VCD Game Postponed Tonight

Unfortunately the Kent Senior Cup tie against VCD Athletic at the Belmont this evening was called off by the match officials around 7.30 pm because some of the VCD players were delayed on their journey to the ground, following an earlier accident on the M2.

A new date for the match will be communicated once confirmed.

Tough Start For Whitstable

CRAY WANDERERS 2 WHITSTABLE TOWN 0
Bostik League South East
Sunday August 19 2018 15.00

Whitstable faced a difficult challenge in their first game back in the Bostik League, travelling to Bromley to play one of the title favourites, Cray Wanderers. Goalkeeper Dan Eason and the Town defence played well to keep the game scoreless until midway through the second half, when Junior Dadson shot past Eason after he had parried a shot from substitute Ben Mundele. Aaron Rhule, who had earlier missed a couple of great chances, finally made sure the points would go to Cray when he added a second after being set up by Michael Power just before the end. Whitstable did not create many chances, but Nick Blue had to make a good early save from Ricky Freeman and a dangerous Jordan Wright free kick was headed wide by Jai McKinlay towards the end.

For this rare Sunday fixture, Whitstable were without Teddy Nelson and Charlie Smith, the latter having picked up an ankle injury that was decided not safe to risk on the artificial surface. Cray had won their first league outing at Greenwich Borough 3-0 and, having made a few changes for their 2-1 Kent Senior Cup win against Ramsgate, reverted here to their previous starting eleven, apart from the inclusion of Junior Dadson, whose previous clubs include Halifax Town, Bishop’s Stortford and Harlow Town. This was the first league match between the two teams for ten years.

There was an impressive attendance of 316, helped by the presence of the Cray Wanderers youth teams, who stood to greet the teams as they came onto the pitch. The game started in promising fashion, with Karl Dent releasing Power, whose shot from a narrow angle was pushed behind by Eason and from the corner, Eason had to block an attempt by Marcus Evans at the far post. At the other end, a good cross by Freeman was cleared by the Cray defence and another break by Whitstable down the right was spoilt by a poor cross. A good run by the talented Rhule saw him take the ball round Eason, but his ball into the middle was stopped by Tom Bryant. Some neat play on the edge of the box created an opening for Power, but Eason came to the rescue once more, tipping the ball over the bar. The Cray goalkeeper had to be alert on 13 minutes, when Freeman collected a forward pass from John Walker on the right and hit a dipping shot that Blue did well to tip over the top.

An early save by Dan Eason
Nick Blue stretches to keep out a Ricky Freeman effort

Cray continued to dominate possession, but fired a couple of shots wide before Dadson forced another save from Eason. Rob Gillman did well to head a cross behind for a corner, which then led to a bit of a scramble before Rhule had a shot blocked. Whitstable won two free kicks that were dealt with by the Cray defence and then Power did put the ball in the net from long range, but the whistle had already blown for a Whitstable free kick. On 31 minutes, Walker was booked for a foul on the left edge of his own penalty area, but Dent sent the free kick well over the top. Whitstable had another opportunity when a clearance fell to Freeman, but he was unable to get a firm enough connection to trouble Blue. Whitstable felt Brett Ince was pushed over by Power, but he was allowed to continue and passed to Rhule, whose shot was saved by Eason. The Whitstable captain James Morrish was shown a yellow card for a challenge as the interval approached, but there were no further serious efforts on goal and the score remained 0-0 at half time.

The goalkeeper beats Tom Bryant to a corner
Brett Ince on the attack

The second half started slowly in the warm conditions, apart from one wild effort from Dadson. Eason did have to make a save from the former Charlton Athletic and Leyton Orient midfielder Bradley Pritchard on 55 minutes, following a good move from a Cray free kick. Cray introduced Mundele from the bench and Whitstable were forced into a change when Ince picked up an injury. A Wright free kick for Whitstable was met by Bryant, but his header was easily gathered by Blue. On 63 minutes a corner by Dent was headed wide by an unmarked Rhule and a couple of minutes later Dadson shot at Eason from distance, then Morrish did really well to block another attempt by Power. The deadlock was finally broken in the 68th minute when Mundele ran at the Whitstable defence and although Eason was able to block his shot, the ball came out to Dadson, who found the far corner to put Cray ahead.

