Chatham Town vs Burnham Ramblers

Ryman North
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31/01/2015
Score: 1 - 0

Match Report

On the last day of January Chatham Town recorded a very welcome home win against Burnham Ramblers.  With Redbridge and Romford both losing, the win moved them two places up the league table.

Burnham Ramblers are bottom of the division and have conceded over one hundred goals this season.  They have not won a game since October, but it’s all too easy to adopt a casual approach against such opponents and Chatham had to be sure not to do that.

On an extremely cold day which was punctuated by snow flurries and freezing rain, a fast paced game was the only way for the players to keep warm and the game started at a frenetic pace.  Chatham had the first two chances, with first Austin Edwards just off target and then a Kieron McCann volley from the edge of the area brushing the top corner of the goal with goalkeeper Belcher beaten.  Burnham Ramblers had a good chance to take the lead after 22 minutes but the shot was completely sliced and well wide, and three minutes later it was Chatham who were in front.

The goal came from McCann’s cross/shot which passed close to Anthony Carlton before being deflected into the net by Burnham’s unfortunate Long.  Long was cross about it, it’s fair to say, and spent some time lying flat on the ground and beating the turf with his fists.  Burnham had a chance to equalise on 36, but their unmarked striker completely missed the ball and the chance was gone.

Chatham completely dominated the second half, but without adding to their lead.  McCann’s long ball to Carlton won a corner on the hour, and ten minutes later Chatham might have had a penalty when a Burnham defender appeared to handle during a goalmouth scramble. But even though Chatham’s chances were not converted into goals, Burnham had little to offer and it all looked very comfortable.  Was it too comfortable?  Would Burnham somehow snatch an equaliser which they hardly deserved?

They would not, and in fact Chatham continued to create chances until the final whistle.  Carlton just lost out after racing the Burnham keeper through the mud to a loose ball, and a Joe Bingham free kick in the final minute caused some alarm in the Burnham defence.  The 1-0 scoreline flattered Burnham somewhat, and the win was much more comfortable than the score might suggest.

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

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