TOWN SHOW FIGHTING SPIRIT DESPITE LOSS

Mark Beresford handles well in the Town goal
Mark Beresford handles well in the Town goal

Whitstable Town 1 AFC Hornchurch 2

Pre-season Fixture

Saturday 19th July 2014

Whitstable had another good workout as they continue their build up to the new season as they lost 2-1 at home to Ryman Premier AFC Hornchurch.

AFC Hornchurch had the better of the early exchanges and had their first opportunity after seven minutes when Martin Tuohy found himself free but shot wide of the target. The visitors continued to create chances and after twelve minutes, Junior Luke turned on the ball but looped his attempt over the bar. On a quarter of an hour Touhy should have done better when he attempted to get his head on a crossed ball but missed and the chance went a begging.  With Hornchurch continuing the pressure it was no surprise when they took the lead after 28 minutes . Stand in Whitstable keeper Mark Beresford saved well twice before Tobi Joseph eventually got on to the loose

Luke Girt is brought down
Luke Girt is brought down

ball and looped it into the net. Whitstable took time to settle and had their first real opportunity after 33 minutes when a melee in the Hornchurch penalty area caused some panic but no home player could get onto the ball. Beresford was on hand to save Town on 37 minutes when a shot from Tom Davis was brilliantly pushed around the post.  Four minutes from the break Joseph got his second went he got onto a loose ball and fired home. Whitstable did have once chance to cut the arrears just before half time when Scott Heard cut back and fire over the bar.

The second half saw the hosts come more into the game and on 50 minutes Peter Wedgeworth sent a free kick from 25 yards just over the bar. However Hornchurch continued to counter attack and after 53 minutes a long range shot from Tom Davis went wide of the target. The best chances were now coming for the hosts and on 65 minutes the ever dangerous Tom Loynes shot wide from 25 yards. Loynes was again in the action on 68 minutes when he fed Reiss Crimmen at the far post but he could not find the target. On 72 minutes Kane Rowland hit

Adam Woollcott scores the Town goal
Adam Woollcott scores the Town goal

a shot which was well saved by Callum Chafner in the Hornchurch goal. Town finally got a deserved goal back on 73 minutes when a cross from Adam Woollcott  flew over the Hornchurch defence and the over the keeper into the far side of the net. Town were now on the hunt for the equaliser and were unlucky on the stroke of full time  when Adam Woollcott hit a shot that was well saved by Chafner.

The game ended with an AFC Hornchurch win but the hosts can be pleased with their fighting spirit in what was an entertaining game.

Squad: Beresford, Rigden, Wedgeworth, Hogg, Healey, Girt, Heard, Connor Hefferman, Golding, Rowland, Loynes, Pulman, Mackenzie, Crimmen, Okwundinka, Woollcott, Freedman, Pettit, Wood