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Hitchin Town 1-2 Chesham United

PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:17 pm
by Simon N
Hitchin Town Chesham United
Tahj Bell 1 Shane Gore
Lewis Rolfe 2 John Kyriacou
Alasan Ann 3 Daniel Brathwaite
Sam Barker 4 Laurie Stewart
Dan Webb 5 Darren Purse
Stuart Pearson 6 Scott Thomas
Charlie Smith 7 Dave Fotheringham
Callum Donnelly 8 James Potton
Simon Martin 9 Chris Dillon
Mitchell Bryant 10 Drew Roberts
Garry Jones 11 Bruce Wilson

Kim Forsythe 12 Toby Little
Josh Bickerstaff 14 Stephan Hamilton
Michael King 15 Steve Wales
Gary Wharton 16 Aston Goss
Jemale McKenzie-Lowe 17 Alex Brown

Bickerstaff for Webb 45 Wales for Potton 73
King for Ann 66 Little for Fotheringham 73
Forsythe for Donnelly 83 Goss for Brathwaite 79

Donnelly 41 Roberts 21
Dillon 90+1

Bryant 71 Fotheringham 56
Rolfe 80 Purse 71

Waitrose Man of the Match in association with the Bucks Examiner: Chris Dillon

Chesham secured their second away win in three days, but this was a much harder game than Saturday’s stroll against Banbury. Chesham were well in control of the game until Hitchin equalised against the run of play, but the second half was a slog and Chesham’s winner something of a gift.

Chesham’s starting line-up and subs’ bench were unchanged for the fourth game running. In the opening minutes there was a scramble in the Chesham area before the ball was eventually cleared, but Chesham carried the greater threat in the opening stages. Dave Fotheringham and James Potton were just off target with long-range efforts, then a shot from Chris Dillon was blocked and the rebound fell to James Potton who was denied by a fine reaction save from Tahj Bell. Chesham took the lead after 21 minutes when a Hitchin corner was headed out by Dave Fotheringham, James Potton broke away down the left and Drew Roberts stole in ahead of a defender to score at the near post. Chesham continued to control the game and had a number of promising attacks, but usually the final ball was lacking and the home defence held out. Hitchin had rarely threatened but on 41 minutes Chesham gave the ball away in midfield, and Sam Barker’s through pass sent Callum Donnelly clear to shoot past the advancing Shane Gore to equalise. Three minutes later Drew Roberts broke into the Hitchin penalty area and his shot beat Bell but came back off the far post. In stoppage time Chris Dillon’s shot was blocked and Bruce Wilson’s follow-up effort was deflected behind.

Early in the second half Hitchin started to come into the game more. Shortly before the hour mark Callum Donnelly’s free kick found the head of Mitchell Bryant only for Shane Gore to produce a superb save to touch the ball onto the bar from where it was cleared for a corner. The home side had a couple of moments when the ball flew across the Chesham area, but with Chesham having faded as an attacking force the game became more frantic with little flowing football. Chesham picked up after the three substitutions, and ten minutes from time Lewis Rolfe was booked for bringing down Steve Wales but Drew Roberts’ free kick flew wide of the near post. Roberts found some space on the left and shot across goal, then a low cross from Aston Goss brought a last-ditch clearance from Garry Jones. It looked as if Chesham would have to settle for a draw, but in the first minute of stoppage time Stuart Pearson fluffed a clearance and Chris Dillon shot past Bell and into the corner of the net for a surprise winner.