Chatham Town’s first game of the new calendar year saw them travel to Bromley to take on Cray Wanderers.
Chatham made the brighter start, and with only three minutes played Luke Medley showed off his skills inside the area, but to no avail. Five minutes later Enoch Adjei went to ground inside the area, but the referee saw no foul. A nice pass from Ryan Flack to Medley won Chatham a corner on 12, but nothing came of it and three minutes later Cray took the lead.
The goal was well taken by Prescott, but he found it all to easy to make his way through the Chatham defence.
Chatham came roaring back just one minute later, winning a corner when a Medley shot was deflected into the side netting by a Cray boot, but again nothing came of the corner.
Prescott scored his second of the afternoon when allowed a free header on 29, and only a bad miss from Cray and a clearance off the line by Josh Bray stopped Cray adding to their tally before half time. Cray did score a third nine minutes into the second half through Dent. By then both teams knew that the game was over as a contest, and the rest was frankly rather dull.
A couple of good saves from Alex Hyde ensured that Cray had to settle for three, while Chatham did create a few chances of their own. Ricky Freeman had a header saved, Medley went close from Abdul Aziz Lyoubi’s cross, and Ejiro Okosieme saw a header from Cameron Heffernan’s cross saved.
In added time, the Cray goalkeeper came off his line and Jordan Gallagher saw his shot cleared off the line, but when the final whistle blew there was no doubt that Chatham had been second best.
Other results mean that Chatham are now only one point ahead of Three Bridges, who have played one game fewer. This Saturday’s game at home to Chipstead is a must-win. Chipstead are an inconsistent team who have been alternating wins and losses, but their away record is better than their home record. It’s time to get rid of the Chatham hoodoo surrounding teams who play in green!
|Alex Hyde (GK)|