Category: 2014-2015 1st Team Match Reports


Luke Doherty clears the ball away
Luke Doherty clears the ball away

Whitstable Town 2 East Grinstead Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 25th April 2015

Whitstable Town’s late late show managed to steal all three points against East Grinstead Town on Saturday afternoon.

The first half was a turgid end of season affair in which both sides struggled to create chances. The hosts had to wait until the seventh minute before Ian Pulman shot from the right straight into the arms of East Grinstead keeper Seb Bos. It was another four minutes before the visitors had their first try when Emiliano Hysi shot straight at Luke

Aaron James just out of shot equalises
Aaron James just out of shot equalises

Watkins in the Whitstable goal. The game then seemed to enter the doldrums as the next attempt came after 39 minutes when a shot from Tom Carlse was pushed round the post by Watkins. Two chances just before the interval saw firstly Whitstable’s Tom Loynes’ long range shot go over the bar and then Carlse shot straight at Watkins at the other end.

East Grinstead Town started the second half on the front foot and it was Richmond Kissi who forced a save from Watkins within five minutes of the restart.  Whitstable were now restricted to limited opportunities but perhaps should have done better on 51 minutes when Loynes broke free. His shot rebounded of Bos’s legs and Pulman couldn’t quite get his foot around the ball to threaten a

Ian Pulman's great lob gives Town three points
Ian Pulman’s great lob gives Town three points

goal. The visitors looked the more likely and on 63 minutes a long range shot from Lee Prescott was well gathered by Watkins.  East Grinstead got the goal they deserved on 66 minutes when the ball came to substitute Kareen Boyle who looped a curling shot into the top corner.  It wasn’t until the last quarter of an hour that the hosts seemed to come alive. Firstly Ollie Gray had a shot blocked and then after he had another attempt that cannoned onto the cross bar after 82 minutes. The ball eventually found its way to Aaron James who headed in from close range to bring the scores level. This sparked new life into Whitstable and they got the winner on 87 minutes when Pulman got a foot on the ball first before keeper Bos and lobbed into the net to give Whitstable the points.

The result condemned the visitors to the last relegation spot but it looks likely that they will be saved by the reprieves.  Whitstable finished the season in eighth spot which is their best finish since promotion from the Kent League.

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie, Wedgeworth, James, Doherty, Treadwell, Gray, Girt, Pulman, Rowland, Loynes.


Ollie Gray gets stuck in
Ollie Gray gets stuck in

Burgess Hill Town 5 Whitstable Town 0

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 18th April 2015

Whitstable were unable to gatecrash Burgess Hill Town’s Championship party as they were hammered 5-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Burgess Hill looked the more positive side throughout the first half and had their first opportunity on 18 minutes when Pat Harding picked up the ball on the right hand side and shot across the Whitstable goalmouth. Soon after, a Callum Saunders cross found Will Miles who headed just wide.  The

Scott's attempt goes wide
Scott’s attempt goes wide

visitors had to wait until the 24th minutes before creating their first opening. Ian Pulman tried to get on the end of a through ball but was just beaten by Hillian keeper Josh James. With half an hour gone another Whitstable attack saw Scott Heard put Pulman in but the striker pushed the ball wide. On 39 minutes Luke Girt found himself through but spooned the ball over the bar. Burgess Hill got their reward for their dominant possession on 43 minutes when the ball was headed across the penalty area and found Sam Fisk who also used his head to fire home.

The Champions seemed fired up by their half time lead and should have increased their advantage a minute into the half when firstly Lee Harding forced a save by Luke Watkins and then Callum Saunders managed to loop a header over the bar from only

Nick Treadwell clears his lines
Nick Treadwell clears his lines

a yard out. However the hosts were not to be denied and went further ahead on 50 minutes when a fantastic finish from Darren Budd saw him hit the ball from the edge of the penalty area giving Watkins no chance. Lee Harding then broke free but Watkins had to be at his best to block. Whitstable had an opportunity to narrow the gap on 62 minutes but Kane Rowland, off balance, fired wide. On 70 minutes Burgess Hill got their third when a another great finish saw Saunders hammer the ball home. With four minutes of normal time remaining Graham Martin made it four nil slotting home from close range. Apart from a Joe Kane shot that was fired over, Town were creating little and their misery was complete a minute into injury time when Dan Perry picked up a loose ball to fire home.

It was a disappointing performance from Whitstable as they were beaten by the champions whose finishing was sharp and showed why they have won the title.

Team: Watkins, Gray (Wedgeworth 50mins), Mackenzie, Kane, Doherty, Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Pulman, Rowland (Callender 72mins), Loynes (James 50 mins)


Nick Treadwell heads for goal
Nick Treadwell heads for goal

Whitstable Town 1 Corinthian Casuals 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 11th April 2015

Whitstable Town went down 2-1 deservedly at home to Corinthian-Casuals on Saturday afternoon.

