Category: 2017-2018 Club News

Unbeaten Run Continues

Bostik League South East
Saturday October 6 2018 15.00

Whitstable took their unbeaten run in the league to seven games, as they eventually overcame Greenwich Borough in an entertaining game at the Belmont. Both goalkeepers made some good saves in the first half, with Tom McGill somehow keeping out efforts from Jordan Wright, Rob Gillman and Chris Elliott, whilst Greenwich had a great spell of pressure just before the break and Dan Eason had to be at his best to keep the score goalless. The visitors had a lot of possession in the second half, but the home defence did a great job and Eason only had a couple of shots to deal with. Whitstable took the lead when a corner was only partially cleared and Stuart West was on hand to beat McGill from close range. This seemed to change the game and Whitstable started to play with more confidence, eventually making sure of the points when Stephen Smith was first to a Harry Brown free kick and scored for the third consecutive game.

Once again, Whitstable had to reshuffle the team due to player absences. John Walker and Louis Sprosen were still recovering from ankle injuries, Tom Bryant was unavailable and Chris Saunders remained suspended. Ricky Freeman, Tom Walmsley, Charlie Smith and Chris Elliott had all suffered recent injuries, but were able to feature. Greenwich Borough went through some changes behind the scenes in the summer after finishing fourth last season and are now managed by Luke Medley. They had collected six points from their first six matches, with their two wins coming against Herne Bay and Guernsey.

In contrast to most matches so far this season, this was played in gradually worsening wet and windy conditions. Whitstable started quite well, with Charlie Smith, Freeman and Wright all having early attempts, but in the 7th minute Greenwich went close when Teshuane Tyreece Walters cut in from the right and curled a left footed shot just past the far post. Laurent Mendy headed a left wing cross just off target and then collected an early yellow card for a challenge on Charlie Smith. James Morrish had to depart due to injury in the 15th minute and was replaced by Kyran Connolly and the young substitute put in a good performance. Freeman was just off target with an overhead kick from a Connolly cross, then at the other end Kayne Roberts saw his good strike deflected wide by a team mate. On 23 minutes Wright chipped the ball into the path of Stephen Smith, who hit a firm shot just the wrong side of the right post.

Stephen Smith shoots just the wrong side of the post

Teddy Nelson was cautioned for stopping a Greenwich break down the right, but the free kick that followed raised a few smiles when Solomon Taiwo managed to launch it into the tall trees beside the neighbouring Gorrell Stream. Ryan King-Elliott then had two shots saved by Eason, whilst Connolly almost sent Freeman clear for Whitstable, but the last defender just managed to intercept. Jai McKinlay won possession and found Wright, who turned on the edge of the box and shot for the far corner, only to see McGill touch the ball around the post. Gillman powered a header towards goal from the corner, but the goalkeeper, who is on loan from Brighton, pulled off another great stop and tipped the ball over the bar. Greenwich had their most threatening period in the closing minutes of the half, winning seven corners and forcing Eason into a succession of saves. Phil Brown-Bampoe had a 30 yard shot tipped over by the impressive Whitstable keeper, who next had to deal with a deflected shot that bounced awkwardly towards the goal and then another Brown-Bampoe chip from 20 yards. The last chance of the half fell to Whitstable however when Elliott collected a cross-field ball, beat his marker and his shot from a narrow angle was just deflected past the far post by McGill. An entertaining half ended 0-0, thanks in no small part to the two goalkeepers.

Tom McGill saves a Jordan Wright shot
Rob Gillman heads a corner towards goal
McGill tips the ball over the bar
Chris Elliott tests McGill from a tight angle
The goalkeeper does just enough to deflect the ball past the far post

The second half started quietly in comparison, although Greenwich got themselves into some promising positions without making the most of them. King-Elliott did deliver a good cross that flew right across goal after Freeman had been cautioned for a foul. There were chances at both ends in the 65th minute, when Eason saved a weak shot and then a quick Whitstable break gave Stephen Smith a sight of goal, but his shot was saved by McGill at his near post. Brown replaced Elliott just before Whitstable took the lead in the 66th minute. Brown swung in a corner that was cleared as far as Freeman, who sent the ball back into the box and West had the space to collect and shoot past McGill.

