Category: 2017-2018 Club News

Website And Fixtures 2018-19

This website will be fully updated for the new season shortly, so please bear with us. In the meantime, the updated fixtures for Whitstable Town can be found here.


Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Deal Town                    v.  Whitstable Town (2-2)

Whitstable Town           v.  Deal Town (4-3)

Sunday, August 19th, 2018
Cray Wanderers           v.  Whitstable Town

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  VCD Athletic

Saturday, August 25th, 2018
CB Hounslow United  v.  Whitstable Town

Monday, August 27th, 2018
Ramsgate                 v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, September 1st, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Ashford United

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
Ramsgate                   v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, September 15th, 2018
Phoenix Sports           v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Three Bridges

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Sevenoaks Town

Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Faversham Town           v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, October 6th, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Greenwich Borough

Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Bedfont Sports           v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, October 20th, 2018
VCD Athletic             v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Whyteleafe

Saturday, November 10th, 2018
Sittingbourne            v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, November 17th, 2018
Hastings United          v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, November 24th, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Thamesmead Town

Saturday, December 1st, 2018
Horsham                  v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Herne Bay

Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Guernsey                 v.  Whitstable Town

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018
Whitstable Town          v.  Ramsgate

Saturday, December 29th, 2018
Hythe Town               v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, January 5th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  East Grinstead Town

Saturday, January 12th, 2019
Ashford United           v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, January 19th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Faversham Town

Saturday, January 26th, 2019
Greenwich Borough        v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  VCD Athletic

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
Sevenoaks Town           v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Hastings United

Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Thamesmead Town          v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Horsham

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
Herne Bay                v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, March 9th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Guernsey

Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Sittingbourne

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
Whyteleafe               v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, March 30th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Cray Wanderers

Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Haywards Heath           v.  Whitstable Town

Saturday, April 13th, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Phoenix Sports

Saturday, April 20th, 2019
East Grinstead Town      v.  Whitstable Town

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Whitstable Town          v.  Hythe Town

Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Three Bridges            v.  Whitstable Town

Whitstable Town          v.  Haywards Heath

Coach For Hounslow Cup Tie

Whitstable Town now travel to face CB Hounslow United in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday 25th August. The club are running a coach to the game and any supporters wishing to travel with us are asked to book a place as soon as possible. The cost will be £10 and the coach is expected to leave the car park at the Belmont Ground around 10 am, with an additional stop at Maidstone.

Please call Joe on 07802 717840 or see one of the committee or alternatively email

Town Win Seven Goal Thriller

Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round Replay
Wednesday August 15 2018 19.45

Whitstable progressed to the next round of the FA Cup, after a very entertaining replay against Deal Town. In contrast to the original match at Deal, Whitstable were mainly in control in the first half and will probably feel they should have led at the interval by more than the one goal scored by the head of Josh Burchell. When Brett Ince drove forward and fired in a long range second just after the restart, it looked as though the home team were going to ease through to an away tie at CB Hounslow. Deal though had other ideas and Ben Cardwell replied with a similar effort at the other end, running from midfield and finding the top corner with an unstoppable shot. Substitute Charlie Walsh then beat Dan Eason with a great free kick to bring the scores level at 2-2. Jordan Wright converted a Ricky Freeman cross to put Whitstable back in front, only for Deal to equalise again as Whitstable failed to deal with a run and low shot from the right of the box that somehow found the back of the net. The decisive goal was another special free kick by Ince from around 35 yards that flew past everyone and into the net and this time Whitstable were able to see out the remaining minutes with few alarms.

Whitstable had to make some late adjustments to their defence, when both Rob Gillman and Teddy Nelson withdrew due to illness and injury. Stuart West therefore dropped back with Brett Ince starting in midfield and Charlie Smith up front. Deal had several players available who missed the first game, including their captain Luke Bigginton.