Town did create the early chances and Ian Pulman shot straight at Casuals keeper  Danny Bracken within the first minute and then a ball was fed through to Tom Loynes who spooned the ball over the bar. Within these early stages Pulman had another opportunity from a free kick but again his shot went straight into the arms of Bracken. Casuals always looks

Ian Pulman's shot is saved by Danny Bracken
Ian Pulman’s shot is saved by Danny Bracken

dangerous on the break and it was Juevan Spencer who broke through one on one with Town keeper Luke Watkins who did really well to block the attempt.  Half way through the half a dipping shot from Town’s Scott Heard went just over the bar but another attack from the visitors broke the deadlock on 32 minutes when ball found its way to Carl Wilson-Denis who slotted the ball home past Watkins. Ten minutes before the interval Pulman had another  attempt that was easily collected by Bracken. Casuals nearly increased their lead a minute before the interval when Danny Dudley headed over from a corner.

Ian Pulman slots home from the penalty spot
Ian Pulman slots home from the penalty spot

The second half started as the first as Town tried to find a way round the resolute Casuals defence. Pulman had an attempt on 49 minutes which was saved well by Bracken and then a cross from Heard found Loynes who headed wide. However Casuals also had their share of the chances and it was David Hodges who looped the ball over Watkins but just over the bar as well. On 63 minutes Pulman had another chance from the edge of the area but pulled the ball wide.  Two minutes later Jamie Byatt weaved his way through the Town defence into the penalty area and fired home to increase Casuals lead.  Town started to press and were given a penalty that some may consider harsh when Joe Kane was brought down by Joe Hicks in the penalty area. Up stepped Ian Pulman to slot the ball home.  Town nearly got an equaliser on the stroke of full time when a Pulman ball in found Kane Rowland but the Town striker could not quite turn enough to get his shot in and the ball was scrambled away.

After the Herne Bay game on Monday it was a little bit of “after the Lord Mayor’s  show as Town could not get a point.

Town: Watkins, Gray, Mackenzie, Kane, Doherty (James 51 mins), Treadwell (Wedgeworth 51mins), Heard, Girt, Pulman, Rowland, Loynes





Sam Hasler sees red after this reckless challenge on Jake Mackenzie
Sam Hasler sees red after this reckless challenge on Jake Mackenzie

Herne Bay 0 Whitstable Town 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Monday 6th April 2015

Whitstable Town won the bragging rights on Monday afternoon as they ran out 2-0 winners in the derby game at Herne Bay.

The first chance however came for the Bay after eight minutes as a header went just wide. Town then took  the initiative as their first attempt came from Scott Heard who after twelve minutes fired the ball high over the bar. Ian Pulman then got in a cross that

Scott Heard scores first from Luke Girt cross ball
Scott Heard scores first from Luke Girt cross ball

Tom Loynes shot over. On the quarter of an hour  Ollie Gray clipped the ball in, finding Kane Rowland who shot straight at Bay keeper Jack Delo.  On 19 minutes Herne Bay were reduced to ten men as Sam Hasler was sent off for a crude challenge on Jake Mackenzie. Within four minutes Town were ahead when Luke Girt weaved in along the by line sending in a cross that was fired home by Heard from close range.  On 26 minutes Pulman firstly had a shot blocked and the rebound found Girt who shot was well knocked away  by Dan Johnson for a corner. Michael Turner did have an opportunity for Herne Bay on the half hour when he looped the ball into Luke Watkins arms.  Town were to increase their lead sixty seconds before the interval when the ball found its way to the far post and Pulman stroked the ball home.

The second half started with Town looking for a third goal. Firstly Pulman played a wall pass with Rowland but fired over the bar. However Bay were creating some opportunities and were starting

Ian Pulman slots home second
Ian Pulman slots home second

to apply some pressure  and the experienced Mark Lovell hit a shot on the run off target. Pulman then had a shot well blocked by ex Whitstable defender Liam Quinn. With twenty minutes to go Rowland should perhaps have done better when he sailed a shot over the bar. He then put in a ball for Pulman but the striker spooned the ball over the bar. On 77 minutes an excellent ball in from Pulman let in Heard whose deft flick went over Delo but landed just wide of the post. One more chance for the Bay to narrow the gap saw a header from Lovell well saved by Watkins.

Town eventually saw out injury time to get the deserved three points in front of 487 people.

