Chesham were brought down to earth as they went down to their first away defeat of the season. Swindon were bottom of the table without a win, but a new manager and some new signings saw them surprise a Chesham team who never really got going. There were four changes to the team that started against Maidstone – Ricardo German was serving a one-match ban after picking up five yellow cards, so Ogi Obi came in for the last match of his loan spell after being cup-tied on Saturday. Kieran Murphy, Jordan Edwards and T’Sharne Gallimore dropped to the bench to be replaced by Steve Brown, Zak Joseph and new signing Ryan Upward.
Chesham made the stronger start and Ogo Obi shot into the side netting early on, but they were rocked when the home side took the lead in the 11th minute. Joe Tumelty advanced down the left and set up Dave Sims-Burgess who had the easy task of rolling the ball into the net. Chesham continued to have more of the play but lacked cohesion in attack. On 21 minutes Bruno Andrade cut in from the left and whistled an angled drive past the far post, but otherwise Chesham rarely threatened. The home side grew in confidence after taking the lead without looking like adding to it, but in the 31st minute Liban Ibrahim’s cross was headed back across goal for Sims-Burgess to score his second. Chesham looked deflated and Sims-Burgess had another chance before half-time but was off target with a header from Sam Turl’s cross.
Chesham changed formation at half-time, taking off Lewis Rolfe and moving Callum Adebiyi to left back with T’Sharne Gallimore coming into midfield. However Swindon were the first to threaten with a Jake Andrews free kick which Zaki Oualah had to dive to turn away. Chesham were starting to look more threatening and won a free kick of their own in a dangerous position, but Bruno Andrade skied his effort well over. Just after the hour mark home keeper Conor Brann was called into serious action for the first time, when Ogi Obi got his head to a Bruno Andrade cross but Brann produce a fine reaction save to keep the ball out. However two minutes later Andrade again crossed, and the ball came to Ogo Obi who fired into the net through the keeper’s legs to halve the deficit. Chesham had their best spell of the game and another good move ended with a shot from Harry Rush that was deflected behind for a corner. However Chesham faded and the game became scrappy with a rash of petty fouls and yellow cards. On 74 minutes Swindon’s Zack Kotwica wasted a good chance with a wild shot after Brad Gray had laid the ball into his path. Six minutes later Callum Adebiyi crossed to Bruno Andrade whose header bounced down and up for Brann to save, but Chesham’s play was starting to show signs of desperation while the home side relaxed and sprayed the ball around. Deep into stoppage time Chesham sub Jordan Edwards headed against the bar from Bruno Andrade’s cross but was flagged offside anyway.