Category: 2012-2013 1st Team Match Reports

TOWN’S LATE WIN

Micheal Everitt scores opener
Micheal Everitt scores opener

Whitstable Town 2 Three Bridges 1

Ryman League Division One (South)

Saturday 27th April 2013

Whitstable Town ended the season on a high as they beat Three Bridges at the Belmont on Saturday afternoon.

Whitstable spent long periods in control of the first half but as has been the story of the season there were few on target attempts. Their first attack in the sixth minute ended with Jake Beecroft  firing over the bar. After ten minutes Town had their best attempt of the half when after good work by Buster Smissen the ball came to stand in striker Laurence Harvey who attempted to lob Jess Grimstone in the Three Bridges goal. The keeper did well to tip the ball over the bar. Three minutes later Smissen

James Everitt brought down
James Everitt brought down

could not get a shot away in the visitors penalty area. The ball ran to Harvey whose attempt was easily saved by Grimstone. Five minutes later Micheal Everitt spooned a shot over the bar.

Three Bridges then had a corner after 22 minutes. Abub Touray’s cross bounced off the cross bar and away. Six minutes later, a skilful interchange led to a shot by Micheal Everitt but his effort went wide. After 31 minutes the ever dangerous Elliott Romane broke free for the visitors but was forced off the ball by George Crimmen who prevented a meaningful  shot. Another chance seven minutes for the visitors as Tim Rivers hooked the ball over the bar after good work by Romane. Brimstone, in the Three Bridges goal, was forced to make a great save as Adam Woollcott unleashed a shot. The keeper managed to stretch and tip the ball away for a corner. Just on half time Three Bridges defender Joel O’Hara shot just wide.

The second half started with Three Bridges on the attack. A melee in the Town defence but there was no one on hand to find the net. After 54 minutes a ball in by Ollie Lee found Harvey but his header went over the bar.  Touray then shot over the bar for Three Bridges after 60 minutes. Then three minutes later Town took the lead when the visitors defender Hassan Nyang could not clear the ball and it fell to Micheal Everitt whose shot hit the back of the net.  After 71 minutes James Morrish broke free and was one on one with Grimstone. He had the opportunity to lay the ball off to Harvey or Smissen but chose to go himself but Grimstone was able to push the ball wide for a corner. Lee headed over from the resultant corner. As the game moved into the last eight minutes Three Bridges got the equaliser as O’Hara fired home from two yards after the Town defence seemed to go to sleep.  Parity only lasted for five minutes as James Everitt was brought down in the penalty area. He stepped up to take the kick and despite appearing to mishit his attempt. The ball however found its way into the corner to give Town all three points.

James Everitt fires home penalty -- was it a mishit ?
James Everitt fires home penalty — was it a mishit ?

Team: Ruddy, Axford, Crimmen,  Everitt M, Harvey, Lee, Woollcott (Cobb 74 mins), Morrish, Smissen (Everitt J 74 mins), Beecroft, Brunt (Raggett D 79mins)

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SMISSEN STRIKE SECURES SAFETY

Micheal Everitt fires home opener
Micheal Everitt fires home opener

Chipstead 2 Whitstable Town 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 20th April 2013

Buster Smissen’s 73rd minute strike sealed Ryman League football next season at the Belmont as Town drew with fellow strugglers Chipstead on Saturday afternoon.

Town had the best of the early exchanges and as early as the 7th minute had their first opportunity as Jake Beecroft sent in a shot which was deflected for a corner. Player-manager Nicky Southall sent in an in swinging corner which found Micheal Everitt whose well timed header gave the visitors a deserved lead. The game then settled into a midfield battle with neither side taking control. Chipstead had their first chance after 24 minutes when a confusing melee resulted it the ball being ricocheted onto the bar and away. Chipstead actually pulled back into the game after 40 minutes when the ball ran free to Devon Williams who hooked the ball past Dean Ruddy in the Town goal.  A minute later Town nearly regained the lead when Southall took a quick free kick which appeared to be well saved by Martin Grant in the Chipstead goal but the referee awarded a free kick. Then just before half time Beecroft found  Buster Smissen with a cross but the Reds’ striker could only head wide.  The half time score was a fair reaction of the first half.

