A Win As New Season Nears

Pre-season friendly
Tuesday 6 August 2019 19.45

With the league season fast approaching, Whitstable took on a young Bromley team in their latest pre-season fixture. Once again, Whitstable shuffled their team around, due to several players being unavailable, but they began brightly. Some good play down right led to a good low cross by Jake Mackenzie that was stabbed just wide of the near post by Aaron Millbank and shortly afterwards Liam Dickson glanced a header over the bar. Still inside the first 10 minutes, Whitstable won a free kick that was swung into the box by Osman Proni and headed just over by Dickson. The opening goal arrived on 16 minutes, when the Bromley goalkeeper dropped a high ball and it fell invitingly for Proni, who rolled it into the net. Dan Eason was called into action in the 20th minute, when he got down well to make a save from a low strike. Proni was creating a few opportunities for the home team and played a through ball for Millbank, but Emmanuel Nwosu was quickly out to claim. A few minutes later, Proni fed Millbank again and the Whitstable striker made space for a shot, but dragged it just wide of the far post. Marcus Elliot then collected another Proni pass and laid the ball back for Liam Gillies whose low shot was saved. The pressure eventually brought a second goal in the 28th minute, when a long throw by Sanders went over Dickson at near post, but was headed home by the late arriving Tom Bryant. Bromley started to carry some attacking threat and Eason saved well from Jaedon Phillips and two follow up efforts were cleared off line by John Walker and Bryant, then two more shots were off target. Millbank tried one speculative attempt that went wide, but the home team finished the half poorly, as Bromley won two late corners, before a deep right wing cross by Dwyer was clawed out from under bar by Eason. Half time score 2-0

Aaron Millbank is just wide with an early chance
Liam Dickson heads over
Osman Proni scores the first
Tom Bryant heads in the second for Whitstable
Dan Eason punches the ball away

Bromley continued to press from the restart, with a couple of early shots. Bryant tried an overhead kick at the other end that had to be saved by Nwosu. In the 56th minute, the visitors got some reward for their efforts when a good move was finished off by Dwyer. Phillips then tested Eason again, prior to his team making some substitutions. Proni was replaced by Mike Ampofo, just before Whitstable had an attempt cleared off the line. On 68 minutes, some poor defensive work led to an equaliser for Bromley, when the ball eventually dropped kindly for Amari Robinson-Jones, who had a relatively simple finish. Both teams made further changes and Whitstable finished the game as they had started, in the ascendancy. A strong run into the left of box by Elliott created a chance for Millbank, who tucked away the low cross to put Whitstable back in front after 76 minutes. Whitstable extended their led on 83 minutes when a Danny Patterson free kick was headed in at back post by the trialist substitute. Whitstable made some late substitutions, including a few minutes on the pitch for reserve goalkeeper Ryan Birch. One late Whitstable free kick on the edge of the box was cleared and another saw a Gillies shot deflected behind, but there were no further goals and the final score remained 4-2 to Whitstable.

Tom Bryant goes close with an overhead kick
Aaron Millbank restores the lead from a Marcus Elliott cross
Whitstable make it 4-2 with a late header

Whitstable have arranged one final friendly at home to New Romney on Saturday 10 August, with an 11 a.m. kick off.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason (Ryan Birch 87), Jake Mackenzie, John Walker, Connor Sanders (Danny Patterson 71), Liam Dickson, Tom Bryant (c) (Trialist12 73), Liam Gillies, Trialist8, Marcus Elliott (Owen Fitt 84), Aaron Millbank (Muhammed Cham 84), Osman Proni (Mike Ampofo 65).
Goals: Osman Proni 16, Tom Bryant 28, Aaron Millbank 76, Trialist12 83.

Bromley XI
Emmanuel Nwosu, Brandon Chambers, Riphi Kalala, Ollie Tanner, Harry Thomas, Tyrone Kirunda, Billy Craske, Bobby Mills, Anthony Dwyer, Spencer Cripps, Jaedon Phillips.
Subs: AJ Martin, Jude Arthurs, Tosin Akinbobola, Fiky Atewologun, Amari Robinson-Jones, D’Jean Spencer, Emmanuel Brefo, Kerry Ogbeifun.
Goals: Anthony Dwyer 56, Amari Robinson-Jones 68.

Attendance: 115
Referee: Richard Joss
Assistants: Matt Williams & Mike Donnelly
Fourth official: Alan Faulkner

Velocity Trophy Fixtures Confirmed

The dates for the group games in the 2019-20 Velocity Trophy have now been confirmed. The Whitstable Town fixtures in group seven are listed below.

