Category: 2017-2018 Club News

Second Half Goals Down Town

SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday December 16 2017 15.00

Cray Valley continued their recent good form and left the Belmont with all three points after coming from behind in a hard fought encounter. Whitstable started slowly and were second best for the majority of the first half, but went in front just before the interval when the Cray Valley defence failed to deal with a ball into their box and Stuart West was on hand to score. The second half was a much more even affair, although chances were limited despite both teams having good spells of possession. Much travelled striker Kevin Lisbie equalised with a good near post finish and Joe N’Guessan added a second after Lisbie had made a run from midfield. West shot wide when well placed and Whitstable had a couple of good penalty shouts turned down, but failed to really test visiting goalkeeper Andy Walker, as Cray Valley held on for the win.

Whitstable boss Scott Porter, who was due to collect the SCEFL November Manager of the Month award, was unwell and not able to be at the match, so Brendon Cass took over the role for the afternoon. Josh Burchell and Ricky Freeman returned from suspension, but Danny Williams was serving his one game ban. Cray Valley had a poor run earlier in the season after parting company with their previous manager, but Kevin Watson has now assembled a side containing some experienced players and the results have improved greatly. Recent additions include Lisbie, who scored a Premier League hat trick for Charlton in a 3-2 win against Liverpool in 2003 and fellow striker N’Guessan has featured for a number of clubs including Stevenage, Aldershot and Maidstone. Jamie Day can list amongst his former clubs, Bournemouth, Dover and Welling, where he also had a successful spell as player manager, whilst goalkeeper Andy Walker’s previous teams include Colchester, Exeter, Tonbridge, Maidstone and Cray Wanderers.

The visitors started brightly, winning an early corner before Ben Francis shot tamely at Dan Eason. It was 5 minutes before Whitstable had a sight of goal, when West almost got on the end of a cross following a build-up down the right. On 13 minutes, Lisbie had a shot deflected for a corner and then thought he was through on goal just afterwards, only to be denied by an offside flag. Whitstable won a couple of corners, but in between Francis broke away for Cray Valley and his pull back was fired over the bar by Connor Dobson.

Kevin Lisbie challenges Rob Gillman in an early Cray Valley attack

Whitstable had to make a change after 27 minutes, with John Walker replacing Burchell. Cray continued to press and a Ryan Flack cross picked out Francis, whose low shot was easily gathered by Eason. Freeman shot well wide from distance in the 30th minute and that was the first goal attempt by the home side. Francis and Day set up N’Guessan, but he skied his shot from 12 yards. West collected the only yellow card of the game for protesting too much about some of the officiating, prior to being chopped down himself on the right touchline, but the free kick failed to trouble the Cray Valley defence. Flack set off on a long run that took him into the penalty area, where he made room for a shot that was turned past the post for a corner by Eason and Josh James headed a left wing cross over the top. Just as the first half was drawing to a close, Louis Sprosen sent the ball in from the right and it was played back across goal at the far post by Walker. Dobson and his fellow defenders failed to clear and the ball dropped nicely for West to fire past Walker to give Whitstable a somewhat unexpected lead at the break.

John Walker sends the ball across he goal
Stuart West pounces to put Whitstable ahead

West nearly got into a shooting position from the restart, before Sprosen needed treatment after a challenge by Matt Parsons. Freeman nipped in front of Walker, who appeared to bring him down just inside the box, but the referee waved away appeals for a penalty. On 55 minutes Cray Valley were level when Francis did well on the left and crossed low to the near post, where Lisbie reacted the quickest to slam the ball into the roof of the net.

Walker sent over a cross that almost found the top corner and then a great pass by Sprosen sent West clear, but his shot was off target as Walker came out to narrow the angle. The game was now quite open and Eason did well to parry a shot by N’Guessan, with Francis having his follow up attempt blocked. N’Guessan tried another shot from long range that went over the bar and a Macauley Murray free kick failed to trouble Walker. In the 66th minute, the home side felt they should have had another penalty for a handball, but a goal kick was awarded after the ball was deflected behind.

