Whitstable Town 0 Chatham Town 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 2nd January 2016

Whitstable Town got bogged down in the mud as they went down 2-0 to Chatham Town at the Belmont on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts, who had to leave out Reiss Crimmen due to illness just before kick-off, got off to the better start as they had their first attack after only three minutes as Harry Stannard fed the ball into Taser Hussan whose shot went straight at Chatham keeper Jack Bradshaw. Chances were very limited in the first half as the crowd had to wait until 27 minutes as Hassan hit a dipping shot from 25 yards that slammed against the cross bar and away. Within sixty seconds Luke Medley created the visitors first effort as he forced a save from Dan Eason at the near post. A couple of efforts from the hosts saw both Sam Bewick and Wayne Wilson fire wide. Eason was on hand to save a header from Ricky Gundrey but Chatham were not to be denied as right on half time a muddle in the Town defence let him through to put Chatham ahead. The half time score probably flattered the Chats but they had taken the chance that was presented.

The second half started with Whitstable creating the early chances as firstly Bewick sent the ball into Sam Conlon but he shot just wide. Hassan was also to shoot wide from distance as the home attacks began to fizzle out.  However on 70 minutes a Dean Grant header hammered against the Chatham upright. Then came the killer blow on 72 minutes that would seal the points for the Chats as a cross from Gundery found substitute Fred Obasa who headed home at the far post. Whitstable were unable to create any credible chances to threaten the Chatham goal in the last quarter of an hour and were restricted to one long range effort for Conlon ten minutes from time going wide.

After the Whitstable win at Herne Bay on Monday this was a disappointing result.

Team: Eason, Thompson R, Hassan, Conlon, Sayer, Kennett, Wilson, Bewick, Smith, Grant, Stannard (Jackson 64mins)