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Sevenoaks Town 2 Chesham Utd 2 - Generals survive with a draw after last gasp equaliser

Saturday 17th September

Barry Hayles

Barry Hayles kept Chesham's FA Cup season alive with a dramatic added time equaliser at Sevenoaks Town when the game seemed up: image courtesy of Trevor Hyde

Sevenoaks Town put on a great occasion for this FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie. Not only did our hosts look after an expectant crowd of 426, swelled by a good no of travelling Chesham fans, the Kent team came within a whisker of also taking care of The Generals on the pitch and will count themselves unlucky not to have won

After just five minutes an attempted Oaks' headed clearance was skied, Brad Wadkins pounced to win the loose ball and lob the home 'keeper to give Chesham an early lead and travelling fans hopes of a comfortable afternoon. The Generals then remained largely in control, comfortably keeping Sevenoaks at bay for much of the half, but were pegged back to 1-1 after Carnegie curled a 25 yard shot home just before the break

Sevenoaks started the second half fired up by the equaliser and within six minutes of the restart took the lead, Carnegie again the scorer. The home side continued to grow into the game and on several occasions moved the ball forwards with great pace, purpose and threat, whilst in contrast Chesham struggled to both thread passes together or to win second balls. With the travelling support increasingly despondent Andy Leese made the expected substitutions but clear cut chances continued to elude the visitors until in added time, with eight players forward, Barry Hayles used all of his experience to be in the right place to turn in a Dave Pearce cut back and crush Kentish hopes of an upset. The teams now replay at The Meadow this Tuesday 20th September KO 19:45. Be there!

andy leeseManager Andy Leese commented

We endured a difficult afternoon on Saturday, and it is fair to say we are fortunate to still be in the competition. We failed to capitalize on the early goal, and then allowed ourselves to get over run and out worked for a spell in the second half. We know we can play much better, but we have to earn the right. I felt we didn’t do that on Saturday. There will be plenty of people getting carried away with a couple of poor performances. We know we have to improve dramatically to stay in the competition that gave us so much last year

A.L.

Other Chesham Utd News

The 1st XI's next fixtures are Tuesday evening's FA Cup replay, followed by the SPL match at home to Cirencester Town on Sat 24/9 KO 15:00

Reserves lost 3-1 at home v Hillingdon Borough on Sat 17/9. Reserves next match is away at Arlesey Town on Wed 28/9 KO 19:45

Chesham Utd Ladies won 8-0 away at Brentford (FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying) on Sun 18/9. Ladies match at home v Maidenhead Utd Development (League Cup Preliminary Round) that was scheduled for Sun 25/9 is now OFF as Maidenhead have withdrawn from the league. Ladies next match is away at Southampton women on Sun 2/10 KO 14:00

Chesham Utd U18 lost 4-1 away at Luton Town Cedars on Mon 12/9. U18s next match is away at Bedfont Sports (FA Youth Cup 1st Round Qualifying) on Mon 19/9 KO 19:45

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