Whitstable look for a handball against Jamie Day
Another effort goes wide

Whitstable introduced Charlie Smith for Freeman, but it was Cray Valley who added a second goal after 72 minutes, when a Lisbie run saw the ball knocked into the path of N’Guessan and despite suggestions of handball, he was able to find the right hand corner. A good sequence of passing earned Whitstable a corner that led to another loud shout for handball, but a corner was the outcome and that ended safely in the hands of Walker. A further home attack saw the ball pulled back to Murray, who shot powerfully wide.

Macauley Murray tries a shot

Lisbie and Flack caused a few more problems for the Whitstable defence from the right and Eason had to get down to make a save and then some good play created a chance for Flack who shot over. It was his last involvement before being replaced by Alex Nelson. Cray Valley were now looking to run the clock down and the referee asked Walker to speed things up on a couple of occasions. A Murray free kick was headed just over by West and the visitors made another change on 90 minutes with Jordan Sandiford replacing goal scorer N’Guessan. In stoppage time Smith tried a long shot that was the only Whitstable shot on target of the half, but it was comfortably saved by Walker and the final whistle blew just afterwards.

Stuart West sends a header over the bar

Whitstable may feel a bit unfortunate that a few decisions failed to go their way, but overall it was a fair result on the number of chances created. Whitstable had some good spells of possession in the second half, but just did not test the goalkeeper, with balls into the box being generally too close to him and shots failing to hit the target. Crowborough visit the Belmont for the last home game before Christmas and that will be another stern test as Whitstable attempt to stay in the title race.

Whitstable Cray Valley
8 Attempts 14
2 On Target 6
4 Corners 3
2 Offside 1
9 Free Kicks Won 17


Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Louis Sprosen, Josh Burchell (John Walker 27), Rob Gillman, Craig Cloke (c), Tom Bryant, Chris Saunders, James Morrish, Ricky Freeman (Charlie Smith 71), Stuart West, Macauley Murray.
Subs (unused): Teddy Nelson, Owen Fitt, Rhys Brain.
Goal: Stuart West 45+2
Yellow card: Stuart West 33

Cray Valley PM
Andy Walker, Connor Dobson, Matt Parsons (c), Jamie Day, Cem Tumkaya, Jack White, Ryan Flack (Alex Nelson 85), Josh James, Ben Francis, Kevin Lisbie, Joe N’Guessan (Jordan Sandiford 90).
Subs (unused): Junior James, Tommy Osbourne.
Goals: Kevin Lisbie 55, Joe N’Guessan 72.

Attendance: 139
Referee: Joseph Dann-Pye
Assistants: Mark Cheeseman & Michael Kent

Williams Hat Trick In Big Away Win

SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday December 9 2017 15.00

Whitstable hit five goals on a frosty afternoon at Corinthian to climb to fifth and overtake their opponents in the table. It was the second 5-0 win against Corinthian this season, having previously knocked them out of the Kent Senior Trophy at the Belmont in September and once again it was a Danny Williams hat trick that set them on their way. The opening goal came midway through the first half when a defender ducked late under a curling Williams shot, fooling his own goalkeeper, Aiden Prall. The home side made things difficult for themselves in a bad tempered display and Prall conceded a penalty and was shown a red card just before the break when an assistant saw him foul Williams, who got up to score from the spot. Any chance of a recovery was ruined when Jamie Billings got himself sent off for an altercation with the officials as the teams came out for the second half. The nine remaining players tried hard, but Williams completed his hat trick and late goals from Charlie Smith and Owen Fitt, on his debut, completed the scoring.

Josh Burchell and Ricky Freeman were serving one game bans and with John Walker also unavailable, there was an opportunity for academy player Teddy Nelson to make his first competitive start. Two other academy players, Rhys Brain and Fitt, both started on the bench. Stuart West, who scored two late goals in the previous game, started up front alongside Williams. Corinthian, who began the day in third place in the table, included former Whitstable players Cameron Heffernan, Sam Groombridge and Sam Bewick in their team.

