After an excellent win at Whyteleafe during the week, Chatham Town were brought back down to earth on Saturday when they lost 3-0 at home to promotion chasing Greenwich Borough.
On a bitterly cold afternoon it was Chatham who had the game’s first shot through Ricky Freeman after just 2 minutes, although it did not force a save from Greenwich goalkeeper Holloway. Alex Hyde in the Chatham goal did have to make a save after 12 minutes, keeping out a header from close range. Much of the first half was played in the middle third, but as the game went on Greenwich began to dominate the possession.
32 minutes had elapsed by the time that Chatham won their first corner of the game. They were unable to capitalise on it, while Greenwich were equally unable to capitalise when Hyde did not gather a cross cleanly. They did take the lead after 42 minutes though, when an attempted clearance from the Chatham defence was mishit and the ball landed for Greenwich’s Eisa. Hyde got a hand to his shot he was unable to keep it out of the net. Moments later there was a goalmouth scramble at the other end, but Greenwich eventually managed to clear the ball and the half time whistle soon followed.
Greenwich doubled their lead just before the hour following a corner. The first shot from that corner hit the post and the ball ran loose, but it was collected by Young who scored with a cheeky backheel. Chatham had a rare chance with a free kick on 69, and while that free kick was on target it was comfortably caught by Holloway. Greenwich’s third came minutes later when MacDevitt found himself a path through the Chatham defence, and the destination of the points was clear.
There was an unusual incident fifteen minutes from time when Moses Ashikodi left the field of his own accord. The reason for that is unclear, but having used all three substitutes it meant that Chatham played a man short for the final part of the game. A good save from Hyde denied Greenwich a further goal in added time, but even so they ran out as comfortable winners.
A look at the league table suggests this as a game that Chatham Town would not have expected to win, but next Saturday’s game sees them travel to bottom placed club Godalming Town. A win there is essential.
|Alex Hyde (GK)|