Category: 2015-2016 Under 18 Match Reports


Eynsford Under 18s 1 Whitstable Town Under 18s 6

Kent County Youth Cup 2nd Round

Sunday 1st November 2015

Whitstable are in the hat for the third round of the Kent County Cup after putting six past Eynsford last Sunday morning.

Town started brightly and took the lead on five minutes through a Josh Howland half volley after some excellent work down the right hand side by Dylan Davies. Davies beat his man and drilled the ball across the box. After a couple of deflections the ball sat up nicely for Howland to rifle home.  The second goal followed soon after. A midfield break saw the hard working Kalian Webb slide the ball through for Joe Remington to calmly slot past the keeper.  Eynsford grabbed a goal back after some sloppy play at the back for Whitstable who gifted their opponents a cheap corner. The ball was initially dealt with by the Town defence but a good ball back in to the box fell to the feet of an unmarked Eynsford player who finished well. Town seemed to push on and step up their play from this point and dominated the rest of the first half. The hard working Joe Remington won his side a penalty on thirty minutes which skipper Bradley Dale slotted away nicely.

Eynsford kicked off the second half with Whitstable ready to fly out the blocks. Some great pressing from Howland, Bartlett and Owen Fitt led to Town winning the ball back instantly, with Fitt playing in Howland to finish well just eighteen seconds after the referee’s whistle. A great start to the half.  Bartlett soon got in on the act himself with a 20 yard strike which nestled in the bottom corner.  The game was delayed for a period after a nasty looking collision between an Eynsford attacker and the railings around the outside of the pitch, but thankfully it was not as bad as it first looked. Town got back on with the game as they looked to make more openings. On 75 minutes Bradley Dale played in Howland who finished to complete his hat rick take his tally to an impressive 11 goals in 8 games.

That’s four wins on the bounce in all competitions for Town who will look to keep building on this nice run of form.

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




Chatham Town Under 18s 2 Whitstable Town U18s 4
Kent Youth League Under 18 South
Sunday 18th October 2015

Whitstable U18’s continued their winning run by beating Chatham by four goals to two. Playing on a 3G pitched gave the Oysters plenty of confidence to play their passing game as they looked to move the ball around the high pressing of Chatham.

However it was Chatham who took the lead on 7 minutes after a great strike from Jordan Friend, who controlled the ball on his thigh before lashing the ball into the bottom corner. Not a lot Town keeper Ryan Birch could do about this one. This early strike served as a wake-up call to Whitstable, who to their credit began working harder to find the gaps in the Chatham defence. On 12 minutes Town finally got their reward when a well hit free kick from Jordan Bartlett was parried by the Chatham keeper straight to the feet of Keegan Wickham, who at the second attempted slotted the ball in the bottom corner to make the score 1-1. An unfortunate mistake by the McGrath in the Chatham goal then gifted Whitstable a 2-1 lead, as a back pass bobbled over his foot and rolled into the empty net. A lot of the football for the remainder of the first half was played in the Chatham half, but Whitstable were unable to build on their lead despite having some very good chances. On the stoke of half time Chatham got a goal back after another great strike which went in off the bar, meaning the sides went in with the scores level at the break.

Chatham came out in the second half and got more of a foot hold in the game, although without putting the Whitstable goal under too much threat. Whitstable were able to take the lead for the second time through Josh Howland on 57 minutes who calmly slid the ball past the on rushing keeper after some good work from Bartlett. The game became quite scrappy after that with neither side controlling the game for long periods. Town extended their lead and finished the game off on 79 minutes through big centre half Joe Fairweather. A corner was whipped in from the right hand side by Kailan Webb and found its way to Joe Remington around the back post, who took his time and brilliantly rolled the ball back for Fairweather top open his body up and guide the ball into the top corner. Who says defenders can’t finish! A great way to cap Fairweather’s return to the team.

