Guernsey 2 Whitstable Town 2
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Saturday 16th August 2014
Whitstable Town lost a two goal lead on Saturday to draw two a piece away on Guernsey.
The early exchange led to few chances until the twelfth minute when Town had their first attempt as Tom Loynes got in behind the Guernsey defence and pulled the ball to Ian Pulman who sent the ball over the bar. This started a series of chances at both ends. After fourteen minutes Luke Winch shot but the ball was saved by Town keeper Luke Watkins. The rebound fell to Dominic Heaume who spooned the ball over the bar. Three minutes later Luke Watkins tried to clear but the ball rebounded wide off Winch. The
pressure was building on the Town defence and with a minute Winch again didn’t hit the target and set his shot over the bar and then on twenty minutes Heaume hooked the ball over the bar from a cross. However the visitors were still creating chances as Jake Mackenzie found Pulman but Guernsey keeper Chris Tardif pushed the ball around the post. From the resultant corner Joe Kennett headed over the bar. Then came a controversial moment after 32 minutes as Loynes was tripped in the penalty area. The referee immediately pointed to the spot and Pulman sent Tardif the wrong way to give Whitstable a one-nil half-time lead.
Town had the better of the early play in the second half as after 52 minutes Loynes hit a lob come cross that looped just over the bar and then Pulman hit a free kick straight at Tardif. However the game was now becoming end to end and on 58 minutes Craig Young was far too casual on the far post when he headed wide.
This was followed on the hour by a cross from Glen Dyer but substitute Marc McGrath headed wide. With 18 minutes to go Town took a two goal lead when Scott Heard found Kane Rowland who slotted the ball home from close range. The two goal lead only last five minutes as Dyer sent a delightful dipping shot into the Whitstable net and then on 80 minutes the scores were level when a curling shot from Young went goalward. Watkins perhaps should have done better but the ball found its way into the net. Both sides then had opportunities to take the lead. Dave Rihoy shot at Watkins who saved well and then McGrath had a header that went over the bar in the 90th minute. Mackenzie could have got the points for Town in injury time but he could not quite get a shot away and finally Peter Wedgeworth was hand to seal a point for the Town when he cleared off the line deep into injury time.
On reflection it was a entertaining game where the result could have gone either way. A point each was probably fair.
Team: Watkins, Doherty, Wedgeworth, Gray, Kennett, Treadwell, Heard, Girt, Pulman (Rowland 66mins),Mackenzie, Loynes