Chatham Town vs AFC Sudbury

Ryman North
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09/11/2013
Score: 0 - 0

Match Report

ATT = 116   Referee: Mr N Wilde

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Although there were no goals between Chatham Town and Sudbury, this was one of the more entertaining 0-0 draws that you’ll see.

Sudbury were first out of the blocks, and for the first ten minutes they were camped in and around the Chatham penalty area and twice shot over the bar.  Chatham’s first real attack came on 13, when a long ball forward found Alfie May. Sudbury goalkeeper Archer came charging out of his area to meet him, and was able to block May’s shot.  Sudbury had their best chance yet on 22 minutes when a shot was cleared off the line with the goalkeeper beaten; on a drier day with a less heavy goalmouth, it would probably have been a goal.

If Sudbury had dominated the first quarter of the game, the rest of the first half was much more even. Austin Gacheru did well to reach an overhit cross and shot from an extremely narrow angle, only to see his effort hit the post. Gacheru had another chance on 35 minutes when he shot from distance, but although the goalkeeper saw the shot late he was able to palm it away for a corner.

Chatham dominated the opening part of the second half as surely as Sudbury had in the first. They won two corners in a minute, and then had a good chance on 52 when a poor Sudbury clearance hit one of their own players on the back and landed at the feet of Gacheru. He took the ball thirty yards, but his eventual shot was comfortably saved. Kieran McCann shot just wide, and a Lee Hales cross flashed across the face of goal with no one from either team able to collect it.

As the game moved towards its close Sudbury once again took charge and created a number of good chances, but a mixture of the difficult conditions, some poor shooting, and some solid Chatham defending prevented them from scoring. Right on 90 minutes, Kieran McCann had one of Chatham’s best shots of the game but it was well saved by Archer and the referee soon blew the final whistle.

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