Whitstable Town 2 Worthing 1
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Saturday 9th November 2013
Whitstable Town gave a battling performance to take all three points at home to Worthing in the Ryman League Division One (South).
The game survived the bad weather and was played on a wet but playable pitch. The first half saw the early opportunities falling to the visitors who had their first attempt after three minutes when a header from Brandon O’Neill went wide of the target. Another header by Dan Turner also went the same way. Worthing continued to press and that saw Malachi Robinson hit a shot after seven minutes but he could not get any power on it and the ball slipped wide. Town had to wait until the 11th minute for their first chance when a header from Joe Kane from a Steve Hafner cross
went wide. Two minutes later Ashley Baverstock had a header that went over the bar. However Worthing had the lion’s share of the possession and after 18 minutes George Hayward shot on the turn but that again went wide. The hosts still looked dangerous on the break and a Baverstock ball in from the left found Craig Thompson who could not get his head over the ball and the attempt sailed over the bar. Worthing were continuing to attack but rarely hit the target. After 26 minutes the dangerous Chris O’Flannery shot over the bar from the edge of the penalty area and on the half hour he sent over a cross that was headed over by O’Neill. He was again in the action on 35 minutes when he shot straight at Town keeper Luke Watkins. Watkins was also on hand to save well from a Will Berry shot across goal. Then came the break though right on the stroke of half time as Town took the lead . Hafner put in a corner to the far post and Kane was on hand to blast a header past Simon Lenkys in the Worthing goal. The one goal lead had come a little against the run of play.
The second half started with the hosts more on the attack. After 51 minutes Ollie Brown shot wide and then two minutes later Town’s pressure paid off when Baverstock put James Morrish in and the midfielder fired home to put Whitstable two up. However Worthing were not going to lay down and die and after 64 minutes they pulled a goal back when O’Flannery broke free and slotted the ball past Watkins. With the gap tightened Worthing continued to press but were unable to break through a stout defence in which John Guest and Peter Huggens were resolute with clear chances down to a minimum. A couple of chances fell for Worthing but when the defence failed Watkins was on hand to save as he did from Mark Pulling after 81 minutes. There were some nerve jangling moments for the Town and they held out to take the win.
Town midfielder Jake MacKenzie took the man of the match award as he at time tormented the Worthing defence.
Team: Watkins, Kane, Webb, Hafner, Guest, Huggens, MacKenzie, Morrish, Thompson (Smith C 71mins), Baverstock (Harvey 78 mins), Brown (Hallett 85 mins)