U18’s assistant manager Tom Weal added, ‘That wasn’t us at our best, but it’s encouraging to see that the boys are learning how to see out games even when we may only be performing at a 6 or 7 out of 10. It’s also good to see the confidence growing throughout the team. Everybody wants the ball, even in dangerous areas and that what we’re after. It’s a process, but we are starting to play without fear of making a mistake and that’s how we’ll get the best out of this team. I’d also like to say how good it was to see Kailan (Webb) on the bench for the u21’s the other night. Progress and development is what we are all about.’

TEAM: Birch, Allen, Fairweather, Wickham, Dale, Fitt, Remington, Dale, Bartlett, Webb, Howland SUBS: Black, Davies, Foulger


Whitstable Town Under18s 3 Herne Bay Under 18s 0

Kent Youth League Under 18 (South)

Sunday 4th October 2015

Whitstable Town u18’s put in a good performance this morning against Herne Bay, taking all three points with a 3-0 win. It was always likely to be a cagey affair as many Whitstable v Herne Bay fixtures are, but Town managed to assert themselves early on as they settled into the game. The back three of Keegan, Wickham, Ted Allen and Scott Dale along with keeper Ryan Birch started very confidently, playing out from the back to start attacks and defending strongly when called upon; a real positive from the game today.  Whitstable made the break through on 10 minutes when Owen Fitt played a through ball to the explosive Khaled Alshamri, who out muscled and out-paced the Bay defence before slotting home with a nice finish. Town played some very nice football in spells for the rest of the first half but were unable to add any more goals, largely thanks to the Herne Bay goalkeeper who had a great game.

Town looked to build in the second half, but a slow start allowed Bay to put the Town defence under some pressure. This was a problem of their own making as the ball was given away far too easily time and time again. After dealing with the early pressure, the Town midfield soon regained control of the game as they began to dominate again. Josh Howland got his first on 58 minutes after some good work by Joe Remington. Remington won the ball back quickly and waited for the right moment to slide through Howland who once again timed his run perfectly to beat the Bay defence and round the keeper to finish in the empty net. Howland added his second on 70 minutes after some good build up play 30 yards out from Town’s midfield. Kailan Webb played a perfect ball through for the lively Howland to latch onto and finish.

Whitstable were then able to see the rest of the game out reasonably comfortably, with keeper Ryan Birch having to make a couple of saves to make sure he held onto his first clean sheet of the season. One negative from the game was the unfortunate injury to Khaled Alshamri, who has broken a metatarsal in his right foot and will be side lined for 4-6 weeks.

Overall a solid performance, and Town now move onto next week with a trip to Sheppey United.

TEAM: Birch, Allen, Wickham, Dale S, Fitt, Remington, Webb, Dale, Bartlett, Alshamri, Howland. SUB: Black



Ditton Minors Under 18s 1-2 Whitstable Town Under 18s

Kent County Youth Cup Round 1

Sunday 27th September 2015

Whitstable under 18’s are through to the next round of the Kent County Cup after a 2-1 win over Ditton Minors. Town were missing several key players which meant some shuffling around. This led to one of the highlights of the game, which was the performance of Ted Allen who dropped back into centre half and showed real quality throughout the game.

Ditton where clearly up for the challenge of facing Kent Youth League opposition. They didn’t allow Town to settle into the game and this led to a scrappy tie. Nevertheless, Town managed to grab the lead through Kailan Webb midway through the first half. Webb rocketed a great strike into the top corner after some good work out wide by Joe Remington and Jordan Bartlett. Town were unable to build on this lead and went in at half time with the score at 1-0.

The second half carried on very much like the first; scrappy, with no real quality on the final pass. Town did however get a second through Khaled Alshamri who bundled the ball home after Kailan Webb played the ball into a dangerous area. Ditton pulled one back with the last kick of the game through a penalty which Ryan Birch nearly got a hand to. Very close to being Birch’ second penalty save of the week.

The game finished with Whitstable 2-1 victors, and they now look forward to the next round.

TEAM: Birch, Davies, Allen, Wickham, Fitt, Webb, Dale (c), Alshamri, Remington, Bartlett, Howland SUBS: Black


Whitstable Town Under 18’s 1 Dover Athletic Under 18s 6

Kent Youth League Under 18 South

Sunday 20th September 2015

Whitstable Town U18’s were beaten by a Dover side full of quality on Sunday morning at the Belmont.

