Chatham Town vs Romford

Ryman North
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25/01/2014
Score: 0 - 2

Match Report

Referee: Mr M Goldsmith      Attendance: 160

Chatham Town fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Romford.  Chatham totally dominated the first half but without scoring, but Romford’s first goal completely against the run of play and an excellent second goal were enough to give them the points.

On a heavy pitch, the game began at a fast pace although there were no real chances in the opening period.  The early talking point was Alfie May’s booking after his foot was in collision with a sensitive area of Romford goalkeeper Ngoy’s anatomy.  Perhaps this is why Ngoy never looked entirely convincing – although he stopped everything that he was asked to – but on 15 minutes he just beat Ade Yusuff to the end of an Alfie May cross to deny Chatham the lead.  May shot just wide on 20 and within seconds Yusuff had a shot well saved, while Romford had little to offer.  Late in the half they did begin to put a few attacks together, but it was decidedly against the run of play when Tom Richardson’s shot through a crowd of players in the penalty area gave them the lead on 44.

The early part of the second half followed the same pattern as most of the first half.  May had a free kick saved, he came within inches of beating the goalkeeper to Kalvin Morath-Gibbs’s cross, and Chatham won a number of corners.  But on 64 Romford went two up, and the goal was a superb one.  Romford striker Ryan Imbert is not the world’s most mobile centre forward, but if he can shoot from thirty yards out and score in off the far post then maybe he doesn’t need to be.

Chatham won a penalty on 73 minutes, but Ade Yusuff’s kick hit the bar.  While the Romford keeper was forced into one more good save from May, that missed penalty seemed the convince the Chatham team that today wasn’t their day, and they had few chances in the remaining minutes. At the other end, it took a good save from Jack Bradshaw to prevent Romford adding to their lead, but the game came to a quiet end with Romford the 2-0 winners.

In the last ten minutes, Kevin Watson gave a debut to Ben Chapman, who has been playing in Chatham’s Ryman Youth League side.

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