Second half entertainment by the Red Arrows
A Ben Mundele shot is parried by the Whitstable goalkeeper
Junior Dadson’s tucks away the rebound to open the scoring

The lead should have been doubled on 83 minutes when Tom Phipp sent Rhule clear on goal, but Eason forced him wide and he allowed the ball to run out for a goal kick. Power headed a cross wide, before Whitstable had a free kick that Wright curled to the back post and McKinlay beat Bryant to the header, but could not quite get high enough to hit the target. The second Cray goal came in the 88th minute when Power rolled the ball to Rhule, who shot under Eason to wrap up the points. Whitstable won a late corner, but were unable to claim a consolation goal and Cray fully deserved their victory. Whitstable put in an organised, defensive display and did well to stay in the game against a good side until the closing minutes.

Jai McKinlay heads a late free kick wide
Aaron Rhule makes it 2-0

Several Whitstable players left the pitch nursing injuries, so with an FA Cup tie at Hounslow on Saturday, there may be some enforced changes for the Kent Senior Cup match against VCD at the Belmont on Tuesday evening.

Cray Wands Whitstable
19 Attempts 5
11 On Target 3
10 Corners 4
5 Offside 5
11 Free Kicks Won 13

Cray Wanderers
Nick Blue, Barney Williams (c), Archie Johnson (Ben Mundele 58), Tom Phipp, Marcus Evans, Bradley Pritchard, Sean Roberts, Karl Dent (Zak Henry 87), Michael Power, Aaron Rhule (Malik Solebo 90), Junior Dadson.
Subs (unused): Freddie Parker, Joe Vines.
Goals: Junior Dadson 68, Aaron Rhule 88.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, John Walker, Josh Burchell (Jai McKinlay 70), Stuart West, Rob Gillman, Tom Bryant, Jordan Wright, James Morrish (c), Ricky Freeman (Nathan Hardwick 76), Tom Walmsley, Brett Ince (Chris Saunders 60).
Subs (unused): Kyran Connolly, Chris Elliott.
Yellow cards: John Walker 31, James Morrish 37.

Attendance: 316
Referee: Tom Fell
Assistants: Lawrence Torz-Brown & Tolga Inanc

Website And Fixtures 2018-19

This website will be fully updated for the new season shortly, so please bear with us. In the meantime, the updated fixtures for Whitstable Town can be found here.

WHITSTABLE TOWN FC FIXTURES 2018-19
BOSTIK LEAGUE SOUTH EAST DIVISION (EXCEPT WHERE STATED)

Saturday, August 11th, 2018
FA CUP EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND
Deal Town                    v.  Whitstable Town (2-2)

FA CUP EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND REPLAY
Whitstable Town           v.  Deal Town (4-3)

Sunday, August 19th, 2018
Cray Wanderers           v.  Whitstable Town (2-0)

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
KENT SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND
Whitstable Town          v.  VCD Athletic (P)

Saturday, August 25th, 2018
FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND
CB Hounslow United  v.  Whitstable Town

Monday, August 27th, 2018
Ramsgate                 v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, September 1st, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Ashford United

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
THE VELOCITY TROPHY ROUND ONE
Ramsgate                   v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, September 15th, 2018
Phoenix Sports           v.  Whitstable Town

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Haywards Heath

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Three Bridges

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Sevenoaks Town

Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Faversham Town           v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, October 6th, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Greenwich Borough

Saturday, October 13th, 2018
FA TROPHY PRELIMINARY ROUND
Bedfont Sports           v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, October 20th, 2018
VCD Athletic             v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Whyteleafe

Saturday, November 10th, 2018
Sittingbourne            v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, November 17th, 2018
Hastings United          v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, November 24th, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Thamesmead Town

Saturday, December 1st, 2018
Horsham                  v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Herne Bay

Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Guernsey                 v.  Whitstable Town

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Ramsgate

Saturday, December 29th, 2018
Hythe Town               v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, January 5th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  East Grinstead Town

