Despite playing well in their last three games, Whitstable hadn't come away with any points, but this didn't seem to affect their confidence, as they raced into a two goal lead within the first five minutes.
It was actually Thanet Colts who produced the first chance within a couple of minutes, where they forced a corner, from which a shot was driven over the bar.
But within a minute, Whitstable were ahead. Alex provided a lovely through ball to Max, who ran from halfway, with opposition defender in pursuit. Despite the defenders desperate last minute challenge, Max managed to keep control of the ball and poke it under the onrushing goalkeeper and into the net. 3 Mins 0-1.
A minute later, it got better for Whitstable. More driving play from Max down the right wing produced a corner. From the corner, the opposition were only able to clear to the edge of the box, where Zac produced a controlled shot through the crowd, and out of reach of the goalkeeper. 4 mins 0-2.
Whitstable remained largely in control of the game, with any Thanet Colts attacks unable to break through a resolute defence, well marshalled by Keegan in the centre. Whitstable also continued to produce some decent attacking play of their own, with Max continuing to break well down the right, and Alfie producing a couple of long-range shots, albeit off target.
However, twenty minutes in, the game changed. A scramble ensued in the Whitstable box, and the defence were unable to fully clear, and a Thanet Colts player produced a fine shot to leave Liam P in goal with no chance. 21 mins 1-2.
Just a minute later, and Thanet Colts had the chance to draw level, when they were awarded a penalty. A deflected cross into the box was accidentally handled in the area, and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. However, Liam P, deputising for the absent Nathan in goal, produced a fine save to retain Whitstable's lead.
After a mad couple of minutes, things settled down, and half time came with the lead still intact.
Half time: Thanet Colts FC 1 Whitstable Town U12's A 2
Some rather over zealous tackling from the opposition was starting to take its toll, with three Whitstable players having to come off at some stage during the first half, and Zac being unable to return for the second half. And the half started with Thanet Colts on top as they pressed for an equaliser. A couple of chances went just wide, and a couple of others shots that were on target, were well dealt with by Liam P, who was showing great confidence in his new position in goal.
Alex, Max and Alfie were still showing some good attacking play on the break, with a shot from Max going over the bar, but ten minutes into the second half, Thanet Colts managed to break through and equalise - a good shot from the left hand edge of the six yard box giving Liam P little chance. 40 mins 2-2.
Thanet Colts continued to apply the pressure over the next ten minutes, and a second injury to Liam B forced him out of the game, leaving no further changes available from the Whitstable bench. However, the Whitstable defence stood firm. Kieran on the left hand side of defence was being well assisted by Seb in front of him, and Thanet Colts were getting little joy from that side of the pitch. Most of the play was coming down the Thanet Colts left, but James on the right hand side of defence continued to battle hard against the left winger of Thanet Colts, with Keegan sweeping up anything that made its way into the middle.
With Thanet Colts unable to break through, tension was starting to build on the pitch, and tempers started to boil over a little bit. And with just under ten minutes to go, Whitstable were reduced to eight men for the remainder of the game, when they had a player sent to the sin-bin for dissent. However, the remaining eight players dug in, defended well, and in truth, there was little for Liam P to do in those final minutes, as Whitstable earned a hard fought, but well deserved draw.
Thanet Colts FC 2 Whitstable Town U12's A 2