day. There will therefore need to be some adjustments.

Funeral Details For Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith’s funeral will take place at 14.40 on Friday 28th July at Barham Crematorium, CT4 6QU.

A get-together will follow at Whitstable Town Football Club.

Family flowers only please, but donations may be given to the Stroke Association or Diabetes UK.

Town Start With A Win

Pre-season friendly
Saturday July 15 2017 15.00

Whitstable won their first pre-season game, beating neighbours Faversham Town 2-1 on an emotional afternoon at the Belmont. A minute’s silence was held in respect of club legend Bruce Smith before the match. Two late first half goals put the home side in control, as Harry Goodger scored from the penalty spot after Danny Williams had been fouled and then a fine volley by Louis Sprosen on the stroke of half time doubled the lead. There were lots of substitutions after the break and Sam Bewick pulled a goal back for Faversham as the referee awarded another penalty when Carl Harrold handled in the box.

Whitstable pay their respects to Bruce Smith

Football returned to the Belmont Ground after the summer break and Whitstable started with ten players on the bench, including a number of regulars from last season. Bostik League opponents Faversham, who had already played a strong Gillingham side the previous week, had a smaller squad for the afternoon. There was an early opening for the home side, but the final ball by Goodger, who had a good debut up front, was just too strong. At the other end, Kyron Lightfoot turned well on the edge of the area, but his shot was blocked. Goodger headed the ball on to Sprosen, but he was unable to get his header on target. The visitors played the ball around quite well and created a couple of good first half chances against a bigger and stronger looking Whitstable side. Dan Eason saved well as Sam Lawford was first to a cross by Macca Murray.

Dan Eason keeps this header out

Tom Bryant headed an Aaron Quain corner just over at the far post on 30 minutes, before Charley Robertson had a shot deflected behind for a Faversham corner. On 40 minutes a long ball sent Danny Williams clear, Matt Bourne challenged him in the box and although he managed to get a shot away, the referee awarded a penalty that was thumped past Simon Overland by Goodger.

Danny Williams wins a penalty
Harry Goodger scores from the spot

Williams then did well to get past Bourne on the right, but curled his shot just wide. Just before the break though, another good ball in from left by Quain was volleyed superbly past Overland into the top corner by Sprosen to send the home side in 2-0 up.

Louis Sprosen volleys the second

On 50 minutes, a good cross by Ricky Freeman was glanced just wide by Williams. Whitstable then changed all of their back four, as the substitutions began and in the 64th minute, the referee gave Faversham a penalty as the ball struck Carl Harrold on the hand from close range. Former Oyster Sam Bewick stepped up to send Eason the wrong way. Charlie Smith headed a Harrold cross over the top and then struck a low free kick just wide as Whitstable tried to restore their two goal advantage.

A late Charlie Smith free kick is just wide

Liam King had a good shot parried by Eason and Lawford could only put the rebound wide. Faversham tried to find an equaliser, but it was not to be and Whitstable started their pre-season campaign with a 2-1 win. Goalkeeper Eason was the only Whitstable player to complete the full 90 minutes, so everyone else had an opportunity to get some time on the pitch. Sittingbourne are the next visitors to the Belmont on Tuesday evening.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, George Savage (Carl Harrold 51), Aaron Quain (Harry Brown 51), Stuart West (Ashley Brown 51), Craig Cloke (c) (Rob Gillman 51), Tom Bryant (Jack Mahoney 51), Louis Sprosen (Sam Brown 56), James Morrish (Ollie Lee 56), Ricky Freeman (Calvin Sedenu 81), Harry Goodger (Charlie Smith 61), Danny Williams (Jack West 71).
Goals: Harry Goodger (pen) 40, Louis Sprosen 45.

Faversham Town
Simon Overland, Ryan Cooper, Reion McFarlane, Dan Carrington (Freeman Rogers 56), Matt Bourne (Ryan Cheek 56), Sam Bewick, Charley Robertson, Macca Murray (Luke Griffiths 56), Liam King, Sam Lawford, Kyron Lightfoot (Jordan Casey 56).
Goal: Sam Bewick (pen) 64

Attendance: 132
Referee: Zoltan Konkoly
Assistants: Richard Joss & Mark Cheeseman

Academy Trial Reminder

This is a reminder for anyone interested that there is a fourth trial this evening for the new Whitstable Football Academy/Scholarship Programme. The details are as follows.
Thursday 13th July 6-8 pm
Location: Radfall Recreation Ground, Chestfield Road, Chestfield, Kent, CT5 3LR

The following link will provide you with more information about the course and also enable you to secure your place at the trial.

For more information, please email:
or call us on: 07519279929

FA Draws 2017-18

The early round draws for the FA cup competitions were published today.
The details as they affect Whitstable Town are shown below:

The Emirates FA Cup

Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 5 August (winners receive £1,500)
Whitstable Town v Croydon

Preliminary Round Saturday 19 August (winners receive £1,925)
Whitstable Town or Croydon v Faversham Town

The Buildbase FA Vase

First Round Qualifying Saturday 9 September (winners receive £550, losers £175)
FC Elmstead v Whitstable Town

Second Round Qualifying Saturday 23 September (winners receive £725, losers £250)
FC Elmstead or Whitstable Town v Rochester United or Lancing

There are some familiar opponents, with both Croydon and Rochester United competing in the same division as Whitstable.

Local rivals Faversham Town are one step higher in the newly named Bostik League South Division.

FC Elmstead are a step lower in the Southern Counties East League First Division, where they finished 11th last season. They play their matches at Holmesdale FC in Bromley.

Lancing, from West Sussex, compete in the Southern Combination Football Premier Division and finished 12th last season.