Chatham Town vs St.Albans City

FA Cup
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26/10/2013
Score: 0 - 2

Match Report

ATTENDANCE = 809     REFEREE N.LUGG     MOM = Kieran McCann

MATCH SPONSOR:  MEMS POWER GENERATIONS

PROGRAMME SPONSOR: PATRICK BRYNE

MATCH BALL SPONSOR: MEDWAY LABOUR GROUP & KENT SPORTS NEWS

Chatham Town did very little wrong in their FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying Match against St Albans City, but two goals in the space of five minutes either side of half time gave St Albans City a 2-0 win and a place in the First Round Proper.

The first half hour of the game belonged to Chatham.  They appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty after just six minutes when Lee Hales went to ground just inside the penalty area, and six minutes later a Greg Benbow free kick forced a save from goalkeeper Bastock.  Drew Crush’s header from another Benbow free kick was cleared for a corner midway through the half, while Kieran McCann and Alfie May both came with inches of getting on the end of crosses in good scoring positions and a Brad Potter shot was well saved.

St Albans began to put their game together as the half went on though, and just before half time they took the lead when John Frendo scored from close range following a Graham cross. He could have scored again within a minute, but a good save by Jack Bradshaw denied him.

Three minutes into the second half, St Albans went two up when an Nwokeji cross from the right hit the post and rebounded to David Keenleyside who scored from a narrow angle.  Chatham refused to admit defeat though, and on 54 minutes McCann shot just wide.  Ten minutes later, Kalvin Morath-Gibbs unleased a cross/shot from long range wide on the right.  Perhaps helped by the strong wind, the ball cleared the entire defence including the keeper, only to hit the top corner of the metalwork.

Chatham went even closer with 75 minutes played when a Lee Hales shot hit the bar and bounced downwards before being cleared.  Chatham supporters behind the goal are very sure that the ball crossed the line, but the referee and his assistants ruled otherwise.  Bastock was forced into his best save of the game right on 90 minutes after Morath-Gibbs shot from a pass by substitute Billy Bennett, but within seconds the St Albans supporters were cheering the final whistle.

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