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The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying

Saturday 24th October 2015

The Meadow, Chesham

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Chesham United
Att 759
Enfield Town
Man Of The Match
Curtis Ujah
Shane Gore 1 Nathan McDonald A fine first-half performance sent Chesham into the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time in 21 years. After Toby Little’s second goal on the stroke of half-time, Enfield never looked like retrieving the game until Harry Ottaway’s stoppage time goal.

Chesham made five changes to the starting line-up. Two changes were enforced as Kelvin Bossman and Adam Martin were ineligible, plus George Legg was injured in training so Shane Gore was recalled from a loan spell at Hungerford to take over in goal. George Casey and Dave Pearce were recalled in place of Ashley Smith and Sam Youngs, while Curtis Ujah and Bruce Wilson returned after injury. Chesham therefore switched to a three-man defence with Ujah alongside Laurie Stewart and Nick Beasant. Enfield were in mid-table in the Ryman League Premier Division, and made the stronger start with Corey Whitely firing over from wide on the left in the second minute. Two minutes later Bruce Wilson was booked for bringing down Tyler Campbell, but Claudiu Vilcu’s free kick was easily saved by Shane Gore. However there was little action after that until the 19th minute, when Dave Pearce’s left-wing corner was headed in by Curtis Ujah to give Chesham the lead. Two minutes later a Matt Taylor long throw came to Nick Beasant at the far post but the ball was just cleared away by a defender. In the next minute Toby Little’s right-wing corner found Ryan Blake beyond the far post, the ball was partly cleared and Dave Pearce set up Nick Beasant for a shot that took a slight deflection and went just wide. Yet another Chesham corner was taken short by Toby Little, who collected a return pass from Dave Pearce and shot across goal but just over the bar. After a quiet spell another Matt Taylor long throw came to Toby Little at the far post but Harry Ottaway managed to clear. Enfield’s best moment of the half came when Ricky Gabriel advanced down the left and fired in a shot that clipped the top of the bar, then Corey Whitely was booked for an extravagant dive in an attempt to win a penalty. In stoppage time another Toby Little corner found Ryan Blake, whose header came off Claudiu Vilcu for another corner. Dave Pearce took the kick which was cleared as far as Toby Little, who controlled and shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the area to double Chesham’s lead.

Ten minutes after half-time Claudiu Vilcu’s through pass found Whitely who shot but Shane Gore spread himself to save. However Chesham were looking dangerous on the break and Dave Pearce’s right-wing cross was back-heeled towards goal by Matt Taylor but Nathan McDonald reacted quickly to block. Two minutes later Ryan Doyle’s back-pass was missed by McDonald and nearly resulted in an embarrassing own goal, but the keeper just got back to clear off his own line. Chesham were still looking the more likely to score, McDonald twice saving from Ryan Blake. Enfield looked a beaten side for most of the half, but in the first minute of stoppage time Samir Bihmoutine challenged in the Chesham area, and the ball ran for Harry Ottaway to halve the deficit from close range. This led to the inevitable late ball into the area and a predictable shout for a penalty when Curtis Ujah headed away under pressure from Ottaway, but the referee rightly gave the foul the other way.
George Casey 2 Mickey Parcell
Toby Little 3 Ricky Gabriel
Laurie Stewart 4 Claudiu Vilcu
Curtis Ujah 5 Harold Joseph
Matt Taylor 6 Stanley Muguo
Dave Pearce 7 Ryan Doyle
Nick Beasant 8 Nathan Livings
Ryan Blake 9 Corey Whitely
Brad Wadkins 10 Harry Ottaway
Bruce Wilson 11 Tyler Campbell
Stephan Hamilton-Forbes 12 Joe Stevens
Matt Nolan 13 David Hughes
George Fenton 14 Olu Durojaiye
Sam Youngs 15 Bobby Devyne
Ashley Smith 16 Samir Bihmoutine
Callum Woodcock 17 Tayshan Hayden-Smith
Tommy Fletcher 17 Dernell Wynter
Used Substitutes
Smith for Casey 72   Bihmoutine for Livings 45
Youngs for Pearce 76   Devyne for Parcell 64
Woodcock for Blake 86   Wynter for Muguo 77
Ujah 19   Ottaway 90+1
Little 45+2    
Wilson 4   Whitely 40
Casey 17   Vilcu 51
Blake 69   Jospeh 69
Taylor 78   Ottaway 79
Beasant 81   Campbell 88