TOWN THROW AWAY TWO GOAL LEAD TO GO OUT OF TROPHY

Ira Jackson celebrates first goal
Ira Jackson celebrates first goal

Whitstable Town 2 Worthing 4

FA Trophy Preliminary Round

Saturday 3rd October 2015

Whitstable Town threw away a comfortable two goal half time lead to go down to another defeat as they lost 4-2 at home to Worthing in FA Trophy Preliminary Round on Saturday afternoon.
The first opportunity fell to the visitors as after six minutes Brannon O’Neill fired a shot straight at Town keeper Adam Highsted. Within a minute

Ira Jackson scores second
Ira Jackson scores second

Town had a golden chance to go ahead as Ira Jackson was brought down in the penalty area by Gary Elphick. However Sam Bewick’s penalty was easily saved by Worthing keeper Rikki Banks who saved to his left. However then came a moment of magic on ten minutes when Jackson cut in from the right and buried a shot into the top corner of the net. Within a minute Omar Bugiel spooned the ball over the bar at the other end. Town were two ahead after twelve minutes when Kareem Boyle fed the ball through to Jackson and he was able to bury the chance into the corner. Town continued to press and the next chance saw the ball fed to Sam Bewick who had a shot blocked by Banks. On 31 minutes Bugiel threatened to get Worthing back into the game as he had a shot well saved by Highsted. Jackson continued to threaten for Whitstable as he sent in a cross that found Scott Heard who turned the ball straight at Banks. One final chance for Town on the stroke of half time when Jackson again fed the ball to Charlie Smith but the ball was spooned over the bar.

Town started the second half positively and after 48 minutes a weaving run saw Smith fire a shot across the face of the goal from the right. Then came

Kareem Boyle and Charlie Smith in action
Kareem Boyle and Charlie Smith in action

the turning point of the game as on 59 minutes Worthing struck back with Bugile heading in from a cross from the left. Within seven minutes the scores were level when Calum McGeehan was adjudged to have brought down Bugiel. Up stepped O’Neill who hammered home from the penalty area. Things went from bad to worse a minute later when Lloyd Dawes broke in to the penalty area and fired home. The game was over for Whitstable on 73 minutes as Will Hendon lobbed the ball over Highsted from the right hand side into the far corner to extend the lead. One more chance for Worthing on 79 minutes when Harvey Sparkes hit a long range shot wide. With nine minutes to go there was a scramble in the Worthing penalty area. The ball came to Michael Hurcombe but he could not get a shot away. There were few more chances in the game as Worthing hung on to secure the win.

It was another disappointing afternoon for Whitstable in what is proving to be a very difficult season.

Team: Highsted, Gray, Robinson M, McGeehan, Cheek, Algar, Heard, Bewick, Smith, Jackson, Boyle (Hurcombe 75 mins)