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The Evostik League Southern Premier Division

Tuesday 25th October 2016

The Meadow, Chesham

Attendance 360

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Chesham United
Kettering Town
Man Of The Match
Brad Wadkins
Ashlee Jones 1 Dean Snedker With a run of cup fixtures to come Chesham needed a league win to keep in touch with the leaders. This they just about managed and extended their run to nine wins in ten games in all competitions, although they needed an outrageous miss by the visitors in the dying seconds of the game.

Adam Martin returned after missing Saturday’s win at Cinderford through suspension and Sam Youngs returned to the starting line-up, replacing Matt Taylor and Ryan Blake. Toby Little made his 200th appearance for the club as a second-half substitute. After a high-tempo opening by both sides, Chesham scored the only goal of the game in the fourteenth minute. Sam Youngs crossed from the right touchline and Brad Wadkins rose to head into the net at the near post. Three minutes later good work on the left saw the ball eventually cleared to Dave Pearce, whose shot produced a smart diving save from keeper Dean Snedker. However Kettering were forced to come out in search of an equaliser, and Liam Canavan’s shot produced a smart save from Ashlee Jones. Four minutes later a quick break saw Kettering with an extra man in attack, but James Brighton’s cross was too hard for Rene Howe who could only try a hopeful overhead kick which went well wide. James Haran then got his head to a James Brighton corner but the ball was cleared off the line. However Chesham finished the half on top, Brad Wadkins intercepting James Haran’s back-pass and rounding Snedker but Haran got back to clear. Darren Purse’s free kick was not properly cleared by the Kettering defence, and the ball came to Dave Pearce whose shot was saved by a diving Snedker. The half ended with Mat Mitchel-King shooting on the turn from Benji Crilley’s throw but Snedker blocked.

After such a frantic first half it was hardly surprising that the second half was much quieter. Around the hour mark Ashlee Jones dived to his left to hold James Brighton’s shot, then at the other end Brad Wadkins curled the ball in just over the head of Sam Youngs and Snedker saved. Shortly afterwards Wilson Carvalho set up a shooting chance which the overlapping Nathan Hicks blasted well over. Chesham were content to rely on breakaways, and Kettering had the majority of possession but could do little with it. Fifteen minutes from time a hurried clearance from the Chesham defence came to Matthew Barnes-Homer who could only shoot over from the edge of the area. Chesham were looking as if they might hold on for their third consecutive clean sheet as the game went into stoppage time, but Kettering had the best chance of the game when Aaron O’Connor seized on Mat Mitchel-King’s defensive header and ran clear only to blast the ball well over with only Ashlee Jones to beat.
Benji Crilley 2 Nathan Hicks
Bruce Wilson 3 Dom Langdon
Mat Mitchell-King 4 Brett Solkhon
Darren Purse 5 James Haran
Stephan Hamilton-Forbes 6 Ben Bradshaw
Dave Pearce 7 Wilson Carvalho
Sam Youngs 8 Aaron O'Connor
Brad Wadkins 9 Rene Howe
Drew Roberts 10 Liam Canavan
Adam Martin 11 James Brighton
Barry Hayles 12 Ben Baker
Ryan Blake 14 Ben Stephens
Toby Little 15 Callum Westwood
Taylor McKenzie 16 Spencer Weir-Daley
Matt Taylor 17 Matthew Barnes-Homer
Used Substitutes
Blake For Roberts 74   Stephens For Solkhon 28
Taylor For Pearce 77   Weir-Daley For Bradshaw 68
Little For Hamilton-Forbes 80   Barnes-Homer For Howe 70
Wadkins 14    
Taylor 89   Stephens 90