Evostik League South Logo

The Evostick League Southern Premier Division

Saturday 5th September 2015

Cigg-e Stadium, Merthyr

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Merthyr Town
Att 486
Chesham United
Man Of The Match
Bruce Wilson
Tom Bradley 1 Shane Gore Chesham secured their first away win of the season and ended Merthyr’s run of eight consecutive home wins in the process. After a few games playing attractive football with little to show for it, this was more of a battle but Chesham stuck to their task and won with a late goal.

With George Legg injured and Nick Beasant away at a wedding, Shane Gore returned from his loan spell at Wealdstone and Curtis Ujah returned in the centre of defence after a five-match absence. Playing their first competitive fixture on a 3G pitch, Chesham restricted the home side early on but without creating much at the other end. As a result the opening stages were relatively uneventful, the only noteworthy effort of the opening half-hour coming when Merthyr’s Kayne McLaggon fired a speculative effort a couple of yards over the bar. Ian Traylor then glanced a header wide from a free kick, but in the next minute Chesham took the lead. Matt Taylor’s throw from the left-hand touchline deceived everyone and allowed Sam Youngs to steal in and nod home at the near post. Chesham then enjoyed their best spell of the game, and came close again when Toby Little’s low cross was just missed by the incoming Matt Taylor and defender Adam Davies cleared over his own bar. The resulting corner was cleared but Toby Little won the ball and found Ryan Blake, whose cross from close to the by-line clipped the top of the bar and bounced over.

Early in the second half Matt Taylor shot across goal towards the far post and the ball was cleared past the near post for another corner. However the home side began to press for the first time in the match and equalised on 50 minutes, when Rhys Baggridge’s far-post header from a corner dropped to Ryan Prosser who swept the ball into the net from ten yards. Merthyr then enjoyed their best spell of the game, Kayne McLaggon forcing Shane Gore to stretch to turn away a powerful drive. However Chesham regrouped and rarely looked in trouble in the later stages of the game. Six minutes from time another Taylor throw into the area was not dealt with, Barry Hayles challenged for the ball which home keeper Tom Bradley parried and Curtis Ujah turned and hooked it into the net from the edge of the six-yard area. Merthyr looked a beaten side from then on, and Chesham held on to secure the win without any undue alarms.
Dan Summerfield 2 Ashley Smith
Adam Davies 3 Toby Little
Ashley Evans 4 Laurie Stewart
Jarrad Wright 5 Curtis Ujah
Rhys Baggridge 6 Matt Taylor
Ryan Prosser 7 Dave Pearce
Elliot Scotcher 8 Sam Youngs
Kayne McLaggon 9 Ryan Blake
Jaye Bowen 10 Brad Wadkins
Ian Traylor 11 Bruce Wilson
Scott Tancock 12 Barry Hayles
Chris Hugh 14 Tommy Fletcher
Kerry Morgan 15 Ash Fongho
Corey Jenkins 16 Stephan Hamilton-Forbes
Cameron Clarke 17 -
Used Substitutes
Morgan for Traylor 53   Hayles for Pearce 67
Jenkins for Bowen 72   Hamilton-Forbes for Wadkins 90
Tancock for Summerfield 77    
Prosser 50   Youngs 34
    Ujah 84
Summerfield 23   Wadkins 68
    Ujah 77