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Chatham Town
Crowborough Athletic
R Bradford (62')
Full time
S Carrington (78', 80'), Z Attwood (94')
Sat 10 Mar 15:00 - Southern Counties East Football League - Premier Division Attendance 138

INSPIRED AND TIMELY SUBSTITUTION FIRES THE CROWS UP.

A brace of goals and an assist from substitute Carrington earns the Crows three points.

Tales of the unexpected at Maidstone Road.
I personally have never been to Chatham Town's Maidstone Road ground before and I was pleasantly surprised upon arrival at the stadium. It's similar to ours in the sense that the dressing room area is behind one goal and is a newish building. Then there is a small seating area on the dugout side, the dugouts being either side of the stand so they are quite a distance apart and on the opposite side there's an old stand with various types of seating, some are even padded and is where the players used to come out of I guess as there's a resemblance of a narrow type tunnel, this is the stand I decided to sit in, not on a padded seat I hasten to add.
As it turned out, the home side had a surprise up their sleeve for their own fans as well as the Crows when the team sheets were handed in. Their Secretary had obviously been busy as they had signed over the last seven days or so a plethora of players and no less than six of them were making their debuts against the Crows in this match.
One curiosity during the match was that we had to tell some of the home fans around us who their players were as they had no idea, bearing in mind of course that they were relegated last season from the old Ryman League where they had been for a while so would not necessarily know players that had been plying their trade in the SCEFL for a period of time.
One of their new signings was Stuart Zanone who was the leading scorer in the SCEFL a couple of seasons or so ago when playing for Ashford United. Therefore, you know what type of player and game it's going to be when you see his name on the team sheet as he's a handful for defenders at the best of times, he'll win his fair share of headers, will hold the ball up well and will bring other players in to play accordingly. It also means that balls will be hit up to him in a rather direct fashion and you'll have to compete with him through the duration of the game.
They also had a player with a tremendous long throw so the Crows defence, minus the ill Jack Turner, knew they'd have to be wary of giving away silly free kicks and needless corners during the game so balls in to the area were cut down to the minimum. And it has to be said that stand in centre half, Barton did a superb job against Zanone, ably supported by Boddy and White, with Ellis being a commanding figure between the sticks.
The first half will not linger in the memory too long, no one had anytime on the ball, there was very little intended passing moves as the ball was pinging from one end to the other as the players tried to gain the upper hand.
The home side with so many new players wanting to impress were definitely not going to take any prisoners and were intent to break up the Crows play however they could and to put pressure on referee Chris Price whenever the opportunity arose. Therefore, too many free kicks were awarded for both sides, yellow cards were handed out to both sides and the referee seemed to be struggling to keep on top of everything that was going on.
Whilst there were hardly any chances during the first 45 minutes the Crows did have the ball in the net after 17 minutes, McCreadie heading the ball home only to see the assistant referees flag raised and the goal being disallowed. Offside we all thought was the reason and the yellow card shown to McCreadie was for dissent, however, it turns out the assistant referee raised his flag for McCreadie handling the ball in to the net and so the yellow card was for deliberate hand ball. I personally thought he headed the ball and if it did come off his arm then it was a good spot by the assistant.
The second half was better from the start, the ball not spending so much time in the air although too many free kicks were awarded for the game to have much fluency but sometimes you have to compete and fight to win the game to get the points and this the Crows did, especially after going 1-0 down in the 62nd minute. No surprise it was from a free kick, Bradford curling the ball from 20 odd yards out around the wall and beating a static Ellis by his left hand post.
As we know from past experience going 1-0 down sometimes wakes us up and it did so on this occasion as well as the Crows stepped up their play and exerted some consistent pressure. Carrington had replaced Treleaven in the 60th minute and it was he who got the Crows back in to the game and eventually on to the road of victory.
In the 78th minute he fired the ball home from the edge of the area in to the corner of the net, Nourse in the Chatham Town having no chance to save it through a crowd of players, 1-1 and all to play for. 1-1 became 2-1 to the Crows only two minutes later, Carrington the scorer again with a shot on the half volley from just inside area and passed a crowd of players, same corner of the goal, same result, much to the annoyance of Nourse.
From here-on in the Crows largely controlled the game and kept the Chats in their own half but as full time approached, Carrington decided to go on a run dribbling the ball in to the Chats area, past one, two, three defenders before dummying another defender and lifting the ball towards the unmarked Attwood some 8 yards out for him to volley the ball past Nourse and in to the net for 3-1 in the 94th minute.
Not long after the final whistle blew and the Crows took the points home with them back to Crowborough. Personally, I felt the Crows deserved the win in the end against a tough, physical side who themselves never gave up but perhaps ran out of a bit of steam in the final 10 or 15 minutes.
I gave two Man of the Match awards for Crow players, one was James White who looked composed, never flustered, used the ball well and always seemed to have time throughout the whole match. My other award went to Sam Carrington for the impact he had on the game when he came on in the 60th minute, two goals and an assist in 30 odd minutes is not bad going in anyone's book.

