Saturday 10th September
Darren Purse saw red for Chesham in the defeat v Kings Lynn: all images courtesy of Trevor Hyde.
The greatest regret of the afternoon was that a match that had been fast, entertaining and full of promise degenerated into controversy and attrition, with the main topic of conversation amongst home fans departing The Meadow being - rightly or wrongly - the officials
For the most part there appeared to be little of note to unduly trouble a referee or his assistants but a series of decisons appeared to puzzle both teams, and supporters, in equal measure and as frustrations grew it was the game that lost out.
The first half was a good contest, with two pacy attacking teams competing: Chesham the more skilful, Kings Lynn more direct, but both going for goal. The Generals took the lead after great interplay between Brad Wadkins and Sam Youngs. The latter, after a sublime touch, cleverly picked out Dave Pearce in time and space who duly shot home. The visitors answered with a strong run and rasping shot to equalise. Chesham steadily gained control from that point and saw the half out the stronger.
The game was still well balanced when in the 53rd minute Ashlee Jones, kicking the ball out of his hands, was seemingly impeded by a Kings Lynn player in close attendance resulting in the ball falling to Clunan who scored to put the vistors ahead, to the fury of the Chesham players.
Two minutes later The Generals' afternoon went from bad to worse when Darren Purse was dismissed for his second yellow card. Andy Leese's remonstrations cut no ice and the referee, who had earlier in the game admonished the visiting bench for - understandably, if ill advisedly - disputing a decision that had wrongly gone against them, sent the Chesham Manager to the stands.
With the flowing football of the first half now just a memory the teams slugged it out. Ten man Chesham came close to equalising on occasions, the teams' sense of injustice further fuelled by a refused penalty claim, whilst backtracking where necessary to deal with the inevitable Kings Lynn breaks. However, Kings Lynn held out to take the points. A full match report will follow as usual via the 1st XI Fixtures and Results page
The 1st XI now refocus on the coming week which includes Tuesday's match v Hayes & Yeading (at Beaconsfield Sycob) and Saturdays FA Cup Second Qualifying round trip to Sevenoaks.
Manager Andy Leese's commented
"A difficult afternoon, and definitely one to forget. It troubles me to say it, but the officials decision making had a huge effect on the game as anyone in the crowd could see. We played well enough, and if we had taken our chances across the game then it may have been a different tale. We created plenty in the first half, and with 10 men.
"We need to move on and hope the dropped points don’t matter too much at this early stage of the season"
Other Chesham Utd News
The 1st XI's next fixture is away at Hayes and Yeading on Tuesday 13th September KO 19:45. Travelling supporters please note that due to ongoing works at Hayes and Yeading's stadium, Tuesday evening's game will be played at Beaconsfield Sycob's ground
Reserves won 1-0 away at Harefield Utd on Sat 10/9. Reserves next match is at home v Buckingham Athletic on Wed 14/9 KO 19:45
Chesham Utd Ladies next matches are away at Marlow on Sun 11/9, then away at Brentford ((FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying) on Sun 18/9, both KO 14:00
Chesham Utd U18s won 5-0 at home v Sun Sports (FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round) on Thu 8/9. U18s next match is away at Luton Town Cedars on Mon 12/9, KO 19:45
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