Thomas Williams 1 Alex Tokarczyk
Samuel Williams 2 Benji Crilley
Alex Fisher 3 Ben Walster
Mekhail McLaughlin 4 Matt Bevans
Jeremy Archer 5 Kieran Murphy
Louis Birch 6 Darren Locke
Oliver Knight 7 Oran Swales
Tom Nyama 8 Adam Martin
Jack Mazzone 9 Ryan Blake
Max Blackmore 10 Scott McGleish
Jack Beadle 11 Devonte Totesaut
George Frith 12 Matthew Hall
John Gilbert 14 Jon-Jo Bates
Rylan Myers 15 Danny Green
Luke Mitchell 16 Connor Toomey
Sebastian Green 17 Lewis Rolfe
SUBS
Mitchell for Beadle 65 Hall for Murphy 45
Gilbert for Mazzone 73 Bates for McGleish 66
Toomey for Martin 77
GOALS
Blackmore 37
BOOKED
Mazzone 6 Martin 32
S Williams 31
Fisher 63
SENT OFF
Nyama 14

Chesham United Man of the Match: Ryan Blake

Chesham are without a point or a goal from their first two matches after this defeat.  Despite playing for most of the match against ten men, and despite dominating possession in the second half, Chesham created few chances against a resolute home defence. There were five changes to the starting line-up, with Kieran Murphy returning after holiday in place of Connor Toomey with Ben Walster switching to left-back.  Dave Pearce was injured and Jon-Jo Bates, Danny Green and Nathan Webb left out, to be replaced by Oran Swales, Adam Martin, Scott McGleish and new signing Devonte Totesaut.

Kieran Murphy’s return proved to be a short one as he was injured in the second minute, after a late tackle for which Max Blackmore somehow escaped without a yellow card.  After lengthy treatment Murphy resumed only to be brought down by a second late challenge for which Jack Mazzone was booked.  The game was threatening to boil over when Tom Nyama was shown a straight red card for a challenge which left Adam Martin also needing treatment.  However both sides concentrated on playing football after that, and Chesham briefly took control of the game.  Home keeper Thomas Williams mishit a clearance straight to Scott McGleish, but he was unable to lob the ball towards the empty net from long distance.  Oran Swales pulled the ball back from the by-line on the left, but Ryan Blake could only stab the ball towards goal and Thomas Williams dived on it.  Scott McGleish headed over from Ben Walster’s cross, then the home side had their first dangerous attack but Jack Beadle’s shot went behind off the legs of Alex Tokarczyk.  Police then had their best spell of the game, and scored the game’s only goal when Beadle set up Max Blackmore to run through and slot the ball past Tokarczyk.  In stoppage time Jack Mazzone’s free kick hit the Chesham wall and dropped to Blackmore whose shot flew just wide.

Kieran Murphy was unable to continue and was replaced by Matt Hall for the second half.  Early in the half Alex Tokarczyk dived to his right to hold Jack Beadle’s shot, but Chesham were beginning to make the most of the man advantage and resumed control of the game.  Ryan Blake cut inside from the left and fired in a shot that Thomas Williams just got a fingertip to touch over the bar.  In a rare home attack Oliver Knight’s shot flew just wide with the aid of a deflection, but Chesham went back on the attack with Matt Hall firing just over from distance.  Benji Crilley’s long cross found Scott McGleish whose far-post header flew wide, then midway through the half Scott McGleish’s header from Matt Bevans’ free kick was saved and the ball fed to Ryan Blake who shot just wide of the far post.  However Chesham failed to create any more clear-cut chances and only came close once more, when Matt Bevans broke forward and fired in a shot that Williams tipped over.  With Chesham pushing forward the home side broke away twice late on, but John Gilbert shot wide and a low cross from Gilbert just eluded the incoming Luke Mitchell.