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A cheathams view on the game

Post  in2thevalley on Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:05 am

A stoppage-time free kick from sub James Potton earned Chesham a draw. The quality of the goal was about the only good thing about a thoroughly unpleasant afternoon, which was clearly influenced by the aftermath of ‘that incident’ in the October fixture at The Meadow.

There were three changes from the side that played Hemel the previous Saturday – Rob Bartley replaced the injured Ryan Moran in defence, Leon Archer came in for Simon Thomas and Chris Watters replaced James Potton who was still not fully fit. Danny Talbot, who was on the bench, drove to the ground in case his wife went into labour and he had to make a quick exit. Any hopes of a decent game disappeared with a look at the pitch, which was hard and bumpy and made passing football almost impossible. Chesham started on top and in the fifth minute Dave Fotheringham was just off target with a 30-yard drive. Chesham went on to dominate the half in terms of possession but the conditions were not helping their style of play and they rarely looked likely to score, and with Redditch posing little threat the game became a bore. However in the 39th minute the home team scored with their first serious attack, when Luke Benbow lifted the ball over the Chesham defence and Joey Halsall stole in on the blind side to loop a header over Shane Gore. In the last minute of the half Rob Bartley got his head to a cross from John Kyriacou but the ball was scrambled away.

Chesham attempted to increase the tempo in the second half, and ten minutes after the restart Leon Archer laid the ball back to Steve Wales whose long-range effort flew narrowly wide. As Chesham pushed forward they left spaces at the back, and just after the hour mark Shane Gore was forced to tip over a shot from Lee Osborne. However the game reverted to the usual pattern of Chesham pushing forward but struggling to find a way through. Redditch had already notched up five yellow cards by the time sub Tommy Warmer was sent off for an over-the-top challenge on Danny Gudgeon right in front of the Chesham dugout. A home official later accused Andy Leese of trying to get the player sent off even though the referee was close to the incident and showed the red card straight away, while another official had to follow Warmer into the changing rooms after the player stormed down the tunnel kicking the wall. In a frantic finale Danny Talbot had a close-range effort kicked away by Jamie Grimes, then Brad Wadkins flicked on the resulting corner but Danny Talbot could only head wide of the far post. However in the first minute of stoppage time Chesham were awarded a free kick on the left and home keeper Dean Coleman stood and watched as Potton’s kick curled into the far corner of the net.
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