Nicky Southall floats free kick towards goal
Nicky Southall floats free kick towards goal

Town started the second half on the front foot. Micheal Everitt got on the end of a Southall cross but could not convert. The hosts then took the lead against the run of play after 52 minutes. A long ball was played into the Whitstable Town 18 yard box. Confusion in the Town defence ensued and ball was lashed home by Williams for his second goal of the afternoon. This sent an air of concern around the Whitstable supporters as with results elsewhere relegation was still a possibility.  Chipstead then had another opportunity after 70 minutes when Sam Robinson sent a shot high and wide of the target.  Then came the decisive moment as Smissen broke free and toe pocked a shot against the inside of the post and the ball slid over the line to provide the equaliser. News at this stage came in that Walton Casuals had fallen behind against Maidstone so safety looked well in reach.  Town did have three opportunities to seal a victory. Firstly Ollie Lee sent a header wide  after 77 minutes and then a minute later Adam Woollcott fired over the bar and finally in the last minute Smissen could not convert a chance.

The ball goes in from Buster Smissen to secure Ryman future
The ball goes in from Buster Smissen to secure Ryman future

The final whistle signalled safety for the Town and another season in the Ryman League.

Team: Ruddy, Axford, Brunt (Cobb 72 mins), M Everitt, Harvey, Lee, Southall (Woollcott 62mins), Beecroft, Smissen, J Everitt (Crimmen 65mins),+ Heard.

LATE GOAL ALLOWS HYTHE TO STEAL POINTS

 

Dean Ruddy saves second penalty
Dean Ruddy saves second penalty

Whitstable Town 1 Hythe Town 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 13th April 2013

Whitstable fell to a late Hythe goal in a bad tempered derby game at the Belmont on Saturday.  One of the biggest surprises was that 22 players were still on the pitch at the end of the game.

The first twenty minutes contained three penalty area incidents all with separate outcomes. After three minutes Whitstable had a claim for a penalty when Micheal Everitt appeared to be pushed in the back but the penalty appeals were turned away. The second ended with Hythe taking the lead after confusion in the Town penalty area. Dean Ruddy was adjudged to have committed an offence and the referee pointed straight at the spot. Up stepped Hythe captain Dave

Micheal Everitt fires in equaliser
Micheal Everitt fires in equaliser

Cook who sent the ball  into the right hand corner of the net. Four minutes later the referee was again in  the action when he controversially pointed to the spot when James Everitt was adjudged to a brought down a Hythe striker. Cook stepped up again but this time sent the ball too near Ruddy who saved well.  The game then had a period of a midfield battle with neither side creating many chances until after 38 minutes Cook was in the action again when he netted after a cross from Jake Hobbs but the goal was ruled out for offside.  Whitstable did get a deserved equaliser four minutes before the interval when a Jake Beecroft cross eventually found Micheal Everitt who  smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

The second half started with neither side really getting on top. After 49 minutes a muddle in the hosts defence but the ball eventually went wide for a goal kick. Hobbs then had a chance for Hythe but could not capitalise on the opportunity. Cook then had another opportunity but his shot went

Micheal Everitt has header tipped over
Micheal Everitt has header tipped over

wide after 57 minutes. On the hour a lovely ball in from James Everitt found his brother Micheal who headed his shot goalwards.  Hythe goalkeeper Dan Eason managed to stretch to tip the ball over the bar. From resultant corner Laurence Harvey  headed the ball on but Tom Brunt sent his effort over the bar.  After 73 former Whitstable midfielder Michael Yianni had a speculative shot which he miss hit with ball going out for a throw.  Five minutes later a cross from Brunt found the hardworking Smissen whose attempt went over the bar. Then came the decisive moment of the half when Dan Hanshaw seemed to have an eternity to fire a shot at the Hythe goal but was unable to get his attempt away. Hythe gained possession and went straight up the other end and Cook fired home to give Hythe all three points.