In truth Dover dominated the most part of the match apart from a 10 minute spell in the second half. It was during that spell that Whitstable grabbed their only goal through Josh Howland who was again set up by centre half Scott Dale. Captain for the day Dale launched a great through ball which Howland ran onto and lobbed the keeper perfectly. This made the score 3-1 after 52 minutes and the Town boys knew the next goal was vital. Unfortunately a slip up at the back aloud Dover to get their fourth which killed the game as a contest as Dover gained control of the game again, running out 1-6 victors.

Coach Woollcott said “A learning experience for the boys today against a top side. We wanted to build on last week’s performance but we didn’t look after the ball well enough and against players like Dover have got you get punished. Will still look to take positives from the game and bearing in mind how hot it was and how well Dover moved the ball I was pleased with a number of the boys effort during the second half. It would have been easy to not give 100% today but a number of the boys stood up and gave it their all.  Scott Dale gave everything as always and led the team which I expect from him anyway, and Bradley Dale didn’t stop running all game. We move on to Wednesday now which will be another tough game away to Dulwich in the FA Youth Cup.”

TEAM: Birch, Remington, Dale (c), Wickham, Davies, Webb, Dale, Bartlett, Bowie, Alshamri, Howland. SUBS: Beazley, Fitt, Black




Deal Town Under 18s 1 Whitstable Town Under 18s 9

Kent Youth League Under 18 South

Sunday 13th September 2015

The U18’s were in fine form on Sunday morning as they put nine past Deal Town.

Whitstable looked to dominate the game early on and had good possession, moving the ball around waiting for the right moment to put pressure on the Deal defence. That moment came on 12 minutes when Joe Remington picked up the ball in the right back position, and fed Josh Howland with a great through ball. Howland finished superbly to make it 1-0. Whitstable continued to pile on the pressure and got their second goal on 18 minutes. Kailan Webb zipped a defence splitting pass through for Howland to latch onto again. The outcome was never in doubt as the striker slotted the ball home for his second of the game. The third goal was an early contender for goal of the season. On 30 minutes, Jordan Bartlett baffled two Deal defenders with his foot work before feeding Bradley Dale, who took a touch out of his feet before sending the ball into the top corner like an arrow, from all of 25 yards. Ryan Birch made a vital save just before half time to ensure town went in at the break with the score at 3-0.

Whitstable were determined to put last week’s disappointing second half display firmly in the past by building on the first half performance. After weathering a five minute onslaught from the Deal attack, Town soon got back into their passing football and dominated the remainder of the game. The fourth goal game after some good play between Ted Bowie and Kailan Webb down the left, which saw the later cross for Josh Howland to claim his hat trick on 50 minutes. Everything Howland touched today seemed to turn to gold as he then went on to unselfishly set up Jordan Bartlett only minutes later to make it 5-0. Howland then grabbed his fourth after a delightful touch from big centre half Scott Dale set him up perfectly to finish in the bottom corner.  Town were now in full control and passing the ball around the pitch with great confidence, waiting for the right moment to present itself to launch another attack. This came when Howland fed the hard working Khaled Alshamri, who outpaced the Deal defence to grab his first of the game. This was soon followed by another moment of magic from Jordan Bartlett, who left not only the Deal defence scratching their heads, but the spectators as well. There looked to be no space left on the pitch when Bartlett rounded 3 Deal defenders seemingly on the bi-line and slotted the ball past the keeper to make it 8-0. Deal grabbed themselves a consolation goal before Alshamri finished off the goal scoring with his second of the game.

Manager Chris Woollcott said, “We had a point to prove today after last week and the boys reacted brilliantly. A great team performance, I don’t think anyone out there would have got less than 8 out of 10. That performance just shows what this team are capable of.”

Team: Birch, Remington, Davies, Webb, Dale, Wickham, Alshamri, Dale, Howland, Bartlett, Allen Sub Wedgeworth ​