Thursday 01st September 2005
Cass nets brace on his return as
Chatham move to fifth place
Division One East
Sanders reports from Maidstone Road
9 (pen), 88
34, Guile 90
Chatham moved up to 5th place in the
Southern League Eastern Division, thanks to a well fought 3-2 win over
Barton Rovers. Defeats for the two sides directly above them also means
they are now within a point of third place, writes Neil Sanders.
Top scorer Brendan Cass returned to the side
after missing two games through injury, and wasted no time finding the
back of the net via a 9th minute penalty. Issy Amadi had
shown two defenders a clean pair of heels, cutting in from the right,
before the third man brought him down just inside the box. Cass
converted, although Rovers keeper Steve Graham did get a hand to the
Amadi then made it 2-0 just three minutes later, with Cass the provider
this time. A well weighted ball over the top caused
hesitation in the defence, enabling Amadi to nip in and slot the
ball into an open net.
Chatham continued to have the lions
share of possession and created a number of further opportunities, with
Matt Solly and Rob Denness both going close.
However, ten minutes before the break, Barton pulled a goal back through
Paul Barnes. He showed why he is one of the most dangerous
forwards in the league, by supplying a classy finish to their only
meaningful attack of the half.
Although the second half was quieter, Chats still
created chances with man of the match Andy Boyle and
Glenn Billenness both forcing good saves from Graham. Denness was also
unlucky to see his lob over the keeper bounce inches wide.
Further goals did come for both sides in the closing minutes. Chatham
made the game safe with two minutes of normal time left. Another strong
challenge by Denness enabled him to gain possession on the edge of the
18 yard area, and his cross was volleyed home by Cass at the far post.
Rovers made it 3-2 in stoppage time when Gordon Guile found the top
corner from 12 yards.
A decent performance to welcome manager
Steve Binks back. As well as the move up the league table, Brendan
Cass is now equal top of the individual scorers. However, Chats
will be concerned as to how serious an injury picked up Issy
Amadi may be.
Chatham travel to Wivenhoe Town in the third round of the Southern
League Errea Cup on Tuesday night before Arlesey Town visit Maidstone
Road next Saturday, 3rd December.
Town: Green, Binks, D.Larkin, Boyle, Bourne, Best, Solly, Billenness (Lyons
71), Denness (T.Walker 90), Cass, Amadi (B.Walker 74). Subs unused: Fewell,