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The Evostick League Southern Premier Division

Saturday 6th August 2016

DCS Stadium, Tiddington, Stratford Upon Avon

Attendance 144

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Redditch United
Chesham United
Man Of The Match
Benji Crilley
Bradley Catlow 1 Ashlee Jones Chesham’s season began with an away defeat. In a match switched to Stratford because Redditch’s new pitch is not ready, Chesham matched the home team in the first half but two defensive errors saw the home team take a first-half advantage that ultimately proved decisive. After Redditch were reduced to ten men and Dave Pearce halved the deficit, Chesham dominated the rest of the game until a breakaway sealed it for the home team in stoppage time.

With Mat Mitchell-King and Nick Beasant injured and George Fenton unavailable, Chesham were short of cover at centre-half with Adam Martin moving back from midfield to partner Darren Purse. Brett Longden and Barry Hayles were suspended. Chesham had the greater share of possession early on, but Redditch had the first chance when Clayton McDonald headed a Max Loveridge free kick straight at Ashlee Jones. Chesham came close twice in the opening half-hour, firstly when home keeper Bradley Catlow dived to his right to hold a shot from Sam Youngs, then a Dave Pearce corner was cleared as far as Bruce Wilson whose shot was cleared by Loveridge for another corner. However it was Redditch who took the lead after 32 minutes, when Danico Johnson broke through the Chesham defence with the aid of a couple of rebounds, Ashlee Jones spread himself to save but the ball ran free for Javia Roberts to tap in. Four minutes later Bruce Wilson’s crossfield pass picked out Drew Roberts on the right, and Roberts advanced to the edge of the area that Catlow spread himself to save. Catlow then watched as a long-range effort from Matt Taylor flew just wide, but Redditch doubled their advantage on 43 minutes. Adam Martin’s pass was intercepted by Johnson who advanced into the penalty area before squaring for the unmarked Clinton Morrison to score on his debut for the club.

Early in the second half Clayton McDonald headed the ball towards his own goal, but Ryan Blake intercepted and squared to Sam Youngs whose close-range effort was acrobatically tipped behind by Catlow. Chesham were now in control of the game, and had a man advantage after McDonald was sent off for a wild two-footed lunge which left Benji Crilley needing lengthy treatment. Redditch brought on Ricardo Dudley to fill the gap in the centre of defence, and on the hour mark Sam Youngs headed just over from Dave Pearce’s corner. Midway through the half Chesham reduced the deficit, when Toby Little pulled the ball back from the by-line and Dave Pearce lifted the ball into the roof of the net from ten yards. Chesham were now in total control of the game, but despite the numerical disadvantage Redditch held out. Sam Youngs crossed from the right to Drew Roberts whose header was saved by Catlow, then Toby Little cut inside from wide on the left and curled a right-footed effort just wide of the far post. Four minutes from time a Dave Pearce corner was cleared, and Toby Little found Brad Wadkins at the near post but Catlow spread himself to block. With Chesham continuing to push forward Redditch broke away in stoppage time, Liam Spink running down the left and squaring for the unmarked Jazz Luckie to beat Ashlee Jones and clinch the win for the home side.
Jordan Jones 2 Benji Crilley
Javia Roberts 3 Toby Little
Duane Courtney 4 Adam Martin
Clayton McDonald 5 Darren Purse
Cameron Young 6 Matt Taylor
Reece Hewitt 7 Dave Pearce
Max Loveridge 8 Sam Youngs
Danico Johnson 9 Ryan Blake
Clinton Morrison 10 Drew Roberts
Eli Bako 11 Bruce Wilson
Jazz Luckie 12 Kelvin Bossman
Jason Cowley 14 Brad Wadkins
Reece Hales 15 Ben Ford
Liam Spink 16 Stephan Hamilton-Forbes
Ricardo Dudley 17 Shaun Reece
Used Substitutes
Dudley For Loveridge 57   Hamilton-Forbes For Taylor 79
Spink For Morrison 62   Wadkins For Roberts 79
Luckie For Johnson 66   Bossman For Youngs 83
Roberts 32   Pearce 66
Morrison 43    
Luckie 90+1    
Morrison 56   Crilley 86
Bako 83    
Sent Off
McDonald 55