Chatham Town vs Harlow Town

Ryman North
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28/03/2015
Score: 1 - 2

Match Report

Referee: Mr P Rowley      Attendance: 170

In a hard fought game on Saturday, Chatham Town went down 2-1 to title-chasing Harlow Town.

Although Chatham keeper Ryan Nicholls had to make a save in the first minute, it was Chatham who created more chances throughout the first half.  A free kick came within inches of finding an unmarked Corey Holder, Austin Edwards and Kieron McCann both went close, and Harlow keeper Andrew Walker just stole a McCann pass from the feet of Lewis Knight.  Even so, it was Harlow who took the lead after 28 minutes – slightly against the run of play – when Junior Dadson was able to score from Jamie Guy’s flick back.

A McCann shot from outside the area flashed past the top corner on 34, and then in first half injury time Chatham equalised.  Jamie Taylor played the ball to McCann, who shaped to take a low shot.  The keeper would probably have covered that, but in fact McCann’s shot looped over the head of a puzzled Walker and into to the net.

For half an hour, the second half was almost a copy of the first.  Nicholls saved well from a free kick in the opening minutes, but after that it was Chatham who created most of the chances.  A fiercely hit Richard Davies shot won Chatham a corner, while the keeper was forced to punch clear another McCann effort.  But for all Chatham’s pressure they were unable to find a goal, and Harlow began to look dangerous on the break – although they too struggled to convert their possession into clear attempts at goal.

As the game moved into the last 15 minutes Harlow began to get on top, and they took the lead for the second time with 81 minutes played.  A ball played high into the area led to a succession of headers, but the Chatham heads were unable to get the ball clear and the head of Harlow’s Guy put the ball over Nicholls for a goal.

Seven minutes of added time were played, but there was no way back for Chatham and so it was Harlow who took the points.  They will be waiting for Needham Market to slip up to give themselves a chance of the automatic promotion spot, while with five games to go Chatham’s fate is in their own hands – five wins from those games, and we cannot possibly be relegated.

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

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