Whitstable started well, having more of the early possession and West headed a Louis Sprosen cross past Prall on 9 minutes, but the effort was disallowed for offside. Both number fours, Rob Gillman and Jamie Billings, went into the book for fouls as the game went through a quiet period. In the 23rd minute however, Williams tried a left footed shot from outside the box and Prall was not helped by Chris McDemott appearing to duck under the ball at the last moment and although he managed to get a hand to the ball, he was unable to prevent it going into the left hand corner of the net.

Testing the pitch?
Teddy Nelson watches the strike from Danny Williams beat Aiden Prall

Louis Clarke made a good long run before being stopped on the edge of the penalty area and the referee who had played the advantage went back to show a yellow card to Nelson for an earlier challenge. Sprosen and West both had attempts for Whitstable before Bewick fired a good shot just past the far post from the left edge of the box for Corinthian. Then came one of the key moments of the game when Williams was flattened by the goalkeeper as he challenged for the ball in the penalty area and with a number of players getting involved, the assistant called the referee over. After a discussion between the officials, a penalty was awarded and Prall was sent off, despite some vocal protests from the home side. Substitute goalkeeper Joe Hagan came on for the sacrificed Heffernan and Williams calmly found the bottom right hand corner with his penalty kick.

Prall jumps into Williams
Heated discussions
A red card is coming out
Williams scores from the penalty spot

Hagan was soon called upon to make a fine save, tipping a West header over for a corner after Nelson had headed a Sprosen cross back across the goal. Sprosen then clipped the top of the bar with a shot from distance and Whitstable went into the break with a 2-0 lead.

Stuart West goes close

There was a farcical start to the second half with home players surrounding the referee as they came out onto the pitch and Jamie Billings went too far and was shown a second yellow card, leaving just nine players to try to find a way back into the match. Whitstable unsurprisingly now had a period when they kept possession, but there were few clear chances with West heading wide and a low Bewick shot being easily saved by Dan Eason at the other end. Jordan Campbell came on for Corinthian to replace Clarke and then Hagan made a good stop when Williams got his head to a Sprosen cross. West was having a good game up front and he headed a Macauley Murray free kick against the bar, before Smith replaced Nelson for Whitstable after 62 minutes. The home team created a few half chances, won a couple of corners and one cross went dangerously across the Whitstable box with no one able to get a touch. The contest was effectively settled when Williams completed his third hat trick of the season on 66 minutes when he volleyed in a Sprosen cross from around the penalty spot.

Williams about to complete his hat trick
Whitstable lead 3-0

Eason had to be alert to tip a cross over the bar and from the corner that followed, the ball came out to Oscar Housego who shot wide. A Whitstable corner, taken by Murray, was headed towards goal and saved by Hagan. A run by Smith was stopped by Alexander Jack Billings, who was booked, and Smith almost got in on goal from the free kick. Corinthian replaced their captain Jack Bath with Bradley Large on 73 minutes. A Williams cross was helped on by Smith to West who volleyed over and Smith had a shot saved by Hagan. Brain then came on for Williams and made a few good runs at the tiring home defence. The referee then appeared to order off one member of the home bench, following more complaints and Whitstable made their final change with Fitt replacing Morrish. Fitt made an early appearance in the referee’s notebook for pulling back an opponent in midfield. Smith headed over the bar and Brain had a shot saved by Hagan after playing a one-two with Tom Bryant.

Rhys Brain tries to break away

Right on 90 minutes, a cross from the left reached Smith at the far post and he had time to bring the ball under control and shoot into the far corner to make it 4-0. Brain almost got on the score sheet, hitting the side netting, but in stoppage time a cross field ball came to Fitt and he hit it a great left footed shot past Hagan into the net to make it five.

