Whyteleafe vs Chatham Town

FA Cup
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28/09/2013
Score: 1 - 2

Match Report

ATT = 166       Referee: Mr G Kane           MOTM =

A late winner by Alfie May gave Chatham a 2-1 win at Whyteleafye, and with it a place in the Third Round Qualifying.

After a slightly delayed start because of the late arrival of a linesman, the game began at a frantic place. A Whyteleafe cross landed on the roof of the net after eight minutes, and there was a blow for Chatham when Kalin Morath-Gibbs limped out of the game after only 11 minutes but it was Chatham who settled first. After creating two good chances in the previous five minutes, they went a goal up after 34 minutes through Kieran McCann. He received the ball on the right side of a crowded penalty area, saw a route to goal and placed the ball precisely just inside the far post to give Chatham the lead. A Whyteleafe free kick minutes later went just over the bar, and then they equalised on 39 minutes through a good strike from Ryan Fowler on the edge of the penalty area.

Whyteleafe were the better side for the closing minutes of the first half, but the second half was all Chatham. They created three good chances in the first 15 minutes of the  half, Billy Bennett going closest when his effort was deflected over the bar for a corner. Whyteleafe  threatened briefly, but Chatham were soon on top again. McCann found Austin Gacheru who might have been impeded as he attempted to get a shot in, and minutes later Andy Constable shot wide after good work from Lee Hales. Twice Alfie May forced the goalkeeper to punch clear, and twice the goalkeeper dropped the ball but Chatham were unable to capitalise.

It began to look as if, despite Chatham’s dominance, a replay would be needed – but Chatham had other ideas.  On the stroke of 90 minutes Andy Constable’s cross found Alfie May to the right of goal, and May shot home from close range to put Chatham back into the lead. Five minutes of injury time followed, but Chatham had most of the ball during those minutes and only once did Whyteleafe get into the Chatham penalty area.

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