Category: 2017-2018 Club News

Town Complete Double Over Bears

SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday November 4 2017 15.00

Whitstable beat Bearsted for the second time this season, scoring three goals without reply at the Belmont. Bearsted played some neat football at times, but Whitstable defended well and Dan Eason was rarely troubled in the home goal. Whitstable took the lead when Craig Cloke fired home after a corner fell to him in a crowded box and Charlie Smith added a second, despite appeals for offside from the visitors, with a good finish after Danny Williams had headed the ball on to him. In the second half, Whitstable missed a few opportunities before Williams ran through to score the third towards the end. Bearsted kept trying and finished quite strongly, after both teams had made some substitutions, winning a few free kicks around the edge of the box, one of which was headed just wide and from another, William Jones was denied by a good save from Eason.

A couple of changes were made to the Whitstable team from the loss at Beckenham, with Ricky Freeman joining Stuart West on the suspended list. Louis Sprosen, who is one yellow card away from a ban, started on the bench together with the two new signings, John Walker and Tijan Jadama. Bearsted started the game seven points ahead of Whitstable in the league table, although they had played five games more and lost 3-0 at Crowborough in their last game.

The home team were the first to threaten as Chris Saunders, Josh Burchell and Smith combined well on the left to create an opening for Saunders who thumped a shot into the side netting from the edge of the box. Bearsted replied with a long shot from Matt Garner that was easily caught by Eason. Williams made a good run, but shot well over and then Lucian Scarlat fizzed a low cross just past the far post after breaking forward on the left. Ryan Croucher sent a free kick over the bar after James Morrish was penalised for a foul 25 yards from goal. Neither team had seriously tested the goalkeepers until Whitstable opened the scoring on 29 minutes. Burchell sent Williams clear and he got into the box and saw his shot parried by Scott Andrews. The ball came back to Williams and this time his fierce shot on target was defected behind off what appeared to be the arm of Cameron Croucher and from the resultant corner the ball dropped nicely for Cloke who fired it low through a number of players into the net.

Chris Saunders is just wide with an early effort
Scott Andrews is first to the ball
Danny Williams has a shot deflected behind by Cameron Croucher
Craig Cloke scores the first

Williams then slipped the ball past Jones down the right, before being caught by the visiting defender who was booked. Whitstable had good spell of possession that ended with a Burchell cross being headed just over, but the second goal soon followed. On 36 minutes a long ball forward was headed on by Williams into the path of Smith and despite some vociferous appeals for offside, the assistant kept his flag down and Smith went on to finish well to the left of the diving goalkeeper.

Charlie Smith beats Scott Andrews to score the second

In the last few minutes of the half, Whitstable managed to pick up three yellow cards. Burchell was penalised for a tackle on the touchline that connected with both the ball and the opponent, Saunders then kicked the ball away after the award of a free kick and finally Murray was cautioned for a challenge after the referee had tried to play the advantage. Bearsted threatened on a couple of occasions, when firstly Ryan Croucher sent over a dangerous cross that nobody could get on the end of and then Constantin Scarlat blazed an effort well over the bar, so the home team led 2-0 at the break.

The early stages of the second half saw little in the way of clear cut chances. Saunders and Smith had efforts for Whitstable, Reece Collins shot over the bar for the visitors and then Lucian Scarlat forced Eason into a low save when he tried his luck from a narrow angle. On 67 minutes, a mistake by Jones left Smith clear, but his shot was well saved by Scott Andrews and he lifted his follow up attempt over the top. Whitstable then introduced young midfielder Jadama in place of Murray, before a ball over the top put Smith through again, but he was once more denied by Scott Andrews. The Bearsted keeper was then out again to gather the ball as Williams tried to go around him.

The goalkeeper prevents Smith from scoring another

Bearsted made their first change on 74 minutes, with Ehis Izokun replacing Garner. A short corner routine almost worked for Whitstable when a Smith cross was headed in at the near post by Jack West, but he was ruled offside and shortly afterwards the right back was replaced by John Walker, making his debut. Walker sent in a great first time cross from the right that was headed out before the visitors made their second change, with Chris Carcary coming on for Charley Epps. A poor clearance went straight to Williams who tried to lob the stranded keeper from distance, but his effort was too high. Williams then pushed the ball forward and ran through himself to go clear, but was unfortunate to be stopped by a flag raised for a team mate standing nearby in an offside position despite making no attempt to play the ball. A Bearsted free kick was headed just past the post by Collins when he looked odds on to find the net. On 83 minutes though, the win was sealed when a goal kick found Williams with a clear run on goal and he made no mistake, finding the right hand corner. Bearsted were still seeking a consolation goal, winning several free kicks around the edge of the box. A great strike from one of them by Jones was heading for the top corner, but was superbly kept out by the diving Eason.