Charlie Smith adds the fourth
Contrasting emotions
Owen Fitt about to score on his debut

It was nice to see three young players from the academy being able to come in and contribute to a good away win, with several experienced players unavailable. Corinthian are one of the better sides in the division when they concentrate on playing football, but certainly made it harder for themselves in this game with their attitude and lack of discipline. It was good though to see a former Oyster favourite Sam Bewick come over to greet the Whitstable supporters at the end of the game. With the midweek game falling victim to the weather, Whitstable are next in action on Saturday, at home to Cray Valley PM.

Some match photos will hopefully be added later, as the usual photographer was away…

Corinthian Whitstable
7 Attempts 24
3 On Target 11
6 Corners 4
4 Offside 2
13 Free Kicks Won 10

Aiden Prall, Cameron Heffernan (Joe Hagan 42), Alexander Jack Billings, Jamie Billings, Chris McDermott, Sam Groombridge, Louis Clarke (Jordan Campbell 57), Jack Bath (c) (Bradley Large 73), Luke Tanner, Oscar Housego, Sam Bewick.
Sub (unused): Aaron Guard
Yellow card: Alexander Jack Billings 71
Red cards: Aiden Prall 40, Jamie Billings (two yellows 20, 46).

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Louis Sprosen, Teddy Nelson (Charlie Smith 62), Rob Gillman, Craig Cloke (c), Tom Bryant, Chris Saunders, James Morrish (Owen Fitt 82), Danny Williams (Rhys Brain 79), Stuart West, Macauley Murray.
Subs (unused): Brendon Cass, Dean Ruddy.
Goals: Danny Williams 23, (pen) 43, 66, Charlie Smith 90, Owen Fitt 90+3.
Yellow cards: Rob Gillman 13, Teddy Nelson 26, Owen Fitt 85.

Attendance: 52
Referee: Arshia Hashemi
Assistants: Matthew Sell & Ryan Andrew

Whitstable v AFC Croydon Postponed

Unfortunately, the home fixture against AFC Croydon Athletic that was scheduled for Tuesday 12th December has been postponed. Any news regarding a new date will be published once known.

The next game is at home to Cray Valley PM on Saturday 16th December at 3 p.m. Hopefully the weather will improve before then, as the pitch is extremely wet at present following the heavy rain of the past two days.

A couple of home Tuesday night matches in January have been added to the original fixture list:
Tuesday 9th January 19.45 Whitstable Town v Croydon SCEFL Challenge Cup 3rd round
Tuesday 23rd January 19.45 Whitstable Town v Rochester United SCEFL Premier Division

Late West Double Rescues Point

SCEFL Premier Division
Tuesday December 5 2017 19.45

Whitstable left it late to earn a draw in this league match at the Belmont that was delayed by 15 minutes due to traffic problems on the M2. Despite Whitstable playing some promising football, particularly in the first half, Erith Town went ahead with a well taken goal in their first attack, as Ken Charles headed in a great Sidney Warden cross. Whitstable lost their captain Craig Cloke due to injury on 25 minutes, but although they continued to dominate possession and had one effort cleared off the line, they trailed by the single goal at the break. Some early pressure in the second half failed to yield a goal and then Erith doubled their lead when a corner was not cleared and substitute Ben Fitchett fired home. The visitors fought hard to defend their two goal advantage and frustration grew for Whitstable in a game littered with lengthy stoppages. Stuart West was pushed up front and found the top corner with a good strike on 77 minutes and shortly afterwards headed in a John Walker cross to bring the scores level. Jack Hooper was then sent off after a second caution, leaving Erith to see out the remaining time, including six added minutes, to claim a hard earned point.

Major delays on the motorway caused problems for both teams and officials before the game, which eventually started at 8 p.m. Chris Saunders was one of those affected, so started on the bench for Whitstable who did have James Morrish back after sitting out the previous game through illness. Erith Town were missing some regulars and included a number of Margate FC Under 23 and Maidstone United Academy players in their team.

