James Morrish opens the scoring
James Morrish opens the scoring

Whitstable Town 4 Ramsgate 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 10th September 2013

A rejuvenated Whitstable Town produced their best performance of the season as they hammered Ramsgate 4-1 at the Belmont on Tuesday evening.

The game started brightly for the Town and they found themselves ahead after only seven minutes when a cross from Scott Heard found James Morrish who hooked the ball into the back of the net. On 13 minutes Ramsgate had their first opportunity when ex Whitstable striker Ian Pulman pulled the ball back across the penalty area. The ball took a deflection but Luke Watkins was on hand to save. Town continued to look lively and after 25 minutes Heard sent a cross in to the penalty box to Charlie Smith whose attempt was gathered  well by Ramsgate keeper Darren Hawkes.  The ever dependable Morrish continued to threaten and after 26 minutes hit a shot that hit the cross bar. Ramsgate continued to look

Scott Heard heads second
Scott Heard heads second

dangerous on the break and Aaron Millbank shot just wide after 28 minutes.  Heard was again in the action after 31 minutes as he put Jack Simon through but the young debutant sent his shot just wide of the target. Town were now well on top and after 39 minutes Smith got himself on the end of a cross at the far post but could not quite find the target. However a minute later Town extended their lead when Heard got on the end of high through ball. As Hawkes advanced Heard was able to get his head to the ball and the ball bounced into the net.  As the game reached half time Town continued to stretch the Rams defence and went in deservedly two nil up.

Whatever was said in the Ramsgate dressing room seemed to have a positive effect as they became more threatening. After 51 minutes Ben Laslett had an attempt that was well saved  by Watkins. A minute later  Town had a penalty appeal turned down as there seemed to be hand ball in the penalty area. Tom Chapman then had an opportunity for the Rams after 61 minutes but shot high over the bar. Two minutes later Watkins was back in the action when following

Charlie gets his first of the evening
Charlie Smith gets his first of the evening

a melee in the Town penalty area,  he saved from point blank range. Town weathered the storm and after 68 minutes Jake Mackenzie had a shot that went straight into Hawkes’ arms.  Two minutes later Smith was able to extend the lead further when his first shot was parried by Hawkes but he was on hand to put the second chance into the back of the net. The three goal lead only lasted three minutes as following another melee in the Town penalty area the defence were unable to clear the ball which eventually fell to James Everitt who fired home. However Town were able to make sure of the points with ten minutes to go when Charlie Smith met the ball and fired home for second goal of the evening and Town’s fourth. Town had another opportunity after 85 minutes when Heard sent in a shot that Hawkes saved easily. With two minutes to go Watkins was on hand again to save well to keep out Ramsgate. On the stroke of full time Heard hit a shot from 25 yards that went just over the bar.

An excellent performance by Whitstable which gave them three very well deserved points on a damp Belmont evening.

Team: Watkins, Hafner, Hooper (Keyte 77mins),Huggens, Wells D, Cox, Heard, Morrish, Smith C (Lester  84 mins), MacKenzie (Webb 80 mins), Simon.