TOWN GO DOWN TO DISAPPOINTING DEFEAT

Nick Treadwell challenges
Nick Treadwell challenges

Walton & Hersham 4 Whitstable Town 1

Ryman Football League Division One (South)

Saturday 8th August 2015

Whitstable had to wait for 75 minutes before really threatening at Walton & Hersham and in the meantime found themselves four down before Chris Seenan provided a consolation in a 4-1 defeat.

The first forty minutes of the first half provided very little in the way of chances as firstly after nine minutes Sam Bewick hit a cross far too close to the Walton & Hersham keeper to threaten. On eleven minutes Aaron Watson put in a cross come shot that flew over the bar for the hosts. At this stage Walton & Hersham took control and it was Jack Battie who hit a tame shot at Town keeper Adam Highsted

Kane Rowland blasts penalty over
Kane Rowland blasts penalty over

and on 38 minutes Andre Scarlett hit a snap shot from the edge of the area over the bar. The chances became more meaningful after forty minutes as Myles  Powponne headed just wide from a cross by Battie.  Within 2 minutes of the interval the Swans hit twice as firstly Andrew Mensah hit a shot from the edge of the area into the corner of the net and then it was Watson who fed Powpenne who strolled the ball into an empty net. Right on the half time whistle Watson should have done better when he shot straight at Highsted.

Town started the second half slightly brighter as first Kieron Campbell curled a shot in over the bar and then Ollie Gray headed into Nick Treadwell but he headed wide. However the hosts looked increasingly dangerous as Scarlett hit a long range shot wide and Highsted had to then save from

Chris Seenan gets his first goal for Town
Chris Seenan gets his first goal for Town

John Oyenvga on the hour. Within a minute the hosts were three up when Dominic Ogun sent in a corner that found Mensah on far post and he converted his header easily. Town did have a golden opportunity on 64 minutes when Chris Seenan was brought down in the box. However Kane Rowlands penalty went high over the bar. On 66 minutes Rowland could have made amends but his attempt was saved by home keeper Luke Badiali. Within a minute Town’s woes were complete when Luke Doherty was caught in possession and Powpoune pounced on a loose ball and fired home.  Town now started to create some chances and pulled back the consolation as Rowland harassed the Walton defence and the ball went through to Seenan who walked the ball into the net. Three more chances fell for Town as firstly Ira Jackson hit a cross but nobody was on hand to convert,  then Kane Rowland had a goal ruled out for offside and finally Campbell hit  a long range shot wide.

However it was all too late as Whitstable must now regroup for the tough home game against Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday evening.

Team: Highsted, Garner (Cheek 65 mins), Robinson (Smith 65mins), Treadwell, Doherty, Gray, Keyte (Rowland (57mins), Bewick, Seenan, Jackson, Campbell