Team: Ruddy, Axford (Raggett D 85mins), Crimmen (Cobb 89mins), Everitt M, Harvey, Lee, Beecroft, Everitt J, Smissen  (Hanshaw (75mins), Brunt, Heard 

TOWN DISAPPOINT AT BURGESS HILL

James Everitt forces an early save
James Everitt forces an early save

Burgess Hill Town 2 Whitstable Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 6th April 2013

Whitstable’s game at Burgess Hill on Saturday was almost a mirror image of their last trip to Sussex when they went down to the same score line at Horsham a couple of weeks ago.

The early exchanges looked promising from a Whitstable point of view and the first two attacks fell their way. First after four minutes James Everitt  found himself in the penalty area. His initial shot was saved by Mark Zawadski in the Burgess Hill goal and from the rebound he could only shoot straight back to the host’s keeper. After 16 minutes a searching cross from Jake Beecroft went

Billy Cobb attempts shot
Billy Cobb attempts shot

dangerously across the penalty area but neither David Raggett or James Everitt could get a touch on the ball.  A minute later the Hilllians took the lead with their first attack of the game. Their striker Max Miller who was a threat all afternoon found himself free with only Nick Shaw to beat. His shot did hit Shaw on its way into the back of the net. Town’s best effort of the half came on 32 minutes when a Raggett header looked goal bound until Zawadski stretched to tip the ball round the post. James Everitt had another effort after 35 minutes but his shot missed the target. Then on 37 minutes a poor clearance by Tom Axford seemed to be going goal bound but Shaw saved to save his blushes.

The second half started with Whitstable on the attack but struggling to create any meaningful opportunities.  After 61 minutes Adam Woollcott got on the end of a ball from Axford but sent his shot wide. Two shots in two minutes from the hosts midfielder Nicky Wheeler caused some concern. He firstly sent a speculative shot that was easily saved by Shaw. Then a minute later he again attempted a shot that went wide.  Another volley from Ryan Thompson went wide for the hosts after 71 minutes.  After 85 minutes Whitstable could have drawn level when an attempt from Micheal Everitt crashed against the cross bar. Unfortunately three minutes later Burgess Hill sealed

Nick Shaw saves penalty
Nick Shaw saves penalty

their win. A poor clearance from  Shaw did not clear away an attack . Substitute George Hayward sent a shot which Shaw saved well but the rebound fell to Thompson who hammered the ball home.  Two minutes into injury time and Billy Cobb broke free for the Reds but hit his shot went hard against the post.  Then right on the final whistle a Burgess Hill attack ended with Shaw bringing down a Burgess Hill striker in the penalty area. The referee had no choice but to point to the spot and Shaw was probably lucky to get away with a yellow card. Thompson stepped up but his penalty was brilliantly saved by Shaw to his right.

It was a disappointing afternoon for the visitors where they did not create enough chances and the points went deservedly to the Hillians.

Team: Shaw, Axford (Cobb 81mins), Brunt, Everitt M, Harvey, Lee, Beecroft, Morrish, Raggett (O’Connell 63 mins (Hanshaw 73mins)), Everitt J, Woolcott.

 

DERBY DAY STALEMATE….

 

Buster Smissen heads home opener
Buster Smissen heads home opener

Herne Bay 1 Whitstable Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Monday 1st April 2013

There was stalemate on Monday afternoon when local rivals Whitstable Town and Herne Bay fought out a one all draw for the second time this season at Winch’s Field. The game was definitely negatively impacted by the strong wind that was blowing throughout the duration limiting the entertainment for the crowd of 444.

Whitstable who had the wind behind them in the first half took control. Their first attack after ten minutes saw Town take the lead when a cross from Jake Beecroft found Buster Smissen who fired home his header giving Luke Nalder in the Bay goal no chance. Seven minutes later Beecroft unleashed a shot on the turn but it went just wide. On 19 minutes Michael Turner had the first effort for the Bay but his shot was blocked by Dean Ruddy.

