AFC Sudbury vs Chatham Town

Ryman North
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21/03/2015
Score: 2 - 0

Match Report

Referee: Mr C Francis      Attendance: 248

On a cold and frustrating afternoon in Suffolk, Chatham Town lost 2-0 to playoff chasing AFC Sudbury. Kevin Watson gave a debut to Irish midfield player Fiachra McArdle, whose footballing CV includes spells with Derby County and Shamrock Rovers, while Liam Hickey and Laurence Collins were unavailable for the trip and so the defence had to be reorganised. As all supporters will know, Chatham hope to be playing in Division One South next season. That would mean that we’d no longer go to most of the away venues which we’ve visited this season, and not in every case is that a cause for regret. But AFC Sudbury is one club which we would miss visiting since they have one of the best appointed grounds we see and there is always a fair sized and noisy crowd. Sudbury made the best start possible when Scott Kemp gave them the lead after just 57 seconds, and it could have been two when they hit the bar two minutes later. A corner after five minutes forced a good save from Ryan Nicholls, but fortunately Chatham settled into the game after that. Simon Glover had a shot saved, and Chatham might have had a penalty midway through the first half when Joe Bingham came to ground inside the Sudbury area. The referee thought not though, and a Scott Reilly shot which was saved was the nearest Chatham came to a goal in the remainder of the half. Sudbury missed a good chance to extend their lead a minute before half time, but led at the break through that early goal. After those first five minutes in which they could have gone three down, Chatham were not too unhappy to turn around trailing by just one goal, and they had one of their best spells of the game right at the start of the second half. They had two chances in the space of a minute as they exploited some confusion in the Sudbury defence, but after Corey Holder had shot over the bar this period of pressure came to an end. Sudbury extended their lead on 64 minutes through Craig Parker, who took his goal well but was allowed too much time and space on the ball. After that the game became rather scrappy, but came back to life after Sudbury hit the post ten minutes from time. Chatham had the ball for the majority of those ten minutes and won a series of free kicks in useful positions, and from one of them Garry Tilley provided Richard Davies with a shooting chance. Davies’ shot was saved though, and a Bingham effort in injury time was well off target, so Sudbury ended up good value for their 2-0 win.

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