Chatham Town vs Walton Casuals

Ryman South
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19/03/2016
Score: 2 - 1

Match Report

Three goals in the first half, and three red cards in the second. Chatham Town scored two of the goals and saw none of the red cards, and their three points go a long way towards ensuring their safety in Isthmian League Division One South.

A defensive error allowed George Humber a shot just 3 minutes in, but his effort was off target.  Although Walton Casuals headed over the bar following the game’s first corner, Chatham soon began to dominate and Luke Medley’s free kick hit the bar on 13.  Medley saw two shots well saved within the next five minutes, but 20 minutes in Ricky Gundry gave Chatham the lead.  His ball from the right was really a cross, but it floated into the far corner of the goal and left the Casuals defence looking baffled.

Casuals equalised after 33 minutes when Wedgeworth capitalised on a mishit goal kick, but Chatham were back in the lead four minutes later.  They won a free kick a yard outside the area, and Medley put it into the net via the Casuals wall.

Casuals thought they had equalised with the first attack of the second half, but Folkes’ close range effort was ruled out for offside.  They then adopted tactics reminiscent of the 1970s, and saw three of their players receive straight red cards within half an hour.  The first came for a robust challenge on half way, and it soon became clear that Casuals would struggle to compete with ten men.

Gundry saw a shot well saved by keeper Daly’s outstretched foot, and minutes later set up Humber for a shot which went wide. Fifteen minutes from time, Austin Edwards was tripped inside the area to bring Casuals their second red card.   Jack Jeffrey, on as a substitute only a minute earlier, took the penalty but it was saved by Daly.  The third red card came for a primitive challenge on Gundry, and Casuals were a little lucky not to see a fourth when the same player twice received only a telling off for a crude foul.

Another Jeffrey shot was well saved three minutes from time, but although Chatham’s winning margin was only one goal the win was much more comfortable than that sounds.  Walton Casuals will surely have to pay a financial penalty for their petulance, but all that need concern Chatham is three points against a team just above them in the table, and four wins out of four against the division’s two teams from Walton on Thames.

Referee: Mr T Bishop      Attendance: 100

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

Lineup

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Josh GibsonSub