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The Evo-Stik League South Premier Division

Saturday 23rd December 2017

The Meadow, Chesham

Attendance 554

Match Sponsored By First Rate Exchange Services

Match Ball Sponsored By The Pyjama Fund

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Chesham United
Man Of The Match
Joe Iaciofano
Hafed Al-Droubi 1 Martin Horsell Chesham fought back after conceding a first-half goal to in-form Hereford, but finished with nothing to show for it after two stoppage-time goals gave the visitors the points.

After being ineligible for Tuesday night’s FA Trophy match against Weston-super-Mare, Ravi Shamsi, Jefferson Louis and Munashe Sundire all came into the team, Louis and Sundire making their debuts. Matt Bevans also returned, with Zack Reynolds and Shane Bush missing through injury and Jon-Jo Bates and Oran Swales on the bench. Hereford made the early running but failed to make any impression on the Chesham defence, and Chesham had the first noteworthy effort when Jefferson Louis set up Joe Iaciofano for a shot across the face of the visitors’ goal. Midway through the half Hereford’s Keyon Reffell glanced a header wide from a John Mills cross, but otherwise there was little threat to the Chesham goal. However in the 40th minute Hereford won a corner which was cleared as far as Jamie Bird, whose shot from 25 yards flew into the top corner of the net to give the visitors the lead. Two minutes later Hafed Al-Droubi saved Pablo Haysham’s shot, but his clearing throw was intercepted by Keyon Reffell who shot just over. In the next minute Mike Symons was just off target with a shot on the turn after Chesham struggled to clear a free kick.

In the opening minute of the second half Ravi Shamsi crossed the ball back in following a corner, and the ball was eventually touched into the net by Joe Iaciofano but he was flagged offside. Chesham came more into the game after the interval, but Hereford could have added a second on 56 minutes when Mike Symons sent John Mills clean through but the striker slipped and the chance was gone. A speculative left-foot drive by Eliot Richards was just off target, but Chesham came straight back and Jefferson Louis’ flick set up Joe Iaciofano whose shot beat Martin Horsell but was just wide of the post. Midway through the half John Mills rounded the Chesham defence and set up Cameron Pring who seemed certain to score but Matt Bevans got back to block the ball on the line. Jamie Bird’s 30-yard free kick then came back off the post, but Chesham were looking threatening at the other end and equalised on 79 minutes. Joe Iaciofano broke down the right and shot but his effort was blocked and Matt Bevans drilled the loose ball past Horsell from just inside the area. Four minutes later a slip by Kieran Murphy let in Mills but he took too long and Hafed Al-Droubi saved, then at the other end Oran Swales’ shot was partially blocked and bounced up but Horsell stretched to save. As the game moved to a close Joe Iaciofano rounded Horsell near the by-line, only to be brought down just outside the area by Keyon Reffell who was shown a yellow card. Chesham looked to have done enough for a draw but in the second minute of stoppage time Eliot Richards floated a free kick into the Chesham area, Hafed Al-Droubi came out but was left in no-man’s land as Lance Smith’s header looped up and dropped just under the bar. Hereford gave the score an unrepresentative look two minutes later, when Jamie Bird ran through and fired in a shot under the body of Hafed Al-Droubi and into the net.
Benji Crilley 2 Jimmy Oates
Jhai Dhillon 3 Cameron Pring
Matt Bevans 4 Tyrone Duffus
Kieran Murphy 5 Dara O'Shea
Darren Locke 6 Jack Deaman
Ravi Shamsi 7 Eliot Richards
Adam Watkins 8 Calvin Dinsley
Jefferson Louis 9 John Mills
Joe Iaciofano 10 Keyon Reffell
Munashe Sundire 11 Lance Smith
Scott McGleish 12 Lance Smith
Danny Green 14 Dan Preston
Jon-Jo Bates 15 Pablo Haysham
Oran Swales 16 Jamie Bird
Gerado Smaldone 17/20 Alex Harris
Used Substitutes
Swales for Sundire 66   Haysham for Dinsley 20
Green for Shamsi 77   Bird for Duffus 33
    Smith for Symons 77
Bevans 79   Bird 40, 90+4
    Smith 90+2
Locke 72   Pring 51
Watkins 72   Reffell 89
Sent Off