Category: 2015-2016 Under 18 Match Reports


Whitstable Town Under 18s 1 Sheppey United Under 18s 2

Kent Youth League Under 18 South

Sunday 7th February 2016

The u18s suffered a disappointing defeat today at the hands of Sheppey United.

Town flew out the blocks and made the break through after 59 seconds. From kick off, the Oysters immediately looked to set the tempo they wanted to play and ran at the Sheppey defence. After a couple of passes and a couple of interceptions the ball broke to Liam Minter, who played in Josh Howland who slotted past the keeper in the bottom corner. Bizarrely, scoring so early in the game seemed to have a negative effect on the team. The feeling that the game was going to be easy from then on could not have been more wrong as Sheppey worked hard to impose themselves on the game. Sheppey began to win more tackles, pass the ball better, run harder and ultimately got what they deserved by equalising.

The game continued in a scrappy manner throughout the second half, with no real football being played by either side, although Sheppey looked the more likely to grab a winner as the game wore on. Town did however have a 10 minute spell towards the end of the game where they started to look like threatening the Sheppey goal, and with both teams going for the win it could have gone either way. It was Sheppey who struck the killer blow on 88 minutes after some poor decision making from Town left a three versus one situation at the back. Sheppey held out the last seconds for the win, and whilst it was a tight game probably deserved the three points in the end.

This was a typical example of one side taking the basic principles of the game and executing them better than their opposition to win a tight game. A lesson learnt by the young Oyster boys.

Team: Birch, Kupperblatt, Phelps, Davies, Fitt, Webb, Foulger, Bale ©, Howland, Bartlett, Minter. Subs: Allen, Peppiat, Alshamri, Black



Dover Athletic Under 18s 5 Whitstable Town Under 18s 1

Kent Youth League Under18 South

Sunday 20th December 2015

Whitstable Town u18s went down 5-1 to undefeated league leaders Dover Athletic today in a hard fought game. Early injuries to Liam Minter and skipper Bradley Dale forced Town into changes, however the team spirit and willingness to work for each other was clear to see as Town gritted their teeth and worked tirelessly to display a very disciplined first half performance. The only goal in the first half came after a Dover corner fell to an unmarked man in the box who volleyed home. Town could have snatched an equaliser just before the break after a shot from Khaled Alshamri was parried out to the edge of the box where George Foulger was arriving. Time stood still with the Dover goalkeeper on the floor and the Whitstable players waiting for the ball to find the back of the empty net, but an unfortunate bounce and a rush of blood to the head saw Foulger volley over. An unlucky moment for Foulger, who has impressed since his recent arrival to the team. It’s worth mentioning that the chance was only created due to the midfielder’s sheer willingness to cover every blade of grass for his team.

Town started the second half in similar fashion; working hard for each other and trying to prise open the best defensive record in the league. Dover grabbed a second early on before the pace and power of Khaled Alshamri created a chance for Town to get back into the game. It was certainly not the prettiest goal as Alshamri pushed and barged his way down the line before a collision with the Dover captain saw the ball bobble through to put Josh Howland racing in on goal. A shot come cross was blocked by the Dover keeper only for the ball to find its way to Alshamri who seemed to appear out of nowhere after continuing his run to slide in and finish into an empty net. Town looked to push on but the strength of the Dover squad came into play as the game wore on. The pitch was typically boggy for this time of year, and Dover made changes to add fresh legs to the team which made a big difference, and a luxury not available to Town after suffering early injuries. As the game progressed the tired legs began to show and Dover began to gain control of the game and grab another three goal’s. In the end 5-1 perhaps flattered the Dover side although it was clear to see why they have won 10 out of 10 so far in the league.

It’s the Christmas break now for the u18s, who come back on the 10th January for the short trip to Herne Bay.

MOM: Joe Fairweather

A superb defensive performance from the big centre half who also showed great composure on the ball.

TEAM: Birch, Davies, Fitt, Foulger, Kupperblatt, Fairweather, Alshamri, Dale, Howland, Allen, Minter. SUBS: Bartlett, Phelps



Hythe Town 2 – 5 Whitstable Town

Kent Youth League Under 18 South

Sunday 6th December 2015

Whitstable Town under 18s overcame some difficult conditions today in what was a real game of two halves to beat Hythe Town by five goals to two.

