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The Evostik League Southern Premier Division

Tuesday 28th February 2017

The Phillips 66 Community Stadium, Leamington

Attendance 306

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Chesham United
Man Of The Match
Sam Youngs
Tony Breeden 1 Ashlee Jones Chesham failed to make it three away wins in eight days, as promotion-chasing Leamington completed the double over them. Chesham rarely looked like getting anything out of the game after Leamington’s opening goal and the sending-off of Darren Purse just before half-time.

Mat Mitchel-King had recovered from the injury sustained in Saturday’s win at Kettering, but Ryan Blake was ruled out by his injury and Matt Taylor was away, so in came Dave Pearce and Stephan Hamilton-Forbes in midfield. The game got off to a bad start when the referee penalised Ashlee Jones for handling a back-pass, which he was entitled to do as the ball had come off Darren Purse’s thigh. Fortunately for all concerned the resulting indirect free kick came to nothing. Most of the first half was played in the Chesham half, but with few chances at either end. Joe Magunda headed over from a Jordan Goddard corner, then at the other end Darren Purse challenged for a Dave Pearce corner and the ball came off a defender and was cleared off the line. The decisive moments in the game came shortly before half-time, firstly when Courtney Baker-Richardson brought down a long through ball, turned Toby Little and shot across Ashlee Jones into the far corner to give the home side the lead. Five minutes later Leamington broke forward again and Ashlee Jones made a fine save to deny Richard Taundry, but the ball came to Jack Edwards whose shot struck the arm of Darren Purse just a couple of yards from goal. Purse was sent off but Courtney Baker-Richardson’s weak penalty was comfortably saved by Ashlee Jones.

Andrew McCorkell, who had travelled as cover in case of a recurrence of an injury to Ashlee Jones, took over in goal for the second half. The opening stages of the half were fairly uneventful, although home keeper Tony Breeden needed lengthy treatment after a hurried clearance into touch. Breeden was limping and Phil Roberts tested his fitness with a surprise shot from just inside the Leamington half, but with the keeper stranded the ball hit the post and bounced back into play. Breeden then made a smart save to his left to keep out a free kick from Sam Youngs, and was soon fit enough to take goal kicks although Sam Youngs nearly beat him with an effort from fully 40 yards that flew just over. With four minutes plus a lot of injury time to go, Leamington broke away and Richard Taundry squared for Callum Gittings to fire home and settle the outcome. Chesham knew it was not to be their day when in stoppage time the referee ignored a clear handball in the home area from a Mat Mitchel-King header across goal.
Richard Taundry 2 Benji Crilley
Connor Gudger 3 Toby Little
Darren Pond 4 Mat Mithcel-King
Jamie Hood 5 Darren Purse
Joe Magunda 6 Adam Martin
Courtney Baker-Richardson 7 Dave Pearce
Jordan Goddard 8 Sam Youngs
Ahmed Obeng 9 Barry Hayles
Jack Edwards 10 Phil Roberts
Callum Powell 11 Stephan Hamilton-Forbes
Callum Gittings 12 Brett Longden
Rob Thompson-Brown 14 David Hutton
Richard Gregory 15 Joe Devaney
James Mace 16 Shaun Reece
Ben George 17/13 Andrew McCorkell
Used Substitutes
Gittings For Powell 74   McCorkell For Jones 45
Gregory For Obeng 81   Longden For Pearce 53
Thompson-Brown For Baker-Richardson 90+3   Hutton For Hamilton-Forbes 72
Baker-Richardson 42    
Gittings 86    
    Little 90+2
Sent Off
    Purse 45+2