Chatham Town dominated the first half, but two late goals won the game for Molesey and ensured Chatham’s relegation.
Chatham knew that they had to win to stand any chance of survival, and although Molesey had the game’s first shot Chatham were soon in command. Justin Ascheri’s shot from the edge of the area was well saved by Molesey keeper Allen after just 7 minutes, and moments later Leonardo Mazzone headed over. Alfie Foster volleyed wide on 16, before Freeman Rogers saw a header saved a minute later. Allen was soon in the action again, this time deflecting Foster’s shot for a corner. Foster saw a header saved following another Chatham corner, before Mazzone went close in the last moments of the half.
By the time that the second half started the news had come through that Guernsey had lost at Faversham, meaning that Chatham could keep the dream of survival live by winning. Again it was Molesey who had the half’s first shot but it was off target, but again Chatham were soon on the attack. A lengthy goalmouth scramble on 58 saw the ball eventually cleared by the Molesey defence, and Chatham’s frustration became apparent. With 67 minutes played Ascheri slightly overhit a cross; Mazzone did well to keep the ball in play and shoot, but his effort was narrowly wide.
By now Ricky Gundry had come on as a sub and Chatham had pushed five up in pursuit of a goal. A Gundry shot on 71 hit a Molesey player on the behind and was deflected towards goal, but the unsighted Allen did well to save. With Chatham pressing men forward, gaps inevitably appeared in the defence and on 79 that won Moseley a corner after two good saves from Louis Lawler in the space of seconds. The ball bounced around the penalty area before reacing Nwoko at the far post, and he poked the ball into the net from close range to put Molesey one up.
Gundry went close five minutes from time, his shot giving Allen an awkward save to make, but Molesey then rubbed salt into Chatham’s wounds by scoring a second in the dying seconds of the game. The goal was well taken by Lodge from a narrow angle, and the final whistle moments later confirmed what many at Chatham had feared for some months.
|Louis Lawlor (GK)|