Category: 2012-2013 Under 18 Match Reports


Whitstable Town U18’s 4  Margate Youth U18 1 

Kent County Youth Cup 1st Round

Whitstable’s Under 18’s came out determined to start their cup run with a bang and did not disappoint. The first half was completely dominated by Town and it was no surprise that after 20 minutes they scored their first goal, Sam Hudson delivering a pinpoint corner with the ball scrambled over the line by Lewis King.  The second goal was in a similar vein, this time Tom Bines getting on the end of another corner with the ball going through his team mates, Kari Creeds, legs, making it 2-0.

Whitstable continued to press with Margate offering very little, with Dan Packer and Lewis King controlling the midfield, allowing Rade Piplica to get forward from right back and create some good opportunities. The third goal was only round the corner, with Lewis King striking at goal, the Margate keeper making a good save only for Steve Draper to finish the job.

Margate went on to test Harry Burrow, the Whitstable keeper, but he was up to the job and made two good saves.  Whitstable had a great chance to go 4 up, with Sam Hudson cutting inside from the right and shooting for the top corner, the Margate keeper tipping the ball over the bar. Half time score 3-0.

The second half was quite a different affair, and to give Margate credit they came out looking to take the game to Whitstable, they had continued pressure in the first quarter with Whitstable struggling to get out of their half.  Some resolute defending, from Elliot Bensted, Kari Creed and Brandon Kerr kept Margate at Bay, but a trip on a Margate striker by Lewis King led to a penalty which they finished off in the bottom corner.

The game then became quite a physical battle, with several players booked as the tackles started to fly in, but Whitstable held their nerve and managed to score their fourth goal through a deflected shot off a Margate defender to make it 4-1 with a few minutes left.  A good victory for the team, who now face Dover away in Round 2.


Whitstable Town U18’s 2 v Lordswood U18’s 2

Sunday 20th September 2012

Whitstable Town entertained Lordswood last Sunday in the Premier League Division One, and came so close to their first three points of the season.  With the team still having several players missing with injury and holidays, they started well having good amounts of possession.  Harry Burrow and Kari James, making their debuts in goal and central defence respectively, coping well with the Lordswood attack.

Whitstable created several chances as Lewis King, Jimmy Lambert and Dan Packer started to win the midfield battle but against the run of play the Lordswood attack managed to split the Whitstable defence and slotted home the first goal of the game to lead 1-0 which was the half time score.

The second half started brightly for Town as they came out determined to level the game.  After several attempts at goal, this materialised from one of several corners won.  A ball swung into the 18 yard box by Lewis King, was not cleared by the Lordswood defence and Steven Draper was at hand to lash the ball into the top corner.

The momentum was clearly now with Whitstable and they continued to put the pressure on.  Changes were made and with around 20 minutes to go, Town found number 2, some good win play from substitute Sam Hudson, saw him whip a ball into the box for Lewis King to arrive with a spectacular diving header into the bottom corner.

Town knew Lordswood would come back at them, and defended well knowing that victory was not far away, but in the 89th minute it wasn’t to be.  A shot at goal from Lordswood could only be deflected on to the crossbar by Town’s keeper and the rebound put in the net by the Lordswood attack.

The drama continued as the Town players were convinced that the Lordswood striker was clearly off-side.  With the game about done, Whitstable launched one final attack, with Sam Hudson again driving a ball in from the left side.  Substitue, Ricky Lammy, making contact with the ball, but watching his shot go painfully wide.  The final whistle was then blown.

Disappointment for the boys, but a far more solid performance from the whole squad.  They now face Corinthians, on Sunday October 7th in the Nike One5Nine Cup at the Belmont, 11.00am kick off.


Whitstable Town Under 18’s 0 Cray Wanderers Under 18’s 1

FA Youth Cup 1st Round 

Whitstable Town’s Under 18’s ventured into the FA Youth Cup on Thursday night versus Cray Wanderers and very much played their part in an entertaining match.

Both sides from the off were clearly out to win the game and played some great attacking football.  Early on Whitstable closed Cray down at every opportunity with their Defence marshalled well by Rob Towne and Brandon Kerr sniffing out Cray’s attack.  Cray were largely left to play the long ball as they could not break down the flanks, Jack Clements at left back in fine form and Town’s Keeper, Harry Doona looking in confident mood.

At the other end, Town created two or three good chances with some strong attacking football. Lewis King in the middle coming close, as well as his midfield partner Dan Packer, trying to force the play.  In fact, Cray at times struggled to contain the Whitstable attack, Tom Bines hitting the side netting and other shots wide from Connor Rochester and Lewis Fitchie, who was having a strong game down the left side. The half time score being 0-0 with both teams playing their part.

The second half started with Cray starting stronger with their attack pushing for the first goal but once again the Reds defended resolutely.  Unfortunately Whitstable lost one of their centre halves, Brandon Kerr, due to a blow to his head and a substitution had to be made with Callum Reynolds coming on. Whitstable regrouped but when a header out in the 65th minute found a Cray striker he made no mistake and found the bottom corner of the net.

Whitstable battled on and continued to match Cray around the pitch looking for the equaliser.  Several changes were made with 10 minutes to go, with Sam Hudson and Ricardo Lammy sent on to find the goal for the hard working Tom Bines and Jimmy Lambert.

Chances were created, but alas, the boys could not find the net and with the final whistle blown Cray came out 1-0 winners. The Town players should be very proud of their performance.  Each and every one of them played their part and on another day could have found themselves in the next round.

Whitstable’s Management Team came out in force to support, encourage and watch the players development as First Team Assistant Manager Richard Langley, Reserves Manager Bob Reardon, Youth Development Manager Ian Grieves & Technical Director David Fairclough watched on.