Category: 2016-2017 Club News

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Now that the 2016-17 season has finished, Whitstable Town FC would again like to thank everyone that has supported the club over the past year.

Main Club Sponsors
D&J Tyres, Fairweathers Solicitors, Westbourne Hygiene

Other Sponsors
E W Gee Ltd, Houlihan & Co (Excavations), Metric (SE) Ltd, Redrow, RSM Carpentry Ltd, South East Facilities Management

Board or Match Programme Advertisers
A S Bruce, Amber Driver Training, Aquagas, Cordès Horticultural, Demelza House, Drakes, Hand Car Wash, Kent Refrigeration Ltd, Macron, Metcraft Finished Products, MRDH Civil Engineering, Oyster Press, PH Accountancy,, Ship Centurion, The Old Neptune, Tor Spa Retreat, Whitstable Labour Club, BD Motors, Tyler Hill Youth FC

Further details about all of the above businesses can be found elsewhere on this website or by following the link below. Please take a look and give them your support where possible.

Our Sponsors

Next season the club is restarting an under 18 team, in association with Whitstable Town Junior FC and is also in the process of launching a new football academy. If you would like to sponsor any aspect of the football club going forward, please get in touch. All of the relevant contact details can be found on the club website.

There are also many others who have helped the club by giving financial assistance, goods or practical help around the ground throughout the year, including doing important jobs on match days, so many thanks to everyone.

A lot of work is planned at the Belmont Ground during the summer, both inside and outside. If you are able to help, please get in touch or come down to the ground on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings and join the regular volunteers.

Charity Match Saturday 6 May

On Saturday 6th May there will be a charity match and family fun day at the Belmont Ground. The gates open at 11.0, with the football match kicking off at 12.0. The match is between the Oyster Boys and Shorne FC. Whitstable Town manager Scott Porter has agreed to manage the Oyster Boys team, who are expected to feature a couple of guest players from Scott’s first team squad.

There are a number of other activities taking place, including a barbecue, bouncy castle and a raffle.The day has been organised to raise funds in memory of the fiancée of Dean, one of the WTFC supporters, who tragically died just before their wedding last year.

Admission for the day is £3 adult and £1 child with free parking at the ground. Please come along to support the event if you can.

Town Finish Fifth After Draw

SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday April 29 2017 15.00

Whitstable got off to a flying start with two goals in the first ten minutes, as Kane Rowland and Rob Gillman both scored from close range. A comfortable win looked likely, but Corinthian soon pulled one back as the visitors defence went missing, allowing Marcus Evans the time and space to beat Dan Eason after a free kick was chipped into the box. Louis Clarke equalised midway through the half, converting a cross from the right. Gillman was then sent off after reacting to a poor challenge and Whitstable were down to ten men in the first half for the second time this season at Corinthian. Frankie Sawyer was unlucky not to put Whitstable back in front just before the break as his lob beat the goalkeeper but bounced just over the bar. Whitstable reorganised for the second half and did well to restrict the home team to a few opportunities, with Ollie Lee, Tom Bryant and Calvin Sedenu all making timely interceptions and Eason was only really called upon to make one good save from Michael Hagan. Bola Dawodu, Sawyer and Kane Rowland had chances at the other end and a draw was probably about right as the season came to an end.

The teams emerge with the Corinthian physio Stacey Watts

Several Whitstable players were missing for the conclusion to the season through suspension, injury or unavailability and a couple of those in the squad were not fully fit. The home team were saying farewell to their physio Stacey Watts after four years and she accompanied the team on to the pitch at the start. It initially seemed that Corinthian had decided their season had already ended, as they failed to offer much in the early stages. A good run down the left by Bola Dawodu, and a one-two with Sawyer, led to a cross into the box that was met by Craig Thompson and the ball eventually fell nicely for Rowland who finished just inside the post giving Whitstable the lead in the 4th minute.

Kane Rowland scores the first

Lee won the ball in midfield and passed to Rowland, but his cross went across the box without anyone being able to make contact. Whitstable soon made it 2-0 however as Louis Sprosen, playing in the right wing back role sent in a fierce, dipping shot from outside the penalty area. Martyn Young failed to gather the ball as it bounced awkwardly just in front of him and Gillman was able to bring it under control and lift it past the goalkeeper into the top right corner.