Whitstable started on the attack, winning a couple of early corners with both Ricky Freeman and Josh Burchell having shots blocked. Danny Williams raced on to a through ball, before going down as he was tackled by the last defender on the edge of the box, but the officials ruled that it was a fair challenge. The game was in the 9th minute when Erith broke down the right and Margate youngster Warden sent over a perfect cross for the unmarked Charles to head back across goal past Dan Eason. It was well executed by the two young players, but a poor goal to concede for the home defence.

The remainder of the first half saw Whitstable striving to find a response and apart from one late corner, Erith did not threaten again before the interval. Although Whitstable moved the ball around quite well and got forward in wide positions, particularly down the left through Josh Burchell, the final ball into the box was often too close to former Sittingbourne goalkeeper Adam Molloy. A good Burchell cross in the 15th minute was met on the half volley by Walker whose shot went just over the bar. Lewis Scotter was cautioned for dissent, before Cloke picked up a painful looking muscle injury midway through the half and despite lengthy treatment on the pitch was unable to continue and Rob Gillman came on to replace him. Williams was off target with a couple of headers, but the closest the home side came to scoring was after 36 minutes. Hooper was booked after taking out Williams on the left and Murray swung the free kick into the box where there were a few seconds of pinball, with a Freeman effort cleared off the line and another attempt was scrambled away for a corner that fell to West, who shot over from close range.

John Walker hits an early shot just over
An acrobatic effort by Ricky Freeman
Erith clear off their line

Eason was mostly a distant spectator at the other end, but Erith did have a late corner that resulted in the ball being deflected just wide of the near post before Charlie Smith made a good run from midfield, only to blaze his shot over the top in the last action of the half.

The second half started in similar fashion, with Smith hooking the bar just over after it was helped on in the box by Williams and he then headed a Burchell cross wide. Just as in the first half, Whitstable were stunned by another goal out of the blue by the visitors. This time it came from a corner, when the defence failed to clear the ball and substitute Ben Fitchett, another Margate youngster who had only been on for a few seconds, drove the loose ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-0.

Smith turned smartly in the box, but shot over and then won a free kick, but Williams was booked for his challenge on Molloy as Murray delivered the ball into the danger area. Saunders came on to replace Smith, before another long injury delay followed that resulted in the Erith skipper James Day having to be substituted by Tamer Bilal. Erith later made their final change bringing on Lewis Risk, as they looked to hang on for the win. Whitstable were finding it increasingly difficult to create chances and the smallest home crowd of the season had little to inspire them until West was sent to play further forward. Bilal was booked for a foul and as the free kick into the box was knocked down, it was West who caught the ball perfectly on the half volley and Molloy could do nothing as it flew into the top left corner of the net. Just three minutes later, a Whitstable build up on the right gave Walker the chance to put a good cross into the box and it was West again who rose to plant a header into the roof of the net to make it 2-2.

Stuart West strikes the ball towards goal
The ball flies into the top corner
West gets his head to a cross
The ball beats Adam Molloy and it’s 2-2

As the home side pressed for a winner, Hooper committed a foul just outside the penalty area and although the referee tried to play the advantage, he eventually pulled play back for a free kick and showed a second yellow card to the Erith defender. Williams struck the free kick into the wall and Murray lifted the rebound over the top. Williams, West and Burchell all had late efforts saved by Molloy. There was a heated debate on the touchline about the amount of stoppage time to be added, but there was to be no late winner and the final whistle eventually sounded after six additional minutes.

The point pushed Whitstable up to sixth place, but it was a game they would feel they should have won. The young Erith team scored from their only two goal attempts, defended well and Whitstable were largely disappointing in their efforts to score themselves despite having nearly all of the possession. Next up is a visit to Corinthian at the weekend, before AFC Croydon visit the Belmont on Tuesday, as the search for league points at the top of the table continues.

