Whitstable Edge Cup Thriller

Velocity Trophy Third Round
Tuesday November 13 2018 19.45

Whitstable continued their progress in the Velocity Trophy at the Belmont Ground, as they beat Cheshunt in a very entertaining game that produced seven goals. Stephen Smith provided a great start with two goals in the opening few minutes. On each occasion he ran through and finished coolly past goalkeeper Harry Girling. The score remained 2-0 through to half time, although Cheshunt created a number of good opportunities, but Dan Eason made three important saves and several other efforts failed to hit the target. Charlie Smith missed a good chance to put Whitstable further ahead early in the second half and shortly afterwards, Cheshunt cut the deficit when Asher Silverman curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Stephen Smith then completed a well-taken hat-trick, powering a shot into the far corner. Girling made two great saves to deny both John Walker and Tom Bryant and keep his side in the game, before Cheshunt fought back to level at 3-3 with two goals in five minutes. The first was a low shot by Giuseppe Re that went through the crowd into the bottom corner and then Oluwole Akinsanya scored from the penalty spot. It looked as though the tie was heading to penalties, but Chris Saunders produced a late winner when he rolled the ball past an unsighted Girling after the ball fell to him in the box.

Whitstable continue to suffer from injury and illness, with Ricky Freeman and Kyran Connolly the latest to miss out, joining Louis Sprosen on the list of absentees. Rob Gillman was also missing for this midweek fixture and John Walker once again continued his return to fitness from the bench. Jai McKinlay has departed and will look to find more regular football at a club nearer his home. Cheshunt, currently 5th in the South Central division, arrived at the Belmont for only the second time in their history. The teams met twice in the 1959-60 season in the Aetolian League, with Cheshunt winning both games. Whitstable finished bottom that season when the division also included fellow Kent clubs Deal, Faversham, Chatham, Cray Wanderers, Herne Bay, Sheppey and Snowdown Colliery. Cheshunt, the Ambers, are now managed by the experienced Craig Edwards, whose previous clubs include Billericay, Kingstonian and Dulwich Hamlet.

Whitstable made the perfect start when Stephen Smith ran from the halfway line, keeping just ahead of the last defender, before slipping the ball past the goalkeeper to open the scoring in the 2nd minute. In what was to prove an action packed game, Eason had to make an early save from Re at his near post to preserve the lead. In the 8th minute though, Stephen Smith doubled the advantage racing on to a good header by Charlie Smith and this time, when he got into the box, he checked back on to his right foot and lobbed the ball perfectly over Girling into the roof of the net. Whitstable suffered another injury blow, when Teddy Nelson had to depart after 9 minutes with a tight hamstring, to be replaced by Chris Elliott with Harry Brown moving to an unfamiliar centre back role.

Stephen Smith slips the ball past Harry Girling
Whitstable have an early lead
Dan Eason keeps out a shot from Giuseppe Re
Stephen Smith lobs the ball over the goalkeeper
Whitstable lead 2-0

Cheshunt won a couple of corners, the second of which was headed into the net, but the referee had spotted an infringement and the effort was ruled out. Cheshunt were starting to push Whitstable back and when another corner was not properly cleared, Toby Aromolaran tried an overhead kick that went over the bar. Brown was booked for a foul on the touchline and the free kick was headed just wide by David Kendall. Just after the half hour mark, a Brown free kick was flicked over the bar by James Morrish, but it was the visitors that continued to look more threatening and a through ball to Aromolaran put him clear, but Eason was quickly out to block. The two Smiths then both had half chances for Whitstable that failed to work the goalkeeper, but after a long throw by Elliott, Girling twice failed to clear and the ball eventually came back out to Elliott who lifted his shot over the bar. The last action of the half saw Eason make another good save, before Silverman put a shot wide.

