Chatham Town vs Chipstead

Ryman South
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09/04/2016
Score: 0 - 1

Match Report

Referee: Mr P Rowley      Attendance: 109

As the season draws towards its end, neither Chatham Town nor Chipstead has very much to play for and that was very evident when they met at Maidstone Road on Saturday.  0-0 seemed the inevitable result for most of the 95 minutes played, but Chipstead had other ideas.

With Kevin Horlock absent on Colchester United duty, Terry Groom took charge of the side for this game and Chatham made a bright start.  Ricky Grundy won Chatham the first corner of the afternoon after just six minutes, and the same player’s header from a Joe Loft cross on 11 was just over the bar.  Two minutes later came one of the game’s few talking points, when Grundy went to ground under challenge inside the Chipstead penalty area.  It looked like a penalty to the Chatham players and to most of the crowd, but not to the referee.

Chatham totally dominated the opening fifteen minutes, but for the rest of the half it was Chipstead who had more of the ball.  Even so, not until the stroke of half time did they have a genuine shot, and although that shot from thirty yards out was on target the ball was comfortably collected by Jack Bradshaw.

A neat interchange between Grundy and George Humber led to Chatham winning a corner on the hour, but again it was Chipstead who saw more of the ball the longer the second half went on.  An intricate Chipstead passing move led to a fiercely hit shot which was well saved by Bradshaw after 70 minutes, but once that chance had gone the game again seemed destined to finish goalless.

But five minutes of added time were played, and in the second of those minutes Chipstead won a corner, from which Bradshaw was again called into action.  In the fourth added minute Chipstead won a free kick a yard outside the Chatham area, and centre forward Dan Summers stepped up to take it.  It went straight into the net with Bradshaw unmoved; the Chatham keeper must not have seen the ball.  The game did restart after this late goal, but within seconds the final whistle gave Chipstead the points.

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

Lineup

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Jon Difford
Josh Gibson
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Subs

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Josh BraySub
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