Category: 2012-2013 1st Team Match Reports

TOWN IMPROVE BUT LOSE TO LEADERS

Micheal Everitt challenges
Micheal Everitt challenges

Maidstone United 2 Whitstable Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 26th February 2013

Whitstable travelled away to Maidstone on Tuesday evening and despite losing 2-0, put up a brave performance against the league leaders. It was the Town’s first opportunity to experience the new stadium.

Town got off to a good start when after six minutes Ollie Lee headed to James Everitt who shot but the ball was easily gathered by Stones keeper Deren Ibrahim. Six minutes later James Everitt had another opportunity but drilled his shot just wide. Maidstone did not have their first opportunity until the 16th minute when ex Town player Alex Brown had a long range effort that missed the target.

 

James Everitt gets his shot away
James Everitt gets his shot away

Maidstone then got the goal lead after 25 minutes with their next opportunity. Alex Flisher crossed to find Rory Hill who fired past debutant keeper Dean Ruddy. Ade Olorunda then could have put the hosts two up after 30 minutes but scuffed his shot past the post.  Four minutes before the break Maidstone had another chance when Flisher crossed and Ade Olorunda headed over. Town carried on attacking on the counter and Jake Beecroft had a shot deflected wide for a corner on the stroke of half time.

Straight after half time Scott Heard broke free on the right but his bullet shot went past the post. Hill had Maidstone first opportunity of the half when he fired wide after 55 minutes. Two minutes later when the very quiet Stuart King had a chance which was well saved by Ruddy. However after 71 minutes the Stones put the game out of

Buster Smissen breaks away
Buster Smissen breaks away

Whitstable’s reach when Tim Olorunda pulled the ball back from the by line to find Ade Olorunda who fired home. Eight minutes later he could have scored again but sent his header straight at Ruddy. This was just after an incident that led to Lee receiving a second yellow card and reducing Town to ten men. There were few more chances in the game although Town did have two opportunities in injury time. Firstly James Everitt headed wide and then substitute Dan Hanshaw sent a shot also wide of the target.

It was a better performance from Town and they should now build on this in the next few games.    

Team Ruddy, Axford (Williams 71mins), Brunt, Everitt M, Lee, Beecroft, Southall (MacKenzie 58mins), Morrish, Smissen (Hanshaw 71mins), Everitt J, Heard.    

 

LACKLUSTER TOWN GO DOWN TO CASUALS

Own Goal to give Town the lead
Own Goal to give Town the lead

Corinthian-Casuals 5 Whitstable Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 23rd February 2013

Following Tuesday night’s performance away at Sittingbourne, it was such a surprise to see Whitstable perform so poorly on Saturday afternoon as they were hammered 5-1 by fellow strugglers  Corinthian-Casuals. It had however started so well for the Town as after two minutes James Morrish created the first opportunity but was unable to find the target. Two minutes later Casuals had their first chance when Craig Mullen hit a shot that was blocked. The rebound found James Cottee but his shot was cleared away by Laurence Harvey.

 

Ball on its way into the bag of the Town Net
Ball on its way into the back of the Town Net

Town then took the lead after eight minutes. Tom Brunt put in a searching cross and Casuals defender Maddie Nubaga deflected the ball into his own net.  But the lead only lasted one minute as Casuals had three shots blocked in a melee only for the ball to run to Jamie Byatt who hammered the ball home.  The game settled down and after 19 minutes debutant James Everitt hit a shot wide whilst under pressure. After 34 minutes Byatt was in the action again as he broke free but lobbed the ball over the bar. Two minutes later Town had another opportunity when Scott Heard sent in a cross to find Buster Smissen whose header went wide. Casuals then started to take control when Cottee hit a shot that was well saved by Nick Shaw. Then came two killer blows just before half time. Firstly after 39 minutes a free kick was sent into the Town penalty area and Craig Mullen lobbed a header over Shaw to give Casuals the lead. Four minutes later Joe Hicks sent in a shot into the corner of the net to give Corinthian-Casuals a deserved 3-1 lead at half-time.