Stuart West shoots for goal
Whitstable lead 1-0

The goal inspired Whitstable to look for a second and Stephen Smith had one effort blocked and put another just wide. Walmsley came on for Freeman for the final home substitution. After some good play, a Connolly cross was headed wide by Wright. The Whitstable defence dealt well with a couple of Greenwich attacks, but on 87 minutes it was 2-0 when Stephen Smith arrived to fire a Brown free kick into the net. There was no further action of note, apart from a late booking for Brown following a sliding challenge on the halfway line.

Stephen Smith is first to meet Harry Brown’s free kick
Whitstable have their second goal

The win pushed Whitstable up to 6th in the table with 15 points after 9 games and they are now unbeaten since losing their first 2 games. Attention for Whitstable now turns to cup action, with away games at Ramsgate in the Velocity Trophy and Bedfont Sports in the FA Trophy.

Whitstable Greenwich
14 Attempts 10
8 On Target 7
4 Corners 10
1 Offside 1
10 Free Kicks Won 12

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Jordan Wright, Chris Elliott (Harry Brown 66), Stuart West, Rob Gillman, Teddy Nelson, Charlie Smith, James Morrish (c) (Kyran Connolly 15), Ricky Freeman (Tom Walmsley 72), Stephen Smith, Jai McKinlay.
Subs (unused): Rhys Brain, Aiden Enver.
Goals: Stuart West 66, Stephen Smith 87.
Yellow cards: Teddy Nelson 29, Ricky Freeman 58, Harry Brown 90.

Greenwich Borough
Tom McGill, Liam Garlinge, Connor Peters, Solomon Taiwo (c), Mo Kamara, Simba Kubyiwa, Teshuane Tyreece Walters, Phil Brown-Bampoe, Laurent Mendy, Kayne Roberts, Ryan King-Elliott.
Subs (unused): Theo Osinfolarin, Malakai Field, Cameron Reardon.
Yellow card: Laurent Mendy 11

Attendance: 151
Referee: Peter Cruise
Assistants: Jack Owen & Nick Dunn

Coach For Hounslow Cup Tie

Whitstable Town now travel to face CB Hounslow United in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday 25th August. The club are running a coach to the game and any supporters wishing to travel with us are asked to book a place as soon as possible. The cost will be £10 and the coach is expected to leave the car park at the Belmont Ground around 10 am, with an additional stop at Maidstone.

Please call Joe on 07802 717840 or see one of the committee or alternatively email

Late West Goal Earns Replay

Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round
Saturday August 11 2018 15.00

Whitstable fought back after a sluggish first half performance had threatened a first day FA Cup exit for the second successive season. Deal deservedly led at the break, as substitute and former Whitstable striker, Harris Rodgers opened the scoring after Dan Eason had parried a Sam Wilson shot and then Wilson added a second on the stroke of half time. It was a different game in the second half and Deal put the ball into their own net after James Morrish sent a header into the goalmouth. John Walker, Brett Ince, Chris Saunders and Nathan Hardwick all went close, but Deal held on to their lead and still posed a threat on the break, until Stuart West managed to force home an equaliser in the 90th minute.

With a number of newly promoted Step 4 teams having to participate in the opening round, this FA Cup tie was the first competitive game of the season for Whitstable. Charlie Smith started up front alongside Ricky Freeman, with Stuart West playing a holding role in midfield. The Southern Counties East League started a week earlier and Deal had collected 4 points from their first 2 games. They did have their captain, Luke Bigginton, sent off at AFC Croydon and he was unavailable for this match, along with several other members of the Deal squad.

