Chesham secured their second win in four days to move level on points with second-placed Gosport. However this was far from a vintage Chesham performance – Sholing dominated the game for long periods particularly in the second half, but a lack of a cutting edge up front meant they ended up with nothing. There was only one change to the starting eleven, with Bruno Andrade coming in for Zak Joseph. Sholing made the brighter start but Chesham had the first effort on goal and it gave them the lead on fifteen minutes.
Bruno Andrade’s long ball was misjudged by the visiting defence and Ricardo German stole in, knocked the ball past keeper Ryan Gosney and tapped into the empty net. The rest of the half saw few chances at either end, although Sholing came close on 25 minutes when a corner was cleared and Jake Flannigan’s shot beat Zaki Oualah but came back off the post. Chesham had their moments but failed to create any further chances, while Sholing missed a great chance to equalise in first-half stoppage time. Chesham’s defence hesitated over a long ball behind the defence, Avan Jones attempted to head back to Zaki Oualah but Brad Targett intercepted only to lob the ball over the bar with only Oualah to beat.
Within thirty seconds of the restart Chesham won a penalty, as Ricardo German dummied to go one way then went the other as Owen Roundell’s challenge came in. There was clearly contact and the referee had little option but to give the penalty, which German converted to make it 2-0. Immediately Sholing took control of the game afterwards and Chesham brought on Callum Adebiyi on the hour mark to counter the threat. Midway through the half Sholing reduced the deficit when Keane Anderson’s through ball was controlled by Dan Mason who fired into the roof of the net from just outside the penalty area. Sholing continued to push forward but too often the delivery into the area was poor, and their long-range efforts were mostly well off target. Chesham held out although not without the occasional alarm. In stoppage time a long throw from Owen Roundell was headed out, and Karlos Gregory sized on the loose ball but shot well over the bar.