Category: 2012-2013 Under 18 Match Reports


Corinthian Under 18’s 3 Whitstable Town Under 18’s 3

Valley Express Kent Youth League Premier Division One

Sunday 14th April 2013

A great performance from our under 18’s saw them take a well-deserved point from their encounter away to Corinthian. The first half started very lively with the home team having a penalty shout turned down after the first 30 seconds.  From this, the Whitstable lads settled down and went about trying to get the ball down on a very boggy pitch. It was important that they battled within the midfield as the Corinthan side had most of the possession in the first half due to the sloped pitch and windy conditions. This they did well with Charlie Taylor having a great half breaking up several attacks from the home side, Town also defended well with strong performances from Elliot Bensted and Rade Piplica.  Even though the Corinthian side had several goal attempts, Whitstable stood firm and were able to keep it all square at half time.

The second half produced a memorable start with Town’s lads looking a different side, they really stepped up their game and laid down their intentions. The combination of Towns Keeper, Harry Barrow, covering great distance with his kicking enabling some great attacking play from Tom Bines, Charlie Taylor and Lewis King crafted the opening goal,  King flicking on for Sam Hudson, who unleashed an unstoppable volley into the bottom corner. The attacks kept coming, and Tom Bines soon hit number two, chipping a ball over the Corinthian’s Centre Half and finishing with a great strike over their Keeper.  This appeared to spring the Corinthian’s side into action and they had several chances before making it 2-1 with a well taken finish into the top corner.  Again, Whitstable attacked and this time it was Lewis Kings turn making it 3-1 with a superb lobbed finish.


Town new that the Corinthian’s side would not lay down and surrender and they were soon back in it with a tap in finish poorly defended by Whitstable.  Town nearly scored again, with a great free kick from 20 yards from Lewis King that cannoned off of the post but with 15 minutes to go the home sides’ pressure took advantage of Towns tired legs when they levelled the game when a header was not cleared by the Whitstable defence.  The last 10 minutes had Whitstable under pressure but the boys hung on for a well-earned point with a true performance of character.


Whitstable Town U18 3 Folkestone Invicta U18 0

Express Kent Youth League Premier Division 1

Sunday 24th February 2013

After two recent strong displays in the Lucas Fettes and Kent County Cup Competitions, our 18’s played hosts to Folkestone Invicta. From the start, Town were determined to take the game to Folkestone attacking down both flanks through Tom Bines and Sam Hudson, this leading to their opening goal inside 10 minutes with a nice run and slotted finish from Lewis King. The possession for the next 20 minutes went to Folkestone but they failed to find a way through with a strong midfield performance from Kari Creed and Charlie Thompson keeping them at bay. Town’s second goal came five minutes before half time with Sam Hudson picking up the ball and striking at goal from 25 yards, lobbing the Keeper and finding the bottom corner. With a minute to go Harry Barrow came to Towns aid making a fine save tipping a Folkestone header around the post.

The second half continued with Town keeping possession with Elliot Bensted and Callum Reynolds marshalling Whitstable’s defence both looking very comfortable. Folkestone’s only real chance of the half came when the Whitstable Keeper miss-kicked a bobbling ball which nearly ended up in his own net from a back pass. Town created several chances and on 75 minutes Lewis King struck at goal from 20 yards, the ball rebounded off the cross bar to Luke Foster who calmly finished from six yards. Whitstable played the rest of the half  out well and deserved their 3-0 victory, ensuring a vital three points.



Milton & Fulston United 0  Whitstable Town 2 (AET)

Kent County Youth Cup 3rd Round

Sunday 3rd February 2013

After a lengthy lay-off due to the weather, Whitstable’s U18’s finally got to play their Third Round County Cup game.  On a very heavy pitch both teams dusted off their cobwebs and attempted to play passing football with Fulston shooting wide early on.  Whitstable gathered some momentum and started to take hold of the first half with a number of half chances supplied by Lewis King and Sam Hudson, with Tom Bines coming close to opening the score.

The second half began an onslaught from the Whitstable boys with them changing to a very direct formation.  Wave after wave of attacks were mounted with at least seven players missing opportunities, Fulston defending for their lives and hanging on; with their Goal-keeper making several saves from Connor Rochester,  Jordan Goldsmith, Dan Packer and Kari Creed to name a few.  Unfortunately, due to Town’s poor shooting the game then went into extra time.

With the light fading the first period ended 0-0, and the concerns of a penalty shootout in the dark looked a possibility.  Whitstable pressed and finally broke the deadlock with Jimmy Lambert delivering a cross from the right finding Callum Reynolds who headed home from four yards.  This spurred Town on and Callum slotted home number two placing a shot into the left hand corner some minutes later.

The final whistle was blown and the relief was felt with some of the boys playing over two hours of football.

Well done to both teams, Fulston for their battling display and the Whitstable boys for staying focused and reaching the Quarter Finals.


