TOWN UNDER 18s WIN DERBY BATTLE

Whitstable Town Under18s 3 Herne Bay Under 18s 0

Kent Youth League Under 18 (South)

Sunday 4th October 2015

Whitstable Town u18’s put in a good performance this morning against Herne Bay, taking all three points with a 3-0 win. It was always likely to be a cagey affair as many Whitstable v Herne Bay fixtures are, but Town managed to assert themselves early on as they settled into the game. The back three of Keegan, Wickham, Ted Allen and Scott Dale along with keeper Ryan Birch started very confidently, playing out from the back to start attacks and defending strongly when called upon; a real positive from the game today.  Whitstable made the break through on 10 minutes when Owen Fitt played a through ball to the explosive Khaled Alshamri, who out muscled and out-paced the Bay defence before slotting home with a nice finish. Town played some very nice football in spells for the rest of the first half but were unable to add any more goals, largely thanks to the Herne Bay goalkeeper who had a great game.

Town looked to build in the second half, but a slow start allowed Bay to put the Town defence under some pressure. This was a problem of their own making as the ball was given away far too easily time and time again. After dealing with the early pressure, the Town midfield soon regained control of the game as they began to dominate again. Josh Howland got his first on 58 minutes after some good work by Joe Remington. Remington won the ball back quickly and waited for the right moment to slide through Howland who once again timed his run perfectly to beat the Bay defence and round the keeper to finish in the empty net. Howland added his second on 70 minutes after some good build up play 30 yards out from Town’s midfield. Kailan Webb played a perfect ball through for the lively Howland to latch onto and finish.

Whitstable were then able to see the rest of the game out reasonably comfortably, with keeper Ryan Birch having to make a couple of saves to make sure he held onto his first clean sheet of the season. One negative from the game was the unfortunate injury to Khaled Alshamri, who has broken a metatarsal in his right foot and will be side lined for 4-6 weeks.

Overall a solid performance, and Town now move onto next week with a trip to Sheppey United.

TEAM: Birch, Allen, Wickham, Dale S, Fitt, Remington, Webb, Dale, Bartlett, Alshamri, Howland. SUB: Black