With the rain coming down sideways and high winds blowing across the pitch, it was far from ideal conditions for a game of football. Both teams struggled to get going in the opening exchanges, but it was Hythe who took the upper hand and managed to grab the opening goal. A second soon followed after a corner was whipped into the box, evading everyone and finding its way directly into the goal. It’s fair to say the wind added even more venom to what was already a great delivery. The only real sight of goal Whitstable had in the opening 45 was a shot that nearly took the goal out of the ground after rattling the post from Kailan Webb.  That’s how the score remained until half time, as The Oysters went in 2-0 down.

Whitstable came out in the second half like a different team. Substitutes Khaled Alshamri and Ben Black added pace and a more direct approach to goal, causing havoc on both flanks. It was Black who got the first goal back for Town after Webb played him through just three minutes into the half. Five minutes later Webb was chasing more assists as he whipped the ball into the box where the ever impressive Josh Howland was waiting to come alive. Howland worked himself a couple of yards and the rest was never in doubt as he slotted home in the bottom corner to make it 2-2. Town were now flying with Hythe camped inside their own half for long periods. Debutant Liam Minter came on to make a real impression, getting in dangerous positions and moving the ball around nicely. It was Minter who got the next goal after a long winded one-two with Black on the wing. Minter fed Black who beat his man and delivered a great cross into the box, to find the on rushing Minter rising above his man to head home past the diving goalkeeper. Minter was then mobbed by his team mates after finally giving Town the lead.   The next 10 minutes turned into the Howland show as he gave a master class in finishing, grabbing another two goals to claim his hat trick. On 80 minutes, Khaled Alshamri was unlucky to see his shot pushed wide by the keeper, only to see Howland finish from a tight angle to take the game away from Hythe. Howland’s hat trick goal came after some nice foot work from Jordan Bartlett who beat two men before delivering into the box. The ball was slightly behind Howland who turned to bring the ball down from chest height with his left foot, then all in one movement twisted his body to rifle the ball into the top corner from 15 yards.

Today also saw the return of centre half Scott Dale to the team who got a twenty minute run out as his recovery from injury continues. It was good to see Dale’s calmness and composure on the ball spread confidence throughout the team.

This win cements Town’s third place in the table with the unbeaten and top Dover Athletic next up.

TEAM: Birch, Foulger, Fitt, Davies, Kupperblatt, Fairweather, Webb, Dale ©, Howland, Bartlett, Allen. SUBS: Dale, Black, Minter, Alshamri


Folkestone Invicta   8 – 2   Whitstable Town

Kent Youth Cup 3rd Round

Sunday 22nd November 2015

The Under 18s bowed out of the Kent Cup today after a dominant performance from Folkestone Invicta who came out 8-2 victors. Town started slowly and allowed Folkestone to control the game, and found themselves 3-0 down after a sloppy twenty minutes. The Oyster Boys were creating their own problems by giving the ball away in dangerous areas which directly led to two of the first three Folkestone goals. The score at half time was 4-0, leaving Whitstable a mountain to climb in the second half. The second half performance was much better, as Town dominated the game for a fifteen minute spell, grabbing goals through Josh Howland and a penalty from Bradley Dale. However Folkestone proved to be too strong and pushed on with some fantastic finishing to take the game away from Whitstable.

On to another big challenge next week for Town who travel to Rusthall in the Challenge Cup.

TEAM: Birch, Foulger, Fitt, Bowie, Davies, Fairweather, Alshamri, Dale ©, Howland, Bartlett, Black. SUB: Remington




Whitstable Town Under 18s 3 Deal Town Under 18s 2

Kent Youth League Invitational Cup 1st Round

Thursday 19th November 2015

Whitstable Town are into the last 16 of another cup after overcoming a committed and hard working Deal Town side on Thursday night at the Belmont. Whitstable took the lead on 40 minutes with a goal from Bradley Dale. The visitors equalised just at the start of the second half only for Whitstable to regain the lead a minute later with an own goal. Josh Howland fired home on 65 minutes to seal the win. A goal twenty minutes from time gave Deal some hope but Town held on to move into the next round.

TEAM: Birch, Davies, Fitt, Webb, Fairweather, Kupperblatt, Allen, Dale ©, Howland, Bartlett, Black. SUBS: Remington, Alshamri