Tuesday 3 September 7.45 pm
Whitstable Town v Herne Bay

Tuesday 10 September 7.45 pm
Hythe Town v Whitstable Town

Tuesday 15 October 7.45 pm
Whitstable Town v Faversham Town

Tuesday 22 October 7.45 pm
Whitstable Town v Ashford United

Tuesday 5 November 7.45 pm
Ramsgate v Whitstable Town

A reminder of the new format:
There are ten regional groups in the first stage, which contains teams competing in the North, South Central and South East divisions. Each of the group winners will receive some prize money and progress to the knockout stages where they will be joined by the Premier Division teams.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.

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.

Whitstable Well Beaten

Pre-season friendly
Saturday 3 August 2019 15.00

Whitstable once again played a team from the Isthmian Premier League, having previously lost to Cray Wanderers, Folkestone Invicta and Margate, all from the same division. Newly promoted Essex team Bowers and Pitsea comfortably won the North Division last season, so provided another difficult test for the new look Whitstable side. The home team were again missing a number of players, although recent signing Aaron Millbank started for the first time and there were three young trialists on the bench.

The home defence began a little hesitantly, conceding a couple of early corners, but Whitstable gradually managed to get into the game and Liam Gillies shot wide following a corner in the 14th minute. Bowers almost scored just afterwards when a good cross was curled in from the right and met by Kenzer Lee, but Dan Eason made a great save, tipping the ball over the bar at full stretch. After a quiet period, Whitstable lost the ball in midfield in the 29th minute and it was played through to Bradley Warner who rolled it past Eason for a neat finish, whilst the home defence appealed in vain for an offside flag. Danny Patterson tried his luck with a long distance volley after a Whitstable free kick had come back to him outside the box, but it was well wide. On 33 minutes, the visitors made it 2-0, when possession was again lost in midfield, Dan Trendall ran down the right before crossing for Warner to score at the back post. Bowers had two further opportunities before the break, firstly when David Knight lifted a free kick on the 18 yard line well over the bar and then with almost the last action of the half, Trendall cut in from then right and shot wide. The score remained 2-0 to Bowers at half time, despite some casual play at times by Whitstable.

Alex Anderson on the ball
Whitstable trying to find a way through
Aaron Millbank battling for the ball
Bradley Warner scores the first
Danny Patterson tries a shot
Dan Eason clears the ball

The second period began in similar fashion, with Eason having to save a long range effort from Ben Sartain after a misplaced pass by Patterson. Bowers added a third goal in the 53rd minute when Eason got down to save a low Warner free kick and from the resulting corner, Jamie Dicks headed in despite the efforts of John Walker on the line. The usual pre-season substitutions then started, with Walker the first to be replaced. Whitstable won several corners, but failed to really test Callum Chafer in the Bowers goal, as Tom Bryant headed one wide and then Alex Anderson almost pulled a goal back when he curled a right footer just past the far post from tight angle. Chafer then dropped a cross under pressure and the ball fell to Anderson, who lifted his shot over the bar. Bowers brought on three substitutes and then had a couple of off target attempts, before Knight turned and shot past Eason, but it was ruled out for offside. Both teams made further changes, as the game drifted to a close. Whitstable had rarely looked like scoring and a blocked shot by Muhammed Cham was the closest they came to getting a late consolation goal.

The Whitstable goalkeeper saves this free kick
Jamie Dicks headed the third goal
Danny Patterson tries again
Tom Bryant tries a header
Jake Mackenzie stops this late attack

Whitstable now have two pre-season games left to play, with a Bromley XI visiting on Tuesday, followed by a newly arranged game at home to New Romney on Saturday, with the first league match against Sittingbourne fast approaching.

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Jake Mackenzie, John Walker (trialist 59), Danny Patterson, Marcus Evans, Tom Bryant (c), Liam Gillies, Osman Proni (Owen Fitt 72), Marcus Elliott (trialist 80), Aaron Millbank (Muhammed Cham 85), Alex Anderson (trialist 85).

Bowers & Pitsea
Callum Chafer (Tom Ballard 83), Tom Hine, James Thomas, Martyn Stokes (c), Kenzer Lee (Lewis Clark 74), Callum Leahy, Dan Trendall (Quentin Monville 68), Ben Sartain (Max Cornhill 74), Bradley Warner, David Knight, Jamie Dicks (Tom Stephen 68).
Goals: Bradley Warner 29, 36, Jamie Dicks 53.

Attendance: 115
Referee: Simon Finnigan
Assistants: Jack Watson & Morgan Davis

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.