Bury Town vs Chatham Town

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02/11/2013
Score: 2 - 1

Match Report

ATT = 238     Referee: Mr N Phillips

Chatham Town lost 2-1 to Bury Town on a slightly frustrating trip to Suffolk.  While Bury’s two goals in fifteen minutes early in the second half mean that they progress to the next round, Chatham Town were the better side for most of the rest of the 90 minutes.

The opening quarter of the game was quiet, but Chatham had more of the ball although Bury came closest to a shot on goal. Midway through the half though, Chatham began to dominate. Austin Gacheru got into a good shooting position but was unable to get a shot in, while Alfie May did get the ball into the net with a well placed header but was ruled offside. Billy Bennett and Gacheru again both went close, while the Premier Division side rarely threatened the Chatham goal and looked surprisingly disorganised in defence.  The first half ended goalless, but Chatham were certainly the happier of the teams.

Five minutes into the second half Kieran McCann had a good chance but was unable to get his shot away, and then a minute later Bury Town went ahead rather against the run of play. A defensive mix up enabled Billy Clark to score from close range, although there was a suspicion of a push from a Bury player seconds earlier. Chatham were still seeing as much of the ball as their opponents, but their play was rather scrappy for a period and it was no great surprise when Bury doubled their lead through Liam Wales on 66. A good Jack Bradshaw save prevented Bury opening an unassailable three goal lead four minutes later, and then the game turned around completely once again as Chatham dominated the last twenty minutes of the game.

Still they struggled to turn that dominance into shots on goal, though.  Gacheru’s ball through to Alfie May on 84 saw May go round the Bury goalkeeper twice.  The keeper appeared to be trying to rugby tackle May to the ground, but twice his lunge missed until at the third attempt he was able to clear the ball for a corner. Two minutes later Chatham won a free kick just outside the penalty area, and Lee Hales hit it straight into the top corner.

So Chatham were now just one goal down, with four minutes together with what turned out to be four minutes of stoppage time to play.  Although Bury looked threatening on a couple of breaks, Chatham kept up the pressure on the Bury goal with even Bradshaw coming forward into the penalty area. But no goal came.

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