Chatham Town vs Cray Wanderers

Ryman North
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27/12/2014
Score: 1 - 0

Match Report

Referee: Mr O Jackson      Attendance: 185

Chatham Town recorded their first home win since 6 September as they beat struggling Cray Wanderers 1-0 on Saturday.  They left it late though, as the game’s only goal came from the head of Anthony Carlton after 82 minutes.

After a frantic start but with no real chances, Chatham were the first to settle and should have taken the lead on 23 when a crossfield pass found Greg Benbow with only goalkeeper Behcet to beat. Sadly, he underhit his shot and it was saved by Behcet.  The keeper was in action again ten minutes later when Lewis Knight punted goalwards from fifty yards out; his effort was on target but again saved.  Another chance fell to Benbow on 38, but this time Behcet was able to clear the ball at the expense of a corner.

Chatham had more chances to break the deadlock early in the second half.  Jamie Taylor had a shot on target blocked, and Lewis Knight had a diving header saved.  On the hour, the ball ricocheted around the Cray area for a full minute and three Cray players ended on the ground, two of them needing treatment, but somehow the ball stayed out of the net.  As a result of this incident, everyone present now knows that if two players from the same team collide then they do not have to leave the field after receiving treatment.

Seven minutes later,  a perfect crossfield pass from Joe Loft to Benbow led to a move from which Chatham won a corner, but nothing came from it. There had been little from Cray Wanderers, but in the space of five minutes they first won a corner from which they headed just over, and then missed badly from close range.  Too many times this season Chatham have seen a team steal the game with a goal against the run of play, but not today.

Richard Davies headed just wide on 75, and a minute later Matt Solly found substitute Anthony Carlton in an excellent position, but his header went over the bar.  Then on 81 minutes, a Benbow shot took a deflection and won Chatham a corner.  The corner found Carlton, who headed goalwards. The goalkeeper was beaten, but Cray’s Stavrinou had three attempts at trying to clear the ball off the line.  He was not able to do so, and while there has to be a possibility that it was he who got the final touch before the ball crossed the line we shall not deny Carlton his first Ryman League goal.

There were few alarms in the closing minutes, and the final whistle gave Chatham three very welcome points.  With further home games on the next two Saturdays, more wins could see Chatham into a midtable position.

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

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