Chatham Town vs Walton & Hersham

Ryman South
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20/02/2016
Score: 4 - 0

Match Report

Referee: Mr C Pullen     Attendance: 148

There were two goals apiece for George Humber and Ricky Gundry as Chatham Town beat a poor Walton and Hersham team 4-0.

Kevin Horlock unveiled a new 3-5-2 formation which the team had worked on in training, although there was a setback before kick off when Jack Jeffrey was injured in the warm up and was unable to take part.  Even so, Chatham dominated right from the start.  Just four minutes had gone when Walton and Hersham goalkeeper Beach dropped the game’s first cross, and although that ball was eventually cleared Beach was to be kept busy throughout the game.  He saved from Luke Medley just a minute later, and from Chatham’s very next attack they took the lead.  A Gundry shot was saved at the cost of a corner, and from the corner George Humber scored from close range.

Three minutes later and Chatham were two up.  Gundry was the scorer this time, with a spectacular shot from Medley’s cross.  The chances kept coming, with Humber seeing a shot saved, Medley forcing another corner, and Richard Davies twice going just wide.

Chatham’s third goal came five minutes before half time.  Davies and Khari Oriogun combined well down the right wing, before Oriogun’s cross took a slight deflection on its way to Humber who headed home.

Five minutes after half time, and it was four.  Medley walked past a leaden-footed Walton defender before crossing to Gundry, whose header went in off the post.  There could easily have been more goals, but goalkeeper Beach was Walton’s best player with a couple of good saves, while Humber went just wide and Chatham were not awarded a penalty when Medley appeared to be pulled off the ball.

Ryan Nicholls in the Chatham goal was called upon to make a comfortable save on 84, as Walton saved their best football of the game for the closing minutes.  He was otherwise practically a spectator for most of the game, and the final whistle gave Chatham a very comfortable win.

Chatham’s home form has been disappointing for much of this season, but two home wins in a row suggests that this may finally be turning around.  While Chatham’s six remaining home games are likely to ask sterner questions of the team than did this one, this performance would have beaten many a better team.

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

Lineup

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Jon Difford
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Subs

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