Team: Watkins, Gray, Mackenzie, Kane, Doherty, Treadwell, Heard (Callender  90mins), Girt, Pulman, Rowland, Loynes (James  75mins)



Joe Kane puts Town ahead
Joe Kane puts Town ahead

Whitstable Town 4 South Park 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 4th April 2015

Whitstable Town eventually overcame some scares to run out 4-2 winners at home to South Park on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts started the brighter and had their first attempt on three minutes when Ollie Gray tapped the ball over the bar. On eight minutes Jake Mackenzie put in a cross that found Kane Rowland

Kane Rowland forces the ball over the line for Town's third
Kane Rowland forces the ball over the line for Town’s third

who headed the ball just over the bar.  South Park had to wait until the tenth minute for their first opportunity when the ball rebound off the ever dangerous Chris Smith into Town keeper Luke Watkins hands. Watkins was then at his best as he blocked from David Smith. However it was the visitors who broke the deadlock on 18 minutes when Jack Higgins managed to force the ball in from a corner. The lead only lasted five minutes as a cross from Tom Loynes found defender, Daniel Guscott, who smashed a header into his own goal under no pressure. Whitstable however  took the lead on 25 minutes when Joe Kane fired home as the ball bounced around the penalty area. One more chance a quarter of an hour from the break saw Luke Girt fire over for the hosts from long distance.

Kane Rowland seals the three points with Town's fourth
Kane Rowland seals the three points with Town’s fourth

The second half saw the early opportunity come for the visitors as Chris Smith curled a shot that was excellently palmed away by Watkins. On 55 minutes Town increased their lead as ball in, from Man of the Match Scott Heard, found Rowland who managed to force the ball home from close range. South Park reduced the deficit on 66 minutes when the ball came loose to Chris Smith who finished cleverly as he fired past Watkins. Whitstable then pressed to regain a two goal lead as firstly Loynes crossed to Kane but he fired over and then Loynes got past Jordan Markey in the South Park goal but could not get his shot away. However South Park still threatened and had two opportunities as firstly David Smith had a shot well blocked by Mackenzie and then Justin David fired over as he met a cross to the far post with five minutes to go. It was a break that sealed the points for Whitstable on 87 minutes when Heard surged through the South Park defence and then unselfishly laid the ball off to Rowland who side footed home. One more chance came a minute form the end of normal time when Rowland was denied his hat trick by the post and Nick Treadwell fired over the rebound.

The win took Whitstable to sixth place as they have now guaranteed their best finish since their promotion to the Ryman League nine years ago.

Team: Watkins, Gray (Healey 88mins), Mackenzie, James, Doherty, Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Kane (Alger 88mins), Rowland, Loynes (Donnelly 88mins)


Ollie gray has an early chance
Ollie Gray has an early chance

Carshalton Athletic 1 Whitstable Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 28th March 2015

Whitstable Town took a point from a one all draw away at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

Town had the better of the first half and only had to wait until four minutes before Joe Kane looped a header onto the far post. Carshalton had to wait until seven minutes for their first chance  when Ricardo Panton had an attempt from the edge of the area which went high over the bar. Whitstable however were now having the bulk of the chances as on eleven minutes a

Scott Heard's penalty hits the back of the net
Scott Heard’s penalty hits the back of the net

long range effort from Scott Heard went high over the bar and then Tom Loynes came into the game as he firstly got on the end of a long ball but lifted his effort just over the bar and then he fed Ollie Gray whose attempt went wide. Half way through the half Nick Treadwell had another chance as he shot wide. Carshalton’s attempts in the first half were few and far between but they did threaten twice around the half hour mark as firstly Jordan Clarke hit a bullet shot straight at Aaron James and then Joshua Adusei hit a free kick from the edge of the area over the bar. On 38 minutes Loynes was in the action again as he shot over from an angle.

It appeared that Town may rue the number of missed chances in the first half as Carshalton stole the initiative. Firstly 60 seconds into the half Mickel Miller shot wide and then on 51 minutes Clarke hit a free kick over the bar.

Nick Treadwell challenges
Nick Treadwell challenges

Town keeper,  Luke Watkins then had to be at his best as he saved from  Tommy Bradford. On the hour the pressure told as Whitstable fell behind as Peter Wedgeworth was adjudged to have brought down Bradford in the penalty area. Adriano Moraes slotted his penalty into the corner of the net.  Clarke then had two opportunities to increase the lead as he firstly shot just wide of the target and then on 71 minutes he broke through one on one with Watkins who managed skilfully to claw the ball away as he challenged the hosts striker.  However on 82 minutes Loynes was brought down in the Carshalton penalty area and it was Heard who brought the scores level from the penalty spot.  Town were the side who now pressed for a winner as Heard fired over with four minutes left on the clock and then two minutes into injury time Wedgeworth hit a free kick  over the bar when Carshalton had been reduced to ten men as Moroes was sent off for a second yellow card towards the end of the game.

With a game of two halves it was probably a fair result on the balance of play.

Team: Watkins, Gray, Mackenzie, James (Donnelly 50 mins), Doherty (Wedgeworth 45 mins) Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Kane, Rowland, Loynes