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The Evostick League Southern Premier Division

Wednesday 19th August 2015

Westwood Road, St Ives

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Cambridge City
Att 214
Chesham United
Man Of The Match
Bruce Wilson
Zac Barrett 1 George Legg As at Leamington on the opening day of the season, Chesham went down to a single-goal defeat. After turning round a goal behind, Chesham controlled the second half but were unable to find a way through.

Chesham’s starting line-up was unchanged, with Brad Wadkins returning as a substitute. In the opening minute of the game Chesham went on the attack, Ryan Blake firing the ball across goal from the right but Matt Taylor could only turn it wide of the near post. However Chesham had a let-off four minutes later when Adam Murray’s through ball was chipped by Michael Malcolm over George Legg but the ball came back off the post. Murray then worked a shooting chance on the edge of the area but shot wildly over. At the other end Barry Hayles took a quick free kick to Sam Youngs whose shot was turned round the near post by home keeper Zac Barrett. Chesham had as much of the possession but were not helped by a bumpy pitch. Cambridge carried the greater goal threat, and on 27 minutes Michael Malcolm’s shot was saved by George Legg and the ball bounced to Adam Murray who could only turn the ball wide of an open goal. Chesham seemed to have contained the home side’s attack when Cambridge broke away and scored the game’s only goal on 41 minutes. Murray seemed to use an arm to push Bruce Wilson off the ball in the centre circle, before sending Malcolm through to slide the ball past the advancing George Legg.

Early in the second half Ashley Smith crossed from the left to Sam Youngs whose header produced a fine diving save from Barrett. At the other end Murray mishit wide from a good position, before Malcolm attempted to catch out George Legg with a 30-yard lob that just cleared the bar. However Chesham were now in control of the game, and Ryan Blake ran at the defence before shooting past Barrett but wide of the far post. Two minutes later Blake again had possession in the home area but could not get a shot in and the ball was eventually scrambled away. As Chesham pushed forward the home defence had their anxious moments but eventually held out. In the last minute of normal time sub Tashan Dwyer’s lay-off found Dave Pearce, whose rising drive beat Barrett but flew narrowly over. In stoppage time a Sam Youngs free kick was cleared as far as Dave Pearce whose effort was blocked in the home area.
Ieuan Lewis 2 Ashley Smith
Charlie Day 3 Tommy Fletcher
Danny Burns 4 Laurie Stewart
Lee Chaffey 5 Nick Beasant
Durran Reynolds 6 Matt Taylor
Adam Murray 7 Dave Pearce
Philip Ojapah 8 Sam Youngs
Michael Malcolm 9 Ryan Blake
Danny Kelly 10 Barry Hayles
Josh Dawkin 11 Bruce Wilson
Andrew Phillips 12 Ash Fongho
Jon Kaye 14 Stephan Hamilton-Forbes
Alex Serrano 15 Tashan Dwyer
Gonzalo de Cueto 16 George Fenton
Neil Midgley 17 Brad Wadkins
Used Substitutes
Phillips for Malcolm 87   Wadkins for Taylor 70 
    Dwyer for Hayles 79
    Hamilton-Forbes for Fletcher 87
Malcolm 41    
Ojapah 49   Smith 70
Lewis 61   Hayles 78