Worthing 5 Whitstable Town 3
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Saturday 5th September 2015
Whitstable fought hard to pull back a two goal deficit to eventually lose 5-3 in an entertaining fixture at Worthing on Saturday afternoon.
Worthing started the game like an express train and threatened to overrun Whitstable as the visitors tried to adjust to the new 3G surface. Their early pressure was rewarded on seven minutes when a cross from Callum Overton hit a cross ball found Matt Axcell who slot home. Overton was in again on nine minutes but his attempt was blocked by his team mate Ben Pope. Town keeper Adam Highsted tipped the ball over from Harvey Sparks on ten minutes. Town did create their first opportunity on 17 minutes when a Scott Heard cross found Charlie Smith who headed down but the ball was easily collected by Worthing keeper Rikki Banks. Things got worse for Town on 18
minutes when a Sparks cross found Brannon O’Neill who tapped the ball home from close range. However Whitstable were to get a life line on 27 minutes when Charlie Smith pounced on a defensive mix up and slotted the ball past Banks. Worthing continued to press and on 31 minutes Steve Metcalf curled in a shot that was saved by Highsted and then on 38 minutes the hosts regained their two goal lead when Overton stabbed the ball as the Whitstable defence struggled to clear.
Town looked better in the second half and their first opportunity came in the 51st minute when Sam Bewick put in a ball that was headed wide by Smith. Worthing could have increased their lead on 56 minutes when an overhead kick into the area from Pope found Will Hendon who fired over the bar. On the hour Ira Jackson was brought down in the penalty area and up stepped Bewick who sent his shot into the right hand corner of the net to narrow the deficit. A couple of opportunities at the other end as firstly Metcalf hit a shot that saved well by Highsted and then a free kick from Lloyd Dawes through the wall was easily collected by the Town keeper. With a quarter of an hour to go a cross come shot from Kieron Campbell went through a crowd of player into the corner of the net to bring the scores level. Worthing reacted quickly and within three minutes they retook the lead as Dawes thumped home a shot from the left and then two minutes later Pope turned and shot into the top corner of the net to seal the three points. Town did push forward to try to get back into the
game as Jamie Taylor hit a shot from distance over the bar and then Craig Thompson headed down to Josh Algar whose attempt also went over. One more chance for Worthing as Pope broke through only to be blocked by Highsted in injury time. Smith came close to a consolation deep into injury time when got on the end of a Bewick cross but headed over.
Town’s fight back was not enough but did show some character that needs to be taken into the next few games.
Team: Highsted, Cheek, Crimmen (Thompson 49mins), Robinson, McGeehan (Algar 72mins), Taylor, Heard, Bewick, Smith, Rowland (Jackson 59mins), Campbell