The first half of Chatham Town’s match against Hastings United was fairly even, but the second half was entirely different.
Chatham suffered a blow just before kick off when Liam Hickey was injured in the warm up and unable to play, but they had the game’s first chance after 9 minutes when new signing Moses Ashikodi’s cross just eluded an unmarked Luke Medley.
Five minutes later, Hastings goalkeeper Pidgeley had to come out of his area to beat Medley to a long ball forward, and moments later he misjudged a softly hit Medley shot which he allowed to run mere inches past the far post. Medley was in the action again on the half hour, when he went down under challenge inside the area but appeals for a penalty were waved away.
Tom Youngs shot wide from the edge of area five minutes before half time, and it was not until added time at the end of the half that Hastings had a shot on target. That shot came from a corner, but was well saved by Alex Hyde and so the teams turned around goalless.
Chatham attacked straight from the kick-off in the second half, and Medley’s cross led to a Josh Jackson shot which wasn’t far off. But from then on, Hastings completely dominated the game.
They had the ball in the net on 49 only to see the goal ruled out for a push on the keeper, but it took them only three minutes to score for real when Jackson found a gap in the Chatham defence. Jackson saw a shot well saved immediately following the restart, while Tom Youngs was replaced by Caleb Bearman-Dyce, given his first taste of first team action.
The next fifteen minutes were all Hastings, but they wasted a couple of good chances and as the game moved into its last twenty minutes they still led by just one goal. Could Chatham sneak their way back into the game? No they could not, as Hastings scored no fewer than six goals in that final twenty minute period. Jackson scored twice more to complete a hat trick, while former Chatham favourite Frannie Collin was also among the scorers as Chatham fell to their heaviest defeat since August 1997.
|Alex Hyde (GK)|
|Caleb Bearman Dyce||Sub|