Category: 2019-2020 Club News

TJ Jadama Signs

Whitstable have signed midfielder Tijan (TJ) Jadama from Ramsgate. He has previously featured for Whitstable, whilst on loan in November 2017, when he played and scored in the 3-2 win against Epsom and Ewell in the FA Vase.

The Whitstable manager Lloyd Blackman, who worked with him at Ramsgate, said:
“I’m pleased to announce that we have been successful in securing the signature of TJ Jadama for the new season. He is a player not only familiar to myself, but all Whitstable Town fans, as he spent a period here on loan in 2017. It was an opportunity too good to turn down when the chance became available. I know TJ’s qualities, having worked with him for so long, plus he understands the requirements and standards I set. He is a box to box midfielder at a fantastic age, but fast approaching 100 senior appearances, so knows what this league is about.
Welcome to the squad TJ.”

New Friendly Added

Whitstable face a Bromley XI at the Belmont Ground this evening, with a 7.45 p.m. kick off.

An additional friendly has now been added on Saturday 10th August against New Romney at home. This game will start at 11.00 a.m.

Reserves Win Their Second Game

Pre-season friendly
Saturday August 3 2019 15.00

The Reserves made it two wins from two games in their pre-season schedule with an outstanding and professional win away to tricky opponents in Woodnesborough. The reserves were very stretched with their squad today, having only fifteen players available, with a few key players away and Muhammed Cham and Owen Fitt again with the first team. The starting eleven included player manager Josh Algar and the team started how they meant to continue, controlling the game early on and keeping possession very nicely. Whitstable started moving the ball around at a good tempo, creating early chances and they managed to grab their first goal through Max Leach, when the ball was played into feet by Charlie Vass and Max turned and fired it into the bottom corner for a well worked goal. The second goal soon came with a superb delivery from a free kick by captain Kyle Wisker that led to an own goal. At this stage Whitstable looked comfortable defensively and in possession with experienced goalkeeper Ryan Birch managing the back four, keeping them disciplined and organised. The midfield three of Josh Algar, Kyle Wisker and Charlie Vass were controlling the game with lots of good combinations hurting the Woodnesborough back four. Whitstable soon grabbed a third and what a goal it was. It started from the half way line with great one and two touch football as seven Whitstable players touched the ball and Josh Algar played in right back Callum Tydeman, who slotted calmly into the bottom corner for his second goal in two games. The assistant manager on the side line, Ian Grieves, was enjoying himself with the team playing so well. A fourth goal came on the 30 minute mark with a  good move down the right hand side and a good cross from Kyle Wisker that was finished off by Max Leach for his second goal of the game. Whitstable were in total control with Woodnesborough unable to cope with their attacking force. Woodnesborough though nearly caught Whitstable out through a lack of concentration, but a well stretched finger-tip save by Ryan Birch kept the score 4-0 at half time.

The second half started with a number of changes, as expected. Two academy players came on, Bailey Collin and 16 year old Mike Budu, who is a very exciting winger with lots of pace and trickery. Whitstable were slow out of the blocks and went through a 5-10 minute spell lacking their fluent football. The game soon settled down and Whitstable were back in control. The winger Mike Budu on the right hand side was causing lots of problems for the Woodnesborough back four, who were struggling to deal with his pace and directness. A good pass and move down the left hand side from academy graduate Callum Mason and Bailey Collin led to a dangerous well whipped in cross from Mason but Mike Budu just headed wide. With Woodnesborough tiring the game became open for Whitstable with lots of space and time for the players. A fifth goal arrived when a through ball from Josh Algar was finished off by Bailey Collin into the bottom corner. The game was virtually over with Woodnesborough frustrated by the strong presence of the two centre backs Jack Sutton and Luke Barrass, who looked assured throughout the game.

It was another pleasing and excellent performance from this exciting young reserves side who are making a real statement. With more academy players featuring including two 16 year olds, Jack Scott and Mike Budu, the future looks very bright. They look forward to a tough encounter away to Thanet United next Saturday at 5.30pm.

Starting line-up:
Ryan Birch, Callum Tydeman, Jack Sutton, Luke Barrass, Callum Mason, Kyle Wisker (Captain), Charlie Vass, Josh Algar, Max Leach, Peter Sharpless, Keegan Wickham.

Subs all used:
Bailey Collin, Jack Scott, Mike Budu, Billy Shearer.

The Velocity Trophy 2019-20

The details of the Velocity Trophy for the 2019-20 season have now been published. The league cup competition this year will commence with the first division clubs competing in ten regional groups of five or six teams. Three teams did not enter (Dereham Town, Guernsey and Whitehawk). The ten group winners will progress to the knockout stages, where they will be joined by the twenty-two premier division teams.

