Chatham Town vs Eastbourne Town

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26/09/2015
Score: 1 - 2

Match Report

A disappointing second half performance saw Chatham Town slip to a 2-1 defeat at home to Eastbourne Town in the FA Cup Second Round Qualifying on Saturday.

For the first forty minutes of the game, Chatham Town dominated completely.  Rarely did Eastbourne venture into the Chatham half, let alone threaten Ryan Nicholls’ goal.  A long range shot from Richard Davies after 12 minutes was on target and Eastbourne goalkeeper Nessling ran into the post in attempting to catch it, but he did clear the danger.  Joe Bingham shot over the bar three minutes later, and then a fiercely hit Laurence Collins effort appeared to take an Eastbourne player on the hand but the referee thought not.

Chatham took the lead with 32 minutes played.  The ball broke to Andrew Dalhouse thirty yards out, and he took it into the area, round the keeper, and low into the net.  Charles Ofosu-Hene had a chance to double the lead within two minutes, but although the keeper dropped his shot the ball ran safe.

In the final five minutes of the first half Eastbourne finally came to life although without threatening the goal, and they started the second half as they had ended the first.  A Davies shot eight minutes into the half was blocked but only as far as Bingham, whose follow up shot was well saved.  Midway through the half Joe Loft had a shot blocked – but within a minute Eastbourne were level.  The goal came from the penalty spot, and although Nicholls did get a touch to Tate’s spot kick he could not keep it out.

Corey Holder came close to putting Chatham back in front within a minute, but his shot from long range was just over the bar, while Bingham fired wide fifteen minutes from time.  But by now it was Eastbourne who posed more of a threat, and the ball somehow stayed out after a melee on the Chatham goal line on 76.  Eastbourne took the lead on 82 when Pogue headed home from a cross, and so it was now Chatham who were hunting for a way back into the game.

Six minutes of added time were played, and after five of those minutes the Eastbourne keeper did drop a speculative shot from distance – but again, he was able to recover the ball.  That led to some sharp words between the two sets of players, but the final whistle blew seconds later to ensure that it is Eastbourne who will take a place in the next round.

Venue Information

Maidstone Road

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