Category: 2012-2013 1st Team Match Reports

TOWN SINK TO DEFEAT AT HORSHAM

David  Raggett takes a shot
David Raggett takes a shot

Horsham 2 Whitstable Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Wednesday 27th March 2013

Whitstable sunk to defeat at fellow strugglers Horsham on Wednesday but must be kicking themselves for wasting the opportunity to get at least a point out of the game.

 Horsham started the  game on the attack with an urgency that was reflected in the frenetic  first 20 minutes. A free-kick from Horsham keeper Michael Hunter dropped to Matthew Simpson on the edge of the Whitstable penalty area and his right-footed shot looped high above visiting keeper Dean Ruddy and dropped down onto the crossbar and former Tonbridge Angels’ striker Chamal Fenelon stabbed the rebound straight at the keeper. Whitstable Town’s opening chance was almost rewarded with a goal when

Tom Axford clears off the line
Tom Axford clears off the line

James Everitt’s left-footed shot produced an excellent save from Hunter, who dived low to his left to claw the ball away with his outstretched left hand. Horsham were rewarded after five minutes when they  got their first after five minutes. A ball over the top by Horsham central midfielder Scott Harris released man-of-the-match Tony Nwachukwo down the right and his first time cross flashed across goal and McCreadie swept his first time shot past Ruddy to score from four-yards.  Whitstable’s second chance saw right-back Tom Axford release winger Scott Heard in behind Horsham left-back Billy Joe King before he cut the ball back to David Raggett, who looped his shot over the bar from eight-yards. They again nearly  doubled their lead in the seventeenth minute when Marriott delivered a corner from the left, which was met at the far post by Simpson, whose header back across goal was headed off the line by Axford. The game then settled down with few more opportunities in the half.

 

Laurence Harvey challenges
Laurence Harvey challenges

Whitstable Town created the first chance of the second half inside the opening six minutes when Axford picked the ball up on the half-way line before bursting forward and playing the ball inside to Morrish, who found Heard inside the box. He took a touch to put the ball onto his right boot but his finish was poor, blazing his right-footed shot high and wide. Horsham struck the woodwork for the second time just 87 seconds later. Nwachukwo used his pace to make progress down the right before whipping in a low cross towards the near post where McCreadie’s initial shot was blocked before his follow up clipped the outside of the top of the near post from six-yards.   After an hour Whitstable began to take control of the game.  Morrish drove the ball into the crowded Horsham penalty area and substitute Dan Hanshaw’s first time shot on the turn flashed past the far post from 12-yards. Heard then swept a ball from left to find Jake Beecroft down the right and he clipped the ball into the box where Hanshaw sent the ball over the bar. A poor back header from Horsham right-back Simpson was latched on to by James Everitt, whose right-footed shot flicked off goalkeeper Hunter and the ball rolled towards goal but Jahamahl King raced back to clear the ball off the line. Whitstable Town threw everything at Horsham late in the game in search of a point that they needed and deserved. Beecroft cut a corner back to substitute Adam Woollcott  and he stroked a right-footed curler from 25-yards, which bounced in front of the diving Hunter, who stuck out his left hand to turn the ball around the post. Billy Cobb then used his long throw which with four minutes left found Harvey’s head and his glancing header from ten-yards agonisingly clipped the outside of the left-hand post with four minutes left. Cobb then hurled another long throw into the box, which sailed over everyone to reach the far post James Everitt’s shot was kept out by Hunter at his near post. Beecroft swung in the resulting corner and Harvey’s bullet header crashed agonisingly against the crossbar.

It was just not going to be Harvey’s night and he gifted Horsham their second inside stoppage time. Horsham substitute Jamie Ampleford whipped in a cross from the left and Harvey sliced his attempted clearance into the bottom far corner of his net, past the stranded Ruddy.
Team: Ruddy, Axford (Cobb 84mins), Brunt, Micheal Everitt, Harvey, James Everitt,  Beecroft,  Morrish, David Raggett (Hanshaw 57mins), O’Connell (Woollcott 65mins),  Heard

TOWN GO DOWN TO TITLE CHALLENGERS

Tom Brunt attempts cross
Tom Brunt attempts cross

Dulwich Hamlet 3 Whitstable Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 23rd March 2013

Whitstable’s had a second half lesson in finishing as they fell to a 3-0 defeat away to title chasers Dulwich Hamlet.

