Category: 2017-2018 Club News

Fixture Change Update

Erith Town are still in the FA Cup, having beaten Whyteleafe on penalties in the last round. They will now play Burgess Hill on Saturday 2nd September, which means that our home league game against them on that date will be postponed.

Whitstable will now be away to Bearsted on Saturday 2nd September. This game has been brought forward from October.

Academy Education Programme Starting Soon

If you are undecided about your next steps after receiving your GCSE results, the Whitstable Town FC football and education programme might be suitable for you.

Train full-time like a professional, while studying for a sports qualification and compete in a strong league against clubs such as West Ham, Millwall, Ebbsfleet, Dartford and many more!

Year 1 – BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
Year 2 – BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport
Optional Year 3 – Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training and Fitness Instructing
Up to 280 UCAS Points

Course Start Date: September 4th 2017
Location: Whitstable Town Football Club
Call/Text: 07519 279929

To find more details and register a place:

Charity Event At The Belmont

There will be a charity fundraising event at Whitstable Town Football Club on Friday 1st September, for the benefit of the Canterbury Food Bank. The doors open at 7 pm and there will be live music by CENTURION SECT, PETE BENTHAM AND THE DINNER LADIES, SAVING JAMIE and DEKADANCE. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and cake tombola.

Pay what you want and bring donations for the food bank.

Two Headers Seal Cup Win

Southern Counties East Football League Challenge Cup – Second Round
Saturday August 19 2017 15.00

Whitstable eased through to the next round of the SCEFL Challenge Cup against Division One opponents Holmesdale at the Belmont thanks to one headed goal in each half, with Harry Goodger and Shaun Welford, on his debut, finding the net. The home team always looked the likely winners, but Dan Eason had to be alert on a couple of occasions to preserve the clean sheet.

Experienced striker Welford, who signed from Ashford United the day before the game, started on the bench. Rob Gillman and Jack West were serving the last games of their suspensions, Craig Cloke and James Morrish were not ready to return from injury and Ollie Lee and Harris Rodgers were also unavailable. Whitstable had three Browns in the starting eleven. Holmesdale were in the Southern Counties East (or previously Kent) League Premier Division while Whitstable were in the Ryman League, but the two teams had not met as they were relegated just as Whitstable returned to this division.

Home captain Tom Bryant had an early low shot saved by Jack Rankin, as Whitstable pressed forward. The Holmesdale goalkeeper also got down well to cut out a cross from Goodger, who then went down as he was challenged just inside the penalty area, but the referee was not interested. A Harry Brown free kick was glanced just wide by Goodger, who was proving a handful for the visiting defence.

Tom Bryant tries an early shot
This effort is just wide

There were a couple more half chances for Louis Sprosen and Goodger that were blocked before Holmesdale had a great opportunity to take the lead in the 17th minute, when a long throw by Lewis Chambers found John Burtonshaw unmarked in front of goal but his header clipped the top of the bar and went over. A good ball in from the right by Goodger was cleared into the path of Sprosen, whose left footed volley went wide. Sam Brown was then brought down on the edge of the box and Goodger struck the free kick powerfully, but it was turned past the post by Rankin. After a quiet period, apart from some overhead visitors from the Herne Bay air show, Whitstable scored the opening goal on 35 minutes. Carl Harrold sent in a good long cross from the right and Goodger beat Rankin to the ball, heading it over him and into the net.

Harry Goodger rises above the goalkeeper to score the first

Holmesdale did threaten on 41 minutes following a move down their right, as Victor Sodiende sent in a low cross for Chambers, but Eason was off his line quickly to cut out the danger and Whitstable ended the half with the one goal advantage.

Just after the restart, a Ricky Freeman cross rebounded up and Goodger did well to direct a header towards goal, but Rankin was able to make a save. Welford came on for his first appearance in the 50th minute, replacing Danny Williams. He almost got on the end of a ball played across the area by Freeman soon afterwards and then Sprosen ran on to a header, but was stopped in his tracks by an offside flag. The second goal soon arrived though as a Harry Brown free kick was diverted behind for a corner and from that, another Harry Brown delivery was met by the waiting head of Welford at the far post and he made no mistake to open his account for Whitstable.