It was the home team that started better and Jordan Wright made a good block in the opening minutes, then Eason saved comfortably from Ben Cardwell. Whitstable had a few promising moments, one when Smith released Freeman on the right and he put in a great low cross, but there was no one in the box to apply the finish. Ben Chapman broke down the Deal right and fired the ball just wide of the far post. Deal were awarded two free kicks just outside the penalty area, but first Alfie Foster and then Steve O’Brien shot over the bar. Eason had to save a 25 yard effort from Trinn Brisley, as Deal continued to create chances. Freeman had a couple of sights of goal at the other end and a Tom Bryant header from a long free kick sailed over the bar, but Whitstable really struggled to get into the game throughout the first half, as Deal were winning most of the loose balls and pushing their Bostik league opponents back.

Deal go close
Dan Eason sees this Deal free kick go over the bar

An injured Foster had to leave the field on 35 minutes and was replaced by Rodgers, who played 42 games for Whitstable, scoring 6 goals and showing a lot of promise, before leaving early last season after struggling with hamstring injuries. He had only been on the field a few minutes when he scored the goal that had been coming for a while. A shot by Wilson from the edge of the box was parried by Eason and Rodgers nipped in to tuck the ball into the net in the 38th minute. Deal doubled their advantage in the 45th minute, when a low cross from the left brought a great defensive tackle to deny Rodgers his second, but the ball ran loose to Wilson and he curled the ball back into the net.

It was a frustrating first half for the Whitstable bench

The Whitstable management team would clearly have had a few things to say to their players at half time, as they sought to get more from their team. Whitstable had lost in the league here early last season with a similar performance, when playing to the same end, they also found themselves two goals down at the break and, although dominating the second half, went on to lose 2-1. Once again, Whitstable came out with more urgency and an early Smith turn and shot was deflected behind for a corner. The goal they sought came in the 52nd minute, when a deep West cross from the right was headed back across goal by Morrish and as a couple of Whitstable players closed in, Brisley knocked the ball past his own goalkeeper. The Whitstable captain was shown the only yellow card of the game shortly afterwards, after being frustrated with a couple of decisions. The visitors continued to press forward looking for an equaliser and John Walker arrived in the box to meet a cross from the left, but failed to keep his shot down.

James Morrish heads a Stuart West cross towards goal
Deal concede an own goal
John Walker puts this chance over the top

Both teams made substitutions and Whitstable pushed West up front, bringing Brett Ince into midfield. Morrish rolled the ball into the path of Ince, but his fierce shot from outside the box flew over the bar. Another substitute, Chris Saunders saw his effort just miss the target, after being found by Wright. Deal had few sights of the Whitstable goal in the second half, but did threaten twice on the break when Rodgers and then substitute Troy Howard both delivered crosses that Connor Coyne just failed to connect with at the far post. As time ticked away, an Ince free kick was headed over by Nathan Hardwick, who also had a well struck 25 yard shot saved by James Tonkin. It was looking like an early cup exit, when the equalising goal finally arrived in the 90th minute. A Whitstable corner was cleared and then Rob Gillman chipped the ball back into the box, where the Deal defence managed to block a couple of attempts, but eventually the ball fell nicely for West to fire the ball into the net from 3 yards. There were 4 added minutes and Whitstable tried to find an unlikely winner, as an Ince corner was cleared and then Freeman shot just over from 20 yards. The game ended 2-2, which in the end was probably a fair result, as it was very much a game of two contrasting halves.

Stuart West scores a late equaliser

The replay will be at the Belmont Ground on Wednesday evening at 7.45 p.m. The tie will be settled on the night with extra time and penalties, if necessary and the winners will be away to CB Hounslow United in the next round, following their 2-0 win at Sutton Common Rovers on Sunday.

