Whitstable Town 1 Chatham Town 2
Saturday 26th July 2014
Whitstable Town paid the penalty for a slow start as they went down 2-1 at home to Chatham Town in Saturday’s pre-season friendly.
They found themselves one down after only four minutes when Abraham Alalde was left free by the Whitstable defence and slotted the ball home to give the visitors the lead. Whitstable did have their first attack after sixteen minutes when Scott Heard, on the turn, fired over the bar. The game then settled with few chances being created. Chatham did have an attack after half an hour when a header from Lewes Knight was collected by Luke Watkins in the Town goal.
Three minutes later the ever dangerous Tom Loynes put in a cross that found Ryan Golding whose header was gathered by Jack Bradshaw in the Chat’s goal. Two minutes later Watkins in the Town goal had to be at his best to turn a free kick from Lee Hales around the right hand post for a corner. Chatham continued to have the best of the chances and after 38 minutes Joe Loft drove a shot from 25 yards over the bar and then Watkins saved Whitstable again after 40 minutes when he tapped the ball over the bar from Jamie Lawrence. Luke Girt did have a chance three minutes for the hosts before half time when he hit a shot wide of the post.
There was a little more purpose in Whitstable’s play after the break and they were level after 54 minutes when a unnecessary push by Kieran Edwards on Loynes lead to a penalty which Golding sent into the corner of the net. It took a moment of magic for the Chat’s to regain the lead when Ade Yussuf saw Watkins off his line, took a second to think, and looped the ball over the Town goalkeeper into the back of the net. The game was now
becoming more entertaining as both sides kept up the attacks. On 72 minutes Heard dummied and then shot but Bradshaw collected the ball easily. On 81 minutes came two chances that came close to providing goals. Firstly Edwards hit a shot that cannoned off the inside of the Whitstable post and then on the counter attack Conner Hefferman tried to loop the ball over Bradshaw with a sublime attempt. The ball ricocheted off the underside of the bar and away. The Oystermen continued to press for an equaliser and had two chances towards the end. With two minutes to go Golding turned on the ball but Bradshaw saved and then with a minute to go, Loynes had a shot that went wide.
It was another good work out for both sides with plenty to learn as the season is now only two weeks away.