Second placed Dorking Wanderers recorded a comfortable 3-0 win at Chatham, leaving the home club still in a precarious 22nd place in the league.
Chatham had won at Dorking Wanderers in October, and matched their visitors for the first ten minutes of the return fixture. Chatham had the best chance of that opening period when Justin Ascheri’s cross nearly found Jordan Gallacher, but with 12 minutes played it was Wanderers who took the lead.
The goal was scored by Matt Briggs, who has attracted interest from Football League clubs this season, with a good strike from the right hand edge of the area. Two minutes later it was two, Briggs scoring again with a volley from almost the same place as before.
A Chatham free kick on 20 minutes led to an Ascheri shot which was saved, while at the other end Alex Hyde was the busier of the two goalkeepers. He produced three good saves to prevent Wanderers adding to their lead before half time, while for Chatham an Ascheri shot which won a corner was as close as they got.
Wanderers won a series of corners early in the second half but had nothing to show for it. A good run by Gallacher on 53 saw him take the ball into the penalty area and then go to ground, but the referee had no interest in his half-hearted claim for a penalty.
Wanderers had a goal rightly disallowed for offside on 62, and then three minutes later Hyde – forced out of his area to take on a Wanderers player – cleared the ball into the Wanderers penalty area. Twice Wanderers missed badly, although they did score a scrappy third goal from close range following a corner.
Ricky Freeman took the ball into the Wanderers area on 77 but ran out of room before he could shoot, before Gallacher saw his second yellow card of the afternoon five minutes from time and had to leave the field.
Sometimes you lose a game and think that you really shouldn’t have, but today Dorking Wanderers were quite simply better than Chatham Town. Wanderers will be happy with the result even if their performance was not sparkling, while for Chatham the struggle against relegation continues. Guernsey and Molesey both have horrendous away records and have yet to visit Chatham, but the opportunities are fast running out.
|Austin Edwards||Yellow Card|
|Alex Hyde (GK)|
|Jordan Gallacher||Yellow CardYellow CardRed Card|