Williams fires Town into top two

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Football -

Whit­stable Town moved up to sec­ond in the South­ern Coun­ties East League af­ter a 2-0 home win over Hol­lands & Blair on Satur­day.

Town made it five wins in a row in all com­pe­ti­tions as their ex­cel­lent form con­tin­ued thanks to a Danny Williams dou­ble.

The home team took the lead in the 16th minute when Ricky Free­man was fouled in the box and Williams stepped up to make it 1-0.

Five min­utes af­ter half-time Williams got his sec­ond, slip­ping the ball past the Hol­lands goal­keeper, af­ter John Walker played the striker in.

That was enough to move Town up to within two points of Sevenoaks at the top.

Whit­stable also made it through to the semi-fi­nals of the Kent Re­liance Se­nior Tro­phy af­ter a 2-0 win at Erith Town last Wed­nes­day.

The vis­i­tors took an early lead when Free­man converted from the spot when he was fouled in the box af­ter 10 min­utes.

Sec­ond yel­low cards for two Erith play­ers ei­ther side of half-time re­duced the home side to nine men and Free­man had the chance to add his sec­ond penalty af­ter the break when Stu­art West was fouled but his ef­fort was saved.

Rob Gillman wrapped up the win in the 75th minute af­ter he fired in through a crowded penalty box from a West cor­ner.

Whit­stable face Cray Val­ley PM in the last four on Satur­day and then host Deal Town in the quar­ter­fi­nal of the South­ern Coun­ties East Chal­lenge Cup on Tues­day.

Can­ter­bury City made the semi-fi­nals of the Kent Re­liance Se­nior Tro­phy af­ter a thrilling 7-3 ex­tra-time home win against Sport­ing Club Thames­mead last Wed­nes­day. The hosts took the lead af­ter 15 min­utes when Sam Law­ford was able to hit in from the back post af­ter good work from Matt Mar­tin.

Thames­mead got an equaliser af­ter a free-kick from the left glanced off a City head and went in and they quickly added a sec­ond when Jamie Williams found space to slot the ball past Jack Delo.

It took Can­ter­bury just two min­utes to get back level af­ter Josh Mccal­lum scored from close range and in a fran­tic end to the first half, Thames­mead scored another goal to take a 3-2 lead.

Not long af­ter half-time the vis­i­tors were re­duced to 10 men when Sodiq Badaru was sent-off for a sec­ond yel­low card.

But Can­ter­bury could not make their man ad­van­tage count un­til the 87th minute when Lau­rence Har­vey headed in to take the teams to ex­tra­time. Two goals each for Tom Bar­ton and Matt Mar­tin in the ex­tra 30 min­utes killed off their op­po­si­tion and set up a semi-fi­nal tie with Shep­pey United at home on Satur­day.

Can­ter­bury also earned a point in a close-fought match at AFC Croy­don Ath­letic in the South­ern Coun­ties East League on Satur­day.

City took a lead in the sixth minute when Dave Pilcher headed in from a cross on the left.

The vis­i­tors were then re­duced to 10 men af­ter Josh Mccal­lum re­ceived his sec­ond yel­low card.

Soon af­ter half-time, Croy­don lev­elled when Luis Medina headed past Delo.

The home side were also then re­duced to 10 men af­ter Nahum Green was given a straight red for a dan­ger­ous chal­lenge.

City’s point leaves them 10th in the ta­ble.

Pic­tures: Les Biggs

Whit­stable’s Danny Williams scores his sec­ond goal dur­ing Satur­day’s 2-0 home win over Hol­lands & Blair

Danny Williams gets in a chal­lenge against Hol­lands & Blair

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