Chatham Town were the better side for most of the game, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s game with Three Bridges. The four teams immediately above Chatham in the league all lost and so a little ground has at least been made up.
Ricky Freeman had the game’s first shot after just three minutes. It was saved by Three Bridges keeper Grant, but already it was clear that the Three Bridges defence had weaknesses.
A Ryan Flack shot after 14 minutes was off target, but three minutes later Chatham were in front. The goal came from Ricky Gundry, playing his first game since returning from a spell with Sittingbourne, and was exquisitely taken from a narrow angle on the right after he seemed to have waited too long to shoot.
Twice in the next fifteen minutes Gundry crosses induced panic in the Three Bridges defence, but twice they somehow managed to clear. Then on 39 minutes, Chatham Town were awarded a penalty for handball. Freeman stepped up to take it, but his effort was saved by Grant and so Chatham remained just one goal ahead.
Gundry had a good chance two minutes into the second half, but his hard hit shot was well saved by Grant. Moments later, Grant completely mishit a clearance and gave the ball away to Freeman on the edge of the area, but was able to redeem himself by blocking the ensuing shot.
Midway through the half, Three Bridges won a free kick just outside the Chatham area. It led to their equalising goal, scored from close range by French striker Agnoly.
Still Chatham looked the better side though, and they had plenty of time to score a winning goal. Enoch Adjei’s cross on 70 led to a Freeman shot which hit a Three Bridges player. That player fell to the ground and needed treatment, but the chance was gone.
A Darren Marsden dribble – one of several to which Three Bridges had no answer – gave Freeman another shooting chance, but he went just wide. A Kyron Lightfoot cross was well collected by Grant before any Chatham player could reach it, while an Adjei shot – made off balance while he was being pulled back – was saved.
So the game ended 1-1; a frustrating score line for Chatham who dominated for at least three quarters of the match.
|Ryan Flack||Yellow Card|
|Ricky Gundry||GoalYellow Card|
|Alex Hyde (GK)|