Whitstable Town 1 Herne Bay 1
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Wednesday 26th December 2012
A last minute strike by Scott Heard gave Whitstable a deserved point against local rivals Herne Bay in this Boxing Day fixture. The game had been given the go ahead despite recent heavy rain due to hard work during the morning ensuring that as much surface water was cleared as possible. However steady rain throughout the game made conditions difficult and the game was rarely a spectacle. The early exchanges were even as Jake Beecroft fired just wide after eight minutes. A minute later Byron Walker broke free but Town keeper Nick Shaw blocked well. After 13 minutes Buster Smissen sent a shot into the side netting.
Then after 22 minutes Bay took the lead when following a Sean Raggett attempt at the other end , they broke away and Jordan Agbajae found himself free with just Shaw to beat. He fired to the goalkeepers left to find the back of the net. At this stage of the game Bay began to look more dangerous as they moved the ball well up front but did not create any real chances although Whitstable were probably more relieved to hear the half time whistle.
Whitstable did start better in the second half but chances remained at a premium. After 58 minutes, Smissen shot straight at Dan Eason. Substitute Stuart Vahid then had a couple of opportunities including an overhead kick after 76 minutes that went just wide. A minute later Raggett nearly fired into his own goal but the ball went wide. Herne Bay then thought they had sealed the victory after 79 minutes when substitute Aaron Millbank fired home only for the goal to be ruled out.
After 86 minutes, debutant Tom Brunt nearly got Town on level terms when his lob was just tipped over by Eason. Then a controversial decision after 88 minutes seemed to end the hosts chance of getting back in the game when Danny Williams was given a
straight red card taking Whitstable down to ten men. However that seemed to drive Whitstable on when Scott Heard in injury time got on the end of a Raggett cross to fire home to give town a deserved point. The home supporters amongst the bumper crowd of 433 went home relieved with the point as the rain continued to fall.
Team: Shaw, Ellett (Brown 57mins), Beecroft, Everitt, Crimmen, Raggett, Heard, Morrish (Brunt 61 mins), Smissen, Williams, Hanshaw (Vahid 61mins)