WHITSTABLE IMPRESS IN HOME WIN

Kane Rowland heads home first
Kane Rowland heads home first

Whitstable Town 2 Horsham 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 20th September 2014

Whitstable Town put in an excellent home performance to deservedly take all three points against Horsham on Saturday afternoon.

However the first chances came for the Hornets as firstly Jamie Appleford after two minutes and then Tony Nwachukwu a minute later shot straight at Luke Watkins in the Town goal.  Town had their first attack on five minutes when Scott Heard cut into the penalty area and put in a dangerous cross that was

Nick Treadwell just isses target
Nick Treadwell just isses target

blocked by the Horsham defence. On twelve minutes Jake Mackenzie put in a deep cross from the right and Kane Rowland rose above the defence to hit a bullet header into the back of the net to put Whitstable in front.  The lead only lasted six minutes as the ball came out to Troy Williams who fired the ball past Watkins. The game was now end to end. After 24 minutes Ian Pulman got to the b yline pulled the ball back but Heard shot over.  Then on 32 minutes, Rowland put Heard away. The Town midfielder, who was a constant thorn in Horsham’s side, fired wide. Horsham thought they had taken the lead on 34 minutes when Williams slotted in at the far post but the linesman was flagging for offside.  With nine minutes to go until the interval there was pinball in the Horsham penalty area with the ball eventually coming to Luke Doherty who fired over.

Horsham had the first attack of the second half when Ross Morley had a speculative shot that went over the bar.  At the other end Heard skilfully pulled the ball back after 51 minutes.

Ian Pulman celebrates winner
Ian Pulman celebrates winner

The cross found Pulman who headed home to regain the lead for the hosts.  Three minutes later, Luke Watkins judged perfectly a curling shot from Harry Smith that went just wide. After 68 minutes Heard weaved his way through the Horsham defence and shot over the bar. Town now had the upper hand and were producing some excellent passing football but had to wait until 84 minutes when a Peter Wedgeworth  cross found Doherty who shot wide. Town had to survive one more piece of danger when Horsham substitute and player manager Gary Charman headed wide of the post.  One more piece of controversy after the final whistle as Charman was shown a red card for something he said to the referee.

It was a great afternoon for the Town as they are making the Belmont a fortress. They  now move up to eighth place in the table.

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie, Wedgeworth, Doherty, Kennett, Treadwell, Heard (Guila 89 mins), Girt, Pulman, Rowland, Loynes