Deal Town Under 18s 1 Whitstable Town Under 18s 9

Kent Youth League Under 18 South

Sunday 13th September 2015

The U18’s were in fine form on Sunday morning as they put nine past Deal Town.

Whitstable looked to dominate the game early on and had good possession, moving the ball around waiting for the right moment to put pressure on the Deal defence. That moment came on 12 minutes when Joe Remington picked up the ball in the right back position, and fed Josh Howland with a great through ball. Howland finished superbly to make it 1-0. Whitstable continued to pile on the pressure and got their second goal on 18 minutes. Kailan Webb zipped a defence splitting pass through for Howland to latch onto again. The outcome was never in doubt as the striker slotted the ball home for his second of the game. The third goal was an early contender for goal of the season. On 30 minutes, Jordan Bartlett baffled two Deal defenders with his foot work before feeding Bradley Dale, who took a touch out of his feet before sending the ball into the top corner like an arrow, from all of 25 yards. Ryan Birch made a vital save just before half time to ensure town went in at the break with the score at 3-0.

Whitstable were determined to put last week’s disappointing second half display firmly in the past by building on the first half performance. After weathering a five minute onslaught from the Deal attack, Town soon got back into their passing football and dominated the remainder of the game. The fourth goal game after some good play between Ted Bowie and Kailan Webb down the left, which saw the later cross for Josh Howland to claim his hat trick on 50 minutes. Everything Howland touched today seemed to turn to gold as he then went on to unselfishly set up Jordan Bartlett only minutes later to make it 5-0. Howland then grabbed his fourth after a delightful touch from big centre half Scott Dale set him up perfectly to finish in the bottom corner.  Town were now in full control and passing the ball around the pitch with great confidence, waiting for the right moment to present itself to launch another attack. This came when Howland fed the hard working Khaled Alshamri, who outpaced the Deal defence to grab his first of the game. This was soon followed by another moment of magic from Jordan Bartlett, who left not only the Deal defence scratching their heads, but the spectators as well. There looked to be no space left on the pitch when Bartlett rounded 3 Deal defenders seemingly on the bi-line and slotted the ball past the keeper to make it 8-0. Deal grabbed themselves a consolation goal before Alshamri finished off the goal scoring with his second of the game.

Manager Chris Woollcott said, “We had a point to prove today after last week and the boys reacted brilliantly. A great team performance, I don’t think anyone out there would have got less than 8 out of 10. That performance just shows what this team are capable of.”

Team: Birch, Remington, Davies, Webb, Dale, Wickham, Alshamri, Dale, Howland, Bartlett, Allen Sub Wedgeworth ​