WHITSTABLE DRAW WITH MARGATE

Dan Wells beats Holloway from the spot
Dan Wells beats Holloway from the spot

Whitstable Town 1 Margate 1

Pre Season Friendly

Tuesday 16th July 2013

 

Whitstable Town overcame an early barrage of pressure thanks to a fantastic display of goalkeeping from Matt Lamprell and sound defending to deservedly draw with Ryman Premier League Margate.

 

The early pressure came from the Gate and as early as the fifth minute Tom Murphy put in a cross which Charles Adenbno fired wide. Two minutes later Adenbo had two opportunities but Lamprell saved well. Again after twelve minutes, Adenbo again had an opportunity but fired his shot

Charlie Smith applies the pressure
Charlie Smith applies the pressure

straight at Lamprell. Whitstable had their first effort on goal after 15 minutes when Nicky Southall tested Craig Holloway with a curling free kick from 25 yards. Margate continued to apply the pressure and after 24 minutes the ball rebounded off George Craddock towards goal and Lamprell again saved well. On 28 minutes Lamprell again saved in a melee in the penalty box. Whitstable then had an attack after  31 minutes when Adam Hooper had a shot but he hit it tamely at the keeper. Lamprell was back in the action after 36 minutes when he saved well from Zac Attwood.   Whitstable’s attack were beginning to increase as David Raggett

A strong challenge
A strong challenge

broke free but was blocked before he could get his shot away.  Two minutes from half time Raggett had another opportunity but sent his shot straight at Holloway. Then on the stroke of half time Scott Heard sent a shot high over the bar.

 

The second half started more brightly for Whitstable. After 51 minutes Raggett and Mobolaji  Dawddo   had balls cleared of the line in very quick succession. Two minutes later ex Faversham player Mobolaji had another chance which was deflected over the bar. Then on 55 minutes a Margate defender was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area. Up stepped Dan Wells to slot the ball wide of Holloway to give Whitstable the lead. The lead was short lived as Elliot Cox unleashed a shot that looped over the head of substitute goal keeper Luke Watkins into the back of the net to level the scores.  Southall again had another free kick well saved by Holloway after 65 minutes.

Craig Holloway saves second penalty
Craig Holloway saves second penalty

Town then got a second penalty when Ross Webb was brought down in the penalty area. This time Holloway read Wells’ penalty and saved well. Town continued to press and Charlie Smith weaved his way through the Margate defence only to shoot just wide. Then on 84 minutes Gary Cook looped a shot over the bar for the Town.  With only a couple more opportunities the game ended in one-one in a match that had seen Town on the defence for the early part of the game but improve steadily through the ninety minutes to end the day with a deserved draw.