KEYTE EQUALISER EARNS POINT FOR TOWN

Matt Martin tests Hastings defence
Matt Martin tests Hastings defence

Whitstable Town 1 Hastings United 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 25th March 2014

Whitstable Town fought hard on Tuesday night to gain a point against promotion challenging Hastings United.

Hastings started off the stronger and had the first opportunities. Their first chance came after 16 minutes when the ever dangerous Tom Vickers volleyed well wide from the edge of the penalty area. Two minutes later, Town were saved by excellent defending from John Guest when he headed the ball away under pressure from the Hastings strike force. Town had to wait until 24 minutes when Matt Martin fired the ball straight at keeper Josh Pelling.  Luke Watkins had to be at his best when he saved well from Hastings right back Sam Adams after 29 minutes. Hastings had two more opportunities before half time when Vickers set

Dan Keyte seals the point
Dan Keyte seals the point

up both chances. Firstly after 33 minutes he played the ball into Trevor McCreadie who spooned the ball over the bar and then on 36 minutes he fed Frankie Sawyer who looped the ball over the bar. The half ended scoreless due mainly to Town’s stout defending and poor finishing from the visitors.

The second half started in a similar manner with ex Hythe player Taser Hussain sending the ball over the bar within a minute of the restart. Finally Hastings did take the lead through McCreadie who looped the ball over Luke Watkins on 50 minutes.  This seemed to spark some life into Town and after 54 minutes Dan Keyte made a good effort to get a shot away but could not get the necessary power. Two minutes later Hassan had another chance for Hastings but shot wide. On 59 minutes Ollie Brown tried to delicately lob Pelling but his attempt went just wide. Two minutes later Laurence Harvey

Charlie Smith nearly snatches winner
Charlie Smith nearly snatches winner

this time hit a header that did not dip quite quick enough and hit the top of the cross bar. Then on 68 minutes Town got the goal that their fight back deserved when Keyte was able to  squeeze in his header at the far post to bring the scores level. Both sides now went in search of the winner but it was Town who created the better chances. After 74 minutes Aaron Simpson put in a cross that found John Guest who headed just wide.  Then two minutes later  Charlie Smith broke free and found himself one on one with Josh Pelling but delayed his shot too long and the chance was gone.  One last chance for Town when just on 90 minutes Stephen Munn hit a strong shot just wide.

The game finished in a 1-1 draw which was probably a fair result on the balance of the play.

Team: Watkins, Simpson, Parter (Maguire 85mins), Harvey, Guest, Kane, Hafner (Taylor 74mins), Keyte, Martin (Munn 83mins), Smith C, Brown