Shaun Welford heads the second goal

Freeman played the ball across the box where both Welford and Goodger had efforts blocked. At the other end, a flick on by Tyrus Gordon-Young almost set up Sodiende, but he was denied by some good defending by Ashley Brown. Another tight offside decision prevented Welford getting through again, but he got on the end of another good Harrold cross a few minutes later, although his header went just over the bar. Freeman chased down a through ball and laid it back for Goodger, whose shot was blocked. Welford tried a shot from the left, but Rankin got down at the near post to save.

This Welford shot is saved

On 90 minutes a rare error by Stuart West nearly allowed Holmesdale a consolation when he under hit a back pass, but Eason was out smartly to thwart Burtonshaw. The last action was a long ball forward by Harry Brown that was chested down by Welford into the path of Charlie Smith, but his shot was saved.

The game ended 2-0, giving Whitstable a safe passage into the next round and it was also notable for the fact that no cards were shown to either side.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Carl Harrold, Harry Brown, Stuart West, Ashley Brown, Tom Bryant (c), Louis Sprosen, Sam Brown (Nick Treadwell 60), Ricky Freeman, Harry Goodger (Charlie Smith 82), Danny Williams (Shaun Welford 50).
Subs (unused): Aaron Quain, George Savage.
Goals: Harry Goodger 35, Shaun Welford 56.

Jack Rankin, Jordan Clark (c), Henry Bangerter, Jamie Rawsthorne (Stephen Sage 53), Cameron Reardon, Kes Metitri (Courtney Bryan-Isaacs 75), James Teodorescu, Lewis Chambers, Tyrus Gordon-Young, John Burtonshaw, Victor Sodiende (Jack Dimmock 67).
Subs (unused): Emmanuel Olwafemi-Dasho, Kazim Bishop.

Attendance: 85
Referee: Rob Columb
Assistants: Mehdi Golchehreh & Joshua Marshall

Shaun Welford Joins Whitstable

Prolific striker Shaun Welford has today signed for Whitstable Town and should be available to join up with the squad for the cup game against Holmesdale FC at the Belmont Ground tomorrow. Golden boot winner Shaun, whose goals were instrumental in helping Ashford United to win the league last season previously played under the current Whitstable manager Scott Porter in a successful spell at Hythe. He has also played for a number of other Kent clubs including Maidstone, Dover, Ramsgate and Margate.

A delighted Scott Porter commented: Shaun will bring so much to Whitstable Town. His goal scoring record speaks for itself and his experience on and off the park will help others and increase the competition for places. I’m pleased to be working with Shaun again.”

Town Win First League Game

SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday August 12 2017 15.00

Whitstable came from behind to pick up three points in their opening league fixture. Arlie Desanges gave Glebe an early lead following a free kick, but goals from Tom Bryant and Stuart West helped to turn things around by the break. Whitstable had more chances to add to their lead, but the home side were still in the game and threatened on a few occasions until Ricky Freeman wrapped things up with a great finish towards the end.

Newly promoted Glebe were playing their first ever game at this level, having only been founded in 1995 and their Foxbury Avenue ground in Chislehurst is neat and tidy with plenty of space and great facilities. Manager Ben Young has recently joined from Sutton Athletic and a number of players from that club have followed, including prolific goal scorers from last season, Jonny Murray and Desanges, who also had a spell at Sheppey United. Glebe had beaten Lordswood 1-0 in the FA Cup last week, but had two sent off including the goalkeeper so they were unable to play today, as from this season suspensions start after 7 days rather than the 14 of previous years. Whitstable were still without the injured Craig Cloke, expected to be fit in a couple of weeks, and the suspended James Morrish, Rob Gillman, Aaron Quain and Jack West. Ollie Lee and Sam Brown were also unavailable, leaving a squad of fifteen for this game.

