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The Evostik League Southern Premier Division

Saturday 8th 4th February 2017

The Meadow, Chesham

Attendance 331

Match Sponsored By First Rate Exchange Services

Match Ball Sponsored By George Adams

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Chesham United
St Neots Town
Man Of The Match
Sam Youngs
Ashlee Jones 1 Alex Archer Chesham looked to be on the way to a comfortable win after scoring twice in the opening ten minutes, but ended with a makeshift defence doing just enough to keep the visitors out.

Ashlee Jones returned in goal, although Andrew McCorkell was on the bench as cover. That was to be the only change, but Curtis Ujah was taken ill after arriving at the ground so Benji Crilley switched to the centre of defence with Brett Longden coming in at right-back. Darren Purse and Brad Wadkins were still missing, but Dave Pearce returned as a sub after missing four matches. Chesham opened up the visitors’ defence in the third minute, when Drew Roberts sprinted down the left and crossed for Barry Hayles to head in. After ten minutes it was 2-0 as Benji Crilley and Matt Taylor combined on the left to set up David Hutton, who curled a shot into the far corner of the net from the edge of the area. St Neots were looking like a team that had only taken five points from their previous twelve league games, and Chesham came close again when Toby Little pulled the ball back from the by-line and David Hutton’s shot was deflected behind. However in the next minute Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson broke away and fired into the top corner of the net to halve the deficit. Five minutes later the visitors had a corner that came to nothing, but after the ball went out of play Mat Mitchel-King limped off leaving Chesham without a recognised central defender. Eventually Stephan Hamilton-Forbes came on as stand-in right-back with Brett Longden switching to the middle. Chesham became more concerned with protecting their lead than adding to it, but St Neots failed to take advantage and the remainder of the first half passed without incident.

In the second half Chesham became tentative and regularly gave the ball away. St Neots had more possession but failed to create anything of note until the hour mark, when Jevani Brown’s shot was blocked and the ball came to sub Lee Clarke whose shot was well held by Ashlee Jones. Two minutes later Jacob Partridge’s corner was cleared to Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, who mishit a shot wide from a dangerous position. On 71 minutes David Hutton’s free kick into the visitors’ area came to Stephan-Hamilton-Forbes at the far post, but his effort was blocked and the ball came to Ryan Blake who shot over. Eight minutes later the visitors won a corner which was cleared as far as Taylor Parr, whose effort was tipped over by Ashlee Jones. Two minutes from the end of normal time St Neots’ last chance came and went, as Nassim L’Ghoul attempted to shoot through a crowded penalty area but his effort flew just wide. As the visitors pushed forward Chesham broke away, Ryan Blake got to the by-line on the right and squared for Dave Pearce to net from close range to seal the win. Two minutes later Brett Longden missed his clearance from Nassim L’Ghoul’s pull-back and Johnny Herd netted from close range to give St Neots a brief hope, but Chesham saw out the remaining four minutes of stoppage time without any further alarms.
Brett Longden 2 Charlie Day
Toby Little 3 Johnny Herd
Mat Mitchel-King 4 Jacob Partridge
Benji Crilley 5 Tom Wood
Matt Taylor 6 Taylor Parr
David Hutton 7 Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson
Sam Youngs 8 Fernando Bell-Toxtle
Barry Hayles 9 James Tricks
Drew Roberts 10 Peter Clark
Ryan Blake 11 Jevani Brown
Dave Pearce 12 Nassim L'Ghoul
Andrew McCorkell 13/17 Lee Clarke
Stephan Hamilton-Forbes 14 Harry Norman
Oran Swales 15 Tom Knowles
Alex Ward 16 Jonny Butler
Used Substitutes
Hamilton-Forbes For Mitchel-King 26   Clarke For Tricks 59
Pearce For Hutton 85   L'Ghoul For Clark 65
Swales For Blake 90+4    
Hayles 3   Fortnam-Tomlinson 17
Hutton 10   Herd 90+2
Pearce 90    
Hayles 80   Bell-Toxtle 30
    Clarke 77