Walton Casuals 0 Whitstable Town 3 After our six consecutive victories at Walton Casuals, Town can hold their heads high as they won three nil on Saturday afternoon. With Town, without Scott Heard (ill), James Morrish (away) and Shane Hamshare (work commitments), Justin Luchford had to juggle the pack. He was rewarded in the very first minute when Stuart Vahid hit a shot which was blocked and rebounded out to Dane Luchford who returned the ball to Vahid who slotted home.
Possession throughout the game was fairly even but Town always looked more threatening. Walton had their first opportunity in the 10th minute when a shot cannoned onto the post and away. Luchford had a speculative shot in the 20th minute which went past the post.
Town found themselves two up after thirty five minutes when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Up stepped Nicky Southall whose free kick was curled towards the top right hand corner. It appeared to hit the crossbar and dropped down but bounce off Williams, the Walton keeper, and into the back of the net.
Casuals had an opportunity to get one back after 37 minutes but fired well over the bar. There were a couple of more opportunities for the hard working Town and the particularly unlucky Damian Abel before half time.
The second half started in a similar pattern to the first with possession continuing to be even but Town having the more meaningful chances. There were a couple of good shouts for penalties in the 51st and 56th minutes for Town but were turned down by the referee.
Town continued to create chances and got their reward in the 90th minute when Abel again forced his way into the penalty area only to be brought down. The referee immediately pulled out a deserved red card for Walton Casuals substitute Harry Wise as this was a direct opportunity on goal. However, again the referee turned down the penalty appeals and gave a free kick on the edge of the area. It didn’t matter as Nicky Southall again stepped up to send a perfect free kick into the left hand corner to seal the points for Whitstable.
The lack of chances for Casuals was very much down to a defence that worked as one unit and this was a particular positive of a game where Town as a team were in control. This was very encouraging for the rest of the season as Town moved up to 9th place in the table.
Team: Shaw, Hare, Parter, Everitt, Harvey, Gilman, Southall, Beecroft, Vahid (Smissen 77 min) Abel (MacKenzie 90 min) Luchford.