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Chesham United 1-0 Hungerford Town

PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:47 pm
by Simon N
Chesham United Hungerford Town
Shane Gore 1 Paul Strudley
John Kyriacou 2 Gary Horgan
Toby Little 3 Michael Hopkins
Mark Lambert 4 Jon Boardman
Laurie Stewart 5 Matt Day
Scott Thomas 6 Scott Rees
Dave Fotheringham 7 Dean Stow
Steve Wales 8 Ian Herring
Chris Dillon 9 Stefan Brown
Inih Effiong 10 Danny Burnell
James Potton 11 Alan O'Brien

Bruce Wilson 12 Harry Goodger
Danny Gordon 14 Mark Draycott
Jack Harris 15 Bradley Gray
Alex Brown 16 Nick Stanley
Stephan Hamilton 17 James Clark

Wilson for Potton 81 Gray for Burnell 61
Harris for Effiong 90+1 Goodger for Rees 84

Potton 32

Effiong 90+1 Herring 44
Rees 74

Waitrose Man of the Match in association with the Bucks Examiner: Mark Lambert

Chesham ended their run of three defeats with this narrow win. This was another tight affair – the three matches between these sides this season have brought only four goals – but Chesham took the lead just after the half-hour and afterwards rarely looked like losing it.

There were four changes to the starting line-up after last Saturday’s defeat by Burnham – Toby Little, Mark Lambert, Scott Thomas and James Potton coming in for Drew Roberts (suspended), Daniel Bratrhwaite (injured), Bruce Wilson and Danny Gordon. Former Chesham striker Danny Burnell was making his debut for Hungerford. At one stage the game looked in doubt as fog drifted over the ground, but after turning off the lights for a spell the game eventually started after a delay of 20 minutes. Hungerford had the better of the early stages and forced a couple of corners, but Chesham had the first moment of danger when Toby Little pulled ball back from the left and Michael Hopkins cleared at the far post. After 21 minutes Inih Effiong pulled the ball back from wide on the right and Steve Wales’ first-time shot flew just past the near post. In the next minute Stefan Brown ran at the heart of the Chesham defence and his shot from 25 yards was turned behind by Shane Gore. Chesham took the lead after 32 minutes when Steve Wales took a corner short, Toby Little crossed and James Potton’s header found the net via the underside of the bar and the heel of keeper Paul Strudley. Three minutes later another Wales corner was glanced on by Inih Effiong and cleared off the line at the far post. At the other end hesitation in the Chesham defence let in Stefan Brown, who prodded the ball past Shane Gore but across goal and the danger was cleared. In the next minute Strudley dropped a corner from Steve Wales under no pressure, and the ball was hacked away as Chesham appealed in vain that the ball had crossed the line.

Early in the second half Steve Wales crossed from the left and James Potton set up Inih Effiong who hooked the ball goalwards and over the bar via a deflection. The game had hardly been a classic but in the second half both sides gave the ball away regularly, and the later stages saw the game played at a high tempo but with little fluent football. On the hour Jon Boardman got his head to an Ian Herring long throw but Shane Gore stretched to grab the ball. In another Hungerford raid the ball dropped to Stefan Brown who swung his foot at the ball but failed to make proper contact. After 77 minutes Steve Wales found some space on the left and let fly with a right-foot shot that clipped the far post, then in the next minute Chris Dillon’s cross was cleared and Dave Fotheringham set up James Potton for a shot that beat Strudley but went wide of the far post. Hungerford continued to press but lacked creativity while Chesham opted to sit on their lead, which they ultimately achieved although Inih Effiong picked up a yellow card for taking too long to come off the pitch when substituted.