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The Evostik League Southern Premier Division

Saturday 17th December 2016

Carlsberg Stadium, Biggleswade

Attendance 151

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Biggleswade Town
Chesham United
Man Of The Match
Darren Purse
Ian Brown 1 Ashlee Jones Chesham threw away two points right at the end of this game after seeming to be in control. With the home team down to nine men Chesham had chances to sew the game up, but a last-minute breakaway led to a penalty and a surprise equaliser.

With Dave Pearce at a family wedding and Adam Martin also away, Brett Longden came in at left-back with Toby Little playing further forward, and Matt Taylor started in midfield. The opening stages were largely uneventful, with the pitch cutting up early on making passing football difficult. Biggleswade’s main threat came from set pieces, Gavin Hoyte heading over from a Rhys Hoenes free kick. The home team took the lead on 20 minutes when Matt Taylor cleared a Hoenes free kick only as far as Russell Short who shot into the corner of the net from just outside the penalty area. However the lead lasted only seven minutes, as Evan Key was penalised for a foul on Mat Mitchel-King in the home area and Drew Roberts tucked away the resulting penalty. At the other end Inih Effiong had one chance only to shoot tamely wide, but the rest of the half belonged to Chesham. Toby Little took a corner short to Matt Taylor whose first shot was blocked and the follow-up flew wide of the near post. Drew Roberts then took a free kick which hit the defensive wall and bounced back to Toby Little whose shot was turned round the post by keeper Ian Brown. Drew Roberts then had a shot blocked at the expense of a corner, and Darren Purse headed over from Toby Little’s free kick. In stoppage time Toby Little went over after a run into the penalty area, and as he got up he was shoved over by Russell Short who was shown a straight red card.

Six minutes after the restart a Rhys Hoenes corner was not clear and the ball was hooked against the bar and away. However Chesham were still on top and in the next minute Ryan Blake beat the offside trap and slotted the ball past Brown to give Chesham the lead. On 62 minutes Effiong headed over from another corner, then Effiong ran down the left and fired in a shot that was well dealt with by Ashlee Jones. Chesham then went back on the attack and Drew Roberts chested down Benji Crilley’s crossfield pass and shot that Brown saved well. On 68 minutes Brad Wadkins was in the clear and about to take on the keeper when he was hauled to the ground by Evan Key. Key was sent off but Brown guessed correctly to turn Drew Roberts’ penalty round the post. Brown then pulled off another spectacular save from Ryan Blake’s 25-yard shot that seemed destined for the top corner. On 77 minutes Brett Longden set up Drew Roberts who shot but Brown produced another fine save low to his right. Two minutes after coming on Stephan Hamilton-Forbes shot just over as Chesham continued to dominate. However in the 89th minute Chesham switched off and Rhys Hoenes broke away down the home right only to be brought down by Sam Youngs as he broke into the penalty area. Effiong smashed the penalty straight down the middle, leaving Biggleswade to celebrate as if they had won.
Callum Lewis 2 Benji Crilley
Lucas Perry 3 Brett Longden
Evan Key 4 Mat Mitchell-King
Russell Short 5 Darren Purse
Gavin Hoyte 6 Matt Taylor
Craig Daniel 7 Toby Little
Connor Hall 8 Sam Youngs
Inih Effiong 9 Brad Wadkins
Connor Vincent 10 Drew Roberts
Rhys Hoenes 11 Ryan Blake
Jordan Patrick 12 Barry Hayles
Robbie Parker 14 Stephan Hamilton-Forbes
Conrad Lucan 15 Shaun Reece
Harry Norman 16 Taylor McKenzie
Used Substitutes
Parker For Vincent 45   Hamilton-Forbes For Little 82
Patrick For Daniel 86   Hayles For Roberts 85
Lucan For Hall 88    
Short 20   Roberts Pen 27
Effiong Pen 90   Blake 52
Hoenes 22   Roberts 20
Daniel 39   Youngs 90
Sent Off
Short 45+3    
Key 68