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Chesham United 1-3 St Albans City

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 2:20 pm
by Simon N
Chesham United St Albans City
Shane Gore 1 Paul Bastock
John Kyriacou 2 Howard Hall
Toby Little 3 Lee Chappell
Danny Gordon 4 Ram Marwa
Darren Purse 5 Ben Martin
Scott Thomas 6 Darren Locke
Dave Fotheringham 7 David Keenleyside
James Potton 8 James Comley
Chris Dillon 9 John Frendo
Drew Roberts 10 Sam Corcoran
Bruce Wilson 11 Steve Wales

Inih Effiong 12 Tom Coulton
Richard Graham 14 George Sykes
Daniel Brathwaite 15 Chris Watters
Jeanmal Prosper 16 Tom Ward
Haydn Dodge 17 Chris Henry

Brathwaite for Gordon 48 Watters for Corcoran 44
Effiong for Fotheringham 68 Ward for Locke 69
Graham for Thomas 77 Sykes for Keenleyside 87

Potton 6 Frendo 36, 59
Wales 47+2

Wilson 31 Locke 15
Fotheringham 35 Frendo 90+5
Dillon 89

Waitrose Man of the Match in association with the Bucks Examiner: James Potton

Chesham’s superb season ended without reward as St Albans came from behind to win the play-off final. This was the exact reverse of the Stourbridge game, as Chesham took an early lead but were pegged back and rarely looked like retrieving the game in the second half.

Chesham’s starting line-up and bench were unchanged from the semi-final. The game was watched by the biggest crowd at the Meadow for 35 years, with the gates closed shortly before kick-off on the orders of the police. Chesham made the brighter start and in the fourth minute Bruce Wilson’s free kick came off Chris Dillon and bounced just past the far post. Two minutes later a throw on the Chesham right led to James Potton working his way clear of the defence to round keeper Paul Bastock and give Chesham the lead. St Albans came back with David Keenleyside glancing a header wide from Lee Chappell’s free kick, but Chesham were otherwise in control in the opening third of the game. However on the half-hour a Howard Hall free kick saw three Chesham players go for the same ball, which dropped to Darren Locke who hooked over with only Shane Gore to beat. Chesham could have gone two up when Drew Roberts got to the by-line on the right and pulled back to Dave Fotheringham, who stretched and stabbed the ball just wide of the near post. However two minutes later Darren Purse allowed the ball to slip under his foot which sent John Frendo clear but Shane Gore came out to parry the resulting shot. In the next minute Dave Fotheringham was booked for a foul on Lee Chappell, and John Frendo’s free kick from wide on the left beat the Chesham wall and Shane Gore at his near post to equalise. The last minutes of the first half effectively decided the game, firstly when James Potton sent Drew Roberts clear but the linesman wrongly flagged for offside. Two minutes later David Keenleyside played the ball through, the injured Danny Gordon was unable to challenge and Steve Wales slotted into the corner of the net to give St Albans the lead. There was still time for Bruce Wilson to run clear but Bastock ran from his line to block, and Ben Martin headed the loose ball back towards his own goal but Lee Chappell got back to head off the line.

Early in the second half Danny Gordon was forced off after failing to recover from a muscle strain. His replacement Daniel Brathwaite then hooked over after Darren Purse headed a Bruce Wilson free kick back across goal. Chesham put on the pressure but shortly before the hour mark St Albans made it 3-1 with their first attack of the half. From a throw on the visitors’ left Chris Watters blocked an attempted clearance and pulled the ball back for Frendo to score from close range. Chesham never recovered from this and St Albans looked more likely to score on the break, although they never missed an opportunity to waste time. Ben Martin had a free header from a Watters corner but missed the target, then James Comley tried to chip Shane Gore from just inside the Chesham half but the ball flew over. With fifteen minutes left Frendo dispossessed Daniel Brathwaite and squared to Steve Wales who shot wide with only Shane Gore to beat. Chesham’s best moment of the half came when Inih Effiong cut in from wide on the left and shot, but the ball bounced away off the legs of Bastock. Deep in stoppage time John Kyriacou’s cross was touched by James Potton into the path of Drew Roberts who could only hook the ball over the bar.