WHITSTABLE FIGHT HARD FOR DESERVED POINT

Whitstable apply the pressure
Whitstable apply the pressure

Whitstable Town 1 Burgess Hill Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 8th November 2014

Whitstable Town and Burgess Hill Town fought out a 1-1 all draw on Saturday afternoon.

Burgess Hill, the league leaders , started more positively and had their first opportunity after three minutes when Whitstable right back Jake Mackenzie was on hand to clear the ball off the line. After 14 minutes, Hillians captain Darren Budd hooked the ball wide and then two minutes later he sent a tame shot straight at Town keeper Luke Watkins. Whitstable had to wait until the 21st minute for their first chance when Ian Pulman had a shot which was blocked and Peter Wedgeworth got onto the rebound but his attempt was deflected for a corner. From the resultant Wedgeworth corner, the ball was headed over by Joe Kennett. Then on 31 minutes Rob O’Toole hooked over from the far post for the Hillians. The visitors continued to apply the pressure when Sam Fisk crossed after 34 minutes for Greg Luer to drift a shot over the bar. Towards

Handball is given
Handball is given

the end of the half Whitstable came more into the game and after 36 minutes Jake Mackenzie sent a cross come shot that drifted wide and five minutes before the interval Wedgeworth curled a free kick from 25 yards just over the bar.

The hosts started the second half on the front foot and two minutes into the half the ball came out to Nick Treadwell who steered the ball wide and then on 50 minutes Kennett  met a cross and headed over. Treadwell was involved again on 62 minutes when he had a looping header which was tipped over by James. However the visitors continued to look dangerous as Kirkwood had a shot that was pushed around the post by Watkins. Hillians substitute, Dan Perry hit a shot on the turn but his attempt went wide. On 82 minutes Burgess Hill keeper  James did well to palm over a Reiss Crimmen shot from the left flank. With five minutes of normal time to go the league leaders took the lead when Will Miles rose above the Whitstable defence and headed home. Within a minute however a penalty was awarded for Whitstable as a Burgess Hill defender was adjudged to have handballed.  Up stepped Ian Pulman to send James the wrong way and bring the scores level. One last attempt in injury time by Perry was saved by Watkins to prevent Burgess Hill getting a late win.

Each side deserved a point in an entertaining game and it would have been an injustice if either team had taken all three points.

Ian Pulman slots home
Ian Pulman slots home penalty

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie, Crimmen, Gray, Kennett, Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Pulman, Rowland (Coyne 74mins), Wedgeworth (Loynes 74 mins)