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James White

Player of the Match

James White
Sam Carrington

Player of the Match

Sam Carrington

Key moments

62:00
Goal Russell Bradford scores for Chatham Town
78:00
Goal Sam Carrington scores for Crowborough Athletic
80:00
Goal Sam Carrington scores for Crowborough Athletic
90:00 +4:00
Goal Zac Attwood scores for Crowborough Athletic

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
James White is awarded player of the match for Crowborough Athletic
90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Sam Carrington is awarded player of the match for Crowborough Athletic
90:00 +4:00 Assist
Sam Carrington makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic
90:00 +4:00 Goal 1 - 3
Zac Attwood scores for Crowborough Athletic
89:00 Sub On
Billy Brown is substituted on for Chatham Town
89:00 Sub Off
Danny Smith is substituted off for Chatham Town
89:00 Yellow Card
Stuart Zanone is yellow carded for Chatham Town
87:00 Sub Off
Trevor McCreadie is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
87:00 Sub On
Adrian Stone is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
83:00 Sub On
Danny Grant is substituted on for Chatham Town
83:00 Sub Off
Sam Cole is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
83:00 Sub On
Philip Appiah is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
83:00 Sub Off
Adam Cooper is substituted off for Chatham Town
80:00 Goal 1 - 2
Sam Carrington scores for Crowborough Athletic
80:00 Assist
Sam Crabb makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic
78:00 Goal 1 - 1
Sam Carrington scores for Crowborough Athletic
78:00 Assist
Sam Crabb makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic
73:00 Sub On
Taylor McDonagh is substituted on for Chatham Town
73:00 Saved Shot
Russell Bradford has a shot saved for Chatham Town
73:00 Sub Off
Joe Nwoko is substituted off for Chatham Town
69:00 Missed Shot
Henry Muggeridge misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
62:00 Goal 1 - 0
Russell Bradford scores for Chatham Town
60:00 Sub On
Sam Carrington is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
60:00 Sub Off
Ross Treleaven is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
59:00 Yellow Card
Tom Phipp is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
59:00 Yellow Card
Russell Bradford is yellow carded for Chatham Town
57:00 Missed Shot
Joe Nwoko misses a shot for Chatham Town
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Sam Cole is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
44:00 Yellow Card
Jason Goodchild is yellow carded for Chatham Town
39:00 Blocked Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic
36:00 Missed Shot
Danny Smith misses a shot for Chatham Town
24:00 Missed Shot
Tom Phipp misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
17:00 Yellow Card
Ben Davisson is yellow carded for Chatham Town
17:00 Yellow Card
Trevor McCreadie is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
12:00 Missed Shot
Jason Barton misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
3:00 Blocked Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic
3:00 Blocked Shot
Russell Bradford has a shot blocked for Chatham Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Chatham Town
  • Crowborough Athletic
  • 0
  • Trevor McCreadie Yellow Card 17:00'
  • Ben Davisson Yellow Card 17:00'
  • Sam Cole Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Jason Goodchild Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Russell Bradford Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Tom Phipp Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Ross Treleaven Sub Off 60:00'
  • Sam Carrington Sub On 60:00'
  • Russell Bradford Goal 62:00'
  • Taylor McDonagh Sub On 73:00'
  • Joe Nwoko Sub Off 73:00'
  • Sam Crabb Assist 78:00'
  • Sam Carrington Goal 78:00'
  • Sam Crabb Assist 80:00'
  • Sam Carrington Goal 80:00'
  • Adam Cooper Sub Off 83:00'
  • Danny Grant Sub On 83:00'
  • Philip Appiah Sub On 83:00'
  • Sam Cole Sub Off 83:00'
  • Adrian Stone Sub On 87:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Sub Off 87:00'
  • Danny Smith Sub Off 89:00'
  • Billy Brown Sub On 89:00'
  • Stuart Zanone Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Zac Attwood Goal 90:00 +4:00'
  • Sam Carrington Assist 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Ellis, Daniel Ellis, Daniel
White, James White, James
Barton, Jason Barton, Jason
Boddy, Tom Boddy, Tom
Muggeridge, Henry Muggeridge, Henry
Crabb, Sam Crabb, Sam
Treleaven, Ross Treleaven, Ross
Phipp, Tom Phipp, Tom
Cole, Sam Cole, Sam
McCreadie, Trevor McCreadie, Trevor
Attwood, Zac Attwood, Zac
Chatham Town
  • 1. Ben Nourse
  • 2. Adam Cooper
  • 3. Danny Smith
  • 4. Chris Parr
  • 5. Joe Matthews
  • 6. Reece Butler
  • 7. Ben Davisson
  • 8. Russell Bradford
  • 9. Stuart Zanone
  • 10. Joe Nwoko
  • 11. Jason Goodchild
  • 12. Matt Fry
  • 13. Danny Grant
  • 14. Laurence Collins
  • 15. Taylor McDonagh
  • 16. Billy Brown

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Sevenoaks Town 38 88
2. Whitstable Town 38 82
3. Crowborough Athletic 38 72
4. Beckenham Town 38 69
5. Croydon 39 65
6. Cray Valley PM 38 63
7. Deal Town 38 60

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