Chatham Town vs Heybridge Swifts

Ryman North
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13/12/2014
Score: 0 - 1

Match Report

Referee: Mr I Corner       Attendance: 135

A headed goal just before half time was enough to give Heybridge Swifts the points in a dour game at Chatham on Saturday. Chatham gave a debut to new signing Ola Rabiu, who has joined from Cray Valley Paper Mills, while another new signing, Veejay Miller from Sittingbourne, came on as a second half substitute.

Chatham nearly took the lead after ten minutes when an intended cross turned out to be a shot on target, and goalkeeper Sambridge only just kept it out.  It was a similar story nine minutes later, when the keeper just beat Anthony Carlton to Thomas Webb’s cross.  Heybridge, playing for the first time under new manager Cliff Akurang, showed a robust approach and a couple of players were slightly fortunate to stay on the pitch, but midway through the half the game began to settle down.

Tom Wellham made a good save to keep Heybridge out on 32, and then a minute Liam Hickey came the closest yet to a goal when his shot hit the side netting.  A Joe Loft effort sailed over the bar, but Heybridge too were struggling to get their shots on target and it was a surprise when they took the lead with 45 minutes played.

The goal was a regulation header by Aaron Gayle following a corner, but this never looked likely to be a high scoring game and so it was important for Chatham to get back on terms as soon as they could.  Heybridge could have doubled their lead in first half injury time, but the shot went wide.

Early in the second half a fiercely hit Heybridge shot was cleared at the cost of a corner, while Chatham won a series of corners at the other end.  Neither team could convert their corners into clear chances though, and Chatham’s best chance of the second half came when Anthony Carlton got on the end of a long forward ball.  With no path to goal, Carlton passed back to Owen Kabodi on the edge of the area – but Kabodi slipped in preparing to shoot and the chance was lost.

A Lawrence Collins strike went over the bar on 73 while Kabodi shot across the face of the goal two minutes later.  Ten minutes before time Chatham won a free kick inches outside the penalty area, but Collins’ shot was saved and there were no more genuine chances.

So a disappointing result for Chatham on a bitterly cold afternoon.  It will need a better performance if Chatham are to bring home the points from the Cambridgeshire Fens when they visit Soham next week, but then Chatham often do turn in their best performances away from home.

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

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