Matty Guilla heads in but goal is ruled out
Matty Guilla heads in but goal is ruled out

Three Bridges 2 Whitstable Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 27th September 2014

Whitstable Town came away pointless from Three Bridges on Saturday afternoon after going down two-one .

The first quarter of an hour saw both teams testing each other out but it was the hosts who started to get a grip on the game mainly via the ever dangerous

Kieron Thorp saves Ryan Golding's penalty
Kieron Thorp saves Ryan Golding’s penalty

Abu Touray who had the first attempt of the game on fifteen minutes when the winger came in on the far post but shot over.  However he was not to be denied as the ball came free to him a minute later and he slammed the ball into centre of the net to give the hosts the lead. Six minutes later, Town had a goal ruled out for pushing when Matty  Guilla got on the end of a cross from Scott Heard and headed home but the referee had blown up for the infringement.  Heard delivered another cross on 25 minutes to Guila but this

Kane Rowland gets Town's goal
Kane Rowland gets Town’s goal

time he headed over. Within a minute at the other end Allan Tait tapped a ball through the Town defence but his attempt rolled through but hit the upright. However on 29 minutes, Three Bridges increased their lead as John Lansdale fed a ball to Matt Whitehead whose shot flew past Watkins in to the back of the net. Town started to create some chances but did not really threaten the goal. With five minutes until the interval Ryan Golding turned in the box and thrashed a shot against the Three Bridges  post and then on 43 minutes Town were awarded a penalty for a foul on Kane Rowland. Unfortunately Golding penalty lacked his normal power and Kieron Thorp saved easily.

The second half started with Town showing more purpose and they reduced the arrears after 51 minutes when Tom Loynes hit a cross deep into the penalty area and Kane Rowland side footed the ball home.  On the hour Three Bridges could have increased the lead when Ben Godfrey sent a free kick straight into the Whitstable wall and when the rebound came to him he fired over.  On 64 minutes Heard put Loynes through but the Town winger’s shot was deflected wide.  Within two minutes Town were unlucky not to draw level as a Peter Wedgeworth free kicke cannoned into the underside of the bar and was cleared away. The game continued end to end but neither side were able to create any really meaningful chances and Three Bridges were able to hold on to the three points.

It had been a disappointing afternoon for Town who did not build on the recent home successes but now must regroup for the vital local derby on Tuesday away at Sittingbourne.

Team: Watkins, Mackenzie, Wedgeworth  (Crimmen 75 mins), Doherty, Kennett, Treadwell, Heard, Guila  (Girt 60mins), Golding (Gray 75mins), Rowland, Loynes.