Charlie Smith heads winner
Charlie Smith heads winner

Whitstable Town 1 Maidstone United 0

Kent Senior Cup Quarter Final

Tuesday 19th November 2013

With Whitstable making wholesale changes from Saturday’s team, the young team played well to beat Maidstone United in the Kent Senior Cup Quarter Final.

Town started the better of the two teams with the first opportunity coming after four minutes when Craig Maguire sent in a cross which found Ollie Brown whose attempt went just wide. Three minutes later the hosts had a strong penalty appeal turned down when it appeared that a Maidstone defender handled the ball. Whitstable continued to press and after ten minutes Ollie Brown sent a header just wide of the target. The Stones had their first real chance after 27 minutes when ex Whitstable midfielder Alex Brown shot straight at Matt Byott in the Town goal. Only a minute later a cross by Sam Hallett at the other end reached Charlie Smith who could not get his shot away. Maidstone, who had also selected a young side then had

Celebrating winner
Celebrating winner

a couple of opportunities . Firstly after 32 minutes Alex Brown had a shot deflected wide. Graeme Andrews got on the end of the resultant corner but the attempt went wide of the target. Three minutes later Whitstable were back on the attack when Jordan Wells had a free kick deflected away. Man of the Match Laurence Harvey who marshalled the Town defence hit a shot from the edge of the area but the ball went wide. The Stones had the last chance of the half when Alex Fisher hit a long shot off balance and again the ball went wide. The half time whistle indicated the end of a highly entertaining first half.

The Stones looked more dangerous after the break and they the first chance of the half on 48 minutes when Ross Bassan forced a good save from Byott. A minute later and Jack Sullivan shot wide for the visitors. As the half progressed Town came more into the game and on the hour Smith shot over the bar. After 65 minutes Jordan Wells cut in from the right to test experienced Maidstone keeper Charlie Mitten. Then came the winning goal after 71 minutes with a pinpoint cross from Maguire which found Smith whose rose high to thump his header into the back of the net.  Town could have gone two up after 78 minutes when Craig Thompson put Jake Mackenzie free but he shot straight at Mitten. Three of chances then fell for Maidstone striker Zac Attwood. Firstly on 84 minutes he hit a header wide at the near post and then sent in  a shot three minutes later which was saved brilliantly by Byott who had an impressive debut in the Town goal. The save turned out to be unnecessary as the linesman was flagging for offside. Attwood was again denied by Byott in the last minute when the keeper made a fine save to his right to secure a Town victory.

Whitstable now await the draw for the semi final in a couple of weeks and the good cup form continues.

Team: Byott, Maguire, Hooper, Taylor, Harvey, Wells D, Brown, Wells  J (Mackenzie 71mins), Smith C, Simon (Heard 71mins), Hallett (Thompson 63 mins)