The changes were introduced as a response to a number of clubs feeling that the reduction in the league sizes meant that they did not have enough fixtures. The gate money will be shared by the competing clubs in each fixture, but they can mutually agree to reduce the admission charges.

In the group games, there will be three points for a win, but if the scores are level after 90 minutes, the teams will receive one point each and there will be a penalty shootout, with the winners gaining a bonus point. Each team can play up to five substitutes from the five named on the bench. The teams will play each other once, either home or away, depending on the draw. All group matches must be played by the 22nd November.

Whitstable Town are in group seven, together with Ashford United, Faversham Town, Herne Bay, Hythe Town and Ramsgate. Whitstable have been given home fixtures against Herne Bay, Faversham and Ashford.

Details of the groups can be found on the league website from the link below.
Velocity Trophy 2019-20

Whitstable Reserves Win First Game

Pre-season friendly
Saturday July 27 2019 14.30

The new Whitstable Town men’s reserves side managed by academy manager Josh Algar had their first pre-season game today, which on paper looked to be a tough away game against Kent County Premier Division side Hawkinge Town. It was going to be a challenging game for the reserves in their first game together since being formed as a team two weeks ago and with quite a number of players absent, including two, Muhammed Cham and Owen Fitt, who were both with the first team in their fixture away to Folkestone.

The players started a tad nervously, which was expected, but soon grew into the game. On the 10 minute mark, some good build up play starting with our 16 year old academy goalkeeper, in the posts today for the absent Ryan Birch. The ball was played out from the back into Jack Sutton, who found centre midfielder Charlie Vass and he played a sublime through ball into striker Peter Sharpless who went through one on one, but just put wide. Whitstable started playing some flowing football in one and two touch, moving the Hawkinge Town players around and their persistence prevailed with a great cross from academy graduate Callum Mason into the box that led to an own goal through a well whipped in cross. This goal seemed to lift Whitstable even more and a second goal soon came 5 minutes later through Peter Sharpless, when a cut back from 17 year old Glen Bain was met by Peter Sharpless who fired into the bottom of the goal. At 2-0 Whitstable looked comfortable and really threatened and the third goal soon came down the right hand side. A good combination between Callum Tydeman and Glen Bain saw right back Callum get into a good position in the Hawkinge penalty box before firing a great strike into the bottom corner of the goal. Whitstable looked comfortable, both in and out of possession, with the two centre backs Jack Sutton and Luke Barrass winning their aerial battles. A lack of concentration just before half time led to Hawkinge hitting the post in the last few seconds. Half time 0-3

The second half saw the town make five substitutions, including bringing on another two current academy players, which meant there were five players on the pitch under 18 years old. Whitstable started slowly and conceded 3 minutes into the half through a great chip from the Hawkinge striker to make It 3-1. A bit of panic crept into Whitstable, who were struggling to get out of their own half for a 15 minute period and the fluent football was lacking. It soon became 3-2 with a 20 yard strike that lobbed goalkeeper Jack Scott. Whitstable made a couple of changes with 15 minutes to go and a goal soon came. A great twist and turn past his player from Josh Neaves and then a splendid 25 yard switch over to the right hand side to Charlie Vass, who brought down the ball well, cut inside and on his left foot curled the ball into the far bottom corner. This relaxed Whitstable for the remainder of the game, which should have been out of sight in the first half. Full time 2-4

Thoughts from manager Josh Algar:

“A fantastic performance from the players in our first game together. It is always difficult to think how the first game will go when we have only been together for two weeks and we haven’t worked on any real shape or tactics yet. It was always going to be a difficult task playing against a team two leagues above us and with a very young side, but I thought we handled the task superbly playing some real eye catching football with build-up play that was pleasing to see. The most pleasing thing to see was how much the players wanted the ball under pressure and no one went hiding against a physical side. It was great for the young players to gain some vital men’s experience, especially with 16 year old academy goalkeeper playing the full 90 minutes today who did himself no harm. We had four academy players in the side today and at one point had five players under the age of 18 on the pitch and for me this is a real positive and something I am keen to progress throughout the season. If they are good enough, they are old enough in my opinion and today they were a credit to the academy and the club. There are some real prospects coming through the academy and in the reserves this season, who I believe with more time and experience will be ready to step into the first team. We have a really attacking team which I think spectators will be excited to watch. We have another fixture away to Woodnesborough next week which we look forward to, with hopefully another strong performance all round.”

Team that started:
Jack Scott, Callum Tydeman, Jack Sutton, Luke Barrass, Callum Mason, Kyle Wisker, Charlie Vass, Josh Neaves, Glen Bain, Max Leach, Peter Sharpless.

Subs all used:
Keegan Wickham, Bailey Collin, Billy Shearer, George Potter, Scott Banks.