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Phoenix Sports
Whitstable Town
Sat 15 Sep 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Full time Attendance 92

Phoenix Sports 0-2 Whitstable Town

Ten Men Phoenix punished by Freeman

Bostik South East Division

15th September

Phoenix Sports 0-2 Whitstable Town

Phoenix Sports 0-2 Whitstable Town
21 photos

Ricky Freeman was back at the Mayplace in a Whitstable team making their first visit to Barnehurst and he nearly got off to an incredible start when hooking a weak Steve Phillips clearance straight back over the keepers head in the first minute. Fortunately that one went just wide but it was a sign of the danger to come. Minutes later the Oystermen should really have had the lead but Jordan Wright fired over when he really should have done better.

Phoenix then eased in to the game and created a few chances. Jeff Duah-Kessie glanced a Probets cross inches wide before he probably should have done better when through one-on-one with the Whitstable keeper Dan Eason. Undecided exactly how to finish Jeff scuffed a shot straight at the man in goal and a good opportunity to take the lead had gone.

Then Whitstable scored. During the week Whitstable had signed Stephen Smith from Glebe FC and the target man is perfect for the style that Manager Scott Porter loves to employ. He reacted best to a long goal kick, flicked it on and Freeman pounced to place the ball past the diving Phillips. 1-0 and you just knew it would be him.

Five minutes later and the Phoenix Sports task got even harder. Jack Barry slid in to win a loose ball but with his studs showing, his opponent reacted badly. Barry then got thrown to the ground by the Whitstable player leaving the referee a decision to make. The Red Card came out for Barry for the poor challenge but seemingly the referee had missed the heated reaction and didn't even book the other player. Two Red Cards would have been more understandable but just the one seemed a little bit of a bottle job. On a number of occassions the man in black seemed to be influenced by the antics of the away side and this was certainly one of them.

A reshuffle to a 4-4-1 formation was called for to see the half out with the aim of not conceding again before the impending break.

Steve Smith had other ideas though and came millimetres away from doubling the visitors lead when curling a 20 yard effort onto the inside of the post. A sublime effort from one of my favourite non-league players but fortunately on this occassion the luck was against him. The rebound from the woodwork however fell straight to Jordan Wright again but once more he shot over when it looked easier to hit the target!

Wright was having a bad half. Just before the half was out he finally found the net only to have his celebration cut short when he noticed the linesman's flag waving in the wind.

Half-Time - Phoenix Sports 0-1 Whitstable Town

Phoenix needed to come out of the traps flying, and that they did. The referee was soon to let them down again though. Big Jeff beat his man on the edge of the area and charged towards goal from a tight angle. Teddy Nelson was the last man to beat and slid in to stop the Phoenix frontman getting past. Jeff cleverly clipped the ball over him but was then wiped out by the sliding defender, preventing him from completing the attack. Stonewall penalty for me but Mr Elliot Kaye waved to play on and the perfect chance to equalise was gone.

Whitstable continued to play route one. It worked well for them in the SCEFL last season as they gained promotion and two Cup wins but won them few fans. Their own rabble who travelled up from the coast were in fine voice all game so full credit to them and often sung about their love of the 'Scott Porter Way' of playing the game, or hoofing the ball up the pitch as most others know it. Apart from the goal the Phoenix defence had dealt with the aerial threat reasonably well but with the need to attack and get back in the game becoming more desperate gaps were being left in our own half.

In the 69th minute Whitstable exploited one of these gaps and got the games second goal. A cross field ball found Steve Smith out wide and in space and with the opportunity to charge at goal. As he approached Phillips, Smith squared the ball to Freeman who, under pressure from Ashley Probets, managed to tuck the ball into the bottom corner. 2-0 and Freeman again. The former Phoenix man got clattered by Probets for his efforts and had to leave the field soon after, but he will be happy with his afternoons work.

Two-nil down and with ten men it was mission impossible for Phoenix now. Whitstable were happy to sit back and soak up the pressure. Smith got substituted to join Freeman on the sidelines and the game drew to a close.

Full Time - Phoenix Sports 0-2 Whitstable Town

A bad day at the office for our boys and two League defeats on the spin means a current 9th place position in the table. Whitstable deserved the win so good luck to them.

Next Saturday sees the all important trip to Hendon FC in the FA Cup. From their ground you can almost see Wembley and should we win another 10 games in that competition we will be playing there. First of all we have to get past a decent side on an awful pitch. There are some good 3g pitches out there. This aint one of them. It won't be easy, especially now Barry joins Hopkins out but on our day we can be a match for anyone. Lets just hope this is our day.

#COYP


Photo Credit: Alan Coomes

Bostik South East Results
15th September 2018

Ashford United 1-3 Cray Wanderers
East Grinstead Town 3-1 VCD Athletic
Greenwich Borough 4-0 Guernsey
Horsham 1-0 Herne Bay
Hythe Town 3-1 Hastings United
Phoenix Sports 0-2 Whitstable Town
Ramsgate 2-1 Thamesmead Town
Sevenoaks Town 2-2 Haywards Heath Town
Sittingbourne 2-1 Whyteleafe
Three Bridges 2-4 Faversham Town

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Phoenix Sports 0-2 Whitstable Town
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Team selection

Phillips, Steve Phillips, Steve
Probets, Ashley Probets, Ashley
Young, Danny Young, Danny
Barry, Jack Barry, Jack
Andrews, Ryan Andrews, Ryan
Clarke, Lewis Clarke, Lewis
Lee, Conrad Lee, Conrad
Robinson, Tony Robinson, Tony
Miller, Johnny Miller, Johnny
Duah-Kessie, Jeff Duah-Kessie, Jeff
Aldridge, Alfie Aldridge, Alfie

League round up

Other South East Division results

Ashford United
1
3
Cray Wanderers
East Grinstead Town
3
1
4
0
Guernsey
Horsham
1
0
Hythe Town
3
1
Hastings United
Sevenoaks Town
2
2
Sittingbourne
2
1
Whyteleafe

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Cray Wanderers 12 34
2. Hastings United 11 27
3. VCD Athletic 12 24
4. Phoenix Sports 13 24
5. Hythe Town 12 23
6. Whyteleafe 10 18
7. Haywards Heath Town 12 18

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