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Laurence Harvey rises above Hendon keeper to score
Laurence Harvey rises above Hendon keeper to score

Hendon 1 Whitstable Town 2

FA Carlsberg Trophy 1st Round

Sunday 1st December 2013

Whitstable Town had one of their best days ever as they reached the Second Round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy with a two one win at Hendon on Sunday.

The Town should have taken the lead as early as the first minute when  Ashley Baverstock put through Craig Thompson but when one on one with Berkley Laurencin he got tangled up with the ball and could not get a shot away. Hendon however were quick to counter and after four minutes Jefferson Louis flicked on the ball goal ward from close in but his attempt cannoned against the right hand post and away. After six minutes Peter Huggens cut in and shot but the ball went wide of

Charlie Smith fires home winner
Charlie Smith fires home winner

the target.  The game settled down and the next chances came seven minutes later.  A cross ball by Town striker Baverstock found Jake Mackenzie  who shot straight at Laurencin. Hendon then started to take control and after 18 minutes Lee O’Leary shot high over the bar from the edge of the area.  Then on 21 minutes Louis broke free but his shot was blocked by Luke Watkins. Then on 28 minutes Hendon hit the woodwork for the second time when the ever dangerous Tony Taggert cracked a shot from left hand sided and that clattered the underside of the bar and away. Town did have the odd attack in this period with Joe Kane sending a shot well wide on half an hour. Steve Hafner then put in a ball that John Guest headed but keeper Laurencin saved easily. Hendon dominated the rest of the half with Watkins blocking from Taggart on 37 minutes and then within 60 seconds Anthony Thomas fired in an  attempt was again the ball was blocked by the dependable Watkins. The half finished with a melee in the Town penalty area. The ball hit the bar and came out to Carl McCluskey who bundled the ball and Watkins into the net and goal was duly ruled out. Town came in at half probably fortunate to be on level terms but also thanks to stout defending.

Celebrations at the final whistle
Celebrations at the final whistle

Hendon started the second half on the attack and had their first opportunity after 57 minutes but Lee O’Leary pulled his shot wide of the target and then Louis shot wide after 65 minutes. Then came the flurry of goals with the hosts taking the lead on 68 minutes when a cross from Chris Seeby found Louis on the far post and he headed in from close range. Their lead was only to last two minutes as Steve Hafner sent in a free kick that Laurence Harvey in competition with keeper Laurencin got his head to the ball and the ball looped over everyone into the net.  Then came the winning goal from substitute Charlie Smith who found a bit of space and shot.  Laurencin half stopped the attempt  but the ball continued to roll and ended up in the back of the Hendon net to bring joy to the travelling supporters.  Town then defended well to prevent any chance of Hendon sneaking an equaliser. One good opportunity from Lewis was headed wide of the target with four minutes to go. Town defended stoutly and Hendon were unable to draw level.

The final whistle signalled big celebrations as Town now find themselves in the Second Round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy for the first time in their history and the mystery of who they will draw on Monday.

Team: Watkins, Kane, Webb, Huggens, Guest, Harvey, Heard, Hafner (Wells D 78 mins), Thompson, Baverstock (Smith C 65mins), Mackenzie (Maguire 83mins)