Report: Whyteleafe 6-0 Faversham Town
Whyteleafe climb to 4th place with an emphatic victory over Faversham to build on their fine win over Hastings in the week. Manager Harry Hudson deserves a lot of credit for working out the weaknesses in both sides and playing 2 very different game plans to exploit them, earning 6 valuable points and scoring 8 goals without reply.
The first half was fairly even, with Leafe taking their chances but the visitors were a shade unlucky to see their 2 best efforts hit the woodwork. Faversham went close in the 14th minute when Benjamin Chapman hit a fine curling shot from the edge of the box that hit the bar and bounced away to safety.
Leafe took the lead in the 19th minute when a great through ball from Harrison Carnegie split the defence. Lauris Chin was first to get to the ball with a well timed run, took the ball into the box and slotted past William Godman. The hosts extended their lead in the 28th minute. Marvin Armstrong won the ball on the left and made a good run into the area, beating 2 defenders before shooting home in off the post.
Chapman was the visitors danger man and showed that his first attempt was no fluke when in the 39th minute he shot from some 25 yards, but must have realised it was not going to be his night when the ball again crashed against the bar and rebounded to safety.
Bradley Wilson had a free kick in the 43rd minute and a rather ambitious strike from 35 yards was well struck but went wide of the target. Leafe were pleased to go in 2 up at half time but the second half was to be a completely different affair, with Leafe totally in control and claiming their biggest win of the season. Manager Hudson also deserves credit not just for his tactical success, but for bringing on David Owusu at half time for his debut, and he was to be a big part in the second half dominance.
Owusu first made his mark in the 57th minute, running on to another defence splitting ball, and coolly slotting the ball under the advancing Godman into the net. Four minutes later Owusu made another great run, outpacing the defence and drawing out Godman who brought him down and was shown a red card by referee Aji Ajibola. Leafe were awarded a free kick just outside the box. Walsh took the kick and found the back of the net via a deflection. Danny Walder, who had taken over in goal in the absence of a reserve keeper on the bench, had to pick the ball out of the net for his first touch as goal keeper.
Faversham could, and should, have scored from their only chance of the half after 66 minutes. Tyler McCarthy made a good save from Jack Harris, but the ball fell kindly for Luke Griffiths, but he somehow missed an open goal. Leafe scored their 5th 2 minutes later. They were awarded an indirect free kick on the 6 yard line with the entire Faversham team lined up on the goal line. The ball was touched to Arif Hattabi who managed to smash the ball past a gap in the wall into the back of the net.
With the game completely safe, Hudson took the opportunity to give some game time to Ryan Penton who showed some promising touches on his 20 minutes debut. Walder did well in his unfamiliar position to deny Armstrong a goal in the 79th minute to block his effort. A minute later Armstrong found Matt O'Donoghue and his well struck shot hit the bar. Armstrong went close again in the 86th minute, taking the ball past Walder but shooting across the face of goal from a narrow angle.
Owusu completed the rout shooting home in the 87th minute after another fine run. What had been a very impressive debut could have been even better when Armstrong found him in the box in the 89th minute but missed his chance of a debut hat trick when his shot went wide.
Whyteleafe; McCarthy, Wilson, O'Donoghue, Campbell (McGeoghegan 64), Thompson, Holder, Carnegie (Penton 69), Graham, Chin (Owusu 46), Armstrong, Hattibi. Subs not used Day, Bland.