The visitors soon found the net as Freeman shot low past Jack Kelly, only to have his celebrations cut short by an offside flag. Whitstable conceded a number of early free kicks and this proved costly in the 6th minute as Joe Minter curled the ball in from one on the left and it went through a crowd of players in the box where it was met by a stooping Desanges at the far post and he headed it past Dan Eason.

An early effort is ruled out for offside
Arlie Desanges stoops to put Glebe ahead

Whitstable tried to respond and Danny Williams, who had a good game, turned well in the box, but his shot was blocked and Freeman’s follow up was also saved. Louis Sprosen was first into the referee’s book, before Charlie Smith had a shot blocked and Kelly saved well from Freeman.

Jack Kelly denies Ricky Freeman

A good move by Glebe was halted by the assistant’s flag and at the other end Harry Goodger’s shot was just too high. Harry Brown went into the book for a foul and a speculative effort from the resulting free kick had to be tipped over the bar by Eason. On 24 minutes Whitstable were level as Sprosen sent in a free kick from the left and Bryant was first to the ball and powered his header past Kelly.

Tom Bryant heads the equaliser

Freeman set up Williams whose shot was blocked, as was a Goodger effort shortly afterwards. Whitstable were soon in front though as Bryant played the ball into the box and it was then lobbed up for West to head home from six yards.

Stuart West heads Whitstable’s second

Smith put in a cross that a combination of Kelly and the woodwork saw behind for a corner that was curled in by Sprosen and headed off the line by Joe Hill, before Smith had another effort blocked. West had to make a timely interception to stop James Alderman after a good run into the box, and Whitstable went into the break 2-1 ahead.

Goodger played in Freeman who twisted and turned before seeing his shot saved by Kelly just after the restart. From the following corner, Bryant came in at the back post, but his shot was blocked. Then a long ball set Williams free and his pace took him clear, but he shot wide. Smith did well in midfield and passed to Freeman who in turn played in Williams and his shot brought another good save out of Kelly.

Danny Williams shot is saved

On 59 minutes Williams ran on to a long ball down the right, but was pulled back by the last defender Hill, who was shown a yellow card. West was then also booked for an incident near the halfway line. Goodger nodded a Bryant cross over the bar and then Nick Treadwell made his competitive return in a Whitstable shirt, replacing the hard working Smith. Minter was next into the book for a series of infringements and then Desanges worked a good position for himself, but shot over the bar. Home substitute Malik Ouani started to threaten with a couple of runs as Whitstable at times left too much space in the wide areas. Any nerves were calmed in the 77th minute however as Freeman collected a pass from Williams on the edge of the penalty area, turned and sent a great shot past Kelly into the far corner of the net.

Ricky Freeman scores from the edge of the area

A Daniel Gunner shot was headed away for a corner and Harris Rodgers replaced Goodger for the last few minutes. Just after Carl Harrold had been booked, another good long run by Ouani set up Desanges, but his shot was off target and Whitstable saw the game out for a 3-1 victory.

Whitstable deserved their win overall, but there were a few things that the coaching team will probably want to work on for the challenges ahead. Glebe showed some promise and have plenty of reasons to be optimistic for their first season in this league.

Jack Kelly, James Sutherland, Joe Hill (Tom Hammond 63), Joe Minter, Sean Heather, Steve Springett (c), Fred Obasa, Daniel Gunner, Arlie Desanges, James Alderman, Jonny Murray (Malik Ouani 75).
Subs (unused): Jeff Allen, Jamie Wood.
Goal: Arlie Desanges 6
Yellow cards: Joe Hill 59, Joe Minter 74.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Carl Harrold, Harry Brown, Stuart West, Ashley Brown, Tom Bryant (c), Louis Sprosen, Charlie Smith (Nick Treadwell 69), Ricky Freeman, Harry Goodger (Harris Rodgers 82), Danny Williams.
Subs (unused): George Savage, Dean Ruddy.
Goals: Tom Bryant 24, Stuart West 34, Ricky Freeman 77.
Yellow cards: Louis Sprosen 10, Harry Brown 19, Stuart West 61, Carl Harrold 84.

Attendance: 82
Referee: Jack Owen
Assistants: Tony Woods & Joshua Marshall