Chatham Town vs Soham Town Rangers

Ryman North
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29/03/2014
Score: 2 - 0

Match Report

Referee: Mr I Fissenden     Attendance: 126

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Two first half goals saw Chatham Town to an unexpectedly comfortable win against Soham Town Rangers.  This was our eighth win in nine games, five of them against teams above us in the table, and was achieved despite the absence of Brad Potter who has just had an operation, Lee Hales who had a family commitment, and Liam Hickey who was on a modelling assignment.  The absentees gave Taylor McDonagh a chance to start, and he took it rather well.

Chatham came close to taking the lead after just three minutes, when Austin Gacheru headed wide from Matt Solly’s cross.  Ade Yusuff had a shot saved on 15, although he looked to be held back as he was shooting.  Soham’s Harradine struck a shot well on 20 and Jack Bradshaw could only parry it, but Kalvin Morath-Gibbs completed the clearance.

Chatham took the lead on 23.  Ade Yusuff again looked to be held back inside the area, but was able to get a pass away to Taylor McDonagh.  McDonagh scored from twelve yards out on the right of the area, and then six minutes later it was his turn to set up a goal.  This time he passed to Kieran McCann, in a similar position on the right of the area, and McCann blasted into the net.

It really should have been three on 34 when Gacheru rounded the keeper and found himself with no one to beat.  But the ball got stuck between his feet, and Soham defenders managed to get back.  He did pass to McCann though, whose shot hit the post.  Soham finally got into the game in the closing minutes of the first half, but without any serious threat on goal.

Jack Bradshaw had more to do in the second half than the first and did have to make a couple of good saves, but Soham didn’t help themselves either – twice they missed badly from close range.  As for Chatham, McDonagh went just wide from a pass by Solly on 67, and Yusuff had a couple of shots saved by Soham’s eccentric Spanish goalkeeper.  He also went down in collision with that goalkeeper just outside the area, but the referee decided there was no foul.

Soham’s Darling shot wide in injury time, but the result had been decided by then and Chatham were good value for the three points.

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