WHITSTABLE TOWN 1 FAVERSHAM TOWN 2
Bostik League South East
Saturday January 19 2019 15.00
It is now just one win in ten for Whitstable after Faversham recovered from a slow start to take the points at the Belmont. Whitstable began well and Jordan Wright scored a great goal from outside the box after a Stephen Smith attempt had come back off the upright. The home team missed several more good chances to increase their lead, but Faversham began to find some big gaps in the Whitstable defence on the break and after a couple of warnings, Liam King crossed for Ashley Miller to score at the far post with ease. Despite winning the first half corner count 9-0, Whitstable were unable to test Godmon and it was Faversham who scored again on the stroke of half time, when a unfortunate deflection gave Dave Cook a chance and Dan Eason was unable to prevent his low shot finding the net. Whitstable could not produce any consistent threat in the second half, with their best chance falling to substitute Ricky Freeman, who shot straight at Godmon. Faversham had the better opportunities with Cook finding himself well placed on a few occasions, but he failed to find a way past Eason. They did not need any further goals however and clinched a vital win to lift them off the bottom of the table.
Whitstable had won the away fixture at Faversham at the end of September 2-1, but for the third consecutive match they faced a team that had recently appointed a new management team. At Faversham, the new managers are Phil Miles and Danny Chapman, who the club are hoping will steer them away from the foot of the table. Five starters from the earlier meeting lined up again for the visitors and Michael Jenner, a substitute for Faversham that day was now in the Whitstable team, which included two new signings, Miles Cornwell and Taylor Fisher. Stephen Smith returned from suspension and John Walker was able to start his first game after recovering from injury.Manager Scott Porter made a presentation before the game to Charlie Smith, who made his 200th appearance for Whitstable in the midweek game at AFC Hornchurch.
Whitstable started in confident fashion, seeing a lot of the ball and generally pushing Faversham back. Several early free kicks and corners were defended by the visitors, although they did have one opportunity when a Ben Chapman shot was saved by Eason. Stephen Smith had a couple of attempts that just went wide, but then Whitstable took the lead in the 13th minute with a very well taken goal. Stephen Smith ran on to a throw in from the right and lobbed the ball over Godmon from a tight angle, only to see it bounce off the far post before being hacked away by Danny Devine, but the ball was headed forward again by Jenner to Wright, who chested the ball down and hit a great shot on the turn that flew over Godman and into the net from 20 yards. A Faversham free kick saw the ball drop for King just inside the area, but his low shot was parried by Eason, who was then able to gather the ball as it rebounded towards him. Whitstable created a few more chances and one cross went just past the far post with no one able to get a touch, then Jenner and James Morrish both shot wide. Their promising start was undone by a quick Faversham break on 24 minutes. Not for the first time, Whitstable were caught short of numbers at the back and King outpaced Jenner down the right and sent over a cross to the back post that was met by Miller inside the 6 yard box and he fired the ball into the net to bring the scores level.
Whitstable tried to respond, winning three quick corners, but another Faversham breakaway ended when George Monger shot over from long range. Jenner was booked in the 29th minute for bringing down Miller with a poor challenge as he ran at the defence, but the resulting free kick was curled wide. A great left wing cross was really well defended by Rob Gillman, who just managed to head away from the oncoming Faversham striker. Another Whitstable corner led to Faversham breaking quickly again, but Miller took the ball too close to Eason when he got into the box. Whitstable then had several good chances to retake the lead. Tom Bryant chipped the ball into the box, where it was volleyed just wide by Stephen Smith, then Cornwell helped the ball forward to Wright, who shot over with just Godmon to beat. Devine was booked for a foul on Fisher and following the free kick, two goal attempts were blocked before the danger was cleared. In the 45th minute however, Faversham scored a somewhat fortunate second to take a 2-1 lead into the break. The ball was chipped forward and, as it dropped, deflected off Miller and then Gillman and rolled into the path of Cook, whose low first time shot somehow got past the left hand of the diving Eason and into the net.
Whitstable failed to reach the same standards after half time and Faversham rarely looked like losing their hard earned lead. There was an early opportunity for the visitors when it looked as though Whitstable should have been awarded a free kick in their own half, but Faversham were allowed to break and the shot hit the side netting. A Faversham corner was then cleared by Eason as far as King, who worked himself a position to shoot, but his shot was blocked and Eason gathered the follow up. Dan Carrington was introduced from the Faversham bench and Fisher had to leave the field after a promising Whitstable debut, having been injured in an earlier challenge, to be replaced by James Trueman. A Chapman cross was not cut out and the ball reached Cook right in front of goal, but he shot straight at Eason.
Freeman came on for an injured Bryant and almost had an immediate impact, when a Stuart West header dropped to him on the edge of the box, but he could only steer his volley into the hands of Godmon. Whitstable made their final change, with Charlie Smith coming on for his 201st appearance. An in swinging corner threatened to curl straight in, but was kept out by the Faversham goalkeeper. At the other end though, Cook had two more great chances to make the game safe, firstly having a curling shot saved and then shooting too close to Eason after being played in by Danny Walder. Stephen Smith had dropped back to play in defence when Bryant was substituted and he was shown a yellow card after conceding a free kick in the 90th minute that was lifted over the bar by Chapman. Whitstable sent a few more balls into the Faversham penalty area in the added 5 minutes, but their defence were able to see the game out safely to claim the points.
Whitstable have in recent weeks now lost to both neighbours, Herne Bay and Faversham, when they were each bottom of the table. Next week they travel to meet Greenwich Borough, who are now the bottom team, having conceded 22 goals in their last 4 games, so Whitstable will be hoping not to make it a hat trick of such results.
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Dan Eason, John Walker, Taylor Fisher (James Trueman 60), Stuart West, Rob Gillman, Tom Bryant (Ricky Freeman 68), Michael Jenner, James Morrish (c), Stephen Smith, Miles Cornwell (Charlie Smith 77), Jordan Wright.
Sub (unused): Tom Walmsley
Goal: Jordan Wright 13
Yellow cards: Michael Jenner 29, John Walker 66, Stephen Smith 90.
Will Godman, Danny Divine, Jamie Maxted, Danny Walder, Matt Bourne (c), Ryan Huckle, Liam King, Ben Chapman, Dave Cook, George Monger (Dan Carrington 56), Ashley Miller.
Subs (unused): Luke Griffiths, Donvieve Jones, Charlie Owen, Harry Day.
Goals: Ashley Miller 24, Dave Cook 45.
Yellow cards: Danny Devine 43, Dan Carrington 88.
Referee: Graeme Ions
Assistants: Harry Phillips & Paul Hitchcott