Deal had much the better of the first half in the previous game, but not in this replay, as Whitstable created some early opportunities. James Morrish was played in from the right, but shot too close to James Tonkin. Jordan Wright, Ricky Freeman and Tom Bryant all had attempts and Smith had two shots saved by Tonkin, the second of which almost rolled over the line before the goalkeeper got back to gather. Apart from a Steve O’Brien free kick that was held by Dan Eason, Deal had rarely threatened. Whitstable eventually took the lead on 36 minutes when a good deep cross from the right was headed over Tonkin and into the net by Josh Burchell at the far post. There were no further goals before the break, although a Burchell corner flew dangerously across the box with no one able to make contact.

An early chance for James Morrish
Dan Eason saves a free kick
James Tonkin denies Charlie Smith

Ince soon added a second just after half time when he was allowed to take the ball forward and shoot from around 25 yards and he hit it sweetly into the far corner with Tonkin unable to get near it. Deal got themselves back in the game shortly afterwards when Ben Cardwell ran from the halfway line and smashed the ball past Eason. Deal then had a very good spell and Ben Chapman had a shot deflected behind for a corner that was headed over the top by Kane Smith. Freeman did have a free kick well saved by Tonkin at the other end after Wright was fouled just outside the box. Deal were soon level though, when Ince was penalised for a foul and Charlie Walsh, who had only been on the pitch for a short time, curled the free kick into the top left hand corner.

Brett Ince shoots for goal
Whitstable lead 2-0 as Ince finds the net
Tonkin saves this Ricky Freeman free kick
Charlie Walsh beats Eason to make it 2-2

Nathan Hardwick replaced Smith as Whitstable went in search of another goal. It arrived in the 70th minute when Freeman did well on the left and delivered a perfect cross to the near post for Wright, who tucked the ball past Tonkin. Hardwick had a shot saved, but then Deal were allowed to take the ball into the Whitstable penalty area from the right and Sam Wilson brought the scores level once again. The game was swinging end to end and when Whitstable won a free kick midway inside the Deal half on 81 minutes, Ince stepped forward and powered the ball through the crowd and past Tonkin. There were a couple of half chances at either end, but Whitstable managed to prevent Deal from taking the game into extra time, running out 4-3 winners and securing their place in the Preliminary Round.

Jordan Wright restores the lead for Whitstable
Sam Wilson’s shot makes it 3-3

The night was a good advert for FA Cup football and there were some great goals for the 236 crowd to enjoy. Deal deserve a lot of credit for their part in the tie, firstly going close to a win at their own ground and then for their spirited performance in a thrilling second half at the Belmont.

Whitstable Deal
14 Attempts 9
10 On Target 5
6 Corners 1
4 Offside 1
14 Free Kicks Won 15

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, John Walker, Josh Burchell, Jai McKinlay, Stuart West, Tom Bryant, Jordan Wright, James Morrish (c), Ricky Freeman (Chris Saunders 84), Brett Ince, Charlie Smith (Nathan Hardwick 66).
Subs (unused): Rob Gillman, Kyran Connolly, Chris Elliott.
Goals: Josh Burchell 36, Brett Ince 46, 81, Jordan Wright 70.
Yellow card: Brett Ince 62

Deal Town
James Tonkin, Ben Chapman, Steve O’Brien, Luke Bigginton (c), Kane Smith, Lee Scott (John Brayne 71), Connor Miller (Charlie Walsh 52), Ben Cardwell (Harris Rodgers 81), Connor Coyne, Sam Wilson, Steve Butcher.
Subs (unused): Harry Alexander, Danny Smith, Trinn Brisley.
Goals: Ben Cardwell 49, Charlie Walsh 63, Sam Wilson 75.
Yellow card: Steve Butcher 61

Attendance: 236
Referee: Richard Joss
Assistants: Michael Donnelly & Joe McKay

Late West Goal Earns Replay

Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round
Saturday August 11 2018 15.00

Whitstable fought back after a sluggish first half performance had threatened a first day FA Cup exit for the second successive season. Deal deservedly led at the break, as substitute and former Whitstable striker, Harris Rodgers opened the scoring after Dan Eason had parried a Sam Wilson shot and then Wilson added a second on the stroke of half time. It was a different game in the second half and Deal put the ball into their own net after James Morrish sent a header into the goalmouth. John Walker, Brett Ince, Chris Saunders and Nathan Hardwick all went close, but Deal held on to their lead and still posed a threat on the break, until Stuart West managed to force home an equaliser in the 90th minute.

