Category: 2013-2014 Under 18 Match Reports

UNDER 18’s FINISH SEASON WITH A WIN

Whitstable Town Under 18’s 4 Ramsgate Under 18’s 1

Kent Youth League Under 18 South

Sunday 11th May 2014

The Under 18’s finished the season with a fine 4-1 win over Ramsgate at the Belmont this afternoon thanks a hat trick from Maxwell and one from Busby. The ended in  a creditable 5th place in the table ending the season with three straight wins.

 

UNDER 18’S WIN AGAINST MARGATE

Whitstable Town Under 18’s 2 Margate 1

Kent Youth League (South)

Sunday 30th March 2014

This was another solid performance from our U18’s in a hard fought battle which gave the lads a deserved 3 points.

Margate had most of the possession for the first 15 minutes but it was Whitstable who took the lead with a neat side foot finish into the bottom corner from Harrison Smith. This clearly spurred Town on and allowed them to take control of the first half creating several opportunities with Sam Hudson, Tom Huston and Layka Holder coming close. Whitstable were also awarded a Penalty by the Referee which she then changed to a free-kick outside the box. A truly controversial decision but this was the first of many.

The second half started with Whitstable still on top creating some good opportunities but were finished wide of the target.  The Referee again played her part in having a bad day at the office, not giving, what appeared,  another definite penalty with the Margate Centre Half bundling over Town’s Midfielder, Harrison Smith in the area, to the dismay of the supporting crowd, and coaches.  This did not deter Town’s players and justice was served soon after with Charlie Hallett finishing off a neat passing move to put Town 2 up.

Margate were then given some light, when they were awarded a Penalty, a particularly tough decision to go against Town, bearing in mind what had previously gone on, which they converted.  Both sides played out the rest of the half but Town hung on to claim a well deserved victory. 

TOWN STRUGGLE TO FIGHT BACK FOLLOWING TWO EARLY GOALS

Fabio Saralva has a free header for Merstham's second
Fabio Saralva has a free header for Merstham’s second

Whitstable Town 1 Merstham 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

27th February 2014

Whitstable Town went down at home against a lively Merstham side on Thursday evening as two early goals proved too much for Town to recover.

The first goal came in the seventh minute as Merstham put pressure on the Town goal. There was a scramble in the penalty area and Scott Heard put the ball in his own net as he desperately tried to clear the ball. Problems with the floodlights led to a delay in the game but the electrician was able to get the lights back on after half an hour. But after 17 minutes Merstham were two up when a

Joe Kane fires Town's consulation
Joe Kane fires Town’s consulation

cross found Fabio Saralva who had a free header which he planted in the Town net. Merstham continued to attack and Sarvala scuffed a shot wide after 23 minutes. Whitstable had to wait until the 28th minute when Charlie Smith with a second attempt lifted the ball over the bar. Then on 32 minutes Joe Kane cleared the ball off the line from a shot from Tommy Hutchings. Six minutes later a long range shot from Steve Hafner failed to hit the target. The hosts came nearest to scoring when the ball ricocheted off Jake Mackenzie and was looping over Daly Brannon into the top corner. The Merstham keeper back pedalled and managed to claw the ball away. Town, who were without the injured Laurence Harvey were under pressure throughout the first half and Merstham deserved to go in for the break two nil up.

Another chance goes close
Another chance goes close

The second half saw an improved Town look dangerous as substitute Dave Raggett was blocked well by Merstham keeper Daly Brannon. The visitors should have been further ahead on 57 minutes when Salvara put the ball over the bar from a yard out. Joe Kane gave Town hope on the hour when he turned on the ball and planted his shot in the corner of the net. On 73 minutes the ever dangerous Tuean Roberts broke down the right hand side. He cut in but sent his shot wide of the far post. On 77 minutes another Hafner free kick was flicked on by Mackenzie but the ball went just wide. Town continued to attack but were unable to break through. Merstham substitute, Jack Guilford was sent off for a second yellow card just before full time.

It was a case of too little too late for Town as they dropped valuable points. They must now regroup for Saturday’s game at home to Folkestone Invicta.

