Chatham Town vs AFC Hayes

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19/10/2013
Score: 2 - 0

Match Report

ATT = 109    Referee T.Ramsey    MOM = BRAD POTTER

Two first half goals saw Chatham Town beat a below par AFC Hayes comfortably, and so take a place in the Second Round Qualifying of the FA Trophy.  The structure of this competition has changed a few times over the years, but this is the first time since 1973-74 that Chatham have won two games in it.

The game began quietly, and it was ten minutes before Lee Hales had the first real shot.  Hayes came the closest to scoring in the early exchanges though, when Shennan’s header beat keeper Jack Bradshaw but was cleared by Brad Potter for a corner.  Chatham Town won a corner after 22 minutes, and it was to give them the lead.  Greg Benbow’s corner went over the goalkeeper straight onto the head of Brad Potter, and he headed into an empty net.

Alfie May had a good chance but was unable to get a shot in, while twice the Hayes goalkeeper had to come rushing out of his area to clear long balls which beat the back four all too easily.

Chatham went two up after 38 minutes, after clearing a Hayes corner. A long pass by Austin Gacheru found Alfie May wide on the right, and he crossed into a crowded goal area.  Two shots were blocked by the goalkeeper, but at the third attempt Kalvin Morath-Gibbs put the ball into the net from five yards out to double the lead.

Chatham spent the first fifteen minutes of the second half camped in the Hayes box, but although Gacheru, Alfie May and Hales all went close they were unable to extend their lead. Hayes began to put a few attacks together as the half went on, but in truth they looked poor in attack and rarely posed a threat to the Chatham defence.

Hayes had clearly accepted that they would not get back into the game, and there were few chances at either end in the final quarter until the game moved into added time.  Kieran McCann then shot just over the bar after a ball from Benbow, and Andy Constable hit the post from long range – but the game had already been won.

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