Good Start Sets Up Win

WHITSTABLE TOWN 2 CROYDON 0
SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday January 13 2018 15.00

Whitstable beat Croydon at the Belmont for the second time in five days, this time picking up a valuable three points to push them up into fourth place in the league. It was a more competitive game than the previous 4-0 victory, but the home side were dominant in the early stages and had already gone close on a couple of occasions when Ricky Freeman rifled a shot past Alex Hewitt in the 4th minute. Dan Eason in the Whitstable goal had very little to do before the break, but despite a few close shaves Whitstable were unable to extend their advantage. In the 53rd minute, a good run by Ronnie Dolan was ended when he was brought down in the box and Danny Williams calmly slotted the penalty into the corner of the net to make it 2-0. Croydon introduced a bit more pace from the bench and Raekwon Bailey-Allen did at least force Eason to make a couple of saves, but Whitstable held on for the win with few real alarms.

Both teams made a few changes to their line ups for this game, with three different starters in the home team and four in the Croydon team. Chris Saunders joined Louis Sprosen and Shaun Welford on the Whitstable injury list along with Charlie Smith, who was still suffering from vision problems after getting struck in the face by the ball during the previous game. James Morrish was serving the first of a three match ban. Rob Gillman returned to the defence with Stuart West moving into midfield. The other two additions were Ronnie Dolan, making his debut in midfield after his dual registration signing from Folkestone Invicta, and Ricky Freeman, who was back in the number nine shirt. Croydon brought in Daniel Hector, Bradley Wilson, David Owusu and Trey Williams, who was last seen playing for Sheppey at the Belmont earlier in the season.

Perhaps inspired by the midweek win, Whitstable started really well, pressing Croydon high up the pitch and not giving them any time on the ball. Macauley Murray and Freeman created the first opening for Danny Williams, whose shot was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Hewitt and from the corner that followed, the ball was helped on and went narrowly wide of the far post. The crowd of 164 did not have to wait long for the first goal though, as Dolan chased down the ball and it was collected by Freeman who struck it perfectly, just inside the near post from the right side of the box, giving the Croydon goalkeeper no chance.

Ricky Freeman shoots past Alex Hewitt
Freeman sees his shot hit the back of the net

A promising run by Trey Williams at the other end came to nothing as he shot tamely wide. A Whitstable free kick in the centre circle was taken by Murray and Craig Cloke met the ball, sending it across goal, but it went just past the post with no one able to apply the finishing touch. Jamie McGeoghegan picked up a blood injury and had to leave the field before returning wearing the number seventeen shirt and a bandage around his head. Whitstable won a couple of corners, the first of which was swung in by Josh Burchell and Tom Bryant rose highest, but he was unable to keep his header down.

Tom Bryant leaps well, but heads over the bar

On the half hour mark, Croydon were awarded a free kick that did not meet with the approval of most in the ground and Freeman talked himself into the book before the Whitstable manager was also asked to calm down by the referee. The away team looked lively at times going forward, but Cloke , Bryant and Gillman were generally quick to clear any danger and Eason did not really have any shots to deal with in the first half. The Croydon goalkeeper saw more action, clearing a few balls crossed into the box, saving a Freeman snap shot from distance and he had to be alert to deny Freeman again when he got the better of Nathan Campbell after Bryant sent a good header into the penalty area. The away bench were given a lecture by the referee after some complaints and in stoppage time Melvin Adesida was booked following a series of fouls and from the resultant free kick, Gillman glanced a header just wide.

The Croydon goalkeeper clears under pressure
Tom Bryant is just unable to get a touch

Just after the interval, Burchell became the next player to be booked for committing too many fouls and then Dolan was also cautioned after reacting to several challenges on him as he tried to shield the ball. A good cross from John Walker was a fraction too high for Burchell, but just afterwards Dolan picked up the ball and went past a couple of challenges before being felled in the box. The referee pointed instantly to the penalty spot, but the assistant then flagged for offside against a different player. After some debate, they decided, correctly, that the penalty award should stand and Williams stepped up, sent Hewitt the wrong way and found the bottom right hand corner.

