Whitstable Town 3 Redhill 2
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Tuesday 4th February 2014
Whitstable Town produced a fantastic come back on Tuesday evening when they recovered from going two down in the first three minutes to win with virtually the last kick off the game.
It had started so badly for Town as Redhill took the lead after a minute when keeper Matt Byott spilled the ball only for Sam Robinson to pounce to fire home. Within two minutes Marcus Elliott made it two nil when he slotted home as he went through the Town defence like a knife through butter. Town had to settle and created their first chance when Ashley
Baverstock found himself one on one but could not quite lob Redhill keeper Max Huxter. Baverstock, looking ever dangerous, broke through after 23 minutes but could not get a final shot away. At the other end Byott saved well from Matt Robinson when he turned a shot around the post for a corner. Town were beginning to fight back as Mattieu Guila broke down the right hand side but could not get his shot away as he had two opportunities. Baverstock had another chance after 38 minutes when his header went wide when perhaps should have done better. Town then got their lifeline five minutes before the interval when a Laurence Harvey attempt was handled on the line by Redhill defender Niall Egan. Following a discussion with his linesman the referee pointed to the spot and had no alternative but to show Egan the red card. Up stepped Baverstock and sent the Huxter the wrong way and finally gave Town a penalty success. This gave encouragement to the home support as Town went in two one down.
Town with their one man advantage looked more dangerous after the break but the first opportunity of the half came to Matt Robinson who fired wide on 51 minutes. Then a minute later at the other end Joe Kane made a surging run but fired his shot over the bar. A minute later Baverstock sent in a great ball across the goal but Jordan Wells couldn’t quite get on the end of it and the
attempt went wide. Then on 56 minutes came the Town deserved equaliser as Wells sent a ball that found Dan Keyte and the midfielder stroked the ball home. On the hour Baverstock was again in the action when he shot just wide. More problems for Redhill as they found themselves down to nine men fifteen minutes before the end when Sam Robinson pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury. They had made all their substitutions and had to continue two men light. However as the minutes ticked away it looked like the game was heading for a draw when Mark Murrison managed to get his head on the ball deep into injury time to nod over Egan to give Town a deserved three points.
One could say that justice was done as Town were robbed by the abandonment earlier in the season and they now go away with the well earned points on the heavy surface.
Team: Byott, Simpson, Heard, Guila (Mackenzie 56mins), Harvey, Kane, Hafner, Keyte (Taylor 90mins), Murrison, Baverstock (Maguire 72mins), Wells J.