Herne Bay 0 Whitstable Town 2
Ryman Football League Division One South
Monday 28th December 2015
Whitstable Town fought so hard for all three points in a 2-0 win in front of a crowd of 730 at Herne Bay on Christmas Monday.
It all started so brightly for Town as a deep Reiss Crimmen throw in after three minutes went into a crowd of players in the Herne Bay penalty area eventually falling for Dean Grant to pock the ball away to give Whitstable the lead. On five minutes
it was Charlie Smith who threatened the home goal as he had a shot saved by Bay keeper Jack Delo. Herne Bay now started to press strongly and it was Elliot Cutts who had a shot well saved by Town keeper Dan Eason. Bay for a time then laid siege on the Town defence as firstly a cross from Liam Quinn found Cutts who could not quite steer the ball in the right direction. Cutts continued to be the danger as he had a shot deflected wide. The Town defence held up well with some resolute defending as was demonstrated on 25 minutes as following a melee the ball was cleared off the line. Ex Whitstable striker Danny Williams, put in a ball to Mark Lovell but he too could not get this attempt on target. The chances were coming thick and fast but there was no way past the Whitstable back four. On 29 minutes Dan Johnson broke into the penalty area but was blocked and then a looping shot from Michael Turner was turned over by Eason. Despite the pressure Town still looked dangerous on the break often causing problems for the Bay back line.
Bay started the second half on the attack as two minutes into the half Quinn headed wide. The pendulum swung the other way and is was Town who took control. On 50 minutes Sam Bewick broke through but his effort was saved by Jack Delo. Sam Conlon was next in on the act as on 55 minutes he scuffed a shot wide. Town were able to capitalise on this period of pressure as Harry Stannard turned in from the left and unleashed a shot that rocketed into the top of the net to give Delo no chance and increase Town’s lead. Town continued pressing for a third and it was Grant who then had a shot well saved by Delo and this was followed by Ricardo Thompson (on work experience from Gillingham) who weaved his way into the penalty area and shot wide. As Town tired Bay took back the initiative as on 74 minutes a cross from Danny Walder went right across the Town goalmouth with nobody able to turn the ball over the line. Dan Eason held firm as he saved well a header that came in with ten minutes to go. Right on the end of normal time the ball slammed into the Town upright and then Eason again saved brilliantly to deny Herne Bay. In between Dean Grant broke and ran 40 yards before firing wide of the target when one on one with the advancing Delo.
Town however held on for their three points which was down to superb defending and good finishing to keep the dream of survival still alive. More performances like this will give them a great chance.
Team: Eason, Thompson, Crimmen, Conlon (Adjei 80mins), Sayer, Kennett, Wilson, Bewick, Smith, Grant, Stannard.