Whitstable Town 0 Whitehawk 1
Saturday 12th July 2014
Whitstable put up a solid performance on Saturday as they took on Whitehawk in their first pre-season fixture. With the change in management over the summer the hosts only had two in the squad from last season’s first team.
Conference South, Whitehawk showed why they are one of the favourites for promotion this season as they started on the attack. Their first opportunity came after five minutes when Sam Deering had a shot deflected over the bar. Two minutes later, the same player cut from the left but again shot wide of the target. Then after twelve minutes, Whitehawk striker Marlon Jackson forced a great save from Town keeper Brett Mills. With the visitors signing many well known names in Non League football, they continued
to press and after 16 minutes Cuskic Mevudin fired wire. The Town keeper, who was proving a good candidate for the Man of the Match, saved well again from Mike Fondop. The Town defence stood up well to the pressure with Joe Kennett and Aaron James standing firm and clearing well from the attacks. A final chance of the half for Whitehawk came on 38 minutes when firstly Jackson shot straight at Mills and then Fondop shot wide from the resultant rebound. A combination of poor finishing and excellent defending kept the score level at half time.
The second half started with Sam Gargan on the attack for the Hawks but he flashed a shot over the bar. Town were now starting to acclimatise and Ian Pulman could not quite get on the end of a cross and the ball went wide. Then came the decisive moment of the match as a foul in the penalty area led to the referee pointing to the penalty spot for a misjudged tackle in the area. Up stepped Jake Robinson who sent Mills the wrong way to give Whitehawk the lead. Again on 79 minutes Gargan was on hand but his shot was well saved by Mills. Town then stepped up a gear and after 83 minutes had their best chance when Luke Girt put Pulman through and he hit the ball just over the bar. On the stroke of full time
Kane Rowland had a shot from long distance for Town but his attempt was easily collected by former Ebbsfleet goalkeeper Lance Cronin.
It was a good work out for the Town as they look to press on and retain the Bruce Smith Shield in the game against Herne Bay on Tuesday.
Squad: Brett Mills, Ashley Ulph, Peter Wedgeworth, Joe Kennett, Aaron James, Luke Girt, Scott Heard, Sonnor Hefferman, Ian Pulman, Simon Pettit, Ryan Golding, Jake Mackenzie, Tom Loynes, Kane Rowland, Reiss Crimmen, Cameron Hefferman, Taylor Lawrence, Chris Rigden, Toby Wood, Aaron Skinner, Adam Woollcott, Jack Grainger, Ryan Freedman, Charlie Hills