Thamesmead Town 3 Whitstable Town 0
Pre-season Fixture Tuesday
29th July 2014
Whitstable had a tough pre-season fixture on Tuesday evening as they went down three-nil against a very strong Thamesmead Town side. The early exchanges were fairly even with the first opportunity falling to the Mead as a clearance from Whitstable keeper Brett Mills hit Justin Ascheri and looped back over the cross bar. The visitors had their first chance after eight minutes when Tom Loynes broke through and shot just past the post. Mills was on hand to save Whitstable on 19 minutes when he tipped over a header on from Adem Ramadan. It was now time for a couple of Whitstable chances as Connor Heffernan put Ryan Golding through but the striker put the ball wide and then on
27minutes Golding, with the inside of his right foot, sent a shot over the bar. The deadlock was broken on half an hour when Leslie Thompson fired Thamesmead into the lead when he headed on a cross into the far corner of the net. Aaron James had to be hand to save Whitstable when he cleared off the line from Ascheri on the stroke of half time. The second half started with Ian Pulman running through from inside his own half carving through “like knife through butter” but he decided to try to round the keeper rather than shoot and the opportunity was gone. With two injuries to James and Ashley Ulph, this seemed to unsettle the visitors. After 53 minutes Derek Duncan sent a free kick high over the bar for Thamesmead after 53 minutes and then on the hour Ross Murphy hooked a shot wide of the target. With Thamesmead now having the more meaningful chances, they increased their lead after 73 minutes when Ramadan broke free and slotted the ball into the net. Whitstable were still creating some chances and Karl Rowland turned and shot just wide of the goal. With nine minutes to go, Thamesmead sealed the game when they got their third when they slotted home. Right on full time Whitstable nearly got a consolation when Loynes crossed, Skinner shot, Thamesmead keeper Rob Bubb blocked, the ball rebounded to Loynes whose shot was again saved by Budd. Town must now look to the home game against Ashford to get back to winning ways.