Whitstable Town 2 Burgess Hill Town 4
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Tuesday 6th November 2012
It was an extremely disappointing evening on Tuesday evening when Whitstable went down to their fourth consecutive defeat as they threw away a lead to be well beaten by mid table Burgess Hill Town. It has all started so well when after only two minutes the ball was fired into the Hillians penalty box and a defender inexplicably handled the ball. Up stepped Micheal Everitt who hammered his penalty into the roof of the net to give the Town the lead.
However the lead only lasted four minutes when the ever dangerous Pat Harding fired home the first of his four goals. The ball went through a crowd of players and past Rob French in the Town goal. Town then created a couple more chances. After ten minutes Jake Beecroft had a shot well held by Burgess Hill goalkeeper Mark Zawadski. After 24 minutes a header from Buster Smissen went over the bar. Then after 33 minutes an opportunity for the Hillians as a drive from the right hand side tested French who gathered the ball at the second attempt. Dane Luchford then came into the action and unleashed a shot which was well saved by Zawadski who pushed the ball wide for a corner. After 37 minutes Nicky Wheeler tested the Town defence with a searching run but finished tamely sending his final shot wide.
The 1-1 half time score line was probably fair on both sides. The second half started well for Whitstable as after 58 minutes a Luchford cross went through a crowd of players in the penalty area to find Rob Gilman who fired home from short range. Two minutes later Stuart Vahid got on the end of a diving header but could not turn the ball goal bound.
Whitstable could not hold onto the lead and Laurence Harvey was adjudged to have fouled a
Burgess Hill striker in the penalty area. Up stepped Harding to put his second in the back of the net. This seemed to drive the visitors on with them coming close to taking the lead after 67 minutes when Rob Gilman cleared the ball off the line and French made two good saves in short succession. They finally took the lead for the first time after 79 minutes when the ball went across the area only for Harding to fire home to complete his hat trick. On 84 minutes Burgess Hill were awarded another penalty when Gilman tugged a striker back. The referee reached for his cards and as it was a second yellow a red was shown to Gilman. Harding this time smashed his penalty against the post and the ball went away to safety. However one last effort from Harding brought about his fourth goal after 86 minutes to seal the victory.
Town must now put this bad day at the office behind them and push for the points at Three Bridges on Saturday. Just one additional note- James Dryden who was on the bench for Hythe on Saturday has now joined the Town and came on as substitute in the second half.
Team: French, Harvey, Crimmen, Everitt, Guest, Gilman, Luchford, Beecroft, Vahid (Dryden 61mins), Smissen (Abel 61 mins), Morrish (Heard 75 mins)