North Greenford United vs Chatham Town

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18/10/2014
Score: 0 - 1

Match Report

Referee: Mr K Bailey      Attendance: 63

Chatham Town booked their place in the FA Trophy First Qualifying Round with a 1-0 win at Southern League club North Greenford United.

With some players delayed on the M25, the starting eleven had an unfamiliar look, but even so Chatham could have taken the lead after just eight minutes.  Joe Loft’s shot was blocked, and the ball broke to Austin Gacheru whose shot went over the bar.  Tom Wellham was forced to make a save after 19, but it was the only time he was called upon in the first half.  At the other end, North Greenford United’s goalkeeper Minter – just about the best player in an uninspiring team – made a good save of a Matt Solly header from a Loft cross.  Gacheru shots forced a number of Chatham corners, but the game was goalless at half time.  The wild parrots which live in this part of West London were making plenty of noise, but there was little coming from the sparsely populated terraces.

North Greenford United had their best chance of the game two minutes into the second half, but a good save from Wellham kept the teams level and within minutes Chatham were again completely dominant.  Gacheru and Loft both had shots saved by Minter, and then on 55 there was a turning point when North Greenford’s Manitou saw a straight red card for a stamp on Solly.

On the hour, Minter again saved well with Kane Phillip rushing towards him, and Greg Benbow too saw a shot saved after a defensive clearance was sliced horribly and straight to him.  But a goal had to come, and it did come after 69 minutes.

Phillip found Gacheru, who rounded the goalkeeper but found himself running out of pitch.  He had no option but to shoot from a very acute angle on the right, and his effort slid just the correct side of the far post into the net.  A North Greenford official was convinced that at least one Chatham player had been offside and said so loudly enough that he was spoken to by the referee, but in any case he was mistaken.

North Greenford rarely looked like scoring at any time, and few of their players seemed to think they had any way back.  A long range shot in the closing minutes wasn’t far off, but that was about it.  A rather bad tempered six minutes of injury time caused few alarms to Chatham Town, and the final whistle gave them as comfortable a 1-0 win as you’ll see.  In the next round on 1 November, Chatham Town will be away to Worthing.

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