The Evostick League Southern Premier Division
Saturday 8th October
The Meadow, Chesham
Match Report By Simon Newbury
Man Of The Match
|Ashlee Jones||1||Glyn Garner|| This was an uneventful encounter in which defences dominated, and both goals were as a result of errors that were out of keeping with the rest of the game.
The only change to the team saw Ryan Blake start in place of Sam Youngs who was away. Both teams moved the ball well in the opening stages, but without looking like creating a chance. Kayne McLaggon pulled he ball back from the by-line but too high for Ben Watkins at the far post, then at the other end Barry Hayles dispossessed Elliot Scotcher but shot well wide of the goal from the edge of the area. In stoppage time McLaggon again crossed but Keyon Reffell could not convert, and the ball came to Jordan Wright who shot over.
Early in the second half Scott Barrow shot powerfully but straight at Ashlee Jones, but there seemed little chance of a goal at either end until 50 minutes. A long ball forward into the Chesham area seemed to pose little threat, Bruce Wilson expected Ashlee Jones to claim it but the keeper stayed on his line, and Keyon Reffell crossed for Kayne McLaggon to score.
Just after the hour mark Reffell cut in from the left and fired in a shot that was deflected over, but Merthyr made little attempt to score after that and soon began time-wasting and slowing the game down. Chesham made little progress at the other end and seemed to be resigned to their fate until seven minutes from time. As Chesham played the ball forward Curtis McDonald stood and waited for an offside flag which never came, leaving Ryan Blake free to lash the ball into the roof of the net for Chesham's equaliser. The goal meant that both teams increased the tempo late on, Chesham coming closer to a winner when Dave Pearce's cross was not cleared and the ball came back to Pearce who missed in front of goal but was offside anyway.
|Benji Crilley||2||Ben Watkins|
|Bruce Wilson||3||Scott Barrow|
|Mat Mitchell-King||4||Scott Tancock|
|Darren Purse||5||Curtis McDonald|
|Adam Martin||6||Rhys Baggridge|
|Dave Pearce||7||Elliot Scotcher|
|Matt Taylor||8||Ashley Evans|
|Barry Hayles||9||Kayne McLaggon|
|Drew Roberts||10||Keyon Reffell|
|Ryan Blake||11||Jordan Wright|
|Brad Wadkins||12||Adam Davies|
|Taylor McKenzie||14||Gavin Williams|
|Shaun Reece||15||Ian Traylor|
|Ronnel Dennis||16||Ryan Prosser|
|Wadkins For Roberts 67||Traylor For Scotcher 78|
|Dennis For Hayles 77||Prosser For McLaggon 86|
|Blake 83||McLaggon 50|
|Purse 41||Reffell 45+4|