Category: 2012-2013 Reserve Team Match Reports


Whitstable Town Reserves 4 Erith Town Reserves 1

Hurlimann Kent League Division 1

Saturday 20th April 2013

With Erith Town in second place, Whitstable could not afford to slip up in Saturday’s game. The visitors are one of the only two sides to beat us and Town knew they would be in for a very hard game against a decent side. The hosts absolutely raced out of the blocks and went straight on the offensive putting the visitors defence under  pressure from the start and having quite a few chances to open the scoring. The home side eventually opened their account when Reardon made contact with the ball from a corner and bundled the ball over the line. Erith Town equalised almost immediately, when one of their forwards raced through only for Nick Shaw to save, but Erith scored from the rebound

Town began the second half with their midfield well on top and this allowed the hosts to score the second goal, This seemed to deflate the visitors and Town got better and better as the game progressed. They were able to score two more quick goals, which allowed Town the comfort of putting on all three substitutes. Each player put in a very good shift and totally outplayed a very good Erith Town side.

Comments from the bench: Tthe players put in 100% , a superb performance by all and with all compliments to the squad today for creating an excellent performance. Also thank you to all the supporters who turned up today, and the very complimentary comments that were received.




Tino Makura scores for the reserves
Tino Makura scores for the reserves

Whitstable Town Reserves 1 Ramsgate Reserves 2

Hurlimann Kent League Division One

Tuesday 16th April 2013

Comments from Bob Reardon – Reserve Team Manager

Never has a statement been more true–IF YOU DONT TAKE YOUR CHANCES, YOU WON’T WIN THE GAME !! .  Ramsgate took their two chances half way through the first half and we never took our half a dozen , chances. The Ramsgater keeper has made three world class and really I  mean world class. Our keeper has been playing with a bad shoulder injury so in the second half we put our forward in goal but he does not have to make one save. Whitstable spent all the second half in the Ramsgate half and their keeper makes another three great. We did get a goal back , and spent the rest of the game trying to equalise, If they had beaten us by playing decent football I can live with that. The game was so one sided it was ridiculous. We will regroup and face the big game on Saturday at home to Erith Town.



Whitstable Town Reserves 2 Margate Reserves 0

Hurlimann Kent League Division One

Tuesday 9th April 2013

Margate came to the Belmont on a run of five games without defeat  but all good things have to come to an end. The game started evenly with Margate having a reasonable chance after twenty minutes. (that was their only chance in the first half). Town took the lead when the ball was won back , played into the middle for full debutant Ian Batten to score his first goal for the club. Town scored again five minutes afterwards, with a superb header by Liam Lewry, and frankly there should have been more with one a shot hitting the post and one cleared off the line. The second half was dominated by Town as they passed the ball around at will but chances were missed. The Town goalkeeper only touched the ball twice to save two free kicks. Assistant Manager, Lee Craddock said after the game. “Tonight was a very good performance considering we had three regulars missing. This opened the door for one of our under 18s and two squad players. We appeared to take the ball from them when we wanted. They hadn’t lost for five games so they are a decent side. We had one of our better players playing out of position. We did ok tonight and we now have the weekend off , which is nice and then we go again next week with two big games against two decent sides.


Whitstable Town Reserves 2 Herne Bay Reserves 1

Hurlimann Kent League Division One 

Saturday 6th April 2013

With the bitter disappointment of last Tuesday night’s defeat  in the Division One Cup semi final still hurting,  Town were desperate not to disappoint and they didn’t let anyone down as they ran out two one winners. Right from the start of the game, Town’s two young midfielders were never troubled by Bay’s ex-first teamers, seemingly taking the ball off them when they wanted. Town’s defence was not troubled and after 30 minutes they took the lead with a header from a corner. They proceeded to control the rest of the half, .

The second half started the same for town , with ex-Town players Steven Lloyd and Gareth Cornhill being put under constant pressure. Bay however scored from a corner after 65 minutes from ex first teamer , Hanson. That seemed to push the Whitstable team onwards and they seemed to spend the rest of the game on the attack. The winning goal came after  70 minutes when the visitors keeper caught the ball, only to drop it on to the foot of a Town player who fired home. The goal had been coming and the team that had played the football, rather than the long ball won a deserved victory.

Physio Chris Gritty said after the game:

“Right from the start we were the better side. Up against plenty of ex Town players including Kyle Wisker, Lloyd, Cornhill, Martin and Okundaliye, town’s younger fitter side had the lion’s share of play and never looked like losing the game. With the selection of youngsters playing well, they deserves the praise they got after the game.”


Herne Bay Reserves 2 Whitstable Town 1 (Lost 3-2 on aggregate)

Kent League Division One Cup Semi Final Second Leg

Tuesday 2nd April 2013

Bob Reardon’s comments following the defeat in the League Cup to rivals Herne Bay Reserves.

“Once again we have failed at the final hurdle to make the Division One Cup final following the defeat against Hollands & Blair in the Kent Intermediate Cup.  We must now play eleven games in six weeks. We had most of the game tonight and it is extremely disappointing basically getting undone by two goals in ten minutes.  Tonight was without a doubt the most strange performance from a set of officials I have ever seen with time wasting,  kicking the ball out of the ground , tying up laces, and the last one handball given by the linesman. The referee also gave a drop ball out of the area when the offence happened on the goal line.

There were good performances including  young 16 year old J Atkins playing with a badly swollen ankle in goal, Bola and Matte in centre midfield, D Keyte playing out of position and L Lewry up top .

We can now look forward to our bread and butter games in the league now, and give it our best shot to see where we can finish in the league. Thanks to all supporters and committee who turned up to watch the game tonight. Sorry we let you down ! “