 

James Morrish high in the air
James Morrish high in the air

Town did start with more purpose in the second half but were failing to create any meaningful chances. However Mullen got the first opportunity of the half after 53 minutes but sent his shot just wide. After 64 minutes Byatt had another chance but curled the ball wide. At the other end after 75 minutes Heard fed Morrish who unleashed a shot that went just wide of the target.

Then came the incident that finished the game. With Casuals on the attack Morrish was adjudged to bring down a Casuals player in the penalty area. Up stepped Byatt to score his second. Town did have a couple of chances to narrow the gap. Firstly David Raggett had a header that was looping above Danny Bracken in the Casuals goal. Bracken managed to get his hand to the ball and push it over the bar. Then with one minute remaining Danny Williams hit a shot wide. In injury time Casuals rubbed salt in the wound when Mullen fired home.

This was a poor performance and Town need to re-group prior to the game away at Maidstone on Tuesday night.

Team: Shaw, Brunt (O’Connell 61mins), Beecroft, M Everitt, Harvey (D Raggett 72mins), Crimmen (MacKenzie 45mins), Williams, Morrish, Smissen, J Everitt, Heard.      

TOWN BATTLE HARD FOR A POINT

Danny Williams fires home equaliser
Danny Williams fires home equaliser

Sittingbourne 1 Whitstable Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 19th February 2013

Whitstable bounced back from a disappointing result last Saturday to gain a well deserved point at Sittingbourne on Tuesday evening. In fact with a bit more luck and better finishing they should have taken three points.

An entertaining fixture started with Sittingbourne on the attack. A 2nd minute cross by Ryan Cooper found Hicham  Akhazzan whose header looped over the bar. Town had their first attack after five minutes when Scott Heard broke free and shot straight at Adam Molloy in the Sittingbourne goal. Three minutes later Buster Smissen had an attempt under pressure but sent his shot over the bar. Town then started to dictate the game and after 20 minutes Danny Williams  broke free.  His shot as blocked and the rebound fell to Heard who sent in another shot which was gathered well by

Identify Whitstable player challenging !!
Identify Whitstable player challenging !!

Molloy. After 26 minutes James Morrish struck a shot from 20 yards. It seemed to be going goal bound before Molloy pulled off a magnificent save. Six minutes later the hard working Smissen had a shot on the turn that drifted wide.  Nick Southall then had  a free kick just outside the penalty area that curled just over the bar. Sittingbourne then had a spell just before half time where they created a couple of chances. After 36 minutes Joe Taylor got in a position where it looked easier to score but the ball looped over the target. Taylor again, three minutes before half time sent a shot wide. The stalemate remained until half time.

A minute into the second half Sittingbourne broke the deadlock when Akhazzan sent in a corner that Nick Treadwell challenged for the ball and sent his attempt past Nick Shaw. Unfortunately Treadwell had to leave the pitch due injury following his goal. Town then started to push forward and after 59 minutes Southall had an attempt that went wide. Town then equalised after 64 minutes. Smissen had a shot that deflected back to Williams who sent his attempt into the back of the net. The game continued with Town creating the better opportunities. After 76 minutes Dan Hanshaw had a free header but was unable to find the target.  However as the fog began to drift in at the end of the game Sittingbourne striker Ryan Golding sent an

Jake Beecroft puts in a cross
Jake Beecroft puts in a cross

attempt looping over the bar after 86 minutes. In injury time Town could have sealed all three points a Heard shot was blocked and then Hanshaw looked to have scored but the ball was cleared away off the line.

The final whistle blew with Town taking a point in a game that was thankfully in total contrast to the previous Saturday.