Whitstable Erith Town
17 Attempts 2
7 On Target 2
9 Corners 2
2 Offside 0
8 Free Kicks Won 10

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, John Walker, Josh Burchell, Stuart West, Craig Cloke (c) (Rob Gillman 25), Tom Bryant, Charlie Smith (Chris Saunders 66), James Morrish, Ricky Freeman (Louis Sprosen 90), Danny Williams, Macauley Murray.
Subs (unused): Teddy Nelson, Ryan Birch.
Goals: Stuart West 77, 80.
Yellow card: Danny Williams 64

Erith Town
Adam Molloy, Lewis Scotter, Dan Palfrey, James Day (c) (Tamer Bilal 68), Myles Keizer-Burrows, Jack Hooper, Sidney Warden, Jack Duffy, Ken Charles, Adem Ramadan (Lewis Risk 76), Osman Proni (Ben Fitchett 54).
Subs (unused): Harrison Hume, Peter Dale.
Goals: Ken Charles 9, Ben Fitchett 55.
Yellow cards: Lewis Scotter 23, Tamer Bilal 76.
Red card: Jack Hooper 81 (two yellows 36, 81)

Attendance: 96
Referee: Stuart Marriott
Assistants: Matthew Sell & Danny Roberts

Academy Game Postponed

Unfortunately, the Whitstable Academy fixture at home to Ebbsfleet United scheduled for today has been postponed. Ebbsfleet pulled out of the game at very short notice this morning.

Early Goals End Vase Run

Buildbase FA Vase Third Round
Saturday December 2 2017 15.00

Whitstable were dumped out of the FA Vase for the second consecutive season by Chichester City, but this time there was no extra time and replay needed as the Sussex side scored two early goals and then put in a solid defensive display to secure their place in the last 32 of the competition. Hesitant defending allowed Josh Clack the time and space to find the far corner in the 2nd minute and then Scott Jones was able to run through and double the lead after 6 minutes, as the home side waited for an offside flag. Jones put one other good chance wide and Whitstable picked up several yellow cards as they struggled to deal with the pace of the visitors in the first half an hour. Whitstable did have a goal ruled out when an assistant spotted a raised arm in the box and then missed two great chances before the interval. The Chichester goalkeeper, Anthony Ender, just managed to keep out a fierce strike from Macauley Murray at the start of the second half and Whitstable then had most of the ball, but rarely looked like scoring as Chichester held on with relative comfort to the delight of their supporters.

Whitstable came into this match following six consecutive wins, but were unable to play the cup tied Chris Saunders and injured Shaun Welford. Danny Williams and Rob Gillman returned to the squad after recovering from their injuries, but a late team change had to be made just before the kick off with the unwell James Morrish being replaced in the starting eleven by Gillman and Stuart West moving into midfield. Chichester also had a few absentees, with recent signing Scott Murfin cup tied, Lorenzo Dolcetti injured and Ellis Martin and Ruben French suspended. Their recent winning run has carried them into second place in their league.

The first chance fell to Ricky Freeman, as he ran on to a good pass from Murray, but the Whitstable striker sent his shot just over the bar. However the ball was soon at the other end and, as the home defence failed to deal with a ball into the box, Clack was allowed to collect it and shoot past Dan Eason into the bottom right hand corner to give his team a very early lead.

Ricky Freeman almost gives Whitstable a first minute lead
Josh Clack (far left) scores for Chichester

It was soon to get worse for the home team when Dave Herbert played the ball through the Whitstable defence and Scott Jones found himself with only Eason to beat and he took the ball forward and easily slotted it past the helpless keeper. Some observers felt that Jones looked offside, but there were few complaints from the Whitstable players, who were left with a mountain to climb after only 6 minutes.

A free kick was swung in from the left and met by the head of West, but the ball was beaten away from just inside the far post for a corner by Ender. Jones almost managed to reach a Clack cross at the other end, but the ball went harmlessly out for a goal kick. The game then went through a quiet spell, unlike off the pitch where both sets of supporters were doing their best to out sing each other. On 20 minutes a push by Murray in midfield led to a Chichester free kick that was taken by Clack and helped on by Hegarty, but once more just out of the reach of Jones. Whitstable thought they had pulled a goal back on 23 minutes when John Walker was chopped down on the right by Kieran Hartley, who saw the first yellow card, and a good Burchell free kick was glanced over Ender into the roof of the net. The assistant raised his flag and after some discussion a free kick was awarded to Chichester for a hand ball against Freeman, who had jumped with Hartley, both with an arm raised at the near post.