Danny Williams takes the penalty
The ball finds the bottom corner and it’s 2-0

Croydon threatened the home goal after a good move down their right, but Gillman was across to defend well. Whitstable were back on the attack as the game became more open and West found Freeman whose shot from 35 yards was collected by Hewitt. West was soon in the action again, holding the ball up in the box, but the whistle blew for a Croydon free kick before the ball hit the back of their net. Croydon introduced a couple of substitutes, with Bailey-Allen in particular looking full of running and causing a few new problems for the home defence. He forced Eason into his first save in the 65th minute with a shot from outside the box. At the other end, Danny Williams lobbed the ball just wide and then created a chance for Freeman, whose shot was parried by Hewitt with Walker just unable to get to the rebound. Eason got down well to turn another Bailey-Allen shot around the post for Croydon’s first corner on 68 minutes.

Ronnie Dolan had a good game on his debut

After the final Croydon substitution, Freeman was pulled back when chasing a through ball and Cloke had a header saved when he was first to Murray’s free kick. The final 20 minutes saw a couple of corners at each end and Whitstable brought on three academy players: Rhys Brain, Teddy Nelson and Owen Fitt. There were few clear chances, although another good run and shot by Bailey-Allen ended safely in the hands of Eason and Cloke had a well struck free kick deflected wide after Sinn’Kaye Christie was booked for bringing down Danny Williams. The final action was a wild shot over the top by Daniel Hector and an entertaining game ended in a 2-0 home win, pushing Whitstable one place higher up the table. Croydon showed plenty of pace and skill going forward, particularly in the later stages, but Whitstable defended well and Eason enjoyed a relatively comfortable afternoon. The next game is the Kent Senior Trophy quarter final, away to Erith Town in a rare Sunday outing.

Whitstable Croydon
16 Attempts 5
8 On Target 3
5 Corners 3
1 Offside 6
11 Free Kicks Won 12

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, John Walker, Josh Burchell (Teddy Nelson 86), Rob Gillman, Craig Cloke (c), Tom Bryant, Ronnie Dolan, Danny Williams, Ricky Freeman (Rhys Brain 77), Stuart West, Macauley Murray (Owen Fitt 90).
Subs (unused): Brendon Cass, Dean Ruddy.
Goals: Ricky Freeman 4, Danny Williams (pen) 53.
Yellow cards: Ricky Freeman 30, Josh Burchell 47, Ronnie Dolan 49.

Croydon
Alex Hewitt, Sinn’Kaye Christie, Melvin Adesida (Daniel Lukombo 56), Bryan Akongo, Jamie McGeoghegan (Andy Mott 70), Nathan Campbell (c), Daniel Hector, Bradley Wilson, David Owusu, Eidan Fejzi (Raekwon Bailey-Allen 63), Trey Williams.
Sub (unused): Aidan Brown
Yellow cards: Melvin Adesida 45+3, Sinn’Kaye Christie 87.

Attendance: 164
Referee: Kirsty Dowle
Assistants: Andy Butler & Chris Spalding

SCEFL Challenge Cup Quarter Final

The draw for the Quarter Finals of the SCEFL Challenge Cup has now been published on the SCEFL website and Whitstable have another home fixture, this time against Sutton Athletic or Deal Town, whose Third Round tie is due to be played on Saturday January 20th.

The full draw is shown below, with the matches to be played during February.

Chatham Town v Lordswood
Erith Town v Crowborough Athletic
Tunbridge Wells v Cray Valley PM
Whitstable Town v Sutton Athletic or Deal Town

Folkestone Midfielder Joins

Whitstable Town manager Scott Porter has strengthened his squad ahead of the home league game against Croydon tomorrow. Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley has agreed to let midfielder Ronnie Dolan sign on dual registration and he will be a welcome addition, especially with James Morrish about to serve a three match ban.

Ronnie has previously played for Hastings United, Hythe Town and Ashford.

Whitstable Ease Into Last Eight

WHITSTABLE TOWN 4 CROYDON 0
Southern Counties East Football League Challenge Cup – Third Round
Tuesday January 9 2018 19.45

Whitstable comfortably beat Croydon in this third round Challenge Cup tie. The visitors, who knocked Whitstable out of the FA Cup at the Belmont in the first game of the season, never looked likely to repeat that result. They did win three early corners and from the third of them Nathan Campbell missed the target when well placed, but that was as good as it got for the team from south London. Charlie Smith, who later had to go to hospital with an eye injury, headed the opening goal after 8 minutes and Craig Cloke added a second just before half time. Substitute Ricky Freeman scored the third after being set up by Macauley Murray and James Morrish on the hour mark and Cloke blasted in a free kick towards the end.

