Merstham 2 Whitstable Town 1

If football was based on possession & chances, then Whitstable would have won this game easily. But it is all about taking your chances and unfortunately on Saturday afternoon it was a combination of bad luck, good goalkeeping and wasted chances that resulted in Town’s third consecutive defeat in the league at Merstham.

Town’s possession started as early as the 2nd minute when Stuart Vahid sent a shot wide under pressure.  In the 5th minute they had another opportunity when Nicky Southall, who sent in some great crosses all afternoon, found Laurence Harvey who headed over.  Another Southall cross found Vahid in the 8th minute that put Town deservedly in front.  The lead only lasted 6 minutes as Amersham striker Roscoe Desane got on the end of a cross from  the right to fire home to bring the scores level.  Town continued to attack and in the 22nd minute Micheal Everitt sent the ball just wide. Two minutes later a long range effort from Dane Luchford also went wide of the post.

Unfortunately another break in 26th minute by Merstham winger Sam Tucknott – a thorn in Whitstable’s side, sent in a cross which was finished by Desane for his second of the afternoon.  A couple more opportunities in the first half went a begging that really should have taken Town in on level terms.

The second half was again a case of Town creating numerous chances. In the 47th minute a through ball by Jake Beecroft found Damian Abel who should have done better when one on one with the keeper.  Merstham did have one opportunity when Tucknott weaved his way through the defence only to shoot wide.

In the 59th minute luck was not on the Reds side as Southall hit a fantastic free kick which hammered against the cross bar and the rebound did not fall quite right for it to be finished.  Ten minutes later Luchford had a shot blocked by Dave Wilkinson in the Merstham goal.

A couple more chances came and went including an overhead kick from Lutchford which went just wide.

If Town continue to play this way and take their chances then the first points and a move up the table cannot be far away.

Team: Shaw, Hamshare, Groombridge (MacKenzie), Everitt, Hare, Harvey,  Southall, Beecroft, Vahid (Heard), Abel, Luchford.

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