TOWN FIGHT HARD FOR POINT

Matt Byott makes an early save
Matt Byott makes an early save

Whitstable Town 0 Faversham Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 21st January 2014

Whitstable Town and Faversham Town battled out a second nil-nil draw of the season on a heavy pitch at the Belmont on Tuesday evening.

The first half had few chances as both teams battled hard to gain the ascendancy. The first real opportunity came  for the visitors in the seventh minute as a Dave Botterill shot was fired straight at Matt Byott in the Whitstable goal. Whitstable

Mark Murrison can't quite get on the end of a Craig Thompson cross
Mark Murrison can’t quite get on the end of a Craig Thompson cross

first promising attack took place in the 11th minute when a Craig Thompson cross nearly found debutant Mark Murrison but he could not quite get on the end of the opportunity. Eleven minutes later a shot by Whitstable’s Jordan Wells lost its sting as it deflected off a Faversham defender before being collected by the Lilywhites keeper Simon Overland. Only one more chance in the half as Murrison had a shot blocked on the edge of the area preventing a goal scoring chance.

The pattern of the second half remained the same although the bulk of the chances came to the visitors in the first part of the half. On 61 minutes Luke Harvey broke free but Byott was quick to block the opportunity. Then ten minutes later Harvey was again in the action as he took the ball round Byott but scuffed his shot wide. A minute later Renford Tenyue shot wide from long range. The balance of the game changed with the hosts creating more chances in the later stages of the game. On 81 minutes a Steve Hafner free kick found substitute Charlie Smith but his hooked attempt went just wide. On 83 minutes Scott Heard shot on target but Overland saved. Town did have one more opportunity in injury time when

New signing Aaron Simpson in action
New signing Aaron Simpson in action

Laurence Harvey put the ball through to Heard but his shot was blasted wide into the side netting.

Bearing in mind the difficult conditions it would have been unfair for either side to lose and the score line was a fair reflection of the action. Town have not put an end to their four game losing streak and one of the highlights was the performance of the teenage new signing Aaron Simpson who performed well at right back.

Team: Byott, Simpson, Heard, Wells D, Guest, Harvey, Hafner (Keyte 73 mins), Brown (Webb 66 mins), Thompson, Murrison (Smith C 57 mins), Wells J.