For the first of Croydon’s two visits to the Belmont this week, Whitstable were without Rob Gillman, who was unwell, so Stuart West dropped back into defence and Danny Williams returned to the starting eleven. Croydon have been going well this season and lined up with eight of the players that started in their latest win at Sheppey. Their captain, Nathan Campbell also returned for this cup tie.

Croydon won two corners in the opening minutes, but failed to test Dan Eason and it was the home side who took the initiative when an attempted clearance by the Croydon goalkeeper Alex Hewitt was closed down and the ball fell to Williams, who chipped the ball into the box where it was headed past Hewitt by an unmarked Smith.

Charlie Smith’s header beats Alex Hewitt

A 14th minute corner provided Croydon with their best chance of the half when the ball went right across to the far post where Campbell had a clear sight of goal, but he lifted his shot over the bar. It was generally Whitstable in the ascendancy though and Williams had an effort saved before Smith fired over following a corner. Croydon had one other effort on 27 minutes when Andy Mott shot just over from 20 yards. Williams made a good run across the box, but was just unable to pull the ball back. Chris Saunders did well to win the ball on the 18 yard line and get a shot away, but it was just off target. Croydon had to make an early change with Eden Blake being replaced by Otitololuwa Ojo.

As half time approached, Whitstable won a succession of corner kicks. One was just scrambled away and from the next, the Croydon goalkeeper managed to punch the ball out to the Whitstable left, but Macauley Murray swung the ball straight back into the box and it was met at the back post by Cloke who found the net to make it 2-0 at the break.

Craig Cloke heads towards goal
Whitstable are 2-0 ahead

Croydon made a second substitution at the start of the second half and it was the new player Bradley Wilson who put the ball into the Whitstable the net a few minutes later, but the game had already been halted by an offside flag. On 55 minutes Smith had to be taken off, suffering from an injury to his eye and Freeman came on in his place. Smith spent a few hours in Maidstone hospital before being discharged. Some good play by Morrish and then Williams created an opening for Freeman whose shot was deflected just the wrong side of the post and the resultant corner was headed over by West. Whitstable were not to be denied however and a couple of minutes later Murray won a challenge in midfield and found Morrish, who slipped the ball to his left for Freeman and this time he shot past Hewitt to make it 3-0.

This effort is deflected just wide
Ricky Freeman beats the Croydon keeper after a James Morrish pass
It’s 3-0

There was an incident for the match officials to sort out in the 64th minute, when a tackle by Morrish initiated a coming together of a number of players. After some deliberations between the excellent referee and his assistants, Morrish and Stefan Joseph were both shown yellow cards. When the football resumed, Morrish passed to John Walker, who made space for himself on the edge of the box and forced a good save out of Hewitt. The corner was curled in by Josh Burchell and West hit the side netting after the ball fell to him at the far post.

Ojo was booked for a foul on Walker before the visitors made their final change with Aidan Brown replacing Harry Pilkington. Eidan Fejzi tried a shot from distance that was easily saved by Eason and the Croydon player was then booked for a late challenge on Walker, who was having a good game on the right for Whitstable and he sent over another useful cross that was glanced just wide by Freeman. Eason was called upon once more to comfortably gather the ball low down by the post as Brown tried to find the target, but Whitstable had done a good job of stopping Croydon playing and they created very little on the night. Murray shot wide after another Whitstable corner and then Rhys Brain came on for Williams. In the 84th minute, it was 4-0 when Saunders was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and Cloke stepped forward to strike an unstoppable free kick past Hewitt and into the roof of the net. In added time, Walker found Freeman in space in the box, but his shot went over the bar and Mott had one final wayward attempt from distance for Croydon.

Craig Cloke about the score the fourth

On the night it was a comfortable home win. The two teams meet again at the Belmont on Saturday in a league fixture.