Dover Athletic 1 – 2 Whitstable Town

Kent County Cup 2nd Round

Sunday 2nd November 2012

Whitstable’s Under 18’s took on Dover Athletic in the County Cup on Sunday 2nd December and made it two cup wins in a week, after their victory at Maidstone last Tuesday.  On a heavy playing surface, it proved quite an even contest with both teams vying for dominance. There were several chances with Town going close from a couple of corners from Dan Packers.  The midfield battle was evident with both teams putting in some tough tackles, with the Whitstable and ex-Dover striker, Tom Bines, taking the full brunt of a high boot leaving him with two nasty gashes to his head, requiring hospital treatment.  Whitstable had to reshuffle and this clearly had an impact as on around 30 minutes a Dover corner was headed home with the Town Keeper, Harry Barrow, stranded.  This seemed to spur Town on and within two minutes they were level, a corner driven in and headed home powerfully by Kari Creed at the far post.  Half time 1-1.

The second half proved to be a similar affair, but Whitstable played with more control and started to take hold of the game, creating two or three chances.  Both teams knew that extra time and penalties could loom.  Dover changed their formation to 3 at the back, in search of a winner, but this only played into Whitstable ‘s hands, and in the 85th minute a ball sent into the Dover’s penalty area caused confusion allowing Connor Rochester to strike the ball home from 6 yards, scoring against his old club.  He had one more chance prior to the final whistle, but the Dover keeper managed to make a good stop diving to his left.

Another good victory for the Whitstable boys, who now wait to see who they will draw in Round 3.


Maidstone United Under 18’s 2 Whitstable Town Under 18’s 2

Whitstable won 5-3 on pens

Lucas Fettes Cup 2nd Round

Tuesday 27th November 2012 

Whitstable Town U18’s took on Maidstone in the cup at the Gallagher Stadium on Tuesday night, with both sides playing their part in an entertaining encounter.  In a rain swept evening Whitstable tried to keep the ball down and take the game to their opponents.  They were rewarded for early possession when Brandon Kerr was tackled from behind leading to Maidstone conceding a penalty in the first 15 minutes.  Jack Clements stepped up to the spot but his kick rose high over the crossbar.  This brought about a change in the game, with Maidstone grabbing the initiative, leading to an opening goal, a corner driven in with the Whitstable defence making a poor clearance presenting Maidstone with an easy opportunity to tap the ball home. Maidstone continued to push and their second goal came on 30 minutes, again from a corner, an easy header in with the Town defence nowhere to be seen.

To be fair to the Whitstable lads, they never gave in and took hold of the remaining first half, Jack Clements creating lots of play down the left and the front two of Tom Bines and Christian Thompson, working hard to shut down and pressure the Maidstone defence into several mistakes. All hard work paid off when a ball played into the Maidstone box created a scramble on the goal line, which allowed Charlie Taylor to drive the ball home to make it 2-1.

The second half started with Maidstone having the most possession, with the Whitstable boys digging deep trying to break up the play.  There were several chances created but the break fell to Whitstable as Dan Packer was pushed over in the Stones area, giving Whitstable their second penalty of the game. This time, there was no mistake, with Lewis King driving the ball home to the Keepers left making it 2-2.  This set up a tense finale with Maidstone adopting 3 up front, Whitstable though held firm and created several chances to win it.  With the final whistle blown it went straight to a penalty shootout. Whitstable put away their first four penalties, Elliot Bensted, Lewis King, Jack Clements, and Tom Bines doing the job.  Maidstone, having converted their last three, took their 4th spot kick which Harry Barrow parried to his right, off his chest for a great stop. It was then down to Lewis Fitchie, to win it for Town, and he did this by slotting home into the right corner for a 5-3 win.

A fantastic, hard fought result for the boys.  Well done.  Roll on the next round.


Whitstable Town U18s 0 v Fisher Athletic U18s 8

Kent Youth League Premier Divison

9th September 2012

Whitstable Town U18s took on Fisher Athletic U18s today at The Belmont and found their opponents in top form. In what was a very hot day, Whitstable started the game on the back foot and were unable to contain the Fisher frontline.  It was no surprise that Fisher scored their first goal in the first 10 minutes with the Whitstable defence unable to clear the ball presenting Fisher with an easy tap-in.  Unfortunately, this continued through the first half allowing Fisher to score another 3 goals one from a free kick from outside the box making the half time score 4-0, with Whitstable struggling to retain possession and create any real chances.

Whitstable clearly had to regroup at half time, and made some changes with the second half starting much brighter for them.  They were able to retain more possession and created two or three half chances.  But against the run of play Fisher again broke and finished off a neat passing attack which put them 5 up.  Whitstable tried to respond, hitting the crossbar, but it was too little too late.  They had struggled to contain the Fisher attack being lightning fast and as the game petered out conceded another 3 poor goals.  Overall, the scoreline flattered the visitors though their victory was well deserved.

Today was a bad day at the office, one that the team need to put behind them quickly and look forward to the next match.