Luke Medley’s seven minute hat trick was the highlight as Chatham Town recorded a much needed 4-2 win away to Godalming Town.
The game off to a quiet start, but with Chatham soon looking the better side. Medley won the first corner of the afternoon for Chatham after 11 minutes, but Godalming’s Mazzone gave his team the lead, rather against the run of play, five minutes later. Medley had two good chances within the next five minutes, only to see one shot well saved and another go wide – but on 23 minutes he put Chatham level, scoring from a narrow angle on the right when the defence was expecting him to pass.
Three minutes later Chatham were ahead, after Godalming carelessly gave the ball away just outside their own area. Medley seemed to have waited too long to shoot, but once again he found the target. He had only four minutes more to wait to complete his hat trick, this time going straight through the middle of the Godalming defence before unleashing a shot which took a slight deflection to give the goalkeeper no chance.
Ryan Flack had a hand in two of Medley’s three goals, and also won Chatham a corner late in the half. As for Godalming, they did have one break late in the half but the resulting shot was saved by debutant Chatham keeper Vicente Mansanet.
It began to rain during the half time interval, and did so steadily throughout the second half. Both teams created chances in a half which was more equal than the first had been, but few of Godalming’s were on target and Mansanet saved comfortably when he was required to. Jon Difford went close with a header following a corner on 68, and a minute later Chatham increased their lead.
That fourth goal came from a Flack cross which was misjudged by the keeper and hit him on the head. From there it bounced onto the post and then into the path of Ricky Freeman, who headed home a simple goal from close range.
Medley and Flack were taken off fifteen minutes from the end, and Godalming did pull a goal back with five minutes left to play. But they knew that the game was lost, and even though they won a series of corners in added time the result was clear.
A good win for Chatham Town, albeit against a team who look certain to be relegated; sterner tests lie ahead in the coming weeks.
|Josh Bray||Yellow CardSub|