Rob Gillman about to score the second
Martyn Young is beaten and Whitstable lead 2-0

A couple of minutes later Jamie Billings, down injured, was booked- presumably for something said to the referee – and then substituted, with Jordan Campbell coming on to replace him. On 16 minutes Calvin Sedenu was penalised for a foul a few yards outside the box. Oscar Housego curled the free kick over the defence, straight to the unmarked Evans, who was able to pick his spot and fire the ball low past the diving Eason to bring the home side back into the match.

Marcus Evans makes it 2-1

The momentum had swung and now the home side began to get the upper hand, as Housego volleyed a cross just wide. Aaron Quain fouled Alexander Jack Billings in front of the home bench who all rose to demand a card, which was duly shown by the referee. The ball was then sent into the Whitstable box where Evans battled to gain possession and send it out to the right and as the cross came back in low to the far post, Clarke was first to it and brought the scores level. Sprosen shot wide for Whitstable at the other end from a corner routine, but Corinthian were soon back on the attack. On 34 minutes, as Gillman made a clearance he was caught late and high and his reaction was spotted by the assistant. After some discussion, the referee booked Luke Tanner and sent off the Whitstable captain. After Eason had easily saved a shot by Alexander Jack Billings, Thompson was booked for a late tackle near the touchline. On 41 minutes, a great ball over the defence by Quain found Sawyer and he lobbed the goalkeeper who had come out of his area. It looked like a good finish, but the ball bounced up and just over the crossbar.

Frankie Sawyer lobs the keeper, but the ball bounces over the bar

In stoppage time a through ball sent Clarke clear, but he sliced the ball well wide from the edge of the box when he looked likely to send Corinthian into the break with a lead.

Whitstable replaced Thompson with Seb Rowland at half time and played with a back four of Sedenu, Lee, Bryant and Quain in the second half. Sprosen, Dawodu, Kane and Seb Rowland played across the midfield leaving Sawyer in a lone role up front. This formation seemed to regain some control for the visitors who kept the ball better than they had done in the latter stages of the first half. There was an early scare however as a Corinthian corner led to a scramble that saw the ball cleared off the line several times before Eason tipped an Evans header over the bar.

Dawodu ran through the home defence, but his shot was comfortably held by Young. On 60 minutes Corinthian sent on Michael Hagan to replace Clarke and he almost got on the scoresheet straightaway when he got free in the box, but was denied by Eason. A dangerous Housego free kick was headed out by Bryant as far as Campbell who volleyed the ball over the bar and then, after Corinthian had made their final substitution, Evans headed a Hagan free kick wide. Sawyer shot past the post for Whitstable after being played in by Sprosen.

Some good defending by Lee halted a neat move as the game entered the last few minutes. Sedenu then appeared to be fouled as he tried to clear the ball, but the officials saw nothing wrong and as the ball was chipped into the box it just missed the head Alexander Jack Billings at the far post. A Quain free kick curled just wide of the post at the other end and then Kane Rowland worked his way into the box, but his shot hit the side netting. A late Housego header was well off target and the last home threat was ended as the referee blew for a foul following a disputed Corinthian corner.

Kane Rowland hits the side netting
The season is over

The point was enough to see Whitstable finish in fifth place, as sixth placed Sheppey lost to Cray Valley. Despite being towards the higher end of the table for most of the season, Whitstable never really threatened to finish in the top three and improvement will be needed against the better teams in order to mount a serious challenge next time around.

Martin Young, Bradley Large, Josh Gilbert (Josh James 70), Jamie Billings (Jordan Campbell 13), Marcus Evans, Sam Groombridge, Alexander Jack Billings, Jack Smith, Luke Tanner, Oscar Housego, Louis Clarke (Michael Hagan 60).
Subs (unused): Joseph Hagan, Jack Bath.
Goals: Marcus Evans 16, Louis Clarke 25.
Yellow cards: Jamie Billings 13, Luke Tanner 34.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Louis Sprosen, Aaron Quain, Tom Bryant, Rob Gillman (c), Calvin Sedenu, Ollie Lee, Bola Dawodu, Kane Rowland, Frankie Sawyer, Craig Thompson (Seb Rowland 46).
Subs (unused): Harris Rodgers, Dan Smith, Dean Ruddy.
Goals: Kane Rowland 4, Rob Gillman 10.
Yellow cards: Aaron Quain 24, Craig Thompson 38.
Red card: Rob Gillman 34

Attendance: 96
Referee: Matthew Pollington
Assistants: Dan Friar & Danny Swannell

Next At The Belmont

Whitstable Town Junior Under 14s are playing at the Belmont Ground on Sunday 30 April, kick off 12.00, against Sturry Kings in an East Kent Youth League fixture. They are seeking a seventh straight win, so would appreciate your support.

