Chatham Town vs Cheshunt

Ryman North
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26/11/2013
Score: 2 - 2

Match Report

Referee: Mr D Smart     Attendance: 54

In the hours the game against Cheshunt, everything that could possibly go wrong for Chatham Town did go wrong.  Kevin Watson was unable to be at the game for family reasons, while a fire on the railway and heavy traffic on the M2 forced a late change to the starting line up.

Things didn’t improve when the game got under way.  Cheshunt had the bulk of the possession but were perhaps trying too hard, while Chatham only had occasional opportunities to threaten in attack. It was no real surprise when Holmes gave Cheshunt the lead after 18 minutes, and it needed a good save from Lee Kidman to prevent them extending the lead six minutes later.  Chatham settled down as the half went on though, and won a succession of corners.  Via a deflection, Luke May had the ball in the net from one of them – but the goal was ruled out after an offside flag was raised rather late.

Whatever Keith Levett said at half time worked though, because the second half was completely different.  Although Cheshunt won a corner in the opening seconds of the half, it was soon Chatham who were on top.  Austin Gacheru forced a save from the Cheshunt keeper, and then on the hour an Alfie May cross went within inches of Kieran McCann but was cleared for a corner.  From that corner, the ball found its way to McCann on the left hand edge of the penalty area.  His powerful volley gave the keeper no chance, and Chatham were level.

The same player hit a similar shot over the bar four minutes later, but within seconds Cheshunt were again in front.  A long ball upfield found Greene, who with no other options shot speculatively from the edge of the area.  He was as surprised as anyone to see the ball clear the goalkeeper and land in the net.

Chatham came desperately close to equalising once again within two minutes, when no player from either team could connect with a cross which ended up mere inches wide of goal.  A long range shot from Alfie May was well saved, but by now Chatham were well in command and it was no surprise when they brought the scores level on 75.  The goalkeeper had Alfie May’s cross covered, but a Cheshunt defender headed it past him for an own goal from a surprisingly narrow angle.

Still Chatham controlled the game, and Gacheru had a chance to secure all three points but his shot was saved.  At the other end, a heavy challenge on Lee Kidman when he already had the ball was deemed not to be a foul, and then a save from a long range Alfie May shot was immediately followed by the final whistle.

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