Anthony Ender keeps a header out
The ball ended in the net, but was ruled out (difficult to see who got the touch)

Whitstable then had three players booked in five minutes as frustration grew, with Freeman, West and Walker all committing fouls deemed worthy of cautions by the referee. Chichester had one further good chance to increase their lead on 33 minutes, when Jones got clear again but his right footed shot curled just wide of the right hand post. Burchell sent in a good cross that was knocked down into the path of Tom Bryant, but he dragged his shot wide with just Ender to beat and another Burchell effort was just tipped over by Ender as it was heading for the top corner. In added time a Murray free kick was headed across goal by Charlie Smith to Gillman who was not able to beat the diving Ender with a downward header from six yards.

An aerial battle
The ball goes just wide, as another chance is missed
Rob Gillman heads for goal, but can’t beat Ender

Despite the two early goals conceded, Whitstable had created several decent chances, but had not been able to take them and so came out for the second half still with a lot to do. An early swerving shot by Murray from distance was just parried by Ender and although Freeman was first to the rebound, his shot was too high.

A Murray shot is pushed away by Ender

Some good play by Freeman on the right created the space for him to deliver a cross that Smith headed wide. Whitstable were seeing a lot of the ball in the Chichester half and a useful Walker cross was headed out for a corner by Jack Lee. Whitstable then made a change, bringing on striker Danny Williams for Louis Sprosen. Burchell became the fourth home player to be cautioned, before a Gillman cross was headed just wide. Kaleem Haitham was substituted by Rob Hutchings, who set up Herbert on 74 minutes and his shot that went just over the bar was the first goal attempt by Chichester of the second half. West rode several challenges to get to the edge of the box but shot wide and shortly afterwards he tried again with a similar result. Freeman went down in the box, before a header by Williams was saved by Ender. As Whitstable pressed to try to find an elusive goal, Chichester had a couple of sights of goal on the break. Eason had to be alert to block when Herbert almost stole in and Ben Pashley was off target after a free kick had been partially cleared. Herbert went off and was replaced by Luke Killner as the game drifted to a close. In the 5 added minutes, Smith fired a shot into the side netting, prior to collecting the final booking of the match.

The FA Vase campaign is over for Whitstable after some entertaining games, three of which resulted in extra time victories. They fought hard until the end and Chichester certainly knew that they had been in a game afterwards, but somehow after the two early goals, there was an inevitable feeling about the outcome and Chichester deserved to take their place in the next round. For Whitstable, Tuesday night sees the return to action in the league, where they are still well placed. There remains the suspicion though that there are still some missing ingredients, which will be needed to get results against the best teams.

Whitstable Chichester
14 Attempts 5
6 On Target 2
5 Corners 0
1 Offside 5
8 Free Kicks Won 21

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, John Walker, Josh Burchell, Stuart West, Craig Cloke (c), Tom Bryant, Louis Sprosen (Danny Williams 61), Rob Gillman, Ricky Freeman, Charlie Smith, Macauley Murray.
Subs (unused): James Morrish, Brendon Cass, Rhys Brain, Ryan Birch.
Yellow cards: Ricky Freeman 27, Stuart West 30, John Walker 31, Josh Burchell 68, Charlie Smith 90+1.

Chichester City
Anthony Ender, Dan Watts, Kieran Hartley, Ben Pashley, Jack Lee (c), Harry Williams, Josh Clack, Dan Hegarty, Scott Jones, Dave Herbert (Luke Killner 86), Kaleem Haitham (Rob Hutchings (71).
Subs (unused): Lewis Turnbull, Sam Ndlovu, Tafadzwa Kanjanda.
Goals: Josh Clack 2, Scott Jones 6.
Yellow card: Kieran Hartley 23

Attendance: 170
Referee: Robert Claussen
Assistants: Steven Marr & Paul Humphries