Team: Watkins, Simpson, Webb, Hafner, Etherington (Maguire 64mins), Kane, Heard (Mackenzie 38mins), Keyte, Smith C, Baverstock (Raggett 45mins), Brown      

YOUTH TEAM GET A POINT

Ramsgate Under 18’s 1 Whitstable Town Under 18’s 1

Kent Youth League Under 18’s (South)

Sunday 23rd February 2014

An under strength team took on Ramsgate on Sunday with several of Town’s players either suspended or injured.  Whitstable though managed to dominate the first half and missed many first half chances before Sam Hudson drilled a neat finish into the bottom corner to put Whitstable 1 – 0. Ramsgate rallied well after this and managed an equaliser with a ball over the top missed by the Whitstable defence, allowing their striker time to go around Wes Miller and equalise.

Ramsgate by this time had their centre half sent off for two bookable offences, which offered Whitstable the chance to take the game to their hosts. The second half unfortunately, did not pan out this way with Whitstable losing their striker Luke Foster, to a calf injury which then evened the sides out as town had no substitutes. Both sides created opportunities and either side could have taken all three points, but on the day settled for one each.

UNDER 18’S BATTLE HARD BUT GO DOWN AT MAIDSTONE

Maidstone United Under 18’s 2 Whitstable Town Under 18’s 0

Kent Youth Cup 

Sunday 26th January 2014

Report thanks to  Adrian Swan

Maidstone eased their way into the next round of the Kent Youth Cup with a comfortable win over a resolute Whitstable side whose job was made even harder with the 54th minute dismissal of centre half Joe Holland for two bookings. This was a game that Maidstone dominated throughout and but for an excellent performance from Whitstable keeper Wes Miller it could have been far more than two nil. After an even opening The Stones took the lead in the 10th minute when Ellis Iandolo played a superb through ball into the run of Liam Mayell. Mayell took a touch just inside the area before finishing neatly slotting the ball home low to the left of Miller. Shortly afterwards Maidstone nearly increased their lead after a corner was not cleared and the ball fell to Rory Head who looped a header over Miller but Kyle Ball headed off the line at the right hand post. On 24 minutes a neat Maidstone passing move put Liam King in on goal but Miller made a fine block low to his right and then on the half hour mark Charlie Munnery tried a long range shot that flew straight at Miller. On 41 minutes Iandolo flashed a long range shot narrowly wide before on the stroke of half time an inswinging corner from Russell Latter beat the outstretched arm of Miller but hit the bar and flew over.

On 54 minutes Holland was sent off, when having already been booked in the first half for a foul, he rashly dived in on a tackle, missing the ball and catching a Stones player which earned him a second yellow card and an early bath. A minute later the Stones nearly made their visitors pay as a right wing cross from Rhys Knapp was met by a powerful close range header from Latter that was superbly turned over by Miller. Town then went close to drawing level on 63 minutes when Sam Hudson floated a cross from the left into the near post where Beau Taylor controlled the ball well on his chest before hitting a left foot volley on the turn that flew narrowly wide. Minutes later the Stones scored their second when Iandolo fed half time substitute Chimdi Otuadinma on the edge of the box. He twisted right and then left beating his marker before firing home low to the left of Miller. Town nearly pulled a goal back a minute later when Christian Sorte fired in a long range shot that Brad Morgan saved low to his left. Then it was Mayell who turned well on the edge of the box and fired in a shot that Miller saved diving low to his left. A minute later it should have been three when another substitute Matt Bennett floated in a cross from the left to the far post where Mayell’s well directed cushioned header put Otuadinma in on goal but he dragged his shot wide when well placed. Then Iandolo hit a long range shot that Miller saved diving low to his left for a corner before Iandolo put Head in on goal but Miller saved his chipped shot high above his head. Into the last 10 minutes Town’s Taylor fired in a long range shot that flew just over before the home side nearly scored again when another great crossfield pass from Iandolo put Mayell in on goal but Miler was quickly off his line to make a fine close range block with his legs for a corner. This was to be the first of a series of Maidstone corners as desperate but brave defending by Whitstable kept then at bay. Then on 86 minutes another through ball from Iandolo put Otuadinma in on goal but again Miller made a great close range block. Minutes later Liam King’s crossfield pass found Bennett but his shot was well held by Miller high above his head. On 90 minutes Town nearly got a consolation goal as Hudson fired in a long range shot that Morgan saved low to his left. The final action of the game deep in stoppage time saw Miller make yet another good save to keep out Mayell’s long range shot.

Team: Miller, Ball, Moat, Taylor, Holland, Benstead, Huston,  Hudson, Sorte, Holman, Smith J. Subs Foster, Kitto, Young, Warren, Reynolds