Whitstable Croydon
18 Attempts 5
8 On Target 2
8 Corners 3
2 Offside 3
10 Free Kicks Won 16

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, John Walker, Josh Burchell, Stuart West, Craig Cloke (c), Tom Bryant, Chris Saunders, James Morrish, Danny Williams (Rhys Brain 82), Charlie Smith (Ricky Freeman 55), Macauley Murray.
Subs (unused): Brendon Cass, Ryan Birch.
Goals: Charlie Smith 8, Craig Cloke 44, 84, Ricky Freeman 60.
Yellow card: James Morrish 64

Croydon
Alex Hewitt, Melvin Adesida (Bradley Wilson 46), Eden Blake (Otitololuwa Ojo 32), Jamie McGeoghegan, Sinn’Kaye Christie, Nathan Campbell (c), Eidan Fejzi, Bryan Akongo, Stefan Joseph, Andy Mott, Harry Pilkington (Aidan Brown 73).
Subs (unused): None
Yellow cards: Stefan Joseph 65, Otitololuwa Ojo 72, Eidan Fejzi 76.

Attendance: 68
Referee: Andrea Timpani
Assistants: Dan Friar & Bo Wang

Eason Saves Penalty In Draw

ERITH TOWN 1 WHITSTABLE TOWN 1
SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday January 6 2018 15.00

Whitstable earned a point at Erith Town on a chilly afternoon in a game that started quite well, but ended with numerous stoppages and cards and neither team able to find a winner. Stuart West headed just over and Rob Gillman struck the outside of the post for Whitstable, but it was the home side who generally had the better of things during the first half and poor defending allowed Stuart Zanone a simple finish to open the scoring in the 41st minute. Erith could have been two up at the break, but Dan Eason saved a Daniel Palfrey penalty after James Morrish was penalised for holding in the box. Whitstable were better in the second half and pushed Erith back for long periods, but were unconvincing in front of goal, although West turned the ball in at the far post to equalise after 52 minutes. Craig Cloke went close with a couple of efforts and there were loud shouts for a penalty when Charlie Smith was knocked over, but Whitstable were reduced to ten men late on when Morrish was sent off and the game ended scrappily with a series of yellow cards for minor offences and little goalmouth action.

There were a few changes to the Whitstable starting eleven, with Morrish and John Walker returning, but Louis Sprosen was ruled out through injury and Danny Williams started on the bench having been unwell during the week. Shaun Welford continues his recovery from long term injury and was also named as a substitute. Erith Town had drawn 2-2 at the Belmont in December with Stuart West earning Whitstable a point, scoring two late goals.

A good effort by Adem Ramadan won Erith an early corner, as his shot was deflected wide, but it was Whitstable that had the first real chance when West outjumped the home defence to meet a deep Walker cross, but his header just missed the top corner. There was a corner at each end before Macauley Murray tried his luck with a shot from just outside the box that forced Adam Molloy into a low save by his post. Tom Bryant was unable to keep his header down from the next Whitstable corner and then an unnecessary foul by Palfrey on Ricky Freeman gave Murray an opportunity, but his free kick was comfortably held by Molloy. The game was flowing backwards and forwards for most of the first period, although Whitstable were almost caught out a couple of times, being outnumbered on the break and Sidney Warden found himself clear of the defence in the 14th minute, but took too long and the chance was gone. A few minutes later another quick attack by the home side was just cleared for a corner.

Stuart West heads for goal
The ball drops just wide

On 21 minutes, Walker became the first of many names to go into the referee’s book and Zanone struck the resultant free kick straight at Eason. After Osman Proni was cautioned for kicking the ball away, Whitstable won a couple more corners and then West was wrestled over on the edge of the box. Josh Burchell took the free kick, which was saved by Molloy, and he then became the second Whitstable player to go into the book for a foul. The game began to suffer from a few stoppages, but Burchell and Freeman set up West, who saw his shot blocked and then from a rather soft free kick a long ball into the area by Burchell was touched on by the fingertips of Molloy to the back post where Gillman arrived but just failed to divert it inside the post.

A stretching Rob Gillman hits the outside of the post

As half time approached, Whitstable conceded possession in midfield and once again were short at the back as Proni raced free down the right and crossed to Zanone who had plenty of time and space to shoot past Eason from close range. Just a couple of minutes later, as the ball was delivered into the Whitstable penalty area, the referee spotted a foul by Morrish and pointed to the spot. Palfrey stepped up, but Eason made a good save low to his right to keep the deficit to a single goal at the break.

Dan Eason gets down to save the penalty

From the restart, West played the ball through to Morrish, who flicked it just wide. West was then booked by the referee, who had spoken to him previously a few times for earlier challenges, none of which seemed particularly bad individually. It was West though that brought Whitstable level when the ball came across from the right and he was able to force it home at the far post.

