TOWN’S UNBEATEN RUN COMES TO AN END

Laurence Harvey heads goalwards
Laurence Harvey heads goalwards

Whitstable Town 1 Peacehaven & Telscombe 3

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 7th November 2013

Whitstable’s excellent run came to end against high flying Peacehaven & Telscombe on Saturday at the Belmont.

Town could have taken the lead in the first minute when Peacehaven keeper Antony Di Bernado slipped and the ball fell to Charlie Smith who fired wide.  However on a quarter of an hour Peacehaven got the ball in the net when a ball came over and a Peacehaven striker was adjudged to have pushed it into the net with his hand. However the visitors who took control of the first half were not to be denied for long and took the lead on 21 minutes when a long ball found its way to Charlie Walker who blasted the ball past Luke Watkins. Within eight minutes Peacehaven were two

Luke Watkins tips ball over the bar
Luke Watkins tips ball over the bar

up with Walker again was on the score sheet when he got on the end of a cross and headed into the Town net. Town then found themselves three down when Josh Jones this time met a cross and sent his header into the back of the net. Within a minute Town could have pulled one back when Craig Thompson broke free but blasted the ball wide. Peacehaven continued to threaten and after 41 minutes Steu Metcalf shot over the bar. Within two minutes Jones again on the attack brought out a great save from Watkins to prevent the visitors extending their lead.  There was one more chance just before half time when Thompson blasted a shot over the bar. Peacehaven went in at half time well deserving of their three goal lead.

Town looked better at the start of the second half with Laurence Harvey sending in a header that was pushed over the bar by Di Bernado. Things turned worse for Town after 52 minutes when Thompson received a second yellow card and the hosts were down to ten men. On the hour a melee in the Town area resulted in the ball being cleared off the line. Walker continued to threaten and sent a free kick just over the

Joe Kane grabs a goal back for Town
Joe Kane grabs a goal back for Town

Whitstable bar on 63 minutes. However Town were showing some fight and pulled a goal back after 66 minutes when the ball found its way through to Joe Kane who tapped it over the line. Walker continued to threaten and sent a header straight at Watkins after 68 minutes. With 71 minutes gone Town had a couple of penalty appeals for hand ball turned down by the referee.  The game was go from end to end and with six minutes to go both Metcalf and Walker sent shots over the bar. As the game entered injury time Town did have one last chance to narrow the gap with Harvey heading on to John Guest whose header went just wide.

Town had looked tired after their cup and league exploits over the few weeks and will be glad of no midweek match before their FA Trophy game against Ebbsfleet  United next Saturday

Team: Watkins, Kane, Maguire (Hooper 63mins), Huggens (Wells J 45 mins), Guest, Harvey, Heard, Hafner (Wells D 45mins), Thompson, Smith C, Mackenzie