Tom Bryant rises high to clear
Jordan Wright on the ball

After a relatively quiet start to the second half, there were a couple of yellow cards produced and then the referee played an advantage after Stephen Smith was brought down by Nick Symons and Jordan Wright laid on a great chance for Charlie Smith, but he sliced a left footed shot wide with just the goalkeeper to beat. Whitstable were made to pay for that miss when in their next attack, Silverman curled the ball into the top right corner off the post from outside the box to make it 2-1 in the 56th minute. Whitstable soon restored their two goal advantage however when Stephen Smith completed his hat-trick. He broke clear on the right and although the ball was initially blocked, the rebound struck him and he immediately thumped it across Girling and into the far corner.

It’s a great hat-trick for Stephen Smith as he thumps the ball into the far corner

Chances were now coming at both ends and after Aromolaran had headed a left wing cross just wide. Walker replaced Morrish for Whitstable just before Stephen Smith shot wide from 25 yards. Whitstable were almost punished when a rare error by Bryant left Yvan Jourdan through on goal, but Eason came to the rescue and pushed his shot around the post. Cheshunt made their first change, but it was the home substitute Walker who nearly scored the next goal after Charlie Smith caused problems for the Cheshunt defence and the ball fell to Walker, whose curling right foot shot was well stopped by the outstretched hand of Girling. Eason was almost caught out by a 40 yard attempt that flew just wide as he tried to scramble back. On 73 minutes, a ball into the Cheshunt box fell to Bryant, but his well struck shot from 12 yards was again brilliantly saved by Girling.

Harry Girling makes a fine save to deny Tom Bryant

The Cheshunt goal scorer, Silverman was replaced by Akinsanya on 74 minutes, but it was Whitstable that created the next chance when Stephen Smith and Wright combined to give Charlie Smith another sight of goal, but he blazed his shot wide. Cheshunt won a free kick on the right that was taken by Patrick Adamson and the ball was cleared as far as Re, whose low shot from 20 yards went past everyone into the bottom right corner to make it 3-2 in the 78th minute. Eason then saved a deflected shot, as Cheshunt pressed for the equaliser, but they got their chance in the 82nd minute when Stuart West conceded a penalty and Akinsanya stepped up to beat Eason. The game had a final twist however when Whitstable swung a free kick into the box in the 87th minute and as the ball dropped to Saunders, he managed to place it into the right hand corner with Girling unable to get across. Whitstable managed to see out the remaining time, despite a late corner, to secure a thrilling 4-3 win.

A low shot by Giuseppe Re (out of shot) finds the bottom corner to make it 3-2
Olu Akinsanya ties it up at 3-3 from the penalty spot
Chris Saunders finds the net with the goalkeeper unable to react and Whitstable score their fourth
Chris Saunders celebrates his late winner

Whitstable are the first team to qualify for the quarter finals, so will have to wait a while before discovering their next opponents in this competition. They return to league action, with a visit to second placed Hastings United on Saturday.

Whitstable Cheshunt
13 Attempts 17
7 On Target 8
3 Corners 8
1 Offside 4
15 Free Kicks Won 9

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Tom Walmsley, Harry Brown, Stuart West, Teddy Nelson (Chris Elliott 9), Tom Bryant, Chris Saunders, James Morrish (c) (John Walker 65), Charlie Smith (Elliott Hartnell-Baker 89), Stephen Smith, Jordan Wright.
Sub (unused): Rhys Brain
Goals: Stephen Smith 2, 8, 60, Chris Saunders 87.
Yellow cards: Harry Brown 24, Stephen Smith 53.

Harry Girling, Kojo Awotwi, Patrick Adamson, Asher Silverman (Oluwole Akinsanya 74), Henry Musaj, David Kendall, Yvan Jourdan (Ali Cheranti 74), Nick Symons, Al-Hafeez Sanusi, Toby Aromolaran, Giuseppe Re.
Subs (unused): Taylor McKenzie, Mark Hughes, George Casey.
Goals: Asher Silverman 56, Giuseppe Re 78, Oluwole Akinsanya pen 82.
Yellow cards: David Kendall 53, Nick Symons 54.

