Redbridge vs Chatham Town

Ryman North
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17/01/2015
Score: 4 - 1

Match Report

Referee: Mr S Cheek     Attendance: 59

Chatham Town had plenty of possession at Redbridge on Saturday, but Redbridge took their chances in front of goal and ran out 4-1 winners.

The game was played on a very heavy pitch with little bounce – sometimes, the ball stopped dead.  Chatham were first to realise that the conditions called for a long ball approach, and Liam Hickey had a long range shot on target after just two minutes.  Moments later, Matt Parsons, making his first appearance after his move from Eastbourne Borough, was fooled by the ball stopping dead and mishit a shot.  But with six minutes played Redbridge went in front from the game’s first corner, which Parish headed in off the underside of the bar.  20 minutes in it was 2-0.  Redbridge won a free kick just outside the Chatham area and Murphy scored directly, again with help from the crossbar.

Redbridge may have been a little fortunate on the half hour when one of their players appeared to push the referee, but he got away with a caution.  Chatham brought themselves right back into the game even so, when they won a free kick just inside the Redbridge half.  Joe Bingham, another debutant who has joined from Redhill, took the free kick and played the ball into the penalty area.  It stopped dead close to the penalty spot, and Owen Kabodi put it in the net.

At 2-1 down, but with the less muddy penalty area to play towards in the second half, Chatham had every chance.  They made a very positive start to the half and created three chances in as many minutes, but each time they were perhaps guilty of shooting too soon and did not ask any serious questions of goalkeeper Parker.

Even so, Chatham were looking the better side – until Redbridge scored a third goal on the hour.  The goal was well taken from distance by Espirito Santo, but Lee Kidman looked to have the shot covered.  Substitute Damali made it four four minutes later, helped by a deflection off a Chatham player, and it was all over.  Garry Tilley, who has come out of retirement for a second time, came on for the last 20 minutes but even he could not inspire a comeback.

The already sparse crowd had begun to drift away some minutes before the final whistle, and Chatham ended up well beaten.  Redbridge made the most of the chances they created, while Chatham must hope for better on the fields of Tilbury next week.

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