AFC Sudbury vs Chatham Town

Ryman North
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08/03/2014
Score: 0 - 2

Match Report

Referee: Mr T Hancock     Attendance: 255

Chatham came back from the long trip to Suffolk to play Sudbury with three richly deserved points after an excellent team performance. With Solly serving the first half of a two game suspension and Potter and Bradshaw unavailable for the trip, our team had a slightly unfamiliar look.  Ben Chapman made his first start, and two further players from the Under 18 squad – Kobina Bernasko and goalkeeper Gareth Bower – were on the bench.

Sudbury were first out of the blocks and had a goal disallowed for offside with just seven minutes played.  Chatham soon started to push forward though and had a chance on 14 when a free kick from halfway found Austin Gacheru, although he was dispossessed by Sudbury goalkeeper Archer.  Moments later a Lee Hales free kick found Lewis Knight whose header hit the crossbar, and Chatham were beginning to get on top.

We took the lead after 21 minutes.  A goal kick found Gacheru just inside the Sudbury half, and he in turn found Ade Yusuff who took his chance well.  It could have been two five minutes later when a Sudbury goal kick was mishit straight to Gacheru, but his shot went wide.

Sudbury won a series of corners, but Lee Kidman and his defence dealt with everything thrown at it and we turned around with Chatham one up.

A good save from Archer prevented Gacheru increasing the lead in the early minites of the second half, and while Sudbury continued to win corner after corner it was always Chatham who looked more like scoring.  A Lee Hales free kick won a corner, another led to a Liam Hickey header which hit the post, and Ben Chapman beat the keeper only for his effort to be cleared off the line.

But on 68 minutes Chatham did get the second goal they deserved.  A Chatham ball down the right seemed to be going out for a goal kick, and the Sudbury defence decided that there was no need to collect it and all but stopped playing.  Lee Hales proved them wrong though, and reached the ball inches inside the goal line.  He passed the ball back to Kieran McCann, unmarked close to the penalty spot, who fired home to put Chatham two up.

Sudbury had a few chances to get back into the game but squandered most of them, although Kidman was called upon to make a fine save five minutes from time.  So three wins in a row for Chatham now, which places quite a big gap between us and the bottom six.

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