Waltham Forest vs Chatham Town

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12/03/2014
Score: 1 - 3

Match Report

Referee: Mr J Panconi      Attendance: 54

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Chatham Town made it four in a row on Wednesday night with a 3-1 win at Waltham Forest.  The win sends them five places up the table to thirteenth place.

Waltham Forest were first out of the blocks, and a long range shot seven minutes in wasn’t far off target.  It didn’t take long for Chatham to get on top though, and Forest looked disorganised in defence.  Chatham appealed for a penalty for an apparent handball on 23, but it was not given and in truth would have been a harsh call, while Lewis Knight went close on the half hour.

A good save by Jack Bradshaw gave Forest their first corner of the game with 37 minutes played, and from that corner Tchaunang-Ngassa headed home to give them the lead.  Once in the lead, Forest seemed content to sit on it and showed surprisingly little ambition for the rest of the first half.

Who knows what the Chatham management said to the players at half time, but it certainly worked.  Chatham looked a different team in the second half, and within two minutes Knight came desperately close to getting on the end of a cross to equalise.  Chatham did level things nine minutes into the half, when an excellent long pass by Lee Hales found Kieran McCann with only the goalkeeper to beat. McCann did indeed beat the goalkeeper with ease, and we were level.

Chatham had the ball in the net again on 63, but it was ruled out for offside.  Three minutes later though, McCann was clumsily brought down by Forest goalkeeper Tangara and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.  Ade Yusuff duly converted from the spot, and Chatham were ahead.

It was three on 72 minutes when Brad Potter scored following a corner, and the game seemed to be over.  But after this Chatham took their foot off the pedal a bit and gave Forest a chance to get back into things. They were awarded a penalty on 82,but fortunately for Chatham Isa’s penalty kick was both weak and wide, and hit the post.

Waltham Forest continued to press for the remainder of the game, but rarely did they seriously test the Chatham defence.  After six minutes of injury time, the final whistle left us comfortable enough 3-1 winners.

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