SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday February 24 2018 15.00

Whitstable edged closer to the top of the table with a narrow win over Corinthian in a game of few chances at a bitterly cold Belmont Ground, with a strong wind and a tricky surface making things difficult for both teams. Visiting goalkeeper Aiden Prall had to make three saves in the first half, the hardest being a Craig Cloke free kick that he got down well to gather low to his right. The best opportunity before the interval however fell to Luke Tanner, but the Corinthian number eleven shot wide from close range with only Dan Eason to beat. Substitute Rob Gillman replaced the injured Chris Saunders at half time, but only lasted a few minutes before suffering a nasty cut to his head from a high boot and Cloke also limped off later in the half. There were few moments of quality to warm the crowd, but Ricky Freeman scored the only goal in the 74th minute after Shaun Welford had caused problems from a free kick. Just a minute later, Eason had to pull off an important save, turning a fierce shot from Tanner around the post. That was the only effort on target that Corinthian managed, despite having some spells of pressure and although they were far from their best, Whitstable hung on to claim the points.

Full report and photos to follow…

Whitstable Corinthian
12 Attempts 7
6 On Target 1
3 Corners 2
1 Offside 2
10 Free Kicks Won 7

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, John Walker, Louis Sprosen, Stuart West, Craig Cloke (c) (Owen Fitt 73), Tom Bryant, Chris Saunders (Rob Gillman 46, Shaun Welford 52), James Morrish, Ricky Freeman, Danny Williams, Macauley Murray.
Subs (unused): Brendon Cass, Dean Ruddy.
Goal: Ricky Freeman 74
Yellow card: Louis Sprosen 78

Aiden Prall, Jordan Campbell, Alexander Jack Billings, Jack Bath (c), Jardel Bundu-Kamara, Sam Groombridge, Malik Ouani, Sam Bewick (Donvieve Jones 77), Michael Hurcomb, Oscar Housego, Luke Tanner (Conor Johnson 81).
Sub (unused): Aaron Guard
Yellow cards: Michael Hurcomb 51, Sam Bewick 70, Donvieve Jones 90.

Attendance: 147
Referee: Joshua Howard
Assistants: Paul Franks & Simon Jackson


Date Time League Season
Sat 24 Feb 2018 3:00 pm SCEFL 2017-2018


The Belmont Ground
58 Grimshill Rd, Whitstable CT5 4LN, UK


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Whitstable Town101