TOWN REBOUND AFTER DIFFICULT WEEK

Kieron Campbell hits a classic goal
Kieron Campbell hits a classic goal

Whitstable Town 3 Walton Casuals 0

Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Saturday 29th August 2015

Whitstable bounced back after their poor start to the season as they convincingly beat Walton Casuals in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round at the Belmont on Saturday afternoon.

Town were the first team on the attack as Kieron Campbell, who was to prove a thorn in Casuals side all afternoon, crossed dangerously to Kane Rowland who nearly got onto the ball. The visitors had their first opportunity on three minutes when a header from Luke Olley went straight into the arms of Town keeper Adam Highsted. The chances were coming at both ends as 60 seconds later Scott Heard hit a shot from the edge of the area just over the bar. With seven minutes gone

Sam Bewick slots home second
Sam Bewick slots home second

Highsted was to save again. Sam Bewick was the next to have an attempt that went just wide of the Casuals post and then ex Whitstable defender Peter Wedgeworth hit a free kick that was well held by Highsted. Highsted was on hand again to save from a header from Scott Day. Then came a sour moment as Gabriel Odunaike was sent off for violent conduct as he squared up to Town left back, Reiss Crimmen. A minute before the break Khari Oriogun hit a long range effort over the Whitstable bar. Into injury time and Bewick had a shot deflected wide and then Charlie Smith went over in the penalty area but the referee saw it as a dive and showed the Whitstable striker his second yellow card and both teams went in at the break with ten men.

Within six minutes of the break Casuals were down to nine men when Olley was sent off for a second yellow card. Whitstable now took control of the game and Heard had a shot tipped over the bar by Casuals keeper Tom Welham. On 56 minutes Campbell had a shot again tipped over the bar by Welham but the keeper stood no chance as Campbell gave Whitstable the lead on the hour as another strike from long range sailed into the top corner. Within seven minutes Town were further ahead as Heard pulled the ball back to Bewick who slammed home. Then came a bizarre incident in the 71st

Sam Bewick fires home penalty
Sam Bewick fires home penalty

minute as Day inexplicably caught the ball in his own penalty area. The referee was left with no choice but to give him a red card and Bewick slotted home the penalty into the corner of the net. It was now one way traffic and with ten minutes to go Crimmen fed the ball into Kane Rowland who shot over. Rowland was in the action again a minute later when he smashed the ball against the upright. One last opportunity in injury time as substitute Josh Alger volleyed the ball over the bar.

It was a satisfying result for Whitstable after a traumatic week providing a positive outlook for the game against Herne Bay on Monday afternoon.

Team: Highsted, Gray, Crimmen, Robinson, McGeehan, Taylor, Heard, Bewick (Nunn 85mins), Smith, Rowland, Campbell (Algar 75mins)