Attendance: 91
Referee: Kane Dempster
Assistants: Richard Joss & Nick Dunn

WTFC Supporters Trust Fund Update

This initiative was set up to raise additional money for the club to put towards the playing expense budget. A number of clubs run similar schemes that enable supporters to help them compete on the pitch. The Whitstable Town version includes a regular draw that gives members the chance to win cash prizes. The first draw recently took place and the winner was Tony Rouse, who collected £50.

Richard Tennant presents Tony with his prize

The fund was launched following a meeting with supporters at the start of the season. As a reminder, the minimum stake is £5 per month, which buys one unit in the draw. If,for example, you contribute £20, that would give you 4 units. If anyone else would like to join, please see the details on our dedicated page.

Whitstable Town Supporters Trust Fund

If you do not wish to set up a Standing Order, we are happy to receive cash and also realise that sometimes people are unable to commit a regular amount, so we can take any one-off amounts that will still benefit the club and give you a stake in the next draw.

If you need any further help or have any questions, please contact Richard, who will be happy to assist.

We Will Remember Them

Many places around the world today held services and other events to commemorate Armistice Day, exactly 100 years after the end of the First World War.

Whitstable Town played at Sittingbourne yesterday, where they held a short ceremony before the game. This morning Whitstable Town Football Club laid its own wreath at the War Memorial in the town.

Whitstable War Memorial

The article below is an extract from the last home programme that was produced for the Velocity Trophy game against Greenwich Borough on 6th November.


All over the world, Allied and Enemy forces comprised hundreds of thousands of individuals. On both sides of the war, there are stories of heroism and courage, empathy and cruelty, love and loss, despair and insanity. It brought out the best and the worst in people. We can remember and reflect on the horrors of war, but we have no right to judge our fellow humans for the acts of their ancestors a century ago. The world was united in regret, sorrow and grief.

The majority of British servicemen were in the Army and Navy – around six million Army personnel were deployed during the war and at the start of the war there were over 200,000 in the Navy. In 1917 an Act of Parliament establishing an Air Force and an Air Council was given Royal Assent, with the Royal Air Force forming in early 1918.

Life at the front in World War 1 was tough, particularly for those in the trenches of Belgium, Northern France and the German border. The landscape was scarred with craters from shell-fire. The wet, muddy conditions and constant deafening bombardment of artillery took their toll on soldiers of both sides. Despite their plight, a great many soldiers wrote long, eloquent letters and poems, composed music and songs, drew pictures and made beautiful or poignant objects from whatever material was available – creations which became known collectively as trench art.


The centenary to honour those who served is being marked throughout the UK during 2018. Whitstable’s War Memorial carries a sad list of one hundred and seventy five names carved in stone, not just names of lost sons of the Town but of young men who lived, enrolled or died in Whitstable as a result of the conflict. Included are former Whitstable Town Football Club players and officials who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives fighting for our country. Players William Browning Foad, James Cole and Frank Davison, committee man Jack Hudson and promising young local player David Botting were all remembered.

WILLIAM BROWNING FOAD Royal Fusiliers – Died 24th April 1917
JAMES COLE Royal Naval Reserve – Died 25th February 1919
FRANK DAVISON Royal Garrison Artillery – Died 26th Sept.1917
DAVID BOTTING Buffs (East Kent Regiment -) Died 18th Mar.1916
JACK HUDSON East Surrey Regiment – Died (date unknown)


Thanet League Champions 1908-09

Back row: H. Keam, W. Barham, G. Hawkes, R. Gambrell, F.S. Gann.

Middle row: H. Tilley, D.C. Keddie, O. Rowden, H. Gambrill, W. Foad, J. Cole, W. Foreman, G. Dunn, F. Humphrey, S. Anderson.

