After the excitement of last week’s 4-4 draw with Chipstead, Chatham Town were brought crashing back to earth with a 6-1 defeat on a 3G pitch at Carshalton Athletic.
Abdul Aziz Lyoubi’s cross after just four minutes found no recipient, while Enoch Adjei’s shot four minutes later was saved.
Carshalton took a little while to get into the game, but a well taken volley by solidly built striker Folkes gave them the lead on 13 minutes. Ricky Freeman saw a shot saved moments later, but it proved to be Chatham’s last chance of the first half.
A good save by Alex Hyde and a bad miss prevented Carshalton adding to their lead until midway through the half, and there was a suggestion of offside about their second goal. The flag stayed down though, and Bradford made his way through the Chatham defence.
Three minutes later Folkes made it three, and there was time for another good save from Hyde and another bad miss before Bradford added a fourth on half time.
Chatham clearly needed to change something, and made all three substitutions during the interval. It worked, because they started the second half much more strongly than they had ended the first. Ryan Flack nearly got on the end of a through ball from Freeman three minutes in, and although Carshalton did have a goal disallowed it was Chatham who scored the half’s first goal. It came from the penalty spot after Adjei had been brought down and was blasted into the net by Freeman, and briefly gave Chatham hopes of another remarkable comeback.
It was not to be. Within the next five minutes Hyde was forced into two more good saves. Although Carshalton dropped the already slow pace at which they play even further, a corner won by Adjei and a Kyron Lightfoot shot which was saved were all that Chatham could manage, while Bradford added two more goals to Carshalton’s tally.
They will feel that they should have scored more than six; some of their finishing was poor while Hyde had an excellent game in the Chatham goal. Chatham must put this game behind them at once, and concentrate on the difficult but not impossible task of avoiding relegation. The four teams who currently keep Chatham company in the bottom five all have yet to come to Maidstone Road, and those four games are surely the key to rescuing the season.
|Alex Hyde (GK)|