Walton & Hersham 1 Whitstable Town 2
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Saturday 9th February 2013
Whitstable came away from Walton & Hersham on Saturday with three points after a tough battle against the Swans. These were the first points that the Town have taken away from Stampond Lane since we joined the Ryman League six seasons ago.
It started well for Whitstable as they created all the early opportunities. As early as the 11th minute Jack Parter turned and hit a shot over the bar. Two minutes later Scott Heard hit a long range shot which went wide. Again after 15 minutes Buster Smissen found himself one on one with Kyle Mersen in the hosts goal who black his goal attempt. The rebound came to Jake Beecroft whose rebound shot was easily gathered by Mersen. The game then settled down with Walton & Hersham looking dangerous on the break. However after 26 minutes James Morrish was challenged in the penalty area. The referee controversially waved away the appeals for a penalty. After 31 minutes the Swans had their first clear opportunity but the ball was cleared away after there appeared to be some confusion in the Town defence. There was a further chance for the hosts four minutes before the interval when Liam Collins put in a cross which was met by Chris Grayland whose header was cleared off the line by Parter.
The teams went in at half time with the scores level and neither side had been able to find the net. The second half started with Walton & Hersham putting a little more pressure on the Town goal. Four minutes into the half Chris Wales tried an difficult over head kick which went wide. Town were still creating opportunities and after 53 minutes they took the lead when Morrish threaded a ball through to Smissen who found himself one on one with Mersen. This time he slid the ball past the keeper into the corner of the net. After 59 minutes the Swans has an chance to equalise but Wales sent his shot over the bar. However only one minute later Connor French weaved his way through the Town defence. As he closed in on goal Parter brought him down and the referee had no hesitation to point to the penalty spot. Parter was injured in the tackle and was replaced but could have considered himself fortunate no to receive any card. Up stepped Walton & Hersham striker Graeme Purdy who fired his spot kick past Nick Shaw to equalise.
The hosts then started to look more dangerous. Purdy was blocked by George Crimmen and Shaw to prevent the attack developing. Then two minutes later a shot from Grayland went wide but then against the run of play Town won a corner. Beecroft sent the ball into the penalty area. He found
Billy Parkinson who tapped in the winner from close in. That seemed to clip the wings of the Swans as they were only able to create one more chance in the last minute when substitute Jaymo Eldis shot wide.
The final whistle was welcome as Town had gained a hard earned win in what was a physical and at times bad tempered game.
Team Shaw, Brunt, Parter (MacKenzie 60mins), Everitt, Harvey, Crimmen, Heard, Morrish (Parkinson 53 mins), Smissen, Beecroft, Hanshaw (Williams 81 mins)