Saturday, January 12th, 2019
Ashford United           v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, January 19th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Faversham Town

Saturday, January 26th, 2019
Greenwich Borough        v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  VCD Athletic

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
Sevenoaks Town           v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Hastings United

Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Thamesmead Town          v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Horsham

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
Herne Bay                v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, March 9th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Guernsey

Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Sittingbourne

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
Whyteleafe               v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, March 30th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Cray Wanderers

Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Haywards Heath           v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, April 13th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Phoenix Sports

Saturday, April 20th, 2019
East Grinstead Town      v.  Whitstable Town

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Hythe Town

Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Three Bridges            v.  Whitstable Town

Coach For Hounslow Cup Tie

Whitstable Town now travel to face CB Hounslow United in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday 25th August. The club are running a coach to the game and any supporters wishing to travel with us are asked to book a place as soon as possible. The cost will be £10 and the coach is expected to leave the car park at the Belmont Ground around 10 am, with an additional stop at Maidstone.

Please call Joe on 07802 717840 or see one of the committee or alternatively email whitstabletown@gmail.com.

Town Win Seven Goal Thriller

WHITSTABLE TOWN 4 DEAL TOWN 3
Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round Replay
Wednesday August 15 2018 19.45

Whitstable progressed to the next round of the FA Cup, after a very entertaining replay against Deal Town. In contrast to the original match at Deal, Whitstable were mainly in control in the first half and will probably feel they should have led at the interval by more than the one goal scored by the head of Josh Burchell. When Brett Ince drove forward and fired in a long range second just after the restart, it looked as though the home team were going to ease through to an away tie at CB Hounslow. Deal though had other ideas and Ben Cardwell replied with a similar effort at the other end, running from midfield and finding the top corner with an unstoppable shot. Substitute Charlie Walsh then beat Dan Eason with a great free kick to bring the scores level at 2-2. Jordan Wright converted a Ricky Freeman cross to put Whitstable back in front, only for Deal to equalise again as Whitstable failed to deal with a run and low shot from the right of the box that somehow found the back of the net. The decisive goal was another special free kick by Ince from around 35 yards that flew past everyone and into the net and this time Whitstable were able to see out the remaining minutes with few alarms.

Whitstable had to make some late adjustments to their defence, when both Rob Gillman and Teddy Nelson withdrew due to illness and injury. Stuart West therefore dropped back with Brett Ince starting in midfield and Charlie Smith up front. Deal had several players available who missed the first game, including their captain Luke Bigginton.

Deal had much the better of the first half in the previous game, but not in this replay, as Whitstable created some early opportunities. James Morrish was played in from the right, but shot too close to James Tonkin. Jordan Wright, Ricky Freeman and Tom Bryant all had attempts and Smith had two shots saved by Tonkin, the second of which almost rolled over the line before the goalkeeper got back to gather. Apart from a Steve O’Brien free kick that was held by Dan Eason, Deal had rarely threatened. Whitstable eventually took the lead on 36 minutes when a good deep cross from the right was headed over Tonkin and into the net by Josh Burchell at the far post. There were no further goals before the break, although a Burchell corner flew dangerously across the box with no one able to make contact.

An early chance for James Morrish
Dan Eason saves a free kick
James Tonkin denies Charlie Smith

Ince soon added a second just after half time when he was allowed to take the ball forward and shoot from around 25 yards and he hit it sweetly into the far corner with Tonkin unable to get near it. Deal got themselves back in the game shortly afterwards when Ben Cardwell ran from the halfway line and smashed the ball past Eason. Deal then had a very good spell and Ben Chapman had a shot deflected behind for a corner that was headed over the top by Kane Smith. Freeman did have a free kick well saved by Tonkin at the other end after Wright was fouled just outside the box. Deal were soon level though, when Ince was penalised for a foul and Charlie Walsh, who had only been on the pitch for a short time, curled the free kick into the top left hand corner.

