GLEBE 1 WHITSTABLE TOWN 3
SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday August 12 2017 15.00
Whitstable came from behind to pick up three points in their opening league fixture. Arlie Desanges gave Glebe an early lead following a free kick, but goals from Tom Bryant and Stuart West helped to turn things around by the break. Whitstable had more chances to add to their lead, but the home side were still in the game and threatened on a few occasions until Ricky Freeman wrapped things up with a great finish towards the end.
Newly promoted Glebe were playing their first ever game at this level, having only been founded in 1995 and their Foxbury Avenue ground in Chislehurst is neat and tidy with plenty of space and great facilities. Manager Ben Young has recently joined from Sutton Athletic and a number of players from that club have followed, including prolific goal scorers from last season, Jonny Murray and Desanges, who also had a spell at Sheppey United. Glebe had beaten Lordswood 1-0 in the FA Cup last week, but had two sent off including the goalkeeper so they were unable to play today, as from this season suspensions start after 7 days rather than the 14 of previous years. Whitstable were still without the injured Craig Cloke, expected to be fit in a couple of weeks, and the suspended James Morrish, Rob Gillman, Aaron Quain and Jack West. Ollie Lee and Sam Brown were also unavailable, leaving a squad of fifteen for this game.
The visitors soon found the net as Freeman shot low past Jack Kelly, only to have his celebrations cut short by an offside flag. Whitstable conceded a number of early free kicks and this proved costly in the 6th minute as Joe Minter curled the ball in from one on the left and it went through a crowd of players in the box where it was met by a stooping Desanges at the far post and he headed it past Dan Eason.
Whitstable tried to respond and Danny Williams, who had a good game, turned well in the box, but his shot was blocked and Freeman’s follow up was also saved. Louis Sprosen was first into the referee’s book, before Charlie Smith had a shot blocked and Kelly saved well from Freeman.
A good move by Glebe was halted by the assistant’s flag and at the other end Harry Goodger’s shot was just too high. Harry Brown went into the book for a foul and a speculative effort from the resulting free kick had to be tipped over the bar by Eason. On 24 minutes Whitstable were level as Sprosen sent in a free kick from the left and Bryant was first to the ball and powered his header past Kelly.
Freeman set up Williams whose shot was blocked, as was a Goodger effort shortly afterwards. Whitstable were soon in front though as Bryant played the ball into the box and it was then lobbed up for West to head home from six yards.
Smith put in a cross that a combination of Kelly and the woodwork saw behind for a corner that was curled in by Sprosen and headed off the line by Joe Hill, before Smith had another effort blocked. West had to make a timely interception to stop James Alderman after a good run into the box, and Whitstable went into the break 2-1 ahead.
Goodger played in Freeman who twisted and turned before seeing his shot saved by Kelly just after the restart. From the following corner, Bryant came in at the back post, but his shot was blocked. Then a long ball set Williams free and his pace took him clear, but he shot wide. Smith did well in midfield and passed to Freeman who in turn played in Williams and his shot brought another good save out of Kelly.
On 59 minutes Williams ran on to a long ball down the right, but was pulled back by the last defender Hill, who was shown a yellow card. West was then also booked for an incident near the halfway line. Goodger nodded a Bryant cross over the bar and then Nick Treadwell made his competitive return in a Whitstable shirt, replacing the hard working Smith. Minter was next into the book for a series of infringements and then Desanges worked a good position for himself, but shot over the bar. Home substitute Malik Ouani started to threaten with a couple of runs as Whitstable at times left too much space in the wide areas. Any nerves were calmed in the 77th minute however as Freeman collected a pass from Williams on the edge of the penalty area, turned and sent a great shot past Kelly into the far corner of the net.
A Daniel Gunner shot was headed away for a corner and Harris Rodgers replaced Goodger for the last few minutes. Just after Carl Harrold had been booked, another good long run by Ouani set up Desanges, but his shot was off target and Whitstable saw the game out for a 3-1 victory.
Whitstable deserved their win overall, but there were a few things that the coaching team will probably want to work on for the challenges ahead. Glebe showed some promise and have plenty of reasons to be optimistic for their first season in this league.
Jack Kelly, James Sutherland, Joe Hill (Tom Hammond 63), Joe Minter, Sean Heather, Steve Springett (c), Fred Obasa, Daniel Gunner, Arlie Desanges, James Alderman, Jonny Murray (Malik Ouani 75).
Subs (unused): Jeff Allen, Jamie Wood.
Goal: Arlie Desanges 6
Yellow cards: Joe Hill 59, Joe Minter 74.
Dan Eason, Carl Harrold, Harry Brown, Stuart West, Ashley Brown, Tom Bryant (c), Louis Sprosen, Charlie Smith (Nick Treadwell 69), Ricky Freeman, Harry Goodger (Harris Rodgers 82), Danny Williams.
Subs (unused): George Savage, Dean Ruddy.
Goals: Tom Bryant 24, Stuart West 34, Ricky Freeman 77.
Yellow cards: Louis Sprosen 10, Harry Brown 19, Stuart West 61, Carl Harrold 84.
Referee: Jack Owen
Assistants: Tony Woods & Joshua Marshall