Dan Eason is at full stretch to deny William Jones a consolation goal

Ashley Brown was a late substitute for James Morrish as Bearsted continued to press, but Eason only had one further low shot to deal with before the final whistle. It was a welcome three points for Whitstable after not taking any from their previous three matches and they can now concentrate on the FA Vase tie at home to Epsom and Ewell next weekend.

Rob Gillman had a good game at the back alongside Craig Cloke and Tom Bryant
Whitstable Bearsted
15 Attempts 12
8 On Target 5
3 Corners 2
8 Offside 0
11 Free Kicks Won 22

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Jack West (John Walker 77), Josh Burchell, Rob Gillman, Craig Cloke (c), Tom Bryant, Chris Saunders, James Morrish (Ashley Brown 87), Danny Williams, Charlie Smith, Macauley Murray (Tijan Jadama 68).
Subs (unused): Louis Sprosen, Dean Ruddy.
Goals: Craig Cloke 29, Charlie Smith 36, Danny Williams 83.
Yellow cards: Josh Burchell 43, Chris Saunders 43, Macauley Murray 45+1.

Scott Andrews, Luke Hughes, Cameron Croucher, Graeme Andrews (c), William Jones, Charley Epps (Chris Carcary 80), Matt Garner (Ehis Izokun 74), Ryan Croucher, Reece Collins, Constantin Scarlat, Lucian Scarlat.
Subs (unused): Josh White, James Sherlock, Luke Snazel.
Yellow card: William Jones 33

Attendance: 151
Referee: Matt Charles
Assistants: Paul Franks & Michael Skerratt

This Weekend At The Belmont

On Saturday 4th November, Whitstable Town are at home to Bearsted in a Southern Counties East League Premier Division fixture. This is the second league meeting between the two sides this season, with Whitstable having won 2-1 at Bearsted in early September thanks to two Shaun Welford penalties. The game kicks off at 3 pm and the clubhouse will remain open afterwards with the West Ham v Liverpool Premier League game being shown live on BT Sport at 5.30 pm.

On Sunday 5th November, the Whitstable Town Under 18s are at home to Deal Town Rangers in the East Kent Youth League with a 2 pm kick off. Admission to this game is free.

Scott Porter

Players Added To Squad

Whitstable manager Scott Porter has this week added two new players to his squad that was becoming stretched as a result of injuries, suspensions and recent departures.

Former Hythe Town defender John Walker, who did make a couple of pre-season appearances for Whitstable in July 2016, has signed. The experienced full back played 30 games for Folkestone before joining Hythe in 2006, where he went on to make a club record 354 appearances.

Young Ramsgate midfielder Tj Jadama has signed on dual registration. A product of their academy, he has broken into the Ramsgate first team this season and played in the friendly against Whitstable at the Belmont in July.

We welcome both players to the club and they go into the squad for the home game on Saturday against Bearsted.


Academy Game Postponed

The Whitstable Town Academy game at home to West Ham Canvey Island that was scheduled for Wednesday 1st November has been postponed due to problems with the travel arrangements of the opponents. A new date for the fixture has yet to be confirmed.

Third League Defeat In A Row

SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday October 28 2017 15.00

Despite progressing in cup competitions on the previous two Saturdays, Whitstable slumped to their third successive league defeat after a very disappointing performance at Eden Park Avenue. Beckenham fully deserved their win and might have added to their score, going close on a few occasions. Whitstable offered very little threat to the home defence, but did take the lead midway through the first half when a Macauley Murray free kick beat home goalkeeper Santiago Tuilin. Jamie Humphris equalised almost immediately, curling a shot past Dan Eason from just outside the box. They were the only efforts on target before the interval, although Carlos Branco struck the woodwork from a Beckenham free kick. Murray forced a good save out of Tuilin early in the second half, but the Beckenham keeper was not tested again. Whitstable were reduced to ten men soon afterwards, when Ricky Freeman was controversially sent off. Humphris scored his second with another good strike and Richard Atkins added a third from the penalty spot in the closing minutes after Craig Cloke had brought him down.

There was one change to the Whitstable starting eleven from the FA Vase win at Saltdean, with the suspended Stuart West being replaced by Chris Saunders in midfield. Danny Williams returned, but started on the bench, although there were only fourteen players available in a depleted squad. Beckenham came into the game in mid table, having won their previous four league matches and they are also still in the FA Vase following a 2-0 win over Sawbridgeworth Town.

The home team looked sharper from the start, drawing a number of fouls in the opening minutes as Whitstable struggled to get into the game. Eason had to be alert to punch away one dangerous free kick into a crowded area by Branco. Murray, who looked the most likely to create something for the visitors, picked up the ball in midfield before shooting wide from distance and then an attempted clearance ricocheted off Charlie Smith with the ball dropping on top of the net. Some Beckenham pressure resulted in Tom Bryant being cautioned when the ball struck his hand on 17 minutes and Branco bent the resulting free kick just wide of the post.

