Newport Pagnell Town Chesham United
Nick Bennion 1 Caolan Doyle-Creamer
Adam Pryke 2 Danny Taylor
Matt Hall 3 Danny Bennell
Christian Smail 4 Carl Pearce
Adam Hulks 5 Bendie Idikayi
Sam Parrish 6 Bayley Brown
Sam Olawale 7 Rhys Martin
Ben Shepherd 8 Dernell Wynter
Jim Burnside 9 Romario Hart
Michael Lyon 10 Karl Oliyide
Jake Stronge 11 Mohamed Al-Murtada
Brandon Macrae 12 Billy Adcock
Jermaine Ivy 14 Josh Smith
Ryan Dan 15 Michael Murray
Femi Olusemo 16
Sean Soetan 17
Ivy for Lyon 71 Adcock for Oliyide 58
Olusemo for Olawale 84 Smith for Brown 79
Macrae for Strong 87 Murray for Al-Murtada 90+1
Shepherd 25 Oliyide 53
Lyon 43
Ivy 79
Lyon 45 Bennell 45
Al-Murtada 81
Adcock 83
Idikayi 24

Chesham United Man of the Match: Caolan Doyle-Creamer

Chesham made eleven changes from Saturday’s league game so maybe this result was not that surprising. At half-time Chesham were two goals down, reduced to ten men and grateful to their goalkeeper for keeping the scoreline down. Chesham made a partial revival in the second half and had the possibility of taking the tie to penalties until the home side scored their third. Chesham’s team included three players who had signed the day before the game, plus 16-year-old academy player Josh Smith who came on as a late substitute. Bayley Brown and sub Billy Adcock returned after missing 10 and 17 matches respectively with injury.

The home side are currently second in the Spartan South Midlands League and dominated the opening half. In the fourth minute 18-year-old goalkeeper Caolan Doyle-Creamer flew to his left to tip away a shot from Jim Burnside that seemed destined for the top corner. The keeper made another smart save shortly afterwards from a shot on the turn by Burnside, then Adam Hulks headed over from Matt Hall’s corner. On 24 minutes defender Bendie Idikayi was sent off for tripping Jake Stronge who was about to break clear 25 yards out. Ben Shepherd hit the resulting free kick onto the bar from where it bounced down into the net to give the home team the lead. Shortly afterwards Chesham threatened for the first time with Danny Taylor hitting a 30-yard free kick just over, then Karl Oliyide pulled the ball back from the by-line on the left but Dernell Wynter could not direct his header on goal. However the home team came back and Caolan Doyle-Creamer made another diving save to keep out Jake Stronge’s shot. Michael Lyon then set up Burnside who miscontrolled the ball in front of goal, then Burnside broke clear but Doyle-Creamer stuck out a foot to knock the ball away. However the resulting corner was headed back across goal and turned in from close range by Michael Lyon to make it 2-0.

In the second half Chesham began to get into the game, and on 53 minutes Karl Oliyide broke through the home defence and slotted past the advancing keeper to halve the deficit. However the home side came close to a third goal but Doyle-Creamer saved again, firstly from Sam Olawale and then Ben Shepherd. Midway through the half Matt Hall crossed back in after a corner, and Christian Smail’s far-post header came back off the bar. On 79 minutes the home team sealed the win when Jermaine Ivy’s shot from the edge of the area slipped under Doyle-Creamer’s body and into the net. Ivy could have had another late on but put a free header over the bar from Adam Pryke’s cross. In stoppage time Michael Murray, who had been on the bench 24 times without ever coming on, made a three-minute cameo appearance up front.