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The Evo-Stik League South Premier Division

Saturday 18th November 2017

The Meadow, Chesham

Attendance 230

Match Sponsored By Asprey Harris Insurance Consultants

Match Ball Sponsored By First Rate Exchange Services

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Chesham United
Merthyr Town
Man Of The Match
Joe Iaciofano
Hafed Al-Droubi 1 Ed Hewitson For the record, this was Chesham’s biggest win since 1923 but few people were celebrating afterwards given the position that Merthyr find themselves in. After their playing budget was slashed Merthyr could only field a development team, who were outclassed but who battled to the end.

Oran Swales returned after missing Tuesday night’s win at Dunstable, replacing Zack Reynolds. Merthyr fielded an entire eleven of youngsters, plus their manager and coach who were named as the only two substitutes. The pattern of the game was set after only 90 seconds, when Jhai Dhillon advanced into the Merthyr area only to be tripped by Dominic Mahoney and Matt Bevans converted the resulting penalty to put Chesham ahead. Four minutes later Kieran Murphy headed in Jhai Dhillon’s corner to make it 2-0. Merthyr keeper Ed Hewitson then made a fine save, tipping the ball round the post after Lewis Toomey’s cross was turned towards his own net by Elliott Evans. Toomey’s cross from the left then beat Hewitson but came back off the far post, but on 13 minutes Joe Iaciofano scored from close range after Toomey challenged for a Jhai Dhillon cross. Two minutes later Toomey ran on to Oran Swales’ through ball to shoot past the advancing keeper for Chesham’s fourth. Toomey then hit the post with a header from Jhai Dhillon’s corner, then Hewitson tipped a shot from Adam Watkins onto a post and out for a corner. Chesham then scored five more goals in twelve minutes, firstly Adam Watkins crossed after a corner had been cleared and Kieran Murphy headed across goal for Benji Crilley to tap in. Murphy then scored his second with a free header after Jhai Dhillon crossed back in after another corner. Oran Swales crossed for Joe Iaciofano to tap in the seventh, then two minutes later Lewis Toomey seized on a loose pass to shoot past Hewitson. On 40 minutes a Hewitson goal kick went straight to David Hutton, who set up Lewis Toomey to complete his hat-trick. Hewitson then made another good save to deny Oran Swales before half-time.

Chesham made a triple substitution at half-time, and five minutes after the restart Shane Bush glanced a header from David Hutton’s cross to take Chesham into double figures. Joe Iaciofano then completed his hat-trick, breaking clear down the right and scoring at the second attempt after Hewitson saved his first effort. Iaciofano then set up David Hutton to get on the scoresheet with a low drive, then a Hewitson goal kick went straight to Shane Bush who set up Joe Iaciofano to score the thirteenth. However Chesham failed to score in the final quarter as Merthyr went on the attack for the first time. On 69 minutes they won their first corner, then Hafed Al-Droubi dived on the ball after Jacob Flower’s shot was blocked. On 83 minutes Chesham were caught on the break after a corner was cleared, and Jacob Flower ran through to beat Hafed Al-Droubi and provoke wild celebrations among the visiting supporters.
Benji Crilley 2 Dominic Mahoney
Jhai Dhillon 3 Dan Dima
Matt Bevans 4 Harrison Lewis
Kieran Murphy 5 Liam Martin
Darren Locke 6 Elliott Evans
David Hutton 7 Adam Vine
Adam Watkins 8 Sean Montgomery
Lewis Toomey 9 Ammar Nazraki
Joe Iaciofano 10 Marcus Hogbaken
Oran Swales 11 Jacob Flower
Scott McGleish 12 Gavin Williams
Shane Bush 14 Ashley Thomas
Jon-Jo Bates 15 -
Ahmed El-Sahib 16 -
Adam Pepera 17 -
Used Substitutes
Bush for Locke 45   Thomas for Mahoney 52
El-Sahib for Watkins 45   Williams for Nazraki 52
Bates for Toomey 45    
Bevans Pen 2    
Murphy 6,33    
Iaciofano 13,34,60,67    
Toomey 15,36,40    
Crilley 28    
Bush 50    
Hutton 64    
Sent Off