A Carlos Branco free kick is just wide

Shameek Farrell got free in the wide open spaces on the right and pulled the ball across goal, but there was no home player there to apply the finishing touch. Murray won the ball just outside the box, before being fouled by Adam Wadmore, who was somewhat unfortunate to be shown a yellow card. Murray picked himself up and found the bottom right hand corner from the free kick, beating the despairing dive of Tuilin to give Whitstable the lead on 24 minutes.

Macauley Murray takes a free kick…
The ball beats the diving Beckenham goalkeeper

Beckenham were soon level however as Humphris collected the ball 20 yards out and curled a left footed shot past Eason into the left hand corner. Murray and Saunders combined to send the ball into the box where it struck George Benner, but appeals for handball were waved away. Smith won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, but the ball in from Murray was headed away. Whitstable then suffered a blow when James Morrish had to leave the field with a leg injury to be replaced by Danny Williams and after that the team struggled to play with any fluency or shape. Beckenham were awarded a rather soft free kick 25 yards out and Branco curled in a great shot that had Eason beaten, but it came back off the angle of post and bar and was cleared. Rob Gillman then picked up a rare card for an innocuous looking challenge, but this time the free kick by Branco went sailing well over the bar and the Beckenham number three had one more dead ball opportunity when Louis Sprosen also picked up a booking for a foul right on half time, but the free kick was again off target.

A rare Whitstable attack

A good run and shot from outside the box by Murray in the opening minutes of the second half drew a smart save from Tuilin, but that was as good as it got for the visitors, although a couple of mistakes in quick succession by Benner led to Whitstable winning the first of their only two corners in the match. A crucial incident came in the 56th minute, when a foul was followed by a coming together of a number of players and then Hassan Oshilaja threw himself to the floor clutching his head, with Freeman being dismissed by the referee. The home team were then largely on top, playing the ball around with plenty of space out wide and they won a couple of corners that were cleared by the overworked Whitstable defence. Jack West replaced Smith, but on 67 minutes Beckenham took the lead when Humphris cleverly brought the ball under control on the edge of the box and shot past Eason into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Hassan Oshilaja is on the floor and Ricky Freeman is sent off

Branco and James Fray both tested Eason from distance and Farrell went down in the penalty area, but the referee was uninterested. Fray made a good run, but saw his shot deflected for a corner and Eason denied Humphris his hat-trick. Ashley Brown was the final Whitstable substitute, coming on for Murray and Beckenham made three substitutions of their own towards the end. In the 82nd minute, Humphris and Atkins worked another opening, but the shot went just past the far post. There was a rare sight of goal for Whitstable in the 87th minute when the ball fell invitingly in the box for the approaching Bryant, but he was unable to keep his shot down. In the last minute of normal time Atkins got into the box from the right and was brought down by Cloke as he came across to challenge. The striker got up to take the penalty himself, calmly sending Eason the wrong way to make the game safe. There was just time for Williams to pick up a booking for fouling Farrell as he chased back and the game ended shortly afterwards in a comfortable 3-1 home win.

Whitstable have played the fewest games of anyone in the league, but are already 13 points behind the leaders Sevenoaks and will soon be out of the title race if they play like this in many more games.

Beckenham Whitstable
13 Attempts 4
6 On Target 2
4 Corners 2
5 Offside 3
26 Free Kicks Won 11

Beckenham Town
Santiago Tuilin, Jack Hope, Carlos Branco, Hassan Oshilaja (Michak Stanic-Stewart 79), George Benner (c), Adam Wadmore, James Fray (Huender Santos 85), Jake Britnell, Richard Atkins, Jamie Humphris (Jerome Walker 85), Shameek Farrell.
Sub (unused): Frank Warren
Goals: Jamie Humphris 25, 67, Richard Atkins (pen) 90.
Yellow card: Adam Wadmore 23

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Louis Sprosen, Josh Burchell, Rob Gillman, Craig Cloke (c), Tom Bryant, Chris Saunders, James Morrish (Danny Williams 36), Ricky Freeman, Macauley Murray (Ashley Brown 77), Charlie Smith (Jack West 63).
Subs (unused): None
Goal: Macauley Murray 24
Yellow cards: Tom Bryant 17, Rob Gillman 40, Louis Sprosen 45+2, Danny Williams 90+3.
Red card: Ricky Freeman 56

Attendance: 75
Referee: Joe McKay
Assistants: Ronald Albert & Daniel Morrison

FA Vase Second Round

The draw for the Second Round of the Buildbase FA Vase has now been published.

Whitstable Town will be at home to Epsom & Ewell FC. The club are currently bottom of the Combined Counties Football League Premier Division and have not won any of their twelve games, but enjoyed a comprehensive 7-2 win at Rusthall on Saturday in the FA Vase First Round. Whitstable have not played them for many years.

The game will take place on Saturday 11th November. This also means that our scheduled home league fixture against Rusthall has been moved from that date and will now be played at the Belmont on Tuesday 21st November with a 7.45 p.m. kick off.