Ashley Miller loops ball over Taylor for Town's first
Ashley Miller loops ball over Taylor for Town’s first

Whitstable Town 3 Eastbourne Town 2

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Tuesday 1st April 2014

Whitstable Town recovered from a two-one deficit to eventually win this vital Ryman League Division One (South) fixture at home to basement club Eastbourne Town on Tuesday evening.

The hosts started off gingerly allowing Eastbourne Town too much space. However Dan Keyte had the first opportunity when he had a shot deflected for a corner after nine minutes. However the visitors took the lead from the 13th minute when Tom Howard-Bold hooked the ball over Whitstable keeper Luke Watkins into the back of the net. Two minutes later prolific scorer Billy Medlock

Charlie Smith slots home second
Charlie Smith slots home second

could have doubled Eastbourne’s lead but his lob went over the cross bar. Whitstable equalised after 19 minutes when Ashley Miller got hold of the ball and placed it over keeper Joe Taylor and over the line. The Oystermen nearly took the lead after 24 minutes when Keyte shot just past the post but Eastbourne were to regain the lead when Howard- Bold unleashed a shot from 25 yards that sailed into the top corner of the Whitstable net giving Watkins no chance. Town did have one opportunity to  draw level in the 36th minute when Charlie Smith fired a header wide. Eastbourne went in at half time with a deserved two one win.

Nicky Southall had some strong words at half time which seemed to breathe life into Whitstable but the first opportunity came for Eastbourne when Layton Schaaf shot wide after 52 minutes. However a minute later Whitstable were level when Charlie Smith broke into the penalty area,held onto the ball and then slid it past Taylor into the net. The hosts were now on

Ashley Miller scores winner
Ashley Miller scores winner

the front foot and creating the better chances. After 55 minutes Miller again tormented the Eastbourne Town defence but this opportunity was saved by Taylor. Then two minutes later Scott Heard ran onto a loose ball but sent his shot just wide. After 68 minutes Matt Martin pulled the ball back from the by line but the ball went just behind Smith who could not get a shot away. On 73 minutes Miller shot wide and then on 76 minutes Eastbourne were reduced to ten men when goal scorer Howard-Bold was sent off for swearing at the linesman. Heard had a shot on 78 minutes which sailed just over the bar from 30 yards but Whitstable were not to be denied when Miller got the winner after 81 minutes slamming the ball into the net to give Town all three points. Despite one or two scares Whitstable held on for the three points.

Whitstable had turned the game around to seal the 3-2 win but must now be on their guard on Thursday as they entertain second placed Leatherhead.

Team: Watkins, Kane, Hafner, Murray, Harvey (Webb 54 mins), Guest, Heard, Maguire (Martin 75mins), Smith C, Miller, Keyte (Taylor 62 mins)