|THE 2016/17 FA CUP AND THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY BEGINS ON THE KENT COASTLINE|
|WHITSTABLE'S FANS WERE VERY HAPPY AT THE VICTORY|
The long road to Wembley started last weekend in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round. TheColdEnd was in Kent to see Whitstable Town's comfortable 4-0 win over Oakwood. The Oysterboys were relegated from the Ryman Division One (South) last season but have kept many of their squad and also made some impressive signings as manager Scott Porter looks to have a real go at getting back up at the first time of trying in the Southern Counties East League.
For a club playing at Step four in 2015/16 against a team playing in Step six in 2015/16 (Oakwood who are based in Crawley came third in the Southern Combination Division One) the result went with the higher placed team and was never really in doubt when Whitstable went 2-0 up in the first twenty or so minutes to the delight of their loyal band of supporters who belted out songs about hating their local rival's Herne Bay and also the marvellous 'Whitstable is wonderful..it's full of cockles, muscles and oysters'.
The home side's first two goals came from Nick Treadwell who have joined the club from Ryman Division One (South) Ramsgate over the summer. He was one of the stand out players on the day but unfortunately for The Oysterboys he will be leaving the club before Christmas to live in New Zealand.
Another player to catch the eye was man of the match Darren Marsden who has crossed the divide between The Oysterboys and their local rival's Herne Bay during the summer. The midfielder who is known as a play-maker has played for a number of local clubs included a previous spell at The Belmont Ground.
|NICK TREADWELL SCORES WHITSTABLE'S SECOND GOAL....|
|....AND THEN CELEBRATES WITH THE OYSTER BOYS!|
Looking at it it's true to say Whitstable Town are just thirteen games away from a place in the Europa League if they make it all the way to Wembley and win the Cup.
The Belmont Ground and the local area are lovely places to visit especially when the sun in shinning.
It's a seaside derby in the Preliminary Round next weekend as Eastbourne Town visit Whitstable Town after the Southern Combination Premier Division side won 0-2 at Raynes Park Vale. It should be a very good game as both sides have some noisy followers which will make for a great Cup atmosphere.
Whitstable opened their Southern Counties East League season today with a 3-0 home victory over AFC Croydon Athletic. As well as the FA Cup game against Eastbourne their fans will be looking forward to the trip across the water to play Sheppey United on Saturday 27th August.
Oakwood also started their league campaign today and banished the bad memories of their FA Cup result with a decent 2-1 win over Bexhill United.
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