Whitstable Town 3 Chipstead 2
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Saturday 17th August 2013
Whitstable came out on top on Saturday in an exciting game against Chipstead, thanks to a bullet header from Jordan Wells.
Town had much the better of the first half and were in front after four minutes when Charlie Smith was brought down in the penalty area. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and up stepped Mo Takaloo who put his penalty into the corner of the net. Town continued to press and Takaloo had another chance after eight minutes but his shot went straight at keeper Anthony Hall. Again a minute later Adam Hooper had a chance for the hosts but his attempt went wide of the target. On twelve minutes Takaloo turned but could only send his shot straight at Hall. The chances continued to flow and player manager Nicky Southall had a shot from 30 yards out but his effort went over the bar. Scott Heard was causing havoc in the Chipstead defence and after a quarter of an hour chased down a ball
and managed to pull it back but Smith could not quite get a connection on it to convert the chance. Despite the pressure, Chipstead looked dangerous on the break. On 29 minutes Will Heavey had a shot that went high and wide. Laurence Harvey then came into the action and he got on the end of a Heard corner but his header was deflected wide. Heard then had another shot from 25 yards but it went straight into Hall’s arms. There was concern at half time that Town may be made to rue only getting one goal in the first half.
With Southall being replaced at half time, Town seemed to lose their balance and after 47 minutes Chipstead were level. Harvey was adjudged to have committed a foul in the penalty area. Up stepped Dan Moody who sent Luke Watkins the wrong way. Six minutes later Town found themselves two-one down when a cross ball looped across the penalty area and Sean Rivers managed to get a head to the ball and divert it into the net. Town seemed then to re-group and substitute Steve Hafner sent a shot that went high over the bar. Gary Cook then had a header on the hour which just cleared the Chipstead cross bar.
Town’s equaliser followed on 64 minutes when a Takaloo attempt was deflected into the path of James Morrish who fired the ball into the net. Town now regained the impetus and Heard sent a free kick just wide of the target. However Chipstead continued to counter attack and Dan Moody should have done better after 69 minutes but his header at the far post hit the upright and was cleared away. They then had a another chance on 82 minutes when defender Dan Dean headed wide of the target. With six minutes to go Town nearly took the lead when Ross Webb fired a shot towards the far corner but Hall was on hand to save well. From the corner Whitstable got the winner they deserved when Jordan Wells rose above the Chipstead defence to fire his header home. Following the goal Tom Penson received a second yellow card and his marching orders for something he said to the referee.
The final whistle marked the end of the entertaining fixture in which Town had taken all three points.
Team, Watkins, Wells D, Hooper, McKenzie (Webb 80 mins), Harvey, Cook, Southall (Hafner 45 mins), Morrish, Smith C, Takaloo (Wells J 73 mins), Heard.