BATTLING TOWN EARN POINT BUT COULD HAVE BEEN MORE

Dan Hanshaw rises above defence
Dan Hanshaw rises above defence

Whitstable Town 0 Crawley Down Gatwick 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

2nd February 2013

Whitstable and Crawley Down fought out an entertaining 0-0 draw at the Belmont on Saturday afternoon.  Whitstable started the game on the back of the 4-0 win the previous week and had the balance of play in the first ten minutes of the game. As early as the 2nd minute, Town created their first opportunity  when a Scott Heard cross found Buster Smissen whose header went straight at Crawley Down keeper Anthony Di Bernardo.  A minute later Smissen had another chance but his shot went well over the bar.

Crawley Down then started to get into their stride and after 14 minutes the ball was fired across the Town penalty area but there was no one on hand to find the net.  A minute later Town striker Dan Hanshaw shot over the bar.  After 21 minutes Whitstable had another opportunity when a curling shot from Heard went straight into Di Bernardo’s arms. A minute later on the counter attacker Gabo Odunaike found himself free pressing towards the Town goal but he was well blocked by Whitstable keeper Nick Shaw.

Buster Smissen has an opportunity
Buster Smissen has an opportunity

After 37 minutes, Heard pulled the ball back into the penalty area but Town captain James Morrish fired well over. Whitstable had one more opportunity four minutes before the interval but Hanshaw’s 25 yard shot went wide.  The two teams went in at half time with the scores level for a well earned break as they fought hard in the muddy conditions.

Throughout the second half Whitstable pressed hard but failed to take any chances. Only two minutes into the half a curling corner by Jake Beecroft was well saved by Di Bernardo. Five minutes later Morrish found himself clear but could not beat the Crawley Down keeper. Then came the highlight of the game when Smissen sent in a cross that found Beecroft. His header looked bound to find the back of the net but Di Bernardo saved brilliantly pushing the ball over the bar for a corner.

Crwaley Down found themselves down to ten men after 69 minutes when Jack Page was deservedly given a second yellow card with a crude challenge. Crawley Down substitute Tom Graves then became hero as he cleared off the line from a Heard effort after 72 minutes.

Hanshaw ready to shoot
Hanshaw ready to shoot

The visitors then created their first chance of the half after 72 minutes when Odunaike sent in a shot which appeared to be goal bound before being blocked by man of the match Laurence Harvey to send the ball off for a corner. After 84 minutes Morrish should have done better but his shot went over the bar. One more chance for the visitors in injury time was denied by Shaw who saved well from Ross Morley.

An enjoyable game was brought to end scoreless and hard working Whitstable may consider this two points dropped rather than one gained.

Team: Shaw, Parter, Crimmen (Brunt 78mins), Everitt, Harvey, Lee, Beecroft, Morrish, Smissen (Colman 77mins) , Hanshaw(MacKenzie 77mins), Heard

 

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