Three Bridges 1 Whitstable Town 0
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Saturday 11th January 2014
Whitstable Town went down to a disappointing one nil defeat at struggling Three Bridges on Saturday.
Both teams had to adjust to very difficult conditions due to the recent poor weather with the surface very boggy in places. It took time for both sides to settle and it was Three Bridges who had the first opportunity after nine minutes when Nigel Brake hit a free kick from the edge of the penalty area high over the bar. Town had to wait until 17 minutes for their first chance when Scott Heard had an attempted shot blocked and cleared away. The stalemate continued with few chances being created. On 29 minutes Dan Keytehad a header for Town that looped up and was cleared easily.The chance broke down and Tony Garrod had a shot at the other end that was deflected just wide of the target by Abu Touray. Three Bridges then created a chance when Jon Dollery on the
right shot across the goal but again it wide. Luke Watkins had to make the first real save of the game after 40 minutes when Garrod shot and the Town keeper was on hand to prevent Bridges taking the lead. With two minutes to go before half time Laurence Harvey headed on to Ashley Baverstock whose attempt was saved by Martin Grant. Just on half time Town had their best chance of the half when Baverstock broke free, beat the keeper but the angle was too tight and the ball went wide.
Town were defending well and in the early part of the second half reduced Bridges to three long range chances that did not hit the target. Firstly a minute into the half Matt Daniel shot wide followed by Lee Carney with the same result after 50 minutes. Williams Peauroux hit his attempt high over the bar after 57 minutes. Town had their first chance of the second half when Craig Thompson
had two attempts from close range but both were cleared away. Then on 78 minutes Jordan Wells should have done better with a free kick from just outside the area but the ball went high over the bar. With ten minutes to go there was a melee in the Bridges penalty area but the ball eventually went wide for a goal kick. Two minutes later Touray broke free on the left but his attempt went wide. On 83 minutes Peauroux had a shot deflected on to the post and then as the game appeared to be moving towards a scoreless draw the ball came to Three Bridges captain Carney and he fired home with five minutes to go from just by the penalty spot to give the hosts the points. A couple of chances in the last five minutes came to nothing in Town’s hunt for an equaliser.
It was a disappointing afternoon for Whitstable who must now pick themselves up for their game away at Burgess Hill on Tuesday.
Team: Watkins, Kane (Maguire 58 mins), Webb, Wells D, Harvey, Guest, Heard, Keyte, Thompson, Baverstock (Smith C 66mins) Hafner (Wells J 66 mins)