The whole first half was played in the falling wet snow which made conditions very difficult and really Town had the best of the play but failed to turn their possession into goals.  After 6 minutes Jake Beecroft hit a shot towards the top right hand corner but Paul Wilson in the Dulwich saved easily. David Raggett broke free for Town two minutes later but could only fire his shot straight at Wilson. Another Beecroft effort after 14 minutes from distance was deflected wide for a corner.  Another long range effort after 27 minutes from Scott Heard was again saved easily by Wilson. Dulwich had to wait 35 minutes before their first opportunity of the game and it came from a strike from the left hand side from left back Ryan James. The ball went across the face of the goal and went wide of the

The snow bites
The snow bites

target. Five minutes later Nyren Clunis sent in a dangerous cross for Hamlet but there was no one was on hand to convert the opportunity. Town could be well satisfied with their first half performance as they held on to the Dulwich attack that contained Daniel Carr who was being watched by a number of Premiership scouts.

The weather improved at the start of the second half as the snow stopped but the surface was heavy. Town had the first opportunity of the half when after 50 minutes James Morrish sent in a speculative shot from 30 yards but it went high over the bar. The after 53 minutes James had a shot blocked well by Dean Ruddy. Then after 55 minutes Dulwich got the break through when the ball came to Clunis who found himself free and sent in a lopping shot that found itself into the top right corner giving Ruddy no chance. Laurence Harvey hit a header wide after 57 minutes from a Heard cross  but Dulwich continued to go up the gears and in the 58th minute they found themselves two ahead when after a melee in the Town goal area and Carr was able to head in. Dulwich had now

Dulwich score opener
Dulwich score opener

taken control of the game and after 78 minutes they scored their third goal when substitute Xavier Vidal tapped the ball over the line follow a cross into the box. That final goal killed the game. However Dan Hanshaw had a goal disallowed in the last minute of normal time as he fired home following up a shot that was parried by Wilson. However the goal was ruled out controversially for offside. Ruddy did prevent a further goal in injury time following another attempt by Vidal.

At the final whistle Dulwich had shown why they are challenging for the title this season.

Team: Ruddy, Axford (Knowles 80 mins), Brunt, Everitt M, Harvey, Everitt J, Beecroft, Morrish, Heard (Hanshaw 70mins), MacKenzie (Cobb 78mins)  

LEE’S FIRST HALF STRIKE ENOUGH FOR WIN

Ollie Lee fires home
Ollie Lee fires home

Whitstable Town 1 Merstham 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 19th March 2013

A first half Ollie Lee goal sealed three Ryman League points on Tuesday night as Town rose to their highest league position since October. The kick off had been delayed by 30 minutes due to floodlight problems which were thankfully resolved prior to kick off.

The first quarter of an hour were quiet with few chances but after 16 minutes  Tom Brunt attempted a shot but the ball deflected to David Raggett whose shot cannoned onto the post. Two minutes later Lee struck the decisive goal. Laurence Harvey hit a shot that was blocked and

James Morrish attacks
James Morrish attacks

Lee was on hand to slam the ball into the back of the net. Merstham attacks were few and far between but they did have a shout for a penalty turned down following a challenge by Tom Axford. Town continued to control the game and after 32 minutes Raggett should have done better when he found himself one on one with the young Merstham keeper O’Shane Brown. Unfortunately the big Town striker sent his shot at the keeper who saved easily. The visitors had their first meaningful chance in the 36th minute when former Faversham striker Adrian Stone could not pull his hooked shot back enough to find the target.  Another Merstham chance after 40 minutes but striker Fabio Sarana could not capitalise. Town went in at half time with a well deserved one goal lead.

The second half started quietly and the first real opportunity of the half did not come until the hour mark when Jake Beecroft sent a free kick high and wide of the target from 25 yards. Five minutes later James Everitt had a chance and hooked the ball back only for Brown to save. There was little more goal mouth action until the 87 minute when

David Raggett has a chance
David Raggett has a chance

James Everitt hit a long range shot just wide. Then injury time he again broke free and lobbed Brown to find the net only for the goal to be ruled out due to offside.