Town on the attack
Town on the attack

Just a minute later Herne Bay substitute Billy Bennett scooped a shot way over the cross bar. After 25 minutes Smissen had another chance but could not get any connection as the ball swirled in the wind. Then on 31 minutes Bay had their best opportunity of the half when Byron Walker broke down the left and send a shot that went across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. On half time Laurence Harvey sent a header over the bar.

The half time score of one nil did reflect the play and the only worry for Town was that going into the wind in the second half things could be different. However the early exchanges of the half should have allowed Town to seal the points. After 48 minutes Smissen hooked a shot over the bar and then on 55 minutes a clumsy challenge in the penalty area by Nathan Eastwood on Scott Heard led to the referee pointing to the spot. Up stepped Micheal Everitt who keep replacing the ball as the wind blew it off the spot. Eventually his shot cannoned off the cross bar and the chance was gone. This seemed to turn the game as Herne Bay got more of the play.  On 65 minutes Billy

Micheal Everitt slams penalty against crossbar
Micheal Everitt slams penalty against crossbar

Bennett found himself free and unleashed a shot that Ruddy could only get his finger tips too as the ball sailed into the net. The Bay continued to press for a winner but were unable to break through a resolute Town defence. Two more chances as Billy Cobb sent a shot over the bar for Town after 83 minutes and Bay winger Rhys Lawson broke through but his shot was blocked for a corner.

On reflection a point apiece was a fair reflection of the game as Town moved onto that magic 40 points.

Team: Ruddy, Axford (Cobb 77mins), Brunt, Everitt M, Harvey, Lee, Beecroft, Morrish (Raggett D 45 mins), Smissen, Everitt J, Heard.         

TOWN EARN DESERVED THREE POINTS

Micheal Everitt fires home opener
Micheal Everitt fires home opener

Whitstable Town 2

Folkestone Invicta 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 30th March 2013

Whitstable battled out a deserved victory against play off hopefuls Folkestone Invicta on Saturday. Their dogged performance takes them closer to Ryman League survival.

The opening exchanges were fairly even with the first opportunity coming for Folkestone after eleven minutes when Josh Burchell fired a speculative shot from  outside the penalty area high over the bar.  After 15 minutes Town took the lead when ex Invicta midfielder Micheal Everitt got on the end of a cross from Adam Woollcott to fire home a shot from the near post into the top right hand corner of the net.  Folkestone had the

Another Dean Ruddy save
Another Dean Ruddy save

next opportunity after 28 minutes when another hopeful shot from Phil Stevenson went wide of the target.  It did look like Folkestone had equalised when after 32 minutes Stevenson found himself one on one with Dean Ruddy in Town’s goal but Ruddy was able to deflect his shot just wide. From the resultant corner Frankie Chappell had his header well saved by Ruddy. A minute later Tom Axford pulled the ball back from the by line to find Scott Heard whose tame shot went over the bar. Burchell did have another chance after 42 minutes but his shot was well saved by Ruddy.  Town then broke away two minutes before half time to increase their lead.  Heard from the right wing after undid  the offside trap and pulled the ball back to Woollcott who fired home to give Town a deserved two goal half time lead.

The second half started quietly with the first opportunity coming after 55 minutes when Burchell sent a shot wide of the target.  Five minutes later  Laurence Harvey for Whitstable  could not get

Adam Woollcott hits second
Adam Woollcott hits second

enough power behind his header to get the ball past Jack Delo.  Invicta did pull a goal back after 71 minutes when substitute Johan Ter Horst broke free and fired home from the left hand side using his right foot. Town then defended solidly and looked effective on the break with Buster Smissen finding himself in an attacking position but couldn’t get his shot away.  After 78 minutes there was a melee in the Folkestone penalty area with first Smissen then James Everitt and finally Heard hitting shots that did not quite produce a goal.

Town then held on to ensure three points which were made more of a bonus by results below them.

Team: Ruddy, Axford (Southall 85 mins), Brunt, M Everitt, Harvey, Crimmen, Woollcott (Smissen 54mins), Morrish,  D Raggett (MacKenzie 65mins), J Everitt, Heard