Stuart West brings the scores level

Freeman and West caused a few more problems before West was spoken to again by the referee and immediately signalled to the bench to be substituted and Smith took his place up front. Whitstable were now in control as Erith struggled to keep hold of the ball for any length of time and they won a succession of corners, but the delivery was mostly disappointing, although Cloke did go close from one, with his header going just past the post.

Craig Cloke heads just wide

On 70 minutes, Williams came on for Freeman. Zanone then made a good run forward, but shot straight at Eason and this was the first of only two goal attempts by the home side in the second half. Smith went down as he challenged for a high ball in the box, but the referee waved away penalty appeals. Erith sent on Jack Hooper for Lewis Scotter as they reorganised at the back and then a long range, low strike by Cloke just skipped past the post. On 83 minutes a rash challenge by Morrish on Jack Duffy saw the red card brandished and the visitors were down to ten men. Erith replaced Proni with Ken Charles, who had scored in the reverse fixture at the Belmont. There was little action of note for the remaining minutes, except for a succession of yellow cards and the final whistle came as some relief, as a game that started in entertaining fashion ended in near farce and a draw was probably a fair result.

Erith Town Whitstable
9 Attempts 11
7 On Target 4
4 Corners 11
1 Offside 4
21 Free Kicks Won 15

Erith Town
Adam Molloy, Lewis Scotter (Jack Hooper 74), Daniel Palfrey, Harrison Hume, Ben Fitchett, Tamer Bilal, Osman Proni (Ken Charles 86), Jack Duffy (c), Stuart Zanone, Sidney Warden, Adem Ramadan.
Subs (unused): Lewis Risk, James Day, Peter Dale.
Goal: Stuart Zanone 41
Yellow cards: Osman Proni 23, Daniel Palfrey 87, Harrison Hume 90+4.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, John Walker, Josh Burchell, Rob Gillman, Craig Cloke (c), Tom Bryant, Chris Saunders, James Morrish, Ricky Freeman (Danny Williams 70), Stuart West (Charlie Smith 60), Macauley Murray.
Subs (unused): Teddy Nelson, Shaun Welford, Dean Ruddy.
Goal: Stuart West 52
Yellow cards: John Walker 21, Josh Burchell 31, Stuart West 48, Danny Williams 87, Craig Cloke 89, Charlie Smith 90+1.
Red card: James Morrish 83

Attendance: 82
Referee: Kane O’Beirne
Assistants: Brian Wheatley & Ben Rathe

No Goals For Bumper Crowd

SHEPPEY UNITED 0 WHITSTABLE TOWN 0
SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday December 30 2017 15.00

The two teams served up an entertaining game for a large holiday crowd on a great playing surface at Sheppey, although the conditions were spoilt by a very strong, gusty wind blowing across the exposed ground. Some good football was played, but neither team could find a decisive finish as chances were missed at both ends. With the wind causing problems, Dan Eason twice had to be alert to deal with in-swinging corners by Hicham Akhazzan in the early stages and Craig Cloke headed one effort off the line. Ricky Freeman put Whitstable’s best chance of the first half over the bar and Akhazzan should have done better when sent clear by Luke Harvey, but he failed to hit the target. The second half was end to end stuff at times, but the better chances fell to the home side with Eason making several saves and Akhazzan failing to score when he raced clear from the halfway line. Whitstable had their moments though as Freeman put the ball in the net, only to be flagged offside, Stuart West saw a shot come back off the bar with the home keeper beaten and substitute Rhys Brain stabbed a late chance wide when the ball ran loose in the box.

Whitstable were without the suspended Charlie Smith for this game, so with Shaun Welford not yet ready to return and John Walker and James Morrish also unavailable, four academy players and coach Brendon Cass were named as the substitutes. Sheppey were without a league win since October, but were always likely to present a difficult challenge with a capable team and good home support. In fact despite the unpleasant windy weather, over 500 spectators were present, including a considerable number of away fans, helping to create a great non-league atmosphere.

The game was only 5 minutes old when Sheppey won a corner that was curled in dangerously and Eason just managed to clear from under the bar. Whitstable had started quite well however, passing the ball around confidently in midfield and keeping possession, although chances were few. In the 16th minute though, Stuart West and Danny Williams helped the ball forward to release Freeman and with just goalkeeper Josh Glover to beat, he tried for the top right corner, but the ball went just over the bar.