With a number of newly promoted Step 4 teams having to participate in the opening round, this FA Cup tie was the first competitive game of the season for Whitstable. Charlie Smith started up front alongside Ricky Freeman, with Stuart West playing a holding role in midfield. The Southern Counties East League started a week earlier and Deal had collected 4 points from their first 2 games. They did have their captain, Luke Bigginton, sent off at AFC Croydon and he was unavailable for this match, along with several other members of the Deal squad.

It was the home team that started better and Jordan Wright made a good block in the opening minutes, then Eason saved comfortably from Ben Cardwell. Whitstable had a few promising moments, one when Smith released Freeman on the right and he put in a great low cross, but there was no one in the box to apply the finish. Ben Chapman broke down the Deal right and fired the ball just wide of the far post. Deal were awarded two free kicks just outside the penalty area, but first Alfie Foster and then Steve O’Brien shot over the bar. Eason had to save a 25 yard effort from Trinn Brisley, as Deal continued to create chances. Freeman had a couple of sights of goal at the other end and a Tom Bryant header from a long free kick sailed over the bar, but Whitstable really struggled to get into the game throughout the first half, as Deal were winning most of the loose balls and pushing their Bostik league opponents back.

Deal go close
Dan Eason sees this Deal free kick go over the bar

An injured Foster had to leave the field on 35 minutes and was replaced by Rodgers, who played 42 games for Whitstable, scoring 6 goals and showing a lot of promise, before leaving early last season after struggling with hamstring injuries. He had only been on the field a few minutes when he scored the goal that had been coming for a while. A shot by Wilson from the edge of the box was parried by Eason and Rodgers nipped in to tuck the ball into the net in the 38th minute. Deal doubled their advantage in the 45th minute, when a low cross from the left brought a great defensive tackle to deny Rodgers his second, but the ball ran loose to Wilson and he curled the ball back into the net.

It was a frustrating first half for the Whitstable bench

The Whitstable management team would clearly have had a few things to say to their players at half time, as they sought to get more from their team. Whitstable had lost in the league here early last season with a similar performance, when playing to the same end, they also found themselves two goals down at the break and, although dominating the second half, went on to lose 2-1. Once again, Whitstable came out with more urgency and an early Smith turn and shot was deflected behind for a corner. The goal they sought came in the 52nd minute, when a deep West cross from the right was headed back across goal by Morrish and as a couple of Whitstable players closed in, Brisley knocked the ball past his own goalkeeper. The Whitstable captain was shown the only yellow card of the game shortly afterwards, after being frustrated with a couple of decisions. The visitors continued to press forward looking for an equaliser and John Walker arrived in the box to meet a cross from the left, but failed to keep his shot down.

James Morrish heads a Stuart West cross towards goal
Deal concede an own goal
John Walker puts this chance over the top

Both teams made substitutions and Whitstable pushed West up front, bringing Brett Ince into midfield. Morrish rolled the ball into the path of Ince, but his fierce shot from outside the box flew over the bar. Another substitute, Chris Saunders saw his effort just miss the target, after being found by Wright. Deal had few sights of the Whitstable goal in the second half, but did threaten twice on the break when Rodgers and then substitute Troy Howard both delivered crosses that Connor Coyne just failed to connect with at the far post. As time ticked away, an Ince free kick was headed over by Nathan Hardwick, who also had a well struck 25 yard shot saved by James Tonkin. It was looking like an early cup exit, when the equalising goal finally arrived in the 90th minute. A Whitstable corner was cleared and then Rob Gillman chipped the ball back into the box, where the Deal defence managed to block a couple of attempts, but eventually the ball fell nicely for West to fire the ball into the net from 3 yards. There were 4 added minutes and Whitstable tried to find an unlikely winner, as an Ince corner was cleared and then Freeman shot just over from 20 yards. The game ended 2-2, which in the end was probably a fair result, as it was very much a game of two contrasting halves.

