Whitstable Town Under 18’s 2 Hollands & Blair 3

Kent Youth League Under 18 South

Sunday 6th September 2015

The U18’s kicked off their league season on Sunday, narrowly missing out on the points to a well organised Hollands & Blair side.

Town started the match well, and began to control the first period, playing some very nice football along the way. On 15 minutes a quick passing move saw Josh Howland released through the middle, who rounded the keeper only to be hacked down by the on rushing Hollands & Blair number 1. The referee deemed a yellow card sufficient punishment and the resulting free kick from Keegan Wickham sailed over the bar.

Town made the break through after a good team move down the left. The ball was moved around and eventually found it’s way to the impressive Jordan Bartlett who rounded two players before drilling a cross into the box. The ball deflected out towards the penalty spot, where midfield man Bradley Dale was waiting to slot the ball into the bottom corner. 1-0.

The Hollands & Blair forwards were pressing high up the pitch in an attempt to stop Town passing out from the back, so Town keeper Ryan Birch was forced to play straight into the midfield which he did with great accuracy. One of these passes lead to Town’s second goal as the ball was played into Kailan Webb who the found Bartlett 10 yards inside his own half. Bartlett then went on a great solo run taking on 3 or 4 defenders down the left before a great finish from an almost impossible angle. 2-0.

As half time approached Town looked very comfortable at 2-0. However some sloppy play saw the ball given away cheaply allowing Hollands & Blair to counter attack and score on the stroke of half time. 2-1

The second half was a different game all together with Hollands & Blair dominating the most part, stopping Whitstable playing their passing football and attacking in numbers. With 5 minutes to go the score was 2-2 with Town hanging on for a point, only for the impressive Yeni Yusuph to pop up at the back post and deny Town a point in the last minutes with his second goal of the game. And that’s how the game finished. A disappointing result but many positives to take from the game.

Town manager Chris Woollcott said, “Obviously the boys are disappointed to lose like that in the last minutes of the game, but we take the positives out of the game and build for next week. We dominated the first half and played some really nice stuff. Ryan Birch was different class in goal and we got a glimpse of what Jordan Bartlett can do today. We have only been together a few weeks and the progress has been brilliant so far, and 3 players signed forms for the u21’s side today which is great to see as we want as many of these boys as possible to develop and progress to the next level at this club.”