Lordswood keep solid despite late Whitstable surge
Whitstable Town 2-3 Lordswood (att: 103)
Saturday 13 September 2003
Go Travel Kent League Premier Division
by Darrell Harman
The game started off slowly but as it went on got more exciting
for the fans, but maybe not for the managers.
In the seventh minute, Marc Seger turned quickly inside
Lordswood's penalty area and saw his shot go wide before Steve Clements
received the ball and from twenty yards shot straight at Whitstable goalkeeper
The first bit of excitement came soon afterwards when Clements
running through from halfway passed to James Short who won Lordswood a free
kick just outside the penalty area.
Steve Weeks stepped up to float the ball over the wall and into
the top right hand corner.
Lordswood increased their lead two minutes later when Short on
halfway on the right wing passed into the middle for Andy Freeman to run into
the penalty area and slid the ball past the advancing goalkeeper Reynolds.
Whitstable started to create some chances and in the 16th
minute John Utterson received the ball in the area, turned quickly but saw his
shot go wide. This happened again after 29 minutes, another chance went
begging in the moments later when Dominic Harkins flicked the ball forward
into the penalty area for former Bromley striker Andy Constable who from eight
yards blasted over the Lordswood crossbar.
Nine minutes before the break there was a goalmouth scramble
and the Lordswood defence failed to clear the ball and Seger's shot was
deflected by Constable and Paul Piggott dived low to his left and saved on the
The last chance of the half came in the 41st minute when Lee
Whitehead tested Lordswood goalkeeper Piggott.
Whitstable started the second half with the upper
hand and reduced the arrears after 52 minutes. Lordswood lost possession in
midfield and the ball fell at Constable's feet and from twenty yards his
bullet shot crashed into the net.
Lordswood rose to Whitstable's challenge and after
57 minutes Michael Dodsworth played a ball out to Weeks. He exchanged a
one-two with Short and crossed to the back post where Dodsworth was waiting
but his shot was saved by Reynolds.
Lordswood regained their lead after 64 minutes
when good work by Dodsworth found Short and after evading one tackle ran into
the Whitstable area and slid the ball past the goalkeeper.
Whitstable threw everything at Lordswood in the last 26 minutes
and Stuart Monday had a couple of good chances when firstly he dribbled into
the penalty area but saw his shot blocked.
Eight minutes before the final whistle, Piggott made a save
from Monday but credit must go to Lordswood's defence for keeping out the home
side late in the game.