Deal Whitstable
10 Attempts 16
6 On Target 5
1 Corners 6
1 Offside 1
8 Free Kicks Won 8

Deal Town
James Tonkin, Liam Hark (c), Steve O’Brian, Alfie Foster (Harris Rodgers 35), Kane Smith, Connor Miller, Ben Cardwell (Troy Howard 78), Trinn Brisley (Harry Alexander 65), Connor Coyne, Sam Wilson, Ben Chapman.
Subs (unused): Danny Smith
Goals: Harris Rodgers 38, Sam Wilson 45.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, John Walker, Josh Burchell, Teddy Nelson, Rob Gillman, Tom Bryant, Jordan Wright (Nathan Hardwick 78), James Morrish (c) (Chris Saunders 69), Ricky Freeman, Charlie Smith (Brett Ince 60), Stuart West.
Subs (unused): Jai McKinlay, Kyran Connolly.
Goals: Trinn Brisley (og) 52, Stuart West 90.
Yellow card: James Morrish 56

Attendance: 187
Referee: Dominic Barrow
Assistants: Jessica Storrie & Krystian Kaczala

The 2018-19 Season Begins

Today sees the start of another football season, with the opening fixtures in the Bostik League and also the Extra Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup. Step 4 clubs have in previous seasons been exempt from the Extra Preliminary Round, but due to the league restructuring in the summer affecting Steps 3 and 4, there are now 18 Step 4 clubs entering the competition in the Extra Preliminary Round. These are the 18 lowest ranked newly promoted clubs based on their points per game from the 2017-2018 season. From the Bostik League South East therefore, Sevenoaks Town, Three Bridges, Haywards Heath Town and Whitstable Town will start their season with a cup tie.

The fixtures involving Bostik League South East teams for Saturday 11th August are:

The Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round (Winners £2,250, Losers £750)
Crawley Down Gatwick v Three Bridges
Haywards Heath Town v Lancing
Deal Town v Whitstable Town
Sevenoaks Town  v  Lordswood

Bostik League South East
Ashford United v Hythe Town
East Grinstead Town v Phoenix Sports
Faversham Town v Herne Bay
Greenwich Borough v Cray Wanderers
Hastings United v Thamesmead Town
Horsham v Sittingbourne
VCD Athletic v Ramsgate
Whyteleafe v Guernsey

This will be the 6th occasion that Whitstable and Deal have met in the FA Cup. The teams also played each other three times last season, twice in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division and also in the Challenge Cup quarter final. Whitstable won two of the games, but lost the league fixture at Deal early in the season. The winners will face an away trip in two weeks’ time to a Combined Counties Premier Division team, either Sutton Common Rovers, who finished last season in 3rd place or CB Hounslow United, who finished 9th. Sutton Common Rovers play their matches on the artificial pitch at the Knights Community Stadium, Gander Green Lane, the home of Sutton United.

Kick off at the Charles Ground is at 3 pm. Please note that should the scores be level after 90 minutes, the replay will take place at the Belmont Ground on WEDNESDAY 15th August at 7.45 pm.

Whitstable do not have a league fixture until Sunday 19th August at 3 pm, when they face a trip to Bromley FC to play Cray Wanderers.

Tuesday 7 August Training

Please note that the proposed pre-season game between Whitstable Town and the Whitstable Town Academy will not now be taking place at the Belmont tomorrow evening. The players will now be training at the ground, ahead of the FA Cup tie at Deal Town on Saturday.

Early Smith Goal Earns Win

Pre-season friendly
Saturday August 4 2018 15.00

Whitstable started brightly and Tom Bryant headed a corner down for Charlie Smith to score the only goal in the first few minutes. The home side might well have scored again soon afterwards when Brett Ince headed another Jordan Wright corner wide. Grays gradually got into the game and caused some problems with good approach play, but Whitstable defended well throughout with a number of timely blocks and interceptions. When the Essex team did get a sight of goal, they only managed to test Dan Eason on a couple of occasions. Stuart West put a Whitstable chance wide just after the break and Lloyd Anderson later prevented Rob Gillman and Tom Walmsley adding to the score. It was a good workout for both teams, with the competitive season now only a week away.