Front row: R.T. Lang (President), W.J. Foreman, J. Gambrill, A. Amos, P. Ray, F. Davison, W. Wyver (Secretary), D. Ward.

The above Whitstable FC team picture includes three players who lost their lives in World War I: W.Foad, J.Cole and F. Davison.

William Browning Foad is buried in the Windmill British Cemetery Monchy-Le Preaux, France.
Frank Davison is buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery in Belgium.
James Cole is buried in the Whitstable Cemetery.

Whitstable Win At Woodstock

Bostik League South East
Saturday November 10 2018 15.00

Whitstable collected three valuable points on the road, beating Sittingbourne 2-1 at Woodstock Park. Whitstable looked the most likely to open the scoring in the early stages, pushing forward and winning a number of corners and free kicks in dangerous areas. The pressure finally told when Stuart West rose to head in a corner, but the goal seemed to change the momentum and Sittingbourne started to threaten. Ira Jackson equalised with a good shot past Dan Eason and the home team finished the first half in the ascendancy. Both teams were reduced to ten men when James Morrish and Dan Parkinson were dismissed by the referee after an incident in the 59th minute. Whitstable gradually regained some control of a somewhat scrappy game and Jordan Wright scored a good goal to put them back in front. Stephen Smith nearly added a third when he thumped a header against the post from a corner. Sittingbourne did create a couple of opportunities to come back for a second time, but Nathan Elder shot straight at Eason and a couple of late headers from set pieces were off target and Whitstable held on for the win.

This Bostik League fixture for Whitstable was sandwiched between two midweek Velocity Trophy games and Rob Gillman and Stephen Smith returned to the starting eleven. John Walker continues his recovery and had a place on the bench, but Louis Sprosen is still troubled by his ankle injury and Elliott Hartnell-Baker has joined Lordswood on loan to get some additional game time. Old rivals Sittingbourne started this season with four wins in their first six league games, but had not won in the league since September 23rd. Their squad contained former Whitstable players Reiss Crimmen, Ira Jackson, Tom Loynes and Bola Dawodu, whilst back in September 2012, player coach Nathan Elder scored four headed goals for Ebbsfleet in a 5-1 Kent Senior Cup win at the Belmont. There was a short ceremony for Remembrance Sunday, featuring the British Legion, in the centre of the pitch prior to kick off.

The ceremony before the game for Remembrance Sunday.

Whitstable began well, causing the home team some problems by getting the ball forward down the wings and winning several free kicks. A long throw by Chris Elliott led to a header being deflected behind for a corner that resulted in the ball going just wide after a sequence of headers. Crimmen was then cautioned for conceding another free kick that was cleared by Sittingbourne after being headed down into the crowded box. Another free kick in the 13th minute was only partially dealt with and Kyran Connolly planted a header just over the bar. Ricky Freeman had to be substituted in the 22nd minute due to injury and was replaced by Tom Walmsley. Whitstable did eventually make the most of a set piece on 29 minutes, when West was first to an Elliott corner and headed the ball past Matt Funnell.

Matt Funnell takes the ball off the head of Ricky Freeman
Stuart West rises to meet a corner
The ball finds the net and Whitstable lead 1-0
Celebrating the opening goal

Sittingbourne had not really got going at all in an attacking sense, but suddenly Loynes did well to make the space for himself to test Eason, but his shot was straight at the Whitstable keeper. Smith latched on to a long ball at the other end and shot just wide of the near post, but the home team were improving and in the 36th minute Tommie Fagg played a good ball out to Jackson on the right, giving him the chance to take it just inside the box and unleash a powerful drive that beat Eason and found the far corner to make it 1-1. Sittingbourne then tried another long throw that was misjudged by Eason, who came out but was unable to reach the ball, although Rob Gillman was on hand to clear the danger. Jackson had another chance when a clearance by Eason went straight out to him, but his shot was deflected for a corner. The last action of the half saw a decent strike by Fagg parried by Eason before the ball was cleared away.

