Chatham Town vs Cray Wanderers

League Cup
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14/01/2014
Score: 2 - 1

Match Report

Referee: Mr O Saliy     Attendance: 76

Chatham Town moved into the quarter finals of the Robert Dyas Isthmian League Cup, a stage they have never reached before, with a 2-1 win over Cray Wanderers. 

Supporters received a boost just before the start of the game with the news that Alfie May was playing, and it was Chatham who looked the better side in the opening period.  It was 16 minutes before Cray Wanderers had a shot, while Austin Gacheru had a couple of efforts for Chatham.  With half an played Chatham were ahead, when Gacheru on the left hand side of goal passed across the area to Alfie May, whose well taken goal from fifteen yards out was well received by the Chatham supporters.

Ten minutes later, and Chatham were two up. May was again the scorer and again he took his chance well, although he was helped by a bizarre goalkeeeping error with the Cray keeper appearing to be running away from the ball.

A Cray shot went a foot wide just as the half time whistle blew, but Chatham were well in control. Cray did pull a goal back four minutes into the second half though, and certainly believed that they could turn the game around. Alfie May had two chances to complete a hat trick, but at the other end Cray hit the bar, and forced a couple of good saves from Jack Bradshaw.  As time went on, it was Cray who saw more of the ball. Kieran McCann hit the side netting and ten minutes later his cross to May led to a header which was well saved, but Bradshaw was the busier of the keepers.

With time up, the Ukrainian referee indicated at least four minutes of stoppage time. All of us who watch Chatham Town know how long four minutes can seem, and Mr Saliy in fact played seven added minutes. But he did eventually blow the final whistle, and Chatham were through to the last eight.

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