Sprosen goal keeps up Town’s top start
A late goal by Louis Sprosen decided Whitstable’s Bank Holiday clash with Sheppey United and made it three wins from three in Southern Counties East League, Premier Division. The game began brightly, despite starting half an hour late due to traffic delays. The visitors were reduced to 10 men after just 18 minutes when Remell Davis received a straight red card after an off-theball tangle. Sheppey keeper Adam Highsted pulled off a series of fine saves, while Dan Eason, in the home goal, only had one save to make. Sheppey did have the ball in the net on the stroke of half-time but the officials spotted a handball. Whitstable failed to make the most of their numerical advantage for much of the second half but some late pressure finally brought the decisive goal when an inswinging free-kick by Sprosen was missed by everyone and nestled in the far corner of the net. The Oystermen had claimed all three points following a workmanlike performance that earned a 2-1 win at Star Meadow on Saturday. Hosts Hollands & Blair showed the neater approach play in the first half, although Whitstable had a couple of good early chances and some sloppy play by the home side led to a penalty that was scored by Harry Goodger just before half-time. A well-taken goal by Tom Bryant early in the second half appeared to deflate the hosts and Whitstable were in control until a James Mcdonald headed goal for Blair led to a nervous last 10 minutes.
Sheppey (blue) close down Whitstable