Brett Ince shoots for goal
Whitstable lead 2-0 as Ince finds the net
Tonkin saves this Ricky Freeman free kick
Charlie Walsh beats Eason to make it 2-2

Nathan Hardwick replaced Smith as Whitstable went in search of another goal. It arrived in the 70th minute when Freeman did well on the left and delivered a perfect cross to the near post for Wright, who tucked the ball past Tonkin. Hardwick had a shot saved, but then Deal were allowed to take the ball into the Whitstable penalty area from the right and Sam Wilson brought the scores level once again. The game was swinging end to end and when Whitstable won a free kick midway inside the Deal half on 81 minutes, Ince stepped forward and powered the ball through the crowd and past Tonkin. There were a couple of half chances at either end, but Whitstable managed to prevent Deal from taking the game into extra time, running out 4-3 winners and securing their place in the Preliminary Round.

Jordan Wright restores the lead for Whitstable
Sam Wilson’s shot makes it 3-3

The night was a good advert for FA Cup football and there were some great goals for the 236 crowd to enjoy. Deal deserve a lot of credit for their part in the tie, firstly going close to a win at their own ground and then for their spirited performance in a thrilling second half at the Belmont.

Whitstable Deal
14 Attempts 9
10 On Target 5
6 Corners 1
4 Offside 1
14 Free Kicks Won 15

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, John Walker, Josh Burchell, Jai McKinlay, Stuart West, Tom Bryant, Jordan Wright, James Morrish (c), Ricky Freeman (Chris Saunders 84), Brett Ince, Charlie Smith (Nathan Hardwick 66).
Subs (unused): Rob Gillman, Kyran Connolly, Chris Elliott.
Goals: Josh Burchell 36, Brett Ince 46, 81, Jordan Wright 70.
Yellow card: Brett Ince 62

Deal Town
James Tonkin, Ben Chapman, Steve O’Brien, Luke Bigginton (c), Kane Smith, Lee Scott (John Brayne 71), Connor Miller (Charlie Walsh 52), Ben Cardwell (Harris Rodgers 81), Connor Coyne, Sam Wilson, Steve Butcher.
Subs (unused): Harry Alexander, Danny Smith, Trinn Brisley.
Goals: Ben Cardwell 49, Charlie Walsh 63, Sam Wilson 75.
Yellow card: Steve Butcher 61

Attendance: 236
Referee: Richard Joss
Assistants: Michael Donnelly & Joe McKay

Late West Goal Earns Replay

DEAL TOWN 2 WHITSTABLE TOWN 2
Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round
Saturday August 11 2018 15.00

Whitstable fought back after a sluggish first half performance had threatened a first day FA Cup exit for the second successive season. Deal deservedly led at the break, as substitute and former Whitstable striker, Harris Rodgers opened the scoring after Dan Eason had parried a Sam Wilson shot and then Wilson added a second on the stroke of half time. It was a different game in the second half and Deal put the ball into their own net after James Morrish sent a header into the goalmouth. John Walker, Brett Ince, Chris Saunders and Nathan Hardwick all went close, but Deal held on to their lead and still posed a threat on the break, until Stuart West managed to force home an equaliser in the 90th minute.

With a number of newly promoted Step 4 teams having to participate in the opening round, this FA Cup tie was the first competitive game of the season for Whitstable. Charlie Smith started up front alongside Ricky Freeman, with Stuart West playing a holding role in midfield. The Southern Counties East League started a week earlier and Deal had collected 4 points from their first 2 games. They did have their captain, Luke Bigginton, sent off at AFC Croydon and he was unavailable for this match, along with several other members of the Deal squad.

It was the home team that started better and Jordan Wright made a good block in the opening minutes, then Eason saved comfortably from Ben Cardwell. Whitstable had a few promising moments, one when Smith released Freeman on the right and he put in a great low cross, but there was no one in the box to apply the finish. Ben Chapman broke down the Deal right and fired the ball just wide of the far post. Deal were awarded two free kicks just outside the penalty area, but first Alfie Foster and then Steve O’Brien shot over the bar. Eason had to save a 25 yard effort from Trinn Brisley, as Deal continued to create chances. Freeman had a couple of sights of goal at the other end and a Tom Bryant header from a long free kick sailed over the bar, but Whitstable really struggled to get into the game throughout the first half, as Deal were winning most of the loose balls and pushing their Bostik league opponents back.

