Chatham Town vs Romford

Ryman North
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16/09/2014
Score: 0 - 2

Match Report

Attendance: 89     Referee: D.Smart

After an even first half, Chatham Town slipped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Romford last Tuesday.

Chatham were first into the game and won a corner after just four minutes, but Romford were soon into the game and looked a fast team, even if they seemed a little uncertain in defence.

That defence allowed Corey Holder to take the ball from halfway into the area and shoot, but his shot was comfortably saved.  Jamie Taylor shot just wide after being put through by Jamie Lawrence, and a Lee Hales cross so nearly found Mason Bloomfield, making his debut on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge.  Romford created fewer chances, although they will feel that they should have done better with a free kick from inches outside the area of the stroke of half time.

Hales shot just wide in the opening moments of the second half, while at the other end Lee Kidman saved well from close range. Then on 54 minutes came a key point in the game.  Chatham won a free kick a yard outside the area.  Hales’s free kick went into the wall where it was handled, and a penalty was given.  The crowd came to life at that point, and we could have done without the language that one of Romford’s staff used repeatedly to describe the referee.

Unfortunately though, Matt Solly’s penalty kick was saved by Romford keeper Omand.  Mr Omand may look an unlikely footballer, but in truth he’s a very competent goalkeeper and is way past caring when opposing supporters suggest that he may carry a little weight.

Five minutes later Romford went ahead.  The goal was well taken by Ottley, but he was given more space than he should have been.  Chatham were still in the game though, and within ten minutes Hales went close after an overhit cross was pulled back to him by Lawrence.  Sadly though, Imbert put Romford two up with 72 minutes played, and that was enough to secure them the game.

Chatham failed to capitalise on a perfect pass by Greg Benbow five minutes from time, and two minutes later Kevin Watson shot just over the bar after coming on as a substitute.  But it was Romford’s night, and to be fair they deserved the three points which they took back to Essex.

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

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