Team: Shaw, Brunt, Beecroft, Everitt, Harvey, Crimmen, Southall(MacKenzie 60 mins), Morrish, Smissen (Hanshaw 68mins), Williams (D Raggett 81 mins) , Heard

TOWN HAVE BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE

Challenge by Scott Heard
Challenge by Scott Heard

Whitstable Town 0 Tooting & Mitcham United 4

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 16th February 2013

Whitstable Town had a bad day at the office as they were deservedly beaten 4-0 by Tooting & Mitcham United on Saturday afternoon. The Town had the best of the early exchanges as they had two opportunities within the first two minutes. Dan Hanshaw had both of them but they both went wide of the target. Tooting, whose manager resigned during the week, got into their stride in the 13th minute when Cisse Bamoussa managed to break free  to slot his shot past Nick Shaw in the Town goal to put Tooting into the lead. They continued to look dangerous and doubled their lead in the 26th minute when Shaw failed to gather the ball which found Anthony Joseph who fired home.  They continued to apply the pressure  and could have scored a third after Ryan Adams found Bamoussa but he shot wide. Town did have a shout for a penalty a minute later when Micheal Everitt appeared to be pulled down but the referee waived away the appeals. Scott Heard did have a long range shot for Whitstable after 34 minutes but his shot went well over the bar.  One more chance in the half

Jake MacKenzie challenging
Jake MacKenzie challenging

came to Tooting’s Lee Hall who sent a speculative shot wide.

The teams went in at half time with Tooting deservedly two up with Town looking a shade of the side they had in the last three games.

The pattern of the second half continued in  the same vein as the first and it was not long before Tooting virtually wrapped up the game when Carl Wilson-Denis got their third again after poor defending  from the home side.  Three opportunities then followed for the Town  with Buster Smissen sending a shot wide after 50 minutes and then a minute later he had a shot blocked by Mick Taylor in the visitors goal. The rebound came to Jake MacKenzie who failed to capitalise on the chance. Town’s best chance came on 53 minutes when a Hanshaw lob went just over the bar. Tooting finally killed the game off with a fourth goal as Les Hall slammed home a loose ball.  Tooting could have been five up after 63 minutes when Wilson- Denis headed home but it was disallowed for offside. With Tooting well in control they were able to take their foot off the accelerator and Town did have a couple of opportunities for a consolation. Smissen fired at shot straight at Taylor after 69 minutes and after 83minutes he had another chance but sent his shot wide.  That was really the last opportunity of the game and Whitstable could have no argument as Tooting took all three points.

Team: Shaw, Brunt, Beecroft, Everitt, Harvey, Crimmen ( Williams 58mins), Heard (Parkinson 58mins), Morrish, Smissen, Hanshaw (David Raggett 58mins),

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TOWN BATTLE HARD FOR THREE POINTS

Walton & Hersham 1 Whitstable Town 2

Buster Smissen fires home first goal
Buster Smissen fires home first goal

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 9th February 2013

Whitstable came away from Walton & Hersham on Saturday with three points after a tough battle against the Swans. These were the first points that the Town have taken away from Stampond Lane since we joined the Ryman League six seasons ago.

It started well for Whitstable as they created all the early opportunities. As early as the 11th minute Jack Parter turned and hit a shot over the bar. Two minutes later Scott Heard hit a long range shot which went wide. Again after 15 minutes Buster Smissen found himself one on one with Kyle Mersen in the hosts goal who black his goal attempt. The rebound came to Jake Beecroft whose rebound shot was easily gathered by Mersen. The game then settled down with Walton & Hersham looking dangerous on the break. However after 26 minutes James Morrish was challenged in the penalty area. The referee controversially waved away the appeals for a penalty. After 31 minutes the Swans had their first clear opportunity but the ball was cleared away after there appeared to be some confusion in the Town defence. There was a further chance for the hosts four minutes before the interval when Liam Collins put in a cross which was met by Chris Grayland whose header was cleared off the line by Parter.

Penalty
Penalty

The teams went in at half time with the scores level and neither side had been able to find the net. The second half started with Walton & Hersham putting a little more pressure on the Town goal. Four minutes into the half Chris Wales tried an difficult over head kick which went wide. Town were still creating opportunities and after 53 minutes they took the lead when Morrish threaded a ball through to Smissen who found himself one on one with Mersen. This time he slid the ball past the keeper into the corner of the net.  After 59 minutes the Swans has an chance to equalise but Wales sent his shot over the bar. However only one minute later Connor French weaved his way through the Town defence. As he closed in on goal Parter brought him down and the referee had no hesitation to point to the penalty spot. Parter was injured in the tackle and was replaced but could have considered himself fortunate no to receive any card. Up stepped Walton & Hersham striker Graeme Purdy who fired his spot kick past Nick Shaw to equalise.

