Collin clinches victory in local derby
Chatham Town 3-0 Dartford
Dr Martens League Eastern Division
Easter Monday, 12 April 2004
Stephen McCartney reports from Maidstone
AFTER losing 5-3 at Stamford on Saturday, Chatham
Town bounced back with a comfortable victory over a very young Dartford side
at Maidstone Road.
Two goals in a space of three first half minutes,
helped the Medway side on their way on a typically bumpy end of season playing
Dartford's sixteen-year-old goalkeeper James
Tedder, was called into action early on, tipping Kevin Sprigg's twenty-two
yard effort over the crossbar after eight minutes.
Two minutes later, the young shot-stopper denied
Israel Amadi after his downward header was instinctively blocked at the near
For Dartford, Barry Gibson's right-footed long
range shot drifted over Gavin Hopper's goal, after Danny Tingley, who joined
the Darts at the start of the season after serving ten years at Tonbridge
Angels, combined with Tostoa Kwashi down the right hand side.
Chatham took the lead after 21 minutes when
sixteen-year-old schoolboy, Frannie Collin smashed the ball into the top left
hand corner from 22 yards, after the visitors half cleared Spriggs free kick
from the edge of the penalty area on the left.
The game was killed off, however, when
Chatham doubled their lead only two minutes later.
Daniel Lombardo sent Collin on his way down the
right hand side and his pin-point cross was met by former Lordswood and
Maidstone United midfielder Danny Kedwell, unmarked, whose looping header
dropped into the far corner of the net leaving Tedder rooted to the spot.
Chatham goalkeeper, Hopper, played a key role
starting many attacks, taking many free kicks from yards outside his penalty
area and even up to the half-way line, but he wasn't beaten from Gibbon's weak
shot after he got to the ball ahead of his marker from Tingley's cross from
Highly-rated Dartford defender Luke Cuthbert, who
only made his debut in Saturday's 1-0 win over King's Lynn, made a fine saving
tackle inside the penalty area after 36 minutes.
Both the seventeen-year-old defender and
experienced Paul Sykes, who started the game with a mild groin injury before
being replaced at half time with a knee injury, were beaten outside the
penalty area by the lively Amadi, but Cuthbert was alert to the danger.
On the stroke of half time, Collin raced with the
ball close to his feet from the half-way line to inside the Darts penalty area
but the striker, who played for Gillingham reserves in the past week, shot
wide of the far post.
Unfortunately the second half wasn't as lively as
the first, and Collin went close after 57 minutes, clipping a cross narrowly
wide of the far post, before Daniel Lombardo blasted high over Tedder's bar
seven minutes later.
A strong but fair tackle by Mark Horan on Kedwell
gave the burly Dartford midfielder a chance to shoot at goal, but his fierce
drive from 24 yards went well wide of the left upright.
Kedwell spread the play from the right to the left
with a diagonal pass for Lombardo but the tall striker dragged his shot wide
of the far post.
Horan then struck another powerful shot, this time
over the crossbar from 24 yards before Tingley was harshly penalised for a
handball inside the penalty area with thirteen minutes left on the clock.
Collin's cross was cut out well by Tommy Osborne
but the ball struck Tingley, with his back to goal, on the edge of the penalty
area, just left of centre.
Collin sealed a perfect day for himself and
Chatham, although he was rather fortunate with his right-footed spot kick.
The ball struck Tedder before finding the bottom right hand corner of the net.
Hardworking Dartford's best chance of the game
came with four minutes remaining when Ted Ansell and Chris Nunn combined
down the left hand side, and Nunn delivered an inch-perfect cross for Kwashi
to score, but his header from six yards went inches wide of the top of the
Chatham Town: Gavin Hopper, Tom Binks,
Daniel Larkin, Martin Driscoll, Andrew Boyle, Steve Best (Capt), Kevin Spiggs,
Danny Kedwell, Frannie Collin, Daniel Lombardo (Gary Stock 75), Israel Amadi
(Mark Brooks 39). Subs: Steve Hafner, Richard Styles, Oliver Cotton (GK)
Dartford: James Tedder, Danny
Tingley (Capt), Tommy Osborne, Mark Horan, Luke Cuthbert, Barry Gibson, Tostoa
Kwashi, Ted Ansell, Paul Sykes (Jack Munday 46), Tommy Gibbons (Brad Potter
41), Chris Nunn. Sub: Paul Sawyer