Chesham United Gosport Borough
Sam Beasant 1 Pat O’Flaherty
Jeanmal Prosper 2/3 Rory Williams
Lewis Rolfe 19/5 Ryan Woodford
Adam Martin 12/7 Brad Tarbuck
Kieran Murphy 4/11 Dan Wooden
Steve Brown 6/12 Nicky Bailey
Dave Pearce 8/14 Grant Charles
Billy Adcock 14/15 Stephane Zubar
Eoin Casey 9/16 Josh Huggins
Bradley Clayton 7/17 Gerard Storey
Zak Joseph 10/19 Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain
Karl Oliyide 11/6 Jordan Rose
Dernell Wynter 3/9 Matt Paterson
T’Sharne Gallimore 18/10 Pat Suraci
Billie Busari 16/19 Aaron McCreadie
Mark Kirby 17/20 Jordon Ragguette
Wynter for Pearce 65 McCreadie for Storey 61
Oliyide for Clayton 78 Ragguette for Oxlade-Chamberlain 75
Busari for Joseph 87
Williams 16

Chesham United Man of the Match: Jeanmal Prosper

After scoring in every game last season, Chesham drew a blank in the opening fixture of the new campaign.  For most of the game Chesham carried the greater goal threat but not by much, although Gosport were indebted to goalkeeper Pat O’Flaherty who saved a Dave Pearce penalty in the second half.

The only debutant in Chesham’s starting eleven was goalkeeper Sam Beasant, who signed during the week after an injury to Ben Goode.  There was virtually no goalmouth action in the opening half-hour, although Eoin Casey had a left-foot shot on the turn deflected wide on 14 minutes.  For Gosport Dan Wooden glanced a header wide from a Rory Williams cross, but otherwise their attack lacked potency.  Just after the half-hour mark Bradley Tarbuck ran at the Chesham defence only to mishit the ball high and wide as Steve Brown challenged.  On 40 minutes Gosport had their one moment of danger, when Stephane Zubar took a free kick inside his own half which caught out Sam Beasant but came back off the bar.  Towards half-time Chesham began to show some fluency and Bradley Clayton ran at the visitors’ defence and fired in a shot that Pat O’Flaherty turned round the post.  Shortly afterwards O’Flaherty dived to his right to save a 30-yard effort from Zak Joseph.

On 54 minutes Chesham had a great chance when a neat move involving Eoin Casey, Dave Pearce and Zak Joseph set up a chance which Bradley Clayton blazed over the bar.  Chesham increased the tempo and Jeanmal Prosper got forward but O’Flaherty dived to beat away the resulting shot.  In the next minute Zak Joseph played the ball forward to Eoin Casey who was tripped just inside the area, but O’Flaherty again denied Chesham with a diving save to keep out Dave Pearce’s penalty.   Shortly afterwards Zak Joseph fired the ball across and Rory Williams’ attempted clearance flew just over his own crossbar.  However Chesham faded and midway through the half a Gosport attack saw a loose ball drop to sub Aaron McCreadie but his shot bounced away off the legs of Sam Beasant.  At the other end Jeanmal Prosper’s through ball found Zak Joseph who beat the advancing O’Flaherty but just took the ball too wide and the chance was gone.  Late in the game Steve Brown shot goalwards after a corner was partially cleared, but the ball just curled past the post with the keeper beaten.