Chatham Town vs Grays Athletic

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17/02/2014
Score: 3 - 3

Match Report

Referee: Mr O Jackson     Attendance: 97

After an enforced three week break, Chatham Town were back in action last Tuesday when they finally played their delayed Robert Dyas Cup quarter final against Grays Athletic. The pitch at Aveley, where Grays currently play, is not really capable of more than one match a week at present and so the match was switched to Chatham’s ground.

We went ahead after just six minutes when Austin Gacheru found himself unmarked on the edge of area, and his shot beat the keeper to the bottom corner. Grays were level within five minutes though, Anderson the scorer following a corner, and within another five minutes they were ahead through Nouble, who took his goal well following a turn on the edge of the area.

But ten minutes before half time Chatham were again level. An Alfie May free kick just outside the area was batted away by the Grays keeper, but only as far as new signing Lewis Knight who has joined us from Erith and Belvedere. Knight headed in for a debut goal, and Chatham could have retaken the lead just before half time when Gacheru went just wide following a corner which he had earned with his own shot moments earlier.

Four minutes into injury time at the end of the half, though, Grays were once again ahead. Beaney was the scorer this time, with a good finish from outside the area.

During the break the crowd were confidently predicting a 5-5 draw. That seemed even more likely after Alfie May had equalised once again two minutes into the second half, touching the ball into the net following a corner, but there were to be no more goals.  Gacheru and May both went close, while at the other end it needed a good save from Lee Kidman to stop Grays scoring from a corner. Grays had a player sent off for a bad tackle on Kieran McCann, but Chatham could not take advantage and the game ended 3-3.

And so to penalties. Grays took four good penalties and scored all of them, while only James Alderman was succesful for Chatham. So it was Grays who moved into the semi final, although they lost 6-0 at Maidstone in that semi final. Maidstone will play Sudbury, Ware, or Harrow Borough in the final.

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