Dan Eason keeps out an early corner
Josh Burchell is watched by a group of Whitstable fans
Ricky Freeman just fails to give Whitstable an early lead

The home team won their second corner a few minutes later and it almost led to a goal, as once more Eason had some problems, but did well to punch the ball away and the follow up attempt just failed to cross the line. West played a one-two with Freeman, but his shot was saved by Glover and then Freeman was found by Macauley Murray, who was seeing a lot of the ball, but the Whitstable striker was off target from distance. Murray next played the ball through to Williams, who tried an overhead kick that was comfortably saved.

Stuart West has a shot saved
Danny Williams tries an overhead kick

On 31 minutes, a quick Sheppey break ended with a Remell Davis effort being headed off the line by Cloke. Luke Harvey then headed a Lewis Clark cross wide, before playing a clever ball through to Akhazzan, that left him with just Eason to beat, but his shot went the wrong side of the left hand post when he really should have done better. Back at the other end, West flicked the ball on to Louis Sprosen and his cross was almost turned in at the far post by a stretching Freeman. As the interval approached, the Sheppey skipper Rob Saunders was booked for a challenge and a good right wing cross caused a few problems for Glover, but the goalkeeper just managed to grab the ball. The teams went in all square, but as the fans queued for their free cups of tea, they were probably thinking that both teams should have had something to show for the chances created.

Freeman just fails to guide this cross inside the post

Tom Bryant was shown a yellow card just after the restart, as the home side started brightly. Davis shot straight at Eason, Harvey blasted an effort high and wide and then from a corner that Whitstable struggled to clear, Eason had to get down well to block. Jack Mahoney became the third and final player to be booked by the replacement referee, who generally had a good game. After Davis sent another shot well wide, Whitstable had an effort ruled out for offside when Freeman raced on to a West assist and fired past Glover.

Freeman and Williams challenged by ex Whitstable players Brunt and Girt in front of some more away fans

Eason had to deal with a free kick by Akhazzan, before Sheppey replaced Harvey with Timmy Babbington. The game was becoming quite open and swung backwards and forwards, but neither team really looked convincing in front of goal. On 75 minutes Whitstable had a corner that was cleared from a packed box and the ball was played up to Akhazzan on the halfway line, where a slip by the last Whitstable defender left him a clear run on goal. He was forced wide by Eason and Chris Saunders just got back in time to block his shot from the right edge of the box. Whitstable then sent on Rhys Brain to play up front and Williams dropped back to the right side, with Sprosen going off. It was the pace of Williams that then won a free kick in a good position on the right, but the delivery was poor. West though struck the bar with an attempt from the edge of the area on 81 minutes. Both teams made further changes with a second Whitstable academy player Teddy Nelson coming on for Josh Burchell and Joshua Froggatt replacing Akhazzan for Sheppey. West had another shot charged down, Sheppey had a free kick cleared and then Freeman shot on the turn, but Glover was able to gather by his post. There was a final corner for each side during stoppage time, with a half chance falling to Brain when Glover failed to hold the ball in from Murray, but he pulled his shot just past the post.

Rhys Brain has a chance for a late winner

One point each was an outcome that did not really suit either team and each may feel they might have won. Whitstable saw quite a lot of the ball, although Sheppey had more attempts on goal, but the overall experience was a good advert for non-league football with the 552 attendance being one of the best in the country at this level.

Sheppey Whitstable
15 Attempts 9
8 On Target 2
5 Corners 2
4 Offside 3
12 Free Kicks Won 11

Sheppey United
Joshua Glover, Tom Brunt, Lewis Clark, Rob Saunders (c), Jon Ralph, Luke Girt, Dan Bradshaw, Jack Mahoney, Luke Harvey (Timmy Babbington 68), Remell Davis, Hicham Akhazzan (Joshua Froggatt 83).
Subs (unused): Darren Cooper, Cory Walters-Wright, Kwasi Amoah.
Yellow cards: Rob Saunders 44, Jack Mahoney 54.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Louis Sprosen (Rhys Brain 77), Josh Burchell (Teddy Nelson 83), Rob Gillman, Craig Cloke (c), Tom Bryant, Chris Saunders, Danny Williams, Ricky Freeman, Stuart West, Macauley Murray.
Subs (unused): Owen Fitt, Brendon Cass, Ryan Birch.
Yellow card: Tom Bryant 47

Attendance: 552
Referee: Harry Phillips
Assistants: Ryan Andrew & James Beadle