Dover Athletic Under 18s 5 Whitstable Town Under 18s 1

Kent Youth League Under18 South

Sunday 20th December 2015

Whitstable Town u18s went down 5-1 to undefeated league leaders Dover Athletic today in a hard fought game. Early injuries to Liam Minter and skipper Bradley Dale forced Town into changes, however the team spirit and willingness to work for each other was clear to see as Town gritted their teeth and worked tirelessly to display a very disciplined first half performance. The only goal in the first half came after a Dover corner fell to an unmarked man in the box who volleyed home. Town could have snatched an equaliser just before the break after a shot from Khaled Alshamri was parried out to the edge of the box where George Foulger was arriving. Time stood still with the Dover goalkeeper on the floor and the Whitstable players waiting for the ball to find the back of the empty net, but an unfortunate bounce and a rush of blood to the head saw Foulger volley over. An unlucky moment for Foulger, who has impressed since his recent arrival to the team. It’s worth mentioning that the chance was only created due to the midfielder’s sheer willingness to cover every blade of grass for his team.

Town started the second half in similar fashion; working hard for each other and trying to prise open the best defensive record in the league. Dover grabbed a second early on before the pace and power of Khaled Alshamri created a chance for Town to get back into the game. It was certainly not the prettiest goal as Alshamri pushed and barged his way down the line before a collision with the Dover captain saw the ball bobble through to put Josh Howland racing in on goal. A shot come cross was blocked by the Dover keeper only for the ball to find its way to Alshamri who seemed to appear out of nowhere after continuing his run to slide in and finish into an empty net. Town looked to push on but the strength of the Dover squad came into play as the game wore on. The pitch was typically boggy for this time of year, and Dover made changes to add fresh legs to the team which made a big difference, and a luxury not available to Town after suffering early injuries. As the game progressed the tired legs began to show and Dover began to gain control of the game and grab another three goal’s. In the end 5-1 perhaps flattered the Dover side although it was clear to see why they have won 10 out of 10 so far in the league.

It’s the Christmas break now for the u18s, who come back on the 10th January for the short trip to Herne Bay.

MOM: Joe Fairweather

A superb defensive performance from the big centre half who also showed great composure on the ball.

TEAM: Birch, Davies, Fitt, Foulger, Kupperblatt, Fairweather, Alshamri, Dale, Howland, Allen, Minter. SUBS: Bartlett, Phelps