Chipstead 0 Hanwell Town 1
By Clive Cooke
Away win with 10 men
Report by Bob Fisher
We continued our recent excellent run of form with a hard fought win against a Chipstead side who were in a poor run of form having only gained one point from their previous five games whilst our previous five games had seen us gain thirteen points, scoring 10 goals and conceding just 4.
However on the previous Saturday, Chipstead had only narrowly been beaten 1-0 away at League Champions Hayes & Yeading and with a new management team on the bench, were certain to prove difficult opposition. Earlier in the season, our game at The Powerday Stadium had resulted in a goal less draw.
Our side showed one change from that which had beaten Northwood the previous Saturday, with Louis Bircham away on holiday, but his absence was compensated by Will Wambeek being available and Will slotted in at left full back enabling Jack Waldren to move into a more attacking left sided position. As events turned out, a change that won us the game !!
On a windy afternoon, we made an excellent start to the game playing at a fast tempo and Gareth Chendlik was unlucky not to give us the lead in just the third minute when a shot on the turn from the left edge of the penalty area saw the ball fly just over the cross bar with Taye Ashby Hammond in the Chipstead goal beaten. However, just six minutes later we took the lead when a long cross field pass by skipper Ollie Duffy reached Jack racing in from the left. The Chipstead keeper raced from his line but found himself in no mans land when Jack reached the ball before him and was able to direct it over his head and into the vacant net, this being Jack's first ever goal for the club. An excellent move then saw Danny Julienne set up Gareth with a good opportunity but his shot lacked power and Ashby Hammond made a comfortable save.
As the game progressed Chipstead became more and more into the game and both Matt Warren and their leading scorer, Izzy Bademosi, sent shots whistling across the face of our goal. The game continued at a fierce pace and on the half four we carved out another good chance as Dwayne Duncan, who had an excellent game at the heart of our defence, burst through from the back. He played the ball to Brian Testolin who cut inside before pulling the ball back into the path of Harry Rush who scuffed his shot over the cross bar. Towards the interval the game become more and more petulant and when there was a coming together of the players, Danny and two Chipstead players, Anthony Oaks and Warren found there was into the referee's notebook. Shortly afterwards, Aaron Bufton made an excellent save from a header by Warren from close range to ensure that we maintained our single goal lead at the interval.
Danny's yellow card proved to be decisive as early in the second half, when Danny tackled a Chipstead substitute Nathan Ayling from behind, the match referee was immediately surrounded by Chipstead players and the referee, seemingly from the sideline under pressure, deemed that a foul had been committed and issued Danny with a second yellow card and we were down to ten men.
We made our first substitution with Harvey Killeen coming on for Brian as Chipstead with their man advantage began to press continuously with Gareth left to fend for himself up front. However, his efforts came to an end when after receiving a yellow card for a string of fouls he was replaced by Jeremiah Maja who then put in a massive effort up front to keep the Chipstead defenders under pressure. With twenty minutes remaining, Chipstead were awarded a free kick right on the edge of our penalty area but fortunately Ayling shot high over the bar. Five minutes later and we missed a chance to score what would have been a decisive goal when Keiron Cathline racing down the right found Jeremiah unmarked in the Chipstead penalty area but his first touch let him down and the ball was cleared to safety. Andy O'Brien who along with Dwayne formed a formidable duo at the heart of our defence, supported enormously by Keiron and Will Wambeek, then became our second player to get a yellow card and he was quickly followed into the book by Jeremiah, another based by the referee on an accumulation of fouls.
With five minutes remaining, Chipstead were also reduced to ten men when Jeremiah right through on goal was fouled from behind by Dean Hamlin and a straight red card was issued. From the resulting free kick, Will hammered a tremendous strike which struck the post with the Chipstead keeper nowhere in sight. Shortly afterwards to our relief, the final whistle was blown and the three points were ours.
Writing this report some twenty four hours after the game, it was interesting to note that despite there being a lot of goalmouth action at both ends, the only save of any consequence in the game was made by Aaron in the first half from Warren's header.
TEAM: Aaron Bufton, Keiron Cathline, Will Wambeek, Oliver Duffy (capt), Dwayne Duncan, Andy O'Brien, Dan Julienne, Harry Rush, Gareth Chendlik, Brian Testolin and Jack Waldren. Substitutes used Harvey Killeen for Testolin (55) and Jeremiah Maja for Chendlik (60).
Unused substitutes Joseph Mills, Zain Gangadeen and Jamie