Stephen Smith is just off target with this effort

Sittingbourne had an early opportunity in the second half after Connolly was booked for a foul by the corner flag, but the free kick was headed wide. Gillman then suddenly departed the action after being informed of a family emergency, which thankfully was nothing too serious, with Teddy Nelson coming on to replace him. Tom Bryant was clumsily knocked over in the box when challenging for the ball, but the referee waved away penalty claims. Neither team was really playing with any consistency and there were too many aimless balls being given away. A challenge by Morrish led to a reaction by Parkinson that eventually resulted in both players being shown a straight red card. After things had calmed down, it was Whitstable who began to play with a little more composure and a period of possession and close passing around the home penalty area led to Wright collecting the ball and firing it into the net past Funnell and Loynes, who made an unsuccessful attempt to clear off the line.

Jordan Wright (obscured) scores the second for Whitstable
The shot beats the goalkeeper and Tom Loynes on the line

Sittingbourne almost struck back quickly when a Loynes shot was defected into the path of Elder, but he shot directly at a grateful Eason. Both teams made further changes before Wright swung over a corner from the left that was headed against the far post by Smith in the 83rd minute.  Walmsley then played the ball into the path of Chris Saunders, who curled a shot wide from outside the box. West was booked for a foul on the left edge of the area and the free kick by Jackson was headed wide at the back post. Wright and Saunders combined well to win a late Whitstable corner that was scrambled away and the last chance of the afternoon came in added time, when a Sittingbourne corner was headed over the bar by Bola Dawodu, leaving Whitstable 2-1 winners.

Dan Eason holds on to this low shot
Stephen Smith heads against the post

Whitstable had started and finished the better, although there was a period either side of the break when Sittingbourne had threatened to get something out of the game that was often scrappy. The attendance of 198 was the highest for a league game at Woodstock Park so far this season. Whitstable are next in Velocity Trophy action on Tuesday evening when Cheshunt make the long trip to the Belmont.

Sittingbourne Whitstable
9 Attempts 8
4 On Target 2
3 Corners 7
1 Offside 2
10 Free Kicks Won 14

Matthew Funnel, Chris Webber (c), Reiss Crimmen, Dan Parkinson, Lex Allan, Ben Fitchett (Johan Caney-Bryan 87), Ira Jackson, Lewis Chambers, Nathan Elder (Bola Dawodu 76), Tommie Fagg, Tom Loynes.
Subs (unused): Josh Dorling, Harrison Hatfull, Patrick Lee.
Goal: Ira Jackson 36
Yellow cards: Reiss Crimmen 11, Tommie Fagg 40.
Red card: Dan Parkinson 59

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Kyran Connolly, Chris Elliott (Harry Brown 78), Stuart West, Rob Gillman (Teddy Nelson 50), Tom Bryant, Chris Saunders, James Morrish (c), Ricky Freeman (Tom Walmsley 22), Stephen Smith, Jordan Wright.
Subs (unused): Charlie Smith, John Walker.
Goals: Stuart West 29, Jordan Wright 71.
Yellow cards: Kyran Connolly 47, Stuart West 86.
Red card: James Morrish 59

Attendance: 198
Referee: Simon Finnigan
Assistants: Jak Hill & George Lowe

Christmas Draw 2018

Once again the club are holding a Christmas Draw and the tickets are now on sale. They cost £1 each and are available at the Belmont Ground, in the clubhouse or the committee room. The first number drawn will win £250 and there will also a hamper, a wine collection and a number of other nice prizes. If anyone would like to donate a prize, please get in touch. Due to the December fixture list, the draw is planned for Boxing Day, when Ramsgate are the visitors, and it will be held in the clubhouse after the match.

Cup Game Next Week

Following the 4-1 win against Greenwich Borough on Tuesday, Whitstable now meet Cheshunt in the next round. The game has been arranged for Tuesday 13th November at the Belmont Ground, with a kick off time of 7.45 pm.