Sittingbourne vs Chatham Town

League Cup
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03/12/2013
Score: 0 - 2

Match Report

Referee: Mr D Spain      Attendance: 72

As all Chatham Town supporters know, we’ve not had a great deal of success in recent games against Sittingbourne.  In fact, we’d gone eleven years and seventeen games without beating them – but that all changed on Tuesday night when we beat the old enemy 2-0 in the Robert Dyas League Cup.

That last win was in Sittingbourne’s first season at Bourne Park, and this time we beat them in their first season at Woodstock Park. With the exception of a brief period in the second half we controlled the game from start to finish, and Alfie May was involved in most of our best attacking moves.  He forced a save from Sittingbourne keeper Adam Molloy within five minutes, and Austin Gacheru and Greg Benbow too had shots on target.  It was 37 minutes before we took the lead though, when Alfie May took the ball thirty yards from goal, beat two defenders, and then shot low into the left hand corner of the net.  He could have scored again two minutes later, when he beat the onrushing Molloy to a long ball and shot past the goalkeeper.  Both could only watch as the ball ran towards the empty goal, but eventually it ran out of play inches wide.

Sittingbourne looked more dangerous in the second half than they had in the first, and one well struck shot was deflected away for a corner.  Alfie May’s long range shot on the hour went just over the bar, but within a minute Sittingbourne missed badly when they really should have levelled the scores.  It was May once again who made the game safe with twenty minutes to play though, when again he beat the onrushing Molloy to a long pass and placed it past the keeper into the net.  He could have complete a hat trick ten minutes from time, but from a shooting position he passed to Luke May, whose shot was well saved.

By now Sittingbourne knew that they were beaten, and the final minutes of the game were quiet.  It was far from quiet when the final whistle went though, as the substantial travelling Chatham contingent celebrated the overdue victory against our local rivals.

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