U16s Win Thrilling Finale
By Martyn Sexton
In a highly entertaining match City finished their campaign on a winning note, which puts them in good stead for next season.
The game got off to a slow start with the teams cancelling each other out, with one or two efforts being easily saved by both keepers, however after 15 minutes City were awarded a free kick and a curling Ben Wiebe-Williams strike hit the post, with the keeper stranded. City's dominance though paid off, when Spencer Lela went on one of his mazy runs beating three players before a pinpoint cross found Jack Nickolson, and the pacy striker made no mistake stroking the ball home. City then switched off, and Town hit back, first with a superb 40 yard free kick, then a quick break putting City behind. only then the heroics of Joe Danton in goal kept the score at 1-2.
Whitstable went further ahead after a collision in the box lead to a penalty which was tucked away, this seems to spark City into life. Lela had a shot well saved, and then the same player hit a curling effort, which the away stopper couldn't hold and Sam Ditton was on hand to tuck away. City then won a free kick on the half way line after a foul on Jack Cracknell. Skipper Ben Malone stepped up and flighted in a lovely ball, which Wiebe-Williams rose above the defence to head home, taking the scorer into double figures for the season and the team's highest scorer, although the goals have been shared out among the team during this campaign. City went from strength to strength when they then then added a fourth. Kai Fordham throw in found Josh Naylor and his 25 yard dipping volley found the back of the net for the best goal of the game. City then added a fifth, Wiebe-Williams streaked down the line and his cross found Tom Franks, who peeled away from the defender to tuck home. Town then threw the kitchen sink at City and scored a fourth with the last kick of the game. So in all a season of two half's for Canterbury, which ending up losing only three games since Christmas, and winning the vast majority of the games in 2019
Team : Joe Danton, Patrick Higbee, Bailey Whitely, Alfie Ashdown, Ben Malone (C), Josh Naylor, Ben Wiebe-Williams, Dan Newton, Jack Nickolson, Sam Ditton, Spencer Lela, Tom Franks Josh Payne, Jack Cracknell, Jude King, Kai Fordham