Grays Athletic play at the same level as Whitstable in the Bostik League North Division and currently ground share at Aveley FC. Whitstable had a number of players returning for this game, although were still without Josh Burchell. Tom Walmsley, a young striker from Folkestone Invicta, started his first match for Whitstable on the bench.

The home team pushed forward well in the opening exchanges, creating several good openings and winning five corners. It was from the third of these that the decisive goal came after only 4 minutes. Bryant met the cross from Wright and the ball dropped for Smith, who made no mistake from close range. A few minutes later, Ince rose unchallenged to meet another corner, but his header flew the wrong side of the left hand post. The Essex team first threatened in the 14th minute, when the Whitstable defence did well to make three blocks in quick succession, before Adeyinka Cole curled a free kick just over the bar from 20 yards. A good ball then released the tall striker Shomari Barnwell, but Eason was quickly off his line to make the save. Whitstable won a free kick in a promising position, but Ince lifted his shot over the top. Back at the other end, Geofrey Okonkwo tried an overhead kick from a Grays corner that was only just off target. Whitstable were then awarded a free kick, from which Bryant had a header comfortably saved by Lloyd Anderson. As the interval approached, Eason had to block a Cole effort from a narrow angle and Ricky Freeman was flagged offside before he put the ball in the net.

Tom Bryant heads the ball down
Charlie Smith is first to react
Whitstable take an early lead
Brett Ince heads just wide
Dan Eason cuts out a low cross
Ricky Freeman finds the net, but the flag is raised for offside

At the start of the second half, a Wright free kick from the right reached West at the back post, but his shot was off target. Some good play by Grays eventually led to a free kick right on the 18 yard line, but Cole struck it just wide. A Whitstable free kick from the halfway line caused a few problems in the box, before the ball fell nicely for Gillman, whose low shot was blocked on the line. Both teams made a number of substitutions and one of the home replacements, Nathan Hardwick, made a good run down the right, but no one was able to meet his cross. On 68 minutes Whitstable sent over a couple of crosses and from the second, a Walmsley header towards goal from 3 yards was kept out by Anderson. Grays continued to strive for an equaliser and had several corners, one of which was rolled tamely behind for a goal kick, but it was from a Whitstable corner that they came closest to scoring. The ball was headed across goal by West, but then Grays broke quickly only for Aron Gordon to curl his shot over the bar after getting into a promising position. Chris Saunders had a late shot easily gathered by Anderson, before the referee blew the final whistle.

Lloyd Anderson keeps this effort out
This attempt by Grays is just the wrong side of the post
Tom Walmsley’s header is kept out by the goalkeeper

The season really starts next Saturday for these two teams, as Grays Athletic begin their league campaign with a visit to Witham Town and Whitstable travel to Deal Town in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.

Whitstable Grays
9 Attempts 8
5 On Target 2
6 Corners 5
2 Offside 3
8 Free Kicks Won 9

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Jordan Wright, John Walker, Teddy Nelson, Rob Gillman, Tom Bryant, Brett Ince (Jai McKinlay 61), James Morrish (c) (Chris Saunders 61), Ricky Freeman (Nathan Hardwick 55), Charlie Smith (Tom Walmsley 55), Stuart West.
Subs (unused): Chris Elliott, Kyran Connolly.
Goal: Charlie Smith 4
Yellow cards: Ricky Freeman 30, Charlie Smith 41.

Grays Athletic
Lloyd Anderson, Ryan Mahal (Jamie Stuart), Callum Thompson (Anton Johnson 57), Barry Cogan (Jack Curtis 57), Geofrey Okonkwo, Stanley Muguo (c), Mitchel Hahn, Adeyinka Cole, Shomari Barnwell, Usman Adeniji (James Hawkins 73), Aron Gordon.
Sub (unused): Anthony Page
Yellow card: Barry Cogan 54

Attendance: 113
Referee: Jack Fagg
Assistants: George Lowe & Ryan Andrew