The full time whistle marked the end of good evening’s work for Whitstable as the defence nullified a strong Merstham front line to limit their goal attempts to a minimum. The three points really helped Town’s quest to move away from the relegation zone.

Team: Ruddy, Axford, Brunt, Everitt M, Harvey, Lee, Beecroft (Heard 82 mins), Morrish, Raggett D (Hanshaw 87 mins), Everitt J, O’Connell (Woollcott 69 mins)     

STALEMATE AT THE BELMONT

Micheal Everitt fires home equaliser
Micheal Everitt fires home equaliser

Whitstable Town 1 Walton Casuals 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 16th March 2013

The game between fellow Ryman League Division One (South) Whitstable Town and Walton Casuals ended in stalemate as they shared a one all draw.

All the action in the first half occurred in the first ten minutes as the game started in a frenetic manner. After two minutes James Everitt sent in a shot that was blocked by Gareth Williams in the Walton Casuals goal. The rebound came to Laurence Harvey who shot wide. Three minutes later Malachi Hudson had an attempt from distance for the visitors but the ball went wide.

Casuals take the lead
Casuals take the lead

A further two minutes and Mu Maan sent a shot high and wide of the target. Whitstable then had a further attempt after ten minutes when Buster Smissen had a shot blocked by a defender. The rebound came to David Raggett whose shot was well saved by Williams. The rest of the first half was a mid field battle with few chances being created. The half time whistle blew with both teams unable to break the deadlock.

An improved Whitstable started the second half in a much more positive frame of mind with James Everitt creating the first opportunity for the hosts after 49minutes but his attempt was well blocked by Harry Hoadley.  Twelve minutes later Smissen had a shot that was blocked and went wide for a corner.

Then on the hour mark, Walton Casuals got the lead when McShane found himself free on the edge of the penalty area. He managed to loop the ball over Dean Ruddy in the Town goal just under the bar. Almost immediately Town were back on even terms when Jake Beecroft sent in a free kick that found Micheal Everitt whose bullet head found the target.

 

Celebrations follow equaliser
Celebrations follow equaliser

After 64 minutes Scott Heard was able to hit a rasping shot for Whitstable from 25 yards. His attempt was magnificently saved by Williams who tipped the ball over the bar. A minute later Maan had a chance for the visitors but sent his shot high and wide of the target. Whitstable then had three further opportunities to take all three points but failed to capitalise. Firstly after 73 minutes Danny Williams pulled the ball back for James Everitt to send in a shot that was deflected wide. Four minutes later Williams broke free but could only shoot straight at Williams and then again after 84 minutes Williams had a tame effort easily saved.

As the final whistle blew both sides had to settle for a point as they look anxiously over their shoulders in the league.

Team: Ruddy, Brunt, Crimmen (Cobb 89 mIns),  Everitt M,  Harvey, Everitt J, Beecroft, Morrison, Smissen (Williams 70mins), Raggett D, Heard. 

WHAT DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES …………………

Smissen gets second
Smissen gets second

Faversham Town 1 Whitstable Town 4

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 9th March 2013

This time last week it felt like the world had fallen in but this Saturday Town hammered second place Faversham Town 4-1 in this Ryman Football League Division One (South) fixture. The team fought for every ball and worked hard to bring three well deserved points back to the Belmont.

It all started so well for Whitstable when after five minutes Tom Brunt moved forward an unleashed a shot which went under the body of Faversham goalkeeper Simon Overland who should have done better to put the Town one up. Town continued on the attack and Jake Beecroft had a shot from 20 yards that went well over the bar. With 15 minutes gone Whitstable extended their lead when a long James Everitt throw found Buster Smissen whose header looped over Overland to put Town two up. A further five minutes and  another opportunity for Town as David Raggett had a tame shot that was gathered by Overland.

