Chatham Town vs Cray Wanderers

FA Cup
vs
12/09/2015
Score: 1 - 0

Match Report

Referee: G.Ions      Attendance: 170

Match Sponsor Harinder Singh from The Regent Guest House presents The Man of the Match award for the Cray Wanderers FA Cup tie  to Lewis Knight

rgh

 

Chatham Town reached the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with a hard fought 1-0 win at home to Cray Wanderers.

Cray had the game’s first real attack after 6 minutes, but the shot to which it led was easily saved by Ryan Nicholls in the Chatham goal.  Three minutes later it was Chatham’s turn when Andrew Dalhouse nodded on to Charles Ofusu-Hene who beat two players and shot, but his effort too was comfortably saved by keeper Blue.  A cross field ball on 15 found Siao Blackwood who looked to cross to Kieron McCann, but while it looked as though McCann might have been held back as he ran into the area referee Mr Ions saw no foul.  McCann had another chance on 27 when he shot after receiving the ball from Ofusu-Hene, but his effort was over the bar and the game remained goalless.

Cray then had two good chances within the space of five minutes.  First a Cray free kick forced Nicholls to palm the ball away, and then a low shot to the corner forced him to make a diving save – but in between these two Cray chances, Chatham scored the only goal of the game.  A long forward ball found Blackwood ten yards outside the area, and he took it into the area, round the onrushing Blue and calmly placed it into the empty net.

Blackwood’s looped shot five minutes into the second half cleared the Cray keeper but ran just wide, but for much of the second half it was Cray who saw more of the ball.  Only rarely did they seriously threaten goal though, and a good save from a long range shot 15 minutes from time was the best that Nicholls was called upon to make.

Chatham came desperately close to adding a second goal six minutes from time.  Ofusu-Hene found himself unmarked close to the goal line, and saw a path across goal.  His shot had the keeper beaten, and the ball ran agonisingly slowly towards goal before hitting the far post.

Those last six minutes together with the six minutes added by the referee seemed to last an hour, and Chatham had to defend for most of that time.  But the final whistle eventually blew, and so it is Chatham who go through to a meeting with old adversaries Eastbourne Town.

 

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

Lineup

vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs Goal
vs
vs

Subs

vs
vs
vs Sub
vs
vs
vs
vs