Three Bridges vs Chatham Town

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19/09/2015
Score: 2 - 1

Match Report

Chatham Town made their first ever visit to Three Bridges on Saturday, but although they led at half time they ended up losing 2-1.

Three Bridges had the first shot after 9 minutes, but the ball was cleared by Joe Loft. A minute later they had another chance, but this time shot well wide. Chatham soon began to look the better side though, and within moments a Siao Blackwood shot went over the bar.

Then with 14 minutes played, Chatham took the lead. Neat interplay between Blackwood and Charles Ofusu-Hene on the right hand side of the area led to a cross to the left, and Kieron McCann on the edge of the box took the ball first time and placed it low into the corner of the net.

There was an unsavoury moment on the half hour when Richard Davis received a boot to the head while already on the ground. The referee showed no card, and tempers flared. The Three Bridges manager had to intervene when one of his team’s supporters wanted words with the Chatham dugout, and the challenges on the pitch became rather robust.

Three Bridges nearly equalised on 39 but MacVicar’s shot hit the post, and then in first half injury time Chatham could have doubled their lead. A cross from the right found Blackwood, but he was unable to make proper contact with the ball and it was easily saved by keeper Thorp.

McCann had a shot well saved six minutes into the second half, but the half was otherwise quiet until Three Bridges won a free kick just outside the area on the hour. Ryan Nicholls in the Chatham goal did get a hand to Adelakun’s shot, but could not prevent it going in off the post. Adelakun had a chance to put his team into the lead three minutes later but shot straight at Nicholls, and for a while Three Bridges look the team more likely to score but kept being caught offside.

A Chatham break on 71 saw McCann take the ball down to the left before passing to Ofusu-Hene. He in turn played the ball to Davis, whose shot was well saved. But nine minutes from time Lansdale scored what proved to be Three Bridges’ winner, and Chatham rarely looked like equalising after that.

All the same, Chatham were the better side for the first half of the game, and there is no shame in losing by the odd goal away to a team who lie second in the table.

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