Stuart West scores a late equaliser

The replay will be at the Belmont Ground on Wednesday evening at 7.45 p.m. The tie will be settled on the night with extra time and penalties, if necessary and the winners will be away to CB Hounslow United in the next round, following their 2-0 win at Sutton Common Rovers on Sunday.

Deal Whitstable
10 Attempts 16
6 On Target 5
1 Corners 6
1 Offside 1
8 Free Kicks Won 8

Deal Town
James Tonkin, Liam Hark (c), Steve O’Brian, Alfie Foster (Harris Rodgers 35), Kane Smith, Connor Miller, Ben Cardwell (Troy Howard 78), Trinn Brisley (Harry Alexander 65), Connor Coyne, Sam Wilson, Ben Chapman.
Subs (unused): Danny Smith
Goals: Harris Rodgers 38, Sam Wilson 45.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, John Walker, Josh Burchell, Teddy Nelson, Rob Gillman, Tom Bryant, Jordan Wright (Nathan Hardwick 78), James Morrish (c) (Chris Saunders 69), Ricky Freeman, Charlie Smith (Brett Ince 60), Stuart West.
Subs (unused): Jai McKinlay, Kyran Connolly.
Goals: Trinn Brisley (og) 52, Stuart West 90.
Yellow card: James Morrish 56

Attendance: 187
Referee: Dominic Barrow
Assistants: Jessica Storrie & Krystian Kaczala

The 2018-19 Season Begins

Today sees the start of another football season, with the opening fixtures in the Bostik League and also the Extra Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup. Step 4 clubs have in previous seasons been exempt from the Extra Preliminary Round, but due to the league restructuring in the summer affecting Steps 3 and 4, there are now 18 Step 4 clubs entering the competition in the Extra Preliminary Round. These are the 18 lowest ranked newly promoted clubs based on their points per game from the 2017-2018 season. From the Bostik League South East therefore, Sevenoaks Town, Three Bridges, Haywards Heath Town and Whitstable Town will start their season with a cup tie.

The fixtures involving Bostik League South East teams for Saturday 11th August are:

The Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round (Winners £2,250, Losers £750)
Crawley Down Gatwick v Three Bridges
Haywards Heath Town v Lancing
Deal Town v Whitstable Town
Sevenoaks Town  v  Lordswood

Bostik League South East
Ashford United v Hythe Town
East Grinstead Town v Phoenix Sports
Faversham Town v Herne Bay
Greenwich Borough v Cray Wanderers
Hastings United v Thamesmead Town
Horsham v Sittingbourne
VCD Athletic v Ramsgate
Whyteleafe v Guernsey

This will be the 6th occasion that Whitstable and Deal have met in the FA Cup. The teams also played each other three times last season, twice in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division and also in the Challenge Cup quarter final. Whitstable won two of the games, but lost the league fixture at Deal early in the season. The winners will face an away trip in two weeks’ time to a Combined Counties Premier Division team, either Sutton Common Rovers, who finished last season in 3rd place or CB Hounslow United, who finished 9th. Sutton Common Rovers play their matches on the artificial pitch at the Knights Community Stadium, Gander Green Lane, the home of Sutton United.

Kick off at the Charles Ground is at 3 pm. Please note that should the scores be level after 90 minutes, the replay will take place at the Belmont Ground on WEDNESDAY 15th August at 7.45 pm.

Whitstable do not have a league fixture until Sunday 19th August at 3 pm, when they face a trip to Bromley FC to play Cray Wanderers.

Tuesday 7 August Training

Please note that the proposed pre-season game between Whitstable Town and the Whitstable Town Academy will not now be taking place at the Belmont tomorrow evening. The players will now be training at the ground, ahead of the FA Cup tie at Deal Town on Saturday.