Chatham Town scored first on a desperately cold evening in Herne Bay, but it was the home team whose goal in the dying seconds secured them a 2-1 victory.
The game began in thick fog, but through the murk I saw Chatham win the game’s first corner. Five minutes later, a Herne Bay shot five minutes first hit the post and was then cleared off the line. A good run from Enoch Adjei on 17 saw him take the ball into the penalty area and shoot; he fell on shooting, but still won Chatham a corner although nothing came from it. With 20 minutes played, a Herne Bay break led to a header which hit the post. They had hit the woodwork twice while Chatham won every corner of the game’s first half, but there were few chances in the remainder of the half and the teams turned around with the game goalless.
The fog had lifted by the start of the second half, but by now the pitch was frozen in places. Adjei saw a shot saved in the first minute of the half, but still chances were few until Chatham were awarded a penalty after 58 minutes for a foul on Adjei.
Up stepped Luke Medley, and his well taken spot kick gave the Bay keeper no chance. He has now scored seven of the team’s last ten goals. Had Chatham not scored at this point, the game would probably have ended 0-0.
Bay were not looking cold and not especially interested, but the goal spurred them into life. Within two minutes Alex Hyde had to make a good save when unsighted by a crowd of players, and Chatham saw little of the ball during the game’s final half hour.
Herne Bay equalised on 74 when a cross from the right hit the post and rebounded for Williams to score from close range. Chatham defended grimly in search of the point they deserved, and it needed another excellent save from Hyde to keep out a shot from close range eight minutes from time.
Sadly though, Bay did snatch a winner on the stroke of 90 minutes, and Chatham had to make the cold journey back west empty handed.
|Abdul Lyoubi||Yellow Card|
|Alex Hyde (GK)|