There is also a charity match on the same day with a 15.00 start.

On Saturday 6 May there will be another charity match and family fun day at the ground. The gates open for this at 11.00 with the game starting at 12.00.

Pitch maintenance work is scheduled to commence in mid-May, so this will mean that no games can take place at the ground for a few weeks. The clubhouse and bar will remain open throughout the summer if anyone would like to hire it for a private function. Please see the website for more details.

Club Presentation Evening

The Whitstable Town FC end of season presentation evening took place in the Belmont clubhouse on Saturday 22 April and was attended by the players, management team, committee and supporters.

After an introduction by the Chairman Joe Brownett and some words from first team manager Scott Porter, a number of awards were given. The Oysterboys also kindly provided their own awards and prizes for their player of the season and runner up and these were presented by Andy Bruce.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to an enjoyable evening.

A summary of the awards is given below.

Manager’s Player of the Season
Dan Eason

Players’ Player of the Season
Rob Gillman

Committee’s Player of the Season
Ollie Lee

Goal of the Season
Connor Hood (Sheppey away in Macron SCEFL Challenge Cup)

Golden Boot
Kane Rowland

Supporters’ Player of the Season
Dan Eason

Oysterboys’ Player of the Season
Dan Eason (Runner up Ollie Lee)

The Tony Pattenden Shield (for services to the club)
Dave Robinson

Some photos from the event, courtesy of Les Biggs:

Scott Porter presents his award to Dan Eason
Charlie Smith, the club’s most capped current player, presents Rob Gillman with the players award
Les Biggs hands the committee award to Ollie Lee
Bob Reardon with goal of the season winner Connor Hood
Golden Boot winner Kane Rowland
Dan Eason receives the supporters award from Tony Rouse
Scott Porter receives a bottle of Champagne from the Oysterboys
Dave Robinson receives his award from Joe Brownett
Andy Bruce with the Oysterboys award winners Dan Eason and Ollie Lee


Lee Header Wins Close Game

SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday April 22 2017 15.00

Whitstable won their final home game of the season thanks to an Ollie Lee goal early in the second half. Cray Valley shaded a quiet first period, as Whitstable conceded too many free kicks and rarely got enough players forward to trouble the visitors. Both teams did have a few opportunities though, with Bola Dawodu volleying a Connor Hood cross just wide for Whitstable and Jason Thompson hitting the post for Cray Valley, who also created a few other openings without really testing Dan Eason. Whitstable were better after the break with fit again substitute Harris Rodgers impressing. After Lee had headed home a Louis Sprosen free kick, it was only really in the final ten minutes that the Millers looked like equalising. Denzel Gayle had a fierce shot kept out by Eason and Jordan Sandiford hit the post from close range when he looked certain to score, but Whitstable held on and remain in fifth place.

For this game, Whitstable were without the suspended trio of Charlie Smith, James Morrish and Brendon Cass, whilst Craig Thompson was also unavailable. Cray Valley made a number of changes to their line up after beating Dulwich Hamlet in the London Senior Cup semi-final on Thursday evening and this was their fourth game in eight days.

Whitstable won an early corner that Rob Gillman headed back across goal, where the ball rebounded off fellow centre back Ashley Brown and went just wide. Thompson curled a Cray Valley free kick over the bar on 10 minutes after Sandiford was fouled on the edge of the penalty area. Sprosen went down in the box at the other end, but was shown a yellow card for his efforts by the referee, who adjudged it a dive. Hood then chipped the ball into the box for Dawodu, who could not get a clean shot and his attempt went wide. Aaron Sekhon looped a header over the top from a corner and then a free kick was only partially cleared to Sandiford who skipped past a couple of challenges on the left, before shooting over from a narrow angle. Thompson worked his way into the box following a one-two with Chandler Kasai, but his shot came back off the post.

