Chatham Town vs Maldon & Tiptree

Ryman North
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12/04/2014
Score: 1 - 0

Match Report

Referee: Mr S Kay     Attendance: 131

One goal was enough for Chatham Town to beat Maldon and Tiptree last Saturday.

The opening period of the game was, as so often, played at a frantic place but with few genuine chances created.  Chatham were the first to settle, and a Kieran McCann shot from distance after 24 minutes wasn’t far off target.  Then with 28 minutes played Ade Yusuff got on the end of a long ball forward.  He took it into the area and was promptly brought down, and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.  Unfortunately though, Yusuff’s spot kick was saved by visiting keeper Giddens.  Maldon seemed intent on keeping Chatham out whether by fair means or foul, and it was fouls which gave Chatham three free kicks within feet of the penalty area.  One Maldon player appeared to be involved in most of the fouls committed, and their manager (the player’s father!) felt it best to substitute him before he was sent off.

None of those free kicks led to goals though, and it was Maldon who came closest to a goal in the first half hour when a corner was scrambled clear by the Chatham defence while Maldon players appealed for a goal.  So the game was goalless at half time, although Chatham were slightly ahead on points.  In contrast, Maldon hardly got a look in during the second half.

Five minutes into the half, the goalkeeper cleared the ball straight to a Chatham player – a thing he did several times during the half.  Lewis Knight had to shoot first time, and hos effort went just wide.  Two minutes later, Yusuff was once again brought down inside the area, this time by an arm around the neck.  Once again the referee awarded a penalty, and once again the Maldon player involved was a little fortunate that the card he saw was only the yellow one.  Matt Solly stepped up to take our second penalty of the game – and scored it.

Yusuff, Austin Gacheru, and Corey Holder all had good chances later in the game, while there was also a moment of brilliance from Gacheru with a back heel while facing the corner flag.  The ball flashed across the area, and McCann appeared to be pushed off it when he’d have been in a great shooting position.  Despite those missed chances though, one goal always seemed likely to be enough.  Maldon missed from close range on 70 and forced a good save out of Jack Bradshaw on 79, but otherwise the Chatham goal was rarely threatened.

Maldon and Tiptree’s approach to this game was puzzling.  They’re a good footballing side when they want to be, but in this game they adopted rather robust tactics which really didn’t work for them.  Perhaps they’d seen our recent record and were running scared – no other team in the division has lost only one game in the last fifteen.

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

Lineup

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Ade Yusuff
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Subs

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