Brentwood Town vs Chatham Town

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21/01/2014
Score: 1 - 3

Match Report

Referee: Mr A Ajibola      Attendance: 51

Chatham Town overcame difficult conditions to record a 3-1 win away to Brentwood Town on Tuesday night, a win which moves them two places up the league table.

On arrival at Brentwood it was clear that the pitch was very heavy, and referee Mr Ajibola’s initial thought was to call the game off. The managers persuaded him to allow it to go ahead, meaning that Chatham’s next challenge was to assemble a full team. Two accidents on the A2 meant that three players were still stuck in traffic, and so Kevin Watson was forced to make three late changes to his planned team. With Watson on the pitch and two more of Chatham’s backroom staff unable to be at the game, Steve Binks found himself back in the dugout to keep Keith company!

Those changes clearly worked though, because Chatham were in the lead after just six minutes. They seemed to be going nowhere much just outside the Brentwood penalty area, but Lee Hales spotted an opening and shot towards the top corner. The goalkeeper was convinced that the shot was going wide and made no attempt to reach it, but it did indeed go into the top corner and Chatham were ahead.

Another Chatham effort was cleared off the line four minutes later and Chatham looked by far the better side, but there were no more goals in the first half. They might have had a penalty when Ade Yusuff went to ground between two Brentwood players just before half time, but the referee thought not.

But whatever the Brentwood manager said to his team at half time worked, because they were much livelier in the second half. Four minutes into the half they hit the side netting, and a minute later it needed a last ditch clearance with Jack Bradshaw beaten to keep Chatham ahead. Midway through the half a Brentwood striker fell over in the mud when he’d have had only Bradshaw to beat, and Chatham were a bit lucky still to be in the lead.

On 78 minutes though, an Alfie May shot from distance forced the Brentwood goalkeeper to deflect the ball for a corner. That corner was cleared, but the ball found its way to Drew Crush who scored at the far post from close range to put Chatham two up.

Brentwood pulled a goal back following a goalmouth melee on 88, and that encouraged them to throw everyone but the goalkeeper forward. Would it be another late frustration for Chatham? Well, no. Following a period of pressure in the Chatham box, Chatham cleared the ball, and only one Brentwood defender stood between them and the keeper. Lee Hales passed to Alfie May, who scored from just outside the area to give Chatham a 3-1 lead.

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