Chatham Town had bright moments, but these were not enough to prevent them falling to a 4-1 defeat at home to Horsham.
Chatham made a good start, and only two minutes had been played when Ade Batula’s cross set up a Leonardo Mazzone shot which went just over the bar. But within ten minutes Horsham were ahead, when a free kick from close to the goal line was headed in from close range.
Ricky Freeman had a header well saved on 17, which led to a Chatham corner. Following the corner, Freeman went down under challenge and Chatham players appealed for a penalty. They didn’t get it, but Freeman was able to play the ball back to Batula who hit it all along the ground into the net for the equalising goal.
Horsham took back the lead after 34 minutes. Their second goal was similar to their first, although this time from a corner, and for the second time there is a suspicion that an unlucky Chatham player had the final touch.
Batula and Justin Ascheri both had chances in the closing minutes of the first half, but even at 2-1 down the game was still anyone’s.
Liam Smith’s shot five minutes into the second half wasn’t far off, but three minutes later Horsham scored their third. This time there can be no doubt that a Chatham player put the ball into his own net in a failed attempt to clear a weak cross.
It could have been four two minutes later with Alex Hyde beaten, but a last ditch clearance sent the ball away for a corner.
Freeman might have won Chatham a penalty for the second time on the hour, but again the referee thought otherwise. A good run down the right by Ascheri won Chatham a corner on 63, and from that corner a Freeman Rogers shot was well saved. A Batula shot from Freeman’s cross went into the side netting a minute later, but after that brief golden spell from Chatham, Horsham were soon back in control.
They scored their fourth ten minutes from time when a cross was touched in from close range, and that ensured them the win.
Unfortunately Freeman was sent off late in the game, and a couple of players from both sides were a little fortunate not to join him in a fractious final few minutes. The result was not in doubt though, and Chatham’s task if they are to avoid relegation becomes ever more challenging.
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