Micheal Everitt scores opener
Micheal Everitt scores opener

Whitstable Town 2 Three Bridges 1

Ryman League Division One (South)

Saturday 27th April 2013

Whitstable Town ended the season on a high as they beat Three Bridges at the Belmont on Saturday afternoon.

Whitstable spent long periods in control of the first half but as has been the story of the season there were few on target attempts. Their first attack in the sixth minute ended with Jake Beecroft  firing over the bar. After ten minutes Town had their best attempt of the half when after good work by Buster Smissen the ball came to stand in striker Laurence Harvey who attempted to lob Jess Grimstone in the Three Bridges goal. The keeper did well to tip the ball over the bar. Three minutes later Smissen

James Everitt brought down
James Everitt brought down

could not get a shot away in the visitors penalty area. The ball ran to Harvey whose attempt was easily saved by Grimstone. Five minutes later Micheal Everitt spooned a shot over the bar.

Three Bridges then had a corner after 22 minutes. Abub Touray’s cross bounced off the cross bar and away. Six minutes later, a skilful interchange led to a shot by Micheal Everitt but his effort went wide. After 31 minutes the ever dangerous Elliott Romane broke free for the visitors but was forced off the ball by George Crimmen who prevented a meaningful  shot. Another chance seven minutes for the visitors as Tim Rivers hooked the ball over the bar after good work by Romane. Brimstone, in the Three Bridges goal, was forced to make a great save as Adam Woollcott unleashed a shot. The keeper managed to stretch and tip the ball away for a corner. Just on half time Three Bridges defender Joel O’Hara shot just wide.

The second half started with Three Bridges on the attack. A melee in the Town defence but there was no one on hand to find the net. After 54 minutes a ball in by Ollie Lee found Harvey but his header went over the bar.  Touray then shot over the bar for Three Bridges after 60 minutes. Then three minutes later Town took the lead when the visitors defender Hassan Nyang could not clear the ball and it fell to Micheal Everitt whose shot hit the back of the net.  After 71 minutes James Morrish broke free and was one on one with Grimstone. He had the opportunity to lay the ball off to Harvey or Smissen but chose to go himself but Grimstone was able to push the ball wide for a corner. Lee headed over from the resultant corner. As the game moved into the last eight minutes Three Bridges got the equaliser as O’Hara fired home from two yards after the Town defence seemed to go to sleep.  Parity only lasted for five minutes as James Everitt was brought down in the penalty area. He stepped up to take the kick and despite appearing to mishit his attempt. The ball however found its way into the corner to give Town all three points.

James Everitt fires home penalty -- was it a mishit ?
James Everitt fires home penalty — was it a mishit ?

Team: Ruddy, Axford, Crimmen,  Everitt M, Harvey, Lee, Woollcott (Cobb 74 mins), Morrish, Smissen (Everitt J 74 mins), Beecroft, Brunt (Raggett D 79mins)

Att 154