Deal go close
Dan Eason sees this Deal free kick go over the bar

An injured Foster had to leave the field on 35 minutes and was replaced by Rodgers, who played 42 games for Whitstable, scoring 6 goals and showing a lot of promise, before leaving early last season after struggling with hamstring injuries. He had only been on the field a few minutes when he scored the goal that had been coming for a while. A shot by Wilson from the edge of the box was parried by Eason and Rodgers nipped in to tuck the ball into the net in the 38th minute. Deal doubled their advantage in the 45th minute, when a low cross from the left brought a great defensive tackle to deny Rodgers his second, but the ball ran loose to Wilson and he curled the ball back into the net.

It was a frustrating first half for the Whitstable bench

The Whitstable management team would clearly have had a few things to say to their players at half time, as they sought to get more from their team. Whitstable had lost in the league here early last season with a similar performance, when playing to the same end, they also found themselves two goals down at the break and, although dominating the second half, went on to lose 2-1. Once again, Whitstable came out with more urgency and an early Smith turn and shot was deflected behind for a corner. The goal they sought came in the 52nd minute, when a deep West cross from the right was headed back across goal by Morrish and as a couple of Whitstable players closed in, Brisley knocked the ball past his own goalkeeper. The Whitstable captain was shown the only yellow card of the game shortly afterwards, after being frustrated with a couple of decisions. The visitors continued to press forward looking for an equaliser and John Walker arrived in the box to meet a cross from the left, but failed to keep his shot down.

James Morrish heads a Stuart West cross towards goal
Deal concede an own goal
John Walker puts this chance over the top

Both teams made substitutions and Whitstable pushed West up front, bringing Brett Ince into midfield. Morrish rolled the ball into the path of Ince, but his fierce shot from outside the box flew over the bar. Another substitute, Chris Saunders saw his effort just miss the target, after being found by Wright. Deal had few sights of the Whitstable goal in the second half, but did threaten twice on the break when Rodgers and then substitute Troy Howard both delivered crosses that Connor Coyne just failed to connect with at the far post. As time ticked away, an Ince free kick was headed over by Nathan Hardwick, who also had a well struck 25 yard shot saved by James Tonkin. It was looking like an early cup exit, when the equalising goal finally arrived in the 90th minute. A Whitstable corner was cleared and then Rob Gillman chipped the ball back into the box, where the Deal defence managed to block a couple of attempts, but eventually the ball fell nicely for West to fire the ball into the net from 3 yards. There were 4 added minutes and Whitstable tried to find an unlikely winner, as an Ince corner was cleared and then Freeman shot just over from 20 yards. The game ended 2-2, which in the end was probably a fair result, as it was very much a game of two contrasting halves.

Stuart West scores a late equaliser

The replay will be at the Belmont Ground on Wednesday evening at 7.45 p.m. The tie will be settled on the night with extra time and penalties, if necessary and the winners will be away to CB Hounslow United in the next round, following their 2-0 win at Sutton Common Rovers on Sunday.

Deal Whitstable
10 Attempts 16
6 On Target 5
1 Corners 6
1 Offside 1
8 Free Kicks Won 8

Deal Town
James Tonkin, Liam Hark (c), Steve O’Brian, Alfie Foster (Harris Rodgers 35), Kane Smith, Connor Miller, Ben Cardwell (Troy Howard 78), Trinn Brisley (Harry Alexander 65), Connor Coyne, Sam Wilson, Ben Chapman.
Subs (unused): Danny Smith
Goals: Harris Rodgers 38, Sam Wilson 45.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, John Walker, Josh Burchell, Teddy Nelson, Rob Gillman, Tom Bryant, Jordan Wright (Nathan Hardwick 78), James Morrish (c) (Chris Saunders 69), Ricky Freeman, Charlie Smith (Brett Ince 60), Stuart West.
Subs (unused): Jai McKinlay, Kyran Connolly.
Goals: Trinn Brisley (og) 52, Stuart West 90.
Yellow card: James Morrish 56

Attendance: 187
Referee: Dominic Barrow
Assistants: Jessica Storrie & Krystian Kaczala