The hosts then started to look more dangerous. Purdy was blocked by George Crimmen and Shaw to prevent the attack developing. Then two minutes later a shot from Grayland went wide but then against the run of play Town won a corner.  Beecroft sent the ball into the penalty area. He found

Billy Parkinson taps in winner
Billy Parkinson taps in winner

Billy Parkinson who tapped in the winner from close in.   That seemed to clip the wings of the Swans as they were only able to create one more chance in the last minute when substitute Jaymo Eldis shot wide.

The final whistle was welcome as Town had gained a hard earned win in what was a physical and at times bad tempered game.

Team Shaw, Brunt, Parter (MacKenzie 60mins), Everitt, Harvey, Crimmen, Heard, Morrish (Parkinson 53 mins), Smissen, Beecroft, Hanshaw (Williams 81 mins)

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BATTLING TOWN EARN POINT BUT COULD HAVE BEEN MORE

Dan Hanshaw rises above defence
Dan Hanshaw rises above defence

Whitstable Town 0 Crawley Down Gatwick 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

2nd February 2013

Whitstable and Crawley Down fought out an entertaining 0-0 draw at the Belmont on Saturday afternoon.  Whitstable started the game on the back of the 4-0 win the previous week and had the balance of play in the first ten minutes of the game. As early as the 2nd minute, Town created their first opportunity  when a Scott Heard cross found Buster Smissen whose header went straight at Crawley Down keeper Anthony Di Bernardo.  A minute later Smissen had another chance but his shot went well over the bar.

Crawley Down then started to get into their stride and after 14 minutes the ball was fired across the Town penalty area but there was no one on hand to find the net.  A minute later Town striker Dan Hanshaw shot over the bar.  After 21 minutes Whitstable had another opportunity when a curling shot from Heard went straight into Di Bernardo’s arms. A minute later on the counter attacker Gabo Odunaike found himself free pressing towards the Town goal but he was well blocked by Whitstable keeper Nick Shaw.

Buster Smissen has an opportunity
Buster Smissen has an opportunity

After 37 minutes, Heard pulled the ball back into the penalty area but Town captain James Morrish fired well over. Whitstable had one more opportunity four minutes before the interval but Hanshaw’s 25 yard shot went wide.  The two teams went in at half time with the scores level for a well earned break as they fought hard in the muddy conditions.

Throughout the second half Whitstable pressed hard but failed to take any chances. Only two minutes into the half a curling corner by Jake Beecroft was well saved by Di Bernardo. Five minutes later Morrish found himself clear but could not beat the Crawley Down keeper. Then came the highlight of the game when Smissen sent in a cross that found Beecroft. His header looked bound to find the back of the net but Di Bernardo saved brilliantly pushing the ball over the bar for a corner.

Crwaley Down found themselves down to ten men after 69 minutes when Jack Page was deservedly given a second yellow card with a crude challenge. Crawley Down substitute Tom Graves then became hero as he cleared off the line from a Heard effort after 72 minutes.

Hanshaw ready to shoot
Hanshaw ready to shoot

The visitors then created their first chance of the half after 72 minutes when Odunaike sent in a shot which appeared to be goal bound before being blocked by man of the match Laurence Harvey to send the ball off for a corner. After 84 minutes Morrish should have done better but his shot went over the bar. One more chance for the visitors in injury time was denied by Shaw who saved well from Ross Morley.

An enjoyable game was brought to end scoreless and hard working Whitstable may consider this two points dropped rather than one gained.

Team: Shaw, Parter, Crimmen (Brunt 78mins), Everitt, Harvey, Lee, Beecroft, Morrish, Smissen (Colman 77mins) , Hanshaw(MacKenzie 77mins), Heard

 

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