 

Goal of the game from Jake Beecroft
Goal of the game from Jake Beecroft

Faversham did not have their first real chance until the 25th minute when Renford Teague weaved his way down the left but could only send his final shot wide of the target. After 30 minutes Matt Bourne moved forward but under pressure from Micheal Everitt still got his shot away but that was well saved by Dean Ruddy. The rest of the half passed without too much incident with Whitstable continuing to be in control nullifying the Faversham attack.

Faversham came out in the second half with more purpose and started to threaten the Town goal. After 51 minutes they were awarded a penalty when James Everitt was adjudged to have brought down a Faversham striker following a mistimed tackle. Up stepped Danny Hockton who fired the ball into the corner of Ruddy’s net. Faversham continued to attack but after 58 minutes Danny Williams found himself one on one with the goalkeeper after a fast break away. He lobbed the ball over Overland but was adjudged to be off side. Another attempt by Town saw Beecroft loop  a shot over the bar.  After 67 minutes Darren Marsden had an opportunity for Faversham but only managed to loop a shot wide of the target. Three minutes later an elaborate overhead kick from Williams went straight at Overland who gathered.  

 

Lee seals game with fourth
Lee seals game with fourth

Faversham then had their best opportunity of an equaliser when a cross ball found Kieran Oliver but he sent his shot wide when it looked easier to score. Faversham were to live to regret that miss as after 84 minutes  Beecroft hit the goal of the game when from 25 yards he found a little space and unleashed a shot that sailed into the net to put Town three one up. Town were now well on top and Micheal Everitt had a header that went over the bar. Town sealed the win after 88 minutes when a cross from Beecroft found Ollie Lee who fired home Town’s fourth. One more opportunity a minute from time from Matt Bourne could have given the hosts a consolation but the ball hit the post.

This was a vast improvement on recent weeks and if Whitstable retain this form they will have little more to worry about this season.

Team: Ruddy, Axford (Cobb 89mins), Brunt, Everitt M, Lee, Everitt J, Beecroft, Morrish, Smissen (Williams 45mins), Raggett D (Hanshaw 89mins), Heard.   

WHITSTABLE CRUSHED BY THE TANNERS

 

James Everitt on the ball
James Everitt on the ball

Whitstable Town 0 Leatherhead 5

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 2nd March 2013

Whitstable Town collapsed to a five nil drubbing on Saturday as they allowed Leatherhead to dominate this Ryman League Division One (South) game.

Leatherhead were in charge from the very start and after 13 minutes had their  first opportunity as a speculative shot Ryan Flack went wide of the target. Then a minute late the Tanners took the lead when Allan Tait carved through the Whitstable defence to send a shot past Dean Ruddy. After 28 minutes Flack had another chance which was blocked by Ruddy.  Whitstable had to wait until the 33rd minute when a

Another one goes in
Another one goes in

long range shot from Tom Brunt went to wide. Two minutes later Micheal Everitt had a shot on the turn that went wide.  Leatherhead were back on the attack and after 37 minutes Elliott Thompson put in a cross that was turned wide by Mark Simmons.  Tait broke free again five minutes before half time but his shot was deflected by the legs of Ruddy and the ball was cleared away. At half time Whitstable could consider themselves to be lucky to be only one down.

The hosts had their brightest spell at the start of the second half. A minute in and Scott Heard had a shot come cross that had to be tipped over by Andrew Young in the Leatherhead goal. Six minutes later Micheal Everitt had a shot from a cross by Heard but sent his shot over the bar. Then on the break in the 57th minute Tommy Hutchings broke free and slotted home to take the fight out of

A rare chance for Town
A rare chance for Town

Whitstable. Then six minutes later Tait got his second when he found himself free lobbing over Ruddy.  After 65 minutes Buster Smissen did have a header that went over the bar. Leatherhead continued to tear through a very poor Whitstable defence and after 77 minutes Thompson found the target from 25 yards. Tait then poured more salt into the Town’s wounds when he slotted home his third and Leatherhead’s fifth.

It is back to the drawing board for Whitstable manager  Nicky Southall as Leatherhead continue to challenge for a play-off place.

Team: Ruddy, Axford (MacKenzie 63 mins), Crimmen (Williams 63 mins), Everitt M, Lee, Beecroft, Brunt, Morrish, Smissen, Everitt J, Heard

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