Kane Rowland sent a header over the bar after being found by Quain. The Whitstable defence then failed to deal with a long ball forward by Frankie Griffin, leaving Kasai free in the box, but he could only lob over Eason and the bar. On 26 minutes Brown passed down the right touchline where Hood took the ball forward and sent in a good cross, but Dawodu volleyed the ball just wide of the far post. Another Cray Valley free kick in a dangerous position was wasted by Thompson, but Quain had to hook the ball off the line as it bounced towards goal following a corner. Jamie Miller saw his shot deflected for another corner after he had latched onto an attempted clearance by Brown.

Cray Valley on the attack

The home supporters raised a cheer when Whitstable were awarded their only free kick of the half on 31 minutes. The free kick count for the visitors reached double figures in the first half, although the situation was to be reversed after the interval with Whitstable winning the majority. Frankie Sawyer shot wide from distance after some good play down the left and then saw another attempt go wide as the interval approached. Goalkeeper Jordan Carey was booked on the stroke of half time after the ball had gone out for a goal kick.

Whitstable made a change at the restart with Rodgers replacing Sawyer, who was struggling with an injury. The early stages of the second half saw Whitstable getting more players forward as they tried to find a goal. Dawodu shot just wide and then Sekhon was booked for a foul on Hood. Whitstable broke the deadlock on 52 minutes after Lee was fouled on the left and Sprosen curled the free kick into the box, where Lee rose to glance a header over everyone and out of the reach of Carey into the far corner.

Ollie Lee gets his head to the ball
The only goal of the game

A few minutes later, Quain played the ball into Rodgers, who turned smartly on the edge of the box but his shot was just too high. Dawodu was booked for a foul on Alastair Gordon, but the free kick was cleared by Brown. Dawodu, Rowland and Rodgers did well to win a corner on the right and the delivery by Quain was met by Lee, but his header was cleared off the line by Jamie Wood. On 64 minutes Cray Valley made all three substitutions, introducing regular starters Denzel Gayle, Aaron Rhule and Taylor McDonagh. A Whitstable free kick was lifted just onto the top of the net by Gillman, although one of the players ended up in the goal, necessitating some emergency repairs as a large hole appeared in the back of the net. Sprosen then had a bouncing shot collected by Carey after being played in by Rodgers and Lee. Seb Rowland replaced brother Kane after 76 minutes.

Rob Gillman puts this one just over the top

The visitors threatened on a few occasions in the closing stages. Hood was caught in possession as he tried to play out of defence and the ball was played to Gayle whose well struck shot was parried by Eason and McDonagh put the rebound wide. Back at the other end, Seb Rowland won a corner that was headed over by Tom Bryant. Cray Valley then had a great opportunity to equalise when a ball by Gordon reached the unmarked Sandiford about 6 yards from goal, but his shot cannoned off the post and away to safety.

Jordan Sandiford hits the post

Whitstable managed to run the clock down with a succession of corners and free kicks in stoppage time and held on for the win. Cray Valley will finish in fourth place and have another cup final to look forward to against Metropolitan Police, whereas Whitstable will finish fifth if they win at Corinthian in the final game. Any other result though could see them overtaken by Sheppey United.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Connor Hood, Aaron Quain, Tom Bryant, Rob Gillman (c), Ashley Brown, Ollie Lee, Bola Dawodu, Kane Rowland (Seb Rowland 76), Frankie Sawyer (Harris Rodgers 46), Louis Sprosen.
Subs (unused): Harry Brown, Calvin Sedenu, Harry Brooks.
Goal: Ollie Lee 52
Yellow cards: Louis Sprosen 12, Bola Dawodu 58.

Cray Valley (PM)
Jordan Carey, Alastair Gordon, Frankie Griffin, Jamie Wood (c), Aaron Sekhon, Cem Tumkaya, Chandler Kasai (Denzel Gayle 64), Jamie Miller, Jordan Sandiford, Jason Thompson (Aaron Rhule 64), Enoch Adjei (Taylor McDonagh 64).
Subs (unused): Ashley Sains, Laurence Collins.
Yellow cards: Jordan Carey 45, Aaron Sekhon 50.

Attendance: 109
Referee: Matthew Pollington
Assistants: Mark Cheeseman & Ryan Andrew