Tilbury vs Chatham Town

Ryman North
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24/01/2015
Score: 1 - 0

Match Report

Referee: Mr N Dunn      Attendance: 63

Last Saturday saw Chatham Town make the short trip to Tilbury.  This fixture presents a rare opportunity to travel to a football match by boat, and two intrepid Chatham supporters opted for the ferry from Gravesend.  Rare opportunities were to become the theme for the day, because while Chatham had two good chances in the first ten minutes there were all too few thereafter.

The pitch was an absolute quagmire.  It had been heavily sanded to remove most of the standing water, but flowing football never seemed likely.  Chatham made a bright start though, and created those two chances before Tilbury had left dock.  After eight minutes a cross from the left gave Joe Bingham a shooting chance but he was unable to capitalise, and then a minute later Kieron McCann’s shot from a narrow angle was just off target.

For the rest of the first half, the ball went back and forth from the edge of one penalty area to the edge of the other, but rarely was either goal seriously threatened.  Tilbury had several shots during a minute or so of sustained pressure on 36, but a reflex save from Chatham goalkeeper Ryan Nicholls – making his debut at this level – kept them out, while just before half time a Liam Hickey free kick went deep into the Tilbury area but was cleared by the defence.

The game was goalless at half time, and some of the sparse crowd were predicting that it would remain so.  Three minutes into the second half, McCann did all the hard work on the left wing but then passed when perhaps he should have shot.  But with 51 minutes played Tilbury took the lead, slightly against the run of play.  The goal was well enough taken by Richmond, but the Chatham defence must ask themselves how he came to be unmarked.

Tilbury missed an excellent chance to go two up on the hour, while for Chatham Junior Kaffo shot just wide ten minutes later.  Chatham were seeing more possession than their hosts, but all too rarely was the unconvincing Tilbury keeper seriously tested.  He did well to catch a McCann cross on 88 to put an end to one Chatham attack, but even though Chatham spent practically all of the four added minutes inside the Tilbury penalty area they could not convert this pressure into an equaliser.

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