Category: 2012-2013 Reserve Team Match Reports

RESERVES GO OUT OF INTERMEDIATE CUP

Hollands & Blair Reserves 2 Whitstable Town Reserves 1

Kent Intermediate Cup Semi Final

Saturday 30th March 2013 

On a very cold afternoon , Whitstable Town Reserves had the short trip to Medway  to play Hollands & Blair Reserves in the Kent Intermediate Cup Semi Final. The hosts had already beaten three Kent League Division 1 sides in the competition to date.

The game started with Town’s passing going astray and the control not being up to scratch. (perhaps someone needed to tell them this was a semi final). With things just not clicking for the away side, the first twenty minutes were to be honest a shambles. With 25 minutes gone a shot travelled across the Town box and looked to be going out for a corner but it was tapped into the net, by a Blair player who simply gambled that his team mate would not hit the target. This still did not shake up Town and on 35 minutes a cross wide from the right sailed over the town goalie and dropped into the corner of the net.  The rest of the half was spent in Blair’s half with Whitstable bombarding their goal but with no luck.

 

The second half commenced with Town making two substitutions and the game changed almost immediately. It was basically probably the most one sided half that the Reds have been involved in all season with Blair putting  up to six players behind the ball, Town then scored a superb goal , when James Simmons beat his man and put his shot in the corner of the net. This basically signalled an onslaught for the last twenty minutes but It just would not fall for Town, hitting defenders on the back  and the goalkeeper falling on everything.

Town could not get the equaliser and the game ended with the hosts going through to the final.

The Whitstable management team commented that “To  lose the game today is a massive blow to the whole squad. This was simply a game that was well within our reach. We have a couple of lads that perhaps need a rest , things might be getting on top of them and  there are a few players heads that are being turned by being offered Ryman football next  season. We will remove them from the firing line , for a game or so as, we have a few lads back from university  this week and they are going straight into the squad for Tuesday night’s massive game against a very talented Herne Bay side. We will not get too down hearted as this is only the second defeat in the league and cup all season. Good luck to Hollands & Blair in the final.

RESERVES DRAW IN FLOODLIGHT TROPHY

Whitstable Town Reserves 1 Deal Town Reserves 1

Kent Floodlight Trophy

Tuesday 5th March 2013

Town started the game with seven regulars sitting on the bench , and gave a debut to a new under 18. Other member of the squad were given a chance to impress. Also the reserve goalkeeper played the sticks.

The game started with Town passing the ball round at will , having a total number of  eight chances to score, but with the Whitstable forwards were basically trying to walk the ball in or lay a goal on a plate for a fellow striker. On 35 minutes, Deal Town scored from a rebound after a good stop from the goalkeeper leaving them leaving Whitstable one down at half time.

The second half started with more of the same,  chance after chance going astray but on 65 minutes, Town scored with a good strike from Vince Collis. They then made all three substitutions in the next five minutes and from there the hosts laid siege to the Deal goal, basically attacking at will , with every Deal long clearance coming straight back. However Town could not find the winner and the game ended 1-1.

Management comments;  What a great chance for all squad members to have a run out ,all putting in an excellent shift. Thank you to all the supporters generous comments about the way we are trying to play football , and the way all squad members are given the chance to perform.  It was also a good chance to rest players for the next half a dozen games which contain  three semi-finals. All  the squad performed well and it is  shame we could not put away any of the many many chances. 

 

RESERVES WIN AT MAIDSTONE

Maidstone United 0 Whitstable Town 1

Hurlimann Kent League Division One

Saturday 2nd March 2013

With the expectation of a very entertaining game to come Town travelled to the Gallagher stadium, and on arrival the first impression was – what a stadium- with a ground and a pitch that was immaculate. With the whole squad to choose from, town went into the game very confident.

Town were very aware that Maidstone had in their team two very talented strikers and after Whitstable had two players booked for “afters” after a Maidstone player had put a very late challenge. Both Maidstone and Whitstable relished the chance to play the ball around the pitch with Town having the better of the chances and they should of gone into half time at least a goal up, missing several chances and with their own keeper having little to do.

The second half  started very busily ,with both teams again playing the ball around superbly. However the game changed on 65 minutes when Town were awarded a penalty for a late tackle just inside the area. Up stepped the Whitstable penalty taker who missed with possibly the softest penalty ever seen in the Kent League.

Within five minutes a great ball through the Maidstone defence was latched onto by Hill whose shot lobbed the keeper and Town were one up. The goal kick-started Whitstable as they got better as the game progressed and Maidstone appeared to have run out of ideas in the last twenty five minutes with Town dominating.   Both sides made substitutions and Town  hit  the bar in the last five minutes. The Town management wishes , special praise to every one of the town squad as they beat a Maidstone side containing a number of talented academy players. Whitstable have beaten them twice based on a squad with a superb work ethic.