Mor­rish strike seals win

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Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Football -

James Mor­rish was the match-win­ner as Whit­stable edged pro­mo­tion ri­vals Crow­bor­ough in their fi­nal match of the year at The Bel­mont.

Only six min­utes re­mained when mid­fielder Mor­rish pounced on a mis­placed pass from the vis­i­tors on Satur­day to fire home from the edge of the area for the game’s only goal.

The win lifted Town up to fourth and within two points of sec­ond-placed Crow­bor­ough, with a game in hand.

Town were with­out the sus­pended Stu­art West but wel­comed back striker Danny Wil­liams af­ter his ban.

Be­fore the break, chances for both sides were at a pre­mium. A mis­di­rected back­pass caused an early prob­lem for Crow­bor­ough keeper James Shaw but it was more than half-an-hour be­fore he was called into ac­tion again, to save a Wil­liams header.

Soon af­ter, Shaw saved from Wil­liams again af­ter Char­lie Smith’s shot had fallen into his path, while at the other end, Town keeper Dan Ea­son was sel­dom ex­tended.

Crow­bor­ough striker Sam Car­ring­ton re­ceived a bang to the head which forced him off around the half-hour mark.

By half-time the vis­i­tors had also lost cen­tre-half Jack Turner to a head in­jury and as Town looked to push home their ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage, Shaw pro­duced two fine saves af­ter a Ma­cauley Mur­ray cor­ner had not been cleared.

Crow­bor­ough’s Tom Pear­son had a low shot turned around the near post by Town keeper Ea­son but the vis­i­tors’ only other ef­fort of note came when Tom Phipp fired over from a di­rect free-kick.

With seven min­utes re­main­ing, home boss Porter re­placed Wil­liams with Ricky Free­man and just sec­onds later Town broke the dead­lock through Mor­rish, who picked up the ball and ad­vanced be­fore beat­ing Shaw with a good fin­ish into the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner.

There was still time for Crow­bor­ough man­ager Sean Mug­geridge to be dis­missed for some­thing he al­legedly said and for Town to have one more chance as Free­man tested Shaw with a shot on the turn.

Next up for Whit­stable is Shep­pey United away on Satur­day.

Mean­while, Can­ter­bury City beat land­lords Deal Town 4-1 to make it back-to-back wins in the league for Ben Smith’s side.

Can­ter­bury were 3-0 up af­ter 30 min­utes and de­spite Deal pulling a goal back through Con­nor Coyne, City were com­fort­able win­ners.

It was Can­ter­bury who started the bet­ter of the sides with some slick pass­ing, which Deal were un­able to cope with.

Sam Law­ford con­verted an early chance for City by fir­ing in a cross from Patrick Nzuzi in the 10th minute.

Deal were strug­gling to clear their lines and the vis­i­tors dou­bled their ad­van­tage, again through Law­ford, af­ter he shot past goal­keeper James Tonkin.

Dan Keyte added a third for City af­ter 30 min­utes to put the home side fur­ther out of sight and give them a 3-0 lead at half-time.

The start of the sec­ond half was hit by con­tro­versy when Deal were awarded a free­kick on the edge of the Can­ter­bury penalty area when it looked like the foul had been in­side the box.

City man­ager Smith was then sent off from the touch­line for his re­ac­tion to the de­ci­sion from the ref­eree to book one of the Can­ter­bury play­ers for sim­u­la­tion.

The home side were given a glim­mer of hope on 60 min­utes as Joe Reeves made it 3-1 when Con­nor Coyne played him through.

Any hopes of a come­back were quickly dashed as within 60 sec­onds Can­ter­bury were awarded a penalty af­ter Tonkin flat­tened Rob Lawrence in the box and David Pilcher con­verted the spot kick to make the score 4-1.

The af­ter­noon was made even worse for Deal when Andy Miller was shown a straight red 15 min­utes from time.

The re­sult puts Can­ter­bury 13th in the ta­ble. They face Chatham Town at home on Satur­day. SOUTH­ERN COUN­TIES EAST LEAGUE

Premier Di­vi­sion Sevenoaks .... 16 13 2 1 34 9 41 Crow­boro ...... 18 11 3 4 47 22 36 Beck­en­ham .. 18 12 0 6 44 27 36 Whit­stable .... 17 11 1 5 31 16 34 Corinthian ..... 19 10 4 5 31 26 34 Croy­don ........ 20 10 3 7 36 31 33 Bearsted ....... 22 10 1 11 28 32 31 Deal .............. 18 9 2 7 31 30 29 Lordswood .... 19 8 5 6 27 29 29 Shep­pey ....... 17 8 4 5 42 24 28 AFC Croy­don . 18 8 4 6 28 26 28 Can­ter­bury .... 19 7 6 6 30 25 27 Glebe ............ 20 8 3 9 32 43 27 Chatham ....... 20 7 4 9 25 29 25 Cray Val­ley.... 19 7 3 9 35 36 24 Erith Town .... 19 7 3 9 28 30 24 Rusthall ........ 21 6 3 12 29 48 21 Tun Wells...... 18 4 4 10 19 33 16 Rochester ..... 20 2 3 15 22 53 9 Hol­lands & B . 18 0 2 16 17 47 2 Re­sults: Satur­day: Chatham 1 Glebe 2, Deal 1 Can­ter­bury 4, Lordswood 1 Erith Town 1, Rochester 1 Hol­lands & Blair 0, Rusthall 2 Corinthian 3, Sevenoaks 1 Bearsted 0, Tun­bridge Wells 1 Shep­pey 1, Whit­stable 1 Crow­bor­ough 0. Fix­tures: Satur­day: Bearsted v Deal, Can­ter­bury v Chatham, Cray Val­ley v Beck­en­ham, Crow­bor­ough v Tun­bridge Wells, Croy­don v AFC Croy­don Ath, Erith Town v Rusthall, Hol­lands & Blair v Lordswood, Shep­pey v Whit­stable.

Pic­ture: Tony Flash­man FM5033280

Can­ter­bury City cap­tain Lau­rence Har­vey clears dur­ing Satur­day’s match at Deal

Pic­tures: Chris Davey FM5033694, left; FM5033650, right

Left, Whit­stable cre­ate panic in the Crow­bor­ough penalty area at The Bel­mont on Satur­day. Right, Danny Wil­liams has an ef­fort at goal

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