Chatham Town vs Barkingside

Ryman North
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11/04/2015
Score: 2 - 0

Match Report

Referee:  Mr D Sheldrake      Attendance: 110

One goal in each half gave Chatham Town a 2-0 win against fellow strugglers Barkingside, and the three points go a long way towards deciding which of these teams is likely to be relegated.

With both teams desperate for a win,  it was no surprise that both took shots from long range in the opening minutes.  Chatham had the first chance from normal range after six minutes, when a shot following a corner was cleared off the line.  Barkingside had their first corner two minutes later, but it was cleared downfield by the Chatham defence and created a chance for Kieron McCann whose shot was saved.

It took a good save from Ryan Nicholls to keep the game goalless on 15 minutes, but after a quiet ten minutes Chatham took the lead on 26.  A Barkingside player attempted a simple clearing header in the middle of his own half, but got it completely wrong and the ball ran loose behind him.  McCann was first to the ball, and found himself with only the goalkeeper to beat.  He rounded the goalkeeper with ease and placed the ball into the empty net, and so Chatham were ahead.

Four minutes later George Humber found himself in a similar position.  This time though, the keeper opted to tackle and won the ball.  It was all Chatham for the rest of the first half, but with no addition to the score.

Barkingside had the ball for the first five minutes of the second half, but could manage only a shot straight at Nicholls who saved comfortably.  Good work by Joe Bingham set up a shooting chance for Connor French but his effort was wide, while McCann had a good chance with the keeper misplaced but he too shot wide.  A moment’s confusion in the Chatham defence gave Barkingside a golden opportunity on the hour; they had three players behind the defence but the ball was somehow scrambled clear.

Chatham wrapped up the game on 73 minutes, when Bingham’s fiercely hit shot from the edge of the area went in off the bar.  Bingham had seen a narrow path to goal and took it, while the goalkeeper seemed to be expecting him to pass.

A Barkingside shot on 80 minutes whistled just over the bar, but otherwise there were few alarms in the closing stages until four minutes of added time were indicated but the referee in fact played seven.  Those seven minutes seemed like seven hours, but when Mr Sheldrake eventually blew the final whistle Chatham had gone a long way towards ensuring their survival at this level.

 

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

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