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Second X1 vs Chatham Town Reserves

Match Date: 29 September 2018
Score: 4-1

This was our first game in the cup and it was a fairly even game for the first 15 minutes. Our first goal came from the man of the match, Ross Borg, who found the ball coming to him five yards to the left of the Chatham area and fired a half volley that flew, straight as an arrow, into the left hand side of the goal, hitting the inside of the post on the way in. He won't score another one like that this season !
The game seemed to be fairly even, with both teams enjoying spells keeping the ball until Charlie Busby danced his way past four players and was brought down on the edge of the area. Up stepped our debutant centre back, Jamie Hurst, and he curled a beautiful free kick into the top corner to put us 2-0 up. Ellis Chidley was immense in midfield, winning most of his challenges and when Roan Ferguson was upended in the area 5 minutes before time, up stepped Jack Sellens to put the game out of sight. Jack rarely misses penalties, but on this occasion he went for power only to hit the crossbar, which I think is still shaking, so we went in at halftime 2-0 up and feeling pretty confident. After the break Chatham upped their game and were the stronger for the first ten minutes, and found themselves getting back into the game with a fantastic free kick that got up and over the wall that beat our keeper, Ben Cornelius, who could do nothing about it. So at 2-1 we found ourselves under pressure until the ball was crossed from the left into the box for Jack Sellens to redeem himself for the earlier penalty miss, bringing the ball down on his chest and calmly slotting it past the advancing keeper to make it 3-1.
Our final goal was to come from Shaun Dowling, who had hit two in his previous game and he played a great one two with Jack Sellens and made the scoreline 4-1. It was a good game played in the right manner and as usual the hospitality from Chatham Town was exceptional. We move onto the next round .
Match report by Larry Hays