Burnham Ramblers vs Chatham Town

Ryman North
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16/11/2013
Score: 1 - 2

Match Report

Attendance: 77     Referee: Mr R Kendall

Two goals in two minutes midway through the first half put Chatham Town well on top at Burnham Ramblers, but the game changed completely in the second half and Chatham ended up hanging on for three points.

The game began brightly with both sides creating chances and Burnham Ramblers coming the closest to an early goal. After an entertaining first ten minutes the play became a bit scrappy though, until Chatham took the lead after 22 minutes.  Kalvin Morath-Gibbs took the ball down the right and crossed to Matt Solly.  Solly was unable to get a shot away, but passed back to Alfie May who shot on the volley from outside the area. May’s shot took a deflection to leave the Burnham Ramblers keeper – Louis Goodwin-Green, once a Chatham Town favourite – wrongfooted, and Chatham were ahead.

Two minutes later Chatham were two up.  A long ball forward should have been easy for the Burnham Ramblers defence to clear, but the centre back and the goalkeeper both left it for the other. Austin Gacheru decided that he might as well have the ball if the two Burnham players didn’t want it, and put it into the net from close range.  Chatham were in total control at 2-0, and Burnham seemed to have little to offer. They did have a shot on 39 which was comfortably saved by Jack Bradshaw, but otherwise it was all Chatham.

The game was to change completely five minutes into the second half though, when Bradshaw went down holding his knee after taking a goal kick.  With no keeper on the bench he tried to play on after treatment but it soon became clear that he couldn’t, and so Luke May was forced to come off the bench and take over in goal.

Chatham came close to a third goal on 64 when Gacheru was inches away from a Greg Benbow cross, but a minute later Burnham were awarded a penalty when the referee considered that Luke May had brought a player down. Richmond converted the penalty to pull a goal back for Burnham, and it became clear that from now on they would try to put the stand-in keeper under aerial pressure at every opportunity.  In fact, that strategy didn’t work very well.  The Chatham defence was able to deal quite comfortably with most of Burnham’s balls forward, and May was tested only a handful of times.  He didn’t look entirely comfortable in goal, but dealt with everything he was asked to.

At the other end, Goodwin-Green denied first Gacheru and then Alfie May, but Chatham chances were few while Burnham continued to put the Chatham defence under pressure. A free kick just outside the area was wasted, and frustration caused a Burnham player to get sent off for violent conduct in added time. Five minutes of added time were played, but Chatham Town held on for a 2-1 win and three important away points.  The second half was not pretty to watch, but an away win is an away win.

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