The home game against VCD Athletic that was abandoned after just 8 minutes, has now been rearranged for Tuesday 19 March at 7.45 p.m.
The proposed home friendly match against Folkestone Invicta tonight has been cancelled due to the poor weather forecast for this afternoon and the current condition of the pitch.
The next game at the Belmont will be a Bostik League fixture against Sittingbourne on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Manager Scott Porter has completed the signing of Connor Sanders, who becomes the latest addition to the Whitstable Town squad. Connor has featured for Ramsgate this season and has also previously played for Herne Bay, Carshalton, Canterbury and Hythe. He will be available for the home game against Guernsey today, which kicks off at the slightly earlier time of 2.30 p.m. The visitors from the Channel Islands are level on points with Whitstable, having played one game more, so it should be an interesting afternoon. When the teams met in Guernsey earlier in the season, the game ended in a 1-1 draw, with the home team rescuing a point with a late penalty.
Whitstable have also arranged a friendly fixture for Tuesday (12 March) at 7.45 p.m. Folkestone Invicta will be the visitors to the Belmont. Admission to this game will be free.
WHITSTABLE TOWN 1 VCD ATHLETIC 0
(MATCH ABANDONED AFTER 8 MINUTES)
Bostik League South East
Tuesday March 5 2019 19.45
Whitstable and VCD will have to rearrange this fixture after referee Ian Fissenden took the decision to abandon the game after just 8 minutes, with a VCD player lying injured on the pitch and a predicted wait of over an hour for an ambulance.
VCD spent the early minutes pressing forward and had one good opportunity when a dangerous free kick was curled into the box by Ali Fuseini, but his team were unable to get a shot on target. New signing Harry Stannard collected a pass down the right and with the assistant flagging for a Whitstable free kick as he was challenged, the referee played a good advantage. The ball was played to Stephen Smith and then back to Jordan Wright, who rolled it into the path of Taylor Fisher and he finished well past Max Hunter into the right corner of the net to give the home team the lead on 7 minutes. It was a well worked goal, but meanwhile Dominic Odusanya had gone down at the other end of the pitch following an earlier collision. It was decided not to move the player, because of a possible back injury and an ambulance was called. On being informed that it would take a long time to arrive, the referee abandoned the game. The ambulance eventually got to the ground about 55 minutes later and the player was taken to Margate hospital to be assessed. Everyone at Whitstable Town wishes him well and hopes that the injury is not too serious and that he is back playing in the near future.
A new date for the game to be replayed will be announced in the coming days.
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Dan Eason, Stuart West, Harry Brown, Jordan Wright, Rob Gillman, Tom Bryant, Nick Treadwell, James Morrish (c), Harry Stannard, Stephen Smith, Taylor Fisher.
Subs (unused): Tom Walmsley, Miles Cornwell, Rhys Brain, John Walker.
Goal: Taylor Fisher 7
Max Hunter, Bradley Simms, Jake McIntyre, Dominic Odusanya, Joe Denny, Jack Steventon, Mekhi Leacock-McLeod, Alastair Gordon, Ali Fuseini, Charlie MacDonald (c), Usman Adeniji.
Subs (unused): Alex Gaggin, Malachi Hudson, Liam Rosenfield, Aymun El-Moyhalbel, Junior Baker.
Referee: Ian Fissenden
Assistants: Joseph Dann-Pye & Jak Hill
Whitstable have today signed Harry Stannard from Ramsgate and he goes into the squad for the home game against VCD this evening.
Harry played nine games for Whitstable during the 2015-16 season whilst a young player at Gillingham FC. He scored two goals, one on his debut against East Grinstead and another in a 2-0 win at Herne Bay. He has since played for Hastings, Margate and also had a loan spell at Faversham, before joining Ramsgate this season.
Following a blank Saturday, a first team friendly away to Hollands and Blair FC has been arranged for Tuesday evening (19 February) at 7.45 p.m.
In other news, several players have recently signed on dual registration with SCEFL clubs, two of the latest being Teddy Nelson with Lordswood and Charlie Smith with K Sports. Louis Sprosen and James Trueman both scored at the weekend for SCEFL Division One clubs, FC Elmstead and Greenways respectively.
The next Bostik League fixture sees Horsham visit the Belmont on Saturday.