Chatham Town vs Three Bridges

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09/01/2016
Score: 2 - 3

Match Report

Referee: Mr J Creswick      Attendance: 156

Chatham Town’s groundstaff did a magnificent job to get the pitch fit for Saturday’s game against Three Bridges, but frustratingly the game itself was yet another one goal home defeat.

Three Bridges took the lead after three minutes.  Jack Bradshaw received a poor back pass, and could clear it only as far as veteran striker Allan Tait who accepted the simplest of chances. Within a minute though, Chatham were level.  A Luke Medley cross led to a goalmouth scramble, and the ball ran to Ricky Gundry who picked his spot from six yards out.  With eight minutes played, Three Bridges were back in front when Brotherton beat the Chatham defence to a long ball and scored under little challenge.

After those frenetic opening minutes, the goalscoring quietened down but the game did not.  Some robust challenges were made by both teams, and the referee was quick to issue yellow cards but did not find it necessary to penalise a theatrical display by one player who went down.

Chatham were forced into an early change when Richard Davies limped out of the game on the half hour, but his replacement Reece Butler soon made his presence felt with a cross which nearly found Gundry.  A good save thwarted Fred Obasa late in the half, while at the other end it needed an equally good save from Bradshaw to stop Three Bridges adding to their lead right on half time.

The second half opened scrappily, but Chatham went close on the hour when Gundry shot just over from a corner.  They went even closer ten minutes later, when they won a free kick only inches outside the Three Bridges area.  Laurence Collins’ shot was on target, and it took an athletic save to deflect the ball for a corner.

Medley too went close on 73, but then Tait’s second goal of the game put Three Bridges 3-1 up two minutes later.  An Obasa shot from close range was well saved in the last minute of normal time, and Gundry pulled a goal back for Chatham three minutes into added time.  This was a great solo goal as he took the ball thirty yards out and took it into the box and over the keeper, but the final whistle blew only seconds after the restart to give Three Bridges the win.

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

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